The Graffagninos of Salaparuta

Family I

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Contributing Family Members
Robert D. Graffagnino - Columbus,OH
Dr. P. N. Graffagnino - Napa,CA
Barbara Bennett Wedemeyer - New Orleans,LA
Joe and Natalie Michel - Victoria,TX
James Hitzman, Jr. - Laredo,TX
Yvonne Graffagnino Saux - Metairie,LA
170 Current Family Member Count

26.Jul.2014 "Dr. Graff Remembers: World War II Reflections" - A new book is being released today [see Press Release] containing the WWII experiences of combat veteran, platoon medic and German POW, Dr. Peter Carl Graffagnino at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA by Grateful Steps Publishing of Asheville, NC. For more information about the book or to order a copy visit www.gratefulsteps.org/drgraff/
8.Aug.2013 Updates to family members sent in by James F. Hitzman, Jr. [see changes below]
20.Nov.2012 Maria Graffagnino marries Davis Tate, November 10 in Chapel Hill,NC [see change below]
19.Jul.2011 From the Webmaster: Brother Tom Graffagnino celebrates marriage to Jane Skelton, July 9, then welcomes granddaughter, Gail Ann Graffagnino, born to son Patrick and wife Brittany on July 19. [see changes below]
31.Jan.2011 From the Webmaster: Daughter Kathryn married June 19th. [see changes below]
13.Jul.2009 From the Webmaster: Benjamin Hayes Graffagnino, was born July 13, 2009, to nephew Patrick and Brittany Frost Graffagnino (on his Dad's birthday) [see changes below]
1.Feb.2008 From the Webmaster: Michael Keith Graffagnino, was born January 25, 2008, to son Robert and Cheryl Foreman Graffagnino [see changes below]
10.Sep.2007 From the Webmaster: Zachary Evan Graffagnino, was born September 3, 2007, to son Chris and Heather Devaney Graffagnino [see changes below]
1.Feb.2007 From the Webmaster: On a sad note, my brother Tom's wife, Ann, died after a lengthy battle with cancer, on January 28th. [see changes below]
31.May.2006 From the Webmaster: Christopher Joseph (Joey) Graffagnino, born May 31, to son Chris and Heather Devaney Graffagnino [see changes below]
18.Feb.2006 From the Webmaster: Jack Morgan Graffagnino was born Feb 18, to my son Bob and his wife Cheryl Foreman Graffagnino [see changes below]
22.Nov.2004 From the Webmaster: Another wedding - again. Son Chris, Bob's twin brother, and Heather Devaney of Nashville,TN, were married on October 9 (2004).  [see changes below]
22.Jan.2004 From the Webmaster: Another wedding, this time close to home. Son Bob was wed to Cheryl Foreman of Columbus on December 6 (2003). In other news, nephew Patrick and wife Brittany have left the Clemson area and have settled, with new jobs, in the Atlanta area.  [see changes below]
21.May.2003 Natalie and Joe Michel report the following: Cecilia Michel Lopez and her husband David Andrew Lopez have moved from California to Texas City Texas, and are the parents of Bernard Gabriel Lopez, in Webster, Texas, at the Clear Lake Hospital. We're very proud grandparents![see changes below]
15.Mar.2002 Jayden Michael Prince, born Mar.13, to Kathryn Graffagnino [see changes below]
18.Jul.2001 Patrick Graffagnino marries Brittany Frost, July 9 in Hamilton,GA. [see change below]
18.Apr.2001 James Hitzman writes: I am James F. Hitzman, Jr. Born July 7, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana. I would like you to include my family into family I. I am the son of James F. Hitzman, Sr. and Francis Graffagnino Hitzman. I am married to Pamela Laughlin Hitzman (July 29, 1967). My wife and I currently live in Laredo, Texas. We have 3 children. David James Hitzman b. 05-22-71, lives in Kenner, Louisiana, Michell Marie Hitzman b. 11-03-78, resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Michael Patrick Hitzman b. 11-03-78, lives in Laredo, Texas. [see changes below]
1.Dec.2000 Natalie Kendall Michel and her husband, Joe, have sent new Family I information. Joe is a grandson of Dominic Graffagnino, eldest son of Pietro and Angelina, heads of the Family I clan. Joe and Natalie live in Victoria,TX. [see changes in white below]

Nav  Family I date and place of birth date and place of death
or residence
allparent 6Pietro Graffagnino 10 children 8.Jun.1837 Salaparuta,Sicily 8.Aug.1903
  6mAngelina Tusa photo 25.Oct.1844 Salaparuta,Sicily 17.Dec.1928
allparent 7Giuseppa Graffagnino 1 child 1862 Salaparuta,Sicily 1948
  7mSalvatore Palermo (1885) c.1862  
allparent 8Sarah Palermo 1 child 1887 1948
  8mFrancesco Graffagnino [see Family H] 2.Mar.1887  
allparent 8Angelina Palermo 1890 1967
  8mPhilip Nastasi 1890?  
  8mS. Bruno 1890?  
allparent 8Rosa Palermo 1895 1967
  8mAnthony Ancona 1895?  
allparent 7Giuseppe Graffagnino 23.Jan.1865 Salaparuta,Sicily  
allparent 7Francesca Graffagnino 5 children 4.Nov.1867 Salaparuta,Sicily 19.Jun.1949
  7mSimone Graffagnino [1886] [see Family H] 17.Jun.1863 Salaparuta,Sicily 1949
allparent 7Domenico Graffagnino 5 children 13.Mar.1870 Salaparuta,Sicily 5.Apr.1957 New Orleans,LA
  7mAntonia Lena Beninato, [10.Feb.1896] 17.Jan.1874 Salaparuta,Sicily 15.Mar.1961 New Orleans,LA
all 8Pietro Graffagnino c.1897 New Orleans,LA 1897 New Orleans,LA
allparent 8Angelina Camile Graffagnino 2 children 1.Jun.1898 New Orleans,LA 3.Dec.1990 Kenner,LA
  8mWilliam Paul Bennett, Sr. [30.Jun.1926 New Orleans,LA] 30.Oct.1899 St. Paul, MN 18.Dec.1966 New Orleans,LA
allparent 9Barbara Mary Bennett 4 children 31.Aug.1930 Los Angeles,CA res: New Orleans,LA
  8mWilliam A. Elliott Jr. [26.Sep.1949 New Orleans,LA] 21.Feb.1915 Sturgis, MI 10.Jun.1981 Jefferson Parish,LA
  8mHugo Carl Christian Wedemeyer [1993 New Orleans,LA] 11.Apr.1929 St. Louis, MO res: New Orleans,LA
allparent 10William Andrew Elliott III 2 children 25.Sep.1950 New Orleans,LA  
  10mMichelle Angeline [19.Nov.1996 New Orleans,LA] 12.Dec.1976 TX  
allparent XIAmanda L. Elliott [adopted] 30.Mar.1993  
allparent XIBrianna N. Elliott [adopted] 19.Jan.1995  
allparent 10Barbara Elizabeth Elliott 3 children 4.Aug.1952 res: Metairie,LA
  10mDale Coy Higgins [11.Aug.1972] 21.Oct.1949 res: Metairie,LA
allparent XIElizabeth Corrie Higgins 1 child 8.Nov.1976 Baton Rouge,LA  
  11mTyrell Theodore Manieri III [2.Jan.1999 Gretna,LA] 28.Nov.1977  
allparent XIJacob Benjamin Manieri 1.Apr.1998 Baton Rouge,LA  
allparent XIStacy Mitchell Higgins 30.Jan.1978 Baton Rouge,LA  
allparent XIBrad Elliott Higgins 28.Nov.1981 Jefferson Parish,LA  
allparent 10Betsy Patricia Elliott 2 children 17.Mar.1955 New Orleans,LA  
  10mHenry Paul Guepet [19.Jan.1980 Metairie,LA] 8.Mar.1955 New Orleans,LA  
allparent XIAngelle Marie Guepet 6.Aug.1980  
allparent XIDanielle Carrie Guepet 5.Mar.1989  
allparent 10Beverly Ann Elliott 2 children 30.Apr.1956  
  10mWalter Andrew Robelot [9.Aug.1975; div 1.May.1978) c.1956  
  10mStephen Paul Branch [12.Oct.1982] c.1956  
allparent XIchild-1 Robelot 1.Nov.1974  
allparent XICasey James Branch 4.May.1983 Hammond,LA  
allparent XIShannon Marie Branch 22.Apr.1985  
allparent 9William Paul Bennett, Jr. 1 child 12.Oct.1936 New Orleans,LA 11.Sep.1992 Indianapolis,IN
  9mJune Elizabeth Dalton [28.Feb.1959 New Orleans,LA] 18.Feb.1940 Loranger,LA res: Indianapolis,IN
allparent 10David Dalton Bennett 5 children 4.Aug.1960 New Orleans,LA  
  10mMarilyn Ruth Collins [19.Jul.1986 Indianapolis,IN] 8.Aug.1960 Ann Arbor, MI  
allparent XIDavid Dalton Bennett, Jr. 7.Mar.1989 Denver, CO  
allparent XIDaniel Collins Bennett 17.Sep.1991 Denver, CO  
allparent XINicholas William Bennett 30.Apr.1996 Greenwood,IN  
allparent XIMichelle Leigh Bennett 26.Sep.1996 Greenwood,IN  
allparent XIElizabeth Ann Bennett 26.Sep.1996 Greenwood,IN  
allparent 10Julie Elizabeth Bennett 13.Sep.1967  
allparent 8Josephine Agnes Graffagnino 3 children 27.May.1903 New Orleans,LA 25.May.1992 Woodsboro,TX
  8mDonald Louis Michel Sr. [22.Dec.1936 New Orleans,LA] 10.Dec.1891 Homeplace,LA 22.Jun.1968 Galveston,TX
allparent 9Donald Louis Michel Jr. 24.Nov.1937 New Orleans,LA 17.Dec.1977 Galveston,TX
  9mSara Belle Skinner (1962; div 1966) 28.Jul.1941 Longview,TX  
allparent 9Joseph Roger Michel 1 child 22.Jul.1941 Galveston,TX res: Victoria,TX
  9mNatalie Kendall [18.Jun.1966 Austin,TX] 10.Jul.1944 Lufkin,TX res: Victoria,TX
allparent 10Cecilia Diane Michel 1 child Victoria,TX res: Texas City,TX
  10mDavid Andrew Lopez [New Haven,CT] Lincoln, NB res: Texas City,TX
allparent XIBernard Gabriel Lopez Webster,TX res: Texas City,TX
allparent 9Thomas Barry Michel 6.Feb.1944 Galveston,TX 10.Nov.1982 Galveston,TX
allparent 8Louise C. Graffagnino 4.Aug.1900 New Orleans,LA 3.Dec.1963 New Orleans,LA
allparent 8Peter Graffagnino 4 children 16.Sep.1907 New Orleans,LA 25.Sep.1962 New Orleans,LA
  8mAlix Berthe Fraysse [17.Sep.1936 New Orleans,LA] 11.Feb.1911 Opeloussas,LA 16.Aug.1990 New Orleans,LA
allparent 9Yvonne Berthe Graffagnino 3 children 9.Feb.1941 New Orleans,LA res: Metairie,LA
  9mJack Emile Thomas Saux Jr. [13.Jun.1963 New Orleans,LA] 2.May.1942 Alexandria,VA  
allparent 10Jack Emile Thomas Saux III 2 children 12.Jun.1964 Lubbock,TX  
  10mJosephine Anita Wolf [25.May.1991 New Orleans,LA] 7.Apr.1966 Cape Kennedy, FL  
  10mSherry Hope Dozier [10.Apr.1999] c.1970  
allparent XIMargaret Fraysse Saux 29.Dec.1992 Baton Rouge,LA  
allparent XIVirginia Claire Saux 15.Jul.1995 Thibodaux,LA  
allparent 10Jennifer Elizabeth Saux 2 children 1.Jun.1965 New Orleans,LA  
  10mStephen Allan Perry [7.Aug.1993 New Orleans,LA] 16.Sep.1965 New Iberia,LA  
allparent XIPaul Jack Perry 4.Nov.1994 Houston,TX  
allparent XIBenjamin Joseph Perry 4.May.1996  
allparent 10Stephanie Cerise Saux 17.Jun.1966 New Orleans,LA  
  10mGary Joseph Desjardins [16.Jan.1999 New Orleans,LA] c.1966  
allparent 9Yolande Alix Graffagnino 2 children 9.Feb.1941 New Orleans,LA  
  9mSidney Gilbert Montecino [30.Apr.1966; div 28.Apr.1992] 26.Dec.1931 New Orleans,LA  
allparent 10Sidney Gilbert Montecino Jr. 20.Feb.1967 New Orleans,LA  
allparent 10Peter Dominick Montecino 9.Nov.1972 New Orleans,LA  
allparent 9Alix Odette Graffagnino 1 child 29.May.1947  
  9mJoseph Aloyosius Metzler Jr. [1967 New Orleans,LA] 29.Nov.1947 New Orleans,LA New Orleans,LA
  9mAlbert Bruce Robinson [3.Sep.1983] 30.Aug.1951 Florida  
allparent 10Jeffrey Michael Metzler 5.Dec.1967  
allparent 9Peter Dominic Graffagnino 1 child 7.Oct.1948 New Orleans,LA  
  9mNancy Marie Acosta [10.Aug.1974 New Orleans,LA] 23.Jan.1949 New Orleans,LA  
allparent 10Kristopher Peter Graffagnino 30.Dec.1977 New Orleans,LA  
allparent 8Frances Graffagnino 4 children 30.Sep.1911 New Orleans,LA 8.Feb.1973 New Orleans,LA
  8mJames F. Hitzman [New Orleans,LA] 10.Aug.1913 New Orleans,LA 20.Jul.1994 New Orleans,LA
allparent 9Judy Hitzman 1 child 30.Jun.1942 New Orleans,LA  
  9mRobert Allan Hunter [7.Jun.1977 Florence, AL] 13.Mar.1939 Mulberry,KA  
allparent 10Kristopher Robert Hunter 31.Dec.1985  
allparent 9James F. Hitzman, Jr. 3 children 7.Jul.1944 New Orleans,LA res: Covington,LA
  9mPamela Laughlin (29.Jul.1967) c.1947 res: Covington,LA
allparent 10David James Hitzman 22.May.1971 res: Kenner,LA
allparent 10Michelle Marie Hitzman 3.Nov.1978 res: Baton Rouge,LA
  10mEric Michael Perdomo [17.May.2003] c.1978 res: Baton Rouge,LA
allparent XIAndrew Michael Perdomo 29.Dec.2006 res: Baton Rouge,LA
allparent 10Michael Patrick Hitzman 3.Nov.1978 16.Apr.2010
  10mClaudia Cantu [17.Oct.2004] c.1978  
allparent XIMichael James Hitzman 3.Jan.2005 Laredo TX  
allparent XIKathryn Andrea Hitzman 16.Feb.2008 Mission TX  
allparent 9John Dominic Hitzman 3 children 12.Apr.1947 New Orleans,LA  
  9mChristine Berthiaume (11.Jan.1969 Kenner,LA) c.1947  
  9mSusan Elizabeth Erber (23.Jul.1976 Marrero,LA) 1.Oct.1951 New Orleans,LA  
allparent 10Christopher John Hitzman 1 child 7.Mar.1971 Metairie,LA  
  10mSherry Ann Hebert [10.Sep.1994 New Orleans,LA] 27.Feb.1970  
allparent XIBrenden Christopher Hitzman 27.Mar.1996 Miami, FL  
allparent 10Dana Frances Hitzman 12.Sep.1973 Metairie,LA  
allparent 10Erica Lynn Hitzman 20.Apr.1979 New Orleans,LA  
allparent 7Antonina Graffagnino 1 child 24.Feb.1873 Salaparuta,Sicily  
  7mFrank L'Asta c.1873  
allparent 8Tony Asta c.1894  
allparent 7Michele Graffagnino 23.Jan.1876 Salaparuta,Sicily 31.Aug.1876
allparent 7Angela Maria Graffagnino 7 children 12.Aug.1877 Salaparuta,Sicily 1949
  7mGiuseppe LaBella (1899) c.1877  
allparent 8Anna LaBella 1900 1972
  8mJohn Roumeliotis c.1900  
allparent 8Angelina LaBella 1901 1990
  8mGeorge Wicke c.1901 1972
allparent 8Josephine (Billie) LaBella 1903  
  8mJerry Campbell c.1903  
allparent 8Frances LaBella 1905 1959
  8mWilliam Fisher c.1905  
allparent 8Mary LaBella 1910 1985
  8mRaymond Gruner c.1910  
  8mJack Cosgriff c.1910  
allparent 8Joseph LaBella c.1911 1979
  8mRenee 1908  
  8mRamona c.1928 1985
allparent 8Rose LaBella 1912  
  8mPhilip Savage c.1912  
allparent 7Maria Graffagnino 1 child 14.Aug.1880 Salaparuta,Sicily 14.Jan.1970
  7m Nicholò Graffagnino (1910) [see Family H] 6.Mar.1884 Salaparuta,Sicily 1963
allparent 7Michele Graffagnino 14.Aug.1883 Salaparuta,Sicily 3.Jan.1887
allparent 7Dr. Peter Graffagnino 2 children photo 12.Apr.1886 Salaparuta,Sicily 11.Oct.1961 New Orleans,LA
  7mRosina Giardina (12.Apr.1915 New Orleans,LA) photo 9.Oct.1892 New Orleans,LA 8.Jun.1987 Hartford,CT
allparent 8Dr. Peter Carl Graffagnino photo 2 children 14.Feb.1916 New Orleans,LA 18.Jan.1984 Columbus,GA
  8mJane Drury (6.Nov.1942) 11.Aug.1920 Clinton,MA 2.Feb.2009 Columbus,GA
allparent 8Robert Drury Graffagnino 3 children photo 24.Sep.1946 New Orleans,LA res: Columbus,OH
  9mSarah Kathryn Kirgis (13.Sep.1969 Columbus,GA) 20.Oct.1946 Mansfield,OH res: Columbus,OH
allparent 10Robert Kirgis Graffagnino 8.Apr.1970 Columbus,OH res: Columbus,OH
  10mCheryl Foreman (6.Dec.2003 Columbus,OH) c.1969 res: Columbus,OH
allparent XIJack Morgan Graffagnino 18.Feb.2006 Columbus,OH res: Columbus,OH
allparent XIMichael Keith Graffagnino 25.Jan.2008 Columbus,OH res: Columbus,OH
allparent 10Christopher Drury Graffagnino photo 8.Apr.1970 Columbus,OH res: Nashville,TN
  10mHeather DeVaney (9.Oct.2004 Nashville,TN) 4.Jul.1973 Nashville,TN res: Nashville,TN
allparent XIChristopher Joseph Graffagnino 31.May.2006 Nashville,TN res: Nashville,TN
allparent XIZachary Evan Graffagnino 3.Sep.2007 Nashville,TN res: Nashville,TN
allparent 10Kathryn Lindsey Graffagnino 1 child 16.Jun.1978 Columbus,OH res: Columbus,OH
  10mDelon Prince (Columbus, OH) c.1978 Columbus,OH res: Columbus,OH
allparent XIDiante Marquis Graffagnino 21.Sep.1994 Columbus,OH res: Columbus,OH
allparent XIJayden Michael Prince 13.Mar.2002 Columbus,OH res: Columbus,OH
allparent 8 Thomas Dodge Graffagnino 2 children photo 28.Jan.1949 New Orleans,LA res: Canton,GA
”  9mAnn Marie McCormick (5.Jul.1971) 30.Oct.1949 Potsdam,NY 28.Jan.2007 Columbus,GA
”  9mJane Skelton (9.Jul.2011) 27.Jul.1956 res: Canton,GA
allparent 10Patrick Carl Graffagnino 2 children 13.Jul.1979 Chambersburg,PA res: Atlanta,GA
  10mBrittany Bliss Frost (7.Jul.2001 Hamilton,GA) 9.Nov.1978 Newton,MA res: Atlanta,GA
allparent XIBenjamin Hayes Graffagnino 13.Jul.2009 Atlanta,GA res: Atlanta,GA
allparent XIGail Ann Graffagnino 19.Jul.2011 Atlanta,GA res: Atlanta,GA
allparent 10Maria Jane Graffagnino 19.Aug.1985 Columbus,GA res: Durham,NC
  10mDavis Tate (10.Nov.2012 Chapel Hill,NC) c.1985 res: Durham,NC
allparent 8Dr. Paul Ned Graffagnino 3 children 12.Apr.1927 New Orleans,LA res: Napa,CA
  8mBetty Lou Gadegard (8.Jun.1957 Farmington,CT) 25.Oct.1933 Hartford,CT res: Napa,CA
allparent 8 Paul Christian Graffagnino 9.Mar.1958 Hartford,CT res: Belmont,CA
allparent 9 Peter Ned Graffagnino 15.Oct.1960 Hartford,CT res: San Francisco,CA
  9mNancy Elizabeth Caskey (3.Jan.1998 San Francisco,CA) 11.Mar.1959 Norfolk,VA res: San Francisco,CA
allparent 9Christian Peter Graffagnino 1971 Hartford,CT 1982 Hartford,CT
Nav Family I date and place of birth date and place of death
or residence

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