Leoluca Cascio is the son of Giuseppe Cascio and Angela Grizzaffi. He is born in Corleone on 13 January 1887  and baptized 17 January , named after his paternal grandfather. His godparents are Gioachino Colletti and Rosaria, his unmarried sister.  Leoluca is a patron saint of Corleone, and a common name given in the town.
The oral history as told by Joseph and my grandfather’s father , contends that Louis, born Leoluca, arrived in this country when he was about nine or ten, most likely with his one brother, John, and two sisters, Tilly and Rose, leaving their parents and one sister in Corleone. Once the siblings were settled they sent for their mother to join them in America, but their father had to stay in Sicily in fear that he would not be allowed to pass through Ellis Island’s stringent medical tests. It is not known what specific health problem kept him from passing. A death record confirms the oral history, that Leoluca's father, Giuseppe, dies before Angela and her children immigrate.
The ship manifest for the S.S. Citta di Torino, departing Naples and arriving New York 19 November 1900:
|8.||Angela Grissoffi, 38 (b. 1863)|
|9.||Salvatrice Cascio, 19 (b. 1882)|
|10.||Leoluca Cascio, 14 (b. 1887)|
|11.||Maria Cascio, 12 (b. 1889)|
|12.||Giovanna Cascio, 9 (b. 1892)|
Leoluca's mother, Angela, is widowed when she immigrates. The others are all single. These five are from Corleone and all going to Angela's sister, Salvatrice, at 1460 1 Ave W 76 NY. (This address does not make total sense).
Rosa, 8, and Giovanni, 6, join her 19 November 1903, traveling with their uncle, Angela's brother Leoluca Grizzaffi, 43, and Biagia Grizzaffi, 11. The Grizzaffis are joining his nephew Giocchino Crescimanno, at the same address in New York as Angela Grizzaffi. Gioachino is a son of Salvatrice, Angela's sister, who is married to Leoluca Crescimanno.
In 1905 Louis is 18 (b. 1887) and in New York City. I believe the head of household is actually Angela, his mother.
In 1910 Louis is 22 (b. 1888) and living with his mother, siblings, and a cousin in NYC. John Gritsafo is probably Giovanni Grizzaffi (b. 1884), who marries Bessie Crescimanno, Salvatrice's sister-in-law.
Lucy and Louis have four children: Giuseppe (1919), Paolo (1922), Angelino (1926), and Maria (1929).
When his children are young, circa 1920, Michelle reports that Louis is working in a store as a launderer and they are also importing olive oil from Louis' sister in Corleone. According to Dr. James Ragusa's unpublished family history, Louis/Leoluca is a laundry worker with a fair complexion, gray eyes and brown hair, 5'6" and 170 pounds .
The 1920 Census gives his immigration year as 1897, and in 1930, he says he immigrated in 1913. In fact he immigrates in 1900. In the US, his name is given as Louis, and this is the name that was passed down through his son, Paul, to his oldest son.
In the same census, Louis' brother in law, Charles Di Palermo, his wife Lena, and their children Lena (she is called Biagina), Philip, and Paul, live with his mother in law Mary Soldano, 58. Charles has filed his papers for citizenship.
In 1930, the Cascio family is living in Manhattan. Louis Cascio is 42 (b. 1888), and he married at age 31. His wife, Lucy, is 37 (b. 1893)and was 25 at marriage. Both born in Italy, Louis immigrated in 1913, and Lucy in 1916. Louis is a laborer in a laundry. He is not a military veteran. Their rent is $40 a month. The children at home are Joseph, 10, Paul, 8, Angelo, 4, Mary, fourteen months. The children were all born in New York.
In 1934-43, the family live at 172 East 107th Street, between Lexington and third Avenues in Manhattan, New York.
In the 1940 census, there is a family living in Manhattan that appears to match my family, though Louis' age is wrong.
A death record that is a close match for his birthdate (one day off, at 12 January 1887) puts Louis' death at age 78 in August 1965 in New York.  His SSN was 116-12-9261.
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