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:
Angela Grissoffi, 38 (b. 1863)
Salvatrice Cascio, 19 (b. 1882)
Leoluca Cascio, 14 (b. 1887)
Maria Cascio, 12 (b. 1889)
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.
Marriage to Lucy Soldano
On June 2 1918, Leoluca marries Antonina "Lucy" Soldano in New York City.
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.
Louis, 33, Lucy, 27, and Joseph, eight months, appear in the 1920 census. In this record, Louis says he immigrated in 1897, and Lucy in 1908. Both are alien immigrants. Louis works in a laundry.
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.
Louis Cascio, head, 45 (b. 1895), Laborer, made $720 last year
Lucy Cascio, wife, 40
Joseph Cascio, son, 21, Auto Mechanic, not working
Pauline Cascio, daughter, 17 (Supposing the census is in error and this is my grandfather, Paul, of around the same age.)
Angelo Cascio, son 14
Mary Cascio, daughter, 11
Death of Louis
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.
↑ "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-26583-2653-49?cc=1968530 : 14 May 2014), New York > New York City no 137; A-O > image 3146 of 4867; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
↑ S.S. Citta di Torino ship manifest, departing from Naples, arriving New York 19 November 1901, Source Citation: Year: 1901; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715; Microfilm Roll: 237; Line: 14; Page Number: 180. Source Information: Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
↑ 1905 New York State Census, "New York, State Census, 1905," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/SPFT-ZVB : accessed 27 Mar 2014), Tillie Cascio in household of Bridget Maher, Manhattan, A.D. 26, E.D. 19, New York, New York; citing p. , line ; FHL microfilm .
↑ "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M5MY-QT5 : accessed 27 Mar 2014), Louis Cassio in household of Angelina Cassio, Manhattan Ward 19, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1049, sheet 4B, family 85, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375053.
↑ "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24QY-RJ9 : accessed 17 February 2016), Angelina Grizzaff in entry for Lesluca Cascio and Antonina Soldano, 02 Jun 1918; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,643,037.
↑ Ragusa, James M. The Ancestors and Descendants of Vincenzo (James) Ragusa (1870-1952) and Related Sibling Families (Before 1676-Present). Unpublished review copy dated 2015 March.
↑ "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJ1W-DQV : accessed 10 April 2016), Louis Cascio, Manhattan Assembly District 18, New York, New York, United States; citing sheet 8B, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,219.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-27839-17019-95?cc=2000219 : accessed 16 Mar 2014), New York > New York > New York City, Manhattan, Assembly District 18 > 31-1619 New York City, Manhattan Borough Assembly District 18 (Tract 172 - part) > image 23 of 29; citing NARA digital publication of T627.
↑ "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VMLQ-3P2 : accessed 11 April 2016), Louis Cascio, Aug 1965; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Louis by comparing test results with other
carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Louis:
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