Tony Cecala

Antonio Cecala (abt. 1874 - 1928)

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Antonio (Tony) Cecala
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Categories: Sicilian Immigrants to New York | Gangsters | Sicily Outlaws | Barbers.

Biography

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According to the record of his naturalization in 1900, Antonio Cecala is born in Italy on 4 April 1875.[1] Census records indicate he is born the previous year. The record of his death names Antonio's parents, Salvatore Cecala and Louisa Badami.[2] At least two sources claim that Cecala is born in Corleone.[3][4] No baptismal record for Antonio, or marriage record for his parents, has been found in the indices for Corleone. Cascio-10 17:27, 19 April 2017 (EDT)

According to the record of his naturalization, Antonio arrived in New York on 8 November 1889.[1] Antonio and his father, Salvatore, immigrate on the Iniziativa, which departed Palermo and arrived 8 November 1889 in New York. Salvatore is 45 (b. 1844).[5] Antonio is 16 (b. 1873). Both are barbers destined for New York.[6]

Antonio works for Ignazio Lupo in Little Italy, running his grocery at 9 Spring St. He also works as an arsonist, and runs gambling dens on Elizabeth St.[4]

Anthony Cecala, a barber, appears in a NYC directory for 1892.[7]

Antonio marries Grace Librino on 30 October 1893 in Manhattan.[8]

Tony and Grace have five known children: Maria Luisa Anna/Lizzie (1894), Vincenza (1896), Orsola (1898), Salvatore/Teddy (1900), and Benedict/Benjamin/Benny (1902).

Maria Luisa Anna is born 16 November 1894 in Manhattan, the daughter of Antonino Cecala, 21, and Grazia Saibrino, 20, both from Italy.[9][10]

Vincenza is born 25 June 1896 in Manhattan, daughter of Antonino Cecala, 23, and Grazia Librino, 21, both born in Italy.[11]

In 1900, Tony Cecala heads a household with his wife, Grace, in Queens. Tony was born in April 1874 and Grace in May 1875. They are 26 and 25 years old, respectively, have been married for seven years and have four children, all living. In their household are Lizzie, born November 1894, age 6, Vinzie, born May 1896, age 4, Orsola, born March 1898, age 2, Salvatore, March 1900, two months old. There are 3 boarders in their home: Domenico Almorra, born June 1864, age 35; Joseph Familiar, born June 1873, age 26, and James Librena, born March 1885, age 15, all single. Tony and Grace immigrated in 1888. He is naturalized and is a barber by proofession, as are his three boarders. The two older men came in 1895 and the younger in 1888.[12]

Tony Cecala, age 24, a barber, living at 107 Greenpoint St in Queens, petitions in that county on 14 July 1900 to become a US citizen. Hearing date 28 July 1900, notice receipt 9 July.[13]

Antonio is naturalized on 28 July 1900 in Queens under the name Tony Cecala. He is a barber. On the lines where there should be two witnesses, one is simply "Grocery - 1st Ward Boro Queen." The other is Domenico Molese of 115 Borden Ave.[1]

Antonio Cecala, age 28 (b. 1874 in Italy) and his wife Grazia Librino Cecala, 25 (b. 1877), are the parents of Benedict Cecala, born 17 May 1902 in Queens, NY.[14]

By 1903, Morello's gang is active in counterfeiting operations in New York. Antonio is said to have volunteered to teach a recruit, the prosecution's star witness, Antonio Comita, how to use the gang's equipment to print counterfeit bills.[15] An article that appeared in 1910 claims Cecala was educated and taught at a technical school in Catanzaro, in Calabria.[16] Antonio is among eight Sicilians found guilty of counterfeiting charges. He is sentenced to fifteen years in prison and a $1,000 fine.[17][18]

Antonio appears in the Atlanta, GA, US Penitentiary Prisoner Index, ca. 1880-1922. Antonio Cecala, age 35, born around 1875 (c. 1910), incarcerated 21 Feb 1910, release date 17 April 1920. Crime: Counterfeiting. Penitentiary No. 2886. Court: New York, NY.[19]

Antonio Cecala and one of his co-defendants, Salvatore Cina, appear on consecutive lines in the 1910 federal census of the US penitentiary in South Bend, Georgia. Both men are 35 years old (b. 1875) and married, for 15 (b. 1895) and 9 years (b. 1901) respectively. Antonio, a naturalized citizen, immigrated in 1889, and Salvatore, an alien resident, in 1894. Leoluca Vasi, in whose home counterfeit money was found, is on the same page. He is 37 (b. 1873), married for five years (m. 1905), an alien resident who immigrated in 1905. They work as stone cutters in the stone shop of the prison.[20]

Although Antonio is in prison, he appears in the 1910 federal census of New York City, ED 809, taken 21 April. According to this census, Antonio Cecala heads a household on Bleecker St with his wife Grace. Antonio is 36 (b. 1874) and Grace is 34 (b. 1876). They’ve been married for 16 years (m. 1894) and have five children. In their home are Lizzie, 15 (b. 1895), Vincenza, 13 (b. 1897), Orsola, 12 (b. 1898), Salvatore, 10 (b. 1900), and Benjamin, 7 (b. 1903). Antonio and Grace immigrated in 1889. Antonio is a naturalized citizen. He is a barber in a shop. Grace is a baster in a tailoring factory. Lizzie also works there as a cutter.[21]

Antonio registers for the WWI draft from prison. A typed note along the side says it was received from the state of Georgia after December 1918. He gives his permanent home address as 204 E 4th St, New York, NY. He is 43 years old, born 4 April 1875. He is a naturalized citizen, currently a prisoner at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, GA. His nearest relative is Grace Cecala at 558 E 191st St, Bronx, NY. According to the registrar’s report dated 12 September 1918, Antonio is short and stout with brown eyes and black hair.[22]The Bronx address above is in ED-646 in the 1930 census. Grace appears in this record.

In 1919, one of Antonio's counterfeiting associates, Giuseppe Boscarino, dies in prison. Antonio, Giuseppe Morello, and several other Italian counterfeiters serve as pall bearers for his funeral at the prison.[23]

In the 1920 federal census of the US penitentiary in South Bend, Fulton County, Georgia, several of the Morello gang counterfeiters appear in sequence:

61. Giuseppe Calucchio (“Calicohio”), 68 (b. 1852). Calucchio is married, immigrated in 1916, works as a nurse in the prison.

62. Giuseppe Morello, 53 (b. 1867), married, immigrated in 1899. Tailor.

63. Ignacio Lupo, 52 (b. 1868) (called “Sopo”), married, immigrated in 1900. Cook.

64. Giuseppe Palermo, 58 (b. 1862) and single. He immigrated in 1888, and became a naturalized citizen in 1904. Tailor.

65. Antonio Cecala, 45 (b. 1875), married, immigrated in 1895. He has no occupation.[24]

Antonio is paroled 21 February 1915.[4]

In the New York state census of 1925, Anthony Cecala, 52 (b. 1873), heads a household with his wife, Grace, 48 (b. 1877), and their children Teddy, 25 (b. 1900), and Benny, 23 (b. 1902).The children were born in the US. Anthony is a barber and his sons are salesmen. Anthony and Grace were both naturalized in 1900.

Vincenzo Mangano and Tony Cicala (Antonio Cecala) appear together on a list of US citizens sailing on the SS Conte Verde, arriving in New York on 31 August 1925. Vincenzo, 38 (b. 1887), married, was naturalized in Brooklyn in November 1919. He lives at 254 President St, Brooklyn (a few blocks from his old place in Cobble Hill, closer to Carroll Gardens). Tony, 51 (b. 1874), married, was naturalized in Queens in 1900. He lives at 562 E 191st St, New York (in the Bronx). There are other men on this manifest who are not traveling in family groups.[25]

Death of Antonio

Antonio is reportedly 41 (he is probably 53) at his death on 26 May 1928 in New York. His last address is 286 Elizabeth St. He is buried on 30 May in Woodlawn Cemetery. Antonio was an undertaker by profession. This record gives his parents' names and his wife’s first name.[26] Antonio is shot to death.[4]

In 1930, Grace Cecala, 52, a widow, owns her home on 191st St E in the Bronx. She heads a household with her granddaughter, Marie Amoroso, 14, and grandsons Frank Pucci, 18, and Anthony Pucci, 15. Grace immigrated in 1889 and is a naturalized citizen. Marie was born in Massachusetts: her mother was born in New York. The brothers were born in New York, as was their mother.[27]

Grace dies at age 64, a widow, on 10 June 1941 in Manhattan. Her last residence is 532 W. 159th St, New York.[28]


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