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Leoluca Grizzaffi (1860 - aft. 1941)

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Leoluca Grizzaffi
Born in Corleone, Palermo, Sicilymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Corleone, Palermo, Italymap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Bronx, New York, United Statesmap
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Categories: Corleone, Italia | Corleonesi Immigrants to New York.


Leoluca Grizzaffi is born 2 October 1860 in his parents' home in via S. Rocco, Corleone. His birth is reported by the midwife, Francesca Paola De Luca, age 56. His mother is Biagia Quaglino, age 40. His father is Giovanni Grizzaffi, age 51, borgese (middle class).

He is baptized the same day as Leonemlucam. His godparents are Leoluca Cascio and Maria di Palermo, a married couple. His parents also stand as godparents to one of Leoluca and Maria's children.

Leoluca marries Maria Terranova on 27 October 1890 in Corleone. It is the first marriage for either of them. They have at least three children: Biagia (1891), Giovanna (1896), and Maria (1899).

Biagia is born 26 December 1891 and baptized seven days later, named after her paternal grandmother. Her godparents are Vincenzo Terranova and Vita, his sister.[1]

Giovanna is born 21 June 1896 and baptized five days later. Her godparents are Biagio and Vita Terranova, brother and sister.

Maria is born 30 January and baptized 7 February 1899. Her godparents are Vincenzo Caruso and Rosa Liggio, a married couple.[2]

Leoluca immigrates in 1903 with his daughter, Biagia, when she is eleven years old. He is a laborer, joining his nephew Giocchino Crescimanno, at 1460 1st (Ave is most likely) in New York. Traveling with them are two of his sister Angela's children, Rosa, age 8, and Giovanni Cascio, age 6.

Biagia marries in New York at the Chiesa del Carmine on 8 June 1913, to Salvatore Artale, son of Vincenzo Artale and Marianna Spatafora, born in Ficuzza.[1]

Leoluca, known as Louis, is still living in a 1940 US Census. It is not known when his wife immigrates, but she is also living with him at this time.

There is no further record of Giovanna or Maria.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Baptism of Blasia Grizzaffi, record no. 2, 2 January 1892, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 November 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1889-1895 > image 178 of 427; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
  2. Baptism of Maria Grizzaffi, record no. 54, 7 February 1899, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 February 2016), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1895-1899 > image 281 of 309; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).

Estratto d'atto di nascita, Leoluca Grizzaffi, record no. 391, 2 October 1860

Baptism of Leoluca Grizzaffi, 2 October 1860

Certificato di defissione, Leoluca Grizzaffi and Maria Terranova, 27 October 1890

Marriage of Leolucas Grizzaffi and Maria Terranova, record no. 89, 27 October 1890

Baptism of Joanna Grizzaffi, record no. 288, 26 June 1896

Ship manifest, S.S. Nord-America, 19 November 1903

"United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 Jul 2014), Bessie Artale in household of Leo Luca Grizzaffi, Bronx (Districts 251-500), Bronx, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0479, sheet 5A, family 74, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1481.

"United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 Jul 2014), Salvatore Artale, Assembly District 6, Bronx, New York City, Bronx, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 3-728, sheet 9B, family 168, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 2479.

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