Angela Grizzaffi is born 28 April 1863 at 2AM, at via san Rocco in Corleone to Giovanni Grizzaffi, 45, villico (farmer), and his wife Biagia Quaglino, age 40. She is baptized the next day as Angelam. Her godmother is Giuseppa Cortimiglia, wife of Salvatore Crocilla.
Angela marries Giuseppe Cascio, a 28 year old agricola (farmer), on 8 November 1880, when she is 17 years old.Giuseppe is the younger half-brother of Angela's sister, Anna Maria (b. 1851)'s husband, Salvatore. (They marry in 1868.)
Angela and Giuseppe have at least seven children together: Salvatrice (1882), Biagia (1884), Leoluca (1887), Maria (1889), Giovanna (1892), Rosa (1894) and Giovanni (1897).
Salvatrice is born 16 September 1881 and baptized Salvatricem the next day. Her godparents are Francesco and Vincenza Cascio, brother and unmarried sister. She shares a name with her father's mother, as is traditional for the first daughter.
Biagia is born 4 June 1884 at 3 Via Banditore, Corleone, when Giuseppe is 32. She is named after her maternal grandmother, traditional for the second daughter. Both parents are listed as contadini (peasants) in the civil record.
Leoluca is born in Corleone on 13 January 1887, named after his father's father, and baptized 17 January. His godparents are Gioachino Colletti and Rosaria, his unmarried sister. In the US, he goes by Louis.
Maria is born 3 August 1889 and baptized four days later. Her godfather is Bernardo di Miceli, who is unmarried. She's later known as Mary.
Giovanna is born 24 February 1892 and baptized Joanna on 29 February. Her godparents are Giovanni Scalisi and Giovanna Gennaro. She appears in US Census records as Jennie or Genevieve.
Giovanni (later known as John) is born 27 June 1897 and named after Angela's father. He is baptized Joannes 1 July. Giovanni's godparents are Antonino La Barba and Giovanna Grizzaffi ("dicta Lucia," called Lucia; she is Angela's sister), a married couple.
Death of Giuseppe
Giuseppe dies at age 46 (b. 28 Jul 1852) on 6 January 1899 at 4:30 pm. The record of his death does not mention his widow, Angela.
The S.S. Citta di Torino sailing from Napoli, arrived 19 November 1901, includes
Angela's line has both an M and a W in the column for her marital status, making it unclear if she is married or widowed; a family member who has provided the photos of Angelina on this profile says that when she leaves for New York, she is widowed. The rest are all marked as Single. All of these say they're from Corleone, and going to join Angela's sister Salvatrice at 1460 1 Ave W 76 NY. (1460 1st Av E, in New York, is near the corner of 76th St. There is no West.)
A photo on this profile is of Angelina and her daughters Maria and Giovanna, on the Citta di Torino. (Thanks to Gina Spatafora for this.)
The Record of Aliens Held for Special Inquiry on the Citta di Torino includes
74. Angela Grizzaffi
There are a variety of code numbers in the columns that follow. A note by her name says "1 son & 3 daughters."
Biagia marries Giuseppe Cascio on 18 November 1902. This record contains a dispensation due to second degree consanguinity: they are first cousins. According to family lore, Giuseppe and Biagia send olive oil to her family in New York, to sell to their neighbors there.
Angela's children Rosa, 8, and Giovanni, 6, join her 19 November 1903, traveling with Angela's brother, Leoluca Grizzoffi, 43, and his daughter Biagia Grizzoffi, 11. The Grizzoffis are joining his nephew Giocchino Crescimanno, at the same address in New York as Angela. Giocchino is Salvatrice's son.
Angela appears in 1905 New York state census records as Angelo Cascio of the same age with children Tillie, Louis, Mary, Jennie, Rosie, and John.
In the 1920 census, Tillie has left the household, and nephew John Grizzaffi is replaced with cousins Charlie and Philip Grizzaffi. Gina Spatafora, a descendant of Giovanni, suggests the nephews living with Angelina are likely Francesca Cascio's sons Giovanni, Carmelo and Filippo.
↑ Baptism of Maria Cascio, record no. 358, 7 August 1889, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12332-71053-92?cc=2046915 : accessed 22 November 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1889-1895 > image 34 of 427; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
↑ Ship manifest, S.S. Citta di Torino, 19 November 1901 (With thanks to Marie, from Facebook, who emailed me the documents April 2014), Source Citation: Year: 1901; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715; Microfilm Roll: 237; Line: 10; Page Number: 92. Source Information: Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
↑ "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M5MY-QT5 : accessed 20 Feb 2014), Louis Cassio in household of Angelina Cassio, Manhattan Ward 19, New York, New York, United States; citing sheet , family 85, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375053. RIN: MH:SC50
↑ Personal communication, Gina Spatafora, 22 May 2014 Cascio-10 21:55, 22 May 2014 (EDT)
↑ "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WY1-G2P : accessed 17 February 2016), John Grezziffi in entry for Angelina Cascio, 28 Oct 1935; citing Death, Bronx, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,156,398.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Angelina by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Angelina: