Giuseppe Morello

Giuseppe Morello (1867 - 1930)

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Giuseppe "Piddu" Morello
Born in Corleone, Palermo, Sicilymap
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Husband of — married (to ) in Corleone, Palermo, Italymap
Husband of — married (to ) in St. Lucy's Church, 344 East 104th St, New York, NYmap
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Died in New York, New York, United Statesmap
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Biography

Giuseppe Morello is born 2 May 1867 in Corleone and baptized the next day, named after his paternal grandfather. He is the son of Calogero "Carlo" Morello and Angelina Piazza. His godparents are Giorgio Campagna and Giovanna Vintaloro, a married couple.

Carlo dies, reportedly at age 36 (he is 32 years old) on 24 May 1872. His parents and wife all survive him.

The following year, Angelina remarries, to Bernardo Terranova, who is a member of the Corleonesi Mafia, called the "Fratuzzi," or "little brothers" in Sicilian.

From Mafia Wiki: "The Morello and Terranova children grew up together and Bernardo may have facilitated Giuseppe's early induction into the local cosca, or Mafia clan."

Crichley notes that Morello also had an uncle, Giuseppe Battaglia, who was a leader in the Corleonesi Mafia and who may have assisted in his nephew's passage. This relationship has not been confirmed through genealogical research. Battaglia's wife and Morello are third cousins. Cascio-10 15:10, 14 October 2016 (EDT)

In 1883, Giuseppe's godfather is murdered.

Giuseppe marries twice, first to Maria Rosa Marsalisi (called Marvalisi in some texts), daughter of the late Benedetto Marsalisi and Biagia d'Antoni, on 2 March 1889.[1]

The couple have at least two children: Angela (1891) and Calogero (1892).

Angela, named after her paternal grandmother, dies at eleven months of age (b. Feb 1891) on 21 January 1892.

Giuseppe reportedly kills a Sylvan guard and a witness. He flees the country on the SS La Bourgogne, arriving in New York on 9 May 1892. He is 25 years old.[2][3]

Calogero is born on 25 November 1892 in Corleone and baptized on 10 December, named after his paternal grandfather. His godfather is the unmarried Antonino Rizzotto.[4]

Giuseppe's sister, his mother and Bernardo and their children, all follow him to New York in March 1893. Also traveling with them on the SS Alsatia are his wife, Maria Rosa, and their son, Calogero, who is two months old.

The reunited Morello-Terranova family lives first in New York, then moves to Louisiana, and then Texas, doing agricultural work. While living in Bryan Texas, members of the family contract malaria.

Giuseppe "may well have been one of the earliest ‘mob’ bosses in America, forming a gang of criminal associates in New York around the end of the 19th century, which has since morphed into what is to-day known as The Genovese Crime Family."

Giuseppe's wife, Maria Rosa, dies in Corleone at age 35 (b. 1863) on the morning of 30 June 1898. The cause of her death is not known.

Giuseppe remarries, to Nicolena "Lena" Salemi (b. ~1884), on 7 December 1903 at Saint Lucy's Church in New York. The witnesses are Ignacio Lupo and Salvatrice Terranova.[5]

Later that month, Giuseppe's half-sister, Lucia, marries Nicolena's brother, Vincenzo.

Lena and Giuseppe have four children: a second daughter named Angelina (c. 1905), Carmela (c. 1909), a second son named Calogero (c. 1921), and Geraldine (c. 1924)[6]

In the 1905 state census of New York, Giuseppe appears as "Joseph Terranova," reportedly age 30 (he is 38) with his wife, Lena, 21 (b. 1884), and two children: Calogero, 10 (b. 1895---actually, he is 13) and Angelina, five months (b. 1905), both born in the US. Joseph is reportedly a salesman. His close neighbors include the families of Sebastiano Cimino, James Lomonte, and Charles Lomonte.[7] Charles and his brother, Tom, take over Morello's gang in 1911. James is their father. Sebastiano is Charles' father-in-law.[2]

In the 1910 Census, Angela Morello, age 60, lives in Manhattan, Ward 12, with her daughter, Dora (Salvatrice), 28, son-in-law Nazzio Lupo, 31, granddaughters Nufria, 4, and Angelina, 2, Rocco Lupo, her grandson, born that year, her son Joe Morello, age 42, daughter in law Lena Morello, 26, grandson Charles, 15, born in Texas, granddaughters Angelina, 5, and Carmela, 1, son Vincent Terranova, 23, and daughter Rose Terranova, 17. Nufria, Angelina, and Rocco Lupo, and Angelina and Carmela Morello, were all born in New York. Angelina and her children and in-laws were all born in Italy.[8]

In the 1910 federal census of the US penitentiary in South Bend, Fulton County, Georgia, Giuseppe Morello appears. He is 43, married twice, most recently for seven years. He immigrated in 1892. He works as a helper in the kitchen.[9]

Morello first continues to lead his gang from prison via letter, but soon consents to have the gang managed in his absence by the Lo Monte brothers, Fortunato (also called Charles) and Tom. The brothers are killed in 1914 and 1915, respectively.[2]

Giuseppe's first son, Calogero, called Charles, is killed in a gunfight in Harlem on 16 April 1912.[10] Giuseppe's second son by this name, with Lena, is also called Charles.

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

61. Giuseppe Calucchio (“Calicohio”), 68 (b. 1852). Calucchio is married, 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 and single, one of the only Morello counterfeiters to become a naturalized citizen, in 1904. He is also a tailor.

65. Antonio Cecala, 45 (b. 1875), has no occupation.[11]

Giuseppe and Lena's daughters also appear in the 1925 Census.[12]

Joe Valachi calls Morello "a vicious Masseria enforcer."[13]

Giuseppe is killed at the age of 63 along with associate Joseph Perriano on August 15, 1930, an early casualty of the Castellammarese War (1929-31) between the enterprises of Giuseppe Masseria, Morello's chief protector and ally, and a rival group led by Salvatore Maranzano and Joseph Bonanno. His address at the time of death is 1115 Arcadian Way, Palisades Park, New Jersey. His occupation is listed as "contractor". He is buried on 19 August 1930 in Calvary Cemetery. His wife Nicolina (Lena) survives him.[14] In "The Valachi Papers," Maas calls Giuseppe "Peter" and reports his death in his office at at 362 E 116th St. Maas also gives his home address in Palisades Park. He under reports Morello's age at death as fifty.[13]


Sources

  1. Marriage of Joseph Morello and Maria Rosa Marsalisi, record no. 24, 2 March 1889, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11622-19708-55?cc=2046915&wc=MG37-L23:351041801,351041802,351112201 : accessed 21 January 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Matrimoni 1888-1902 > image 47 of 445; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo [Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo].
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Richard Wagner, Angelo Santino, and Lennert Van 't Riet. "The Early New York Mafia: An Alternative Theory." The Informer: May 2014. Accessed online 11 January 2016.
  3. Accessed via SteveMorse.org 19 April 2017.
  4. Baptism of Calogerus Morello, record no. 555,10 December 1892, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12332-68726-19?cc=2046915 : accessed 9 February 2016), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1889-1895 > image 243 of 427; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
  5. Marriage of Giuseppe Morello and Nicolina Salemi, Transcript: Church of Santa Lucia, 344 East 104th St, New York, NY. Record no. 108, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11580-167401-72?cc=2046915 : accessed 3 October 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Matrimoni 1903-1911 > image 41 of 284; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
  6. "New York State Census, 1925," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KS79-CM8 : accessed 9 February 2016), Garaldine Morello, New York, A.D. 20, E.D. 25, New York, New York, United States; records extracted by Ancestry and images digitized by FamilySearch; citing p. 84, line 04, New York State Archives, Albany.
  7. New York State Census, 1905, database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPNZ-MTF : 21 December 2017), Thomas La Monte in household of James La Monte, Manhattan, A.D. 32, E.D. 19, New York, New York; citing p. 22, line 27, county offices, New York.; FHL microfilm 1,433,115.
  8. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M5ZC-TD4 : 29 October 2015), Rocco Lupo in household of Angela Morello, Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 345, sheet 5A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,028.
  9. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GRVD-8Y1?cc=1727033&wc=QZZW-D7R%3A133641201%2C137083101%2C134274801%2C1589089083 : 11 November 2015), Georgia > Fulton > South Bend > image 13 of 18; citing NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. Hunt, Thomas. "Sinistro: The Underworld Career of Giuseppe Morello (1867-1930)." Accessed online 9 February 2016. Hunt cites "Three gunmen fight until all are down," New York Times, April 17, 1912, p. 24; Flynn, William, Daily Report, April 30, 1912, Department of the Treasury, United States Secret Service Daily Reports, R.G. No. 87, Vol. 35, NARA.
  11. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GR63-KYJ?cc=1488411&wc=QZJG-LF5%3A1036472801%2C1037476301%2C1036917901%2C1589332533 : 14 December 2015), Georgia > Fulton > South Bend > image 2 of 38; citing NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  12. "New York State Census, 1925," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSQM-RYX : accessed 9 February 2016), Joseph Morello, New York, A.D. 10, E.D. 16, New York, New York, United States; records extracted by Ancestry and images digitized by FamilySearch; citing p. 14, line 48, New York State Archives, Albany.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Maas, Peter. The Valachi Papers. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1968. Print. P. 87-8.
  14. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WGP-GR3 : accessed 16 February 2016), Joseph Morello, 15 Aug 1930; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,057,842.

Baptism of Josephum Morello, 3 May 1867

Death of Calogerus Morello, 24 May 1872

Death of Angela Morello, record no. 19, 21 January 1892

Death of Maria Rosa Marsalisi, record no. 159, 30 June 1898

Critchley, David. The Origin of Organized Crime in America: The New York City Mafia, 1891-1931. Routledge: New York, 2009.

The Definitive History of the Genovese Family. Accessed 17 November 2014.

Mafia Wiki entry: Giuseppe Morello. Accessed 17 November 2014.

Wikipedia entry: Ciro Terranova. Accessed 17 November 2014.

Wikipedia entry: Giuseppe Morello. Accessed 18 November 2014.

Morello, Joseph. Personal communication with Justin Cascio 4 December 2014.



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