Vincenzo Vutera
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Vincenzo Vutera (1872 - 1902)

Vincenzo Vutera
Born in Corleone, Palermo, Sicilia, Italiamap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 30 Dec 1894 (to 11 Jun 1902) in Donaldsonville, Ascension, Louisiana, United Statesmap
Died at age 30 in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Feb 2019
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Vincenzo Vutera is born and baptized on 21 April 1872 in Corleone. He is the son of Leoluca Vutera and Margherita Pecoraro. His godparents are Liborio Lisotta and Gaetana Pecoraro.[1]

Vincenzo emigrates with his mother and his first cousin, who has the same name, on the Trimveria, arriving in New Orleans on 7 November 1892:

144. Margherita Pecoraro, 49 (b. 1844)

145. Vincenzo Vutera, 20 (b. 1873)

146. Vincenzo Vutera, 23 (b. 1870)

147. Vita Castro, 46 (b. 16 Nov 1846), connected with bracket to lines 148-150

148. Michele Governali, 8 (b. 1884)

149. Rosalia Governali, 4 (b. 20 Aug 1888)

150. Carmela Riina, 18 (b. 8 Oct 1874)

151. Francesco Paolo Orlando, 21 (b. 14 Jan 1871)

152. Salvatore Zabbia, 22, butcher (b. 1871)

153. Giuseppe Zabbia, 20 (b. 1873)[2][3]

In 1897, Vincenzo's sister, brother-in-law, and their children join him in White Castle, Louisiana, in Iberville Parish.

There are two other men named Vincenzo Vutera born in Corleone at about the same time. One is his cousin, named above on the manifest, who returns to Corleone and marries on 28 June 1906. Another Vincenzo Vutera, born in 1857, is living in Corleone in 1906, and has not been found in a record of migration.

That leaves just this Vincenzo Vutera as a candidate for the Luciano brothers associate who was killed in a shootout with Santo Calamia in 1902. (Read about The Macaroni Wars.)

Vincenzo marries Giovannina "Jennie" Cusimano, on 30 Dec 1894 in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.[4]

Jennie and Vincent have four children: Mary Margherita (1896), Lena (1898), Luca (1900), and Lucy (1902).[5]

Mary Margherita is born on 5 Apr 1896 in White Castle, Louisiana.[5]

Lena is born on 18 April 1898 in White Castle.[5][6]

Luca is born on 19 May 1900 in White Castle.[5]

On 18 January 1902, property including a lot of groceries and liquors, a dump cart, a horse, and a two-wheel cart are seized from Vincenzo Vutera of Dorseyville, Iberville Parish, and sold at auction by the justice of the peace, in connection with a case heard in the 3rd Ward Justice Court, A. Luciano vs. Vincenzo Vutera.[7]

Lucy is born on 7 February 1902 in White Castle.[5][8]

Vincenzo Vutera's death is recorded on 11 June 1902, at age 42 (b. 1860).[9]

Vincent Vutera, alias A. Cusimano, of Darcyville, LA, died 11 June 1902 at 8 PM from “Mult. G.S. Wounds”. He was a merchant, age 42? [the question mark is on the coroner’s form; b. 1860], born in Italy, a resident for “Years” in NOLA. His body was examined in the morgue. No inquest.[10] Darcyville is an unincorporated place in Iberville Parish. See Wikipedia:St._John_Baptist_Church_(Dorseyville,_Louisiana). Vincenzo's alias may be derived from his nephew's name, Antonino Cusimano, among his family members who emigrate in 1897.

Giovannina remarries to Charles Vincent Peranio. They have two children.[11]

Mary marries Giuseppe "Joseph" Sagona in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, in 1913.[12] They have ten children. Joseph leaves the family to meet relatives in New York and never returns. He dies in October 1960.[5]

Lena marries Carlos Paternostro. They have three children.[5][6]

Luca dies at age eighteen on 3 November 1918, during the influenza pandemic. He never married.[5]

Lucy marries Charles Vincent Paternostro, Carlos' brother, in 1923 in Grosse Tete, Louisiana.[5][8]

Giovannina's second husband, Charles Peranio, dies in April 1947.[5]

Mary Margherita dies on 3 April 1979 in Lake Charles. She was 82.[13][14]

Lena dies on 31 July 1982 in Baton Rouge. She was 94.[5][6]

Lucy dies on 22 September 1998 in Baton Rouge. She was 96, a widow, and last resided in Fordoche.[5][8]


  1. Baptism of Vincentium Vutera, 21 April 1872, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1872-1877 > image 77 of 419; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
  2. "Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 October 2015), 1820-1902 (NARA M259) > 077 - 1 May 1892 - 28 Feb 1893 > image 189 of 455; citing NARA microfilm publications M259 and T905 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. The National Archives At Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving At New Orleans, Louisiana, 1820-1902; NAI Number: 2824927; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; Record Group Number: 85 Description Roll Number: 77 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., Passenger Lists, 1813-1963 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2006.
  4. Diocese of BR records, v. 19 (1892-1894) p. 662. Per Deadra Doucet Bourke on 30 Dec 2021 in email to Justin Cascio.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 Per Deadra Doucet Bourke on 30 Dec 2021 in email to Justin Cascio.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 31 December 2021), memorial page for Lena Peranio Paternostro (18 Apr 1898–31 Jul 1982), Find a Grave Memorial ID 18730474, citing Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery, Maringouin, Iberville Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by skatoolaki (contributor 46887319) .
  7. Constable sale. (1902, January 11). The Weekly Iberville.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 (1998, Sep 23). DEATHS. Advocate, The (Baton Rouge, LA), pp. 6-a.. Retrieved from
  9. p. 749, vol. 127. Orleans parish. Retrieved 29 January 2019 from search of Louisiana Death Records Index
  10. Received 2/8/19 by mail from the Secretary of State in Baton Rouge, LA. Coroner’s Ex-Officio City Physician’s Office, in and for the Parish of Orleans, dated 12 June 1902.
  11. (2002, Sep 13). Obituaries - September 11, 2002. L'Observateur (La Place, LA). Retrieved from
  12. Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Index of Marriages, 1773-1963, database, FamilySearch ( : 14 August 2019), Mary Vutero in entry for Joseph Sagona, 1913; citing Marriage, Ascension, Louisiana, United States, Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Association, Bossier, Louisiana; FHL microfilm 007726083.
  13. "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011", database, FamilySearch ( : 18 July 2020), Mary V Sagona, 1979.
  14. Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 31 December 2021), memorial page for Mary Veturo Sagona (5 Apr 1896–3 Apr 1979), Find a Grave Memorial ID 34893021, citing Consolata Cemetery, Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Tom Brady (contributor 47107461) .

Research Notes

No marriage found for Vincenzo in Corleone, 1881-1938. 03:04, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

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