I'm interested in getting information about my father's side of the family. My last name is Di Iorio, a family that settled in the Philadelphia area in the 20's I believe (my great grandmother's house was in Ardmore, PA., not far from where they just held the US Open golf tournament). Granfather's name was Constantine, grandmothers name was Philomena Piccarelli (a name that was changed at Ellis Island to "Lucy").
Family lore has it that my family came from somewhere near Naples, but can't confirm. Story also has it that they came here as stone masons.
My uncle several years ago, gave me some information about a town (I've since lost the folder during a move) where they had a Plaza Di Iorio as its center. Wish I could find that info. It seemed legitmate, although my uncle couldn't confirm it.
Anyone out there have any leads I could pursue on this.
I'm wondering if this could be him from Roccamonfina in Province of Caserta, Campania region.
Costantino Diorio, "United States Italians to America Index, 1855-1900"
Name: Costantino Diorio Event Type: Immigration Event Date: 20 Apr 1894 Event Place: New York, New York, New York, United States Gender: Male Age: 24 Birthplace: Italy Occupation: Laborer Ship Name: Britannia Birth Year (Estimated): 1870 Departure Port: Marseilles & Naples Literacy: Read & Write Residence Place: Roccamonfina Destination Place: NEW YORK Transit or Travel Compartment: Staying in the USA [Transit]; Steerage [Travel] Affiliate Manifest ID: 00000659 Affiliate Publication Title: Italians to America Passenger Data File, 1855-1900 Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1746097
Lucy D'Iorio in household of Costantonio D'Iorio, "United States Census, 1930"
Name: Lucy D'Iorio Titles and Terms: Event Type: Census Event Year: 1930 Event Place: Haverford, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States District: 0070 Gender: Female Age: 26 Marital Status: Married Race: White Race (Original): White Relationship to Head of Household: Wife Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Wife Birth Year (Estimated): 1904 Birthplace: Italy Immigration Year: 1911 Father's Birthplace: Italy Mother's Birthplace: Italy Sheet Number and Letter: 35B Household ID: 854 Line Number: 59 Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Affiliate Publication Number: T626 Affiliate Film Number: 2031 GS Film number: 2341765 Digital Folder Number: 004639362 Image Number: 00650 Household Gender Age Birthplace Head Costantonio D'Iorio M 34 Italy Wife Lucy D'Iorio F 26 Italy Daughter Marie D'Iorio F 1 Pennsylvania
I found this record: U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Domenico Antonio Piccirilli Name: Domenico Antonio Piccirilli County: Montgomery State: Pennsylvania Birth Date: 20 May 1881 Race: White Draft Board: 1
wife Filomena... if it is the right Lucy's father, well the first trip:
New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 about Domenicant Piccirilli Name: Domenicant Piccirilli Arrival Date: 21 Apr 1905 Birth Date: abt 1881 Age: 24 Gender: Male Ethnicity/ Nationality: Latin (Latino) Port of Departure: Naples, Italy Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Neckar http://interactive.ancestry.com/7488/NY ... turnRecord
second trip: First Name: Domenicantonio Last Name: Piccirilli Ethnicity: Italy, Italian South Last Place of Residence: Phila, Pa, U.S. Date of Arrival: May 02, 1907 Age at Arrival: 26y Gender: M Marital Status: M Ship of Travel: Kroonland Port of Departure: Antwerp Manifest Line Number: 0019
Piccirilli family in 1940: Philemena Piccarelli, "United States Census, 1940" Name: Philemena Piccarelli Titles and Terms: Event Type: Census Event Date: 1940 Event Place: Beechwood, Haverford Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Gender: Female Age: 55 Marital Status: Widowed Race (Original): White Race: White Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head Relationship to Head of Household: Head Birthplace: Italy Birth Year (Estimated): 1885 Last Place of Residence: Same House District: 23-83 Family Number: 403 Sheet Number and Letter: 19B Line Number: 45 Affiliate Publication Number: T627 Affiliate Film Number: 3492 Digital Folder Number: 005456632 Image Number: 00187 Household Gender Age Birthplace Head Philemena Piccarelli F 55 Italy Son Philip Piccarelli M 32 Italy Brother Louis Piccarelli M 48 Italy ( maybe brother in law)
I want to thank all of you for your replies. You have found them! Lucy was my grandmother, Constantino, my grandfather. Seems like his father's name was Francesco, which makes sense, since Italian first sons, as my father was, are usally named after their paternal grandfather. And sure enough, my father's name was Frank (Francesco). This was a fantastic start.
Guess part of my probelm was the mangling of my last name over the years by the authorities. My last name (today in the US) is officially Di Iorio, but it looks like on the Ellis Island log it is DiJorio.....and the census has it as D'Iorio.
My aim in all of this is to trace my roots so that I will be able to visit my family's original home this spring. How exciting! Thank you again.
How would I go about finding out more about Francesco?
In Italy, the "J" is not as in USA; in Italy the "J" was used for the "I(i)" in old past, in all words or names with a hiatus, that for let know to those who read the old handwriting that the "j" is a "i" and no another letter or a another letter's part ... so abt the surname spelling you will have no problem.. because Di Jorio and Di Iorio are the same...
abt the surname spelling on the census that is no important...
abt Francesco sr and abt the genealogic tree you can order and rent the microfilms of Chieti civil records by LDS center in or nearby your residence town: Registri dello stato civile di Chieti (Chieti), 1809-1900 Civil registration of births, marriages, deaths, marriage banns, miscellaneous records, marriage documents, citizenship records. Text in Italian. Some years missing or out of order. Indexes from 1809 are ordered by given name. Registri dello stato civile di Chieti (Chieti), 1809-1900
hi, guido314, I believe I'm a relative of yours. I'm Phil, son of William. Philomena was my great grandmother. pucheria was my grandmother, most of the "DiIorio's" are still in the philadelphia/delaware county area. I'm in south jersey region. I have heard the same story your referring to as a parade or celebration over in the old country. From the information I got they hold sort of a parade every year honoring the DiIorio's, Picarelli's, and I think few other families and march throughout the town with a big flag I think that has an emblem associated with our family name or something. I believe it is in Abruzzi. The story I heard was sort of vague. I am looking into making the trip over one year with my sister to take part in the celebration and have been looking into finding more information myself. I'm sure I'll see some of the family this Christmas and am looking forward to getting more information. If your interested or if I can give you any other information you may be looking for feel free to message me on here and I'll try to help. Nice to see another DiIorio with the same spelling. EVERYONE always screws it up. lol.
Hi there. I found this board in serach of some family background. My last name is D'Iorio. I was told our family was from Naples. I am seeing my uncle over the holidays and hoping he can shed some light on history since I have very little. My grandfather, Eugene D'Iorio was born in Montreal and he married Angelina Croce. I am not sure where else to go, suggestions?
More information. My great Grandfather was Savino Di Iorio and Greatgrandmother was Florinda Di Iorio. They arrived in April 1911 on the Rd Italia ship to Ellis Island. They were from Galluccio Caserta, Naples. He was 29 and she was 18 years old in 1911. I would like to know what came about him once in New York and how we ended up in Montreal. I would also be interested in learning more about their family in Caserta.