Saturday, March 11, 2017

52 Ancestors: Marcantonio Maria Casillo

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small began the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge in 2014.  I am playing along this year.  I will be following my mom’s pedigree chart to start.  In addition to writing these posts, I will be making sure everything I have on the specific individual is in both OneNote and Legacy, do any basic research needed for missing documents, and start research plans as needed.
Casillo Marco
Me > My Mom > Robert Casell > Alfred Casell > Marcantonio Casillo

Marcantonio Maria Casillo (also known as Marco) was born 11 January 1868 in Roccaromana, Caserta, Campania, Italy to Pietro and Angela (Palmiero) Casillo.  I’ve found two siblings so far, but need to do more research into the Italian records.  FamilySearch is slowly indexing Italian records which will be much easier than the microfilm and browsable digital records I’ve used in the past considering my lack of Italian language skills.

Marco first came to the US on a trip with his father in in 1887.  He married Carolina Izzo in her hometown of Calvi Risorta, Caserta, Campagna, Italy on the 6 December 1901.  They immigrated to Buffalo, Erie, New York and were living there in 1903 when their first child, Amelia Angela Maria, was born.  Following Amelia were twins Alfredo Marco and Angelina Caterina, daughter Lucia, a child (name, date, and gender currently unknown) who died soon after birth, daughter Clara, and son Roberto Giuseppe, who died at 10 months, 2 days of gastro enteritis.

Marco worked for the railroad and it was there that his co-workers told him to change his name to Marco Antonio/Mark Anthony Casell to sound more “American.”  In records he is often found listed as “Antonio.”

Marco died 26 November 1937, the day after Thanksgiving, in Colden, Erie, New York of thrombosis and bronchitis.  He was buried next to his wife in Buffalo Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

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