My father is also a Paul Colletti...our family comes from the village of Caltabellota (sp?) in Sicily. There were 3 brothers who came over in the very early 1900s, all through the port of New Orleans: Sebastiano (my grandfather),Calogero ("Carlo") and Giuseppe . They migrated to Port Arthur, Texas where Sebastiano started up a grocery store. There are some Collettis in New York ("Pino") but I don't know the exact lineage, except that it must predate those brothers (other siblings were Pellegrino and Antonina).
Family is everything, and we now have 4 living generations descended from Sebastiano's oldest son Paolo, mostly living here in Texas. We stay in touch with family in Caltabellota and in fact a "delegation" is going over there to visit next month. Most of the younger Sicilian descendants now live and work in Switzerland, as there is so little available in the village.
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