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Caterina DiGiorgio DiSalvo & Antonino DiSalvo
Posted by: Leane Accomando Line Date: December 30, 2001 at 07:15:29
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Antonino DiSalvo and Caterina Digiorgio DiSalvo, Guiseppe and Guiseppa DiSalvo

Antonino DiSalvo and Caterina Digiorgio DiSalvo were my great-grandparents. They lived in Marion, IL. in the early 1900s, having migrated from Villafranca, Agrigento, Sicily.

We are seeking information Caterina Digiorgio, also known as "saCaterina" or "Catherine". She was from Villafranca, Agrigento, Sicily. I am hoping to find out if she had brothers and sisters and where they settled in America.

They had two children, Guiseppe and Guiseppa.

My grandfather, Guiseppe (later called Joseph DeSalvo), was born Guiseppe DiSalvo in Villafranca, Agrigenti (Giorgenti in Sicilian) Italy on Nov. 9, 1896. The records at indicate that he migrated to America with his mother Caterina and younger sister, Guiseppa, on the SS Madonna. The Madonna left Naples on May 1, 1907 and arrived in the Port of New York on May 17, 1907.

Caterina DiGiorgio is listed first in the manifest. Guiseppe (Joe), age 11, is listed next, and a daughter Guiseppa, age 8, is listed after that. Caterina was 32 in 1907, putting her date of birth around 1875. The place of residence for all three was listed as “Villafranca, Gigenti” which is the Sicilian dialectal version of Villafranca, Agrigento. The manifest lists Caterina as a “domestic” and her son as a “laborer”. There is no listing of occupation for the daughter. Caterina was listed as being able to read and write, though the children were not. The final destination for all three is Marion, IL to join her husband Antonino Di Salvo at 150 S. Gaurd (?) St (the writing is not clear).

We are working on finding ship manifest records on Antonio DiSalvo, who may have come earlier to the Chicago area with a brother, and then moved downstate to Marion, IL.
Over time, the names were anglicized to Tony DeSalvo, Catherine DeSalvo, Joe DeSalvo, and Pepina DeSalvo. Joe married Mary Amelia Devardo (Dioguardi) and Pepina married Sam Rinella. Joe had four children, one of whom was my mother Ethel, now deceased, who married Joseph Andrew Accomando. Her three sisters are still living. Pepina and Sam Rinella had ten children, three of whom are still living.

Leane Accomando Line
and Mark Philip Line


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