Durso Family Genealogy Forum
I have a very poor copy of my grandfathers birth certificate. Franco Costanza was born on April 21, 1895 in Villafrati Sicely, which is part of Palermo. His father was Guisippe and his mother was Rosaria __an_illo. I can't make it out. I think they arrived in the states when Frank was about 3.
The family story goes that his father died soon after arriving in the states. His mother married a Durso who's wife died on ship. They were on the same ship. My grandfather was raised as a Durso in Port Author, TX. After becoming an adult he went by Frank D. Costanza. He had a brother named Henry and a sister Rose. Rose was married to Angelo Ingrao (probably not spelled right) who had a daughter named Lily. She was married to Anthony Drago who owned the hardware store in Port Author. Their son was Jerrod (again spelling) I know he had a daughter named Angela. Of course, my grandfathers mother & Durso had children.
I think one of the children was married to a Messina & at one time lived by Ann. Also, maybe one of the children had a son who became a priest & then an ex priest and a daughter who became a nun. I once spent a few hours with him & his wife in Maryland. The only one I really remember is Ann Garfolo (spelling) who never had children. She died in 1971. We had sent her a ticket to come to my H.S. graduation in Utah, but she never made it, dying just before. My grandfather married Mary Cappadonna. So I am related to the Durso's & Cappadonna's in Port Author. I would love to share what ever info we both may have. Also if you know any Cappadonna's please pass the word.