This is the info that was sent to me by Mary Jo. Our grandfathers were half brothers. Rosaria ? Costanza Durso was our great grandmother.
Hope this helps & you find your connection to us or elsewhere.
Holy Smokes! We are related! Lily was my father's 1st cousin... Gerard is my
2nd cousin.... Aunt Rosie was my grandfather's sister....... this is
incredible. My grandfather, Sam, was married to Josephine Arisco. They had
three children. Rosetta, Joseph (my dad), and Sam, Jr.
I remember Aunt Ann.... we used to visit her all the time. She was wonderful
fun. We loved her dearly. And the priest/ex-priest is my dad's 1st cousin,
Joe Messina. We keep in touch also. Joe was a priest still when my father
died and said the Mass.
How old are you? Probably a couple years older than me, as I graduated from
HS in 1973. I grew up in Pt. Arthur. My brother, Samuel Christopher (Chris)
Durso lives in Baltimore. He is a doctor at Johns Hopkins. I have three
sisters. Barbara L. Durso, in Dallas; Susan K. Durso, Austin; Betsy Durso
Stephenson, Converse, Texas. And I am Mary Jo Durso Singleton and live in
Galveston. Where do you live?
There are Cappadonna's in Pt. Arthur, but I'd have to ask my mom or Aunt
Sondra (married to my father's younger brother, which one's we are related
Sam Durso (half brother to your grandfather Frank D. Costanza) married
Josephine Arisco Dec. 7th, 19??
Their children were Rosetta Durso Jones, Joseph Durso (My father), and Sam
Rosetta's children are: Claude Edward Jones, Michael Jones, JoBeth Jones,
and Catherine Jones.
Joseph's children are: Samuel Christopher Durso (Chris), lives in Baltimore,
Mary Josephine Durso Singleton (me!... I go by Mary Jo), lives in Galveston;
Elizabeth Durso Branch Stephenson (Betsy), lives in Converse (outside San
Antonio) Susan Kathleen Durso (Susie), lives in Austin; and Barbara Louise
Durso (Barb), lives in Dallas.
Sam's children: Mark Durso, lives outside Dallas; and Steve Martin Durso,
lives in Austin.
Seems that my great grandfather and his wife were already in the states.
Rosaria Costanza's husband died on the ship. My great grandfather's wife
died in the states. He met and married Rosaria. She had 3 kids... Clara
Costanza, another child that mom couldn't remember, maybe that was Henry;
Frank, your grandfather; and was pregnant with Josephine. So, my Aunt Jo was
born after my great grandpa married Rosaria. From there they had together...
my grandfather, Sam; Aunt Rosie (Lily's mom); Aunt Sara (AJ Sherman's mom);
Aunt Ann (Garafolo); Aunt Kay; and last of all Uncle Tony, who owned the dry
cleaners, and had a mess of kids too.
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