As children, we were told that my grandfather came from Palermo, Sicily. He died when my father was about 9 years old. I was told that the family is some how related to the Rizzo family, but the connection is not completely clear. I belleve that my great-grandmother was a Rizzo.
For a time, we would receive letters, etc, from Sicily, but since both grandparents were dead, no one could read them or made an effort to have them translated.
My grandfather had nine children. As best, I can recall their names are Angelo, Johnny, Salvador, Mary, Alice, Angelina, Antonio and Rose. My father was named Antonio. For all practical purposed, only the last four (Alice, Angelina, Antonio and Rose) lived to maturity. The rest died relatively young.
Alice married several times. I only recall her last husband, Gus Goldman. Angelina married Bill Keiffer from Texas. Rose married a Erbin Bush (not a joke she is really called 'Rose Bush') from Mississippi, whose mother was a Zito. My mother's name is Lombard.
Most of the Fazzios in my family are buried at St. Vincent's cemetery on Louisa St. in New Orleans. This cemetery is old and can be difficult to access. Some of the head stones simply say "From Italy."
At some point, my grandfather owned a business in the Quarter. My grandmother could not hold on to it after he died.
The family lived in the French Quarter. Many Italian families lived near St. Mary's Italian Church. Most of grandchildren were christened there. The church has long since closed and the records of the various Italian families can be a bit difficult to get. The Diocese of New Orleans has them and can make them available.
A.J. Fazzio (Anthony Joseph), an attorney from Lake Charles, had a family tree prepared. He sent me copy years ago. I'll see if I can find it and send the information to you.
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