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Cirigliano family from Cersosimo, Potenza

Cirigliano family from Cersosimo, Potenza

Posted: 12 Feb 2006 8:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Looking for info on g-grandmother Filomena Cirigliano (b. 4-25-1891) whose parents were Vincenze Cirigliano and Stella Rago. Any info, e-mail me.

Re: Cirigliano family from Cersosimo, Potenza

Posted: 13 Mar 2012 7:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cirigliano
I just saw your post from 2006. I do have information about the family of Filomena Cirigliano (b. 4/25/1891) in Cersosimo. Her father Vincenzo Cirigliano was born in Cersosimo on Dec. 7 1856, son of Alessandro Cirigliano. This Alessandro was born in 1816 and was the son of Giuseppe Cirigliano and Tecla Vitarelli.

My mother is a Cirigliano and she descends from a different child of Giuseppe Cirigliano and Tecla Vitarelli. I can give you more details if you like. My guess is that you and I are fifth cousins.

I have siblings for your great-grandmother Filomena: Alessandro (1886-1962), Maria (born 1888), and Carmela (born 1897). I believe they all moved to Pittsburg, PA and then to McKees Port, PA. My branch of the family settled in Weymouth, Massacusetts, not far from Boston.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Re: Cirigliano family from Cersosimo, Potenza

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 12:33AM GMT
Classification: Query

Thank you for your response. In the past year I upgraded to the international subscription to and found the Cersosimo records and gathered the same info you provided. I show that Alessandro has siblings Marzio, Maria and Rosaria. Which one do you descend from? The only one I don't have a spouse listed for is Rosalia. Is your tree on to where I can browse through it? I would very much appreciate being able to add the details of your branch. If you send me your email address, I can send you an invitation to my tree on Ancestry so you can see all of our information and even a picture of Filomena.

The Cirigliano family is actually related to my husband, and we are all from the Pittsburgh area. Just to clarify, the Ciriglianos settled in McKees Rocks, PA, not McKeesport. There are several relatives still in the area. Some of the other main family names are Valicenti, Alfano, Napoli, all from Cersosimo and settling in McKees Rocks as well. Are any of these names in your family?

I have some information I found from Cersosimo with some Cirigliano's that I have not been able to tie into our tree. Perhaps they tie into your branch somehow. I look forward to us being able to help each other out on this journey. Thanks so much!

Jen Fayad

Re: Cirigliano family from Cersosimo, Potenza

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 5:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Dear Jen --

Thanks for your quick reply! My grandfather, Joseph Cirigliano, was vaguely aware of some distant cousins in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. In fact, when my branch of the Ciriglianos first came to the U.S., they settled in Pittsburgh before moving on to the Boston area.

I am descended from Alessandro's sister Rosaria (born ca. 1819). She had two children, both out of wedlock, and so they retained the surname Cirigliano: Vincenzo (b. 1857) and Giuseppe (1861-1896).

This Giuseppe Cirigliano was my great-great-grandfather. He married Mariantonia Bellitti on 11 July 1886, and they had two sons that I know about, Vincenzo (1888-1967) and Francesco (1890-1980). After Giuseppe died in 1896, his wife moved with the boys from Cersosimo to Pittsburgh. She remarried there in 1900 to a man named Giorgio Francomano. They soon all moved to Weymouth, Massachusetts, about fifteen miles south of Boston, where there was a lot of work to be found in the shoe factories there and where another cousin, Giuseppe M. Cirigliano, was already living. Several other Cersosimo families also lived in Weymouth: Rago, Valicenti, Veneziano, Tarantino, Rubolino.

Vincenzo Cirigliano (1888-1967) was my mother's grandfather, and father to my grandfather Joseph G. Cirigliano (1919-1996).

I'd love to hear more of the details about these Pennsylvania cousins. I'm also happy to provide more details about the Weymouth Ciriglianos, and I have some old photos to share too. I'm also curious if you've found out information about any of the other descendants of Giuseppe Cirigliano and Tecla Vitarelli.

Keep in touch!


Re: Cirigliano family from Cersosimo, Potenza

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 7:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cirigliano, Tarantino
This definitely helped me tie two pieces of my tree together. Okay, so Joseph Gerard Cirigliano was your grandfather. I see he had a daughter Rosemary and that he was also married twice, first to Rita Duggan and then to Eleanor Hemsworth. Rosemary is the only child I have found. Is this all correct?

Giuseppe and Tecla are my husband's fourth great grandparents. Your grandfather is my husband's 3rd cousin twice removed. How interesting to find connections like this! I would love to have any photos you have. I can share photos of some relatives as well.

I have a death date from Cersosimo records that Rosalia Cirigliano died 10/30/1884 in Noepoli, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy. I have birth and death info for her siblings, their spouse names, children, etc. I don't know what information you have and what you need, but I will give you an example of some of the detail I have by using Rosalia's sister Maria as an example:

Maria Cirigliano, b. abt 1808 in Cersosimo, died 1/13/1888 in Noepoli, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy. Married Antonio Tarantino who was deceased by the time Maria died. Their children were Marianna, Rosalia and Leonardo. Marianna was born abt 1834 and died after 1898. She married Vincenzo Donadio and had four children. After her husband died she married Leonardo Domenicantonio Cala 1/23/1898 in Cersosimo. I have the birth, death and marriage info, etc for her children as well.

Since I have so much information, the easiest thing would be for me to give you access to my family tree so you can gather the information you need. However, I would need your email address to give that to you. If you don't want to post it here, you can send me a message to


Re: Cirigliano family from Cersosimo, Potenza

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 5:44AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 10 Dec 2012 5:46AM GMT
Surnames: Cirigliano, Rago, Kapronica
Hi Michael,

I am the great-great-granddaughter of Vincenzo Cirigliano (b. 1857 - d. 1939). He is buried in a cemetery in Lorain County, Ohio. Here's the ancestry from me to him:

Vincenzo Cirigliano (b. 1857 - d. 1939)
Daughter (my great-grandmother): Sarah Mary Cigliano (b. 1902 in Pennsylvania - d. 1986 in Elyria, OH)
Married: James Rago (b. 1899 in Italy - d. 1993 in Elyria, OH)
Granddaughter (my grandmother): Irene Rago (b. June 1932 in Lorain County, OH - Living)
Great-Grandson (my father): Frank W. Kapronica Jr. (b. Dec 1953 in Lorain, OH - Living)

My grandmother, Irene, told me her mother, Sarah, was born around the Pittsburgh area. Irene also traveled to Cersosimo in the 1970s to visit relatives. I always had trouble finding info on Vincenzo. I had heard a rumor growing up that he was an illegitimate child.

If you're interested in more information on the descendants of Vincenzo (Sarah and Irene's siblings, etc.), please let me know.

-Taryn Kapronica

Re: Cirigliano family from Cersosimo, Potenza

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 12:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cirigliano
Taryn, I can confirm that your Vincenzo was in fact an illegitimate child of Rosalia Cirigliano (b. about 1819 and died Oct 30, 1884). I would like more information about your branch of the family so I can update my family tree on Ancestry. Thank you. Jen

Re: Cirigliano family from Cersosimo, Potenza

Posted: 24 May 2013 3:02PM GMT
Classification: Query

Wondering if there is a connection to your Mariantonia Bellitti and my husband's great grandmother, Maria Bellitti who married a ? Cirigliano.

My husband's grandfather was Andrea (possibly G. Andrea) Cirigliano (born 1878 - d. 1962, in NJ). He came from region of Basilicata, province of Matera or Potenza, town of Tursi. Immigration records also indicate town of Castronuovo. Not sure of exact geography.

Andrea's father's first name was thought to be,"Sam". However, we know that Andrea's mother was Maria Bellitti.
It's possible that her name was "Mariantonia" and shortened to Maria? However, you say she married in 1886 which would be 8 years after the birth of Andrea. Wonder if the dates are correct?

Also....Andrea had a brother (maybe a Sam ?) with at least 3 children - Frank, Pete or Vincent, and Carmella who lived in Youngstown, Ohio. It is possible that Andrea was brother to your great grandfather, Vincenzo?

Any information is greatly appreciated. I can be reached at: quercia_c


Re: Cirigliano family from Cersosimo, Potenza

Posted: 25 May 2013 12:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cirigliano, Bellitti
Hi Carol --

My great-great-grandmother, Mariantonia Bellitti was born in 1862 in Cersosimo, which is also in the province of Potenza. I have a copy of her birth certificate, so I'm pretty certain about the date, and I have also seen her marriage record to Giuseppe Cirigliano (July 11, 1886), so I don't think she could be the mother of your Andrea Cirigliano.

The larger patterns are interesting, though. Both Maria Bellittis married a Cirigliano, and both came to the US. My Mariantonia settled first in Pittsburgh as a widow, and she remarried there a man named George Francomano. They later moved to Weymouth, Massachusetts. But she had nieces and nephews who lived both in New Jersey (Union City) and in Ohio (Elyria, Lorain County), much as your family did. Maybe there is some deeper connection -- perhaps the two Marias were first cousins???

Best of luck with your search. Let me know if I can provide more information.


Re: Cirigliano family from Cersosimo, Potenza

Posted: 25 May 2013 1:50AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for your prompt reply.

It is likely that Ciriglianos, Giuseppe and my husband's Sam(?)were brothers/cousins and the Bellitti ladies were sisters/cousins. But only the son Andrew, not his parents, came to the US and settled in NJ. Union City is the next town over from West New York, NJ, where Andrew lived and died. He definately had nephews and a niece who lived in Youngstown, Ohio. Do you have any other names of Cirigliano relatives or family history?

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