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My grandfather died in 1942, before I was born. He was born in San Pietro Avellana, Italy in 1886. He spent at least three periods in the US before he brought over his wife and children. He became a US citizen in 1904 and brought over this wife and daughter in 1926. His son was born in the US in 1928. He died in 1942 and is buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery in Beaver Falls, PA.

I know very little about his life in Minnesota, Colorado and New Mexico. He first got to the US in 1902 when he was 15 years old. My mother, born in Italy in 1912 always remembers that he worked in the mines though she does not know where.

He and his wife had two children, my mother, Benilda, and my uncle, Paul.

1886 15 Feb - Birth in San Pietro Avellana

Birth Certificate. 15 Feb 1886 in San Pietro Avellana.
This is a certified copy dated 6 Mar 1926.
Signed by Amico Guisto DiFlorio.

1902 7 Feb - Boston Arrival - going to Denver, Colorado

His first arrival was via Boston arriving 7 Feb 1902. Sailed from Naples on the Commonwealth. Gene Frazzini found the manifest and sent it to me.

Emiliano Frazzini, 16y, going to Nicola Frazzini in New Castle, PA. Final destination is very hard to read - looks like "N Toresse" but that is crossed out and Denver, CO is written in.

That Boston Arrival in 1902 had a bunch of people from SPA, along with my grandfather:
(On the same page 103 or List No. 9)

> Alfonso Colaianni, 30y, going to his brother, <can't read first name>, at Prospero Frazzini's address in Denver, CO.
> Domenico Morelli, 22y, going to grandfather, Nicola Frazzini, in New Castle, PA with final destination in Denver, CO.
        The final destination for his person was written the same way as the for my grandfather - "N Toresse".
        It was also crossed out and Denver, CO was written in.
> Domenico Carlini, 58y, mason, going to son-in-law, Carlo diIullo, at Prospero Frazzini's address in Denver, CO (note: father of Giuseppe)
> Giuseppe Carlini, 23y, mason, going to brother-in-law, Carmelo (probably Carlo) diIullo, at Prospero Frazzini's address in Denver, CO.
        This line was crossed out.

(On the previous page 102 or List No. 8)

> Domenico Frazzini, 22y, going to cousin at Prospero Frazzini's address in Denver
> Lorenzo diSanza, 45y, going "no place in particular, will remain in Boston"
> Emiddio Frazzini, 22y, going to uncle Pasquale del Tonto in Ogden, UT
> Damiano Frazzini, 19y (Ron Frazzini's's GF), going to cousin Prospero Frazzini's address in Denver.
        My grandparents had a circa 1920 photo of Damiano's son Mirando in their photo album.
> Pasquale Liborio della Croce, 27y, going to Mulberry Street, New York.
> Antonio diCianno, 30y, going to brother, Pasquale diCianno, in Pittsburgh, PA
> Dontangelo Carlino, 37y, going to Denver, CO, notation "USA Papers". He was a witness at the 1904 naturalization of Emiliano.

1904 17 Oct Naturalization in Trinidad, CO

My grandfather, Emiliano Frazzini, was naturalized at the District Court of the County of Las Animas in Trinidad, Colorado on 17 Oct 1904 by Judge Jesse G. Northcutt. He was naturalized as a minor as he would have been 18 years old in October of 1904. On the back is a affidavit that this is a true and correct copy, the affidavit is dated 30th Sept 1916. The back is also stamped "Passport Application Taken Apr 1 1925, American Consulate General, Rome, Italy". The Naturalizaton was witnessed by Donato Danio Carlino and Andrea Putaturo
Witness: Donato Danio Carlino
My guess is that this man named "Donato Danio Carlino" who was a witness to the naturalization of my grandfather, Emiliano Frazzini, was really Donatangelo Carlino, the son of Beniamino Carlino and Giovanna Quaranta, born 21 Dec 1964. I believe the "Danio", which is not an Italian name or an Americanization, is a mis-transcription of Antonio.

I just did a check of Ellis Island and there are two records for him, 1899 and 1904. His first name is written Donatangelo each time BUT for the 1904 entry, the name Antonio is written above the "angelo" part of the name. By 1899, he was a US citizen and had been in the US from 1881 to 1898. In 1904, he arrived with his wife Cristina and daughters, Iola and Elena.

He was born Donatangelo but here in the US, he was known as Donato Antonio. He appears in the ancestry of Cathy Madonna Youngblood on the Frazzini Graphical Tree Part 3 and in my family tree database. A report by Cathy is available here.

US Census 1900  >  COLORADO   >  PITKIN  >  21-PCT
Series: T623  Roll: 128  Page: 290
Surname      GivenName                     Age   Sex    Race    Birthplace    State    County    Location    Year
CARLINO  DONOTO ANTONIO     36  M       W        ITAL           CO      PITKIN   21-PCT    1900

He died in 1910 at age 45 years and is buried in the Highland Cemetery, New Castle, Garfield County, Colorado.
Witness: Andrea Putaturo
An Andrea "Pataturo" arrived at Ellis Island at age 21y on 6 Apr 1896 on the Furst Bismark. Other Putaturo's arriving at Ellis Island were mostly from the town of Carovilli - which is nearby to SPA. (manifest page reference : Series M237,  Roll 656, Frame 466 - on the Furst Bismark, going to New York)
From Ron Frazzini, here are some other Frazzini's who were naturalized in Trinidad about the same time:
October 17, 1904     Damiano, Carmine, Giovanni, Emiliano, Pasquale, Vincenzo
October 20, 1904     Domenico, Emiddio

1905 11 Nov - Arrival in USA - going to Aurora, MN

From the Ellis Island Data Base, I was able to find information on what I think is the second time that Emiliano came over:

November 11, 1905, arriving Port of New York, November 24, 1905
Ship of Travel
S. S. Republic sailing from Naples, Italy
Age on Arrival
Marital Status
Race or People
Southern Italian
Last Permanent Residence
S. Pietro Avellana
Name of nearest relative in country whence alien came:
Final destination Aurora, Minn.
Ever before in US 1901-1905 Aurora, Minn.
If  going to a relative or friend, the name of the relative or friend Cousin, Carmine diLorenzo, Aurora, Minn.
He was travelling with Maurizio Domenico Carlino, 21y, brother of Amico Carlino who lived in Dawson, NM.

Emiliano was naturalized on October 17, 1904 by the District Court of the Country of Las Animas, State of Colorado. So he actually was a citizen when he returned in 1905.

Side note: Carmine's daughter Antonetta diLorenzo Mariani died in Dec 2007.

1911 24 Apr - Marriage to Lucrezia Carlini in San Pietro Avellana

Marriage to Lucrezia Carlini 24 April 1911 in San Pietro Avellana.

So he was a US citizen when he married my Grandmother on 24 April, 1911 which made her a US citizen at that time. That also means that when my mother was born in Italy in 1912, she was a US citizen.

1912 15 Feb - Arrival in USA going to Dawson, NM

From the Ellis Island Data Base, I was able to find information on what I think is the third time that Emiliano came over:

Place and Date
Port of New York 15 Feb 1912
Ship of Travel
The Adriatic sailing from Naples, Italy
Age on Arrival
Marital Status
Race or People
Southern Italian
Last Permanent Residence
S. Pietro Avellana
Name of nearest relative in country whence alien came: Wife Lucrezia
Final destination Dawson, NM
Ever before in US 1902-1909
If  going to a relative or friend, the name of the relative or friend Uncle Teridano diTella, Dawson, NM
This record was not listed under Emiliano's correct name in the database. The last name was listed as "Franr", due, I think, to the fact that person who transcribed it into the database could not read the last name. I found it accidentally as I was going through all the Carlini names. There was a record for Felice Carlini that was crossed out on this ship and Emiliano's name was right above Felice's. Felice was his brother-in-law (brother of wife Lucrezia). I also found a record for Felice dated 28 Feb 1912 on the ship Cedric. He also went to Teridano's home in Dawson NM.

There is much new information in this record. First is the reference to Emilano's uncle Teridano diTella. That would be his wife Lucrezia's uncle (her mother Doristella's brother). No one in my family even remembered him, let alone knew he had come to the US. The second new piece of information is that Emiliano went to Dawson NM.

Click here to go to Teridano's web page.

1912 24 Sep - Daughter Benilda born in San Pietro Avellana

Click here for her web page.

1917 29 Aug Youngstown, OH

1917 Emiliano Frazzini
Youngstown, OH
(Photo sent to me by Dennis Diullo. It was in the photo album of his grandfather, Filiberto diIullo, who lived in Ely, NV.)
29 Aug 1917 Back side of the postcard. Sent to Filiberto DiIullo in Ely, NV.
Sent from Youngstown OH. This is the first time that I found my grandfather in Youngstown.

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Emiliano Frazzini
Emiliano filled out two WWI Draft Registration Cards. The first about 1917 when he was living in Youngstown, OH and worked for the Carnegie Steel Company. He listed a wife and one child. The second on 12 Sep 1918 when he was living in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and was a self-employed Grocer. He listed his wife, Lucrezia Carlini in SPA.

1926 3 May - Arrival in USA with Family

This was the oldest picture I had of Emiliano Frazzini untill I received the 1917 photo.
This picture was on his passport ID in 1926. 
Boat Ticket

What remains of the 3rd class ticket on the Conte Biancamano, Lloyd Sabaudo Line. Third class passage for Emilano, Lucrezia and Benilda Frazzini. They left Naples on 24 Apr 1926. Arrived in New York on 3 May 1926. They settled in Western Pennsylvania. Their first stop was at the home of Emiliano's brother-in-law, Luigi Iasella, in Pittsburgh. Then they spent some time in New Galilee, PA before ending up in Beaver Falls, PA.

They entered via Ellis Island but were listed on the manifest page as US Citizens.

1927 Beaver Falls City Directory, Beaver Falls, PA

Frazzini Emilio [Lucretia] wks Moltrup S P Co h 1316 3rd Ave, BF
Frazzini Benilda student h 1316 2nd Ave, B F

Also listed are Elisie Frazzini, Ester Frazzini, Joseph and Nellie Frazzini, - all at 1551 4th Ave F(reedom)
and Roger and Virginia 1551 4th Ave, F(reedom).

This directory cost $12.00 !!!

1928 4 Jan - Son Paul born in Beaver Falls, PA

Click here for his web page.

1930 24 Apr - Census  Beaver Falls, PA

1930 Census The 1930 Census listed my grandfather, grandmother and mother:
3rd Ward Beaver Falls, PA  ED 4-31
216 12th Street, rented
Emilio Frazzini, 42y, first married at 25y, came to US 1901, shows occupation and employer but I can't read it. naturalized US citizen.
Lucrezinia Frazzii, 41y, first married at 21y, came to US 1926, naturalized US Citizen.
Benilde Frazzini, 17y, came to US 1926, born in Italy, naturalized US Citizen.
Paul Frazzini, 2y, born in PA
Louis Molise, roomer, 26y, came to US in 1922, born in Italy, naturalized US Citizen (My mother tells me that they often took in boarders from Philadelphia who were stonemasons working on building a church nearby)
Also listed are James (Amico) and Lena diMuzio, close friends

1936 Beaver Falls, PA

1936 Taken in Beaver Falls, PA
Clara (Carlini) Barredo   Benilda Frazzini   Emiliano Frazzini    Luigi Iasella   Felix Carlini
     Toddino Carlini     Paul Frazzini   Lucrezia (Carlini) Frazzini   Joseph Carlini
(The Carlini's were visiting from Ely, NV)

1942 8 Feb - Death in Beaver Falls, PA

Emiliano died on 8 Feb 1942.

From the 9 Feb 1942 Beaver Daily Times:

Emiliano Frazzini and Lucrezia Carlini, Saint Mary's Cemetery, Beaver Falls, PA.

  My Grandfather's TimeLine

Here is  something new. I don't know how it will work out. Its an attempt to collect all the dates that I have about Emiliano and put them together in a time order
(red - in Italy, black - in USA):

Email from Wendy Frazzini McFarland

From: Wendy McFarland <>
Subject: Frazzini family

Hello Mark,
My name is Wendy Frazzini McFarland. I came across your web site. When I noticed the city Beaver Falls I decided to email you. I am from Ellwood City. My grandfather is from the same town in Italy, Santo (Samuel b:1906 d: 1982) Frazzini. My surprise is also that I have Carlini's and Carlino's in my family tree. They are from the Pittsburgh area. As well as Buzzelli's and my grandfathers sister moved to Denver Colorado before 1950 and married a Cino. So, now what. I have done some research and as far back as I go is my grandfathers parents are Sylvester Frazzini and Grace DeLorenzo, and Sylvester's are Santo (?) Frazzini and Girolma Mariani (San Pietro Avellana).

If your family is like my family it is hard to keep it all straight at times.

I have noticed that the same few surnames belong to the same villages in Italy. Therefore they keep marrying and traveling with each other. I have found this true with my great grandmother as well.

Hope to hear from you.
Thanks, Wendy
Hello again, after I sent you the email yesterday, I reviewed your photos of Unknowns. I do know there was a Marritta Carlini in Pittsburgh that I am related to. I do believe her daughter Lena is still alive. I will see if my father or Lena would recognize the photo. I also realized later that you live in CA.  I live in PA still. Beaver Falls and Ellwood City are right beside each other.
Thanks for the email.
Mark's note: with help, I identified Marrieta  Click here.
I was looking at the Ellis Island site at Emiliano's info. You may want to double check your info. Some of what you have listed on your web site may actually belong to the Carlino man listed under Emiliano.  Ellis island does not actually list Emiliano as going to Denver. It lists a place called Aurora ...?.... There is an Aurora CO, but CO is not listed for Emiliano. Could it be Aurora Mine? There is Aurora Mine's in CO. Which would be interesting because that may be his place of occupation. These records are very hard to follow across the screen. There is an Aurora in Maine, Colorado, Ill, Neb.

How does Beaver Falls PA fit into your family information?

Just a footnote, as I look at the photo of Emiliano he has what I would call the male Frazzini nose. All the Frazzini men that I know have that same nose. Long, straight, strong.
Thank goodness its only in the men!!
My Reply:

Thanks for the emails.

I did look at the Manifest for Emiliano. I noticed the same thing you did. I read the Aurora as Minnesota, not Colorado. There is an Aurora in MN as well. The other thing was that on the line where he was going said "friend Prospero Frazzini" and just under the line was Prospero's address in CO. I've confirmed that address.

The last thing was the dark diagonal lines between columns 11 and 12 which indicated to me that the rows got misaligned. So I took that as what was in column 11 for my grandfather really went with the person on the row above him. And what was in the row below, went with my grandfather. If you compare column 11 with the town in column 16, it does seem they line up one row offset. What do you think? I hope I've not read that wrong.

Also, my grandfather got his citizenship in Trinidad CO. Do you know where the Aurora mine is? Maybe Aurora CO?

In the 1930's, my grandfather moved the family to Beaver Falls from New Galilee. My aunt, the wife of my late uncle, Paul Frazzini, is still there.



Are you aware of a form called a "Declaration of Intention"?  It is the form a person needed to file before they were granted Naturalization.  This form will contain much more info than naturalization papers.  The form should be on file at the same courthouse that houses his naturalization papers. Great info on the nose.  I showed my husband the photo of your grandfather and asked him whose nose that was?  He said my brother's and father's!!
I will look into the mine more. I just caught a bit while searching the web quickly.
Mark's note: I've written both Las Animas County (Trinidad, CO) and Denver archives to see what I can find. Update: The Denver archives was able to find the recording of his naturalization.  There was no new information on it.
Mark's note: Wendy has now convinced me that I was reading the Ellis Island manifest wrong. For my grandfather, Emiliano, it states he is going to a cousin, Carmine diLorenzo, in Aurora, Minn. and that he first came to the US in 1901.
Mark's note: I got to meet Wendy and her family on Sep 6, 2003. I was in Aliquippa, PA visiting my parents. Sally and I drove to Wendy's home. She is a wonderful person and makes me proud to be a Frazzini descendant.

Email from Ron Frazzini 

Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2003 23:20:21 -0500
From: Ron Frazzini <>
Subject: Ancestry

Mark - Ran across your data and notes on ancestry, then looked at the  web site. Some interesting links to my family. My name is Ron Frazzini. My grandfather, Damiano, was naturalized in Trinidad the same day as Emiliano, and other Frazzini's.  Emiliano was my father's (Mirando Leopoldo Giuseppe Frazzini) godfather, and Ippolito was my uncle's (Albino Paolo) godfather. I found this in the church in S. Pietro Avellana from a rather grumpy, but cooperative priest. I've visited S. Pietro twice, and prowled through the records in the municipio with the help of a very cooperative bureaucrat. I've also been to Isernia to look for more records there, and have been relatively successful in piecing together something of a tree.

Damiano and Emiliano were both minors at naturalization, I believe, and according to the marriage records in S. Pietro, Damiano returned home very shortly after naturalization to be married to Giuseppa Colomba Morelli Dec. 31, 1904.  Mirando and Albino followed, and the family moved back to the US to Denver around 1910.  Interestingly enough, Giuseppa Morelli's mother was Lucia Carlino (or Carlini).  Do you know any other surnames?

Buona fortuna
Hi Mark - Here is some information that I have been able to find.

Mark C. DiVecchio wrote:
>I've read over your email a few times and you may know more about my family than I do.
>How did you know that Emiliano was your father's godfather?
>Was it actually from the church records?

One day after a several hour stint at Isernia in the archives, I drove back to SPA just in time to see the end of the evening mass. Seeing the priest was a suggestion of the archivist. The church is interesting in that it was about the only building in the town not destroyed in 1943 when the whole place was bombed. I was able to convince the priest to show me the records, but I had to have the specific dates, so this is not a good thing if one is not sure, and wants to just page through the records, as I did in Isernia, to find someone. He found my dad's (Mirando) and my uncle's (Albino) births, and the godfather is always listed as well as the midwife and other attendants.  I did get to read the records.

>Do you have any pictures?

Only of Damiano (grandfather), and the two boys.  There was a daughter Rose (I have a picture of her also), but we believe she was born in the U.S., and died in her teens.  I have many pictures of San Pietro.

>Do you have a list of the Frazzini's that were naturalized on that faithful day in 1904?

Here is the list I found:
October 17, 1904     Damiano, Carmine, Giovanni, Emiliano, Pasquale, Vincenzo
October 20, 1904     Domenico, Emiddio

>How did you find that out. Maybe I can find some of their descendants.

This came from a search in the Denver naturalization records, an extremely tiring and frustrating activity.  We looked for the application for naturalization which needs to be filled four years in advance, but the records were missing.  These would give some relatives.  The naturalization record itself is useless for any kind of data.

>I've updated my web site quite a lot and I've added a graphical family tree. You can see all the family names that I've been able to find.

I'll check it out in the next few days

>I don't have a Lucia Carlini.
>There is good chance that your grandfather's history in CO was similar to my grandfather. Do you have any details about where he lived or where he worked?

Here's where things become more vague than usual.  I think Damiano worked the mines, and maybe on the railroad.  I'm convinced that any links in our families are through the brothers of Damiano (Pasquale Antonio and Domenico Giuseppe), as well as his father Nunzio.  Nunzio had two brothers (Domenico Damiano, Pasquale Filippo) who also had families that would be relevant.  There were three sisters of Damiano, but due to the patriarchal Italian system, we only know what happened to women if the parents wrote the husband's name on the birth certificate, and I do have some info here.  I'm sure the son of Pasquale Antonio is still living in Denver, but he won't see me, although I've talked at length to his wife.  There's been some stressful things along the way that are evidently not easily forgotten. 

Damiano was divorced when the boys were in their early 20s, and he moved to California.  Actually spent some time in the monastery at Santa Barbara.  Rumor has it he returned to SPA and was killed in 1943.

>I've been down to the LDS Family History Center here in San Diego and they have about a dozen rolls of microfilmed records from SPA. I think I'm going to get a couple and see if I can figure anything out. I don't speak Italian, though.

Those are some of the records I looked at in Isernia.  The Mormons were through about a year before I visited there.  They have the bulk of the records, but military records might be missing, and they are important.  You just need to learn some key phrases, and any good ancestry book can help with that.

>I've found some descendants of Felicito Frazzini in Denver (he was Prospero's brother - see my web site). They have told me a lot about that branch and I've put some (more to come) on the web site.

Mary Frazzini, who is Prospero's (the guy who did some time) niece is still in Denver, and I visited her one day, but she is in her 90s and memories are a bit rusty. (Mark's note: from Jolene Frazzini - Mary has since passed away.)

Gotta run.  Keep in touch.
Mark C. DiVecchio wrote:
>I'm trying to work out as much of a timeline for my grandfather Emiliano as possible.
>One hint would be that when he was godfather to your father, he must have been in Italy. Or maybe it was in the US?
>When and where did the baptism occur? Did it list the godmother?
>Also, for your grandfather and my great grandfather, when and where (SPA?) did the baptism occur.
>Thanks,  Mark

Hi Mark - Here's what I have on the baptisms.  The information came from the church in San Pietro by talking with the priest, and having him go to the records of births stored in the church.  You have to know specific dates for him to do any looking at all.  Emiliano was my father Mirando's godfather at the ceremony at that church on the 26th of March, 1906.  I'm guessing he was close in age to Damiano, my grandfather, since they were both naturalized in Trinidad, Colo. the same day, Oct. 17, 1904, as minors.  I'm also guessing that they (at least Damiano) returned to Italy shortly after that since Damiano was married in San Pietro on Dec. 31, 1904.  Names of godmothers at the baptism ceremony were either unavailable, or thought not to be important by the priest. 

As for the baptism for Damiano, it also occurred in San Pietro.  He was born to Nunzio Frazzini, and Elisabetta Quaranta June 27, 1882 according to the records in Isernia.  But, here is a glitch.  He would have been over 22 years old at the time of naturalization, but the papers definitely are for a minor.

Valuable links for the family will be in the identification of the children of Damiano's and Damiano's father's brothers and sisters.  I have their names, but ran out of time to search the marriage and birth records for any children of aunts and uncles.  Damiano's father's name was Nunzio, and Nunzio's brothers and sisters were Pasquale Filippo, Domenico Damiano, Maria Luisa, and Giovanna Francesca, all born between 1844 and 1859.

Some of this info may now be available via Salt Lake, but I haven't had the time to look.
Later, Ron

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