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Old Forge, PA

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Old Forge, a small town near Scranton, PA was the destination for many people from Sant'Eufemia. I don't know much about the families from Sant'Eufemia who moved to Old Forge, Rendham Moosic, and Dunmore - all areas or small towns around Scranton, PA.

This new page, which I started in Dec 2006, will start to document those families. The family names you will see here include DiVecchio, Carapellotti, diGiovine, Mancini and Palmieri. Many of these families appear in my GED Data Base.

Here is a graphical represetation of the families from Old Forge:

Graphical Family Tree Old Forge, PA (3.3+Mb JPG File)
 


The graphical tree (link above) shows all the families that I know about. Most of these families are distant cousins to me.


Here are the main families:

Frank DiVecchia and Grazia Giamoccaro

Frank came to the US via Ellis Island in 1898. His wife Ignazia joined him in 1907. She arrived with their three children, Annia, Domenico and Camillo.

Vincenzo Carapellotti and Lorenza

Vincenzo came to the US via Ellis Island in 1898. His wife Lorenza joind him in 1908. She arrived with four children, Domenico, Giacinta, Antonietta and Nicola. A fifth child, John was born in the US.

Children of Ottaviano Carapellotti and Filomena Pallone

At least two children of Ottaviano Carapellotti came to the US:

Eufemia "Fannie" Carapellotti and husband, Filippo "Phillip" DiVecchio
Raffaela Carapellotti and husband Concezio Pantalone

Possibly four other children of Ottaviano Carapellotti came to the US (I have not been able to make a definite connection yet):

Francesco "Frank" Carapellotti and wife Maria
Filippo "Phillip" Carapellotti and wife, Angiola "Angelina"
Luigi "Louis" Carapellotti and wife, Sophia
Unknown Carapellotti and wife, Maria Palmieri

Children of Domenico DiVecchia and Anna Giacoma diCosmo

Two children of Domenico came to the US.

Giovanni "John Delwet" DelVecchio (diVecchia) and wife, Eufemia 'Carmelia" Palmieri
Filippo "Phillip" DiVecchio and wife, Eufemia "Fannie" Carapellotti. See email below from grand-daughter.

Children of Eugenio DiVecchia and Eufemia diPietrantonio

Two children of Engenio came to the US.

Antonio DiVecchia. I am trying to get in touch with descendents of Antonio.
Domenico DiVecchia. He did not stay in the US but moved to Brazil, Cuba and then to Aruba. See emails below from his grandchildren.
        In Dec of 2008, I had a chance to travel to Aruba and I met five of the children of Domenico. Cruise trip report. Day in Aruba.

Children of Pietro Palmieri and Filomena Cercone

Three children of Pietro and Filomena came to the US:

Vitantonio "Tony V." Palmieri who married Domenica Rosa diGiovine
Vincenzo Palmieri who married Demetria "Angelina" Geco
Eufemia "Carmelia" Palmieri who married Giovanni "John Delwet" DelVecchio (diVecchia)

Some branches of this family used the name "Palmer".



Postings on rootsweb.com:

DI VECCHIA / CARAPELLOTTI
Sandra Shafer
SSHAFER45@juno.com
My grandfather Filippo DI VECCHIA) was born in 1884 in Sant'Eufemia, the son of Domenico DI VECCHIA and Anna Giacomo DI COSMO; my grandmother, Eufemia CARAPELLOTTI, was born in 1885 in Sant'Eufemia, the daughter of Ottaviano DI VECCHIA and Filomena Pallone.  They were married in Sant'Eufemia in 1904.  They emigrated to the US  and settled in Old Forge, PA, raising a family of 6 children.  My father, Domonick DI VECCHIA, was born in Sant'Eufemia in 1905.
DI NARDO / ALBERICO / PALLONE
Lou Stempkowski
eufamia@aol.com

My grandfather was:
Luigi Antonio DI NARDO (Louis Anthony DiNardo)
Born: 6 Jun 1892
Died: Aug 1969
Born: Sant' Eufemia A Maiella

His father was: Francesco DI NARDO
His mother was: Maria Nicole ALBERICO
His brother was: Matteo (Matthew) whose wife was Raffaela Carpolotti Di Nardo
His sister is: Adelina Di Vecchia (currently living in Buenos Ares, Argentina

My grandfather's travels were:
Moved to Old Forge (Scranton), PA in USA then moved to West Park (also known as McKees Rocks, near Pittsburgh) PA in USA

His wife was: Angelina DiNardo
Born 30 Apr 1890
Died Jan 1984
Her father was: Angelantonia PALLONE
Her mother was: Carmine DI NARDO

Please respond to Lou Stempkowski
389 Rio Circle
Pittsburgh, PA USA 15241
E-mail: eufamiaaol.com


Some Census information

DIVECCHIA    JOHN                        33    M    W    ITAL    PA    LACKAWANNA    1-WD OLD FORGE BORO    1910
DIVECCHIO    FRANK                     40    M    W    ITAL    PA    LACKAWANNA    1-WD OLD FORGE BORO    1910
DIGIOVINE    NICOLA                    31    M    W    ITAL    PA    LACKAWANNA    1-WD OLD FORGE BORO    1910
DIGIOVINE    SALVATORE            23    M    W    ITAL    PA    LACKAWANNA    1-WD OLD FORGE BORO    1910
CARAPELLOTTI    VINCENZO      42    M    W    ITAL    PA    LACKAWANNA    1-WD OLD FORGE BORO    1910


Here are some emails:

Hello,

I am Jully, from Aruba from the diVecchia's family. My grandfather Domenico diVecchia was born in 1902 in Santa Eufemia di Maiella Italy, he came to Aruba navigating with his brother Antonio Mancini who went to live in Old Forge USA.

I was so amazed by this website, I didn't know that the diVecchia family was so big, its very exiting to know about my family tree, i read about the Mancini family and about the diVecchia but I cant find where my grandfather fits in or I didn't read about him in this site, or maybe because he came to Aruba no one knew about him, but we are the only diVecchia in Aruba, my Grandfather has 3 sons and 3 daughters, and 16 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren.

So if he is on this family tree we would like to know about it.

Thank you verrrrry much!!
Julaiska
DEAR MARK,

MY NAME IS GIOVANNI di VECCHIA AND BORN IN ARUBA DUTCH CARRIBBEAN  IN 1962. MY GRANDFATHER WAS BORN IN PESCARA SANTA EUFEMIA A MAIELLA AND MOVE TO PENSYLVANIA , BUT DID NOT LIKE IT AND MOVE TO BRAZIL AND THEN TO CUBA AND THEN TO ARUBA UNTIL HE DIED. HIS NAME WAS DOMINGO DI VECCHIA AND BELIEVE THAT HIS FATHER'S NAME WAS EUGENIO DI VECCHIA. SO IS MY FATHER ALSO. WE WILL BE TRAVELING TO ITALY (PESCARA) IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR WITH MY FATHER SINCE THIS WILL BE HIS FIRST TIME IN ITALY.

MY FATHER BELIEVE THAT HIS UNCLE AND AUNT DIED THERE. THEIR NAME WAS VINCENZO AND FILOMENA DIVECCHIA. I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU. I FIND THIS VERY INTERSTING. AT THE MOMENT I'M IN HOLLAND VISITING MY DAUGHTER , BUT WILL BE IN ARUBA THIS COMING MONDAY. IF BY ANY CHANCE YOU WILL VISIT ARUBA, YOU WILL BE OUR GUEST.

WARM REGARDS,  GIOVANNI di VECCHIA
PS YOU CAN MAIL ME AT infovecchiaestates.com
Dear Giovanni,

Hello from your "cousin".

I was very interested to read your email about your grandfather Domenico diVeccha and your great-grandfather Eugenio.

In 2005, I received an email from Julaika, she told me about her grandfather Domenico. She said he was born in 1902. She told me that his brother went to live in Old Forge, Pennsylvania.

Do you know Julaika? Are you related? I have not received any more email from her.

I would like to try to find out if you are related to me.

Can you tell me more about the family of Domenico? Did he have brothers or sisters that went to Old Forge? Do you know any names or birth dates? I can search the data of people who came to the US and maybe find some clues.

I hope your trip to Europe was good. And your visit with your daughter Jesmine. Was the weather OK? I live in San Diego, California. A few days ago, the  temperature was 80F (27C). My mother lives in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Today it was 5F (-15C).

ciao.
Mark
DEAR MARK,

THANKS FOR YOUR PROMPT RESPOND. IÁM TRAVELING TO ARUBA RIGHT NOW AND WILL
CONTACT YOU. YES, JULAIKA IS MY COUSIN AND I HAVE A COUSIN NAMED GUILLERMITO
ARENDS (MOTHER EUFEMIA  di VECCHIA) WHO ARE VERY INTO THIS. AND TOGETHER WE
WILL TRY TO PUT THE PUZZLE TOGETHER. WE DO HAVE FAMILY IN PENSYLVANIA. WHERE
MY COUSIN AND MY FATHER HAS BEEN. I PROMISE THAT I WILL GO VERY DEEP INTO
THIS. THESE INFORMATION WILL GIVE US MORE LEADWAY WHEN WE ARE IN ITALY THIS
OCTOBER.  . 

REGARDS,  GIOVANNI  di VECCHIA
Giovanni,

I look forward to research on our common ancestry.

There are birth/marriage/death records available through the Morman Church (http://www.familysearch.org) for the years 1809 to 1865. I have copies of these records and I have looked at them to search for diVecchia names.

I will search these records and also the records from Ellis Island and Ancestry.com.

Tell me what you know about your grandfather Domenico and his brothers and sisters. You said his father was Eugenio, do you know his mother's name?

I hope we will be successful in our search. On your trip to Italy, you will already be an expert!

ciao.
Mark
Dear Mark,

At the moment we are in Rome preparing to go to Pescara. And we will try to go to Santo Eufemia a Maiella. We live in Aruba. This is a very exiting moment for my father Eugenio di Vecchia. My grantfather Domenico was born there.

Warm regards, Giovanni di Vecchia

PS , will send you pictures if we find where my grantfather was born.
Giovanni,

Good luck.

When you get to Sant'Eufemia, go to the town hall (muncipio) and ask to see the birth records of your grandfather. That will confirm names of Domenico's parents.

ciao.
Mark

Here is a real interesting email about a name change:

Date:            Thu, 20 Sep 2007 21:07:16 -0400 (EDT)
From:            Belvegaol.com

Hi Mark

I was surfing the web  and came across the family tree of the DiVecchio families. My fathers family was  DiVecchio, from Old Forge, Pa. My grandfathers name was Charles (americanized, I believe). I know he came to America from Abruzze, he was killed in 1949. He was married to Theresa Rivello also of Italy. They had one son Francis Nicholas, and four daughters,  Rose (Onufry), Elizabeth (Czyja), Grace (Lombardi) and AnnMarie (Calarusso). I don't  know if you have researched this but I thought I would tell you.

Just a little note, when my dad was born in the Scranton area, a polish doctor delivered him, he could speak very little english, and my grandparents who were only here a short while could not speak english very well either. On the birth certificate, the doctor wrote Belveg, when they were trying to say DelVecchio (when they pronounced their name the always left out the 'io' sound. My father was baptized a DiVecchio, but carried the name Belveg till he died.

I live about 70 miles from Old Forge, my grandfather and his parents are buried there. I will go and check out  their names on the tombstones soon.

Thank  you, Virginia  Fuller
I replied:

Thanks for your email.

The Belveg name is something totally new to me. Its always great to get this kind of information because usually there is no other way to find it except from a relative.

I have not come across the name Charles DelVecchio (or Belveg) before. I did some quick checking on ancestry.com and I found a few items where are attached.

The first is a 1930 census sheet for your grandfather, Charles Belveg, and his family in Old Forge. It says he came to the US in 1908 and was married about 1919.

The second is a WWII draft registration when he used the name Charles DelVecchio. It lists his wife, Theresa. Lists his hometown as Sant'Eufemia Italy (same as my father).

The third is a WWI draft registration filled out about 1917 or 1918. Here he used the name Belveg. Lists his hometown as Sant'Eufemia Italy. It says he is single and a US citizen.

I'm sure you are related to me though the DiVecchia family from Sant'Eufemia. If Charles came to the US in 1908, he would have been 11-12 years old. He had to come over with either his parents or a guardian. Do you know anything about this?

Do you know anything about the names of his parents? Do you know his Italian first name? (Charles is a very unusual name for an Italian. There is no common translation that becomes Charles - for example like Giovanni becomes John). How did Charles die? Do you have his death certificate? Since he was a US citizen, do you have his naturalization papers.

Again thanks for the email. I always get excited when I get info on a completely new branch of the family. (And sorry for all the questions.).

ciao.
Mark

Here are more emails from descendants of Domenico diVecchia, the brother of Antonio diVecchia (who lived in Old Forge).

From: Mark DiVecchio [mailto:markdsilogic.com]
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 3:55 PM
To: infovecchiaestates.com
Subject: We will visit Aruba in December

Dear Giovanni,

My wife, Sally, and I are taking a cruise from San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal during the month
of December.

On Saturday, Dec 20, we stop for one day in Oranjestad, Aruba. If it is possible we would like to meet you and other DiVecchia cousins.

ciao
Mark
Dear Mark,

That will be great, unfortunately we are leaving to Florida the 18th of December and will be back Jan 4th 2009. It would have been great to meet you. I will talk to my cousin Mito and see if he can arrange to meet you and show you around the island.
Also where my grandfather lived until he passed away.

Warm regards from Aruba, Giovanni di Vecchia
Date:            Mon, 10 Nov 2008 13:04:32 -0400
From:            mitoassociatedrealtorsaruba.com
To:              Giovanni di Vecchia <infovecchiaestates.com>
Cc:              'Mark DiVecchio' <markdsilogic.com>
Subject:         RE: We will visit Aruba in December

Hi Mark

Don't worry, I will take care of you while you're here. Prior to Dec. 20 we will have to agree on the time that I have to pick you up and where.

Best regards

Mito

Dear Mito and Giovanni,

Giovanni, we will be sorry that we will miss you. Where will you be in Florida?

Mito, thank you for your offer. We will be looking forward to meeting you. How are you related to Giovanni? I have also received email from Julaika. Do you know her?

ciao.
Mark

Hi Mark

Giovanni is my cousin, his father is a younger brother of my mother. Julaiska is also my cousin, her mother is a younger sister of my  mother, which means that my mother is the oldest daughter in the family and consequently I'm the oldest cousin. Julaiska is living now in the Netherlands. I guess we'll have a lot to talk about. I have been visiting our relatives in Scranton, PA for the last 24 years.

Arrivederci
Hi Mark

Our relatives in Scranton are indeed the descendants of Antonio diVecchia, brother of our grandfather Dominico diVecchia here in Aruba. I have the following e-mails from our relatives in Scranton, however I always communicate with them by telephone, it's more personalized:

Michael & Cathy    miknaleaol.com
Bobby & Karen      emerald56kaol.com

The 2nd oldest daughter of Antonio is Eleonor and her telephone # is:  570-562-1469.

Saludos

Mito


Rendham, PA

I needed some help finding out where Rendham was. I asked for help from the Pennsylvania GENWEB mailing list ( PAGENWEB@rootsweb.com ).

Where is Reudham, PA??

In the Ellis Island archives, I've found that many people from my father's  home town of Sant'Eufemia a Maiella came to the US with a final destination of Reudham, PA. At least that is what I read it as. I'm pretty sure this town was around Scranton, Old Forge or Moosic but I can't find it. Is is gone? Have I read the EI manifests correctly?
Mark -
 I think you are looking for Rendham, Pa.  Check out older handwriting, and you will find that it is very hard to distinguish between a "u" and an  "n."  My list of PA towns (1900) lists a RENDHAM in Taylor Boro, Lackawanna  County.  Pop is 500.  Hope this helps.
Sandy 
My followup post to the list:

I continued my searching for the town and ended up on the Penn State Digital Library web site. (http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/index.php

I went through a half dozen or so books and finally found this one:

"Jubilee history commemorative of the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania" by Thomas Murphy : Spine title: History of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania : Biographical material comprises last part of v.1 and all of v.2 : Includes indexes. Pub 1928

http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/cdm4


On page 493:

"What is known as the Rendham section of Old Forge derives its name from Rendham, a town in Sussex, England in which John Jermyn, who played such an important part in the borough's development, was born."

So this has to be it. If I search for Rendham, I get many hits and they all point to the Old Forge area. One posting says that Rendham is now called Taylor, PA.

In the handwritten records, I was mis-reading a "u" where it is really an "n". Special thanks to Sandy who pointed this out to me.

Thanks to all who responded to my query, the responses encouraged me to keep on looking!

Mark


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