Joe And Fiore Napolitano

Napolitano coat of armsJoe and Fiore Napolitano were brothers born in Montalto Uffugo. They were the sons of Angelo Napolitano and Agiulina Napolitano. Joe left Montalto Uffugo and returned a few times before finally settling down in Chicago. Once in Chicago, both brothers were employed in fine hotels in Chicago. Fiore came here and never returned to Montalto Uffugo. He married his wife Enrichetta Blasi in Chicago. Joe and Fiore were second cousins of my grandfather.

Joe Napolitano

Joe's first journey to the United States was in 1903. He traveled on the ship Citta di Milano to New York to 197 Mulberry Street in New York to see his uncle Andrea Santoro. It is interesting to note that another passenger on this ship, Luigi Trotta, was also going to see his uncle named Andrea Santoro at 197 Worth Street in New York. Joe made this journey with his brother Eugenio. Eugenio returned to Montalto Uffugo and never came back to the United States. Joe also returned to Montalto Uffugo 2 more times before ending up in Chicago never to return to Italy. In between Joe's visits back and forth between Italy and The United States Joe married Maria Concetta Garrafa in Montalto Uffugo in 1905. He was in Montalto for the birth of his first child and personally reported the birth of Aguilina Messimina Napolitano to the Stato Civile. In Chicago Joe found work as a chef in an upscale Chicago hotel where he worked until his retirement.

Children of Joe and Concetta

  • Aguilina Messimina Born 1909 in Montalto Died
    Married Gino Doretti
  • Aguilino (Joseph) Born 1911 in Montalto
    Married Estelle Riggs
  • Anna Maria Born 1913 in Chicago
    Married Richard VanHuesen
  • Edith Born 1916 in Chicago Died 2000
    Married Frank Sagilio

Maria Concetta Garrafa

Maria Concetta Garrafa was born in Montalto Uffugo to Domenico Garrafa and Emilia Napolitano on 8 August 1885. Shortly after her birth, her mother Emilia died. Maria Concetta Garrafa married Giuseppe Napolitano in Montalto Uffugo in August, 1905. Joe told his grandchildren that he came in a carriage and stole Concetta away. Evidently, Concetta's father Domenico Garrafa did not approve of Joe as a suitable husband for his daughter. But the marriage record of Joe and Concetta do show that he did sign their pubblicazione and their marriage act so he must have agreed to their marriage. Joe and Concetta had 2 children born in Montalto Uffugo followed by two more in Chicago. Their first born was Agiulina Massimina, born in April, 1909. Probably named after Joe's mother who died the year before their marriage, she would be called Lena in the United States. In 1911 Angelo was born and he would be known as Joe in Chicago. In 1912 Concetta boarded the ship Stampalia in Naples with her 2 children and left Montalto Uffugo forever. She joined her husband in Chicago with her ship passage paid for by her father. In Chicago Joe and Concetta had 2 more children, Anna Maria (Anne) and Edith. Maria Concetta Garrafa Napolitano died on 5 October 1970 in Chicago (Cook County), Illinois.

Florindo Fiore Napolitano

Fiore was born Florinto Fiore Napolitano in the Parantoro section of Montalto Uffugo on 13 November 1887. His father was Angelo Napolitano and his mother was Aguilina Napolitano. In 1910 he came to the United States with his brother Joe and never returned to Italy. Fiore found employment as a butcher in Chicago at the LaSalle Hotel. He worked there many years. Fiore met and married his wife Enrichetta Blasi in Chicago. Enrichetta was born in San Fili (a town just south of Montalto Uffugo) and came to the United States in 1910 at the age of 13 with her mother Serafina Noto and her siblings Innocenza, Antonetta, Francesca and Michele. They came to join Santo Blasi at 344 West Polk Street in Chicago who was the children's father and Serafina's husband. Fiore and Enrichetta married in Chicago on 9 February 1913. Fiore and Enrichetta had four children together. Fiore became a United States citizen on 4 October 1922. He never returned to Montalto Uffugo. Fiore died in 1978. Fiore and Enrichetta's children are listed below.