Giuseppe DeLuca was born February 16, 1873, in Scaletta Zanclea Superiore (near Messina), Sicily. He was a carabineri and was stationed at Minori, Sorrento, Italy, where he met Trofimena Ferrigno, who was born there July 25, 1885. A large wedding was planned at the Basilica of Santa Trofimena in Minori, to be presided over by the canonico, the bride's uncle. Unfortunately, he died the night before the wedding. A box of jewels that was to be his gift to the couple was stolen that night. The couple married anyway, then left for America.
As I understand it, they first went to NYC, but they did not stay. Apparently, Giuseppe had at least 2 brothers who were in the States. One encouraged them to move to Mississippi. They did, but didn't stay too long. They ended up in Memphis, TN instead. Memphis had a burgeoning Italian population.
Giuseppe DeLuca and Trofimena Ferrigno had nine children:
1. Francesca DeLuca, who was born January 29, 1904. She married ______ Scola.
2. Nicolina DeLuca, who was born Jun 3, 1907. She married Robert Hardwick.
3. Elvira ("Vera") DeLuca (my grandmother), was born Jun. 10, 1908. She married first. W.M Rhea II. After their divorce, she married H.C. Parker.
4. Franco ("Frankie") DeLuca, who was born Nov. 15, 1910. I don't have the name of his spouse.
5. Anna DeLuca, who was born Jun. 23, 1912. She married Lawrence Volk.
6. Josephine DeLuca, who was born Oct. 7, 1914. She married Ray Merritt.
7. Ceclia DeLuca, who was born Mar. 1, 1917. She married William Neal.
8. Vincent DeLuca, who was born May 4, 1918. I don't have the name of his spouse.
9. John DeLuca, who was born Aug. 9, 1921. I believe he was married twice, but I don't have the names of either spouse.
It is also my understanding that only my grandmother, Vera, is still alive as of Jan. 2, 2006.