Hi, Roger, We've been researching the Novelli name for some time, but it's slow going and time consuming, so we haven't done much lately. Our Novelli links come to this country directly from Calascio, L'Aquila, Italy. At least as far back as we've gone. Pietro Novelli b 4 Apr 1828 m Anna Teresa Frasca b 10 Apr 1838 in Calascio. One of their daughters, Anna Nunzia Novelli m Guiseppe Santarelli and they both came to U.S. from which my husband is descended.
I notice you are from PA. A cousin of my father-in-law & her husband were BOTH named Novelli and lived in PA. I haven't heard from them in a few years so I hesitate to mention their names since they may still be living.