Greatgreatgrandfather - Giacomo Tedesco
Greatgrandfather - Gundolfo Tedesco Shilliato
Grandfather - Frank Tedesco
Father - Angelo A Tedesco
Uncles - Rudolph, Joe, and Jack Tedesco
Gundolfo married Angelina Gualiano... their
children were Frank, Jack, Angelina,and Agnus
Lived in Mountain village of Shillato Sicily
province of Palermo.
Gundolfo - born 1860 died 1953
Frank- born 1885 died 1980
Gundolfo was a rugged man was known to be the leader of the town. People would go to him for help. He was not an outlaw, but was just well respected. He would travel weeks at
a time from village to village visting friends, and family, traveling miles either by foot, or mule. He befriended the bandits who were hiding from the law, and lived in the hills. He would spend many days up there with them, eating, drinking, and singing songs. Gundolfo played the fiscelletto(flute)
and loved music, as does all my family today.
He was a very smart man, and advised the bandits to eat their meat raw, so they wouldn't have to make a camp fire, which could be seen by the law. He did many good things in Sicily, in his traveles he came upon old friend sitting on his stoop. The man had a daughter who recently married. they
tricked the old man into signing the house over to them, and then threw him out of his own house! Gundolfo upon hearing this went in the house, and physically threw the both them out on the street, andgave the old man his house back. He then told the couple if he finds them back, they will be in worse trouble!!! Gundolfo was accurate and
lethal throwing rocks, and the police regisitered his hands as deadly weapons.
My Grandfather was a good man, and worked the field like everybody else in those days.
He was over 6' tall, and very handsome. He
joined the Italian army as a Brissalere, an
elite division. The way they marched was by running in formation. They walked,or ran wherever they traveled. They all had to be over 6' tall, and wore beautiful uniforms, with long feathers flowing from their hats.
Frank was the bugler, playing the brissalere song
as they marched. One time a man who worked for the King of Italy saw my grandfather, seing how strong, and goodlooking he was offered him a job as a guard for the King. Old Gundolfo was not happy with this news, since he didn't like the law so much, and
told his son if he joined, he would disown him!!... Frank didn't join!
Gundolfo's other son, Jack was another wild man. He was a sheep herder, and would spend a year at a time living in the hills with his flock all alone. Once a week his
brother Frank would travel up, and bring him food.
There are many other stories about them that I could tell but I could go on, and on. Eventually, with the big immigration to America happening, Gundolfo,and his two sons came over, leaving the woman behind. He hoped to bring them over later, but for
lack of money, they never did bring them. Unfortunately they never saw them again. The
men settled in Rochester Ny on the NorthEast side of the city, where we have been ever since, but spreading to the suburbs.
I would be interested to know if anybody has heard, or are related to me that I don't know of, if so please respond.
Maybe next time I will tell of my mother's side, the Ruggerio's, and Runfola's.