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Gasbarro-Buzzelli Families from Castel di Sangro

Updated March 16, 2008

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I am looking for family ties between and among Gasbarro and Buzzelli (Bozzelli and Buzzella) family members who emigrated to the U.S. from Castel di Sangro, Italy, and I am seeking common ancestors connected to the same families. Also important to me are pictures of any of my relatives - particularly from the late 19th Century and early 20th Century - as well as the stories as to why they emigrated, or didn't choose to emigrate, and some of the successes and difficulties they had along the way.

My grandfather Salvatore Gasbarro (1881-1938) emigrated to the U.S. in 1900, returned to Italy in 1904, and then re-entered the U.S. in 1905 to settle in Atlantic City where he owned and operated a barber shop. His brother Benedetto Gasbarro settled in the area around Verona, PA, and his sister Concetta married a Frattura and settled in the area around Akron, OH. Salvatore's other sister, Elizabetta, remained in Castel di Sangro to take care of their mother Mariangela (DeLuca) Gasbarro and she eventually married Pio Balzano, the brother of Gen. Vincenzo Balzano of the Italian Army.

Salvatore married Maria Domenica Buzzelli (1885-1970) in Castel di Sangro in early 1905 and she joined him in Atlantic City, NJ in 1907, where from the late 1920s through the late 1960s she operated a guest house, "The Verona Rooms." Maria had three brothers who also emigrated to the U.S. (1) Achille Bozzelli, who settled in Philadelphia in the Christian Street area around the Italian Market. (2) Antonio Buzzella, who first settled in Atlantic City and then later moved to Florida. (3) Joseph Buzzelli, of whom I have very little information.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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