for Denise Wildman
My grandfather was born a Giambruno...the
southern branch of the family in Italy.He was born to a family with nobility. At that time, the oldest son inherited the family
wealth and all the other children were farmed out to peasant farmers.My Grandfather was farmed out to a peasant farmer with the last name of "catalina".The name was Americanized to "Cathlina".
His birth name was Francisco Giambruno.He
later became "Frank" in America....Frank Cathlina.
He went through Ellis Island, then to Pennyslvania to work in a coal mine.
There he met my grandmother Teresa Gagilardi.
He was 26 and she was 14 when they married.Later, they moved to Mystic, Iowa and
are buried there.
My grandfather was born in the Santa Lucia
parish in southern Italy.
If you have any information about the southern Giambrunos...please let me know.
Denise Cathlina Wildman
10817 N.E. 78th Court