Sunday, September 03, 2006

Ancestors of Antonio & Felice found!

I have today received some information we've all been looking for! A contact in Belgium, Michel Vacca has sent me an extensive tree for the Crollas in Picinisco. Believe me, this takes us way beyond the "holy grail" of the parents of Antonio and Felis. I haven't even replied to his email yet, and so for the moment, a taster:
Antonio Cesario Crolla [b 1/05/1830] m [20.07/1858] Felicita Pia


DeFelice said...

Hi How are you, my Last name Is De Felice, my great grandfather came from picinisco and moved to Glasgow Scotland, he changed the Last name from DI to De. I have always wanted to look into my Family, I have an Italian passport and family crest. I would love to here from you.

Andrew DeFelice

KCrolla said...

Hi Andrew
Maria Giuseppa Antonia Di Felice b 04 Apr 1793 in Picinisco was the mother of Antonio Crolla b 1830 who came to Manchester as described in this blog. If you follow the link to the Little Italy website there are more references to Di Felices.
For example, Serafino Di Felice writes:
"My paternal grandparents, Serafino Di Felice and Filomena Di Felice, formerly Capaldi, and their young sons Eugenio and Ernesto arrived in Manchester in 1876 and with the help of my grandfather's uncle Antonio Crolla and his family, who had settled in Manchester in 1871, they were able to obtain temporary rented accommodation in Gun St in the New Cross Ward of Ancoats where the beginnings of an Italian community was already established. Their third son, my Uncle Antonio, was born in 1878 by which time my grandfather had become established as a confectioner and ice cream trader."
It would be fascinating to know how the family split and some went to Manchester and some to Glasgow.