|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1893, Italy|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 1972, USA|
Amalia Cocco Lacirignola was born in Ururi, Campobasso, Italy. She was of Arbareshe heritage. Arbareshe were descendents of Albanians who fled to Italy after the Ottomans invaded Albania in the 15th Century. Her parents were Maria Giuseppa Primiani and Giovanni Cocco.
Her father was the town's baker. Amalia and two of her sisters, Ersilia and Maria Vincenza, came to the United States between 1911 and 1919. They sent their father a photo of the three of them all dressed up in fine clothes and "big hats". When their father saw the photo sent from America, he ran through the town showing everyone the photo of his daughters who had moved to America. However, he forgot that he was baking bread and the bread was burnt. Someone in the town wrote a folk song in the local Arbareshe dialect to commemorate this event.
When Amalia was 18, but saying she was 21, she came to the United States courtesy of the St. Raphael's Society for Italian Immigrants. This society arranged marriages for Italian immigrants. She arrived in the United States in May 1911 and married her husband, Vito Lacirignola the same day. They had two children, Joseph (who changed his named to Laciano) and Angela Beyer. She lived in Manhattan. Amalia had six grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
NOTE: All of my grandmother's official documents have her birth year as 1890. She was actually born in 1893. When she came to America to marry my grandfather, she said she was 21 but was really only 18.
Vito Lacirignola (1879 - 1961)
Alfonso (Infant) Lacirignola (1912 - 1912)*
Joseph Laciano (1913 - 1987)*
Angela Mary Lacirignola Beyer (1916 - 1975)*
Note: Most American records show her name as Amelia but her birth name was actually Amalia.
New York, USA
Created by: Susan Beyer
Record added: Nov 18, 2007
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