2016-04-29

The Family of John Iacano and Angelina Russo Femminella

The Family of John Iacano and Angelina Russo Femminella

But let's have a little background. Chuck's parents are Rose Mary Iacano (1916-1976) and Charles Derry (1908-1974). Rose was the second oldest child in her family of seven brothers and sisters:
  • Frances Eleanor "Franny" Iacano-Ventura (1915-2002)
  • Rose
  • Frank J. Iacano (1918-1994)
  • James J. Iacano (1920-1972)
  • Giovanna Helen "Jenny" Iacano (1921-2008)
  • John B. Iacano (1923-1991)
  • Joseph Sam Iacano (1926-1945)
  • Gaetana "Tanny" Iacano-Cosiano (b. 1936). 
All these family were born in Cleveland, Ohio. Their parents, John Iacano (1882-1944) and Angelina Russo Femminella (1895-1940) were both born in Sicily, Italy.

Area of Ragusa (modern map)
John was born Giovanni Iacano (or Iacono) 21 February 1881 in Ragusa, Ragusa Province. The birth is not yet corroborated by civil registers or baptismal registers, and some less certain information identifies his parents as Francesco Gacomo (estimated dates of 1855-1920) and Francesca Rovetto (estimated dates of 1855-1930).

Area of Militello Rosmarino (modern map)
Angelina was born 2 October 1895 in Militello Rosmarino, Messina Province. The birth is documented in a civil registry, but not yet in a baptismal register. The parents are identified as Vincenzo Russo Femminella (1879-1940) and Rosa Blogna (est 1869-1961), who also were documented in the 1920 U.S. Census, along with their children Biagio, Joseph, Tony, and Caroline.

Family stories relate that John emigrated some ten years before his marriage, and that he went back to Sicily to meet and accompany Angelina to the U.S. or provided for the travel with a family member. However, the presence of her family in the 1920 Census may argue against the stories; they may have met in Cleveland.

Photos and Documents

Here are a few photos and documents, generally from most recent to oldest. The descriptions of photos are tentative, and I hope family members can help provide corrections.


Rose and Charles Derry, about 1952, possibly in Mount Prospect or in Aunt Frannie's home on 114th Street. There may be another contemporaneous photo that shows the time to be Christmas. In Rose's lap is either a doll or a Christ child from a nativity crêche.
Rose with four children:
perhaps Joey Flauto, Jimmie Ventura, Johnnie Ventura, Chuckie Derry?
or Joey, Frankie Flauto, Jimmie Ventura, and Johnnie Ventura?
or Joey Flauto, Frank Flauto or Big Johnnie, Jimmie Ventura, and Johnnie Ventura?
Six girls in the 1940s: Jo DeMarco, Jennie Iacano-Flauto, Tillie Feranda or DeeDee Harris, Rose Iacano-Derry; front row: Nancy DeMarco?, Aunt Sara Ferone?.Of interest is the similar clothing for Jo and Jennie, Tillie/DeeDee and Rose, and Nancy and Sara.
Jennie and possibly her grandmother, perhaps Cumari Maria or Nancy and Josie's mother, or one of Jennie's aunts.
Rose at her home or else she might be visiting someone who lives in public housing.

Joe Sam Iacano in class picture from Army basic training, 1944.

Rose and Tony Calire, back yard of somewhere on East 114th Street.
Grandfather's death document (1944).
Grandmother's death document (1940). Note that the cause of death is given as "Thoracotomy, rt. posterior, old post-operative five months for Ecchinococcus cyst of liver" performed February 1940. No malignancy was found. A contributory cause was "marked secondary anemia from hemorrhage" on 15 July 1940.

Rose about 18 at her high school graduation, on the side of the home at 114th Street.
Jennie's wedding day (27 June 1942) and "Little Nana," but Chuck is unsure whether she is the maternal grandmother or paternal grandmother.

Grandparents' 1940 census entry, East 114th Street, Cleveland.

Rose Iacano graduation photo, about 1933.

Grandparents' 1930 census entry, East 114th Street, Cleveland.

Rose's first communion, about 1924. or Frannie's first communion, about 1923.

Grandparents' 1920 census entry. Though the census enumerator wrote the family name as "Yadino," the given names and ages corroborate well to the John Iacano family at this time. As well, the Orange Avenue address is corroborated by other documents.

Note that Angelina Russo-Iacano's parents and siblings are enumerated only a few lines later.

Grandparents' wedding photo, 1914.
Grandparents' marriage certificate.
Grandparents' marriage license.

Grandmother's 1911 passport.









Transcription and translation:

Transcription Translation
[numbers illegible]
In nome di sua maetà Vittorio Emanuele III
per grazia di dio e per volonté della nazione
Re d'Italia
Passaport rilasciato a Russo Femminel[la?]
Angela (mobile)
figlia di Vincenzo
e di Blogna Rosa
nato a Militello R.
il 2 Ottobre 1895
residente a Militello R.
in provincia di Messina
de condisione casalinga

In the name of his majesty Vittorio Emanuele III
through the grace of god and the will of the nation
King of Italy
Passport released by Russo Femminella
Angela (__mobile__)
daughter of Vincenzo
and of Blogna Rosa
born in Militello Rosmarino
the 2nd October 1895
resident of Militello Rosmarino
in the Province of Messina
with the condition of home
Page 2
Connotati del Titolare del Passaporto
Statura m. 1. 57
Eta anni 15
Fronte regolare
Occhi cartagni
Naso greco
Bocca regolare
Capelli cartagni
Barba //
Buffi //
Colorito rosco
Corporatura regolare
Segui particolari N
Firma del Titolare
Russo Angela

Characteristics of the Passport Holder
Height 1.57 meter (5' 2")
Age 15 years
Forehead normal
Eyes __cartagni__
Nose Greek
Mouth normal
Hair __cartagni__
Beard //
__Buffi__ //
Coloration red
Body normal
Notable __Segui__ N (none)
Signature of the Holder
Angela Russo
Page 3
Il presente passaporto e rilasciato per (1) Cleveland Ohio
ed e valido (2) per tre anni
Rilasciato cralirtiamente a norma dell' fiel. & com. 4 del
R.D. 31 Gennaio 1901
Patti 31 Maggio 1911
Il Sottoprefatto VG
Seal: Regia Sotto Prefettura di Patti Ufficio N.P.S.
Page 3
She presents the passport and is released to (1) Cleveland Ohio
and is valid (2) for three years
Released __cralirtiamente__ pursuant to __fiel__. & com. 4 del
R.D. 31 January 1901
Patti (a location) 31 May 1911
The undersecretary VG
Seal: Regia Sotto Prefettura di Patti Ufficio N.P.S.

Grandfather's 1910 census entry.



Grandfather's 1906 passport.









Transcription and translation:

Transcription Translation
1369 1
In nome di sua maetà Vittorio Emanuele III
per grazia di dio e per volonté della nazione
Re d'Italia
Passaport rilasciato a Iacono Giovanni
figlo di FaFrancesco
e di Rovetto Francesca
nato a Ragusa
il 21 Febbruaio 1881
residente a Ragusa
in provincia di Siracusa
de condisione masculine (?)
1369 1
In the name of his majesty Vittorio Emanuele III
through the grace of god and the will of the nation
King of Italy
Passport released by Iacono Giovanni
Angela (__mobile__)
son of Francesco
and of Rovetto Francesca
born in Ragusa
the 21 Febbruaio 1881
resident of Ragusa
in the Province of Syracuse
with the condition of masculine (?)
Page 2
Connotati del Titolare del Passaporto
Statura m. 1. 65 1/2
Eta anni 25
Fronte Cassn
Occhi crestami
Naso piccolo
Bocca guista
Capelli contorni
Barba reisn
Colorito bruno
Corporatura regr.
Segui particolari H
Firma del Titolare

Characteristics of the Passport Holder
Height 1.65 1/s meter (5' 7")
Age 25 years
Forehead __Cassn__
Eyes __crestami__
Nose small
Mouth __guista__
Hair __contorni__
Beard shaven
__Buffi__ //
Coloration brown
Body normal
Notable __Segui__ H (N - none?)
Signature of the Holder
Page 3
Il presente passaporto e rilasciato per (1) New York
ed e valido (2) per tre anni
(3) Gantuito Ro Secreto
31-1-Ro1
Moduin 20 Marzo 1906
GlSottoPugett
Seal: Regia Sotto Prefettura del Ci...
Page 3
The passport is presented and released to (1) New York
and is valid (2) for three years
__Gantuito Ro Secreto__
31 January 1901
Moduin (a location) 20 March 1906
The undersecretary VG
Seal: __Regia Sotto Prefettura del Ci...__

Grandmother's birth registration (reported on two pages of the civil register).

Grandfather's birth registration. —to be added when available

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