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"According to the story my parents told me, the place of origin of all the Quagliata's is a little village south of Messina called Sant'Alessio Siculo on the east coast of Sicily. I agree with Narcissus Quagliata in considering all the Quagliata's are related: we are too few and we all come from Sicily. The painters Narcissus talks about: Giovanni Quagliata and Giovan Battista Quagliata (1603-1673) worked in Messina in the sixteenth century. Almost all their works were lost in the great earthquake that destroyed Messina on December 28th, 1908. There are still three paintings by Giovan Battista (I think he was the son) in Messina. One is in the church of Santa Rita, the other two are in the local museum. In Messina there is also a little street called Via Giovanni Quagliata." The preceding quote was from a 1999 email sent from Vittorio Quagliata of Italy to Richard Quagliata of St. Louis, Missouri. It's just one of the interesting pieces of information that we have gathered doing research for this genealogy project. I've also heard the story about all Quagliatas being related through the little town "south of Messina" from my father, Joseph Quagliata (1930-2013) and his father, Mario Quagliata (1907-1995), and after many years of research we can now say the story appears to be true. Previously, there appeared to be two lines of Quagliata ancestry - one based in Sicily and one based in southern Italy. The map below, from a study done by LABO, shows the distribution of the family name in Italy - note the high concentrations in southern Italy and Sicily. In 2007, we discovered some information that ties the two lines together with a reasonable degree of certainty. My name is Michael Quagliata (b. 1953) and I'm the webmaster of this site. With this site, we are attempting to document our family lineage as completely as possible. After years of gathering pieces of information on my own, I got an email one day in 1999 from Richard Quagliata (b. 1955), who was also researching family history. Between us we had quite a bit of information, and after a couple more years of piecing things together, we published our information on this website in 2001. Since then we've had many visitors email in information to help us put together a lineage chart. The following narrative, which has grown some since we first published it, is to help you determine if you might be a relative of my family. It follows the patriarchal line into my immediate family. If your last name is Quagliata, or if you are descended from a Quagliata, I'd like to hear from you - if you have any information that would possibly be useful, have corrections, or just want to send a message, please email me.
How did we arrive at the current state of our knowledge? Originally, second cousins once removed, Richard Quagliata (b. 1955) and Michael Quagliata (b. 1953), combined efforts to document their family's lineage. According to oral history as told by family members, and collected prior to 1980, Mario Quagliata (1843-19??), had 16 sons and a daughter by two wives. When this website was first published in 2001, we knew of Mario Quagliata (1843-19??), his second wife and three of their children, as well as Louis Quagliata's (b. 1937) family from Rome, and John Quagliata's (b. 1940) family in Cleveland. Over the next couple of years, information began to trickle in as our website was added to the data bases of many ancestry websites and internet search engines like Yahoo! and Google, eventually making us easier to find. In 2003, the pace of incoming contributions began to pickup. Visitors were donating genealogical listings, documents, photos, family narratives and providing us with corrections. A fairly complete list of all those who have contributed can be found on the Contributors page. Richard's Chart, a complete genealogical listing of our current state of knowledge, began to grow as more and more visitors added their lineages - currently it is over 50 pages long. The linkages of some of the listed lineages are based on documentation, while others are guess work based on names, dates, hometowns and family relationships. In 2005, John Quagliata (b. 1940), of the Cleveland, Ohio family, provided us with a detailed and documented listing of his family. He is one of the few contributors who gained his knowledge by researching marriage, birth and death records from Sicily. John was able to take his family's listing all the way back to the late 1700s. He has also spent many hours researching for other lines, including mine. Thanks to John's work in 2006, we now know Mario Quagliata was born about 1843, Mario's parents names, the names of eight of the children from his marriage to Maria Barcellona, as well many other names and dates. Then in May of 2007, our long time contributor Vittorio Quagliata of Milan emailed us our most exciting news to date. Vittorio discovered a booklet researched and written by Professor Iana Quagliata of Monza about the life of Giambattista Quagliata (1603-1673, aka Giovan Battista Quagliata). Iana's booklet contained a wealth of information about Giambattista, pushing our family tree back to the 1500s. As our contributors provide more information, our knowledge continues to grow. The information presented here and in the family narratives is only as accurate as our current knowledge and information, and we welcome any help our visitors might provide. From time to time, changes in the narratives are made as newer and/or more accurate information is acquired.
So, according to our study of the Quagliata Coat of Arms, we can state
the following with a measure of confidence: During the years 1200-1400, the Quagliata family
was involved with the Ghibelline party in central and northern Italy.
At some point during this time period, a member of the family, who was an
ancestor to Giovan Battista Quagliata (1603-1673), was granted a noble title
and a coat of arms "of gold, a chevron group of
red supporting a castle with two of the same Ghibelline
merlons and accompanied within the point by an identical
This brings us to the 1700s. According to
historical information presented above, we know Giovan Battista
Quagliata (1603-1673) was married twice: First about 1627, and then, after his
return to Messina and the death of his first wife, married again sometime
after 1640. So now we have a bit of conjecture: Any of Giovan's
children, including those two sons, could've have lived into the 1700s and
most likely lived on the lands owned by their father in the area of Forza
D'Agro. Although we have no records that directly link Giovan's
lineage to ours, we do have a record for my great-great-great
grandfather, Carmelo Quagliata (1781?-18??) living in Forza D'Agro, where
his son, my great-great grandfather, Mario Quagliata (1843-19??) was born.
This information allows us to form a lineage based on the information we
All the lineages we know of are mapped to the town their earliest known ancestor on the map below; listed by town and patriarch. The Quagliata family that originally formed the basis of the genealogical listing we are developing is descended from the two marriages of Mario Quagliata (1843-19??), the son of Carmelo Quagliata (1781?-18??) from Forza D'Agro (listed in the chart above). Since then, we have widened the scope of our project to include all Quagliata lineages. It should be remembered that these listings are just branches of the global Quagliata family tree.
The narratives of lineages with unknown linkage to
Mario's line can be found on the More
Quagliata Narratives page. Below is a small lineage chart that shows the known
children of Mario (as our current information shows them to be) and where
they or their descendants immigrated to from Sicily (unknown names and
dates, or possible destinations are indicated by a question mark "?").
The chart is based on information we've gathered, including names, dates,
hometowns, family relationships and written documentation. And now,
we'll continue with the narrative, which presents the story of Mario's children and their
descendants, following the birth order of Mario's children.
According to the current state of our information, Mario Quagliata
(pictured on the left, click for a larger view) was
born May 20, 1843 in Forza D'Agro - northeastern Sicily, in the area just
north of Mt. Etna. Mario's parent's names were Carmelo Quagliata
(1781?-18??) and Rosa Pagano (1808?-18??) and they had five known children -
Mario (1843-19??), Francesco (1845-1847), Pasquale (1847-19??), Giovanni
(10/1848-12/1848) and Francesco (1852-19??). Mario
died sometime after 1900 - we know this because mail and photos were still going back and
forth between Sicily and the United States after that date, but we have no confirmed
date of death. Mario was married twice and both marriages produced
children. Indications are that Mario married his first wife around
1860. Together they lived in the area just north of Mt. Etna, possibly
in the area of
In 1908, Angelo was a laborer (carpentry) in Rochester, NY, living with his wife, two daughters and newborn son Samuel (1908). They lived there for four years and had another son Joseph (1910). In the meantime, Rosario had gone back to Sicily to marry his sweetheart, Anna Costa in Castiglione di Sicilia (
|More information on the Rochester/Lyons family was supplied by Michael and Jennifer Quagliata (siblings): Their great-great grandfather Salvatore's son Pietro, immigrated to Lyons, New York in 1913 (this conflicts with Linda's 1905 date - to date, no pertinent 1905 immigration records found). Michael and Jennifer believe the Ellis Island Record on the right belongs to their great-grandfather. Pietro was accompanied by his siblings, Angelo and Rosario, and his aunt and uncle. The aunt and uncle subsequently went on to Cleveland where there's another large Quagliata family, probably branching from our tree at some point before Mario Quagliata (1843-19??). Angelo Quagliata, of the Cleveland Quagliata family has some family information on his website, AngeloQ. To continue, Pietro had a son named Michael S. Quagliata (Sr.), who in turn had a son named Michael S. Quagliata (Jr.). Michael S. Quagliata (Jr.) is Michael and Jennifer's father. Michael and his father work at Q-Tech Engineering. Jennifer sent us the marvelous family photo on the left, that was taken about 1927 (click for a larger view). More information about this lineage was contributed by Andrew Quagliata (b. 1979): Rosario and Anna Quagliata's third child, Joseph Quagliata, married Sophie Yasko and they had three children: (from oldest to youngest) David, Terry and Patricia. Terry Quagliata has two sons: Andrew (b. 1979) and Jason Quagliata. David had a son named Daniel and the extended family lives in the Rochester, NY area. Andrew says that some retired Quagliata's from the Lyons/Rochester group are living in Florida. Also, Jeff Quagliata supplied more information on the Rochester, NY family: Jeff's grandfather, Francis Quagliata was a son of Rosario Quagliata, the fifth child mentioned above. Francis married Flora DeJohn and they had six children: Francis (Buddy), Janie, Linda (whose contributions helped fill out the Rochester/Lyons family tree), Barbara, Becky and Lori. Francis (Buddy) is Jeff's father.|
Carmelo & Carmela Quagliata
And their children: Mariano, Pietrina, Paolino & Salvatore c.1940
Thanks to Sam Quagliata and his cousin Joanne Curro, we've
added another piece to the puzzle. Sam and Joanne's great grandfather,
Giuseppe Quagliata married Santa Cardillo and the couple lived in Piedimonte
Etneo, Sicily - the very town mentioned above where Salvatore and Giovanna
Quagliata lived. Francesca (Quagliata) Panuccio sent in a photo of
Giuseppe and Santa which can be seen on the lower right (click for a
larger view). From the information we have, it appears that
Giuseppe was probably born about 1862. The coincidence of the family name and the
town indicates there is probably a family link. Also, the dates we
have line up. Now, our current information has Mario's first marriage
producing a third son, Giuseppe Quagliata. Giuseppe and Santa had six
children: Cirino, Carmelo, Salvatore, Caterina, Paolo and Concetta.
Caterina married Giuseppe Petrocitto - there is more on their marriage and
descendents below. Paolo married, but unfortunately, we have no
further information on him. Carmelo Quagliata (1884-1956) married
Carmela Rinaudo (1886-1955). Carmelo, leaving his wife in Sicily,
went to America in 1912 for 1 year, but didn't like it, so he returned
to Sicily. Carmelo and Carmela had seven children:
Santa, Giuseppe, Ignazio, Salvatore,
Pietrina, Mariano and Paolino. In the 1950s, six of those
children immigrated to Australia; Paolino stayed in Sicily and lives in
Paolo Quagliata (center), Ignazio Quagliata & wife Giuseppina c.1940
|Sam Quagliata's cousin, Francesca (Quagliata) Panuccio (third cousin once removed), sent in more information on this branch. Her grandfather, Guiseppe (Nunziato) Quagliata is the brother of Ignazio (Sam's father), who in turn were sons of Carmelo Quagliata (1884-1956) and Camela Rinaudo (1886-1955). Francesca sent in a nice photo of her great grandparents on her father's side, Carmelo and Carmela, seen on the upper left (click for a larger view). Giuseppe (Nunziato) Quagliata was born in Piedimonte Etneo, Sicily in 1913. In 1932, at the young age of 19, Giuseppe eloped to marry Maria Barone, who was also 19. Giuseppe and Maria went on to have 6 children: Carmelo, Giuseppe (Francesca's father), twins Ingazio (who died at birth) and Carmela, Santa and Alfia. Francesca sent in another nice photo of her grandparents and their children: you can see the family in the photo on the right (click for a larger view). Giuseppe decided to depart Italy, leaving his wife Maria and family behind in a quest of a better life. He boarded the ship (Sorrento, Flotta-Lauro) from the port of Messina in 1950 heading for Australia. Ingazio, Giuseppe’s brother also arrived in Australia but he was on another ship. Together they joined their brother Salvatore and their uncle Paolo (Carmelo’s brother), who migrated to Australia a year earlier, in Tully, North Queensland and worked in the cane fields. In 1951 Giuseppe’s eldest son Carmelo at the age of 18 boarded the ship (Sydney, Flotta-Lauro) from the port of Messina and headed to Australia to help his father Giuseppe, to establish a home so they could eventually bring Maria and the rest of the family to Australia. Father and son finally settled and brought a home in Dulwich Hill, Sydney in 1954, together they were able to bring the rest of the family to Sydney, a place they called home. Giuseppe went on to work for the Sydney Railway. Giuseppe and Maria returned to Sicily separately around 1972. Carmelo and his wife returned to Sicily in 2001 after 50 years. Giuseppe, Carmela, Santa, and Alfia returned with their partners for their holidays many years later, finding Sicily as beautiful and unchanged as they had left it. Giuseppe died at the age of 67 of Parkinson Disease in 1980. His wife Maria died of cancer and joined him in 1994 at the age of 81. Giuseppe Quagliata (Francesca's father) married his second cousin Giuseppina Pollicina. Giuseppe's grandfather, Carmelo Quagliata was the brother of Giuseppina's grandmother, Caterina (Quagliata) Petrocitto. Caterina Quagliata was born in 1894 in Piedimonte Etneo, Sicily, to Giuseppe Quagliata and Santa Cardillo, seen on the upper right (click for a larger view). Caterina married Giuseppe Petrocitto (1888?-19??). They had 4 children: Salvatore, Carmelina, Giuseppe and Carmelo. All Caterina’s children migrated to Australia, but Caterina and her husband stayed in Sicily on their own. Giuseppe Petrocitto died of cancer around 1965. After Giuseppe's death Caterina decided to move to Australia spend the rest of her life with her children. Caterina stayed with her eldest son Giuseppe and his wife Venera, and eventually died in Australia at 85 of old age in 1979. The family flew her body back to Sicily to be buried next to her husband. Caterina's granddaughter, Giuseppina, and Giuseppe Quagliata had four children: Maria, Francesca (who contributed this information), Carmela and Nunziato (Norm). Francesca contributed a great photo of her great grandparents on her mother's side, Caterina and Giuseppe Petrocitto seen on the lower left (click for a larger view).|
Rita Quagliata of Ayr QLD, Australia, sent in a lot of work on another
Quagliata branch that immigrated to Australia, and we are very grateful for her
Mario and Maria Quagliata
Taken in Termini Imerese c. 1895
Mario's second marriage was to Maria Cristina Barcellona (1850?-19??) and was
documented in Catenanuova, Sicily, in 1875 when Mario was 32 years old.
The marriage certificate is on the right (click for a
larger view) Catenanuova is a small town on
the southwest side of Mt. Etna.
Mario's parents were Carmelo Quagliata and Rosa Pagano. Maria's parents
were Pietro Barcellona and Paola Congati. According to Mario's grandson
Mario Quagliata (1907-1995), Mario and Maria had 12 children. Of the 12
children, we have the names of eight: Rosa (1872-1874), Carmelo (1874-1881),
Pietro (Peter, 1876/7-19??), Giovanni (John, 1878-1945), Rosa (1881-19??), Carmelo (1883-19??)
, Giuseppe (Joseph, 1885-1971) and Angelo (1887-19??). Sicilian
families following traditional naming practices would name their oldest son
after the grandfather on the father's side, so Mario named his first son after his father,
Carmelo Quagliata. But, Carmelo (1874-1881) died very young, so the baby
born in 1883 was given the name Carmelo to carry it on. Following Sicilian
tradition, Mario named his second son after his wife's father, Pietro Barcellona
and his first daughter after his mother, Rosa. Baby Rosa died at the age
of 2, so the next female baby was also named Rosa.
|Mario's son Giovanni (1878-1945) immigrated to the US January 5, 1904. A passenger list that Richard Quagliata (b. 1955, Giovanni's grandson through Giovanni's son John Quagliata) obtained, shows that Giovanni arrived in New York aboard the S.S. Sardegna at the age of 24 (the complete record is on the left, and Giovanni's entry is shown below). The record also lists Termini (Termini Imerese in Sicily) as Giovanni's last town of residence in Italy. The record continues, showing St. Louis, Missouri as his final destination where, according to the record, Giovanni's brother in law, Francesco Scozzia(?) lived at 820 Morgan Street. Francesco was most likely married to Giovanni's sister, Rosa. Other than this, we have no other information on Rosa. On December 26, 1903, Agostina Restivo (1886-1963, alternate spelling: Augustina) immigrated to the US at the age of 17. Both Giovanni and Augustina entered the US through Ellis Island. Giovanni married Augustina in Chicago, Illinois on July 18, 1904 and eventually moved to St. Louis, Missouri. The first record of Giovanni and Agostina living in St. Louis, Missouri is the birth record of their daughter Mary who was born at home on Washington Street in 1906. Their second daughter Antonina (we knew her as Lena), was born at home in St. Louis in 1907. In 1914 Giovanni's name appears in the St Louis city directory as John Quagliata. The family is pictured on the right, about 1920, in a section taken from a great photo sent in by Richard Quagliata (b. 1955) (click for a larger view). On the left is another photo Richard sent in that was taken in 1981 picturing six of Giovanni and Agostina's seven children (click for a large color view). Thanks to Richard Quagliata's research in 2005, we have information from Peter's and Angelo's marriage certificates. Peter married Michela (Josephine?) Pusateri on August 25, 1902, in Sicily, but the town is unknown. Peter immigrated to the US in March 22, 1907, entering through the port of New York. Peter may have moved to and/or stayed in New York for a time as Joseph's son Mario Quagliata (1907-1995) remembered his father going to New York to visit one of his brothers. Angelo married Enrichetta Iacono on April 15, 1910 in Palermo. They lived in Termini and had some children (Maria, a son and at least one other child), the total number of children is unknown. Unfortunately, we have no information on Carmelo.|
|Mario's son Joseph (Giuseppe) married Grace (Grazia) Militello (1886-1940?). Grace Militello’s family was from Montemaggiore, an inland town about 25 miles east of Corleone, Sicily. Joseph and Grace had a son, Mario (1907-1995), born in Termini Imerese, Sicily, a coastal town just east of Palermo and northeast of Corleone. Current information indicates they soon moved to Castellammare Del Golfo, on the coast in the northwest corner of Sicily. Since Termini Imerese was listed as Giovanni's last residence in Italy and Joseph was known to have lived there, it's likely their parents, Mario and Maria also lived there, making it the best candidate for the family's home town.|
|Joseph and Grace's immigration is a confusing story.
We have an Ellis Island record for Joseph from January of 1906, but his name
is crossed off, indicating he may have not made the journey, or was sent
back. Then, a passenger list for May 6, 1906 that shows both Joseph
and Grace. This lines up with information provided by some of the
older members of the family who have said Joseph and Grace came over
together, but for some reason, Grace returned to Sicily. The last
record for Joseph shows he immigrated to the US, May 30, 1906. You can
find his immigration entry on the ship's passenger manifest on the left
(see line 28) - his Italian name, Giuseppe, was misspelled as Guiseppe.
Unfortunately, now Grace was in Sicily, pregnant with their son, Mario. Apparently,
Grace was in Montemaggiore, where she stayed, with her family, until Joseph sent for her. After his arrival in the US, Joseph stayed
with his brother, Giovanni in St. Louis while he earned enough money to
pay for the passage of his wife and son. Joseph's son Mario was born April
10, 1907 in Termini Imerese, Sicily. The photograph on the left,
obtained from my aunt Rose [Quagliata] Petrella in 2004, was taken in
Termini around 1911. It shows Mario at approximately age 4 (click the
photo for a larger view). Grace probably sent the photo to Joseph, in
St. Louis, Missouri, so he could see his son's development. According to Ellis Island
records, Grace (27yrs) and Mario (6yrs) arrived in the US on July 22, 1913
with the town of Montemaggiore listed as their place of residence.
Eventually, the family ended up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Apparently,
Giovanni and his family also resided in Lake Geneva for a time. While
living in Lake Geneva, Joseph and Grace had two daughters named Mary and
In 1913, Peter Quagliata’s name appears in the St Louis, Missouri city directory as a fruit vendor and continued to appear into the 1920’s. The first record of Giovanni and Agostina living in St. Louis, Missouri is the birth record of their daughter Mary who was born at home on Washington Street in 1906. Their second daughter Antonina (we knew her as Lena) was born at home in St. Louis in 1907. In 1914 Giovanni's name appears in the St Louis city directory as John Quagliata. Giovanni and Augustina’s children are named Mary, Lena, Rose, Josephine, Jenny, Angie and John. Most of Giovanni's family still resides in the St. Louis area.
A Chicago and Northwestern Rail Yard Crew in the Proviso
Sometime around 1918, Joseph and Grace
moved to Melrose Park, Illinois (Chicago) with their three children. There, Joseph
worked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad
(C&NW, now the Union Pacific Western Line) in the huge Proviso Rail Yard,
located in Melrose Park, Illinois. The Proviso Rail Yard was completed in
1929. At the time of completion, it was the largest freight yard in the US with a
capacity of 26,000 freight cars. The photograph above,
obtained from my Aunt Rose [Quagliata] Petrella in 2004, was taken about 1920.
Joseph at work - in the back row, third from the left, with a hammer in his hand
(for a larger view click here).
Sometime in the 1920's, Joseph was run over by a railroad car while at work.
At the time, Joseph was a switch tender. When the long freight trains
uncoupled and the individual rail cars were redirected, the switch tender used
to run ahead of the cars and throw the switch tracks so the cars would roll to
the correct train. One winter, while running ahead of a car, he slipped
and fell under the rolling box car. He
survived the accident, but lost his left arm. Joseph continued to work for
C&NW until he retired at age 65 in 1950 with about 30 years of service.
As it would eventually turn out, both Joseph's son Mario and Mario's son Edward
would retire from C&NW.
|Most of Joseph and Grace's family have stayed in the Chicago area. Joseph and John remained close and the families visited each other into the 1940’s and 1950’s. They still correspond via telephone and letters. Grace died in 1940 and Joseph eventually remarried to Doris Jacob. On the left is a photo of Giovanni, Agostina and Joseph taken in St. Louis, Missouri in the 1940's (Giovanni's son-in-law Joe Lafata in the back; click the photo for a larger view). After the 1920's, Peter Quagliata’s family history is unknown and it is believed he and his wife returned to Italy sometime in the 1920’s, probably to Termini Imerese. Angelo Quagliata (1887-19??) stayed in Termini Imerese, Sicily, and we have a letter he wrote from Termini to his brother Giovanni in St. Louis dated 1949. In 1999, Richard Quagliata (b. 1955), sent me the terrific group photograph below. It was taken in St. Louis, Missouri around 1920. (Click the photo for a larger view - for large view printouts select the 'Landscape' setting in 'Page Setup' before printing. To download the full size scan in Jpeg format, click here.)|
|Joseph and Grace's son, Mario Quagliata married Josephine Muff (1910-2001) in 1927. Josephine was from Rural Valley, Pennsylvania, but her mother and father immigrated from Italy. Mario met Josephine when she was visiting her married sister Pauline who lived with her husband, Tony Ross, in Melrose Park, Illinois. Mario and Josephine have five children, all born in Melrose Park. Their names are Grace, Joseph, Donald (Tim), Edward and Rose. The family is pictured on the left in a photograph taken in 1938 (click the picture for a larger view). From left to right, Josephine and Mario are in the back, the children Grace, Joseph and Tim are standing, and Rose and Edward are sitting. On the right is another photo of the family taken in 1987 (click for a complete listing of pictured family members and a larger color view). Mario worked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in the Proviso Rail Yard from 1924 to 1972, retiring as a locomotive/diesel engineer after 48 years of service. Mario's son Edward also worked for C&NW from 1951 to 1993 retiring as a locomotive/diesel engineer after 42 years of service. The C&NW was absorbed by the Union Pacific in 1995.|
|Mario was an avid vegetable gardener. He developed a strain of sweet green, thin skinned frying peppers the family loves (click here for an interesting article on Mario's peppers). Unbelievably, despite the harsh winters in the Chicago area, Mario had a fig tree in his garden that produced figs. Every fall he would bend it down to the ground, cover it with mulch and plywood and in the spring he'd stake the fig tree back up and it would produce great figs. Mario was also a champion pigeon racer. At the time, Chicago was the midwest mecca of pigeon racing. There was plenty of tough competition, but Mario's pigeons were consistent winners. His breeding birds were prized by pigeon racers all over the world. The photograph on the right shows Mario after winning second place in the Racing Pigeon Bulletin's 1973 Big All American Awards given for outstanding loft performance. As you can see, his pigeons won many trophies in Old Bird races during 1973. Click on the photo to view the Bulletin's article on the award.|
Giovanni and Augustina's son John Quagliata married Joan Selover and
continued to live in the St. Louis, Missouri area. John and Joan had six
children named Michael Gerard, Richard John, Garry John, Lawrence Phillip, Lori
Ann, and Karen Marie. Karen Marie is a freelance writer who's been published in the "Scream Factory" and the "Midnight Sun". John and Joan's son, Richard
John Quagliata has contributed a lot of information to this project and
we are very grateful. Richard married Lauren Kay Newenhaus of St. Louis in
1977. They have 3 children named Kathy Michele, John Richard and Timothy Richard
(John married Melissa Dawn Bahr in St. Louis on October 18, 2003).
|Mario and Josephine's son, Joseph Quagliata married
Ann Plecas (1932-2002) in 1951. Joseph is an excellent accordion player -
that's him in the photograph on the right, playing away at 12 years of age.
While living in Melrose Park, Joseph and Ann had two sons named Michael and Anthony. Joseph
and Ann moved to Saginaw, Michigan in the late 1950’s and had another son
named Mark. In 1987, Joseph retired as an engineer from Saginaw Steering
Gear, a division of General Motors. The family is pictured on the left in a
photo taken in 2001 on Joseph and Ann's 50th anniversary (click for a complete listing
of pictured family members and a
larger color view). Ann died in 2002. Joseph continued to reside in
Saginaw and wintered in Florida. He died in 2013. Anthony now
lives in Sandford, Michigan and winters in Florida. Mark is married to
Penny Lee and lives in Okemos, Michigan and has two children, Justin
|Joseph and Ann's son Michael (that's me) married Susan Salbenblatt of Saginaw, Michigan in 1975. I was named after my grandfather Mario Quagliata - my parents decided to use Michael as it was a more Americanized substitute for the name Mario and was also my grandfather's middle name. Susan and I moved to Lansing, Michigan in the early 1970’s to attend Michigan State University (MSU). Our children are named Mario and Joseph and we continue to reside in Lansing. Mario graduated from MSU in 2003 with a Master's degree in civil engineering. In 2009, Mario married Pauline Hanna and they have two children: Ann Elaine and Grace Mary. They reside in Lansing, Michigan. Joseph graduated from MSU in 2005 with dual degrees in Spanish and Interdisciplinary Social Science. In 2012 Joseph married Haleigh Maree Titze. They also reside in Lansing, Michigan and have two daughters: Chloe Madison Quagliata and Morgan Hope Quagliata. On a business trip to Rochester, New York, in June of 2004, Mario got to spend some time with the Quagliata family living in the area who are related through Mario Quagliata's (1843-19??) first marriage. Michael S. Quagliata Jr. had Mario over for dinner. Quagliata cousins, Michael, Jennifer, Andrew, Sean and Brendon took Mario out on the town one night and the group went out for dinner on another night. Mario had a great time and really appreciated being treated as family so far from home.|
|Lastly, we've had the photo on the right posted here for
a few years. It's of Maria Quagliata
taken in Italy - probably Sicily in the 1940s or 1950s (click for a
larger view). The photo
belonged to Mario Quagliata (1907-1995) and is labeled 'Cugina Maria
Quagliata', which means 'Cousin Maria Quagliata'. We hoped someone
might recognize it and provide us with more information. We've finally
learned more from a letter written in 1949 to Giovanni Quagliata from his
brother Angelo. We now know this is Angelo Quagliata's oldest
daughter, Maria. She
For brevity's sake, the above narrative does not include all of the family members' names and linkages we have acquired thus far. For a complete genealogical listing of the current state of our information, see Richard's Chart. This information was compiled over many years with the help of family members including Mario Quagliata (1907-1995), Joseph Quagliata (1930-2013), Ann [Plecas] Quagliata (1932-2002), Rose [Quagliata] Petrella (b1936), John Quagliata (b1940), Linda [Quagliata] Kenney (b1945), Michael Quagliata (b1953), Richard Quagliata (b1955), Vittorio Quagliata (b.1958), Iana Quagliata (Italy), Joanne Curro (b1956), Sam Quagliata (b1959), Brenda L. Smith (b1966), Jeff Quagliata (b1971), Michael Quagliata (b1976), Jennifer Quagliata (b1978), Andrew Quagliata (b1979), Natalie Quagliata (OH/DC), Rita Quagliata (AUS), Mary Trovato (AUS), Carlo Quagliata (PA) and Antoinette Quagliata (NY) among others. Many thanks to all. – January, 2019