by Phyllis Zeck
My great grandfather Pietro and Vincenzo Del Principe were brothers. Vincenzo had at least two sons who immigrated to the United States. Giuseppe Donato and Leonardo. I wrote a blog post last August about a letter that Leonardo mailed to the Del Principe brothers upon hearing of grandpa’s brother Antonio’s death. I have since become acquainted with a descendant of Giuseppe Donato (Daniel). Her name is Catherin Shafer and she is Giuseppe Donato’s great great great granddaughter. Catherin is my 3rd cousin, three times removed. Click here to see a relationship chart between myself and Catherin’s grandmother (Patricia Mary Mucci).
Giuseppe Donato was born 01 Apr 1863 in Pescasseroli, Italy. He arrived in the United States aboard the ship Hindoustan on 14 Nov 1891. He applied to become a US citizen on 11 Aug 1902 at the age of 36. In the 1910 census he was living in Clearfield county in Pennsylvania and his occupation was a coal minor. Daniel died on 22 Feb 1924 at the age of 60. The cause of death was Tuberculosis of the lungs. He is buried at St Catherine Cemetery in Sandy, Pennsylvania. Click here to see his death certificate.
Giuseppe married Marie Concetta DiAddezio and they had the following children: Nocola Vincenzo Loreto (James), Liboria (Laura), Vittorio (Victor), Leonardo (he died in 1929) and Angelo.
Liboria is Catherin’s great great grandmother. She is pictured in the photo on the left and is in the dark dress. Liboria married Carmino Mucci. They had the following children: Nicholas, Michael, Carmen E., Pasquale, Anna Marie, Adeleo Edward (Skip), William, and Ethel.
Carmino Mucci was also a coal miner. He died on 23 Nov 1917 at the age of 34. His widow Liboria was left to raise their 8 children. Carmino was killed in a coal mining accident at the Cascade Mine and Coke Works in Sykesville, Pennsylvania. Click here to see his death certificate. The cause of death is hard to read but it looks like he died from “shock following ?? blow chest with internal injuries. Accidental ?? ?? of coal”. I can’t even imagine the conditions an employee endures working at coal mines, especially at the turn of the century.
Click on this link to see a map of the area, some historic photographs of the mine and details of the history of the mine. Click on this link and scroll to the “M’s” for a memorial to Carmino Mucci. Liboria would eventually move with her children, her mother Marie Concetta DiAddezio and her 3 brothers James, Leonard, and Angelo to Buffalo, New York. She married Phillip Ventura and had two more children Angeline and Olga.
Liboria’s son Adeleo Edward (Skip) Mucci married Gladys Louise Scheu. They had three children, Ronald, Barbara and Patricia Mary. Patricia is Catherin’s grandmother. The photo on the left is of Catherin’s great grandfather Adeleo Edward (Skip) Mucci with his daughter and bride Patricia.
Thank you Catherin for sharing this valuable family history, documents, and photos. We had many family members who worked in the coal mines, a hard and dangerous way to make a living. I am in awe when I learn about our ancestors who lost their lives at such young ages. Their struggles helped to make life easier for future generations. They are our guiding stars!