view of Salandra, Matera, Basilicata, Italy by Antonio DiPersia

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Marriages & Families - Diana and Vincent Angiulli

The tenth and final child of Rocco Ambruso and Pasquarosa Corrado was born in Salandra in 1908.  She was officially named Decima Ascencione Maria Ambruso.  It was always said that they ran out of names so the eighth child was named Ottavia and the tenth was named Decima.  According to the microfilm of the original Salandra birth notice from the Mormon archives, this turns out to be true.  She never used the name Decima, but chose to use Diana instead.  We always knew of her as Aunt Tina, pronounced: “Antyna”.  She was my godmother.
Diana Ambruso remained single until she was 36 years old.  She was a talented seamstress and on the 1940 census declared an income that was pretty impressive for a woman at that time.  She made fancy women’s dresses and wedding gowns.  She married Vincent Angiulli in Long Island City, Queens New York in June of 1944.  Vince came to America from Gravina in Puglia, a commune in the province of Bari, right on the border of Basilicata, just north of Salandra.  He worked for an ice and coal delivery company.  They had one child, John, born in 1945, named after Vincent's father.

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