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Puglisi Family

Pietro Puglisi and his family arrived at the Port of New Orleans, Louisiana on October 17, 1888.  His wife, Salvatora Riili and his children, Anna (5)** and Gaetano (2 mos.) came with him.  The Puglisi family left a villa and olive orchard in Alia, Sicily to come to work on the Elm Hall Plantation in Napoleonville, LA.

Pietro died September 1895 in Napoleonville and left Nonna with four children, Anna (Sa Anna), Gaetano (Uncle Tony), Lucien and Nunzia (Grandma Nancy).

Nonna had 6 horses on the plantation where they lived and worked.  She rented the horses to people on the plantation.


**Had an interesting thing happen last month.  Through some Internet research, I found that there is a Family History Center in Denham Springs, LA and that they have a number of microfilms of Alia, Sicily records on permanent loan.

A volunteer at the center is Delia Rotolo, whose husband's family is the Rotolo's from Alia and Napoleonville.  Anna Puglisi Rotolo Rumfolo's first husband was a part of this family.  She has done extensive research on the Rotolo's and I will get it on this link eventually.  When you least expect something in genealogy, something falls in your lap.  Love it!