An Italian American Family’s 100-year Journey

Sep 10, 2021 234

BY: Robert Fiorille

On Aug. 26, 2021 the Fiorilli family marked its 100th year of living and thriving in these United States of America. Our first ancestors arrived a century ago at the Boston Harbor, having traveled from their hometown of San Giovanni in Galdo, just south of Compobasso, Italy.

That group included Antonietta (mother), John (first son), Renzo (second son) and Suntina (daughter). Carmen (the father) arrived in 1920 and made arrangements for the rest of the family to join him a year later. Each generation has shared and passed on stories involving the challenges and travails of that journey for Antonietta, who traveled with her three children, ages 3 – 7, to Naples to board a ship named the Cretic

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