Running a few Days Late on Pasquale Giorgio’s Post

Rustic Retreat in Ashe County NC

Rustic Retreat in Ashe County NC

Rick and I just spent four days at a friend’s cabin in Ashe County NC.  It is a very rustic and peaceful place and there is no internet and very sporadic cell phone coverage – ahhh. . . Heavenly!

Best of all, both children were with us for two and a half days and we had a great time. On Saturday we rode the Virginia Creeper Trail (a downhill bike ride of about 17 miles through the most beautiful scenery) and we visited several craft breweries. Trips with your adult children can be fun – they even did some of the cooking!

Damascus Brewery

Damascus Brewery

I need to check a few sources on before I can complete my post on Pasquale Giorgio – the third Giorgio brother to make his way from Italy to western PA. After Custode – Pasquale is the ancestor I would most like to meet. This man had more than his share of heartache and he spent the last 25 years of his life at Farview State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.   But there are also stories  about parties at his house and I have a feeling that he was a very fun loving character.

The real reason that I’d like to meet Pasquale is that if it weren’t for him, we would have never found the DNA match that lead us to our Giorgio relatives. Thanks to Terry Colaluca, his great granddaughter, we made the connection.

According to Terry, the family story is that after Pasquale lost his second wife, presumably from complications related to childbirth,  he had to give up his youngest son because he wasn’t able to take care of him with all the other young children and no wife. Apparently that loss was too much to get over and Pasquale began to have significant mental health issues.

VA Creeper Trail Stream

VA Creeper Trail Stream

So while I fine tune the details on our latest Giorgio family head count – enjoy a few pictures of how Rick and I spent our last few days.

Mountain Sunset

Mountain Sunset


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