Antonio Yacobucci

It was exactly two months ago that I wrote about Antonio Iacobucci but I didn’t get much further than his arrival in New York on October 7, 1897. So let’s pick up where we left off.

Here’s a snip from the ship’s record for his arrival.


As is so often the case, a search for Antonio Iacobucci did not turn up this result. That’s one of the problems with indexed records created from handwritten ship’s logs – lots of room for error. But because of the Italian source that I used to find Custode and Rosie, I was able to locate the ship’s log for Antonio’s arrival. On the continuation of this line (not shown above) the log indicates that he is going to Derry PA to visit his sister Rosalba.

Unlike his four siblings, Antonio did not stay in Pennsylvania. Two of his sons, Frank Paul and America Michael, were born in Dunbar, PA in 1908 and 1909, but at some point after that, Antonio and his wife Annie DiAngelo moved to Akron, Ohio. A daughter named Evelyn was born there in 1917.

Here’s the birth certificate for his first son, Frank Yaccibucci, born in Dunbar PA on March 28, 1908.


The reason I began searching for Antonio Iacobucci of Akron, Ohio is because he was named as a brother in Joseph Iacobucci’s obituary. Joseph died in New Castle, PA on June 6, 1942. His obituary appeared in the josephiacobucci-obit-8jun1942New Castle News on Monday June 8, 1942.

So here’s what we know about Antonio Iacobucci. For one thing, he and his children spelled their last name with a “Y” instead of an “I.”

His wife’s name is Marianna “Anna” DiAngelo. From the information in the 1930 census we know that Tony was 31 years old when they married and Anna was 22. Based on his birth date of April 24, 1875 they were married sometime between April 24th 1906 and April 23rd 1907.  Anna lists her year of immigration as 1907 so it is possible that Tony went back to Italy to marry her or sent for her.

The Yacobucci family appears in the Akron City Directory for a number of years beginning in 1926 and continuing through the mid-1930s. They lived at 892 Chalker Street. Tony worked at the Goodrich plant.

Now let’s look at the next generation. Antonio’s oldest son was Frank Yacobucci. Frank served as the Summit County clerk of courts from 1956 to 1972. By most accounts he was a kind and generous friend but his career of public service was marred by accusations that he mismanaged county funds. No charges were ever brought against him and most of the funds were later discovered in another account. Here’s a picture and a summary of his career that appeared in the Akron Ohio newspaper on July 21, 1982.


I haven’t found much about America Michael except that when his wife divorced him, she listed the reason for seeking a divorce as “excessive cruelty.”

As for Tony and Anna’s only daughter, Evelyn Margaret, from the website -“Find-A-Grave” we learn that she never married and is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron Ohio. She and her mother both died of chronic nephritis.  She was only 35 years old when she died.

Here’s the listing for Marianna (Anna) D’Angelo Yacobucci, who was 56 when she died. See any familiar names in her family background?


Buzzelli was Aunt Rosie’s married name. I wonder if Anna DiAngelo had a brother who was Rosie’s husband? The name DiAngelo seems familiar too – can anyone help me remember why that name is connected to our family? (Irene – any ideas – I know you mentioned someone who lived in Akron that your parents visited but I can’t remember the name.)

Nice to be back blogging. Hope everyone is enjoying this fall weather we’ve been waiting so long for. Despite the bad news for many parts of North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, all is well here in Greensboro.


Tuesday Tidbit – Antonio Iacobucci

Ever since the course I took in Pittsburgh in mid-July, I love to use the Italian website to search for arrival dates. This site compiles information from other records (including US immigration records and records from South American countries.)

Last night I started going through the information I have on the Iacobucci siblings who came to the USA in the late 1800s. In birth order (I think) they are Vincenzo (1861), Guiseppe (1866), Antonio (1875), Rosallia (1877) and Custode (1880). Since I’m not working from Italian birth records, the birth dates above are speculative and subject to variation based on who was responding to the census taker or providing information for a marriage or death certificate.

Today I’m taking a closer look at Antonio Iacobucci from Akron Ohio but I want to point out two things about the records I found on Custode and her older sister Rosie. The ship’s manifest, which is written in cursive, is subject to interpretation but may often be misindexed for that reason. Rosie is sometimes listed as Rosalba but I think her given name is Rosallia (the i is close to the l and looks like a b). Custode is listed as Custodia and though it is rarely a name she used here – I think that is probably her given name.

Interestingly when I searched the Italian website for Antonio Iacobucci, I got 10 hits. All but one of them was coming to the US, the other one was going to Argentina. Based on the age that I have for Antonio from other sources, I took a look at several entries and believe that this link provides the information on our Antonio.

For a quick summary of what you’ll find there, Antonio’s occupation is listed as weaver and his town of origin is Castel di Sangro, l’Aquila, Italy. His final destination is Pennsylvania and the person he is coming to visit is his sister, Rosalba.

Antonio was 22 years old when he arrived in New York on October 7, 1897, six months after his sisters arrived in April that year. We often think about what it must have been like for the immigrants who came to start a new life in America. As a mother, though, it is hard not to think about Maria Petrarca Iacobucci and how she must have felt watching three of her children leave within six months.

Custode George’s Social Security Information

In early January I ordered a copy of Custode’s SS-5 form – the form that I hoped would indicate her parents’ names and where in Italy she was born. I’ve been eagerly checking the mail each day for a week or so and yesterday the letter from the Social Security Office finally arrived.

But it didn’t contain her form SS-5. According to the letter, that form is missing and the only available information is her form-OAC-790, which was included. The letter indicates this form is completed when a claim for benefits is filed and usually contains the same information as the form SS-5. Unfortunately for her place of birth it just says Italy so we don’t get much help on exactly where in Italy she was born.


It’s hard to read the form (even if I were able to get it oriented the right way) and there’s no key to explain what the various codes mean. Apparently this form isn’t used anymore and I haven’t had much luck finding a sample form to help me decipher this one. But rather than dwell on what this form doesn’t tell us, let’s look at what it does. It confirms that Custode has the same parents that were listed on the death certificate for Joseph Iacobucci who lived in New Castle and died in 1942 and Vincenzo Yacobucci who lived in Derry, PA and died in 1943. It’s nice to have that hunch confirmed.

It’s also very interesting how her parents’ names are spelled. Augustine Yaccibucci and Filomena Petracci.  In most other records I’ve seen Petracci is spelled Petrarca. On Joseph’s death certificate their names are spelled Iacobucci and Petraca and on Vincenzo’s they are spelled Yacobucci and Petrarca – slight variations but certainly close enough to be the same people. Joseph’s place of birth is listed as “Castelo di Sangro, Italy.” The point of confirming that Joseph and Vincenzo are her brothers is to know that time spent searching their family history will be useful to learn about ours.  There’s nothing worse than spending hours getting lots of detail on someone who turns out not to be related to your ancestor.

And look what great information we get from James  Iacobucci’s obituary in the New Castle News on Monday, June 8, 1942.


We learn that in addition to the brother in Derry that we know about and the sisters, Custode and Rose, there’s a brother in Akron, Ohio named Anthony Iacobucci.  This is another great clue for finding out more about the parents of these Iacobucci siblings. I have to believe the reference to Rose Iacobucci is aunt Rosie – but did anyone know she was living in California in 1942? or that she was using her maiden name instead of Buzzella?  New avenues to pursue!

It is also useful to have his children’s names – especially the girls who would be harder to search if I didn’t have their married names. These are Irene’s cousins and although they were much older than she was, she does remember some things about their children who were closer to her.  Lutton Street (where Irene grew up) and Summit Street are close to each other.

The final thing we know from Custode’s OAC-790 form is that she filed a claim for benefits on January 24, 1967. This suggests that she may have received social security benefits for the last year of her life but I can’t be sure about that since I don’t know what the codes mean. Even though she may not have paid into the social security system, there was a nominal benefit that was available when someone reached a certain age. This also suggests that at some point before filing this claim, Custode became a naturalized citizen. I think that is what the “N” in the space between her birth date (05/27/1880) and the date of the application (01/24/1967) stands for. Maybe if I can find her naturalization papers we can learn a bit more about where in Italy she was from and exactly when she arrived.