The Quilietti Family

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Arpino Michaelangela – Fusco 1858-1952

   I would like to thank  the family of Nader Afshari who contacted Helen regarding some inaccuracies on the website about  this branch of the family.  He is a direct descendant of Michaelangela Arpino.  Thanking also to his mum and sister and also to Alanna who has built up information about the Fusco Family History

MICHAELANGELLA ARPINO was born on 13th July 1858 in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido, a small town and commune in the Province of Frosinone’ in Lazio, Italy.   Her father, Benedetto Arpino, was 25, and her mother, Benedetta Francato Cascarino, was 19.  Benedetto’s family  resided in the nearby village of  Villa Latina.

In Italy  Michaelangela met her soon to be husband Benedetto Fusco, who was 9 years her senior.   Benedetto was born in 1849 in Italy.   His  father was Pasquale Fusco whose occupation was given as a ‘wood turner’ and his mother’s name was Celeste D’Agostino.

The probability that they married in Italy before marrying again in Bradford is high, as Maria Maddalena was born in Sant’Elia in 1879.

Shortly after her birth Benedetto, Michaelangela, and their new daughter (potentially accompanied by Michaelangela’s extended family) moved to the UK, and were soon married again in Bradford, Yorkshire.

Benedetto and Michaelangela settled in Bradford, where they would remain for the births of their next eight children.  Their second child, Annunziata, was born on the 2nd June 1880. Shortly after her birth, the family can be found living in a lodging house on Paper Hall Court in the East End of Bradford. The lodging house was owned by another Italian – Giuseppe Bacigalupo – and in 1881 it housed many Italian immigrants with occupations of travelling Musicians.

CHILDREN of Michaelangela Arpino and Benedetto Fusco

Maria Madalena FUSCO 1879-1946

  1. Maria Madelena FUSCO – the Gargaro connection in Edinburgh, Scotland Maria married on 27th August 1900, to a man by the name of Marco Joseph Gargaro, a tile layer and marble cutter. He was 19, and she was 21. Together, they had eight children.   The 1911 Scottish census sees the family living at 37 Candelmaker Row in Edinburgh.  MARCO was not mentioned in the census and must have been away at work,  but their surviving children  Antonio born 1901, Maria Maddelena born 31 August 1902,  Pasquale Gargaro born 1905, Phyllis Josephine Gargaro born 28th January 1907, Carmina Gargaro  born 17th February 1909,  Louisa Gargaro born March 1911.   Joseph born 4 May 1913.Michael Gargaro January 1904, but he only survived 2 days .  The Gargaro family still live in the Edinburgh district to date 2022


Nunziata Lucy ‘Lucyanna’ Fusco – The Russo and Cairo connection. Nunziata was born on 2nd June 1880 in Bradford, Yorkshire. She was the second child of Benedetto Fusco, aged 30, and Michelangella Arpino, aged 21. Until she was 14 she remained in Bradford with her family until they moved to Edinburgh. Aged 15 she married Alexandero Russo who was 17 years her senior and working in the Scottish Capital as a confectioner. Nunziata and Alexandero ceased living together on 26 June 1906. At this time, Nunziata was pregnant by another man. This man was Giuseppi Leopold Caira, a restauranteur two years her junior. Their first daughter, Loreta, was born on 26th December 1906. She was followed by another daughter, Santella, on 25th September 1909. Their final child, Michel Antony, was born on 13th September 1915.  Throughout this time, it appears Nunziata and Giuseppi were living together, and she is recorded in the 1911 census as his wife.

However, they remained unmarried, and Nunziata continued to use the name “Lucyanna Russo” , though she claimed to have had no contact with her husband Alexandero since they ceased living together. Nunziata and Alexandero finally divorced on 26th February 1921, and just a month later, on 24th March 1921, she married Giuseppi.   Giuseppi sadly passed away 13 years later in 1934, at the age of 52. Nunziata herself died on 1st October 1954, at 72 Glenvarnoch Drive in Edinburgh. She was 74 years old, and had suffered cardiac failure. She is also recorded as suffering from spleen cancer, and osteoarthritis of the spine.

Andrea Fusco 1882-1995

ANDREA FUSCO – the PACITTI connections.     Andrea  was born in June 1882 in Bradford.  He moved to Edinburgh with his family from Bradford circa 1896.  Andrea  travelled to his father’s home town in Italy – Villa Latina, and it was here, back in the old Country, that Andrea met a woman named Bambina Pacitti, whom he married on 5th March 1903 in Villa Latina. Their first child, Domenico, was born in 1905.  Their second son Pietro Orazio was born on March 1st at 9 Cowgate in Edinburgh.  Their third child was a daughter, Michaelangela or Filomena, who  was born on June 12th 1908 at 31 Candlemaker’s Row in old Edinburgh. 

 In 1910 the family moved to the USA where they settled in Detroit in Michigan.  Andrea’s parents joined them when they married in Detroit in the year 1918.  Andrea was a Joiner or Carpenter as they are called in America by trade. Bambina and her two children left the US in 1922, then moving to Edinburgh, where they lived in a house owned by Andrea’s mother at 37 Candlemaker Row. Andrea is not recorded as making this journey with them. However, he may have followed soon after.  Bambina sadly died in 1938, leaving Andrea a widower with two grown up children, When Andrea himself died in 1955, he was back in Edinburgh, indicating that at some point he did rejoin his family.  Domenic Fusco, their son, died in Edinburgh at 25 Grassmarket on June 12th 1962.  On this document Andrea was described as a Fish Fryer so perhaps on his return to Scotland he started in a new very lucrative venture in the restaurant business.

GIOVANNA OR Johanna Jenny FUSCO 1884-1920

GIOVANNA or JOANNA  FUSCO – the  RINALDI connections.  Giovanna  was born in around March 1884 in Bradford, England. Her father, Benedetto, was 35, and her mother, Michaelangela, was 25.   The family moved from Bradford to Edinburgh when  Giovanna would have been around 12 years old.  In Edinburgh at this time and where the family lived there was a Roman Catholic Church called St. Patrick’s in the Cowgate.  It was here on 2nd October 1902 that she met another Italian immigrant called Gerardo Rinaldi. They married in St. Pat’s on 2nd October 1902. The Rinaldi family were living through the West in Cambuslang at the time of their marriage.  Gerardo’s parents were Biaggio Rinaldi, Confectioner and Benedetta Lamarra.   In 1903,  shortly after their marriage, her new husband made his first journey to the US. Giovanni followed in 1909.  The couple had seven children, Giovanni born 30th April 1905 in Buckhaven in Scotland.  Concetta or Rosie who was born in Villa Latina in 1906.  The rest of the children were  born in  Wayne, Michigan, USA where the family settled for many years.  Mary was born 1910, Dominic born 1912, Louise, born 1914, Pansy born 1915 and Susie born 1918.  Giovanna sadly died in 1920.


Michael FUSCO – The Scottish Buchanan connections Michell was born in Sant’ Elia in the year 1885.  â€‹It would have been likely that his parents had returned on a family visit or to take some hard earned cash back to family in Italy at the time.   Michell moved to Edinburgh circa 1895 when he was around 10 years old.  On 2nd August 1909, Michell married a Scottish woman by the name of Elizabeth Buchanan. He was 23, and she was 21. They were married in Glasgow. Their first child, Andrew Bennet, was born on 5th June 1910. He was followed by a daughter, Janet, on 1st August 1911. Some time between 1911 and 1918, Michell and his new family moved from Glasgow to the US. They are next found in Manhattan, New York, on 22nd October 1918, when their son Andrew sadly died at the age of just 8 years old. Michell remained in the US until his death on the 26th December 1938, at 513 East 85th Street, Manhattan, which is situated in Roosevelt Island, Manhatten . He was a mechanic by trade.


 GIUSEPPE FUSCO   GIUSEPPE was born around October 1877 in Bradford, the sixth child of Benedetto and Michaelangela.  Little is known about Giuseppe until 20th October 1921, when he was arrested and fined £1 (with the alternative of 10 days imprisonment), for being found in a gambling house with his brother Salvatore, his sister-in-law’s brother Michael Pacitti, and his uncle, Giuseppe Arpino, who was also known as being a bit of a lad.   Giuseppe  was a general labourer by trade.  He died young on 14th  June 1943 having never married.


ANTONIO FUSCO – The Kelly and Weir connections Antonio ‘Tony’ Fusco was born in around January 1890, in Halifax, Yorkshire. His father, Benedetto, was 40, and his mother, Michaelangela, was 31.  He also came to Edinburgh with the family and found employment in the Italian restaurants belonging to many of his countrymen as a Waiter.  Here he met Emily Kelly who was 3 years his junior.   They married on 3rd November 1914.  Emily unfortunately died two years later.  They had no children.  Tony remarried later in 1926 to Mary Ann Weir.  They never had any children. He later worked on the tramway constructions in Edinburgh as a tramway Labourer.   Tony died in Edinburgh on 6th March 1945.


SALVATORE, or SAM  FUSCO – The Morrison connections.  Salvatore, or Sam as he was known was born around 1893 in Bradford.  Like his siblings moved to Edinburgh with his family.  Unlike his siblings, Sam’s profession was one of Hairdresser.  Some time in or before 1919, Sam  met Wilhelmina Neilson Morrison, whose father was a Shoemaker, and the couple married  on  16th June 1919.  They married at 5 Greyfriar’s Place in Edinburgh in presence of his brother Joseph Fusco who was described as a serving soldier at the time, who would have been his ‘best man’  and Netty Fusco, his sister as the Maid of Honour.    The marriage however was signed by the Sheriff Substitute of Lothian and Peebles, so it was a registered official wedding.  At this time, just after the 1st WW this was a regular occurance in Scotland. 

Their children were Bennett born 13th October 1919 in Newport Street, Edinburgh.  Bennett died on 13th April 1991.  Bennett married Jane Finnan and their son Ronald George was well known to the author’s husband Denis Madigan Stanton.   They enjoyed football together and played in the same youth teams. Ronnie progressed as a Referee.  Ronny’s wife Helen Madigan Fee also knew Helen Quilietti Stanton and worked with her for a few years.   Ronnie died in 2011.  

Their other children were Loretta Fusco born 1921, Ralph 1923-1946, George 1925-1988 , Louise Fusco who married John Callahan.  She was born 1928-2004. ​

Over time, Salvatore developed a drinking habit and in 1935 was arrested for assaulting his wife and the arresting police constable after returning home drunk. According to the The Scotsman, this was his third appearance for assault. He was fined £2, and cautioned to be of good behaviour for the next six months.At this time, he was unemployed. However, this was not unusual for the mid-1930s, as Britain entered a large economic depression.  Salvatore died 2nd February 1959 age 66.

Maria Louisa FUSCO 1894-1972

MARIA LOUISA FUSCO Maria Louisa was born in March 1894 in Bradford.  As before the family arrived in Scotland circa 1896. Little is known about Maria Louisa for the next two decades.  However, some time in or before 1921, Maria’s brother, Pasquale, met a woman named Susan Bird, who would later become his wife. Maria was, at some point, introduced to Susan’s widowed father, John Bird. Maria Louisa and John married on 17th July 1931. He was 55 and she was 37 (just 8 years older than her new step-daughter and sister-in-law, Susan). Maria Louisa became known as ‘Auntie Louisa’. The couple had no children of their own.  Maria Louisa died in 1972, at the age of 78.


PASQUALE  or PATRICK FUSCO – The Bird connection. Pasquale Fusco was born in Bradford in June 1895.  He  moved to Edinburgh with his parents and siblings circa 1896.  It was in Edinburgh that Pasquale met a lady by the name of Susan Bird, who was born in 1902.  They fell in love and eventually  married on 20th March 1922 at the Church of the Sacret Heart which is situated just off the Cowgate in Edinburgh’s old Town off the Grassmarket.    Witnesses were Antonio D’Ambrosia and Jessie Bird.  At the time they were married, both Susan and Pasquale were living at 6 Herriot Bridge in the Grassmarket. He was 26 and she was 19.

Susan ‘Susie’ Bird was born on 19th October 1902 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her father, John, was 26 years old, and her mother, Mary, was 23 years old. She was preceded by her sister, Jessie, and brother John, then came along Annie.   In 1911, when Susan was just 8 years old, her mother sadly passed away at the young age of 32. She had been suffering from pulmonary phthisis some time in or before 1920.

Susan met Pasquale Fusco while she was working as a chocolate coverer in the nearby factory. On 10th January 1921 their first daughter, Johanna, was born. She was followed a year later by another daughter, Celesta, on 5th January 1922.  However, it was not until 17th March 1922 that Susan and Pasquale were married.

Despite the existence of two illegitimate daughters, they were married in the Church of the Sacred Heart, according to the forms of the Roman Catholic Church. At the time they were married, both Susan and Pasquale were living at 6 Heriot Bridge in the Old Town.

Susan and Pasquale’s third and final daughter, Michaelangela, was born on 2nd February 1933. 

Susan remained in Edinburgh for the rest of her life, and remained significantly involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She passed away in February 1995

Patrick or Paddy as he was known by his family and Susan had in total ten children, of which there were three surviving daughters, Johanna Fusco born 10th January 1921,  Celesta Fusco born 5th January 1922  and Michaelangela Fusco who came along on 2nd February 1933.  The long years in-between the ages of the three sisters reflects the years where Susan had lost seven children and must have been a very painful few years for all involved.  Paddy died in October 1953 from a perforated gastric Ulcer.  Susan never remarried and remained in the family home for many years. In later life she moved  to a nearby flat.

Their surving children – Johanna Fusco went on to marry William McLay and they had three children. 

Celesta Fusco married Thomas McNamara and they had ten children.

Michaelangela Fusco married Thomas Gordon.  Thomas worked as a slaughterman. Michaelangela and Thomas in turn had four children, Anthony Gordon,  Yasmin Celesta Gordon , Susan Michele Gordon  [who died at birth] and Michaelangela Maria Gordon.

At some point, Susan’s father, John, was introduced to Pasquale’s sister, Maria Louisa. The pair married in 1931, when John was 55 and Maria Louisa was 37 (just 8 years older than Susan).

It was Yasmin’s family who at first had been in touch with Helen to update this page.  Nader tells us of the times that he and his siblings would be looked after by their grandmother Susan when they came home from School.  He describes her as an AMAZING WOMAN.  Yasmin Celesta Gordon married Afshari Nadar who was studying languages in Edinburgh during the 1970s.  Yasmin was a Clerkess and Afshari a Student of English at the time of their marriage on December 16th 1977.  Afshari’s home country was Iran although now he lives in Edinburgh.

ANTONIA FUSCO – CAIRNS WATT   Edinburgh connections – Nettie


Antonia Fusco was born in Edinburgh on 1st June 1897.  She was the first of her siblings to be born in the Scottish Capital.  In 1925, at the age of 27, Antonia married Thomas Christopher Norval Cairns Watt at 34 Chambers Street in Edinburgh where there was a Registrar’s Office at this time.   This line still has to be traced but we do know that Antonia died on 7th November 1964 of heart failure.


GIACINTTO FUSCO   Giacintto Fusco was born in Edinburgh on 7th April 1899.  He suffered bad health and unfortunately died prematurely at 11 months of age in the family home of bronchopneumonia.


GEORGE as you can see below was a professional Musician who remained single. Having tried to find out more about George, quite unsuccessfully, if any of the family would like to contribute, please drop a note to Helen. There was a George Fusco from 1932 who played the Accordion. And of course Tony Fusco who was related who was well known in Edinburgh at the time. Tony Fusco Band, Picardy Place, Edinburgh.


Razio or Richard Fusco was born on 8th March 1903 at 8 Solicitors Buildings, Edinburgh. He died on 25th November 1966 at 33 Morrison Street, Edinburgh.

Richard married Margaret Carrigan Docherty on 12th November 1923 at 8 Bank Street in Edinburgh. Margaret was born in Edinburgh, as was her parents, but the Docherty’s were of course of Irish descent and probably arrived c 1850.

They had two children, Daughter Margaret Fusco 1924-1993 and son Patrick Docherty Fusco 1926-1984.

However they divorced on 14th June 1932. The reason being that Margaret had discovered that he had secretly fathered two other children with a married woman. The ‘other woman’ was Margaret Paton Margiotta maiden surname Lockhart who was the wife a fellow Italian Peter Margiotta.

The children were Sidney Paton Lockhart Margiotta FUSCO born 25th October 1929 and Catherine Alberta Lockhart or Margiotta FUSCO born 18th January 1932 Edinburgh.

There are many addresses connected to Richard and I assume he moved from rent to rent over the years. In the first years of their marriage the family lived at 9 Brown’s Square, Edinburgh. This area is in what Edinburgh folk call the Southside of the City. Not far from Surgeon’s Hall down a street which has now gone. Quite near to Salisbury Crags.

I am unsure if he stayed with the Margaret Margiotta after his divorce, but the documents tell us that he lived in many addresses over the years. Looking at the Electoral records below he seems always to be either on his own or living with sister Netty and her family.

  • 1926 – 9 Society Buildings, Edinburgh [old town]
  • 1932 18 McConnachie’s Close, [old town] – he lived with his sister Netty and her family
  • 1945 141 Dundee Street, Edinburgh [West Edinburgh]
  • 1946 14 East Arthur Place, Edinburgh [Southside again]
  • 1948 18 Moredun Park Crescent, Edinburgh [southside]
  • 1951 Baird’s Close, 133 West Port, Edinburgh [old town]
  • 1961 51 Arthur Street, Edinburgh [southside]
  • 1962 93 Morrison Street, Edinburgh [west Edinburgh]
  • 1966 33 Morrison Street, Edinburgh [death]





15 Responses to “Arpino Michaelangela – Fusco 1858-1952”

  1. Yasmin Douglas says:

    I find it fascinating that the facts for pasquale Fusco and Susan Bird are in fact wrong. These are me maternal grandparents.

  2. Helen says:

    Hello Yasmin. would be very happy to amend these facts please if you wish to share please

  3. Alanna says:

    It was lovely to hear from my cousin Nader, that my website has been of us in updating this site! I am a descendant of Michaelangella through her son, Pasquale (my great-grandfather), and this website was one of the things that incited me to start researching the family!

  4. Helen says:

    Your site was very informative and easy to follow. Well done on your own achievements Alanna. Do you have a tree on ancestry I wonder

  5. Alanna says:

    I do indeed have a family tree on Ancestry. Here is the link if you’re interested:

    I haven’t been able to migrate all of the information from the tree to my website yet, it’s very much a work in progress

  6. Helen says:

    thanks for replying. You have done well with your research and perhaps unknowingly have stumbled across your tree before. Nice to meet you

  7. Scott Clair says:

    Hi Helen

    I am a great-great-grandson of Michelangela Fusco through my late nana, Antonia “Netta” Fusco (named after her own aunt), youngest daughter of Salvatore Fusco. Incidentally Aunty Molly (Loretta) passed away last month at the grand old age of 96. I have done a fair bit of research into my family tree and you should have access to my tree (with various photographs) on Ancestry.

    If I can fill in any gaps, please let me know.

    Kind regards

  8. Robert lindsay says:

    I can fill in some of the gaps around the divorce of Richard Fusco.

  9. Helen says:

    no reason was adding and subtracting. I will have a look and sort that out. You did say you could help with stuff. Can you e.mail me please at please

  10. Stuart Anthony Clayton says:

    Hi Helen, hope you are well.
    I wrote some time ago about the possibility of my grandfather being a Tony Fusco. I mistakenly assumed from the Brattisani/Fusco line but after a recent DNA test a number of 2nd cousin links came up with Surnames I didn’t recognise. They all link back to Benedetto Fusco. I am certain now that my grandfather is a Fusco but which one?
    There is a comment on your page for George about the famous Tony Fusco band. Is this his brother Antonio Fusco, or another Tony? When I wrote before I wasn’t sure of my grandmothers actual name but I know a lot more now and give you more details if you want. Her family origins are from Colle San Magno, Frosinone which is not far from Villa Latina

  11. Helen says:

    Thanks Stuart for your latest comment. We are related through both sides of the Fusco. The Benedetto Fusco line through the Francesca Arpino link [daughter of Benedetto] who married Augusto Quilietti, and also through the Fusco Brattesani line from Portobello. Stuart would love to see your line. I will e.mail you under separate cover and have a look at the comment.

  12. Stuart Clayton says:

    Hi Helen
    Although I can never be certain about the the individual I have found a scenario in my DNA links to match the hearsay that Antoni “Tony” Fusco is likely to be my grandfather. My DNA matched are to a Rinaldi family (Giovanna), Patrizio (Nunziata), Pacitti (Bambina/Andrea).
    My Grandmother in this case was also from an Italian family “Molle” from Colle San Magno, Frosinone. I would love to hear from you as I still have confusing links that you may be able to help with and I am happy to tell you about Molle line (at least 2 or 3 Fish and shops!).
    I would to know if anyone has a picture of Antonio Fusco.

  13. Robert Lindsay says:

    I can see that you have being doing your homework on the Lockhart-Fusco connection and the information stems from two quite serious Edinburgh divorce documents, which make for interesting, if not horrendous reading. I have these documents too. We must really hope that my uncle and mother are his offspring, because there were no gene tests back then and no Fuscos turn up anywhere on my DNA on MyHeritage. I find this quite unusual, as the Fusco family in Edinburgh was quite extensive. Perhaps the Fuscos are to be found on other sites. Richard Fusco must have felt quite disorientated after being divorced quite quickly by his wife. The many addresses might be an indicator of this. What i do know is that Margaret Lockhart and Richard Fusco did not continue their relationship for long. I can only surmise why. My grandmother later married someone else and died rather abruptly in 1945. I wonder where the genetic Fusco-Lockhart relationship can be found.

  14. Robert Lindsay says:

    In all fairness, it must be mentioned that Margiotta, the “husband” of Margaret Paton Lockhart, had moved to United States on 25 August 1923 to live with his father and sister. This is documented both by his family, passenger lists for the above dates and his death certificate. He returned for a quick visit on 11 July 1924 and never returned. He died in United states in 1947. In other words they were separated. As Catholics a divorce could only be on the grounds of adultery at that time, and it was extremely difficult for Catholic women to get a divorce. From 1923 until the divorce in 1932 Margaret Paton Lockhart brought up the children alone in Edinburgh.

  15. Robert Lindsay says:

    Hi Helen
    I cannot get the two pictures with Benedetto Arpino seated with family to reconcile. The first or upper picture says Michaelangela Arpino is standing behind her father. On the exact same picture further down it says Nunziata is standing behind her father. Aren’t these two different generations? Could the pictures in fact be grandfather Benedetto with granddaughter Nunziata and her children – his great grandchildren?

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