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BRATTESANI, Maria – Fusco line


Our Great Grandmother Valentina Brattisani Quilietti had several sisters, and her siblings were born in either Parma, Paris or Edinburgh.   Mary Brattisani was born in Edinburgh in the year 1878.   She is our  link to this branch of the Fusco family.

John Fusco was of Italian/Irish descent.  His father was Luigi Fusco and his mother Elizabeth [Chavine] McGuinness. John had one other brother Joseph.

Mary Brattisani  and John Fusco married in St. Maray’s Cathedral, Broughton Street, Edinburgh on25th October 1898.  They started off their family life in the High Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town which at that time was a festering den.  They soon moved down to Portobello which became their home for many years, first in the High Street and then to their house in Bath Street.  Their marriage was blessed with thirteen children of which twelve survived.

St. Mary's Cathedral circa 1900

Fusco sisters, Minnie, Mary, Theresa and Kathy at the front.

  • FRANCIS FUSCO, their son, born in the year  1918, has helped us solve some family history mysteries and put names to the unidintified photos sponsored by our cousin Angela Giulianotti.   Thanks also to our other cousin,  Louise Costella for her part of the great identification run.

The children of Maria Brattesani and John Fusco  are as follows.

  • LUIGI FUSCO was born in 1899.   He was born in the High Street in Edinburgh.   He died in 1903
  • ElIZABETH VALENTINA FUSCO was born in 1901. She  married a handsome lad whose family were also steeped in Italian history, also coming from the area of Picinisco that  her  own Fusco family had originated.   His name was Carmine Demarco.  They had three sons, Richard born  9th July 1930 , Michael born 1931  and Louis born 1934.

    Richard Demarco

    Richard married Ann Carol Muckle on 27th December 1956. Richard is not only a teacher and artist, but the great promotor of  the Edinburgh Festival and her visiual arts  Richard is Edinburgh’s greatest artist  and has done immense work for our Edinburgh Festivals for the past 60 years.  .

  • GIUSEPPE FUSCO was born on 27th April 1902 at 63 St. Mary’s Street, Edinburgh. Affectionately known as   Joe, he  married Angelinaa Franco on 17th July 1924 at St. Ninian’s R.C. Church in Portobello.  They  had two sons and three daughters.   I know about Monica who was born in 1904 and Francis who was born in 1942.
  • thank you John Breen for your comments regarding the children of Joe and Angelina  There was also John Fusco  and Marie Fusco.    Both John and Francis have passed away within two weeks of each other in 1909.   Monica married into the Weiczorek family and her sister Marie into the Reglinski family.  They both still live in the Restalrig/Craigintinny area of Edinburgh and remain close friends with John Breen above mentioned.
  • LUCIA FUSCO was born on 6th January 1904 at 151 High Street, Portobello.  She married Edward Dunne Maher on 6th April 1926.

Lucia on her wedding day 1926 They had two sons one, Giovanni, died in infancy. Lucia died on 4th January 1994 age 90.

  • MARY FUSCO  born 10 June 1906 at 151 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh.  She married Luke Connor on 2nd January 1936 at St. John’s R.C. Church, Portobello, Edinburgh.  Of their children Bobby emigrated to Australia where he still lives today.   There was also a daughter who became a nun  Sr. Margaret Connor.   Margaret died only two years ago in 1910.   Mary Fusco died on 20th January 1997.
  • JOHN FUSCO, was born on 21st March 1908 at 151 High Street, Portobello.The photograph below is of four Fusco male siblings.  Joe and John at the back.  At the front is Francis and Tony.  There is a sixteen year span between these brothers”  John went on to become a PRIEST

The Reverend Father died in 1994.

  • PHILOMENA FUSCO, born on 1st March 1910 ata 151 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh.  She moved to England for a short period  having eloped to Gretna Green with Alex. Donnelly, a soldier.    They had no children.  In later years she and her sister Kathleen were housekeepers to Father Walter Glancy who was Priest at St. Peter’s R.C. Church at Morningside in Edinburgh
  • TERESA FUSCO, born on 25th February 1912 at 151 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh.  Teresa married John Lawrie Thomson on  23rd  October 1935 at St. John’s R.C. Church, Portobello, Edinburgh.

Tony and Minnie standing. Theresa, Kathy and Francis Fusco,

  • ANTHONY FUSCO, born 20th May 1914 at 151 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh.  He married Dorothy Malcolm on 13th December 1941 st St. John’s R.C. Church, Portobello, Edinburgh.  They had one daughter Kathrine Fusco, known as Kate.   Kate married William Anderson and they have two sons.   They still live in Edinburgh.   Anthony  also married Robina Smith.     He died on 15th Jun1958.
    • Fusco - Stepping Stones - taken in their back garden in Bath Street, Portobello. Kathy, Tony, Theresa and Minnie

      KATHLEEN FUSCO, born on 19th August 1916 at 151 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh.


      FRANCIS MICHAEL FUSCO born 27th September 1918 at 151 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh.  Francis married Mary……………..They had no children.
    • Francis was in the Navy during the War years.   The image above shows him as First Mate on the Queen Elizabeth travelling from Gourock to New York.

    • Francis has helped us with the website, now age 93.  He still has a sharp mind and has identified many of the lost photographs inserted into our website.    Thank you again Francis.  He is photographed here on 17th May 2011 with his nieces who are the descendents of Louisa Brattisani and Pietro Costella.


      Noel Fusco

      born on 24th December 1923 at 9 Bath Street, Portobello, Edinburgh.  He married Teresa Waddie on 14th June 1944 at St. Cuthbert’s R.C. Church, Slateford Road, Edinburgh.

      Noel Fusco and Teresa Waddie on their wedding day

        This branch of the family moved to Sheffield where they ran a very successful Fish and Chip business for many years.  It was known as Queenie’s fisheries.   This shop was named after Teresa’s mother’s nickname.    They had a son John who has helped me build a page in his family’s honour.   And they also had a daughter Noeline

Stanting at the back is Elizabeth Fusco, daughter of Mary Brattisani .  Her husband Carmine Demarco stands at her side.   The beautiful bride is Lucia Fusco.  The date was 6th April 1926.   Her husband was  Edward Dunn Maher.  This photograph in my view depicts the wealth of this family at their status at this time.   It is a wonderful photograph.

If you are Edinburgh born and you think of Portobello you  would not just remember the Skylark or the Donkey rides on the Beach or even the famous pier which is now but a memory,

Portobello Pier 1911.

but you  will remember the Demarco Mansion on the Harbour where there would be great gatherings and dances.   You would know of the fish and chips and the ice cream parlours which were where the youths of the late 50s and early 60s would meet.  These memories would be a part of Portobello for years to come and part of Portobello History.

Resting Place of Mary Brattessani and family

Portobello crossroads early 1920s


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If any of the Fusco family would like to correct anything, or better still add any content about this branch of our family please just leave a comment and I will get back to you…..Helen


Lucia Fusco

Mary Fusco

26 Responses to “BRATTESANI, Maria – Fusco line”

  1. Greetings from sunny Florida,

    My name is Robert Gregory Fusco, son of Gregory Joseph Fusco (lost on USS Thresher 1963), son of Libborrio Anthony Fusco (Fusco’s Italian Restaurant) of Endicott, New york. Son of Gregorio Fusco from Scanno Italy. I would enjoy making contact with the Fusco family from other parts of America or Italy. My family doesn’t have any knowledge of the were abouts of my Great Grandfathers 1st cousin Alfonso Fusco, if you or any other family know, please contact me. All of my family, past & present are important to myself & my immediate family. I can be contacted at the below e-mails. Ciao for now & salute’ ROBERT.FUSCO@EGLIN.AF.MIL or RGFRLF2@AOL.COM

  2. Susan says:

    I have been dating a FUSCO for nearly two great years. We reside in Winter Park Florida. His parents are from New York.. Maybe we can connect..

  3. Helen says:

    The Fusco family were large and cosmopolitan. Their branches are spread throughout the globe. I will be happy to share whatever I have with you. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comment.

  4. anita fusco says:

    hi there, i’m a member of the Fusco family who live in Belfast Northern Ireland. My grandfather was Alberto Fusco who came to live her many years ago. He had a fish and chip shop on the famous Falls Road in Belfast. I think he came with with several members of his family. Indeed, there are many Fusco family connections throughtout Ireland today.

    Anita Fusco

  5. Helen says:

    Thanks so much for your comments. Really interesting to know about the Fusco family in our own beloved Ireland. As you know they had many branches but the heart and mother of the family was in Picinisco. Interestingly enough our son Jamie has done some website work for the Italian community in the fish and chip shop community in Dublin recently. It is good to know that although we are now Scottish Italians and Irish Italians now we still have the common bond and know what our forefathers left behind to make what was in those days a better way of life for their families. Helen

  6. mai says:

    Does anyone know of any fuscos that married into the copeland family in Belfast? We believe my husband’s grandfather Edward had a mother who was a Fusco?

  7. Helen says:

    Poster comment. There has been interest in the Fusco family from Ireland. So lets see what happens now.

  8. mai says:

    Check out linda martins episode of ‘who do you think you are?’ All about the italian ghetto in Belfast in the early 1900’s.

  9. Helen says:

    Thanks will try and find this episode…..

  10. Helen says:

    Thanks for the link. Will post this to allow other interested folks to view the programme. Thanks again. Helen

  11. Hello,
    I noticed Helen has left a comment saying her son has been doing research on Italian Chip Shops in Dublin, in the early 1900’s, and i am in fact trying to find out who had been the owners of which shops, etc.
    My Capaldi Family lived in Dublin, between 1902-abt1923 in Chancery lane, just around the corner from the famous Giuseppe Cervi. They also lived in Edinburgh before 1902 and travelled back and forth several times. He was a travelling Musician, but seemed to be a Restaurater in Edinburgh and a Confectioner in Dublin. Family say that he had his own Restaurant/Chippy in Dublin, and i would really like to find out more.

    Any help is most appreciated?

    Jamie Capaldi

  12. Helen says:

    Hi Jamie, have sent you an e.mail directly to your address.

  13. John Fusco says:

    Hello Helen

    I am John Fusco, the son of the late Noel Fusco & nephew of Francis Fusco, listed on your website connecting the Brattisani & Fusco families. I thought it might be helpful to provide you with a few further items of family tree detail:

    Philomena Fusco (Minnie), was never a nun! She moved to England for a short period having eloped to Gretna Green with Alec Donnelly, a soldier, but soon returned to Edinburgh. They had no children. Her only link with religious life of which I am aware is that she and my aunt Kathleen acted for some years as housekeepers for a catholic priest (the late Fr Walter Glancy) at St Peter’s RC Church in Morningside, Edinburgh.

    Mary Fusco has a surviving son, Bobby Connor, who lives in Australia. She also had a daughter who became a nun, Sr Margaret Connor, who died in 2010.

    Anthony Fusco & Dorothy Malcolm had a daughter Katherine (Kate) Fusco (now Kate Anderson – married to William Anderson and living in Edinburgh) with two sons of her own

    Noel Fusco (my late father who died on 16 February 2010) married Theresa (known as Tessa) Waddie (nee Accettola – born 18 September 1923 & died 24 January1998) and moved to Sheffield where they ran a very successful fish & chip business known as Queenie’s Fisheries. The shop was named after the ‘nickname’ of Tessa’s mother – please see the comments below about her line. Noel & Tessa had three children; Constance Maria (now Connie Federici born 19 June 1946 – married Giuseppe Federici (a Fossombrone family) who between them have three unmarried children, Marco, Leo and Carina), Noeline Fusco (born 12 November 1949) and me, John Gerard Fusco (born 4 February 1964). Noeline lives in Edinburgh and I live in York. Neither of us have married.

    My mother’s line is into that of the Accettola family, her mother being Concetta Accettola (born 24 September 1900 / died shortly after her 80th birthday in September1980) who was married to John Waddie (died when my mother was just a young girl). Concetta, or ‘Queenie’ as my grandmother was better known, had a number of siblings, some of whom I can’t fully recall or never met. The Accettola family included:

    Rose (Rosie) – emigrated to the US – unsure of the descendents here

    Jenny ( married name Boni – husband Joe Boni) – children Olivia ‘Olive’ (now D’Annunzio) and Laurence. In turn Olive had three daughters by her husband Romano (Elvira, Norma and Romana) and Laurence had three sons by his wife Anita ( nee Tuzzi?); Stefano, Josef and Ricardo

    Annie (married name DiRollo – husband Joe Di Rollo) – children Angela, Gloria & Theresa

    Clara (married name Janetta) – had a son called Dominic and a daughter Connie

    Donald (marrried to Lucia – surname unknown) – children Anna (now deceased) and Paul

    Katherine (Katie) (married name Mignanelli – husband Louis, a soldier from Plymouth) – children Johnny (married Helen Booker and has a daughter named Maria, all of whom live in Sheffield) & Louise (married Michael James – both now deceased). Michael & Louise James had a daughter, Claire-Louise who I believe lives here in York , quite close to me!

    I hope you can make use of this additional detail. If you’d like some further photographs of Fusco family members, please do let me know and I will e-mail them to you.

    Best regards

    John Fusco

  14. Helen says:

    THANK YOU very much John for supplying all this information. I will read over, digest the information and then sort out the webpages in that order. I am so happy that you have found the website and hope that I can sort out your lines to your complete satisfaction. I will e.mail you directly and thanks again. Helen Quilietti Stanton

  15. Noel Leonard says:

    hello,my name is Noel Leonard, grandson of Anna fusco, who is sister of Phillip and rose Fusco. both of Belfast, N,Ireland. Would like to find out any other Fusco relations still in Belfast? Please reply…

  16. lucia fusco says:

    gentili amici, mi chiamo lucia fusco – mi ha fatto piacere trovare la vostra lucia. la mia familglia proviene dalla provincia di latina, italia. ho dei parenti fusco in canada. è bello che ci siano tanti fusco nel mondo.

  17. Hi My name is raffaello fusco. Born in London 1930. I am the son of Antonio and
    filomena fusco.My mother was born in cerasuolo in Italy. She came to England after
    the 2nd world war when my father.Also my grandarents were born in cerasuolo.
    Iam not sure if any of the irish families are related. I would like to hear from them.
    Iam building a family tree of the fusco and the pacitti,s that was my mothers maiden
    name. ciao raffaello

  18. Hi Helen, I spoke with you many years ago. I am Helen Miller(Fusco) from Edinburgh. My family came from the cowgate. Great Grandfather Antonio Fusco married Sarah Cairns 1880 had 3 kids Agnes(died age 13, Dominic born April 11th 1884,and my grandfather Antonio 25 jan 1887. GG Antonio died 1887 after his last child was born, sarah remarried and became Greenan and had girl called sarah greenan. I have all the info on my grandfather and have been to Villa Latina and Picinisco it was amazing, standing in the same register house that my GGGrandfather stood in and signed birth certificates, its the same one since 1793 etc. but I have been searching for Dominic since birth, he is in no cencus. 1891 sarah is a widow staying with her mum and no kids, 1893 she has daughter with Samuel greenan, 1901 Antonio shows up with his gran aged 14 under name Fisco, no Dominic but he is the informant on his mothers death certificate in 1900 and his signature has Aldershot next to it. never heard of again. My Grandfather was in Army under James Ramsay(Because of Italian name or under age) he was in army till 1920, so I presume Dominic was also under an alias name, but I don’t know what, I have tried war graves, visited Edinburgh castle everything I can think of. but he may have remained under his alias. Antonio was in Scots Guards surely he would have been dominic’s next to kin and vice versa at the time, with mum and dad being dead. but my gran would have ended up being Antonio’s. the only way I see me finding out anything about Dominic or his alias would be if he was Antonio’s next to kin on early army records. I cant search army for Dominic as I don’t know what his alias was, rumour is that they were in same regiment and in the same area in France when Dominic died and its supposed to be France, so this is before my gran came on the scene so surely the Kin was there, or were alias’s both separate and not known as brothers. I have been looking for 15 years and don’t know where else to go. did he marry was there kids in England at Barracks death record. please see if anyone out there has the answer. Love Helen.

  19. Helen says:

    Will post this Helen and I will be happy to help if I find out any more.

  20. Stuart Clayton says:

    I wonder if you can help me, my mother passed away a few years ago unfortunately suffering from Alzheimer’s. I tried to get some information about our family history a few years before she passed but unfortunately I cannot be sure that anything she said was completely accurate. We come to dead end with a gentleman known as Tony Fusco who was involved with a dance hall in Edinburgh in 1930s, she also said he had a brother who was a priest. Can you tell me if this sounds like credible memories.

    Kind Regards


  21. Helen says:

    this was the right family of Fusco’s. Reverend Father John Fusco was the son of Maria Brattesani and John Fusco. Tony Fusco was also their son, but I am not 100% sure if he had the dance hall. It was definitely Tony Fusco but might have been another cousin. I will send you an e.mail direct and perhaps you can let me know more about who your mother was. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment

  22. Helen says:

    Thanks Carol for taking the time to send on this information. We will post this. The Fusco were originally from Picinisco and districts


    Hello Helen,
    What a fantastic website.My grandmother Maria Franco was the sister of Angelina Franco.My mother remembers her mother staying with her sister when there first child was born.
    I believe my great grandparents Carlos Franco and Andreana Fallone had an ice cream parlour on Easter Road.

  24. Mickey Seeley says:

    Good morning everyone,

    I just happened to fall on this website while doing some web searches. My great grandfather Philip Fusco settled in Dublin with his family from Italy and from there, his son, my grandfather Albert settled in Belfast where he ran a fish and chip shop.

    He and my mother and her siblings eventually settled in Andersonstown and where I visited for many years. I grew up in Canada and now live in the States, but wanted to see if there is anyone else out there that could give me more insight into the Fusco side, especially in Ireland. Sounds like the lineage goes back many years and even countries!

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