THE FUSCO FAMILY is connected to the Quilietti’s through two sides of our family tree.
The first connection is via our Brattessani side
The next connection is via our Arpino side
The surname Fusco comes the Italian fusco ‘dark’ – or from the latin fuscus and would mean someone with dark hair or dark complexion. The first recorded spelling of the name was in 1581 with an Angelo Fusco who was a witness of a christening at Pontelandolfo in Benevento.
Today the Fusco family have a family site on facebook and many family videos on u.tube.
We shall start via the Arpino side. Augusto Quilietti married Francesca Arpino in Edinburgh on 20th August 1893. Augusto is our 2nd Great Grand Uncle and the brother of Emilio Quilietti our 2nd Great Grandfather.
Francesca had six siblings, one of whom was Michael Angelo Arpino her elder brother by 19 years. He was born in Italy in the town of Sant’Elia Fiumerapido in the year 1860.
Fusco is one of the more common Italian surnames and are now distributed throughout the world. Many of the Fusco family travelled to the New World and America and here we find a wonderful link to the Fusco’s from Scanno and Raiano in Italy
The Fusco family made their way north via England leaving via Naples entering the U.K. in the South of the Country. Some of the Fusco family remained in England in Clerkenwell, where Italian immigrants had claimed this part of the city as their own little Italy. Others travelled further north and settled in Bradford. The 1871 English Census tells us that there were only 5.063 people of Italian birth in the whole of the Country. The hub of this was in London is Clerkenwell. The dispersal started shortly thereafter as conditions became more and more difficult for the newer immigrants. They moved north to Manchester and settled in the Ancoats district. Some smaller groups tried the smaller cities and many moved to Wales and Scotland.
It was in Bradford that Michael met his to-be wife Benedicta Fusco. Her parents were Pasquale Fusco and Celeste D’Agostino. They married in Bradford in 1879 and their daughter Maria Madelina Arpino was born soon after their marriage.
This branch of the Fusco were what is described as a cosmopolitan lot with street musicians and statue sellers amongst them.
In the same year her brother married Michaelangella Arpino who was two years his senior, born in 1858 also fell for one of the Fusco’s. He was Benedetto Fusco. They also married in Bradford in the year 1879. The whole of the Arpino family and the Fusco’s for whatever reason decided to try Scotland and they moved to Edinburgh and settled here.
This coupling resulted in the birth of 12 children. This branch of the Arpino family still live in and around Edinburgh.
These 12 children were nieces and nephews of Augusto Quilietti and Francesca Arpino.
Descendents of this branch of the family are still living in and around Edinburgh today – 2010.