The Pagoria Family Tree

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Our History

All Pagorias throughout the world originated in Caccamo, Italy (about 30 miles east of Palermo, Italy on the island of Sicily - click on the Caccamo link to access pictures, maps, and information on Caccamo and history of the island of Sicily). All eight of the original U.S. Pagorias have been confirmed as having been born in Caccamo.

There are three families that appear to be the common bond between all of the Pagorias in the United States. All Pagorias contacted in the United States are descended from these three families.

The First family (Father: Giovanni and Mother: Giovanna Guzzo) consists of four brothers that came to the United States. There is at least one sister that stayed in Italy in this family. The four brothers first settled in Louisiana, before moving to Chicago Heights, Illinois where their families were raised.

The Second family includes Nick Pagoria (Father: Giuseppe and Mother: Maria Badame). It has now been proven that Nick and the four brothers of the First Family were first cousins. There is no record of Nick's brother or sisters coming to the United States. Nick was the original Pagoria in the Chicago Heights, Illinois area. He encouraged the brothers in the first family to move to Chicago Heights. He gave at least one brother (Dominick) a loan so he could buy his first house.

The Third family includes Giuseppe, Carmella, and Vincent (Father: Nicasio and Mother: Giovanna (Genieve) Monastero). The Third Family arrived in the U.S. (through Ellis Island) a few years later than the first two families and appears to have had very little contact with the first two families. Giuseppe, Carmella, and Vincent are second cousins of the first two families.

Debora Hill has completed her research on the Pagoria Family Tree. Deb has constructed the Tree from around 1730 to the early 1900s. This information is available at the following link. The ancestors have been found (from the records that Deb has researched) for all three Families. This information is official and documented.

Information on the use of the name Pagoria (and its derivatives) throughout history is included at the following Pagoria link (courtesy of Debora Hill of the Pallante Center for Italian Research, who researched the Pagoria Family Tree).

The First Family

Giovanni Pagoria (Father of the First Family) was born March 28, 1824 in Caccamo and died January 23, 1896. He married Giovanna Guzzo on October 16, 1859. Giovanna was born September 22, 1832 in Caccamo to Domenico Guzzo and Santa Prinzi, who were married April 8, 1812. Giovanni and Giovanna had five sons and three daughters:

The Second Family

Giuseppe Pagoria (born January 25, 1822) married Maria Badame (born around 1839 - parents, Nicasio Badame and Santa Fusei) on December 6, 1857 in Caccamo, Italy. They had six children:

The Third Family

Nicasio Pagoria (born November 26, 1842) married Giovanna (Genieve) Monastero (born around 1853, parents, Giuseppe Monastero and Carmela Barbaccia) on February 13, 1869 in Caccamo. They had six children:

The Research (last update: January 3, 2014)

The attached family tree has been constructed based on research by Angie Garrison (Wisconsin), Gwen Pagoria (Kentucky), Mike Pagoria (Florida), Salvatore Pagoria (Palermo, Italy), and about 20 other descendants throughout the U.S. that responded to a mail inquiry generated by Mike Pagoria. Salvatore's research has led to the confirmation of the first set of brothers and the dates of their births in Caccamo. Angie's research was completed in Caccamo in the 1980s. If anyone is curious where Angie, Gwen and I fit in the family tree, our names are located in Dominick's tree (Mike), Nick's tree (Gwen), and Peter's tree (Angie).

Further research (sponsored by Pete Biamonte (a descendant of Philip Pagoria)) was completed by Debora Hill in New York. The LDS records have been traced for all Pagorias from Caccamo from approximately 1820 to 1910. Additional research and contacts in Italy have resulted in the finding of Giovanni's ten siblings and information linking all three families. The results of the research are posted at the following link (Pagoria old timers).

Phil and Donna Pagoria (Dominick's line) sent quite a few pictures (some of which are posted on the site) and two tapes from interviews that Phil and Donna held with Dominick's children. The tapes include some excellent information on how the families lived after coming to the U.S., some great stories, and some information for the family tree. Phil's and Donna's names are located in Dominick's section of the tree.

The information included in this document is not official. The information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but most of the sources of the information are not officially documented.

Two Pagoria crests have been obtained by Salvatore in Palermo. They both state that Pagoria probably originated from the name Pagano. This would mean that the original Pagorias were pagans (non-Christian). The crests are in no way official and I personally have my doubts about their authenticity. The link to Pagano is very doubtful (based on the research conducted by Deb Hill). The crests were obtained from a street vendor selling the crests (as printed) from his computer database in Palermo. I have created a Pagoria Coat of Arms that is available at the following link. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Roberto Pagoria (Rome, Italy - Salvatore's son) has stated that there are only about 14 families of Pagorias in all of Italy. If this is true, there are probably more Pagorias in the U.S. than in Italy. I would estimate the entire world population of Pagorias at less than 300 (I am only considering Pagorias that have retained their last name).

The name Paoria surfaced as a branch to the Pagoria Family Tree. Lisa Locascio is a Paoria descendant and believed that her ancestors were Pagorias that dropped the "g" in their name. If you want to contact Lisa, you can do so through her web site at http://strzoda.8m.com./homepage.htm. Deb Hill's research has determined that the Paoria branch settled in Alia and does branch from the Pagorias in Caccamo. The Paoria branch of the Tree is available at the following link (click here). The current research has uncovered Sicilian documents that have the Pagoria name spelled "Pagoria" and "Paoria" in the same document.

Over 150 pictures have been added to the website. The first set of pictures of Caccamo can be accessed by clicking on the words "Caccamo, Italy" above. There are 21 additional sets of pictures in Dominick's, Giuseppina's, Peter's, Philip's, Vincent's, Joe's, and Nick's line. The pictures are accessible by clicking on the hyperlinks in each of the family trees. I will continue to add pictures of Pagoria descendants in the future. In most cases, the same pictures are available at much higher resolutions (e.g., if you want to print the picture). Please contact me if you are interested in higher resolution pictures. If you have a picture(s) you would like added to the site, please snail mail them to me (or send them to me electronically).

We have considerable interest in keeping this tree updated and as accurate as possible. Please email or call me if you have any additional information or updates for the tree.

Questions, comments, or additional information, please contact Michael Pagoria at (321) 729-8299 (or send email by clicking on name). Michael's snail mail address is:

950 Penelope Ave. NE
Palm Bay, Florida, 32907


Dominick Pagoria's Family Tree

Isodoro Pagoria (born around 1730) married Domenica (Giovanna) and they had one child:

Filippo Pagoria (born around 1752 and died in 1828). He married Angela Pieroraro. Their first child was:

Nicasio Pagoria (born around 1768 and died in 1813). He married Serafina Pesco. Their first born was:

Filippo Pagoria (father of Giovanni) who was born November 20, 1795 in Caccamo and died January 12, 1860 in Caccamo. Filippo married Giuseppa Sireci. They had eleven children:

Nicasio (born May 18, 1820), Giuseppe (born January 25, 1822), Giovanni (born March 28, 1824), Nicasia Maria (born December 11, 1829), Serafina (born around 1831), Vincenzo (born October 15, 1832), Vincenzo (born December 18, 1833), Serafina (born February 18, 1836), Rosaria (born March 9, 1839), Vincenzo (born May 28, 1841), and Salvatore (born August 24, 1844).

Giovanni Pagoria was born March 28, 1824 and died January 23, 1896 in Caccamo. He married Giovanna Guzzo on October 16, 1859 in Caccamo. Giovanna was born September 22, 1832 and died March 7, 1902 in Caccamo. Giovanna's parents were Domenico Guzzo and Santa Prinzi, who were married April 8, 1812. Giovanna's and Giovanni's known ascendants are documented at the following hyperlink (the maternal lines go back to the 1600s). Giovanni and Giovanna had five sons and three daughters:

Filippo (Philip), Domenico (Dominick), Giuseppina, Santa, Serafina, Giuseppe, Giuseppe (Joe), and Pietro (Peter). The first Giuseppe, Serafina, and Santa probably died as infants.

Dominick (born in Caccamo on April 2, 1862, died February 26, 1943 in Chicago Heights, Illinois) arrived at the Port of New Orleans on September 22, 1892, and married Georgia Sclafani (Scalfano) (born April 22, 1873 in Caccamo, died October 25, 1940 in Chicago Heights, Illinois) on July 11, 1897 in Donaldsville, LA. Georgia was the daughter of Filippo Scalfano and Agatha (Ida) Catalano. Georgia had a brother (Biaggio) and three sisters (Josephine, Maria, and Francesca). The known history of the Scalfano family is documented at this hyperlink. Dominick and Georgia had five sons and five daughters. This link will bring you to a page that includes video with Dominick's children and their children:


Joe Pagoria's Family Tree

Isodoro Pagoria (born around 1730) married Domenica (Giovanna) and they had one child:

Filippo Pagoria (born around 1752 and died in 1828). He married Angela Pieroraro. Their first child was:

Nicasio Pagoria (born around 1768 and died in 1813). He married Serafina Pesco. Their first born was:

Filippo Pagoria (father of Giovanni) who was born November 20, 1795 in Caccamo and died January 12, 1860 in Caccamo. Filippo married Giuseppa Sireci. They had eleven children:

Nicasio (born May 18, 1820), Giuseppe (born January 25, 1822), Giovanni (born March 28, 1824), Nicasia Maria (born December 11, 1829), Serafina (born around 1831), Vincenzo (born October 15, 1832), Vincenzo (born December 18, 1833), Serafina (born February 18, 1836), Rosaria (born March 9, 1839), Vincenzo (born May 28, 1841), and Salvatore (born August 24, 1844). 

Giovanni Pagoria was born March 28, 1824 and died January 23, 1896 in Caccamo. He married Giovanna Guzzo on October 16, 1859 in Caccamo. Giovanna was born September 22, 1832 and died March 7, 1902 in Caccamo. Giovanna's parents were Domenico Guzzo and Santa Prinzi, who were married April 8, 1812. Giovanna's and Giovanni's known ascendants are documented at the following hyperlink (the maternal lines go back to the 1600s). Giovanni and Giovanna had five sons and three daughters:

Filippo (Philip), Domenico (Dominick), Giuseppina, Santa, Serafina, Giuseppe, Giuseppe (Joe), and Pietro (Peter). The first Giuseppe, Serafina, and Santa probably died as infants.

Joe Pagoria was born in Caccamo on September 29, 1871 and died May 24, 1956. He arrived in the U.S. in 1894. He married Nicasia (Casita) Zagone (born February 4, 1871 and died December 25, 1944, parents Filippo Zagone and Antonino Randazzo) on January 29, 1903 in Caccamo. No children.


Peter Pagoria's Family Tree

Isodoro Pagoria (born around 1730) married Domenica (Giovanna) and they had one child:

Filippo Pagoria (born around 1752 and died in 1828). He married Angela Pieroraro. Their first child was:

Nicasio Pagoria (born around 1768 and died in 1813). He married Serafina Pesco. Their first born was:

Filippo Pagoria (father of Giovanni) who was born November 20, 1795 in Caccamo and died January 12, 1860 in Caccamo. Filippo married Giuseppa Sireci. They had eleven children:

Nicasio (born May 18, 1820), Giuseppe (born January 25, 1822), Giovanni (born March 28, 1824), Nicasia Maria (born December 11, 1829), Serafina (born around 1831), Vincenzo (born October 15, 1832), Vincenzo (born December 18, 1833), Serafina (born February 18, 1836), Rosaria (born March 9, 1839), Vincenzo (born May 28, 1841), and Salvatore (born August 24, 1844). 

Giovanni Pagoria was born March 28, 1824 and died January 23, 1896 in Caccamo. He married Giovanna Guzzo on October 16, 1859 in Caccamo. Giovanna was born September 22, 1832 and died March 7, 1902 in Caccamo. Giovanna's parents were Domenico Guzzo and Santa Prinzi, who were married April 8, 1812. Giovanna's and Giovanni's known ascendants are documented at the following hyperlink (the maternal lines go back to the 1600s). Giovanni and Giovanna had five sons and three daughters:

Filippo (Philip), Domenico (Dominick), Giuseppina, Santa, Serafina, Giuseppe, Giuseppe (Joe), and Pietro (Peter). The first Giuseppe, Serafina, and Santa probably died as infants.

Peter Pagoria was born July 2, 1873 and died October 19, 1953. He married Margherita (Margaret) Bova on April 29, 1909 in Caccamo and they moved to Chicago Heights, Illinois in June, 1909. Margherita was born August 30, 1888 in Caccamo to Ignazio Bova and Filippa Stanfa, who were married October 11, 1889. Margherita (Margaret) died March 18, 1966. They had nine children:


Philip Pagoria's Family Tree

Isodoro Pagoria (born around 1730) married Domenica (Giovanna) and they had one child:

Filippo Pagoria (born around 1752 and died in 1828). He married Angela Pieroraro. Their first child was:

Nicasio Pagoria (born around 1768 and died in 1813). He married Serafina Pesco. Their first born was:

Filippo Pagoria (father of Giovanni) who was born November 20, 1795 in Caccamo and died January 12, 1860 in Caccamo. Filippo married Giuseppa Sireci. They had eleven children:

Nicasio (born May 18, 1820), Giuseppe (born January 25, 1822), Giovanni (born March 28, 1824), Nicasia Maria (born December 11, 1829), Serafina (born around 1831), Vincenzo (born October 15, 1832), Vincenzo (born December 18, 1833), Serafina (born February 18, 1836), Rosaria (born March 9, 1839), Vincenzo (born May 28, 1841), and Salvatore (born August 24, 1844). 

Giovanni Pagoria was born March 28, 1824 and died January 23, 1896 in Caccamo. He married Giovanna Guzzo on October 16, 1859 in Caccamo. Giovanna was born September 22, 1832 and died March 7, 1902 in Caccamo. Giovanna's parents were Domenico Guzzo and Santa Prinzi, who were married April 8, 1812. Giovanna's and Giovanni's known ascendants are documented at the following hyperlink (the maternal lines go back to the 1600s). Giovanni and Giovanna had five sons and three daughters:

Filippo (Philip), Domenico (Dominick), Giuseppina, Santa, Serafina, Giuseppe, Giuseppe (Joe), and Pietro (Peter). The first Giuseppe, Serafina, and Santa probably died as infants.

Philip (born August 11, 1860 in Caccamo and died in 1948) married Caterina Pusateri (born in 1869, in Caccamo and died in 1928 - discrepancy - her gravestone lists her birth year as 1872). They came to the U.S. in 1890 and were married in Donaldsville, Louisiana on February 14, 1897. They had six children.

 


Giuseppina Pagoria's Family Tree

Isodoro Pagoria (born around 1730) married Domenica (Giovanna) and they had one child:

Filippo Pagoria (born around 1752 and died in 1828). He married Angela Pieroraro. Their first child was:

Nicasio Pagoria (born around 1768 and died in 1813). He married Serafina Pesco. Their first born was:

Filippo Pagoria (father of Giovanni) who was born November 20, 1795 in Caccamo and died January 12, 1860 in Caccamo. Filippo married Giuseppa Sireci. They had eleven children:

Nicasio (born May 18, 1820), Giuseppe (born January 25, 1822), Giovanni (born March 28, 1824), Nicasia Maria (born December 11, 1829), Serafina (born around 1831), Vincenzo (born October 15, 1832), Vincenzo (born December 18, 1833), Serafina (born February 18, 1836), Rosaria (born March 9, 1839), Vincenzo (born May 28, 1841), and Salvatore (born August 24, 1844).

Giovanni Pagoria was born March 28, 1824 and died January 23, 1896 in Caccamo. He married Giovanna Guzzo on October 16, 1859 in Caccamo. Giovanna was born September 22, 1832 and died March 7, 1902 in Caccamo. Giovanna's parents were Domenico Guzzo and Santa Prinzi, who were married April 8, 1812. Giovanna's and Giovanni's known ascendants are documented at the following hyperlink (the maternal lines go back to the 1600s). Giovanni and Giovanna had five sons and three daughters:

Filippo (Philip), Domenico (Dominick), Giuseppina, Santa, Serafina, Giuseppe, Giuseppe (Joe), and Pietro (Peter). The first Giuseppe, Serafina, and Santa probably died as infants.

Giuseppina (born February 26, 1866 in Caccamo) married Giuseppe Arena on November 6, 1891 in Caccamo. They had seven children:


Nick Pagoria's Family Tree

Isodoro Pagoria (born around 1730) married Domenica (Giovanna) and they had one child:

Filippo Pagoria (born around 1752 and died in 1828). He married Angela Pieroraro. Their first child was:

Nicasio Pagoria (born around 1768 and died in 1813). He married Serafina Pesco. Their first born was:

Filippo Pagoria (father of Giovanni) who was born November 20, 1795 in Caccamo and died January 12, 1860 in Caccamo. Filippo married Giuseppa Sireci. They had eleven children:

Nicasio (born May 18, 1820), Giuseppe (born January 25, 1822), Giovanni (born March 28, 1824), Nicasia Maria (born December 11, 1829), Serafina (born around 1831), Vincenzo (born October 15, 1832), Vincenzo (born December 18, 1833), Serafina (born February 18, 1836), Rosaria (born March 9, 1839), Vincenzo (born May 28, 1841), and Salvatore (born August 24, 1844).

Giuseppe Pagoria (born January 25, 1822) married Maria Badame (born around 1839 - parents, Nicasio Badame and Santa Fusei) on December 6, 1857 in Caccamo, Italy. They had six children:

Filippo Pagoria (born September 25, 1858 in Caccamo), Liboria Pagoria (born October 15, 1860 in Caccamo), Giuseppa Pagoria (born October 2, 1864 in Caccamo), Santa Pagoria (born in 1867 in Caccamo), Giorgio Pagoria (born April 17, 1869 in Caccamo), and Nicasio.

Nicasio Pagoria (born March 8, 1862 in Caccamo, died in July 31, 1945 in Chicago Heights, Illinois) married Concetta Polizzi (born December 19, 1866 in Caccamo - parents, Francesco Polizzi and Leonardo Nuzzo, died in Chicago Heights, Illinois on May 3, 1955) on October 15, 1890 in Caccamo. They had eight children:


Giuseppe Pagoria's Family Tree

Isodoro Pagoria (born around 1730) married Domenica (Giovanna) and they had one child:

Filippo Pagoria (born around 1752 and died in 1828). He married Angela Pieroraro. Their first child was:

Nicasio Pagoria (born around 1768 and died in 1813). He married Serafina Pesco. Their fifth child was:

Vincenzo Pagoria (born around 1810 - died November 6, 1859) married Giuseppa (Josephina) Scimeca (born around 1817 - parents, Giuseppe and Nicasia Scimeca). They had seven children:

Nicasio (born April 13, 1840), Nicasio (born November 26, 1842), Serafina (born December 20, 1845), Nicasia (born June 23, 1848), Nicasa (born March 2, 1851), Giuseppa (born February 19, 1853), and Giuseppa (born May 28, 1855).

Nicasio Pagoria (born November 26, 1842 in Caccamo) married Giovanna (Genieve) Monastero (born in 1852 - died December 8, 1927 in LaSalle, Illinois, parents, Giuseppe Monastero and Carmela Barbaccia) on February 13, 1869 in Caccamo. Nicasio died in Italy, but Genieve (Jenny) eventually came to the U.S. to join her three children.:

Giuseppe, Carmella, and Vincent

Giuseppe Pagoria was born on August 1, 1875 in Caccamo and died November 2, 1958. He married Marietta Gervase (1892-1926) on January 1, 1907. They had eleven children:


Carmella Pagoria's Family Tree

Isodoro Pagoria (born around 1730) married Domenica (Giovanna) and they had one child:

Filippo Pagoria (born around 1752 and died in 1828). He married Angela Pieroraro. Their first child was:

Nicasio Pagoria (born around 1768 and died in 1813). He married Serafina Pesco. Their fifth child was:

Vincenzo Pagoria (born around 1810 - died November 6, 1859) married Giuseppa (Josephina) Scimeca (born around 1817 - parents, Giuseppe and Nicasia Scimeca). They had seven children:

Nicasio (born April 13, 1840), Nicasio (born November 26, 1842), Serafina (born December 20, 1845), Nicasia (born June 23, 1848), Nicasa (born March 2, 1851), Giuseppa (born February 19, 1853), and Giuseppa (born May 28, 1855).

Nicasio Pagoria (born November 26, 1842 in Caccamo) married Giovanna (Genieve) Monastero (born in 1852 - died December 8, 1927 in LaSalle, Illinois, parents, Giuseppe Monastero and Carmela Barbaccia) on February 13, 1869 in Caccamo. Nicasio died in Italy, but Genieve (Jenny) eventually came to the U.S. to join her three children.:

Giuseppe, Carmella, and Vincent

Carmella "Alice" Pagoria was born December 27, 1884 in Caccamo (her Social Security application states that she was born December 25, 1882, but the Caccamo records state December 27, 1884). Carmella arrived in the United States when she was 16. Carmella died March 5, 1982 in Peru, IL. She married Nicasio "Nicholas" Panzica (born March 22, 1881 in Palermo, Italy, died April 14, 1948 in Illinois) on November 29, 1903 in Grundy County, Illinois and they had ten children. They first moved to Coal City, Illinois, where Nick was a coal miner :


Vincent Pagoria's Family Tree

Isodoro Pagoria (born around 1730) married Domenica (Giovanna) and they had one child:

Filippo Pagoria (born around 1752 and died in 1828). He married Angela Pieroraro. Their first child was:

Nicasio Pagoria (born around 1768 and died in 1813). He married Serafina Pesco. Their fifth child was:

Vincenzo Pagoria (born around 1810 - died November 6, 1859) married Giuseppa (Josephina) Scimeca (born around 1817 - parents, Giuseppe and Nicasia Scimeca). They had seven children:

Nicasio (born April 13, 1840), Nicasio (born November 26, 1842), Serafina (born December 20, 1845), Nicasia (born June 23, 1848), Nicasa (born March 2, 1851), Giuseppa (born February 19, 1853), and Giuseppa (born May 28, 1855).

Nicasio Pagoria (born November 26, 1842 in Caccamo) married Giovanna (Genieve) Monastero (born in 1852 - died December 8, 1927 in LaSalle, Illinois, parents, Giuseppe Monastero and Carmela Barbaccia) on February 13, 1869 in Caccamo. Nicasio died in Italy, but Genieve (Jenny) eventually came to the U.S. to join her three children.:

Giuseppe, Carmella, and Vincent

Vincenzo "Vincent" J. Pagoria was born December 24, 1892 in Caccamo and died May 7, 1975 in LaSalle, IL. He married Cecelia Gerace (born July 27, 1903 - parents, Concetta Porto (click this hyperlink to view the Porto Family Tree) and Dominic Gerace. Concetta's sister is Giovanna (Porto) Scalfano). Cecelia died September 2, 1967 in LaSalle, IL. Vincent and Cecelia were married on October 17, 1917 in LaSalle, IL. They had four children: