The name Bisacquino derives from an Arabic farm house "Busackuin" meaning "rich in waters". In the 12th century it was owned by local lords until 1778 when it became a property of the archbishop from Monreale. The Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Balzo near Mount Triona was erected in 1678. The main church is the Cathedral Church of Bisacquino which is dedicated to John the Baptist.
Giuseppina TORTORICE (1888-1969)
Born April 13, 1888 to Franciso and Catarina DiSclafoni.
San Giovanni Battista Catholic Church Record, taken in Oct 2011 when we visited Bisacquino. 13 Apr 1888, p 129, #121: Josepha Tortorici, 10 hours old, child of Francisco Tortorici et Catharina Sclafoni. Patrini: Antonino Bacile vi___ Maria Anna Noto.
As a child, she traveled with her parents to Trinidad, Las Animas County, Colorado. At the age of 13, she was arranged in marriage to 27 year old Antonio CAPPELLUCCI. They had ten children, with seven growing to adulthood.
On April 18, 1969, she died of heart failure in Trinidad. She is buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Trinidad.
Thanks to Cari Lee Crane for above information.
Francesco TORTORICE (1853 - 1929)
Born April 30, 1853 as shown on the Birth/Baptism record from the Catholic Church San Giovanni Battista, numero 109: Born and baptised 30 Apr 1853: Francesco Tortorici, filio Biggio TORTORICI, age 40, e Maria BRUNO, age 32. Matrina (godmother) Laura Palermo (she was midwife who delivered Francesco). A civil registration is also available, ordinance 106, 1853 atti di nati.
Died February 16/1929 in Trinidad, Las Animas County, Colorado.
17 FEB 1929
"Francisco TORTORICE, past 75 years old, well known farmer of the Sunflower Valley at Hoehne, passed away last night at the local hospital. He resided at 1208 East Main Street. Deceased came to America in 1880, settling first in Louisiana and came to Colorado in 1896 and since 1904 has ben engaged in ranching near Hoehne. He is survived by three sons and one daughter. They are Brice, Joseph and Nino and Mrs. Joseph CAPPELLUCCI, all of Hoehne. Two brothers are Joseph of Beaumont, Tex., and Vincenzo of New York City.
Body is in care of the Mullare Mortuary. Funeral notice later."
Trinidad, Las Animas, Colorado
18 FEB 1929
"TORTORICE--The funeral of Frank TORTORICE, late of this city, will take place at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday from the residence, 1208 E. Main Street and 9 a.m. from the Catholic Church with requiem high mass. Deceased is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter. Pallbearers will be V. GAGLIARDI, Tony RUVOLO, Felix SEBASTIANI, John MANTELLI, Joe VELTRI and Joe GLAVIANO. Internment will be in the Catholic cemetery."
Marriage record for Francesco TORTORICE and Catarina DI SCLAFINO