The Camuto's family
by Nunzio Longhitano
The descendants of Pietro Camuto and Rosaria Mavica (1628)
So writes Professor Don Luigi Minio talking about the origins of
the Family Camuto, whose mother belongs to:
«The family Camuto could descend (the conditional is obligatory)
from most illustrious ancestors; could descend in fact from the
Prophet Muhammad himself.
The last emir of Girgenti (Agrigento)
Ibn Hamud was a descendant of the sacred lineage of Ali,
cousin and son in law of Muhammad, having married Fatima, daughter
of the Prophet.
In Arabic, his name is pronounced with a sound similar to Hamud or
Kamut and by the Benedictine Monk Malaterra Godfrey, official
chronicler of Hauteville, was transliterated into Latin as Camutus',
which became Camuto in the vernacular.»
(L. Minio, family albums, October 27, 2005).
The first traces of the Bronte's family are in the records of
marriages of 1600, kept in the church of SS. Trinity, and showing
a Camuto Pietro, (see the sequence number of
tree: 1.), who, the 12 of December1628, married Rosalia Mavica.
From Peter and Rosalie descend all Camuto of Bronte (and others
emigrated from here all around the world) that, in the course of
about four centuries, have gradually close ties of kinship with
many other families (Zerbo, Barbaria, Aidala, Minio, Politi,
Toscano, Catania, etc.).
The ancestors, Pietro and Rosalia, as we understand, have only one
son, born the 25 of December, 1690 Natale (Seq.# 1.1) that
in 1729 married Grazia D'Aquino.
The descendant of Natale and Grazia D'Aquino was born a year after
their marriage, the 14 of October 1730, and bears the name of
Biagio (Seq.# 1.1.1, also only son), who, at twenty-three years of
age, the 8 of January 1753, related to the first family Camuto
Zerbo, marrying twenty years old Vita Zerbo.
We have no news of their children only Signorino, born in
June 14, 1754 (Seq.# 18.104.22.168) who married in 1719 Anna Maria
Manzella and, having lost his wife, married, at 65 years of age in
1819, Concetta Portaro.
With his first wife, Signorino had three children:
- Carmelo (born 1782)
- Giuseppa Francesca (1786) and
- Giuseppe Vincenzo (1789, Seq.# 22.214.171.124b.3).
The latter also gets married twice, like his father and his the
older brother: in 1810 with Grace Galvagno and three years later,
in 1814, with Antonina Rizzo.
Carmelo (born from Anna Maria Manzella the 3 August, 1782,
Seq.# 126.96.36.199b.1), first son of Signorino, continues the family
tradition of two weddings: married his first wife Ignazia Mazzeo
in 1804 and widowed, married in 1855 at the age of 73, Angela
With his first marriage to Ignazia Mazzeo, nine children were
- Caterina Giuseppa Nunzia (9.5.1805) that eighteen years
later is married to Nunzio Pettinato;
- Carmelo Antonino (11.12.1806);
- Antonina Caterina (16.2.1808);
- Maria Giuseppa Illuminata (22.10.1810);
- Antonino Giuseppe Signorino (25.3.1813);
- Illuminato Antonio Biagio (15.8.1815);
- Sebastiano Giuseppe Vincenzo (1.6.1818) who marries the
fifteen Nunzia Russian;
- Anna Maria Concetta (19.1.1821) and
- Nunzio Vincenzo (23.1.1924) that in 1850 married the
coetaneous Carmela Di Bella (from their marriage, in the years
1851 to 1879, were born 13 children).
Also from the marriage of Antonino Giuseppe Signorino
(Seq.# 188.8.131.52b.1b.5), fifth son of Carmelo and Ignazia Camuto
Mazzeo, were born nine children.
Signorino married Maria Nunzia Aidala on 8 January 1821 and, from
1837 to 1864, were born:
- Carmelo (1837),
- Nunzio (1839),
- Antonino (1841),
- Anna Maria (1843),
- Giuseppe (1844),
- Anna Maria (1846 nun)
- Concetta (1848),
- Nunzia (1861), and
- Francesco Paolo (1864).
The first son, Carmelo, (Seq. # 184.108.40.206b.1b.5.1, born the 15
September 1837), married in 1857, as had already done his
great-grandfather Biagio Camuto, a century earlier, yet another
Zerbo, Nunzia, the 29 of June, 1858. He has the first child to
whom, according to a centuries-old tradition, gives the same name,
Carmelo. (who married Giuseppa Lo Castro and had six
On the12 of March 1861 the second son was born, Luigi (Seq.
# 1.1 .1.1 b.1b.5.1.2), who married in 1865 Carolina Sanfilippo
(1870 - 1946).
It has been more than two centuries from the marriage of Pietro
Camuto with Rosalia Mavica (they were united in marriage in 1628)
and many are now their descendants as numerous are the ties of
kinship with other families not only from Bronte.
From the marriage of Luigi Camuto and Carolina Sanfilippo six
children are born:
- Nunzia (1887 - 1965), married to Joseph Minio and mother
of five children, including the Professor Don Luigi Minio (Seq. #
- Giovanna (1891 - 1930);
- Carmelo (1898-1974, Seq. 220.127.116.11b.1b.18.104.22.168 #.) Married
with Nunziatina Politi, parents of fathers Luigi and Nunzio Camuto
and his brothers Giavanna and Pippo Camuto;
- Nunziato (1901-1962) who became a lawyer, moved to Venice
in 1925 and married Albina Zambon, generating Sira, Gluco and
- Giuseppe Luigi (1904-1991, Seq. # 22.214.171.124b.1b.126.96.36.199)
who in 1928 married Nunzia Mavica (known as Elvira, 1907-1953).
From the couple are born: the teacher Luigi (Gigi, 1928), sister
Maria (1933) and his brother Salvatore (Toto, 1940) who in
1966 married Zina Portaro.
Maria, married in 1953 with Luigi Mineo, is the mother of Dr.
Biagio (Seq. # 188.8.131.52b.1b. 184.108.40.206.2.1), head of the department of
Radiology in the Hospital Castiglione-Prestianni, and his brother
- Angelina, the last of the daughters (1906 - 1997, Seq.#
220.127.116.11b.1b.18.104.22.168), in 1928 married the builder Francesco (Ciccio)
Toscano giving birth to Luigi, Pasqualino, Marianna, Nunzia and
the dean Salvatore (Turi).
Another fairly well known group originated from Giuseppe
(Seq.# 22.214.171.124b.1b.5.5, fifth son of Antonino Giuseppe Signorino
Camuto and Nunzia Aidala), born on the 24 August, 1844 and in 1867
marries another Zerbo: the twenty-four years old Francesca
(1842) and from 1865 to 1893 becomes a father of 11 children:
- Giuseppe (1865, in 1892 he married Maria Meli)
- Antonino (1868),
- Vincenzo (1873),
- Nunzio (1874, in 1921 married Carmela Luca)
- Giuseppa (1877),
- Nunzia (1878, become a nun),
- Francesco Paolo (1882),
- Luigi (1885),
- Salvatore (1887),
- Francesca (1890) and
- Carmelo (1893).
The first child, according to customs of the time, bears the same
name of his grandfather and father, Giuseppe (1865 - 1942
Seq. # 126.96.36.199b.1b.5.5.1).
In 1892 he married Maria Meli, (“Tilluzzo”, from 1872 to
1934) and from this pair, we can say, originate the American
branch of the Camuto-Barbaria.
Of their nine children, at first, emigrate Enrico (Henry),
(1893 - 1972, who married Grace Lanzafame, Seq. #
188.8.131.52b.1b.184.108.40.206), Francesco (Frank, 1903-1981 ) who married
Mary Lanzafame (Seq. # 220.127.116.11b.1b.18.104.22.168), then Paul (1910
- 1965, Seq. # 22.214.171.124b.1b.5. 5.1.5) that, on the 29 of April 1937,
married Cecilia Musumeci, (1912 to 2002) and finally Ignazio
(Dino), (1915 - 1977, Seq. # 126.96.36.199b.1b.188.8.131.52) that in
February 1937 married Antonina Emma Barbaria, (1917 to 1988).
Of the other children of Giuseppe and Maria Meli Camuto we include
Giuseppe (1896 - 1974, who bears the same name of his
father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Seq.#
184.108.40.206b. 1b.220.127.116.11) and manages a shop for the sale of glass and
petrol for lighting in Minissale street, opposite the woodwork
shop of his brother Ignazio.
In 1929, he marries Innocenza Catania (“Sciarella”, from 1899 to
1984) and from the marriage is born Maria (1940), the
physician Dr. Giuseppe (1930) who in 1960 married Vincenza
Catania (“Ninfia”), Xavier (1938, Seq.#
18.104.22.168b.1b.22.214.171.124.3), who moved to Rome where, in 1964, he
married Anna Di Bello, and Margarita (1944).
The fourth of eleven children of Giuseppe Camuto and Francesca
Zerbo, Nunzio (14/08/1874, sec,# 126.96.36.199b.1b.5.5.4) marries
Angela Abramo (in 1895) and after the death of Angela,
Carmela Luca (1921).
From the first marriage was born Giuseppe (1898 - 1987,
Seq. # 188.8.131.52b.1b.5.5.4b.3), who in 1922 married Nunziata Lupo.
If I recall correctly, they ran a tobacconist shop located in the
left, before the corner of Scialandro, and their first son,
Nunzio (1925), in 1973 moved to New York where he continued
his activities as a lecturer in prestigious institutes and where
several times was reached by his father.
The other brother, Giovanni (1929 - 1991, Seq. #
184.108.40.206b.1b.5.5.4b.3.2) remained in Bronte, as did Fedele