Angelo Dell’Armo (née Dell’Armi) was born on 1 August 1883 at 8:15 a.m. in a house on via Cirillo in Salcito, Campobasso, Molise, Italy.
[When Angelo Dell’Armi, immigrated to the U.S., he changed his last name to Dell’Armo.]
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Angelo Dell’Armi Born 1 August 1883 at 8:15 a.m. at his home at via Cirillo 7, in Salcito. Father: Nicolamaria dell’Armi, 36, peasant, informant Mother: Gelsomina Gianandrea, his wife, peasant, resides with him. Witnesses: Angelo dell’Armi, 61, landowner, and Giuseppe dell’Armi, 34, landowner. Registered 5 August 1883.
Salcito (Campobasso, Italy) Ufficio dello Stato Civile, Nati 1883, Number 56, Angelo Dell’Armi, born 1 August 1883; FHL Microfilm 1766707, digital image , Catalog, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org), accessed December 2017.
His parents, Nicolamaria Dell’Armi and Gelsomina Gianandrea, were farmers whose status as landowners did little to help them escape the entrenched poverty of peasant life.
With little hope for upward mobility, young Angelo chose to try his luck in the United States, as did several of his siblings. There, workers were desperately needed in booming factories and coal mines along the East Coast.
Angelo was one among thousands of Italian immigrants driven to the United States by economic need at the end of the 19th century. They arrived in record numbers starting in the 1880s and quickly represented 10 percent of the foreign-born population in the United States. Salcito’s population dropped more than 18 percent between 1861 and 1911, due in large part to migration to the United States.