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Since the beginning of our family’s recorded history in 1809, several major families from
Apricena have formed our lineage: the DiLella’s, Barone’s, Merlino’s, Della Monica’s, Cardella’s,
Rinaldi’s and Santelli’s.
A survey of the birth, marriage and death records between 1809 and 1910 show that
the majority of the DiLella families in Foggia resided in Carpino, Itschitella and Apricena. In fact,
the DiLella name only appears in southern Italy in the region of Puglia which stretches along the
coast from Foggia to Lecce.
As were the DiLella families located in the area of Foggia, so were the Della Monica’s
and Barone’s. There were many families with these names located in Apricena, Carpino and
San Severo. With regards to the Cardella, Santelli and Rinaldi Families, their distribution
throughout Foggia had a similar pattern. Cardella’s and Santelli’s resided in Apricena and San
Severo, whereas the Rinaldi name is found more widespread throughout other communes in
Foggia such as Apricena, San Severo, Cerignola, Foggia, and Carapelle. Whether our ancestors
from Apricena are related to families located in these communes in Foggia is unknown.