|The Canatella Family
|~ Canatella, Revon, Cusimano, Dupas ~
|Ray's g-grandfather, Nicola (or Cola) Revon. Mr. Revon was a
well-known duelist, who killed several men in duels in the days when
duels were legal. Ray sent a copy of the 1904 article printed in The
New Orleans Item at the time of Mr. Revon's death. It was titled, "Life
History of Cola Revon" and sub-titled, "Desperate 'Bad Man' of
Plaquemines Parish - Alleged He Killed Seven Men in His Day."
|Louise Revon, Cola Revon's daughter,
Ray's grandmother; age 15, 1883.
|Left, wedding photo of Sara
Cusimano and Frank Cannatella,
1896; above, Sara Cusimano's
mother, abt. 1890.
|Note from Ray: "My G-Grandfather, Rocco Cusimano, started the Cusimano
Fruit Peddling business. They were from Milan, Italy. The Cusimano's and
Cannatella's met in this country. When my grandfather first saw Sara, he wanted
to marry her, so he had to go see my g-grandfather, Rocco Cusimano, and ask for
permission. In those days, the young men who were interested in any Italian girl,
couldn't court her unless the father approved. My grandfather had to prove he
had enough money to take care of my grandmother or it was no deal."
|Uncle Leon Cannatella and bride, Margaret, 1923.
|Left, Ray's parents, Rocco and Thelma
Dupas Canatella, with Ray and sisters
(note that Ray's dad dropped an 'n'
from Cannatella), Mardi Gras, 1940;
above, Ray, older brother, Frank, and
two sisters, Joyce and Lois.
|Ray's grandfather, Frank
Cannatella, and his daughter,
Ray's Aunt Theresa,
Jackson Square, 1926.
|Ray's mom, sitting on the
steps of her house on
Chartres Street, 1923.
|Left, Cola Revon's grandnieces and one granddaughter (Ray's mom, in dark dress); right, Cola Revon's
grandnieces; both photos were taken at the airport in Chalmette, just off St. Bernard Hwy., 1923.
|Ray's uncle, Ross Cannatella
|Above, Ray's Aunt Tina (on right) and friend in City
Park, 1926; right, Cola Revon's son, Joe, and 3
granddaughters of Cola Revon (Ray's mother on
right); Montegut Street, 1940.
|Left, friends of Frank Cannatella, 1926;
above, Ray's uncle and his cab, 1930.
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|Ray's mother, Thelma Dupas Canatella's baptismal certificate, 1906. CLICK
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