Ersilia Cauchi who married Leone Agius, They were parents of Jane Portelli friend of Leo Dougherty.
Laurenzio Spiteri and Maria Vella were married on the 10 October 1815 in Nadur. Their son Giovanni Maria Anglu Anton Spiteri (In New Zealand known as James Spedderi) was born 1st October 1833 in Nadur Gozo and had a sister Giovanna
Spiteri. and as a family story goes a brother Paul who came to New Zealand with James but found it too cold and returned to Malta. These are the only siblings we know of.
Giovanna Spiteri (known as Joan) married Michelangelo Cauchi (known as Mike) 7th
June 1862 in Ghajnsielem Gozo. They had a son Lorenzo (known as Lawrence) Lorenzo who was studying to be a priest had one brother Paul and four sisters none of them were ever married nor did they have any children only Lorenzo did. One of his sisters
was a Nun. Lorenzo's father Michalangelo (Mike)was in the policeforce in Gozo. According to Jane Portelli quote (still lots of relatives in Gozo in ARP. Air Raid Precautions. during 2nd world war.) 'Lorenzo Cauchi, born in Gozo and Vittoria Lotti born Alexandria
Egypt were married on the 13th May 1888 at Port Salvo Valletta Malta. Vittoria Lottis’ parents were Lodislao Lotti and Rosa Mifsud. (Lorenzo Cauci was a nephew of James Spedderi ). Lorenzo (Lawrence)was a tailor and his wife Vitoria ran a shop
of laces and ribbons etc.
They had a daughter Ersilia Cauchi who married Leone Agius a carpenter on the 29th January 1921 at Porto Salvo Valletta Malta. His parents were Carmelo Agius and Giovanna Borg they were married on the 24th
of November 1881 at Senglea. Leone died very young aged 52 of a heart attack. in Malta.
Ersilia’s siblings were Ercole a brother who married Carmela Ciancio 24th January 1929 Port Salvo Valletta, Joseph, Carmena and Michael.
Agius’ Siblings were Lawrence, Josephine, Nazarunu and Carmen.
When one looks at the marriage witnesses of Lorenzo Cauchi and Vittoria Lotti it shows they probably had no family or friends in Malta at the time because one was a Domenican priest
Fr.Giuseppe Galanti who was born in Sicily, and the other was a church helper Carmelo Camenzuli.
Ersilia and Leone Agius were the parents of Jane, (married Anthony Portelli Egyptian, born in England) Rose, Joseph, Carmen & Michael. Jane who
married Anthony Portelli and had Margaret and Leo (Lenny). Jane was married in Malta and emigrated to Windsor Canada with 2 of her sisters and 1 brother the eldest brother settling in New York. Anthony (Tony) having a visa and working in Detroit. The family
eventually moved there. Jane hated the big noisy dirty city. Of course they shifted to Florida where she died. Her husband Tony Portelli died in 2014 in his early 90's.
Jane says in one of her letters to Leo Dougherty ‘that if it happens one
day we win the Irish sweepstakes we will be happy to visit you and whole family which is quite a family God bless them‘.