17. Coli, Virgilig

Virgilig COLI(1,2) was born in 1885 in Villominazo, Italy to Ferdinando Coli.(1,3,4) He immigrated on 18 December 1911 arriving at Ellis Island in New York.(4)  Virgilig was 5’11’ with a medium complexion and he had chestnut hair and chestnut eyes.(4).  Upon arrival he traveled to his final destination of Diamondville, Wyoming.  In December 1920, Virgilig’s younger brother, Giovanni “John”, immigrated to live and work with his brother.  The Coli brothers were both killed in a gas explosion in Frontier No. 1 coal mine on 14 August 1923 in Frontier, Wyoming a neighboring city of Diamondville.  Virgilig was 38 years old.(2, 3,4)  Virgilig was single at the time of his death.(3)

      1. Kemmerer Republican, (Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming), 24 August 1923, page 1, microfilm; Lincoln County Library, 519 Emerald Street, Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming 83101.
        2. Sneddon Robert T.  Inspector (Dist 1) & Robert V. Hotchkiss Inspector (Dist2), "State Coal Mine Inspectors Of Wyoming, Districts No. 1 and 2," year:  1923; report, 1923; , Wyoming State Archives on microfilm, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
        3. Virgilig Coli, death certificate file no. 1385 (14 August 1923), State of Wyoming, Wyoming State Archives, 2301 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.
        4. "Immigration-New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," digital, FamilySearch, FamilySearch.org (: online 8 June 2018), Virgilio Coli page 172, line 11; 1911.
        5. "Immigration-US Border Crossings from Canada to US 1895-1960," digital online, National Archives at Washington, D.C., Ancestry.com (: online 6 March 2018), Guovanni Coli; citing 11; arrival date 31 Dec 1920

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