Archive for April, 2010
I was able to find the first Angilletta’s who emigrated to the US by searching Castle Garden website. The first one to arrive was Luigi, a 44 year old male from Caulonia, Reggio Calabria who claimed to want to set up permanent residence in the US. He did go back to Caulonia though and returned to the US a year later.
|Last name||First name||Age||Sex||Arrival Date||Place of last residence|
|ANGILLETTA||TOMMASO||38||M||8 Nov 1889||U|
|ANGILLETTA||LUIGI||45||M||24 Apr 1893||CAULONIA|
|ANGILLETTA||VINCENZO||21||M||10 Sep 1900||CAULONIA|
|ANGILLETTA||VINCENZO||30||M||13 Apr 1901||GROTTERIA|
|ANGILLETTA||VINCENZO||42||M||5 Sep 1902||NAPOLI|
|ANGILLETTA||VINCENZO||41||M||22 Sep 1902||CAULONIA|
|ANGILLETTA||BIAGIO||35||M||3 Oct 1902||S.BARTOLOMEO-G.|
|ANGILLETTA||GIUSEPPE||23||M||20 Nov 1902||S.BARTOLOMEO-IN-GALDO|
|ANGILLETTA||VINCENZO||44||M||13 Mar 1903||CAULONIA|
|ANGILLETTA||SALVATORE||18||M||22 Mar 1906||GROTTERIA|
|ANGILLETTA||ILARIO||16||M||14 Jun 1906||CAULONIA|
|ANGILLETTA||GAETANO||28||M||8 Nov 1912||SERRADIFALCO|
|ANGILLETTA||CARMELO||25||M||3 May 1904||SIDERNO|
|ANGILLETTA||ACHILLE||23||M||21 Feb 1905||CAULONIA|
|ANGILLETTA||GIUSEPPE||21||M||6 Apr 1905||GROTTERIA|
|ANGILLETTA||GIUSEPPE||33||M||21 Apr 1905||GROTTERIA|
|ANGILLETTA||ILARIANTONIO||29||M||13 May 1892||GERACE|
|ANGILLETTA||LUIGI||44||M||9 May 1892||CAULONIA|
|ANGILETTA||SALVATORE||24||M||23 Apr 1894||U|
|ANGILETTA||GIUSEPPE||34||M||29 Oct 1899||S ILARIO|
|ANGILETTA||FRANCESCO||23||M||16 Feb 1900||CAULONIA|
|ANGILETTA||RAFFAELE||31||M||25 Jun 1901||MARTONE|
|ANGILETTA||GIUSEPPE||31||M||17 Mar 1903||GROTTERIA|
|ANGILETTA||GIUSEPPE||23||M||19 Jun 1912||GIOIOSA|
|ANGILETTA||GIOVANNI||29||M||26 Mar 1896||GROTTERIA|
|ANGILETTA||VINCENZO||32||M||13 May 1892||GERACE|
Most of the Angilletta’s I have found so far have been from Reggio Calabria, Italy which is a comune (town) and a province in the region of Calabria in Southern Italy. Reggio di Calabria is located on the toe of the Italian peninsula and is separated by the Strait of Messina from the island of Sicily.
There are several comuni in Reggio and even more frazioni (subdivisions, hamlets, or villages) and our ancestors were scattered throughout these areas. The map below will give you an idea of the various comuni the Angilletta’s came from:
One of the most frequent questions I get when I first meet people with the same surname is “Are we related”? The answer to that is – I don’t know. Yet. I am currently working on piecing all the persons with the Angilletta surname together first and trying to work my way backwards to where each of the families originated from. As you can imagine, this hasn’t been easy. At first, I thought the surname was not a very common one so I shouldn’t have too much trouble. Well I was wrong. There are hundreds of Angilletta’s who I found immigrated to the USA between 1890 and 1924 through Ellis Island alone. This spreadsheet will show you who they are and where they came from. Notice the variations in spelling? It becomes even more difficult as many changed the spelling of the surname once in the US. Some did it to fit in better, while others did it accidentally.
Most of our ancestors were illiterate so when the name was incorrectly recorded on a vital record such as a child’s birth certificate, that became their legal surname. A perfect example of this would be the family of Vincenzo Angilletta and Cristina Scrivo who with their son Luigi immigrated from Caulonia, Reggio Calabria Italy to Keyser, West Virgina.
A search of the West Virginia Vital Records Research Project turned up birth indexes for several of their children and found Cristina had registered the births. She spelled the surname Angellatta. Since they never amended the records this became the new spelling of their surname. So, Vincenzo Angilletta became James Angilletta, Cristina became Christina Angellatta, Luigi became Louis and all the other children, became Angellatta.
My Angilletta ancestors were no different. Here I have attempted to collect as much information as I can on these families, beginning with these pages. If you have any information you would like to add to this site, or to report a broken link, please, feel free to contact me. I would be happy to hear from you.