Archive for April, 2010

First Angilletta Immigrants

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

Where are we from?

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:


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Are we Related?

Nellie Birth

Nellie Angellatta
20 Aug 1913

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.

Introduction

Calabria

Calabria Picture by P. Serafino

The largest wave of Italians left their homes for the America’s between 1880 and 1920 to escape war and poverty, or just to try and build a better life for themselves. Most were men and were from Southern Italy, including Calabria and Sicily. Some returned to their homes in Italy and were commonly known as “Birds of Passage”, but many chose to stay and began new lives, and even started new families. While in America, they endured many hardships and were often regarded as anarchists and violent people but who had strong Catholic beliefs. They brought their food and culture with them and congregated in areas which were referred to as “Little Italy”. They at one pointed accounted for almost 90% of US Public Service jobs in certain cities.

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.