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Antonio Angilletta & Rosa Severino – Gioiosa Ionica

Well finally after years of searching I have been able (with the help of good friends) break down a major brick wall for my own family. I’ve traced my patrilineal lineage to the Comune of Gioiosa Ionica in the Province of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

I’ve uploaded the file for the Descendants of Antonio ANGILLETTA & Rosa SEVERINO with as much sourced information as I have available. I am currently waiting on the Archivist for the Reggio Calabria Archives to send a few more documents and I believe I will be done using Civil Records to trace my family. Next step: Church Records!

Disclaimer

Please note that all information posted thus far is public domain and no privacy laws have been breached intentionally or otherwise. Should you see anything that should not be posted please contact me and I will investigate and if necessary remove immediately. Alternatively, if you would like to add, modify or expand on this family, I would also be interested in hearing from you.

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Family of Nicodemo Angilletta & Elisabetta Lombardo

Salvatore

Rosario Salvatore Angilletta

Finally, after months of extracting civil records I have been able to group many of our Angilletta ancestors into Family Groups. The first published family is Nicodemo Angilletta [1853] born in Grotteria to Isidoro and Caterina Panetta who married Elisabetta Lombardo [1863] from Mammola, the daughter of Agostino and Rosa Maria Agostino.

Nicodemo and Elisabetta resided in Mammola and their 13 children were all born there. At least 5 of them died as children.

One child, Rosario Salvatore [1892-1968] immigrated to the United States and was married to Caterina Protetta [1900].  The picture on the right was taken from his passport application from 1922. I will be adding more information about Salvatore and Caterina but will not be adding any details about their descendants as not to violate any privacy laws.   If you descend from any of these people and would like more information then shoot me an email and explain exactly how you are related and we can take it from there.  Please, do not ask me for any personal information – I can’t [won’t] provide that.

Disclaimer

Please note that all information posted thus far is public domain and no privacy laws have been breached intentionally or otherwise. Should you see anything that should not be posted please contact me and I will investigate and if necessary remove immediately. Alternatively, if you would like to add, modify or expand on this family, I would also be interested in hearing from you.

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Bruno Angilletta di Giuseppe – Ardore

Bruno Manifest Page 1

It was almost Christmas and my films hadn’t arrived yet from Salt Lake City to the Family History Center.  Plus the Center was closing for 2 weeks for the holidays so I decided to see what I could locate about my family using the internet.  I subscribed to the trial version of Ancestry but still needed a credit card.  I put my information in and totally flipped when I realized my subscription cost me almost $400.00 U.S.!  I swore I was going to cancel it but of course I didn’t using the excuse that it would be my X-mas present to myself.

I also registered on the Ellis Island Website which was free but I hated the search engine.  Thankfully I discovered I could search the site using Steve Morse’s One Step Pages which I still use and love today. But after weeks of searching, and with the help of some friends on the Italian Genealogy Forum I still hadn’t found much that was useful to me – except for:

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Brino Ship Manifest Page 2

Bruno Manifest Page 2


First Name: Bruno
Last Name: Angiletta
Ethnicity: Italy, Italian So.
Last Place of Residence: Ardore, Italy
Date of Arrival: Feb 23, 1920
Age at Arrival: 15y Gender: M Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: Duca degli Abruzzi
Port of Departure: Napoli
Manifest Line Number: 0017

According to this manifest, a 15 year old Bruno left his grandfather Rocco in Ardore and was traveling with his mother to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to see his father Giuseppe. I remember my father telling me about a cousin named Bruno who lived in Pittsburg so I pursued this and again with the help of some friends located his obituary. *Note: Some information has been removed.

Bruno Angilletta 1904-2005

Friday, August 26, 2005
Bruno Angilletti
Sept. 16, 1904–Aug. 24, 2005

Private funeral services for Bruno Angilletti, 100, of Newark, will be held for family on Saturday, at the Reed-Egan Funeral Home, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark, with the Rev. Robert Penhallurick officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Bruno Angilletti died in the Hospice wing of LPN Health Care Facility on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005. He was born in Ardura, Calabria, Italy to the late Joseph and Josephine (Rubino) Angilletti….
…In addition to his parents, Bruno was preceded in death by his wife, Rose (Prato) Angilletti.
The family request that memorials be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark.
For an online guestbook, please visit www.reedegan.com.
Originally published August 26, 2005

This is Bruno lived over 100 years – my grandfather Bruno lived to 94.  Using the info from the obit I had my father contact Bruno’s daughter and it turned out this was Dad’s first cousin.  His daughter was nice enough to provide us with some pictures of Bruno.  Through this I learned that Nonno Bruno had a brother Giuseppe and their father, my great grandfather’s name was Rocco.

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My Paternal Grandparents

Francesco Angilletta

I began researching my Paternal roots in Fall 2005 while trying to help my daughter with a school project.  At the time I had very limited resources to work with.  I knew nothing other than the standard information – parents, grandparents, where they lived, where they died – but not much more.  Bruno Angilletta and Caterina Fuda, my paternal grandparents who were from Locri, Reggio Calabria.
Since the first rule of thumb when trying to trace your roots is to start with yourself and work your way backwards,  I downloaded a copy of a Ancestral Chart (also known as a Pedigree chart) from Ancestry and filled in what I could.
Later that afternoon I visited my with parents and attempted to pick their brains,  which wasn’t as easy as most people say it is.  My father is the youngest of 7 children and was born in Locri – a fact he has always been very proud of – but didn’t really remember much more than I already knew.
Not learning anything knew, I decided to *borrow* my parents photo albums and go through their documents.  Mom had stuff saved that I never even knew existed so this really helped.  Especially when I found my grandmother memory card from when she passed away and it read:

 

Caterina Fuda

Domenica Caterina Fuda
24 Agosto 1889 – 14 Marzo 1975
Gerace Marina
Discovery #1 – Ok, so I always thought my Nonna’s name was Caterina, not Domenica.  And where the hell was Gerace Marina??  It turns out that Locri was known as Gerace Marina prior to 1934 so my Dad being born in 1932, was actually born there.  Nonna it seems, went by her middle name all her life. I decided to keep looking through the pile of pictures and documents for more clues and came upon Nonno Bruno’s death certificate:

Francesco Angilletta Death Certificate

Discovery #2 – Nonno Bruno was really Francesco and he was born in Ardore, Reggio Calabria in 1895 but died in Locri in 1989.  Ardore is a comune about 3 kms from Locri and is one of the 40 comune to make up what’s known as the Locride. Locride is an area of Calabria Italy around the town of Locri in the Province of Reggio Calabria.

Unfortunately the death certificate was only an extract of the event so it didn’t provide me with the names of Nonno Bruno’s parents and so I would need to locate the birth acts of Francesco and Domenica based on the information I had.  And so I made my way to the closest Family History Center (which isn’t all that close) and ordered my first two microfilms to see what I could come up with it.

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New Records Coming

Will be uploading several new records to the site for Caulonia, Grotteria and Ardore for the early 1900’s  thanks to a good friend, Carmen Papallo.  These records will allow many of you to add to your family tree and confirm relationships.

I was able to locate with these the marriage info for my great uncle Giuseppe who I always believed married in Ardore but found he actually married in the province of Catanzaro.

Keep an eye out for them as I will be adding them sometime within the next two weeks.

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Vincenzo ANGILLETTA – Grotteria–>Massachusetts

Just finished uploading the family group sheet for Vincenzo ANGILLETTA di Francesco of Grotteria, Reggio Calabria, Italy.  He married Maria Rosa MAGGIO.  The family changed their surname to Gillette for a short time which made it a bit challenging to research at first but using Ancestry and the Family Search site together I was able to piece enough information to construct a page.

Am working on the census extraction information now and will link soon for anyone who is interested. I have also charted three of his daughters along with their spouses and children.

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Coal Miners Memorial Park

 

Coal Miner

Coal Miners, Greenwood, Arkansas

Coal Miners Memorial Park is a webpage dedicated to the miners of Greenwood, Arkansas, Historical District.

From their memorial page:

The Memorial was dedicated to honor the coal miners of Sebastian County, Arkansas. Coal miners were the heart of our heritage that we enjoy today.  These walls of memories include names of the men who mined the coal that fueled the industrial might of America…

read more…

I am linking this page because Giuseppe Antonio Angilletta a.k.a Joseph Angeletti, and his brother, James Angeletti as well as others Angeletti’s names are listed on the Memorial.

  • JAMES ANGELETTI
  • JOSEPH ANGELETTI
  • TEALY ANGELETTI
  • TONY ANGELETTI
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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
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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.

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