Amanuensis Monday: 1849 San Donato Val di Comino, Italy Births

While searching for family names in the San Donato Val di Comino records, I thought the San Donatese diaspora might appreciate having an accessible transcription of some of the historic civil registration indexes for the town.

121 births were recorded during the year 1849 (although 2 births were from the previous year of 1848). There were four illegitimate births which listed the name of the child’s mother and stated “padre incerto” – father uncertain. The most common surnames were Quintiliani/Quintiliano (8), Rufo (7), Tempesta (7), Bona (6), Cardarelli (6), Cellucci (6), Antonellis (4), Lanno (4), Mazzola (4), Roffo (4).

1849 Births, San Donato Val di Comino, Italy

Tavola alfabetica annual de Nati per l’anno mille ottocento quarantanove

Alphabetical table of annual births in the year one thousand eight hundred forty-nine

No. d’ord.

Page #

Nomi e Cognomi de Nati

Birth Name and Surname

Cognomi e nomi de genitori

Name and surname of parents

Giorno della nascita

Birthdate

Osservaz.

Observations

?3

Antonellis, Blandina

Carmine Antonellis & Carmela Quintilina

28 May

?7

Antonellis, Maria Carmela

Loreto Antonellis & Anna Piselli

6 April

?9

Antonellis, Maddelene

Giuseppe Antonellis & Caterina Baccari

13 October

?

Antonellis, Filomena

Giuseppe Antonellis & Maria Musilli

9 Xbre [December]

1

Baccari, Carolina

Loreto Baccari & Giuseppa Cedrone

31 December 1848

2

Bona, Gerado

Luigi Bona & Maria Loreta Antonellis

1 January 1849

57

Bona, Domenica

Vincenzo Bona & Teresa Roffo

1 June

64?

Bona, Giovanni Abramo

Pietro Bona & Elisabetta Coletti

24 June

77

Bona, Maria Giuseppa

Niccola Bona & Eleonora Carderelli

16 August

100

Bona, Nicola Loreto

Donato Bona & Maria Angelica Ceccuzzi

10 9bre [November]

104

Bona, Antonia Agnesa Filomena

Carmine Bona & Ninfa Fanone

26 November

7

Cedrone, Maria Loreta

Chiara Cedrone & padre incerto [father uncertain]

19 January

11

Cellucci, Fortunata

Niccola Cellucci & Antonia Vergati

29 January

18

Cardarelli, Carolina Elisabetta

Luigi Cardarelli & Anna Carelli

20 February

20

Cedrone, Maria Carmela

Massimino Cedrone & Santa Quintiliani

22 February

23

Camilli, Luigia

Agostino Camilli & Anna Decina

5 March

24

Cedrone, Vincenzo

Domenico Cedrone & Antonia Rufo

9 March

28

Cellucci, Giovanna Felicia

Marcello Cellucci & Clementina Ventre

22 March

29

Cugini, Loreto

Giovanni Battista Cugini & Francesca Roffo

22 March

30

Cugini, Carmine

Luigi Cugini & Loreta Fabrizio

21 March

34

Cellucci, Antonia

Gerardo Cellucci & Donatangela Cellucci

31 March

42

Cardarelli, Maria Costanza

Antonio Cardarelli & Serafina Lenno

11 April

46

Cellucci, Maria Orazia

Giovanni Cellucci & Antonia Cedrone

23 April

48

Cecchi, Maria Giuseppa

Antonio Cecchi & Loreta Cence

25 April

67

Cecchi, Orazia

Cesidio Cecchi & Nachele Salvucci

6 July

68

Camilli, Francesco

Nunziato Camilli & Donato Rufo

9 July

69

Ceccone, Maddelena

Luigi Ceccone & Vittoria Lenno

12 July

70

Coletta, Cesidia

Rasquale Coletta & Clementina Cardarelli

13 July

?

Cellucci, Raffaela

Loreto Cellucci & Annamaria Cellucci

25 7bre [September]

?

Cucuzzo, Nicoletta Maria Luisa

Carlo Cucuzzo & Blandina Cardarelli

12 October

?

Cardarelli, Annamaria

Pasquale Cardarelli & Vineranda Mazzenza

17 October

?

Cardarelli, Maria Filomena

Luigi Cardarelli & Domenica Tempesta

17 October

?

Cucone, Giovanni

Antonio Cucone & Anna Cardarelli

17 October

?

Cellucci, Maddalena

Benedetto Cellucci & Francesca [Viso?]

14 October

?

Cuilli, Gaetano

Niccola Cuilli & Domenica Scarnecchia

12 Xbre [December]

?

Cucuzzo, Costanza

Cesidio Cucuzzo & Loreta Quintiliano

15 Xbre [December]

?

Cardarelli, Loreto

Gabriele Cardarelli & Carmina Cellucci

20 Xbre [December]

?

Cardarelli, Elisabetta Giuseppa

Donato Cardarelli & Carmina Quintiliano

22 Xbre [December]

?

Cugini, Giusta

Francesco Cugini & Fortunata Esposita

29 Xbre [December]

?

Fabrizio, Francesco

Costanzo Fabrizio & Nunziata Gatti

6 April

?

Fabrizio, Elisabetta

Nicandro Fabrizio & Cleminza Cantilli

16 June

?

Fabrizio, Niccola

Loreto Fabrizio & Maria Fabrizio

15 June

?

Fabrizio, Luigi

Desiderio Fabrizio & Maria Cucuzzo

22 June

?

Grancassa, Luigi Felissimo

D. Felice Grancassa & Maria Patrizia Cimini

26 Xbre [December] 1848

?

Gallo, Donata Gaetana

Pasquale Gallo & Caterina Tempesta

16 March

?

Gallo, Cesidio Antonio

Domenico Gallo & Loreta Perruzza

6 April

?

Gentile, Costanza Cesidia

Marco Gentile & Maria Pellegrini

28 March

?

Gatti, Cristino Cesidio

Domenico Gatti & Serafina Evangelista

7 June

?

Gallo, Maria

Domenica Gallo & padre incerto [father uncertain]

9 June

?

Gentile, Costanzo

Luigi Gentile & Maria Casale

6 June

?

Gentile, Nunziata

Domenico Gentile & Chiarra Cucuzzo

26 June

?

Gentile, Donata

Cesidio Gentile & Carmina Cucchi

24 Xbre [December]

?

Leone, Antonia

Loreto Leone & Lucia Cedrone

20 January

?

Lanno, Luigi

Francesco Lanno & Maria Tempeste

9 February

45

Lanno, Angelo

Gaetano Lanno & Carmina Roffo

19 April 1849

47

Lombardi, Giuseppe

Antonio Lombardi & Antonia Leone

24 April

49

Leone, Antonio

Francesco Leone & Domenica Tramentozzi

7 May

52

Lanno, Costanza

Loreto Lanno & Loreta Paglia

17 May

85

Leone, Loreto

Pasquale Leone & Domenica Salvucci

28 7bre [September]

119

Lanno, Giovanni

Carlo Lanno & Maria Pasquala Sambucci

26 Xbre [December]

15

Marino, Nunziato

Domenican Marino & Carmina Tempesta

7 February

31

Mazzola, Angelo

Loreto Mazzola & Clementina di Stazio

24 March

53

Massa, Achille

D. Luigi Massa & Nobilia Mazilli

20 May

61

Mazzola, Niccola

Antonio Mazzola & Carmela Mazzola

14 June

65

Massa, Giulia Maria

D. Costantino Massa & Giuseppa Marino

25 June

66

Mussilli, Rosa

D. Carlo Mussilli & Costantina Massa

29 June

88

Mazzola, Virgilio

Luigi Mazzola & Angela Maria Perruzza

2 October

120

Mazzola, Donato

Carlo Mazzola & Costanza Cedrone

28 Xbre [December]

12

Piselli, Maria Carmela

Cesidio Piselli & Nunziata Lanno

6 February

21

Perruzza, Domenico

Pietro Perruzza & Carmine Leone

1 March

26

Pellicella, Emilia

Crocifissa Pellicella & padre incerto [father uncertain]

16 March

35

Pesee, Giovanna Felicia

Pietro Pesee & Costanza Rufo

5 April

41

Piselli, Pasquale

Lorenzo Piselli & Costantina Sacchetti

8 April

54

Paglia, Luigi

Giovanni Paglia & Marta Cardarelli

27 May

81

Paglia, Carolina Maria Carmela

Cristino Paglia & Eleonora Cardarelli

22 July

78

Pellegrini, Costanza

Niccola Pellegrini & Elisa Leone

25 August

86

Paglia,Angelantonio Francesco

AntonioPaglia & Carmina Tocci

6? October

98

Pellegrini, Giovanni

Antonio Pellegrini & Domenica Tocci

5 October

9

Quintiliano, Angelo

Donato Quintiliano & Palma di Nubiss

19 January

50

Quintiliano, Domenico

Pietro Quintiliano & Carmina Fabrizio

13 May

51

Quintiliano, Carlo

Loreto Quintiliano & Nicoletta Gatti

14 May

76

Quintiliano, Maria Donata

Eleanora Quintiliano & padre incerto [father uncertain]

6 August

?

Quintiliani, Giuseppe Donato

Carmine Quintiliani & Sofia di Bona

7 August 1849

?

Quintiliano, Beniamino Costanzo

Angelo Quintiliano & Livia Cardarelli

21 7bre [September]

?

Quintiliani, Nicoletta

Loreto Quintiliani & Vita Sforza

18 October

?

Quintiliani, Donato

Raffaele Quintiliani & Santa Roffo

16 Xbre [December]

?

Roffo, Antonio

 Giuseppe Roffo & Costanza Tempesta

21 January

?

Rufo, Pasquale

Orazio Rufo & Donata Cedrone

6 February

?

Rubeis, Clementina

 Tommaso Rubeis & Maria Leone

13 March

?

Rufo, Loreto

Luigi Rufo & Carolina Cedrone

27 March

?

Roffo, Francesco

Costanzo Roffo & Maddalena Salera

13 April

?

Roffo, Gaetano

Carmine Roffo & Maria Coletti

13 April

?

Rubeis, Cesidia

Luigi Rubeis & Orazia Sambucci

29 May

?

Rufo, Carmina [twin]

Francesco Rufo & Dorodea Cellucci

28 July

?

Rufo, Giuseppe [twin]

Idem [Francesco Rufo & Dorodea Cellucci]

28 July

?

Rufo, Niccola Filomena Rocca

Donato Rufo & Vittoria Carfagna

16 August

?

Rufo, Carmine

Giuseppe Rufo & Maria Luigia Cellucci

9 7bre [September]

?

Ranaldi, Domenico Luca

Luigi Ranaldi & Maria di Marzia

18 October

?

Rufo, Giuseppe

Cesidio Rufo & Antonia Tempesta

29 9bre [November]

?

Roffo, Domenico

Modestino Roffo & Maria Giovanna Coletta

2 Xbre [December]

?

Rubeis, Rosa Concetta

Gaetano Rubeis & Giuseppina Talianozzi

6 Xbre [December]

?

Rufo, Pasquale

Dionisio Rufo & Loreta Cugini

20 Xbre [December]

?

Salvucci, Antonio

Nunziato Salvucci & Maria Luigia Cedrone

12 January

?

Sambucci, Vincenzo

Donato Sambucci & Alfonza Fabrizio

21 January

?

Salvucci, Luigia

Onorio Salvucci & Teresa Gentile

14 February

?

Salvucci, Donata

Angelantonio Salvucci & Maddalena Sambucci

22 February

?

Stasio, Giuseppe

Gaetano Stasio & Maria Tocci

2 October

?

Sacchetti, Modesta Maria Carmela

Carlo Sacchetti & Irene Coletti

14 October

?

Tempesta, Raffaela Cesidia

Carmine Tempesta & Andrantonia Gallo

11 January

?

Tempesta, Giuseppe

Paolo Tempesta & Antonia Baccaro

6 March

38

Tempesta, Filomena

Carmine Tempesta & Domenica Cugini

6 April 1849

58

Tempesta, Giovanni

D. Gaetano Tempesta & Rosa Macciocelis

29 May

80

Tramontozzi, Francesco

Giovanni Tramontozzi & Giovanna Cellucci

14 7bre [September]

82

Tocci, Domenica

Angelantonio Tocci & Lucia Rufo

23 7bre [September]

84

Tempesta, Lucia

Lodovico Tempesta & Maria Baccaro

28 7bre [September]

95

Tempesta, Donata

Domenico Tempesta & Loreta Cedrone

21 October

96

Trojani Luisa Pasquala Maria

D. Michelangelo Trojani & Eleonora Massa

21 October

108

Tramontozzi, Cesidio

Giambattista Tramontozzi & Maddalena Lanno

5 Xbre [December]

110

Tempesta, Costanzo Luigi

I.? Vincenzo Tempesta & Maria Amalia di Loreto

6 Xbre [December]

16

Ventura, Alfonso Pasquale

Luigi Ventura & Domenica di Bona

9 February

40

Ventura, Gerardo

Clementino Ventura & Angela Coletti

9 April

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, A-C

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, A-C, Courtesy of Family History Library [FHL 1173507]

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, C-L

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, C-L, Courtesy of Family History Library [FHL 1173507]

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, L-Q and Q-T

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, L-Q and Q-T, Courtesy of Family History Library [FHL 1173507]

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, T-V

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, T-V, Courtesy of Family History Library [FHL 1173507]

Did you locate an ancestor in this transcription – or have a correction to suggest? Leave a comment below to let me know! Then order the microfilm San Donato Val di Comino Nati [Births] 1841-1850, FHL 1173507 to view the full birth record using the page number provided by the index (or scan through the year if the indexed page number was obscured by the binding – the birth records are arranged chronologically and therefore easy to find). 

Travel Tuesday: Connecting Hurricane Island, Maine to the San Donato Val di Comino Diaspora

Loreto Salvucci, a granite stonecutter from San Donato Val di Comino, Italy, left his home in the Comino Valley – and his usually pregnant wife Carmela (DiBona) four times to come to the U.S. to work in American quarries in 1899, 1904, 1905, and 1909. In 1906, his younger half-brother, Gaetano Salvucci, had moved permanently to the U.S., settling in Quincy, Massachusetts where he worked as a granite polisher. Additionally, Loreto’s mother-in-law Carmela (Paglia) DiBona, and several DiBona in-laws were also living and working in the granite industry Quincy, Mass. by 1900 – along with numerous extended friends and family members from San Donato Val di Comino who also settled in Quincy.

According to the family, Loreto’s wife Carmela and their four children Luigi (b. 1898), Lucio (b. 1903), Raffaele (b. 1906) and baby Eda (b. 1910) immigrated from Italy to Boston to permanently join Loreto and reunite the family. Their next child, Eva, was born at Quincy in 1912. All their remaining children were born in Quincy, and during the ten years after being reunited, Loreto saved his earnings to afford a home of his own in Quincy, having rented several apartments during that time.

With all these details, it seemed natural to assume that the family reunited in Quincy in 1910 and immediately began to settle in to home and work there. I had previously been unable to locate Loreto, either as a solitary granite worker, or with his reunited family in the 1910 Census. However, I knew that Carmela and the kids arrived in Boston in April of 1910, right around the time of the census, so guessed that perhaps they had not yet arrived and Loreto was simply lost in the shuffle or somehow mistranscribed in the census.

But a family photo pointed to a clue:

Lucio “Lou”, Raffaele “Ralph”, Luigi “Gig”, and Eda Salvucci, Hurricane Island, Maine, 1910

The back of the photograph was labeled:

Photograph Label for the Salvucci Children, Hurricane Island, Maine, 1910

Never assume!! I searched for Knox County, Maine, and located a family whose head of household was transcribed on Ancestry as “Lauis Salwrisi”. This actually showed the family of “Louis” and Carmela Salvucci – both listed as unable to speak English, only Italian. Enumerated 7 May 1910, just a week after Carmela and the Salvucci children arrived in the port of Boston on 28 April 1910 aboard the S.S. Canopic, the language barrier most likely was the cause of numerous errors that the census taker recorded for the family:

Louis [sic, Loreto] Salvucci, 38, married for 12 years, b. Italy, immigrated 1899, alien, a granite stonecutter, rents home

His wife Carmela, 35, mother of 4 living children, b. Italy, immigrated 1900 [sic, 1910]

His son Lugi [sic, Lucio] 6, b. Maine [sic Italy]

His son Raphael, 4, b. Maine [sic, Italy]

His son [sic, daughter!!] “Eighty” [sic, Eda, likely a phonetic spelling of nickname “Edy”], 6 months, b. Maine [sic, Italy]

His son Louis, 11, b. Maine [sic, Italy]

The family also lived with domestic Italian servant Mary Luxbring (21) and boarder Charles McCarthy, a crane car engineer.

They lived in the same dwelling house with two other families – likely it was a three family granite company tenement house.

In 1910, Hurricane Island was essentially a granite town, run by Booth Brothers & Hurricane Island Granite Company, which had been a thriving business until 1900 when demand began to wane and other quarries in New England offered easier access to the granite than an island off the coast of Maine. Hurricane Island granite was known for its pink-gray stone. The last shipment of granite from the island was in 1914, and by 1916 the island had been completely deserted, becoming a ghost town.

But in 1910, the granite company changed management, in an effort to try to revitalize the company, and likely Loreto Salvucci heard of their new job openings through the San Donato network, and hoped, along with the Hurricane Island Granite Company, for a new direction for both his job and newly arrived family. Numerous San Donato granite workers were located in both Quincy and Hurricane Island, passing word of jobs and connections through a wide network of family and friends. According to the history of Hurricane Island, workers earned $1.75-$2.50 per week, which went directly into an account at the company store.

Company houses at Hurricane Island, Maine, early 1900s, where the Salvucci family resided in 1910-1911, Courtesy of http://www.antique-photography.com/

Eastern End of the Hurricane Island Quarry

But the granite company struggled, and Loreto must have soon realized the stress of the struggling business was not worth the security of his family, so they returned to Quincy by 1912, where they had a larger support network of friends and family, and easier access to both necessities and comforts than they had found on the tiny island on the ocean off the coast of Maine. Choosing to leave Hurricane Island of their own accord, Loreto Salvucci unknowingly saved the family from the company’s final collapse: Hurricane Island Granite company’s final shipment was a barge of giant granite blocks en route to Rockport, which got caught in a storm on Nov. 8, 1914 and sank to the bottom of Penobscot Bay. That was the final straw for the company which ruined their finances. Management came to the island and announced the closing of the company and town immediately. Tools were left where they dropped.  The workers and families quickly gathered their possessions and got on the boat to the mainland.  All possible equipment was sold, and some still sits on the island abandoned. Several families remained for a few years, gathering abandoned possessions from the company housing tenements, and taking apart the buildings to sell for wood. At least the Salvucci family left on their own terms two years before this situation developed, and went on to prosper in the Quincy community.

[References: History of Hurricane Island; Booth Brothers and Hurricane Island Granite Company Manuscript Collection]