Antonio Brunetti---older post, also my relative

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Antonio Brunetti---older post, also my relative

Postby Italian/Irish » 27 Sep 2013, 08:50

I was just browsing the internet looking for my great grandfather's obituary (he died at 108, in May 2013). This website came up because another member was looking for Antonio Brunetti. Matteo Brunetti was Antonio's son born August 4, 1904.

I read through the thread and looked at the links for draft cards and census, and wanted to see if I could find any more info. I wanted to find out about Matteo and his siblings, as well as Matteo's wife Nicolena (maiden name Arcaro).

I've never done genealogy research so I'm not sure where to start.

Nicolena Arcaro and her parents John and Almerinda Arcaro immigrated from Italy, but I'm not sure when. She was born in 1912. Her mother's maiden name was Giancola. They lived in Franklin, Massachusetts.

I appreciate any info and/ or direction of where to look
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Re: Antonio Brunetti---older post, also my relative

Postby PippoM » 27 Sep 2013, 11:18

This is the 1920 Census summary fro Nicolina Arcaro (available as an image at Ancestry.com):

Nome: Nicolina Arcaro
Titoli e termini:
Tipologia di evento: Census
Anno dell'evento: 1920
Luogo dell'evento: Franklin, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
Distretto: 195
Sesso: Female
Età: 7
Stato civile: Single
Etnia: White
Etnia (originale): White
Puo' leggere:
Puo' scrivere:
Grado di parentela con il capofamiglia: Daughter
Grado di parentela con il capofamiglia (originale): Daughter
Possedere o affittare:
Anno di nascita (approssimativo): 1913
Luogo di nascita: Massachusetts
Anno di Immigrazione:
Luogo di nascita del padre: Italy
Luogo di nascita della madre: Italy
Numero e lettera del foglio: 18B
Identificativo di famiglia: 471
Numero di riga: 75
Nome dell'affiliato: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Numero di pubblicazione dell'affiliato: T625
Numero di bobina di FamilySearch: 1820722
Numero della cartella digitale: 004301119
Numero immagine: 00466
Famiglia Sesso Età Luogo di nascita
Head John Arcaro M 32 Italy
Wife Marinta Arcaro F 29 Italy
Daughter Nicolina Arcaro F 7 Massachusetts
Son Antonio Arcaro M 5 Massachusetts
Son Albert Arcaro M 2 Massachusetts
Daughter Josephina Arcaro F 0 Massachusetts
Boarder Carl Mignelli M 24 Italy
Boarder Samuel Ferraro M 20 Italy
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Re: Antonio Brunetti---older post, also my relative

Postby PippoM » 27 Sep 2013, 11:59

Here is a travel of Giovanni Arcaro back from Italy to Franklin:

http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0025

http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0025

It states he leaves his mother Chiara in Sanangelo. By reading the provenience of other Arcaro's in Ellis Island, I think it might be Sant'Angelo Limosano, province of Campobasso, or Sant'Angelo in Grotte, province of Isernia, both in region Molise.
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Re: Antonio Brunetti---older post, also my relative

Postby jennabet » 28 Sep 2013, 21:29

It's wonderful to have longevity in your family and 108 is exceptionally long lived. Can you tell me what he did to maintain his good health for so many years?
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Re: Antonio Brunetti---older post, also my relative

Postby Italian/Irish » 28 Sep 2013, 22:54

I don't think he did anything special. He was always active, and was forced to retire because he wanted to keep working in his 70's. I remember when I was about 7 or 8 and he stayed with my parents...he was up and doing a cardio workout routine around 5:30 in the morning.
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Re: Antonio Brunetti---older post, also my relative

Postby Italian/Irish » 29 Sep 2013, 02:07

He was my maternal great grandfather, my paternal great grandfather died at 97 yrs in perfectly good health and probably would have lived into his 100's as well. The state lab where he lived kept his heart because they couldn't get over bow healthy it was. He died in a house fire.

Both of them were smaller men and stayed active. I remember Grampie Brunetti staying at my parents house, and he got up everyday at around 5:30 and do a cardio workout, which he did a couple times a day. My other grandfather was always outside doing gardening...so I think staying active was a big part of their secret.
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Re: Antonio Brunetti---older post, also my relative

Postby jennabet » 29 Sep 2013, 16:03

So you have longevity and good Italian genes on both sides of the family. That's great. My grand-mother also maintained a huge garden and took her produce to market. She died at 98. Likewise the farmers here in my province in Italy that bring their produce to market are up in age but still look very sturdy and healthy and they seem to really enjoy life.
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