Pietro Gatto is my great-grandfather and I have hit a wall trying to find records about him in Italy. He was born in 1887 possibly in Cerratina, Pescara, Abruzzo. I can't find any record of his mother or father and my family does not remember him ever mentioning them. Any help would be great.
tcrawford246 wrote:Pietro Gatto is my great-grandfather and I have hit a wall trying to find records about him in Italy. He was born in 1887 possibly in Cerratina, Pescara, Abruzzo. I can't find any record of his mother or father and my family does not remember him ever mentioning them. Any help would be great.
You didn't mention... did he ever travel to or live in the US? Have you tried writing a letter to the comune and ordering records? What have you done so far to try and locate anything about him?
I found this arrival: New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 about Pietro Gatto Name: Pietro Gatto Arrival Date: 30 Jul 1905 Birth Year: abt 1887 Age: 18 Gender: Male Ethnicity/Race/Nationality: Italian (South) (Italian) Port of Departure: Napoli Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Nord America
the last residnce is spelled Cerrati.. I believe that this same Pietro made another trip ( but I am unsure if really is the same Pietro arrived in 1905; as a well I know not if is your ancestor):
First Name: Pietro Last Name: Gatto Ethnicity: Italy, Italian South Last Place of Residence: Cerito, Italy Date of Arrival: May 13, 1912 Age at Arrival: 23y Gender: M Marital Status: M Ship of Travel: Oceania (1909) Port of Departure: Napoli Manifest Line Number: 0028
Social Security Death Index Name: Pete Gatto SSN: 208-01-xxxx Last Residence: 15824 Brockway, Jefferson, Pennsylvania, United States of America Born: 12 Feb 1887 Last Benefit: 15824 Brockway, Jefferson, Pennsylvania, United States of America Died: Dec 1977 State (Year) SSN issued: Pennsylvania (Before 1951)
Thank you everyone for all your help. Here is some more information that I forgot to mention before: He lived immigrated to the United States and he lived in Brockway, Pennsylvania. Also, his full birthday is Februrary 12, 1887. I'm pretty sure that the first Pietro Gatto that suanj found is him and I don't know if he ever traveled back to Italy or not. Also, I'm not sure if he had any siblings, as I said before my family said that he never really talked about his life in Italy. I did my best trying to find him using ancestry.com and I found him in the census and his WW1 draft card. That is pretty much the only information that I know about him other than what my mom remembers and that doesn't really pertain to tracking him down in historical records. As for ordering records, I have no idea how to do that and if that was not where he was born would they still have records?
also by WWI draft registration card the birth town is San Pietro, Cosenza
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Peter Gato Name: Peter Gato County: Jefferson State: Pennsylvania Birthplace: Italy Birth Date: 10 Feb 1887 Race: Caucasian (White) FHL Roll Number: 1893241 DraftBoard: 1
Thank you suanj for finding more information. I have some new information that may or may not help. According to the ship manifest from the Ellis Island website, Pietro was meeting his cousin Gaetano Caruso. Listed above Pietro on the manifest are several other people with the last name Caruso and they were all coming from the same place. I'm not sure if this will help when searching for Pietro. I don't know if the Caruso's are on related on his mother or father's side. My grandmother (Pietro's daughter) always thought that Pietro's mother was a prostitute. Also, no one know's his mother's name so that complicates things more.
Thank you! Yes, in the ship's manifest of 1905, the Carusos and others that joining at Gaetano Caruso in PA, they coming from Amantea; Amantea is a town near San Pietro in Amantea; also the name in line 13 coming from San Pietro; only Pietro last residence is Cerrati(Terrati) but by WWI and WWII the birthplace is San Pietro ( San Pietro in Amantea), so this is the right birthplace and Terrati was the last residence in 1905.... regards, suanj
I have searched for Gaetano Caruso in Brockwayville (the name of the town before it was shortened to Brockway) Pennsylvania and I can't find him or his family at all. This was the cousin that was picking up my great grandfather from Ellis Island. Can anybody please help me find records of Gaetano Caruso? He might be the key to finding out more about my great grandfather. Also, maybe this information with help too: I was looking through ship manifests on ellisisland.org and there were two men Saverio Bruno and Francesco Bruno who were coming from Amantea were also coming to Brockwayville and being picked up by their brother-in-law Gaetano Caruso. Thank You.
I found this genealogic tree by ancestry.com: Gaetano 'Thomas' Caruso BIRTH: Sep 1873 - Cosenza, Italy MARRIAGE: 1897 - Italy DEATH: 10 Oct 1960 - Brockway, Jefferson, PA (Pennsylvania), USA PARENTS: Pietro Caruso, Maria Guzzo SPOUSE: Giovanna 'Jennie' Bagotti
by Cosenza archive, military card:
Codice SIAS IT-ASCS-F680258 Ufficio Leva della Provincia di Cosenza, Liste di Leva della classe 1873.Registro numero 120, atto numero 104 di pagina 75 sezione b Gaetano Caruso, iscritto il --/--/---- nato il 07/12/1873 a AMANTEA ( born on 7th Dec 1873) da ( parents)Pietro Caruso e da Maria Guzzo declared " renitente" who fails to report for military service... as you can see sometimes the birthdate in USA it is no the rignt birthdate by IT documents Gaetano was born in Amantea, and we can be sure that your Pietro Gatto coming from TERRATI
and by 1900 census: 1900 United States Federal Census about Gaitaino Caruso Name: Gaitaino Caruso [Gaitaina Caruss] Age: 26 Birth Date: Sep 1873 Birthplace: Italy Home in 1900: Brockway, Jefferson, Pennsylvania Race: White Gender: Male Immigration Year: 1888 Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Jennie Caruso Marriage Year: 1897 Years Married: 3 Father's Birthplace: Italy Mother's Birthplace: Italy Occupation: View on Image Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Gaitaino Caruso 26 Jennie Caruso 21 Mary Caruso 1 Fullimen Caruso 7/12  imm. 1888 alien, coal miner; in 1910- 1920- 1930 censuses Gaetano lived in Snyder, Jefferson, Pennsylvania
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Gaentano Caruso Name: Gaentano Caruso County: Jefferson State: Pennsylvania Birth Date: 8 Aug 1873 Race: White FHL Roll Number: 1893241 DraftBoard: 1 wrong image on ancestry.com so I cannot read abt birthplace
Codice SIAS IT-ASCS-F680258 Ufficio Leva della Provincia di Cosenza, Liste di Leva della classe 1887.Registro numero 228, atto numero 58 di pagina 242 sezione b Pietro Gatto, iscritto il 15/04/1908 nato il 11/02/1887 da Pasquale Gatto e da Caterina Feradi no more infos, no birthplace just the birthdate 11 Feb 1887, parents: Pasquale Gatto and Caterina Feradi
I found a birth record abt a Pasquale Gatto born in Terrati
Codice SIAS IT-ASCS-F680844 Stato Civile, Comune di TERRATI. Registro numero 49, atto numero 22 di pagina - Pasquale Gatto nato/a il 21/04/1859
da Bruno Gatto, bracciale, 33 anni e da Teresa Majone, contadina, 37 anni
born in Terrati on 21 apr 1859 son of Gaetano Gatto 33 old and Teresa Majone 37 old
The best way for to find more, is to search in TERRATI civil records by LDS microfilms: Registri dello stato civile di Terrati (Cosenza), 1810-1910 Terrati (Cosenza). Ufficio dello stato civile Births, marriages, banns, deaths, marriage documents, citizenship records. https://www.familysearch.org/eng/librar ... i+Terrati+% &columns=*,0,0 all the best, suanj