I have basically exhausted Ancestry.com for the Rugito surname. In fact, if you find a Rugito or Ruggito in the USA anywhere, they are my family (very few of us). I have reconnected with Rugito cousins in Ripacandida and Torino today, however they know about as much as I do about our great-grandparents.
So...what I know is this:
Abt 1886 (?) - Pantaleone Rugito born. He married Arcangela Martino. I do not know where.
1894 - Donato born to Pantaleone and Arcangela - but various documents conflict on birthplace. It is either Rionero or Ripacandida in Potenza.
1909 - Pantaleone Rugito left Naples, arrived at NYC Feb 1909 on the Prinzess Irene, last residence listed as Ripacandida, Potenza, final destination is Altoona, PA and closest relative at home is wife, Maria Martino (perhaps Maria is a nickname - family living in Italy today confirm her name was Arcangela). He takes a job with the Pennsylvania Railroad in Altoona.
1910 - His son, Donato Antonio Rugito left Naples, arrived in NYC April 1910 on the Barbarossa, living last residence as Ripacandida, Potenza and nearest relative at home as Arcangela Martino, mother and his final destination as Altoona, PA. H
1910 - Both Donato and his father, Pantaleone are living as boarders in Altoona, PA on the 1910 census. The funny part about this is the only reason I really looked into Altoona is because my long lost cousins in Italy today remembered stories that my gr-grandfather went to Altoona, and that was all that they knew about him.
After 1910, I can not locate Pantaleone anywhere. I assume he returned to Italy. He and Arcangela (Maria?) Martino did have other children: Michele, Teresa, Virginia, and another daughter - that information came from my present day cousins, who are also under the impression that Pantaleone never came to America.
1916 - Donato marries my gr-grandmother, Augusta Derenne in Westmoreland County, PA, They reside in Jeannette, PA for the rest of their lives.
1917 - WWI Draft card for Donato - He is listed as being born in Ripacandida, Potenza but he also files a Declaration of Intention that year stating that his birthplace and last residence was Rionero, Italy.
1920 Census - can't locate Donato. Might he possibly have been someplace looking for work? Wife and child are living with wife's family in Jeannette, PA.
1923 - He files a Petition for Naturalization - states he was born in Rionero, Italy.
1924 - He received Certificate of Naturalization
1930 Census - living with wife and children in Jeannette, PA.
1942 - WWII Draft card for Donato - He is listed as being born in Ripacandida, Italy, living in Jeannette, PA.
1950 - Donato passed away. My father never even knew him and he remains a mystery to us today. He never spoke much about his home land, and my present cousins tell me that they were always told that he didn't want to be found.
First, I would like to clarify where he was born - Rionero or Ripacandida? Next, I would like to know when Pantaleone returned to Italy. I would like to know more about Arcangela Martino and her family.
There were siblings born in Torino and some family still live there today, so I am also wondering if the Rugito family was originally a northern family that settled in Potenza. My AncestryDNA came back 92% central European with no mention of southern European or Italian at all.
Then there are the Rugito immigrants that seemed to have migrated to Argentina....and I am sure there are some that went to Brazil....and I can only imagine the potential name variations.
I used to think that my VERY small family of just my pap-pap, dad, sister, and myself were the last of the Rugito clan in the world! LOL
I have not been to a FHC yet. I just found one in my locality, so I do plan to visit, but it looks like it's going to be quite expensive to order all the films for Rionero and Ripacandida, and honestly, it's looking like for the time being, I need more recent rolls than the years listed in the catalog.
I know this post is long - I apologize. It's taken me 15 years to get what little information that I have thus far. The Italian phone directory and Facebook have helped this along considerably. It gets very frustrating, because it's not like I can just hop into a car and visit some courthouse or ask any family if they know anything, but when I do make a breakthrough - it tickles me! Finding cousins has been the best part so far.
mattersfact2 wrote:... 1894 - Donato born to Pantaleone and Arcangela - but various documents conflict on birthplace. It is either Rionero or Ripacandida in Potenza. ... First, I would like to clarify where he was born - Rionero or Ripacandida? ...
Congratulations on your research and on finding your cousins! And thank you so much for your very informative post.
To hopefully help with your first question: Since you'll only need one record with the correct town of orgin in Italy to begin your search through Italiain records, have you considered writing to both comunes (towns) for Donato Antonio Rugito's 1894 Birth Record? You may have the most success requesting this record since you have his date of birth and parent's names.
The comune may have a record of his father's return - there are no records of outgoing passengers from the US.
You've found some great information on your ancestors... and living cousins, too!!
I looked at the ship manifest for Pantaleone that you referenced, and the 1910 Census. You state that he was born sometime around 1886, but on the manifest he is 48 (DOB about 1861) and on the 1910 Census he is 44 (DOB about 1866). I would search nearer to those dates for his birth record.
Unfortunately, the LDS microfilms for both comunes only go to 1860 - so at this point I would write to the comunes for Panteleone's birth record. You might also request a marriage record (1910 Census has him married 25 years)... Addresses:
Ufficio dello Stato Civile Via Santa Maria, 20 85020 Ripacandida (PZ) ITALY
Ufficio dello Stato Civile Via Amedeo di Savoia 85028 Rionero in Vulture (PZ) ITALY
vj wrote:Since you'll only need one record with the correct town of orgin in Italy to begin your search through Italiain records, have you considered writing to both comunes (towns) for Donato Antonio Rugito's 1894 Birth Record?
This is an excellent suggestion - thank you VERY much for all the links and resources to help me along the way. This seems like the most logical next step for me.
And thank you also, for the AWESOME ship's manifest image. Very cool! So, they were going to leave together earlier that year and something prevented their departure. Interesting. I didn't realize that I could search for manifests for departing ports. It never dawned on me that manifests existed for departures, so I concentrated only on arrivals. Of course, when I look up that ship, they are not on the arrival manifest, as was indicated on this image with their names crossed out. Shoemaker, huh? LOL
Tessa78 wrote:I looked at the ship manifest for Pantaleone that you referenced, and the 1910 Census. You state that he was born sometime around 1886, but on the manifest he is 48 (DOB about 1861) and on the 1910 Census he is 44 (DOB about 1866). T.
Yes - that was a typo on my part. LOL I did mean 1866. Thank you for the links and suggestions - I have to give this a try and write directly to the sources. That link for Argentina Passenger lists is cool! Thank you!
I can't believe how much info you both provided. Thank you again. I really appreciate it and will keep you updated on what I learn from the communes.