Saturday, February 4, 2012

Surname Saturday - Andrianò


For Surname Saturday today I would like to feature the surname Andrianò

Ardore Stemma
My paternal great grandmother was Maria Andrianò [1851-1915] the daughter of Domenico [Giuseppe] and Rosa Chricosta of Ardore, Reggio Calabria. In 1873 she married Rocco Angilletta of Gioiosa Ionica, Reggio Calabria and together they had 9 children. She died  when she was only 64 years old.
Like many Italian women of that time Maria endured many hardships in her life. She lost two children, a boy and girl, when they were very young which is tragic on it's own.
By 1904 her life would change.  Her two oldest sons, like many other young men of that time, set sail for the U.S. and her oldest daughter attempted to follow. She never made that trip. But I think one of the hardest parts of Maria's life was when her two middle sons were charged with a brutal and violent crime they didn't commit that same year.  One of her sons was only a minor - the other a 24 year old young man who spent 14 years in  a prison in Florence for this crime.  The manuscripts for the details of the crime are 412 pages long...
By Feb 1915 she saw her two youngest sons leave for WW1 - She would never see ANY of her sons again.  She died in April of 1915. In May 1915 her youngest son was wounded at War and in a hospital somewhere in Northern Italy recovering.  In Aug of that same year her other son died at war just before his 26th birthday and six months before his daughter would be born.

Maria Andrianò Pedigree

SOURCES:
[1]  "Registri dello stato civile d'Ardore (Reggio di Calabria), 1810-1910
Italy, Reggio di Calabria, Ardore - Civil registration
Nati 1810-1830 Family History Library INTL B1 Access Services 1448851 Item 4
Nati 1831-1859 Family History Library INTL B1 Access Services 1448852 Items 1-3

[2] "Reggio Calabria State Archives"  accessed 2008, 2010, 2012