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Antonio Rizzetta owned a construction company in Yonkers, from what I understand he layed the concrete for many of the public schools. Prior to that he lived in the Bronx, the Williamsbridge section and did all kinds of different jobs.
His mother Filomena came to the USA with his cousin Salvatore Borselli, sometime around 1905. I am assuming her husband passed away and that is why she came here. Home was in sersale, Italy.
I have been researching since I got my first computer in 1990 and havent gotten to far. Probably because I dont want to pay for anything (haha) I have a list of last names that I have come across during my research and am baffled. Unfortunately there is no one alive on my father's side to guide me or give me any info.
The names I have are:
Abbonati, Avellino, Bondati, Borselli, Calabrese, Critelli, Esposito, Maracculli, Diodato and Rizzetta.
Pentone is where grandma was born and Sersale is where grandpa was born, but they met here in the USA in Peekskill, NY where grandma was a chamber maid.
Just giving all the names I know of my grandparents. Communes of Pentone and Sersale.
Chiarella's owned a boarding house in Beacon or Peekskill NY. Concetta Calabrese married Nicholas (Nicolo?) Chiarella they owned the boarding house. Concetta was the sister of Theresa Calabrese. Their parents were Michael Calabrese and Rose Critelli Theresa was born in 1876 in Pentone.
Rizzetta's are more fun and mysterious (HaHa) Antonio Rizzetta was born in Sersale in 1870 to Francesco Rizzetta and Filomena Esposito. From my research I think Francisco died in the early 1900s and Filomena possibly remarried last name could have been Bondati, Abbonatti, Avonelle?? just not sure When she came to the USA in 1915 she came with a Salvatore Borcelli supposed cousin to Antontio. Antonio was married )well not really living with grandma) and they had 9 children and didnt get married till 1928!!
However, Antonio was married to a Catrina Mazza in Italy they had a son Francisco in 1893. They came to the USA and lived in PA they went back to Italy. Possibly it was an arranged marraige. I am going to assume that is the case. He did work for a while for the railroad, not sure if that was in PA or NY Antonio left his wife and son in Italy and returned to the USA and stayed at the Chiarella's boarding house in Beacon/Peekskill NY There he met my grandmother.
They moved to the Bronx Williamsbridge area where they had all nine of their children. Around 1920 they moved to Yonkers, NY Westchester County. Antonio was in the construction business and supposidly did the side walks in front of the public schools. It is unclear if he returned to Italy to visit with his wife and son, Ellis Island is a bit confusing when you dont know the facts. Info on Ellis does point to the possibility that if its the same Antonio he did go to Italy and returned to the USA with his fatherinlaw
Grandpa finally married grandma in Yonkers in 1928 that same year their daughter Camille married.
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