Our Dads Maternal Family
My dads maternal great-grandparents were Rosina D'Agostino[nee?] & Sylvester D'Agostino a farmer from Italy. I am not sure if they ever came to Britain.
As far as I know they had 2 daughters Anunziata D'Agostino b-1862 d-22/07/1936 & Marrietta.
Anunziata Colletta[nee Dagostino]
Anunziata(mostly spelled Anunciata) married Augustine Colletta around the late 1880's. Apparently Augustine used to travel a lot because he was a teacher of languages. This brought him to San Paolo in Brazil where
Eugenia was born. They then went to Villa Latina in Italy where Luigi was born sometime after that. I think this might be the village they originated
from. They spent some time in Canada after that, then Ireland which was eventually where Augustine Colletta died. Nobody knows
where he is buried in Ireland.
Luigi & Eugenia Colletta
Anunziata was a widow in 1899. She lived at 110 Gt Ancoats St Manchester and was a Sewing Machinist. On 02/10/1899 she married her next door
neighbour from 108 Gt Ancoats St called Michael Angelo Crolla b- 1874-9 d-20/01/1942. Michael Angelo was a
distant Crolla cousin to our Crolla's. He was the son of MICHELE ARCANGELO CROLLA (n.8/05/1833-PICINISCO (IT)) & ROSA CELINI.
Michael Angelo Crolla & Anunziata Crolla
MICHELE ARCANGELO CROLLA'S family along with his brother Antonio Cesario Crolla b-1830 & wife Felicity Pia were to carry the rare
deadly Crolla cancer gene published in the daily mail article in 2000.
My great grandmother Anunciata(aka Nancy) & Michael Angelo(aka Angelo) had a son in 1901 called Sylvester Crolla. He was Eugenia
& Luigi Colletta's brother.
Tree from the Daily Mail Article Aug 2000
The family tree in the article is misleading & full of errors. I have the certificate to
Michael Angelo & Anunciata Colletta formely Dagostino 1899 marriage. She was a widow & he was a bachelor. Her father was Slvester Dagostino (deceased) farmer. It says Michael
Angelo's father was Michael Crolla, Musician. So I went to his address on the 1891 census at 108 Gt Ancoats St as stated on the certificate to check it out & sure enough I found
his father Michael Crolla but by the looks of it his wife is a much younger Dominica & he has had 2 more young children Mary & Rose. He must have been
widowed from Rosa Celini & remarried Dominica. I wonder if anybody in the Alex Best tree checked that out. They might have
assumed Vittorio was Michael Angelo´s father because he & his third wife Florinda can be seen at the back on the left of Sylvester's wedding
picture to Aurelia Fasoli in 1919. This has been confirmed as being Vittorio by his grandson Michael Crolla whom I sent the photo to.
The Daily Mail Article Aug 2000
Daily Mail. Monday. August 7. 2000
In 1882 four brothers brought their ice cream making skills to Britain. They also brought a catastrophic cancer gene.
Report by Lucy Laing
WHEN Italian brothers Vittorio, Gerardo, Petro and Eugenio Crolla came to Britain in the 1880s they brought with them a deadly legacy. Unknown to the brothers, Vittorio and Eugenio carried a virulent breast cancer gene mutation which was to devastate their family for the next five generations. The Crolla descendants are the largest family with the gene mutation that scientists have seen in England. The brothers came from Picinisco, a hillside village in central Italy, in the 1880s to set up their family ice cream business. They settled in Ancoats in Manchester, where they became one of the first founders of the Little Italy district. Since then, 25 women out of 120 born through the brothers’ bloodline have developed breast cancer and 18 of these have died. The Crolla curse has devastated whole families and 100 years later it is still spreading, with research suggesting more than one in three may carry the faulty gene. The passing of the gene is largely down to the eldest brother Vittorio, born in 1857, who fathered 15 children with three wives. Eugenio also carried it, although so far that branch of the family tree has yet to be fully traced. Petro had no children and although there is evidence of some breast cancers in Gerardo’s family, experts are unsure whether he was a carrier. The faulty gene has been traced back as far as the four brothers, but accurate records are not available any further back. In the 1960s five sisters died within years of each other and breast cancer is still affecting that family. The tragic family tree spanning more than 100 years helped scientists to discover the faulty BRCA 2 gene in 1995, which is the cause of many breast cancer cases. The normal chances of having a defect in BRCA 2 is one in 1000, but for the Crolla family it could be as high as one in two if a direct parent carries the gene. The Crolla family first came to the attention of scientists in 1993, when one of the family members, from Wales, answered an advert placed by the cancer institute at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. The institute was looking for women with a family history of breast cancer and both she and her sister had the disease. Both have since died. Diane Averill, from the Royal Marsden, who first coordinated the Crolla family research, said: ‘We didn’t know then that Sheila Rees would prove so significant for the research. The Crolla family tree just kept expanding and the enormity of it all amazed everyone.’ The family remains under scrutiny by experts in London and Manchester and the women have regular check ups at the Family History Clinic in Manchester as well as state- of-the-art mammograms. Gareth Evans, from the Manchester clinic, said: ‘We monitor the women from this family very carefully indeed. There are a lot of women who may carry the faulty gene who won’t have had the chance to develop breast cancer yet. ‘This family is of ongoing importance. We know the importance of factors such as the contraceptive pill, HRT and how these affect risk. Big families such as the Crollas allow us to identify what those factors are, which will hopefully lead to new ways of preventing breast cancer.’ If anyone would like to donate to genetic research, contact the Genesis Appeal on 0161 232 2233 or the Family History Clinic on 0161 446 3843.
Sylvester Crolla & Aurelia Fasoli's Wedding 1919.
The wedding picture was taken in 1919 of Sylvester Crolla & Aurelia Fasoli...Michael Angelo's cousin Vittorio & his 3rd wife Florinda are stood on the far left at the back. Vittorio's parents Antonio & Felis were not there because they were dead by this time..Sylvesters dad Michael Angelo is just behind Sylvester on the left...the lady sitting down on the far left is my grandmother Eugenia Panetta(nee Colletta)...the lady sat next to her on the right is her mother & also Sylvester Crolla's mother, my great grandmother Anunziata(Nancy) Crolla. The 3 children in front of Eugenia & Anunziata are my dads siblings left to right Joe, Gus & Rosie Panetta. The man at the back between Sylvester & Aurelia´s heads is the childrens father Antonio Panetta who died a yr after the picture was took from TB.
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Antonio&Felice 8 Primrose St 1881
Antonio & Felice 9 Lees St 1891
Michael-Dominica Crolla 108 GtAncoats St 1891
Anunziata Ship Transcript Quebec Canada 1910
Anunciata-Canada Toronto 1911 Census
Moston Cemetery Anunziata & Michael Angelo Crolla's grave
When Anunziata had her 2nd marriage to Michael Angelo Crolla in 1899. He was much younger than her, his 1899 marriage certificate says he was born in 1879 which would make him 12yrs younger,the headstone says he was 17yrs younger, not sure which one is right. He was heart broken when Anunziata died, I've been told everybody loved her & she was a lovely woman to be around. They are in the same grave as each other with Sylvesters daughters Marie & Ann(Anunziata).