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This page started on 29 Jul 2010. It will be under construction for a while.

Another town, known to have been a destination for sampietresi, was Rock Springs, WY. I first started to learn about these people from Elnora "Ellie" Ferrero in 2004. She was one of the first researchers that I met when I started my genealogy work. Tombstone photos from a Jun 2010 trip to the Mountain View Cemetery are here.

Erminio Gatti and Maria Concetta "Clara" Frazzini

Ermino Vincenzo Gatti was born on 22 Nov 1889 in SPA. His father was Gaetano Gatti and Cristina diLorenzo. He came to the US on 25 Apr 1905. He was going to his brother, Odorino in Denver, CO. He travelled with his father Gaetano and his brothers, Perino and Amico.

He married Maria Concetta Frazzini, born 8 Dec 1894, on 30 Dec 1909 in SPA.

Concetta along with son, Primo (1 year old), arrived in the US at Boston on 26 Nov 1914 at 19 years old. Her father Vincenzo was in SPA. They were going to husband, Erminio Gatti, in Dawson, NM

Erminio's second son, Gaetano, was born 25 oct 1915 (sources say in Colorado Springs, CO). He was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Springer, NM on 7 May 1916. His godparents were Amico Carlini and his wife, Maria Ricci (both from SPA).

Erminio's third son, Fernando "Fred" was born in Dawson, NM on either 5 Nov 1917 (from baptism record) or 5 Mar 1917 (from other records). He was baptised 2 Dec 1917 at St. John the Baptist RC Church in Dawson, NM. His god parents were Amico Carlini and Maria Ricci.

In 1920, he and his family (and 5 children) appear in the census from Dawson, NM along with his brothers.

Erminio's brothers, Odorino and Gennaro were killed in the 1923 mine explosion in Dawson.

Guestbook entry by Deborah Ann Frederick-Marino Gatti, Dec 2008:

"I would like to talk to any Gatti Family, Interested in Pictures, My Husband is Joseph Vernon Gatti B 1975 Everett WA, his Mom is Jacqueline Marie Gatti b 1948 WA, his Grandpa is James Vincent Gatti B Dec 14 1921 in NM or CO, Married 1st June Lewis, 2nd Regina Whitney, He died 1971, GGP Erminio Vincenzo Gatti Oct 22 1889 SPA died Aug 1972 Rockspring, Sweetwater, WY married Cencetta Frazzini."
Date:    Sun, 14 Dec 2008 18:07:54 -0800 (PST)
From:    Debbie Stokke <>
Subject:    Re: Gatti

I have found alot of info on that site and I am currently going thru the 1852 and 1869 SPA records and have alot of stuff, I see not much has been done on the Gatti family and have found some errors on the tree, for example it has Carmina Filomena Vacciano as the daughter of Raffaele, but according to the 1852 record, she is the daughter of Emiddio Vacciano and Mary Rosa Cioffi, I will try to create a web page for my direct Gatti line, I'm enclosing a picture for you of Erminio Vincenzo Gatti and Concetta Frazzini and their children.

From left to right:
Top row -  Erminio Gatti, and Wife Concetta Frazzini and Primiano (Primo) Gatti

Bottom row -  Fredinando (Fred), John, Vincenzo (James, Jimmy) , Joseph P,  Gaitano (Guy) - nicknamed Shadow. and Mary Eva.

Debbie Gatti

Mark's note: the youngest child, James, was born in Dec 1921 so this photo is probably from 1922-23. Debbie is the wfe of Erminio's great-grandson, Joseph Gatti. Photo probably taken in Dawson, NM.

1930 census, Rock Springs, Sweetwater, WY, 40y, first married at 20y, imm 1912, naturalized. Coal miner. Living with them was Oreste Frazzini.

Date:    Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:37:17 -0800 (PST)
From:    Maria Mortensen <>
Subject:    Re: Gatti/Frazzini Family

I have attached a pic of Erminio's family as young adults.  The blonde woman is Elizabeth Griffiths, Primo's wife.  (It is titled Tata's family.  Tata is the nickname we had for Guy, my grandpa.)

The people in the photo are:  (F) Mary, Concetta, Erminio, Primo; (B) John, Guy, Fred, Elizabeth (Primo's wife) Joe and James.


Mark's note: Primo and Elizabeth were married in Dec 1933 so I would date the photo to about 1934. Maria Mortensen is Erminio's great-granddaughter. .  This researcher says her GGF, Erminio Gatti (b:10/22/1889), married Concetta Frazzini and immigrated to the US with their son "Primo" Gatti and settled in Rock Springs, WY.

1934 Rock Springs WY City Directory "Gatti Erminio (Clara) loader opr U P Coal h1246 10th"
1940 census, Rock Springs, Sweetwater, WY, 50y, Stationary Engineer at a coal mine.

Ermino's memoral at Findagrave :  1889-1972

Many Gatti at Findagrave:

Gaetano "Guy" Gatti

Guy was the second son of Erminio and Concetta "Clara" Gatti.

He married Rose Marie Dorrance on 17 Aug 1941. They had 6 children.

Guy Gatti

Thursday, July 11, 2013
11:00 AM
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church
A Street & Broadway
Rock Springs, WY
Guy H. Gatti

Rock Springs- Guy H. Gatti, 97, of Rock Springs died Friday, July 5, 2013 surrounded by his family.

He was born October 25, 1915 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the son of Erminio V. Gatti and Concetta Frazzini Gatti. He married Rose Marie Dorrence August 17, 1941 in Rock Springs. She preceded him in death on December 12, 2010.

He was employed for FMC as a mine warehouseman for many years.

He was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers and Knights of Columbus.

His interests were playing cards, gambling, and was a fan of the Wyoming Cowboys, Denver Broncos, and the Atlanta Braves.

Survivors include his daughters Betty Auld, Connie Gatti, and Cathy Cherny all of Rock Springs, Rosemary Gustafson and husband Mike of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and Barbara Gatti of Rock Springs; brother John Gatti; daughter-in-law Diana Gatti; grandchildren, Maria Mortensen and husband Heath, Annete Ice and husband Brad, Scott Auld and wife Kim, Ron Gatti and wife Michelle, Eva Larsen and husband Wade, Bobbie Harris and husband Chris, Karris Cherny, Chad Cherny and wife April, John Cervantes and wife Shelley, Jason Cervantes and wife Jessie, Angella Cervantes and fiancé John Wheeler, Fred and Michelle Gomez; great-grandchildren, Aly Menegassi and husband Mike, Gavin Mortensen, Emily and Aubrey Ice, Scotia Auld, Tiffany Harris, Megan Gilbert and wife Sara, Guy Harris, Jaycee, Jensen, Justin and Richa Cherny, Colton, Grace and Selah Gatti, RJ and Bobby Larsen, Nicholas, Carley, Josie, Macie Cervantes, Ben Haugan, Aldan, Lilliana, and Michaela Farias, and Roper Gomez; and great-great-grandchild PJ Tomison.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Robert Guy Gatti, sister Mary Ferrero, brothers Primo, Fred, Jimmy and Joe, and great-granddaughter Storey Ice.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 116 Broadway, Rock Springs. Father Glen Szczechowski will officiate. A vigil with rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Fox Funeral Home, 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs. Interment will be in the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery.

Oreste Frazzini and Stella Giacinta Mariani

Oreste Frazzini

Oreste was the sister of Maria Concetta Frazzini Gatti. He was born 1 Sep 1900 in SPA. He died 17 Jul 1969 in Bitter Creek, WY.

Info from Bob Gatti, Jun 2004.

Info from Chris Costantino, Jun 2004:
* Oreste's son, Marco, was named after Oreste's brother.
* Oreste had a sister, Concetta, who married Erminio Gatti.  They had a daughter, Mary, who married Pete Ferrero and had a son, Gary.
* Oreste married one woman and had a son, Vincenzo (3/29/23 - 4/28/59)
* I'm not sure what happened to his first wife, but he then married my grandmother's sister, Stella Giacinta Mariani (3/12/12 - 3/24/93) and had two boys Oreste Jr. (11/28/33 - ) and Marco (2/28/56 - ).

1930 census, Rock Springs, Sweetwater, WY, 29y, first married at 22y. Living with family of Ermino Gatti (his sister Concetta Frazzini).

1965 Rock Springs City Directory (Polk), WY, sent to me by Maria Mortensen. "Frazzini Oreste A (Stella) emp City Street Dept h216 McClellan".

1973 Rock Springs, WY phone book sent to me by Maria Gatti Mortensen. 216 McClellan.

Social Security Death Index
Name:  Oreste Frazzini
SSN:  520-03-6164
Last Residence:  82901  Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States of America
Born:  1 Sep 1900
Died:  Jul 1969
State (Year) SSN issued:  Wyoming (Before 1951 )

Mountain View Cemetery Records and Tombstone - location Kendal A28_3

Stella Giacinta Mariani

Info from Chris Costantino, Jun 2004
Name and Dates from Wilberta Illig, Jul 2005
Ellis Island 17 Sep 1929 with mother and siblings.
1930 census, Salt Lake City, UT,  18y, immigrated 1924.

U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
Name: Stella Frazzini
Address: 216 McCellen St, Rock Springs, WY, 82901 (1985)

Social Security Death Index
Name: Stella Frazzini
SSN: 520-50-9290
Last Residence: 82901  Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States of America
Born: 12 Mar 1912
Died: 24 Mar 1993
State (Year) SSN issued: Wyoming (1961)

Mountain View Cemetery Records and Tombstone - location Kendal A28_3 (listed date of death as 29 Mar 1993)

Carmine Morelli and Domenica Gentile

On 17 Feb 1898, Domenica Gentile, 40 years old (born about 1858), arrived at Ellis Island and was going to her husband, Carmine Morelli fu Antonio, in Rock Springs, WY. She was accompanied by her two children, Elisabetta Morelli, 16 years old, and Antonio Morelli, 11 years old. (Carmine and Domenica would have been married about 17 years prior or about 1881.) Also on the manifest was Sabatino Morelli, 35 years old, who was going his brother, Carmine, in Rock Springs.

Elisabetta was born about 1882 and Antonio was born on 19 Jul 1886 (per the SPA transcribed birth records). A third child, also named Antonio, was born 11 Mar 1884, and must have died before the second Antonio was born in 1886.

Carmine had arrived on the Chandernagor on 15 Apr 1887 along with a large group of men from SPA.

Carmine, born Antonio Carmine on 14 Aug 1860, was the son of Andrea Antonio Morelli and Francesca d'Esposito. Domenica, born Maria Domenica Gentile, about 1858, was the daughter of  Angelo Antonio Gentile and Concetta Dionisia della Croce.

Domenica had a sister, Angela Maria who died in Chicago on 16 Aug 1920. Angela Maria married Pasquale Basilio Frazzini in SPA on 2 May 1875. They had 7 children. Domenica also had a brother, Antonio Carlo Gentile. He died in Youngstown, OH on 23 Jul 1962. He married Anna Luisa Frazzini. I have been in touch with their daughter, Dina Marie Gentile Petracci, and granddaughter, Justine Petracci Lawson.

I don't know anything about Carmine & Domenica's time in the US. Or their two children.

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