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Amarilli



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:29 pm    Post subject: Gaudio Amarilli  Reply with quote

Hi Everybody. My name is Chris Jackson, I am 66 years old, and I live in Totnes in South Devon. My grandfather was called Gaudio Amarilli and lived in Market Street, Abertillery, for most of his life. I would like to visit his grave but have no idea how to go about finding where that might be. Can anyone offer me some advice please? Gaudio was born in Colorno, northern Italy in 1875, came over to Wales around the turn of the century and settled in Abertillery where he changed his surname to Jackson to integrate. I believe he owned a cafe there and the 1911 Census gives his occupation as 'confectioner'. His death certificate says he passed away in 1940 and that was in the Bedwellty District. If you can help in any way I would be very grateful. Many thanks. Chris Jackson
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:34 am    Post subject: Gaudio Amarilli Reply with quote

Gaudio and Florence Mary Amarilli are listed in a book called 'Blaenau Gwent Baptist Chapel Certificates of Registry of Death 1916 - 1977'.

The listing for Gaudio Amarilli is 48 Carlyle Street, Abertillery, - aged 64 - register of his death 14 July 1940.
The listing for Florence Mary Amarilli is 33 Langs Road, Paignton, Devon (Torquay Crematorium) - aged 77 - register of her death 24 June 1961.
In the case of Gaudio no cemetery is mentioned.

In 1907 Amarillo Jackson had a cafe at 6 Market Street, (Cope's Trade Directory) - he also had confectionery shops at Carlyle Street and Station Road. There's a picture on here somewhere of Abertillery Tin Works, Amarillo Jackson's Carlyle Street shop is on there.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much for your time in finding that information for me. Because no cemetery was mentioned, would that indicate that he was cremated, or do you think that would have been stated? Regards. Chris
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:50 am    Post subject: Gaudio Amarilli Reply with quote

No all it means is that they originally lived in the district, and there deaths were registered within said district.
I noticed a Mr. Jackson of Market Street, Abertillery bought two graves for a child or children in 1903, might be the same man and possible he could be buried there. There again he could be buried elsewhere.
I'll look if there was a funeral report in the local newspaper for July 1940 when I look at the papers next week.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is very kind of you and I am grateful that you have been able to shine some light on this for me. I am coming to Abertillery in a few weeks time for a short break and it will be wonderful to see where he worked and lived. I believe he named his house 'Colorno', and that many immigrants did this as a tribute to where they had come from. Thanks again. Chris
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:28 pm    Post subject: Gaudio Amarilli Reply with quote

Amarillo Jackson's small confectionery shop on Carlyle Street, next to the advertising hoardings.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Thank you so much.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:36 am    Post subject: Gaudio Amarilli Reply with quote

No problem Chris, love the old Italian Cafe's, the Bracchi's and Berni's were here as well as were many others.
It was a common trait to change names there was a Stephano Besagni working at Cwmtillery colliery in 1887, changed his name to Steve Bezani to mingle.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:03 pm    Post subject: Gaudio Amarilli Reply with quote

The funeral report of Gaudio Amarilli was in the South Wales Gazette dated 19 July 1940. It stated that he had been a confectioner in Abertillery for 44 years and at the time of his death he was residing 48 Carlyle Street. The family also posted thanks to the doctor and nurse who attended him in the thanks for sympathy section.
He was buried at Blaenau Gwent Chapelyard, but you are unlikely to find the grave given the state of the cemetery today.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:33 pm    Post subject: Visit To South Wales Reply with quote

Hello again. Last weekend I had a very successful holiday in South Wales. Based in a lovely hotel in Porthcawl I managed to spend a whole day in Abertillery. Not a lot, I know, but enough to give me a few answers about my grandfather. As someone who has never been to South Wales before, the biggest surprises were 1. the amount of traffic on the roads, especially the M4 (even on a Friday lunchtime), and 2. the amazing beauty of the countryside once you venture north of the motorway.

We stayed at the Fairways Hotel, right next to the Channel, where the food was great and the hotel was really nice, but the bedrooms were a bit tired and in need of overhauling. 4 out of 5 though as the lovely restaurant and the epic sunsets made up for it. It was also nice to have some gelato at Pietro's Cafe on the front! Once we left the motorway on the way to Abertillery I was smitten by the fabulous mountains and the awesome valleys and I was also surprised how quickly I got to there as the road is excellent.

Once there the free parking and friendly nature of the people we spoke to was really welcoming. The museum is a 'little gem' and the curator and his staff went to great lengths to educate us about Abertillery past and present and managed to give us photocopies of the burial records for the Baptist Church, which was great as the church was shut and locked up when we got there on the Saturday afternoon. A walk around the cemetery was sad, as most headstones have either been destroyed or removed, but to look out at the marvellous mountain view that forms a great backdrop to the cemetery brought to me the thought that when my grandfather was buried there on a hot July day in 1940 that the sights from the cemetery would have been amazing for the congregation. Also, to think that because this was the main non-denominational church in Abertillery, and the long winding road uphill that leads to it, you could imagine the trek for the congregations every Sunday to the quite high up site of the church.

Overall, a very happy and emotional visit that I hope to repeat again later in the year. Next step for me is to try and find out when he came over around the turn of the century and where he was born in Colorno, northern Italy, as I will be going there in June and hope to find out if I have any family still alive there. Where would I be able to inspect Immigration Records do you think?

A big 'thank you' for all the help and good advice you have given me and, again, a big 'thank you' to the curator of the Abertillery Museum, where we spent a very happy few hours.

Chris (Amarilli) Jackson

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:10 am    Post subject: Gaudio Amarilli Reply with quote

Grazie Chris

Glad you enjoyed your visit and the locals and museum staff made you feel welcome.
The original Blaenau Gwent Baptist Chapel dates to around 1660 and the current state of the graveyard is a disappointment to all visitors. Glad you were able to see the burial records at the museum but, for information purposes the Gwent Family History Society issued CD's on the burial records at both Blaenau Gwent and Cwmtillery and believe they are still available to purchase.
BBC Wales did a few programmes on Welsh/Italians a few years back, linking Merthyr and Ebbw Vale with Bardi in Northern Italy, basically about food and culture. Many Welsh live in Bardi and it could be well worth a visit if located near enough to Colomo.
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work stoob.


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