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ROSSETTI FAMILY HISTORICAL SKETCH

Original sketch by Louis Rossetti in Nov. 1976.

BACKGROUND:         

For many centuries (ever since the founding of Rome), the Italian peninsula was a pawn in Europes'game of war between barbarians, civilized intruders, foreign powers, local princes and warlords, also ravaged by bloody civil strifes between papal and imperial factions, amid the chaos and disorder of society. Italy was constantly divided and dominated by various rulers before it was finally unified as a nation in 1870.

With this as a historic background, the beginning of the Rossetti clan is hidden in mystery and legend. Tradition has it that the Rossettis are an outcrop descending from a family called "Della Guardia" living in or near Vasto Italy, the Roman "Historian", then a rural village on the Adriatic shore of Abruzzo, a region in central Italy, East of Rome.

The attached graphic chart of the Rossetti family tree is the result of compiling by two independent groups of family historians, one for each "branch". Very little knowledge is available of the original "Della Guardia" family. I understand that there are still some Della Guardia descendants in Vasto, now grown to a city of about 40,000 but I don't know of any direct contact with them.

The first known breakaway from Vasto occurred in the eighteenth century when Domenico Rossetti, a young craftsman, migrated to Paris France. There he founded the "French Branch" which two generations later returned to Italy. After several decades of moving about in France and again to Italy, Russia and Austria, the French Branch ended up in America where, at the present writing, it is still entrenched. The next breakaway from Italy occurred in 1821 when Gabriele Rossetti, a poet and patriot, escaped to London where he founded the "English Branch".

FAMILY HISTORIANS:

The historians for the English branch are William Rossetti and his daughter, Helen Rossetti Angeli.

The recordings of the French branch were done by Adele Voetter Rossetti and her son Louis Rossetti.

No contact has been made with the original Della Guardia family in Vasto.

After corresponding for several years, direct contact was finally made between the two branches, when the writer Louis Rossetti, in May 1952 visited Helen Rossetti Angeli at her home at via Margutta 90, in Rome, where she was living with her daughter Imogene Dennis and her granddaughter Helen. Their house in London had been destroyed in 1944 by a flying bomb during World War II. She was quite knowledgeable about her famous grandfather Gabriele, uncle Dante Gabriele, father William and Aunt Christina.

Many family histories and anecdotes were discussed, also traditions, and data which had been handed down from various members of the family. The outcome of that meeting resulted in the graphic family tree prepared by Louis Rossetti who also prepared the Voetter family tree for his mothers' side.

ENGLISH BRANCH:

Gabriele Rossetti, a well-known Italian patriot and Dante - scholar, was one of the leaders of the Carbonari (the red shirted resistance movement at Naples),which he inflamed with his patriotic songs. Jailed and sentenced to death by the French oppressors, he was rescued with the help of an English Admiral, smuggled to Malta and then to London. There he married a lady of Italian origin, but English birth, then finished his later years a professor at London University. He was visited, while in Exile, by Guiseppe Mazzini and other Italian revolutionaries. Rome has a monument to Gabrielle Rossetti in Villa Borghese; Vasto has a Teatro Rossetti", and a "Scuola Statale di Aviamento Professionale G. Rossetti, a public trade school.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a poet and painter, was a most controversial figure among the great Victorians, and founder of the "Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood". Hundreds of manuscripts and books have been written about him and his group.

William Michael Rossetti, Dante Gabriels' brother, a writer and biographer of the family.

Helen Rossetti Angeli, daughter of William Rossetti, carried on as family historian after her fathers death. She was very helpful in the preparation of our family tree. She also sent me an impression of the family seal, which was brought over from Vasto by her grandfather Gabriel, and was also used by Dante Gabriel and Helen Angeli. Inside of its crest it carries a sturdy little Oak tree under the motto

(in Latin imperative) "FRANGAS NON FLECTAS", meaning "BREAK, DON'T BEND" which is quite indicative of the strong-willed character trait of the Rossetti clan.

Christina Georgina Rossetti was Dante Gabriels' younger sister and quite famous for her poems and her well-known nursery rhymes.

FRENCH BRANCH:

Adele Voetter Rossetti is the counter part of Helen Rossetti Angeli of the English branch and of the same generation. She was of Italian birth, but of Austrian origin. Her father, Michael Voetter, was descended from a Viennese aristocratic family with German, Bohemian and Hungarian ancestry (quite typical for the old Austria). He came to Italy as an officer in the Austrian army during one of their invasions of northern Italy, and afterwards settled in Milano. His daughter Adele Voetter born and raised in Milano Italy traveled with her husband Noel Rossetti to Paris, Reval Estonia (now Russia) and Dresden Germany. At the outbreak of World War I in 1914 she prevailed upon her two sons, Adolph and Louis, to flee from Germany to Zurich and Milano and to volunteer in the Italian Army. Her knowledge of the Rossetti and Voetter families was handed down to the writer, Louis Rossetti, who prepared both family trees.

Louis Rossetti came through World War I as a captain, twice wounded, received the Silver Medal of Valor, and later graduated from Rome University and became professor at the Royal Institute for Profession Training in Rome. In 1924 he won a traveling scholarship to America where he established himself as an architect in Detroit Michigan. His marriage to Anita Castellucci marks the beginning of the conversion of the French branch to the American Branch of the Rossetti clan.

It is hoped that someone of the younger generation will continue as family historian for future generations to come and keep the Rossetti name alive and proud.

LEGEND:

Tradition has it that the "Rossetti" name of the family came into being with Maria Rossi who married Nicola Della Guardia. It is not known whether they were at odds with the rest of the family or if her maiden name, or the red hair color of their offsprings, or both prompted them to call their children the "Rossettis" meaning "little red ones". During the many years of political turmoil and upheavals, so many events went unrecorded, or their documentation were lost or destroyed. As a general rule most information and dates prior to about 1750 are mainly legendary data handed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next one.

Author, Louis Rossetti - Florida, 1976.

Note: Gino and Carl Rossetti have compiled the data left to them by their father Louis Rossetti in hopes of one of their offsprings will continue the family history..

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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           Click on names for a few photos of Nicola Rossetti's Descendants 

Nicolas' Home

Gabriel Rossetti 

   Maria Francesca    Dante Gabriele     William Michael     Christina Georgina

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                                   Descendants of Nicola Rossetti  

          1        Nicola Rossetti         1738 - 1817

                           +Maria Francesca Pietrocola

......    2        Andrea Rossetti        1765 -

......    2        Antonio Rossetti        1770 - 

......                         + Cesare Pietrocola  

......    2        Domenico Rossetti     1772 - 1816

......    2        Angiola M. Rossetti   

......    2        Maria G. Rossetti     

......    2        Maria M. Rossetti      

......    2        Gabriele Guiseppe Rossetti    1783 - 1854

..........                   +Francesca Polidori  

..............     3        Maria Francesca Rossetti     1827 - 1876

..............     3        Dante Gabriel Rossetti         1828 - 1882

..................           +Elizabeth Siddal      1829 - 1862

..............     3        William Michael Rossetti       1829 - 1919

..................           +Lucy M Brown        

......................       4        Olivia Frances Rossetti        1875 - 1950

..........................            +Antonio Agresti    

......................       4        Gabriel Arthur Rossetti         1877 - 1932

..........................            +Dora Brandreth        

..............................        5        Geoffrey Rossetti     1904 - 1937

..............................        5        Lucy Rossetti            1907 - 1990

..................................              +Roderic O'Connor    

..............................        5        Harold Rossetti         1909 - 1983

..................................               +Mildred J. Holly     1910 - 2000

...................................................6  Nicholas G. Rossetti   1937

....................................................... + Elizabeth B. Wood    1936

........................................................... 7  Emma E. Rossetti   1974

........................................................... 7  Helen L. Rossetti     1976

..............................        5        Oliver Rossetti           1911-1990

..................................   5        Lucy Rossetti              1907 - 1990

............................................ + Roderic O'Conor       ? - 2000

......................       4        Elena Maria Rossetti  1879 - 1959

..........................            +Gaston Angeli        

..............................        5        Imogene Angeli         1904 -

..................................              +Geoffrey Dennis     

...................................... 6        Emanuel Dennis        1930 -

...................................... 6        Helen Dennis  1932 -  

..........................................        +Luigi Gugliemini      

......................       4        Mary Elizabeth Rossetti        1881 -

..............     3        Christina Georgina Rossetti   1830 - 1894

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Descendants of Louis Rossetti

1 Louis Rossetti b: May 05, 1895 in Paris France d: 1983 in Laguna Hills, California

. +Anita S. Castellucci b: January 05, 1903 in Italy d: 2000 in Greenville, S.C.

........ 2 Riccardo V. Rossetti b: 1927 d: 1927 in Naples Italy

........ 2 Dorothea A. Rossetti b: November 1928 in Iron Mountain Michigan

............ +Roland L. Chetter b: February 14, 1929 in Detroit Michigan d: December 02, 1992

................... 3 Lisa A. Chetter b: February 19, 1963 in West Palm Beach Florida

....................... +Andrew D. Gordon b: March 25, 1963 in Detroit Michigan

............................. 4 Louis A. Gordon b: March 04, 1989 in New Jersey

.............................. 4 Allison E. Gordon b: October 13, 1991 in Cincinnati Ohio

........ 2 Carl L. Rossetti b: May 1930 in Detroit Michigan

............ +Barbara J. Sanday b: February 27, 1931 in Romeo Michigan d: 9/27/2011 in Lady Lake Florida

................... 3 Richard A. Rossetti b: July 22, 1952 in Rapid City South Dakota

....................... +Ruth E. Gramzow b: May 01, 1953 in Richmond Michigan

.............................. 4 Aaron M. Rossetti b: June 28, 1976 in Rochester Michigan

.................................. +Gretchen Breitfield b: July 02, 1976 in Seymour Indiana

......................................... 5 Avianna R. Rossetti b: November 19, 2001 in Bloomfield Hills Michigan

..........................................5 Aiden M. Rossetti  b: February 14, 2003 in Southfield Michigan

..........................................5 Mylan Grace Rossetti b: September 07, 2004 Southfield Michigan

.............................. 4 Erica A. Rossetti b: December 05, 1979 in Rochester Michigan

....................................+ Michael Johnson b: April 27, 1981 in Omaha Nebraska

.......................................... 5 Quinten Alexander Johnson b: April 07, 2004 in Omaha Nebraska

.......................................... 5 Creighton Lewis Johnson b: November 23, 2005 in Omaha Nebraska

.......................................... 5 Jesse Earle Johnson b: November 14, 2008 in Omaha Nebraska

................... 3 Michael L. Rossetti b: June 25, 1955 in Detroit Michigan

................. +Mary A. Alfonsi b: December 30, 1959 in Detroit Michigan

.............................. 4 Stephanie M. Rossetti b: October 26, 1980 in Detroit Michigan

.............................. 4 Nicole M. Rossetti b: July 17, 1983 in Detroit Michigan

.............................. 4 Danielle C. Rossetti b: February 03, 1987 in Detroit Michigan

................................... + Nicholas Sengstock b: May 3, 1985  in Detroit Michigan

........................................ 5 Kayden M. Sengstock b: June 21, 2010 in Troy Michigan

................... 3 Anthony C. Rossetti b: July 05, 1957 in Detroit Michigan

....................... +Judy A. Forbes b: November 03, 1956 in Romeo Michigan

.............................. 4 Andrea M. Rossetti b: March 31, 1978 in Detroit Michigan

................................... + Jeffrey Steeley b: May 29, 1978 in Castro Valley California

.......................................  5 Sydney Nicole Steely  b: September 27, 2002 in California

.......................................  5 Dylan Louis Steely b: February 27, 2006 in Walnut Creek California

.......................................  5 Dominic Louis Steely b: April 21, 2007  in California

.............................. 4 Kristina A. Rossetti b: April 23, 1986 in California

.........................................5 Isabella Ann Fisher b: November 8, 2010 in Walnut Creek California

.............................. 4 Jennifer M. Rossetti b: July 22, 1988 in California

........................................ 5 Aryanna Marie Paez b: January 16, 2010 in Walnut Creek California

........................* 2nd wife of Anthony C. Rossetti

..............................Emily Sheehan b: April 21, 1953 in Newport Oregon

.................. 3 Mark R. Rossetti b: September 08, 1958 in Detroit Michigan

....................... +Kimberly Carolin b: July 06, 1959 in Romeo Michigan

............................. 4 Jeremy J. Rossetti b: April 17, 1979 in N. Middletown Kentucky

...................................+ Priya Patel b: August 25, 1979 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

....................................... 5 Malia Priya Rossetti b: March 28, 2009 in Lexington Kentucky

....................................... 5 Amaya Lia Rossetti  b: August 5, 2011  in Lexington Kentucky

.............................. 4 Tia N. Rossetti b: September 08, 1982 in N. Middletown Kentucky

.................................. + Kevin D. Davis b: November 22, 1978 in Jacksonville Florida

....................................... 5 Katelyn G. Davis b: February 27, 2007 in Lexington Kentucky

....................................... 5 Mark Hayes Davis b: January 07, 2011 in Cincinnati Ohio

........ 2 Louis A. Rossetti b: May 1934 in Detroit Michigan

............ +Donna J. Clapp b: October 04, 1932 in Michigan

................... 3 Dina L. Rossetti b: November 06, 1959 in Royal Oak Michigan

....................... +Andrew Vento b: December 01, 1951 in Grosse Pte, Michigan

.............................. 4 John L. Vento b: September 05, 1987 in Lihue, Hawaii

.............................. 4 Megan A. Vento b: March 26, 1989 in Lihue, Hawaii

................... 3 Matthew L. Rossetti b: January 21, 1961 in Royal Oak Michigan

....................... +Teri Brewer b: October 01, 1962 in Michigan

............................ 4 Alex Rossetti b: May 28, 1994 in Royal Oak Michigan

.............................. 4 Kyle Rossetti b: November 09, 1995 in Royal Oak Michigan

................... 3 Andrea J. Rossetti b: August 17, 1962 in Royal Oak Michigan

....................... +Eric T. Hollerbach b: November 28, 1053 in Michigan

.............................. 4 Mathew E. Hollerbach b: March 05, 1989 in Grosse Pte. Michigan

.............................. 4 Kurt T. Hollerbach b: September 20, 1991 in Grosse Pte. Michigan

................... 3 Miga C. Rossetti b: June 18, 1964 in Grosse Pte. Michigan

....................... +Christopher R. Hansen b: February 26, 1971 in Alexander Virginia

...............................4 Tilli Hansen Rossetti b: January 25, 2003 in Jackson Hole Wyoming

...............................4 Rye Ming Rossetti Hansen b: August 5 2005 in Yanxi, China

........ 2 Angela M. Rossetti b: January 1940 in Detroit Michigan

............ +Robert J. Ricucci b: January 29, 1938 in Detroit Michigan

................... 3  Robert J. Jr. b: February 23, 1960

....................... + Kelly b: March 06, 1960

.............................. 4  Channa Ricucci b: February 24, 1993 in Whittier California

.............................. 4  Christina Ricucci b: September 05, 1998 in California

.............................. 4 Robert J. Ricucci III b: April 18, 2001 in California

........ *2nd Husband of Angela M. Rossetti:

............ +Richard L. Brauer b: October 08, 1945 in Cleveland Ohio