This family tree includes some relations and biographical details we’ve been able to collect about the Henry/Luther branch of our family.
This version of the family history was posted on the web in 2003 and was recovered from an archive after the site stopped working: http://www.ourfamilyties.net/Genealogy/Cavaletto/CavalettoofCalifornia.htm (at archive.org)
It incorporates family history and genealogical research done by members of the California Cavalletto family during the 1990s.
Two branches of the Cavaletto family settled in the Santa Barbara, California area. The original settler of the family in Santa Barbara was Aventino Cavalletto.
The story goes that Aventino worked on the Panama Canal for the French company that began the project. He became sick, perhaps from yellow fever or malaria, and was sent to New York to recuperate. While there, someone told him that California was a good place to recover his health and that Santa Barbara, with its Mediterranean climate, was particularly nice. So, he went there and settled in 1884.
In 1886 Aventino ran a boarding house on Rancheria Street. In 1888 he was joined by his wife, Clementina Pagliotti, and their nine year old son Lodovico, known as Coto. Later a second son Jack was born. After 1907 Aventino subleased some land from the three Pomatto brothers. In 1913, he and his brother Jack bought 200 acres at Coal Oil Point.
Aventino wrote to his nephew Michele Cavaletto telling him that, if he wanted to come to America, he would help him to find a job. So in 1892, Michele Cavaletto, 21, and his brother Giovanni Battista Cavalletto, 16, decided to try it. As promised, Aventino helped them to settle in. Later followed Eugenia, Margherita, and Giovanni. Moreover, two of their sister Francesca’s children emigrated later as adults.
Michele worked for awhile and then returned to Italy to marry Caterina Cavaletto. In California he worked on the historic San Jose Vineyard, then leased it, and finally purchased it in 1900. In 1906 he acquired the ranch on Yaple Avenue. Michele operated the winery that had been built by Mission padres in 1804 until 1918 when prohibition took over. In 1921, he purchased his brother Giovanni’s ranch along the San Jose Creek before Giovanni and his family returned to Italy.
Joannes Ludovicus Cavaletto b. ca. 1600) is the earliest known member of this family. He had at least one son Franciscus Cavaletto.
Franciscus Cavaletto (b. ca. 1620 at Rivarolo) married on February 16, 1648, Anna Nida (b. 10/15/1628 at Rivarolo) the daughter of Jo Petrus Nida and Bartholonea Bertrami). The couple had a son Joannes Ludovicus Cavaletto.
Joannes Ludovicus Cavaletto (b. 9/15/1660 at Rivarolo) m. 4/25/1694 Maria Paliotto (b. 2/24/1676) daughter of Marco Antonio Paliotto and his wife Antonia ?. They had a son Franciscus Cavaletto.
Franciscus Cavaletto (b. 1/7/1706 at Rivarolo) had a son Joannes Ludovicus Cavaletto.
|Joannes Ludovicus Cavaletto (b. 3/10 1741 at Rivarolo) m. Marta Caterina Preverino
This letter was posted to the web in 2003 by another branch of the family.
March 14, 1994
Dear Mrs. Silkwood (Silvia..Cousin)
You wrote me (and others in the California Cavalletto/Cavaletto family in late November of last year (very soon after our greater family BBQ gathering celebrating the 100th anniversary of Giovanni Battista, known as “G.B.,” and Michele coming to the U.S. I enclose a photocopy of a local news report of that occasion.) I believe (and shall assume) you’ve received our family-tree information from others.
But, as the only survivor of the first generation descendants of G.B. & Michele (I’m 81+), and as three-time visitor to Northern Italy (a 5 month visit in 1920 with my paternal grandmother, Laura, in Vesignano, a suburb of Rivarolo, during which I attended elementary school, served as an altar boy in the small Catholic church there, and had my 7th birthday; 52 years later when I visited the 4 remaining 1st cousins, all of whom I fear are now deceased; and on a tour in 1990), I’ll try to add a little oral family history that may wet your curiosity and help in your research.
I’ve also visited Venice 3 times as an adult, and I’ve learned that the Cavaletto family was well known and very active in business and financial affairs in the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. (They supposedly even produced at least 3 Cardinals during that time.) I’ve come to the informed opinion hat two Cavaletto brothers, a retired army colonel and a retired civil engineer, came from Venice to Rivarolo in the 1700’s and laid out and founded the suburb town of Vesignano. One of the next generation gave the town its church, with a special set of pews for the family; it was in excellent condition when I last saw it in 1972; there were 42 families then living in Vesignano, one half of whom were Cavalletto/Cavaletto’s.
Giuseppe & Laura Cavalletto (or Cavaletto) were the (my grandparents) parents of G.B. and Michele. They had 4 sons and 3 daughters who grew to adulthood. Besides G.B. and Michele (who became permanent residents and citizens of the U.S.A.), these were John (who came to this area, stayed & farmed for 15 years, had 33 children here, then returned to Vesignano with his family for the balance of his life, Lodoviceo (who stayed in Vesignano, and had two children there), and Mrs.’s Scavara, Perona & Perello (who all came to the U.S. and spent the rest of their lives here). Both Giuseppe and Laura were Cavalletto/Cavaletto’s; both came from “large” families; they were distant cousins. I know two brothers of my grandparents; one, Avenino, came to Santa Barbara in 1884 and was “responsible” for G.B. & Michele coming here (he housed them, and found them their 1st jobs). The other was in Italy & was 80 yrs. old when I visited my grandmother. My guess is that your grandfather, John, was the son of one of my grandparent’s siblings…making us “3rd cousins, once removed.”
I also enclose a copy of the announcement of the Piedmontese party we attended with my nice and numerous cousins, of varying degrees, last Saturday. There were about 300 there. Two of my cousins (one is Catherine…from whom I think you received info.) are going to be in Rivarolo, Vesignano & Venice in two weeks or so; they plan to do some historical family research.
A little bit of info. about the Piedmont area. It was an independent province forming the northwest part of what has become a unified Italy in the 1870’s. It was a monarchy ruled by Umberto I, and he became Italy’s king (courtesy of his general Garibaldi). The King Umberto I issued the permission to emigrate from Italy in Oct., 1892 to G.B. & Michele; they arrived in Santa Barbara in mid-November, 1892. The Piedmontese dialect, which I spoke as a youngster, is closer to French than the classic Italian. It took me some college courses and a lot of study to learn the classic Italian. I learned to speak and read French in the le weeks during World War II.
I also recorded the oral history of my father, his family and myself some 8 or 9 months ago for the oral history section of the Santa Barbara Historical Society. And my talk giving the oral history of the family at the Cavaletto/Cavaletto reunion was video-taped. If you visit this area, you can listen to all this. And, let me add that my wife and I will be glad to meet you and have visit us (if I’m still around).
please, tell me about your family. I know where Gillespie, Ill. is..30 miles No. of West St. Louis…apparently, a arming area. Has the family been…and is it now…primarily in farming? Are your family members still mostly in the area? Are they all close friends? I’ll be pleased to hear. I’ll also be glad to receive a copy of the photo your letter mentions, even thought I doubt I can do more than speculate of the identities.
In the meantime, I send my affectionate greetings.
This copy of Jane LaMonte’s yearbook photo from her senior year 1935 was passed down within the family:
A copy of the yearbook belonging to another classmate from that year has been scanned and posted online.
(Source: Kerry’s Class Pictures & Yearbooks, at ancestry.com.)
Jane’s entry reads:
Live Oak, California
Activities: Tennis, 2; Re-entered from Live Oak High School, Live Oak, 4; Clio Club, 4; Student Legislature, 4; Forge staff, 4.
After receiving an April 4, 1934 letter from her southern cousin requesting biographical details, Olive Violet began to draft her response, using the back of the letter to record the names and birth dates of the members of her household, as well as those of her sisters and first cousin.
Two other slips of paper with the same information accompanied this list, folded up in an envelope from a local hotel. The letter was passed down to her daughter Jane, and then to her grandson George Jr.
Handwritten Reverse Side Of Letter
Live at Live Oak, California
Married Nov. 7, 1915
Russell G. Beale Sept 2, 1894
Esther M. Beale March 7, 1897
June M. Beale April 16, 1917
Ferne M. Beale April 11, 1919
Loyal Cassidy Lipton March 25, 1896
Alma J. Lipton April 30, 1900
Ruth H. Lipton Jan. 3, 1919
Alma G. Lipton Aug 30, 1921
Married March 13, 1917
Live Oak, Calif.
Mrs Jessie Vera Henry Abraham
Sept 1901 Married Oct 24 1920
Perry Orvil Abraham Oct 25 1895
Ellen Jessie Abraham Aug 10 1922
Patricia Abraham July 2, 1930
Olive Violet Henry La Monte Oct 27 1895
Herbert La Monte Jan 16 1889
Children Harry Earnest La Monte May 12 1916
Jane La Monte Oct. 9 1917
Married April 3 1915
Mrs Laura Jane (Luther) Henry
Jan. 16, 1872 birth
Nov. 22, 1894 marriage
Jan 14, 1917 Death
Mrs Olive Violet (Henry) LaMonte
Oct 27, 1895 Birth
April 3 1915 mar.
Husband Herbert LaMonte
Jan 16, 1889 Birth
April 3, 1913 mar.
Children Harry Earnest La Monte
May 12, 1915
Jane La Monte
Oct 9, 1917
Mrs Jessie Vera (Henry) Abraham
Sept 10, 1901 Birth
Oct 23, 1920 Mar.
Perry Orvil Abraham
Oct 25, 1894 Birth
Oct 23, 1920 Mar.
Girls: Ellen Jessie Abraham
Aug 10, 1922
Patricia Jane Abraham
July 2, 1930
Those biographical details are presented in a family tree format below:
This letter was written in 1934 by Marian (Henry) Ransom to her cousin Olive Violet (Henry) LaMonte.
We don’t know much about Marian, but web searches suggest she was born in Georgia in 1895, married Rowland Wyatt Ransom, and died in 1968 and is buried in Summerville, GA.
Olive Violet recorded some biographical details of her own family on the back of the letter.
The letter was passed down to her daughter Jane, and then to her grandson George Jr.
April, 4, 1934.
Mrs.Harry La Monte,
230 West Pedregosa St.,
Dear Mrs.La Monte:-
By rights, I should have started this off with “Dear Cousin”, since we are both descendants of James Henry and Margaret (Allison) Henry. Your aunt Emma Henry, gave me your address, as I had written her for dates etc., which I wanted for a genealogical sketch our people, […] I am trying to arrange. She gave me your Father’s dates and […] your Mother, but could go not further, so if you will send all the others I certainly will appreciate it and include the following:
Full name, birth date, marriage date, death date and present address
of —– Your Mother, (Have your Father’s)
Your self, sisters, your husband, your brothers-in-law and
your children and sisters’ children.
Do hope that this will not be much trouble and that I shall have the pleasure of knowing you sometimes, I am
Marian Henry Ransom
(Mrs. R.W. Ransom)
Copies of these hand-written notes on the 1910 census records of Santa Barbara County were forwarded by Mary Lou to George Jr. in 2006 along with some other family history materials.
Arroyo B[????] Road
Cavalletto, Lodovico 30 farmer (COTO)
Cavalletto, G.B. 34 Married 7 hrs Came here in 1891
Catherine 26 no citizenship
[brother to Margherita Scavarda]
La Pal[??] Ave.
Cavaletto, Frank 38 no citizenship farm laborer works out
San Marcos Road
Cavalletto, Mike 30 Came here 1903 married 4 yrs
Clara 28 no citizenship
Luisa 2 1/2
Ferdinand 1 1/2
Cavaletto, M. 40 1891 came here farmer no citizenship
Caterina 37 1897 came here 13 yrs married
[Michele – brother to Margherita Scavarda]
In this picture we see Hezekiah Luther, surrounded by his wife and six children:
Standing: Ann (Luther) Young, William Luther, Everett Luther, Jennie (Luther) Henry, J. Francis Luther.
Seated: May (Luther) Pierce, Hezekiah Luther, Laura Jane Luther
The photo is undated, but was probably taken some time in the years after 1900.
We know that his daughter Jennie, standing second from the right, was born in 1872, while in this picture she looks like she might be in her 30s, by which point she would have already married Cicero Patrick Henry and given birth to her four daughters.
This photograph shows the Henry family, including Cicero Patrick Henry, front left.
Seated from left: Cicero Patrick Henry, his step mother, and his father
The photo is undated, but we think Cicero was born in the 1860s, and he appears to be in his 30s or 40s in this picture, suggesting the photo was taken around 1900.