Nick Andreola Jr

Nick Andreola Jr

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Nick J. Andreola Jr
Born 1950s.
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Father of [private son (1980s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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Categories: Italian Roots.

Nick Andreola Jr has Italian Roots.


My 2018 Wikitree Mission Statement

I've spent the last several years concentrating on my maternal heritage. This year I intend to dig into my paternal side. Much of what I started with was learned through many discussions with my Aunt Toni Andreola-7 Danis. I intend to adapt the few skills I've learned building the family tree here in the USA into doing the same for my Italian family. Hopefully, some of the bits~n~pieces of the Italian language I'm learning will stick!

The end of 2017 brought many insights and connections with the amazing help of the wonderful folks at (Mille Grazie, Y'all!) I now have a significant number of solid trails to investigate. As a point of origin or as a home, many of the people will be added to the Casalvecchio di Puglia, Foggia, Italy category page. Some will also be added to the Milford, Massachusetts category page as this was the primary destination for many of the immigrants who settled here.

FTDNA test taken in 2017 and a 23 & Me will be done in 2018--I was quite surprised by the FTDNA results so, I'm really curious to see how they compare!

My 2017 Wikitree Mission Statement

Over the years, I've created quite a few profiles here. I don't claim that each and every one of them is a finished product or reads like a 'proper' biography should. What I have attempted to do is to create logically-linked, as-complete-as-possible, family groups with all the source & reference materials included to show why I think these groups are linked. Instead of a straight linear ancestral for-me-only approach, I am trying to do as broad a sweep as I can and attempting to better understand my direct ancestors through tracing the families of their siblings as I go through each branch of the tree.

Where I have found specific locations for clusters of inter-related families in places like Grayson County, Virginia, Cass County, Missouri & Ogle County, Illinois, I have tried to add links on those category pages for other researchers to follow and to add to the alphabetical (sometimes easier to search through) name listings there.

My deepest hope is that these profiles will be found by my cousins and that these cousins will add the additional facts and details that will make the biographies of their ancestors more complete. Thereafter, I hope these cousins will join me in trying to dig deeper into our common ancestors.

Cousins, if you find a profile here which I've created or maintain that you have an interest in, do not hesitate to contact me. I will be more than happy to add you as the Profile Manager, to the Trusted List or to help you get started on this site.


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I started this family tree investigation out with the Andreola portion first. As of September 2014, significant progress has been made on all family lines except the Andreola line. I'm still struggling to gather information from overseas. I'm currently doing a fairly broad dive into my Tilton family centered in Ogle County, IL. and my Walton/Delp/Hackler family centered in Grayson & Lee Counties, Virginia. I intend to return to the Banks-Standley-Frost families after I complete these efforts. {is there really ever such a thing? HA!}

Note: September 2014. One thing that has become increasingly clear as I research my maternal ancestors; my grandmother & grandfather represent the "reunification generation". What I mean by that is that the overwhelming majority of my 'Greats' & 'Great-Greats' on my grandmother's side (the Waltons, Hacklers, Keeneys etc....) fought for the South in the Civil War with the opposite on my grandfather's side ( the Frosts, Tiltons, Banks etc...) predominantly being veterans from the North. Audrey & Jack are the first couple I've found that married across these former "enemy lines".

I cannot remember when or by whom I was told that our ancestors had gone to Albania to live for some time and then returned to Italy. The dialect or variation of their language, I was told, had been changed because of this Albanian experience. As I’ve done a little more research, I’ve learned that there is an entirely different cause for the dialect. It appears that some portion of our heritage (just how much remains to be determined) is directly from Albania. The pieces I have so far begin over 500 years ago.

The big picture in the mid-1400’s:

Southern Italy is ruled by the King of Naples.

The Ottoman Empire is in the process of crushing the remnants of the Byzantine Empire and has successfully conquered Greece (at the Southern border of Albania).

An outstanding figure in world history, Gjergi Kastrioti Skenderbeu (AKA Skanderbeg & The Dragon of Albania) [~1405-1468], has united the various princedoms and provinces of Albania in 1443 and has successfully stopped the Ottoman Turks from invading Albania for 25 years. Leaders like Skanderbeg in Albania, John Hunyadi in Hungary and to a lesser extent Vlad III in Wallachia (yes, Dracula!) are credited by most historians with delaying the Muslim advance and giving the rest of Europe time to solidify its defenses.

Skanderbeg and the King of Naples are very close allies. I haven’t found any explanation of why, perhaps just as a future fall-back, in the early 1460’s Skanderbeg sends ~5000 Albanians to live in Italy. After Skanderbeg’s death, the resistance begins to crumble and many more Albanians flee. The King of Naples welcomes a large number of these refugees into his domain. Some of these refugee populations, now known as the Arbereshe, settled in groups creating new villages. One of these is Casalvecchio Di Puglia (Albanian:Kazallveqi).[Pronounced by my Aunt as Ka-sal-veck]

This village is, according to our oral tradition as well as what appears on the immigration documents, our family’s point of origin prior to coming to the USA. There is a plaque commemorating Gjergi Kastrioti Skenderbeu's life gracing a building at #11 Corso Skanderberg, which is one of the main streets in Casalvecchio. Also note on google maps that the main ‘state’ highway, SP10, running from Torremaggiore connecting into SP5 (which goes into Castelnuovo Daunia) is called the Viale Albanesi d’ Italia (the section near Casalvecchio).

Since we see some Castelnuovo listings on the immigration documents I include what little bit of info I could find about Castelnuovo Della Daunia: “The old name was Castelluccio degli Schiavi, the word "schiavi" referring to the Slavic populations that took refuge in Apulia and other parts of Italy starting from the late 15th century.”

The two towns are so close to each other, I’m not sure yet if I can separate out who actually came from either.

2013 update....It is now certain that the Andreola heritage is from Albanian roots and that our 'cousins' still living in Casalvecchio consider themselves to be "Arbereshe" [url][/url].

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My paternal line.
My maternal grandfather's mother's line.
Done for Walton X Brigance cousins.
Added when researching Tilton Family + Ogle Co. Illinois.
My paternal grandmother's line.
My maternal grandfather's father's line.
My maternal grandmother's mother's line.
Variation of spelling for Hackler.
My maternal great grandmother's mother's line. Hackler X Holloway. One of my BRICKWALLS
My maternal great grandfather's mother's line. Walton X Keeney
My paternal grandmother's mother's line. Fino X Rossacci
My paternal grandfather's mother's line. Andreola X Simone
Added when researching Hurricane Clotilda Sailing-4
My maternal great-grandfather's mother's line. Frost X Tilton
My maternal grandmother's father's line.

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On 3 Feb 2019 at 21:21 GMT Clarence Rogers wrote:

the only children I can CONFIRM are (1) Maizie Margaret Thayer, (2) Frederick Lawrence Thayer and (3) Hellen Augst (aka Mary Ann Littleton)

On 21 Jan 2019 at 15:48 GMT Christopher DeLuca wrote:

Thanks Nick, I'm still trying to figure out how this page actually works. My father is the one who sent me the Michele (Michelearcangelo) DeLuca link and I started doing some research from there.

I'm trying to avoid paying out the nose to get the info. I have been using this page as well as

On 21 Sep 2018 at 16:43 GMT Virginia (Tilton) Shy wrote:

My Tilton gedcom has 2000 people in it, (Richard born 1774) his ancestors and descendants. Hopefully, I will have it ready to bring into Wikitree within the next two weeks.

On 26 Feb 2018 at 06:35 GMT David Hauer wrote:

Had same person with some small differences I had last name as Walton whichI think is w

right. Your p[art on born in NC I think is correct.

Please get back to me.

David Hauer

On 19 Feb 2018 at 00:15 GMT Lisa Williford wrote:

Hi there. It appears that we are distant cousins removed or however they put that these days LOL

You listed Walton as your Maternal Grandma's Father's line. I can hardly remember him since I was so young when he did but Jack (Andrew Jackson) Walton who married Nellie Ruth Williford and lived in Union County, SC was my uncle. Aunt Nellie was my Daddy, Paul's oldest sister. The only memory I do have of Uncle Jack is him wearing demin overalls all yhe time. He died and was buried before we knew it. We were out of town on vacation. Aunt Nellie was a sweet, sweet woman. Soft and squishy hugs. Bless her heart, she had the most horrible arthritis in her hands & was so miserable for a while before she died. It's nice to meet a distant cousin. I live in York County about 45 mins away from Union.

On 22 Dec 2017 at 05:10 GMT Kerry (Casebier) McEvoy wrote:

how do you do that add PM

On 27 Nov 2017 at 21:37 GMT Morgan Mulligan wrote:

Thanks for adding to the profiles for McGeachy/Morison Nick! M.

On 15 Nov 2017 at 16:05 GMT Charnee (Wahlquist) Smit wrote:

Thanks again for doing such a comprehensive job of documenting our Frost family, and now the Shockleys, too!

On 3 Nov 2017 at 21:33 GMT Carolyn Murray wrote:

Thanks for your compliment, Nick.

On 1 Nov 2017 at 15:31 GMT Charnee (Wahlquist) Smit wrote:

Thanks, Nick, for your continued good work on our Frost line!

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Nick is 19 degrees from Caryl Ruckert, 17 degrees from Harriet Stowe and 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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