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* The Rugito-Kirkland Family Tree*

Updated September 6, 2000

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The RUGITO surname is Italian in origin. It may have been spelled "RUGGITO" which in Italian means "roar". RUGGITO is recorded on the naturalization certificate from Ellis Island, but my great-grandfather, Donato Anontio RUGITO always signed his name with only the one "g" in it. He was from Rionero, sailing from Naples to New York on April 1, 1910, then settled in Jeannette, PA to marry my great-grandmother Augusta DERENNE in 1916. There are only 3 RUGITO's in the USA today, including myself. Any record exsisting of a RUGITO has been one of my grandparents. There is only one RUGITO listed in the Italian telephone directory. It is safe to say that *ANY* RUGITO in the world is more than likely a relative.

Augusta DERENNE was born in Jeannette, PA in 1899, but her family was from Belgium. Her father August DERENNE was from Charleroi, Belgium. He arrived in New York around May 12, 1896. His wife was Hortense BRUTOUT, also from Belgium. There is a large concentration of DERENNE's in Wisconsin which may distantly be related.

Hortense BRUTOUT's parents were already living in the US at the time she and August DERENNE married, and more than likely, they were living in Jeannette, PA. One of Hortense's brothers, Fernand BRUTOUT lived in Marchivue? or Marchienne? Belgium, and arrived in New York around December 5, 1888. Another brother, Joseph BRUTOUT lived in Dampremy, Belgium and arrived in New York around May 30, 1889. There appear to have been a total of 10 living children in 1910. Some of these children moved to the Denora and Charleroi areas of Pennsyvania. The name is so rare in the US, that if you see the name BRUTOUT, they have about a 95% chance of being a cousin!

The first record I have of Joseph KIRKLAND is in 1826 in the Derry Township, Westmoreland County, PA taxes. His wife was Mary CLUGSTON of Allegheny County, PA. Her family is recorded as being in that county since 1780's. We believe that Joseph KIRKLAND purchased over $4000 in property in a 15 year span in Westmoreland County (based on deeds and his estate documents followng his death) and rented this land to area farmers, but lived most of his younger years in Allegheny County. He does not appear in the US Census of Derry Township, Westmoreland County until 1860, so this leaves us with a gap of 34 years between the time he began paying taxes and is recorded as a resident. We have yet to get to Allegheny County to search for him further.

The HUGHES line is one of the oldest in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, PA. It is said that William HUGHES and his wife Elizabeth DAWSON were pioneer settlers of the area and thier son Isaac was the first born white male child in the township. This line had large concentrations of family in both Westmoreland and Jefferson Counties.

The STAKLEY's lived mostly in the Harrisburg, PA area in the early 1900's. My grandfather Frederick W. Stakley lived in Jeannette, PA for a while and was friends with Donato RUGITO's son Henry (who is my other grandfather). He was a traveling salesman for a while so moved around ALOT. He eventually settled in Butler, PA. His father was Virgil Stakley who eventually settled in Jeannette, PA. Virgil had a brother, Warren "Ace" STAKLEY who also moved around a bit, then settled in California. I recently was delighted to find Warren's branch of the family...a branch that I never knew existed! The California STAKLEYs live in and around Hesperia, CA.


Gina M. Kirkland
RD 3
Box 486
Blairsville, PA 15717
United States

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