Notes for John Rustigini: I understand from Doreen who was told by her Auntie Annie (Georgina) that John and Annie Georgina were looked after in Brighton by "the old Italian grandfather" - meaning Joseph's father Andrew (Andrea) and Joseph's mother Henrietta ( Esther or Hetty). This was born out by entries that I found in their old Brighton school admissions registers where it said in the column "Name of father" A. Rustigini - grandfather. They were also looked after by my great great grandmother Lucy for a while as she is listed as the 'parent' in the school register at one point.
John and Annie went to St John the Baptist RC schools, in Brighton, primary and then single sex secondary. When they were 13 and 12 they went to Warren Farm Industrial School in 1914. This was the year that their grandfather Andrew died and their grandmother had died the year before. Warren Farm school was for poor or orphaned children. It was on the Downs just outside Brighton near the racecourse. They learnt things like how to work in service - for girls and shoemending - for boys. Your grandfather learnt how to be a cobbler and in fact worked at that trade for some of his adult life according to Doreen. At 14 and 13 they were sent to St Joseph's RC Orphanage in Orpington, Kent. ( I think I should be able to get some information from the Catholic Society and their records of that orphanage)
By the age of 20 your grandfather had married your grandmother Florence Thorpe at Salford Register Office. Doreen told me he lived with his grandmother on his mother's side at 2 Olive Street Manchester. This was the address he gave on his marriage certificate. I guess their granny must have sent for them from the orphanage. Their granny was by this time called Maria Mylchreest. ( I will explain about her another time)
Extracts of e-mails between Claudette Newman (Third Cousin) and Doreen Lister (John's Daughter)
HI. CLAUDETTE , THANKS VERY MUGH FOR ALL THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE RESEARCHED,I FOUND IT ALL VERY INTERESTING AND EXCITING. YOU ASKED ABOUT MY DAD ,IF HE JOINED THE ARMY. NO DURING THE 1939-45 WAR HE HAD A VERY GOOD POSITION IN MUNITIONS, AT EXTON IN LEYLAND. HE SEPARATED FROM MUM WHEN I WAS 14.HE THEN LATER DIVORCED.I WILL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.HE THEN WORKED FOR THE ARMY, R-A-O-C AS ACIVILIAN HEAD MUNITIONS STOREMAN. HE WORKED FOR THEM TILL HE DIED. THE ARMY WERE PALL BEARERS AT HIS FUNERAL.TELL YOU MORE LATER. THANKS AGAIN DOREEN XX
DAD TRIED TO JOIN THE ARMY BUT DUE TO HIS AGE AND A PERFORATED EAR DRUM HE WAS TURNED DOWN SO HE BECAME AN A.R.P. WARDEN AND WENT TO WORK IN THE MUNITION FACTORY AT EXTON IN LEYLAND JUST OUTSIDE PRESTON. BY THIS TIME OUR GEORGINA AND CATHERINE WERE BOTH WORKING IN THE MILL, I WAS NEARLY 10, DAVID WAS 8, BILLY YOUNGER.
AFTER DAD LEFT MY MAM HE MET A WOMEN NAMED ETHEL ATKINSON FROM FARNSWORTH BOLTON. SHE WAS THE SPIT OF MAM BUT MUCH SMARTER DRESSED , NO KIDS, A HUSBAND IN THE AIRFORCE. HE FOUND OUT ABOUT THE LIASON AND IT STOPPED. DAD THEN MOVED TO ASHFORD KENT, I DIDN'T SEE HIM THEN UNTIL I WAS WELL MARRIED AND PREGNANT WITH MY SECOND CHILD, AGED 24. THEN I SAW HIM AGAIN AFTER I HAD GIVEN BIRTH TO MY DAUGHTER CHRISTINE WHEN I WAS 27 [ IN 1956]. I SAW HIM QUITE A FEW TIMES AFTER THAT. I BELIEVE HE HAD A NICE WOMEN FRIEND CALLED ROSE. SHE WAS UNMARRIED, SHE DIED THREE MONTHS AFTER DAD. SHE BOUGHT DAD'S HEADSTONE - SHE MUST HAVE REALLY LOVED HIM. DAD NEVER SPOKE OF HIS CHILDHOOD OR UP BRINGING. HE DIDN'T MENTION ANY RELATIVES. I DIDN'T KNOW HE HAD AUNTIES [AUNTIE LUCY] OR COUSINS. THE REASONS HE LEFT MAM WERE NUMEROUS, ONLY HE KNEW THE REAL REASONS. BUT HE NEVER IMPARTED THE WHOLE INFORMATION. DAD SENT MONEY EVERY WEEK TO MAM FOR THE KIDS WHO WERE STILL AT HOME, AND ALWAYS TWO BIG TEACHESTS OF TOYS FOR XMAS. HE DID SOME WONDERFUL WOOD CARVINGS USING JUST A COBBLERS KNIFE.
DO N'T REMEMBER SEEING MUCH OF DAD DURING THIS PERIOD (EARLY 1930S), HE HAD A LOCK UP SHOP. DAD WAS A SHOE MAKER JOURNEYMAN, HE WAS BRILLIANT WITH AN EXELLENT MIND,I CAME TO REALISE THIS AS I GOT OLDER.
THE FLOODS HAPPENED AT WALTON-LE-DALE IN 1933 APPROX: I REMEMBER DAD COMING TO SCHOOL AND CARRYING ME HOME ON HIS SHOULDERS WITH HIS TROUSER LEGS ROLLED UP WE WERE ONE OF THE POOREST FAMILIES IN SCHOOL BUT DADALWAYS WORKED EXTREMELY HARD. I REMEMBER DAD USED TO TAKE US EASTER TO WAVERLY PARK TO ROLLOUR EASTER EGGS,NOT CHOCOLATE ONES BUT HARD BOILED EGGS PAINTED WITH PATTERNS,THIS WAS AN OLD PRESTON CUSTOM. DAD TOOK US ON THE TRAIN TO BLACKPOOL. IT WAS THE FIRST TIMEI HAD EVER BEEN CLOSE TO A MASSIVE STEAM ENGINE,[I WAS PETRIFIED],BUT ALSO VERY EXCITED AND A NICE DAY WAS HAD BY ALL PADDLING IN THE SEA AND PLAYING IN THE SAND WITH DAD BUYING US FISH AND CHIPS- ICE CREAM,[HEAVEN]
More About John Rustigini: Date born 2: Sep 1901, Sussex, East Sussex, United Kingdom.6
John and Florence's marriage certificate
More About John Rustigini and Florence Lydia Thorpe: Marriage: 27 Aug 1921, Salford, Lancashire, England.
Children of John Rustigini and Florence Lydia Thorpe are: