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Agostino Boitano
 1834 - 1914

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  • Nickname  Augustine 
    Birth  Abt 1834  Favale di Malvaro, Genova, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Sex  Male 
    Died  20 Mar 1914  150 Mile House, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  St Joseph Mission Cemetery, Williams Lake, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I6159  Favale
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2011 
    Family  Mary Kouslips \ Kuslips, Kuslips/, b. Abt 1849, Williams Lake, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada  
    Married  Abt 1869  Alkali Lake, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
     1. Philomene Boitano, b. Abt 1869, Alkali Lake, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada
     2. Cecilia Clotilde Boitano, b. Abt 1875, Alkali Lake, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada
     3. Lorenzo Augustine (Lawrence) Boitano, b. Abt 1876, Alkali Lake, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada
     4. Cecilia Matilde Marie Boitano, b. 5 May 1879, Alkali Lake, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada
     5. Antonio (Antone) Boitano, b. Jan 1885, Springhouse Ranch, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada
    Family ID  F2308  Group Sheet
  • Photos BOITANO, Agostino (Agustine) emigrated from Favale to Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada
    This lake is in the area he settled and is named Boitano Lake.
    BOITANO, Agostino (Agustine) emigrated from Favale to Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada
    This mall was named after the Boitanio family that settled this area. See website: http://www.boitaniomall.com
  • Notes 
    • The Boitano Family - (Over the years the name spelling has changed to Boitanio)
      All notes from website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bccaribo/boitanio.html

      1834 - Augustino (usually called Augustine) Boitano was born in Favale di Malvaro, near Genoa, Italy.
      1857 - Augustine left Italy for the United States.
      1858 - Augustine was lured to the Cariboo by the Gold Rush.- Augustine was a packer, and he ran regular pack trains for the Hudson Bay Company between Fort Langley and Fort St. James for 30 years.

      1875 - Cecilia Boitano was born in BC. There are no Boitanos listed in the BC Voters list of 1875.
      1876 - Lorenzo (Lawrence) Boitano was born in BC.
      1879- Cecilia M. M. Boitano was born in BC.

      1881 - In the 1881 Census, Augustine is listed as a packer, 42 years old and from Italy. He is listed with 3 children, Clotilde who is 6, Lorenzo who is 4 and Cecilia who is 2. The family is listed as Catholic. No wife or mother is listed. Listed as living in the same house with the Boitano family are 5 Chinese gold miners. In the 1881 Census of the Dog Creek Indian band is a woman listed as "Augustine's woman".

      1884 - Augustine homesteaded just west of Williams Lake, purchasing the land from a Cornish man and after digging a well, and reaching a spring, he named his ranch the Springhouse Ranch.

      1885 - Antonio (often called Antone) Boitano was born in Springhouse in January.

      1895 - Clotilde Boitano married Sabina Sabatina on November 6th, in the Clinton District. (BC Marriage Reg. Number: 1895-09-175370)

      1895 Alakli Lake Directory - In the Dominion Electoral District of Cariboo, Lillooet and Provincial of Lillooet, is situated on the left bank of the Fraser River, about ninety miles from Clinton and on the direct route to Barkerville. Mail is carried weekly by stage from Ashcroft. The nearest railroad station, telegraph and express office in Clinton, banking point is Kamloops. Fare from Ashcroft, $15, change stages at Clinton.
      Botania, A. - stock raiser and packer (Augustine)
      Botania, L. - horse trainer (Louis)

      Also listed are: Bosett, P - labourer and farmer, Bowe, H. D. - stock ranch, Bowe, H. jr. - stock raiser, Bowe, J. - stock raiser, post master, Meason, Magnus - farmer, Meason, W.L. - farmer, Meason, W. - farmer, More, J.E. - stock ranch

      1898 - The 1898 BC Voters list shows Augustine Boitano as a packer in Alkali Lake. Laurence Augustine Boitanio is listed as a farmer in Spring House.

      1899 - Lawrence Boitano married Rosa Dussault on November 20th in 150 Mile House.

      1901 - Cecile M. M. Boitano married John William Eagle on November 25th at the St. Joseph's Mission in Williams Lake. (BC Marriage Registration Number 1901-09-172887 or BC Archives Microfilm Number: B11387)

      -Angelo and Maria Boitano immigrated from Favale di Malvaro to San Francisco, California and had a family of 5 boys and 1 girl. They lived in SF and lived in a house that came through the 1906 earthquake. It had 5 flats. Angelo and Maria bought the house with the intention that all their sons would have a place to live, and they did in fact all live in the building with their families at one time, because there were 5 separate apts. The way they were able to buy the property was that all 5 Boitano boys worked and brought home their pay check to their mother who saved the money to buy the apt. building, it also had a grocery store and butcher shop down stairs where all the boys worked. Members of this family still reside in San Francisco to this date.

      1900's early - Augustine's cousin, Louis Boitano came to the Cariboo from Italy. He built the stone piers of the Old Sheep Creek Bridge. The Boitanos were well known stone masons in Italy.

      1903 ship manifest - 22 June 1903 - Luigi BOITANO (27, single) of Favale was going to his UNCLE Agostino Boitano of Alkai Lake, British Columbia.

      1906 - Antonio Boitano, 20 years old, married Mary Elizabeth Hamilton (daughter of the Hamiltons at 100 Mile House), 21 years old, on March 21 in Springhouse.

      -Antonio and Mary Elizabeth had a daughter Christine (Chrissie).

      1913 - Springhouse received its own post office on May 15th and Augustine Botaino was the first post master.

      1914 - Augustine Boitano died on March 20 at the age of 80 years old in 150 Mile House. Reg. Number: 1914-09-238159. Augustine was buried in the St. Joseph Mission Cemetery. Lawrence Boitano died on March 28 at the age of 38 in 150 Mile House. Reg. Number: 1914-09-238158. On November 1st, Antonio Boitano was named the new post master of Springhouse.

      1918 - Ella Boitanio married Charles Nedel on June 17th at the St. Joseph Mission. (BC Marriage Registration Number 1918-09-192327 or BC Archives Microfilm Number: B11389)

      1919 - Antone Boitano attend the first Williams Lake Stampede in Williams Lake and it is said that he never missed a stampede and was best known as a judge. Wilhelmina Boitano married John Moffatt Ogden on September 16th at the St. Joseph's Mission in Williams Lake. Reg. Number: 1919-09-204228

      -Christine (Chrissie) Boitano married Ray Pigeon of Dog Creek.

      1942 - On June 26th, the Springhouse post office was closed down due to the resignation of Antonio Boitano and its limited use. Antonio had been post master for 28 years. Antone sold the Springhouse Ranch and he and his wife May moved to Williams Lake.

      1957 - Mary (May) Elizabeth Boitanio nee Hamilton died at the age of 72 years on October 3rd in Williams Lake. (BC Death Reg. Number: 1957-09-010806 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13234)

      1966 - Boitanio Park was chosen by the Centennial Committee as the name for a new park in downtown Williams Lake. It was felt that Antone typified the courage, colour and ingenuity of the men who settled the Cariboo.

      1970 - Antone Boitanio died at the age of 84 years on January 4th in Williams Lake. (BC Death Reg. Number: 1970-09-001106 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13301)

      -The Boitanio family was known for its musical talents. The girls in the family were known for their expert needlework.

      Currently in Williams Lake's the shopping mall is named Boitanio Mall (50 Oliver Street at Williams Lake, British Columbia). The website for the mall is http://www.boitaniomall.com/ There is a Biotanio Park, the Boitanio Place Apartments, and a Boitanio Street. Out near Springhouse there is a small Boitano Lake.
  • Sources 
    1. [S155] Internet site - rootsweb.ancestry.com, /~bccaribo/boitanio.html

    2. [S49] Family Search, International Genealogical Index