The Quilietti Family

The story of a Scots Italian family



  • Our family is like the branches of a tree
  • We may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one
  • Each of us will always be a part of the other

    Q. Clan 1996

This says it all.   For a long while the Quiliett family had lost its way.  Then from out of the darkness came a light.   A light called Carel and Betty Van Druten.   Through their endless dedication is tracing the roots of our family we once again have a family identidy.

The early deaths of Emilio Quilietti and Valentina Brattessani, his young wife, was what really snapped the branch which connected us to our roots away back then.   Some of the branches were loosely connected but through the years our memories faded as the years rolled on.   The young Quilietti family would not have known their parents with Emilio dying at the age of 29 and Valentina at the age of 35.  With a new step-father who himself remarried and brought up by their maternal aunts and uncles their lives were turned upside down.   They all  ended up marrying very young and making their own way in life, and eventually losing what ties were left with their Italian past.

Our Dutch side of the family  with two Graham’s

Of course family matters in the past decades were not really a great topic of conversation, especially is the memories were vague or tarnished.   But the recent  resurgence in family roots has helped immensly in re-uniting many families such as ours.

We have since 1992 been re-united Quilietti clan.   We have little by little been uncovering our past with all her secrets.  We have returned to our forefather’s home in Italy trying to establish a link with the family past.

We have had a lot of re-unions and great fun in re-discovering our cousins, or lost aunts and uncles.  It has been fun uncovering some of the dark secrets from the past.   It has also been very sad in realising what pain our great-grandmother Valentina’s life was like after the death of her husband.

  • First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.
  • They took aspirin, full milk, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.
  • Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
  • We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

    Cruising Q Clan

  • We would (occasionally) ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
  • We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

    A Quilietti street photo wedding

  • Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway or Burger King.
  • Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death!
  • We shared a ginger bottle with four friends, and NO ONE actually died from this..
  • We could collect old gingies and cash them in at the local shop and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with. We ate cream cakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……

    Bobby’s clan

  • We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
  • No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

    Our South African family

  • We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.
  • We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wiis, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 987 channels on SKY, no video/dvd films, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
  • We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there was no legal from these accidents.
  • Only girls had pierced ears!

    Qs in Tuscany

  • We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
  • You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time…
  • We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,
  • We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

    Jean Smith first marriage

  • Mum didn’t have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!
  • Football and netball had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT.
  • Our teachers used to hit us with belts and bully’s always ruled the playground at school.
  • The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the Polis!
  • Our parents didn’t invent stupid names for their kids like ‘Kiora’ and ‘Blade’ and ‘Ridge’ and ‘Vanilla’
  • We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !

And YOU are one of them!

The Dutch family


A family reunion is a great source of joy and excitement.   In the world we live in families are often scattered throughout the world.  Loved ones may not see or talk to each other for years even if there is only a bus or a plane ride separating them.  A family reunion is a time to remember that although you may feel close to your friends or neighbours there is nothing quite like family.  These are your blood relations and are closest to you.  You share the same memories, the same history, the same ancestors.  When you really need help your family are there for you.  You may be apart for years but just pick up conversation like you saw each other yesterday.  No words are often needed as your memories sustain the bond.

Dutch celebration

We are little by little discovering new branches of our extended tree and of course our unique name lives on with the births of new Quilietti’s in Scotland, keeping our name alive.

Above all we must try and keep our name live on, as we are unique.   There is no-one else in the whole world who has our surname as we must be the protector of this no matter what. Of course there will be good and bad in any name and we can have a chuckle when we do an internet search and find some interesting entries.   We cannot deny it however, these people belong to us……..they are our family


  • I often think of you, do you often think of me?
  • One day I hope that we will meet, you’d be so proud of me,
  • I often wonder why you had to go away, and how different things would have been if you had been here to stay,
  • Time goes by so fast, I’m getting older every day,
  • So many things to see, so many things to say,
  • If you were here today  would  you pass me in the street,
  • Not recognising me as your own with my very funny feet,
  • Or if you would stop and cradle  me if by chance we did meet
  • I pass by familiar streets where the two of you  would have walked,
  • Past  the Church where you were married, past the home you made your own
  • Today my thoughts of you both are never far away
  • and I shed a tear or two for the hardships that came your way
  • And for the  souls of your  lost babies who were taken from you long ago
  • And I think of a reunion when the bright lights of  our family would shine through
  • And there would once again be laughter and a time to get to know  the both of you
  • And it would be a time to meet your families  and for you to reminisce
  • And a time for  us to tell you
  • That you will always be a part of us and that you are both so sadly missed.

Helen Rose Quilietti, great- great-grandaughter of Emilio and Valentina


some of the many links of our Quilietti family are




Then of course we have the many Scottish ties through each of our own inidivual Quilietti family marriages.  My own nearest and dearest would be



Then lastly, but not least, we have the most famous Dutch family VAN DRUTEN  to whom we owe millions of thanks in helping us re-unite and re-establish our family contacts and for this we will all be eternally thankful and grateful.

1953 wedding

Others near and dear to us would be



The surname list is almost endless with many intertwining and intermarrying on the Italian sides in the early days.  From our unique surname and our ancestral father Leonardo we have 100s of  Quilietti descendants who proudly own the Q. name.  Our family tree shows 20000 connected family members and more growing every day.

The site is built to accommodate your own specific family and social history which you can share simultaneously, in a very secure environment, with any number of your family across the web.

21 Responses to “QUILIETTI Folks”

  1. Brian McArthur says:

    Hi Q family,
    I am just having a look at your web site and I am impressed with all the good work Helen has put into it.
    I wish you good health and I will revisit this site again in the future to see where the Q family joins my Family tree.

  2. Helen says:

    Glad you found some time to see the website which is still being worked on……Will need a year’s holiday to input all the info I have lurking around

  3. Luigi Tagliavini says:

    Buona sera aTutti voi! Mi chiamo Luigi Tagliavini e sono figlio di Luisa Brattesani. Vivo in Italia nella provincia di Parma, precisamente nella citta’ di Borgo Val di Taro. Ho visto il Vostro sito e Ho letto di Valentina Brattesani. Vorrei dire che la citta’ di origine di TUTTI I BRATTESANI non è Varna, ma un piccolo villaggio che si chiama Rovinaglia, vicino a Borgo Val Di Taro nella provincia di Parma. Da Rovinaglia hanno origine tutti i Brattesani e anche Valentina.
    io Nonno Attlio Brattesani ha lavorato per tanti anni In Scozia a Glasgow, Edimburgo, Dundee, Abardenn. Abbiamo ancora tanti parenti col cognome di Brattesani in Scozia. Ma tutti i Brattesani arrivano da Rovinaglia, No Varna….saluti Se volete sapere di piu’ scrivete alla mia email

  4. Helen says:

    I have sent you an e.mail via yahoo. Please let me know if you receive this. I am so pleased that you have taken the time to write to me.

  5. can,t believe I,am on my family history when I found out. There was a quilietti histoy website. I was so proud of my family and my auntie helen who made the website love rozajo quilietti xx

  6. can,t believe there is. A family history when I found out. There was a quilietti history website. I was so proud of my family and my auntie helen who made the website love rozajo quilietti xx

  7. Lynn Stanton Merchant says:

    Helen what a fantastic job you have done in our family trees I enjoyed reading it all amazing, brought a few tears to my eyes, lots love Lynnxx

  8. Frazer says:

    Great site..Hi to all our family..Frazer Cameron Grandmother was Antonia married to Alexander Murray ….

  9. Helen says:

    Hi there Frazer, would you like to send me a photo

  10. Anja says:


    My great great grandfather Dominico Margiotta was married to maria de placido and lived at 90 they lived there from 1896 to 1924

    I think for sure that our families crossed passed it is amazing to think! Your website is beautiful and a real honor to all the struggling migrants that left their homes to find a bigger and better life. Congrats to you and keep it going xxx

    Regard from Australia

  11. Anja says:

    Sorry I ment to say 90 Grassmarket

  12. Helen says:

    Thank you so much for taking time to comment. I am really proud of my heritage. We have De Placido relations more recently. My second cousin married into the family. I will have to search for the details and e.mail you directly

  13. Jan Hurley says:

    My 3rd great grandmother was Marie Angelina Brucciani born 1824, daughter of Giovani Matleo Brucciani, born in 1795 Toscana Italy. Do not know Marie mothers name. Is there a connection to the Donati?? I would be interested in any information on Marie or Giovani.

  14. Gord McCabe says:

    Hello – I’m a relative in Canada, trying to put together my family history. There was a Sutherland that married into the McCabe family, the name Jimmy has come up, but not sure who he was in the equation… I’m named after Gordon Sutherland, who I understand died at sea in Holland in 1944 or 45. My grandparents were from Leith, and emigrated to Canada in 1919 or 1920. Thanks for all your hard work in putting together this wonderful site..!

  15. Margaret McCrimmon says:

    Hi I am Helen’s pal (Arthur’s stepdaughter} I came across this I have shown it to Helen and I will print off for her to show Arthur well done with all your good work x

  16. michael demarco says:

    Hi my name is Michael demarco, age 21 and my family moved here to the united states to new York from Sicily. I heard that my family was with the quiletti family, so I thought I would take a look at this. It has been two years since I found out about this. My great grandfather was carmino demarco. I also heard that my family used to have a mansion in new york at one time called the demarco family mansion. I don’t know if that part was true or not but I looked into it and there was a small mansion by that name but it was made a hotel. It looked like it has some small stores on the bottom floor.

  17. Helen says:

    The Demarco family certainly had a Mansion in Edinburgh’s Portobello for many years. How good to hear from you Michael. Carmino Demarco is a name well known to us. There are a couple of them directly connected via the Fusco/Brattesani Clan. So if this is the same link, then welcome to the family

  18. lisa says:

    What a wonderful website you have!! My grt grt grandparents were married in Sant’Elia, the emigrated to the uk in the late 1800’s. They were called Lorenzo Antonio Risi, and Restituta Felt rude Fusco. I’m sure there is a family link somewhere!

  19. Helen says:

    Thanks for the compliment Lisa. The Risi family are well intermingled with the Fuscos. There are several great sites for the descendants of family in Sant’Elia. I would be happy to see your tree and build a dedicated page. Helen

  20. Lia Borrotzu says:

    I notice down the right hand side, the list of Brattesani members does not include my grandmother. Giovanna – also known as Johanna, she was the daughter of Giulio and Rosa Lanzarotti. Born in 1901. She was my paternal grandmother.

  21. Laura Arpino says:

    Helen- What a wonderful accomplishment!
    You mentioned how the Arpino, Lanni’s and Cascarino’s
    All intertwine in the trees. My grandfather was an Arpino, grandmother a Lanni
    And her mother’s mother a Cascarino . I have found little information on my great grandfather Pasquale Arpino or my grandmother Lucia Lanni’s parents Angela Soave or Raimondo Lanni. I know we had relatives in France but little more.
    Was wondering if you came across any of my relatives names in your research. Pasquale I would say born about 1860 same for Soave and Raimondo Lanni.
    I will continue to research your site.
    Thank you for a great piece of history.

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