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DEMARTINO FAMILY GENEALOGY
My name is
Joseph DeMartino. I am descended from Gabriele DeMartino and Rachela Cocciviello, who are my
great great great great grandparents who lived over 200 years ago in the
village of Monteportuso, Positano, in the Province
of Salerno. In about 1820, their son, Mariano, who was born in 1789 in Monteportuso, emigrated to the East port city of
Giovinazzo on the Adriatic, just North of Bari, to marry Felicia Caccavo and start a maritime supply business and family.
Every DeMartino in Giovinazzo is descended from Mariano and Felicia. They had
many descendants, including two of their sons, Michele Donato and Luigi Raffaello Donato. The family moved into the stone-cutting
business and this specialty created an opportunity to come to America to work
in the Northeast in the late 1800s in places like Vermont and Massachusetts,
working as stone-cutters in the quarries. My great
grandfather, Mariano (born in 1859 to Luigi) travelled back and forth between
Italy and Boston and eventually remained in Italy after World War One and
stopped his commute to America.
Back in Italy, World War One was not kind to the family, whose boys were now
in the Army. Mariano's oldest son Luigi went missing in action in the Italian
Army. His son Giovanni (my grandfather) was captured by the Germans and spent
much of the war in a prison camp. After the war, Giovanni, his brother
Angelo, and his sisters Donatella, Giovanna, and Serafina emigrated to New
York. In Italy, they left behind their parents (Mariano and Madelena Magrone), their sister
(Helen, who was a nun), and their youngest brother Giuseppe in the town of
Giovinazzo. Two of Giuseppe's sons moved to Australia later in the 20th
There are some DeMartino families in New England and upstate New York who are
part of the same Giovinazzo clan. Some of them descended from Michele Donato
DeMartino, born in 1820, and Maria DeRuvo through
their son Giuseppe, born in 1850.
This website is a genealogical record for my children and their relatives. It
contains over 2,000 names of people who are all related to my children in
I believe that showing children their own personal history gives them
strength to understand where they can go and what they can possibly achieve.
Everyone here in the United States are the descendants of risk-takers and
very few of us will ever take the risks that our ancestors did because it is
no longer necessary. But, deep in our backgrounds are plenty of risk-takers,
many of whom are represented on this website. I believe that the United
States has flourished so greatly because our political and economic structure
gave risk-takers a platform to excel. ... And they did!
Research was performed with many sources including the NYC Municipal
Archives, cemeteries, churches, Ellis Island, Steve Morse's website, US
Census Records, Social Security records, Military records, Immigration
records, and Progenealogists. I have been building
this record for over a decade.
If you are in this database, please contact me so I can include all of your information in my family tree software.
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