John J. Maritote

John J. Maritote (1908 - 1997)

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John J. Maritote
Born in Italymap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Sacramento, Californiamap
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John was the son of Orzao and Theresa Maritote, the youngest of four children. He was born in Italy on September 23, 1908 and emigrated with the family to the United States in December, 1911.

His older brother Frank became involved with the Capone family and was a "body guard" for Al Capone.

Brother-in-law to gangster, Al Capone.

Mafalda Capone was 18 and described as a plumb, pretty young woman. John Maritotes had only met her a few times when the marriage was arranged by John's older brother, who used the alias of Frank Diamond, and Mafalda's older brother Al Capone. The couple was given a dowery of a home worth $50,000 plus other gifts. The marriage was seen as a bonding between two rival and notorious gangs in Chicago. Their "secret wedding" was attended by 4,000 people.

They honeymooned in Havana - December 1930 - which was widely reported in the national newspapers.

He worked as a movie projectionist in the 1950's.

He died in Sacramento, California in 1997.


"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 January 2016), John Maritote in household of Orzao Maritote, Chicago Ward 14, Cook (Chicago), Illinois, United States; citing sheet 3B, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,324.

"United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 January 2016), John Maritote in entry for Roggie Maritote, 1930.

"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 January 2016), John Maritote, 10 Jun 1997; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

"Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 January 2016), Giovanni Or John Maritato Or Maritote, 1911; citing Chicago, Illinois, NARA microfilm publication M1285 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 127; FHL microfilm 1,432,127.

Macon Telegraph, Monday, December 29, 1930 (Macon, Georgia) - Maritotes in Havana - article

Richmond Times Dispatch, Monday, August 23, 1954 (Richmond, Virginia) - article

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