Amendola Family Mysteries

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Location: Amalfi, Italy; Sarno, Italy; Torre Annunziata, Italy; Castellammare di Stabia, Italy; Cosenza, Italy; New York, New York; Hondurasmap
Surnames/tags: Amendola Ammendola Lamendola
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Here are open questions about Amendolas. Please edit this text, upload unidentified pictures, add your questions to the bulletin board, post fuzzy memories you want to clear up, etc.

Many Amendolas are descended from Andrea Amendola, who died 1739 in Torre Annunziata, having just fathered his son Francesco Giuseppe Amendola in 1735 with his wife Maddalena Mellone.

This is as far back as this particular paternal line has been found. His birth and marriage records have not been discovered. They could be at any parish church in Italy. It is common for Amendolas to say the family comes from Amalfi, so it might be productive to check there.

If you've ever heard that you would be related to an Amendola if you're also related to the "Seven Brothers," that refers to the children of Michele Antonio Giuseppe Amendola.

Salvatore, Giovanbattista the sculptor, Pietro Paolo the caribinieri, Michele Arcangelo, Giuseppe, Vincenzo and Liberato.

Pietro Paolo's son and grandson were famous Italian politicians and it's a fun exercise to determine your exact relationship to them. Giovanni Battista Amendola was a socialist parliamentarian who was assassinated in 1925. His son Giorgio Amendola was a eurocommunist writer.

There is one branch of the Amendola family that was given the title of Conte Palatino in the Kingdom of Naples on August 24th, 1754, either directly by or by the authority of Carlo Borbonne, or Charles III of Spain. This family line also produced a Knight of Malta, a Jerusalem Knight? named Fra. Gennaro Amendola. However, this information merely appears in the following citation in reference to another subject in this book on the nobility of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, and I haven't been able to figure out any relations of theirs or whether or not they easily connect to the line of Amendolas containing Giovanbattista the politician. Whether or not they do, I'd love to have this line documented to the present.

Page 550 of this book, if the link doesn't bring you there.

Giuseppe Amendola, the second cousin of Giovanni Amendola the politician, was a skilled carpenter who moved to America and had many children.

So far as the family has ever reported, my grandfather Francesco was his youngest son. However, the 1930 US Census lists a younger son Louis, of 7 years old. My grandfather never mentioned him nor did anyone else in the family. He does not appear in the 1940 US census of the same family. So we don't know if the poor boy died, or if he was actually a visiting cousin the census taker got wrong or, what, but, there's a story there in any case.

Giuseppi Amendola made a monumental set of wooden doors around the age of 24, around 1900. They were apparently for a fairly important person, conceivably somewhere he could have traveled to from Sarno if not in Sarno itself, and he wasn't paid for them which is why he moved to America. Some members of the family have seen the doors and knew where they were, but they didn't pass down the information. I haven't been able to locate them.

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