Campodipietra - Immigration to Canada

The first Campopietrese immigrated in Montreal in 1890, the beloved Dominico Lombardi (according to the old sayings).

In 1905 three young people aged between 15 and 16 : Giovanni Francalangia, Vincenzo Cefaratti and Giuseppe Mancini (Peppucce Cosavecchia) arrived in Canada after fleeing the injustices of the duca Japoce, aboard a ship on which they had embarked illegally.

The mass of the campopietrese who immigrated to Montreal arrived between the 1950 and 1960. Among the mass of immigrants there were and there still are founders of the Associazione Culturale di Campodipietra a Montreal, who intends to convey to young people's pride and honor of its origins.

About our origins, we seek to discover those names of family campopietresi that are here now, and are part of our daily lives.

Here are some according to the historian Francesco Rossi:
In 1522 Ioanne Petrecchia, Biase di Cristofano, Ioanne Del Conti, Ioanne de Pilla, Pascale De Maio, Jacopo de Cicco, Angelo of Mariano Ansaleo, Cero of Rugiero, Angelo de Benedicto, Stefano Mangino, Donato Colasanti, Vito Pascivento, Cola Maczarano, Antuono Pasciventre, Donato Mariano de Cola Rosa, Ioanne de Martino, Antuono Colasanti alias Pilla, Guglielmo Santarello, Alessandro detto Fauziello, Angelo di Domenico detto GrossoDominico detto Ciarlozzo, Pietro Scricca, Antuono Ciarufo, Antuono of Mastro Martino.

Over the years there are family names which have changed and others where added.

In 1658: Porzia Cesarotto vedova Angeloni, Criscento di Criscento, Antonio Avirro, Domenico Ricciardo, Giuseppe di Micco, Carulo Barile, Maruccia Antonaccio, F rancesca vedova di Gio di Luca, Iacono di Maio, Mariano Bruno, Jacopo Palmiero, Angelo D'Agata, Noè Pavento, Angela Rossi, Domenico Carlone, Bernardino Carriero, Francesco Lamenta, Angela di Santo, Ioanne D'Agata alias Ritone, Carlo di Cocco, Giambattista Perrotta, Ippolita Chiovitto, Nardo Mancini, Don Cosmo Rossi, Rosa della Petrella, Donato of Attellis married to Domenica Ianitri and his brother Marco married to Laura Lamenta.

Secular and ancient surnames of popular campopietrese families still continue to preserve and honor among old and new generations these surnames even overseas.


Domenico Di Maio

Born in Campodipietra on July 26th 1922, now Domenico Di Maio, is the oldest Campopietrese living in Montrreal. Our current "grandfather" is better known by the name of Annuccio; and this is due to the fact that July 26th is the feast of St. Anne, patron saint of the nearby town of Ielsi and whose devotion is well felt throughout Molise and even here in Montreal is one of the patronal feasts that draws the attention of every ethnic group of the Canadian metropolis.
Son of Gaetana Mariano and Michele Di Maio, in 1948 he was married in the mother church of San Martino in Campodipietra, with Filomena Carriero, daughter of Giovanni and Angela Antonia D'Attellis, also born in Campodipietra on the 28th of August 1924. Their union was acclaimed by the birth of two boys: Michele on May 20th, 1949 and Giovanni on May 12th, 1953. To this day they both reside in Montreal where Michele lives with Monica Pauline Fitzsimons and Giovanni is married to Noree Lauzier who have enriched Domenico and Mena's family with two wonderful grandchildren: Laura in 1987 and Alexandra in 1991.
Going back to Domenico's life, in 1941 he was drafted in the army and, although he was not sent to the front, he was stationed in Sardinia where he remained until the signing of the armistice. In the specifics of his being an emigrant, his first migratory experience was in Venezuela and precisely in Maracaibo where he worked modestly, not having the possibility of enjoying jobs more suited to his qualities as a craftsman. In 1960 he crossed the American skies and came to Canada where his brothers Peppino and Michele resided. First in Toronto and then in Windsor he once again adapted to manual work in various companies, such as Chrysler...where unfortunately, the pay was quite low. And so he turned his eyes to Montreal where he moved permanently and where in the 60s and 70s he worked in the painting department in the factory of a fellow Campopietrese: the late Michele Lombardi. In the 80s, always with the same job as a painter, he lent his talents in the furniture factory Patella. His wife Filomena worked both as a seamstress in the needle trade and as a housewife. In 1998, unfortunately, she suffered a stroke and after 4 years, on September 22nd 2002, she left us forever. She arrived in Montreal with her two children on November 12, 1961 aboard the mythical Saturnia.
As a good Campopietrese, Annuccio continues to be a faithful devotee of our patron saint; as everyone knows, in fact, he was one of the pillars of the Pilgrimage Association to St. Michael the Archangel. He currently lives in his home in Rivière des Prairies; he is completely autonomous and, at the envied age of 97, he can still drive and move on his own and in complete lucidity of mind: and so best wishes to you for many more years, grandfather Domenico, alias Annuccio!

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