Gabriel Merola born about 1818 in Capaccio, Salerno, Italy. We are pretty sure he married Maria Marchesana
and that they were farmers. Until somewhat recently we knew at least they had one son, Luigi for Luigi is my
great grandfather. We will talk more about Luigi on other pages.
During the summer of 2004, my wife and I had the pleasure to meet with a grandson of Anthony Merola, the brother of
Luigi. The young man's name was Michelangelo De Leo. He was visiting a grandchild of Luigi who lived
in New York State and who had invited Michelangelo to come to the states for a visit. There was a little family
get together and at this luncheon Michelangelo presented his host family with hand written notes of siblings of
Luigi, that of Angelo and Anthony Merola.
When I first looked at these notes some years ago, they seemed very confusing. But, a few months ago everything seemed
to fall into place and I was able to see clearly some one hundred names along with nearly thiry marriages that they
There isn't any way that I believe that Garbiel and Maria only had three children. It is hoped that others doing
research on this line will take the opportunity to review what will be presented here and take the time to help
pass along their information.
I have discovered over three hundred descendants of Luigi and know I have not come across all of them. My best guess is that
between Angelo, Anthony and other yet unknown siblings there could easily be five to six hundred direct line descendants of
Gabriel and Maria still unaccounted for.
To add information or to suggest a change please contact Paul Periconi at Paul_Periconi@Yahoo.Com Thank You.
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