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History of a family: the Ammone

The origins of the Ammone family are lost in the remotest Middle Ages. A tradition says they originated from a Greek lord, Aymo, and it seems thata Pope, Saint Agatus, recorded in the year 679 AD, belonged to this family. Under the Norman domination (11th and 12th century) and later under the Swabian kings they were feudal Lords, and had lands in Sulmona and in Sorrento. In Sorrento the family was among themost prominent in history, both for military prowess and political achievements.

The historical documents and records connected to the Ammone branch in Sulmona can be found in Antinori, Memorie Istoriche d'Abruzzo; De Pietri, Storia di Sulmona; de Pietri, Uomini Illustri di Sulmona; de Sanctis, Notizie Storico-Topografiche di Sulmona.

The first record of the family is a Lanfranco Ammone, a captain with Roger of Normandy in 1135. Then the family came to Abruzzo with Giulio, who was the Lord of Sulmona under king Manfred of Swabia (mid 13th century). Tommaso Ammone was qioted among the barons of Abruzzo in a document of the year 1280.

The Ammone branch became extinct in Sulmona, in its first-born line, with Angelantonio who deceased in 1791 and made a monument of the family in the Church of Sacro Cuore, Sulmona, which was built on his order.

Other Noble families in Sulmona
According to Candida-Gonzaga, Memorie delle Famiglie Nobili, vol. V the following families are recorded as belonging to the noble class in Sulmona: Ammone, Aristotile, Berardi, de Blasio, Canibus, Canofilo, Capite, Capograssi, Cesare, Colombini, Corvo, de Letto, Grua, Martini, Massimo, Mattei (Matteis), Meliorati, Merlino, Mazzara, Monti, Muori, Odorisio, Onofrio, Baroni from Ortona a Mare, de Petris from Castiglione, Petropaoli from Molina, Quatrari, Rinaldi, Rossi, Sanità, Sardi, Scalis, Scavatelli, Tabassi from Rome, Tinto, Trasmondi, Vecchi, Vefri, Verardi.
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