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Looking for further information on Joseph (Guisseppe) Monarch (Monikin) who immigrated from Naples, Italy before 1800.
The first record I find for him is 1800 when he married Hannah Moore in Salem, MA.
Second record is 1806 as a crew member aboard the Telemachus.
Next is a deed in Salem 1811.
I have thoroughly scoured all the usual places.
What I'm looking for:
His name on a passenger or crew list pre-1800.
His name on other crew lists after 1800.
Naturalization papers. I've looked but found nothing.
Jump to Italy.
First, review the articles on Italian research in the old Nexus and in an early issue of New England Ancestors. They don't reference your area, I think, but they are a start. Next, find the latest published book on Italian genealogy and see if that stimulates any ideas.
The last name as "Monikin" certainly looks odd for an Italian name. Explore what that could be in the greater Naples area.
There were certain types of documents that American blacks mostly got issued to themselves before undertaking a voyage. These are referenced in several recent Register articles or you can write directly to David Lambert as TO-LG for more details. Though not black, he wasn't a thorough-going American either, so perhaps... Anything in Salem Town records?
A noted Freetown MA coastal trader of the early 19th cent., John Brown, was always referred to as "of Italy". There's no hope on that one!