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DONATI, Giovanni and Carubina USA branch

With thanks from Vic Donati who has sent over this information about his branch of the Donati family who arrived in Richmond VA at the turn of the century

Donati Family Comes to America from Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.
Giovanni and Carubina Donati
In 1872, Giovanni Donati (b. June 24, 1826) and Carubina Donati (b. July 24, 1883) arrived in Richmond, VA from Italy. They brought with them their two sons, Andrew (17) and Vittorio Carlo (15). Also arriving with them was a nephew David Donati (13). The Richmond, VA city Directory 1872/73 shows Giovanni and Andrew as Plaster of Paris makers.  Giovanni died June 24, 1882 and Carubina died September 6, 1888.

Donati Family Comes to America from Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. Giovanni and Carubina DonatiIn 1872, Giovanni Donati (b. June 24, 1826) and Carubina Donati (b. July 24, 1883) arrived in Richmond, VA from Italy. They brought with them their two sons, Andrew (17) and Vittorio Carlo (15). Also arriving with them was a nephew David Donati (13). The Richmond, VA city Directory 1872/73 shows Giovanni and Andrew as Plaster of Paris makers.  Giovanni died June 24, 1882 and Carubina died September 6, 1888.

Andrew Donati (b. 1855, d.1922) first son of Giovanni and Carubina. Married Frances A. (Fannie) Howell (b.1861, d.1930).  He was a confectioner by trade. His obituary states that he came to Richmond, VA shortly after the War Between the States, and with his brother Vittorio Carlo (Squire) Donati ran the oyster house and restaurant at Eighteenth and Franklin Streets. It also states that he was one of the oldest members of the Italian community in Richmond. He died of cardiovascular disease and is buried at Mt. Calvary cemetery. Andrew and Fannie had three children.

Vittorio Carlo (Squire) Donati (b. November 20, 1857,d. August 3, 1915). Was known to the immediate family as “Big Daddy”. He married Mary Louise Ommenhauser (Molly) (b.Sept. 2, 1859, d.Aug. 20, 1895).

They had four children, John Anthony (b. Oct 1881-d. unk), Carrie (b. Oct, 1883, d.1992), James Andrew

(b. Jun. 8, 1887, d. Oct 11, 1965) and Amelia Rosalie (b. Aug. 1889,d. unk).

“Big Daddy” was a mover and shaker in the Richmond business community. He owned Richmond Distilling Company and Stony Creek Distillery in Henrico County, was a restaurant  and saloon owner and operator, a Semi-pro baseball investor, an instigator of a taxicab company concern (the first in Richmond), owned a part of the Chamberlin Hotel, was listed in Dun and Bradstreet, and kept a large boat on the James river for entertaining. The Governor of Virginia was one of the earliest guests.
Molly O. Donati died of cancer at @ 36 years of age. She is buried at Hollywood Cemetery.
Later in life, V.C. Donati married Mary S. Gallagher (a widow), who was born in Chicago in May of 1867.
She had two children from a previous marriage, Mary Hazel and a son, Petric.  Mary S. Donati died on June 29, 1908 at age 46. She is buried ay Mt. Calvary next to “Big Daddy”.
V.C. Donati died of complications from an appendectomy, due to his diabetes. He was 57 years of age. He is buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
David Joseph Donati (Cousin), Child of Biziloi and Mary Donati born in Luciana, Italy June 6, 1859 and died June 12, 1933. Came to America with Giovanni and Carubina Donati and their two children when he was a teenager. He worked in the distillery for V. C. Donati. He married Josephine Lavelli (b.  mar 19, 1869, d. Nov. 13, 1937). Their children were: Harry, Mary, David J. Jr., Leo Nell, Columbus Bernard, Rosa Mary, Harry Joseph, Francis Argenta, Louise Regina, Louis Joseph, James Bernard, Margaret Theresa and Charles Victor.

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