Clearing up Madonna's ancestry
- Because I have heard people say such things as Madonna's name is not really
Madonna and that Madonna was born in Italy of Italian parents, I feel that
as she is a cousin of my children, I should correct those misconceptions.
Madonna Veronica Louise Ciccone, born August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Bay
County, Michigan, USA is the daughter of Sylvio P. Ciccone but few realize
she is also a descendent of French Canadian ancestors.
Sylvio was born in the US on June 06, 1931 - his parents Gaetano Ciccone and
Michelina Dijulio from Pacentro, L'Aquila, Italy immigrated to the US on 1
Jul 1922. (This is from a passenger's list but I am not 100% sure if it was
the date they left or the date they arrived - I believe it is the former).
Sylvio (nickname Tony) married Madonna Louise Fortin in Visitation Church,
Bay City, Michigan, USA on July 02, 1955.
Madonna Louise Fortin, who died when Madonna was about 5, was the daughter
of Willard Fortin and his 4th cousin Elsie Fortin. Both Willard and Elsie
were born in Bay City and married at the same church as their daughter and
son-in-law but on November 23, 1929.
Both Willard and Elsie's parents were from Canada. Elsie's mother,
Marie-Louise Demers from Chatham, Ontario and her father, Guillaume Henri
Fortin from Sherbrooke, Quebec. Louise and Henry (as they were known in the
US) married in Au Gres, Arena County, Michigan, USA.
Willard's father Narcisse aka Nelson Fortin was born in Rimouski and his
mother Rose Lajoie was born to a Rimouski family who married in Belleville,
Hastings County, Ontario. Rose and Narcisse (known as Nelson when he
immigrated to the US) were married January 07, 1891 at West Bay City,
The ancestry of my children and Madonna's are connected several times over
through both Fortin lines making them 5th cousins once removed at the
closest and also 9th through each degree to 12th cousins.
So next time someone tries to tell you Madonna is Italian, tell them she is
Well that is unless you are too embarrassed to do so!
Xenia Stanford (president@...)
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