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I could use some help with Peloponnese Venetian nobility
Posted by: Tim Dedopoulos (ID *****6208) Date: October 05, 2009 at 08:55:57
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My family line comes from Corfu. Family legend has it that we were once a Venetian noble family. My grandfather certainly used the title of Duke of Aigion (or perhaps that should be Vostitsa, as it was when Venice held sway in the coastal Peloponnese) around the island before the revolution in the 70s, and it was said that his heir was titled the Count of Temeni. My father claimed to have traced the line back to a crusader lord, De Daux, who bought a Venetian patent after a successful time pillaging the holy lands.

Does anyone have any idea of where I might be able to find out whether there's any truth to this? I've been able to get a bit of access to the Libro d'Oro del Ioniennes of 1926, which doesn't mention the Dedopulo (as they would have spelled it), at least as a major entry.

In fact, just about the only thing I have managed to verify is that my great-Uncle, the chief of police, signed a reprehensible order in 1944 commanding the island's Jews to present themselves to the police or be shot.

Any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated. My father has died, and I was brought up in England, so my Greek isn't up to serious research.

Many thanks in advance.
Tim


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