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Welcome to, a web site for and about Cofrancescos and their close relatives. Much of the material appears in both Italian and English. You can select either language by clicking on the flags that appear above. Additional material will be translated into both languages as time permits.
  You can access the various parts of the site by using the three menus: the Top Menu above and the Main Menu and Keep in Touch Menu to the left. Site Contents in the Top Menu provides an overview of what is contained in the three menus. For direct access to material newly added to the site see the headings in the main body of this page.
Merry Christmas and Happy 2024!

Carol & John Cofrancesco 2023

From Massa to Olney: A Wonderful Day!
Ada and Tom at Olney

Ada and Tom at Olney with John Cofrancesco family

Ada and Tom at John's home

It was a wonderful day! So good to see Ada again and to meet Tom.
It meant a lot to Carol and me. Our family members really enjoyed it also.
It happened last September 2021.
Ada Di Leone of Massa di Faicchio (Italy) and her husband Tom Priscilla (Pacelli)
went to Olney for the first time and met John Cofrancesco and his family.
He left us
Mario Antonio Cofrancesco's birthday

Mario Antonio Cofrancesco was celebrating his 100th birthday, last August 29, 2019. He was born in Massa di Faicchio (BN, Italy) and lived in Florence. He passed away at 101 years of age last January 11, 2021.

Happy Easter 2019

Springtime in Maryland
Springtime in Maryland
Photo by John Cofrancesco

Visiting Massa (2014)
At Massa di Faicchio (2014)
by Arlene Cofrancesco Willis
On July 1, my family and I visited the Cofrancesco and Di Leone Family in Massa for the 4th time in 6 years.  I wanted my young grandchildren, Lachlan and Molly to see the land where their great great grand parents lived. My brother Richard was supposed to join us but unfortunately had an emergency dental issue and sadly could not fly.  As usual Pacifico Cofrancesco, his lovely wife Anna and her sister Ada treated us to a magnificent lunch (feast) in their home.

  Arlene and her family at Massa (2014) - Slideshow

Arlene at Massa (2014)
After lunch, once again we visited St. Nicholas Church where my grandfather, Clemente, was baptized and where my great grandfather is buried.  We took photos of the home where my grandparents were born with four generations of Cofrancesco's and walked through the small village.  I always feel so at home when I visit Massa with the beautiful mountains and freshness in the air. 
Pacifico and his family and extended family, Antonietta and Michele, always make us feel so special and at home.  I feel sad that my father, Louis Cofrancesco never had the opportunity to visit Massa and experience what I and my children have.  All Cofrancesco's are fortunate that Pacifico, has researched our family back to the 1600's. The research he has done, and the time Involved in doing so, is amazing.  We should all salute his efforts and accomplishments.
I am looking forward to our next visit with great anticipation.
Photo of the day
Poppies in January at Cerreto Sannita

Poppies in January

Cerreto Sannita (Italy). January 12, 2014
Matteo Cofrancesco in the ruins of the old Cerreto,
destroyed by the heartquake of 1688.
This Winter is so warm that we found some poppies in flower!
  Really amazing!
Steven Cofrancesco at Massa di Faicchio
A lifetime in a day
by Steven Cofrancesco
I recently had the opportunity to visit the location of my roots in Italy, Massa di Faicchio (40 miles from Naples), and to finally meet my cousin Pacifico.  We only had one day together, but it was a very full day – I think I did not fully appreciate it until I got back home and had a chance to reflect.
Steven Cofrancesco
Steven Cofrancesco
of Phoenix, AZ (USA)
The story of a peaceful man
Ferdinando's will
by Pacifico Cofrancesco

On August 7, 2010, while reviewing old documents at the State Archives of Benevento (Italy) my wife Anna Di Leone came across the will of Ferdinando Cofrancesco (1762-1827), which was written on June 2, 1827, just 8 days before Ferdinando died. The document, which Ferdinando dictated to a Notary because he could neither read or write, is highly sophisticated and reveals much about the man’sdscn7266-460.jpg character.
Ferdinando's house in Massa today
Photo by Pacifico Cofrancesco
An American story
Pietro Cofrancesco and his children
by John Alling Cofrancesco
This is a brief account of the life of Pietro Cofrancesco who immigrated at the age of 15 with little more than the clothes on his back. He worked hard, married, and raised two children, both of who went on to college and became successful in their chosen profession.
Pietro Cofrancesco
Pietro Cofrancesco
Visiting the place of origin of my mother's family
Thanks a lot grandpa!
by John Kaye
Somewhere ‘twixt Naples & Foggia, or should I say between the rainbow’s end and beyond, lies the little village of Massa—or should I say, Shangri-La.

This little village in Italy, not far from Benevento, is home to around 600 people; about 500 of them are Cofrancescos or related to them, my mother’s family.  Two of her Uncles, Biagio & Giuseppe remained in Massa to head two prominent families living there today.
John Kaye
John Kaye
Family history
A new land for the Cofrancescos
by Pacifico Cofrancesco
We found the first Cofrancescos living in Massa in the Cadastre of 1754. But when and why did they move there, giving rise to one of the two main branches of the family? In this paper we answer this important question for our family.
A song... for Massa
  A song for Massa
A song for Massa by Roberto Albanese. Lyrics by his late father "Ciccio" Albanese, who was born in Massa di Faicchio, where he lived all his lifelong.
Ciccio Albanese

"Ciccio" Albanese

Meeting the Cofrancescos of Gioia Sannitica... for the first time

Meeting Cofrancescos of Gioia Sannitica
Apr 11, 2010. Gioia Sannitica (Caserta, Italy)
From left to right: Pacifico Cofrancesco, Carmine Cofrancesco,
and Giovanni Cofrancesco.
Pacifico and Carmine share a great-great-grandfather,
who is Giovanni's great-grandfather too.

Anna and I, we went to Gioia Sannitica (province of Caserta, Italy) because we knew that some Cofrancescos lived in this little town, not far from Massa di Faicchio, but till then we never could contact them. Finally we succeeded and we met two Cofrancesco families, whose ancestor, Giovanni Cofrancesco (I1379) came from Massa di Faicchio in the middle of 19th century!

Their ancestor Giovanni Cofrancesco is my great-great-grandfather too!
We learned a lot about their family and soon their branch will be added to our family tree.
(Pacifico Cofrancesco)
A visit to the homeland
Our trip to Massa to meet the family
by Arlene Cofrancesco Willis
"I had been anticipating meeting Pacifico and Anna for over a year. Pacifico and I started corresponding after he found my Grandfather’s name on"

When Anna Di Leone was a young girl she used to listen to her paternal Grandmother, Anna Mazzarella, tell the story of "Zi' Clemente" (Uncle Clemente), who immigrated to the USA at the beginning of the last century. He returned to Massa in 1949, where he lived with the Di Leone family for about eight years before dying there in 1957. Anna's Grandmother did not know much about Clemente's family in the USA.
Arlene Cofrancesco Willis
Arlene Willis
nee Cofrancesco
Added to our family tree
Thanks to Arlene Cofrancesco Willis and Anna Di Leone an entirely new branch has been added to our Family Tree. It extends from Bartolomeo Cofrancesco (1855-1934) to Arlene's daughters. In particular, you will find the descendants of Clemente Cofrancesco, who was born in Massa di Faicchio, province of Benevento (Italy), in 1887 and immigrated to Paterson, NJ (USA) in 1909, where he got married and had many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren...

Clemente Cofrancesco's

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Clemente Cofrancesco
Clemente Cofrancesco

History & stories
The origin of the Cofrancesco family
by Pacifico Cofrancesco
On the basis of research carried out at parish archives in the Province of Benevento and the State Archives of Naples and Benevento, the genealogy of the Cofrancesco family can be traced from the the 16th to the 21st century. In particular, the common origin of all current Cofrancesco families around the world is highlighted.
Umberto's war
by Pacifico Cofrancesco
In the Cofrancesco family, the name Umberto is quite common, particularly in the last generation. But the Umberto Cofrancesco – son of Lorenzo, captured at Bardia and prisoner of war in Australia as cited in a “Service and Casualty Form” that Ivan found - did not match any of the known Umberto Cofrancescos, living or dead. Our research did not provide any useful results. One day last June 2008, something “strange” happened.
Traveling to Italy... meeting Cofrancescos
by Susan Cofrancesco Green
I had the opportunity to travel with my husband Michael on a business trip to Italy. For both of us this would be our first time traveling to Italy. We flew into Milan and spent most of the ten days staying in Chiavari so that we would be close to his work, which was the boat show in Genova.
Our trip to San Lorenzello
by Phyllis Masotta Cofrancesco
When I married my husband my name changed from Phyllis Masotta to Phyllis Cofrancesco.  I have always loved my marriage name but thanks to John Cofrancesco, Ivan Cofrancesco and others, I knew a lot about the Cofrancesco ancestors and little about my Masotta ancestors.
A visit to the home of our ancestors
by John A. Cofrancesco
As the 19:50 Trenitalia from Naples approached our destination station of Telese-Cerreto my thoughts were of how it all began in 1994 with the purchase of a certificate providing a brief, and as I was to later learn, erroneous history of the Cofrancesco surname. This was the start of my efforts to learn more about my Italian ancestors.
A travel guide to visit the home of our ancestors
by John A. Cofrancesco
If you are an Italian American who has never been to Italy you are in for a treat. Many people consider Italy to be among the most beautiful and historically significant countries in the world. And even if you have been to Italy before, there is nothing like a return trip to visit the birthplace of the Cofrancescos, San Lorenzello, and the nearby towns in the Province of Benevento, particularly if you have been fortunate enough to have established contact with a relative in the area. Take a look at A visit to the Home of our Ancestors by John A. Cofrancesco, on this web site to get an idea of what a trip can be like. Then look for information on our web site about San Lorenzello and the nearby towns under Our Towns.
Our wine
Wines of the Titerno River valley
by John A. Cofrancesco
I can remember my father, a first generation Italian American growing up in Hamden, Connecticut, USA telling me about his childhood and how he remembered his father making wine. The children would help in the “stomping of the grapes” and drink wine with their meals starting at an early age.
for the roots

The Cofrancescos who immigrated to the USA (1881-1926)

Photos of the day



December 2013

Visiting Massa


If you plan to visit the homeland of your Cofrancesco ancestors, consider staying at "Casolare Ceselenardi" in Massa di Faicchio.


John'S reviews

A Traveller's History of Italy
A Traveller's History
of Italy

by Valerio Lintner


He left us

Giuseppe Cofrancesco

Giuseppe Cofrancesco (I1680)
left us May 19, 2010
A good and simple man,
a great husband and father,
and a mervellous grandfather,
we want to remember
his smile
and his sweetness

A Wedding...

Anna Di Leone
& Pacifico Cofrancesco

Anna & Pacifico - Slideshow


"Frank" Reunion 2010

Frank Reunion

New genealogical data and photos of Marco Cofrancesco's descendants

2009 Reunion in New Haven, Connecticut

Reunion 2009 Group



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