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In this page you can find links to articles about the Cofrancesco Family surname and history, and also stories and biographies about specific Cofrancescos.   Family Tree
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Family History

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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’s character.

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massa.jpg 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.

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Dianora Nicolai Francisci's Death Record The Origin of the Surname Cofrancesco
by Pacifico Cofrancesco

The starting point is the registration of the death of Dianora Nicolai Francisci, wife of Giulio Sagnella, on 8 October 1597 at San Lorenzello. This is the first known document where the name "Nicola Francesco" is clearly written, which is to show how the surname "Cofrancesco" was established.


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S. Lorenzello

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.

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Stories

Umberto Cofrancesco 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.

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Tullio Cofrancesco's Marriage

From Massa di Faicchio to Egypt to Australia
by Ivan Cofrancesco 

My father Tullio Cofrancesco was born on the 31st of August 1909 in the village of Massa di Faicchio in the Province of Benevento Italy. He was the fourth child of Silvestro and Maria Giovanna Cofrancesco, my father hardly ever spoke to me about his early childhood as it seemed to cause him pain, his mother died along with the twins she was carrying giving birth to them, he was five years old.
The little I do know of his early recollections is that as a boy he acted as a shepherd for his father’s sheep and goats, his father re married shortly after his mother died to Concetta Di Paolo and immediately had children with her.


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Nicola Cofrancesco's Family My Grandparents
by John A. Cofrancesco

Nicola, born in 1869 in Massa, Italy and his wife Angelina Corona, born in 1881 in Gioia Sannitica, Italy , immigrated to the United States around the turn of the century and were living at 229 Hamilton Street in New Haven, Connecticut in 1903. Nicola’s parents were Ferdinando and Maria Cofrancesco.  They immigrated to the United States in 1899, and lived in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Arrivederci Massa 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.

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Anna & Tiziano
The wedding of Anna Sabella
and Tiziano Cofrancesco

A photo story

Tiziano Cofrancesco and Anna Sabella got married in Pavia (Italy) on September 6, 2008.

   The wedding: A photo story

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Anna & Pacifico
The wedding of Anna Di Leone
and Pacifico Cofrancesco


Anna Di Leone and Pacifico Cofrancesco got married in Faicchio (Italy) on June 20, 2009

Anna Di Leone & Pacifico Cofrancesco
Wedding: Slideshow


Biographies

Biographies
by John A. Cofrancesco
 Anna Cofrancesco Sarro (1865)

 Antonio Cofrancesco (1876-1964)

 Pietro Cofrancesco (1875-1973)

 Simone Cofrancesco (1867-1949)

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 December 2011 )
 

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