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Lafranchi Family History, Part I

May 2016
Italian and Latin Names
Parish records, from which most of this information comes, is primarily written in Latin, while civil records are primarily written in Italian. Names that have only been observed in Latin but have either been converted to Italian or left in Latin are rendered in italics.

Early LAFRANCHI Families of CoglioTop

March 2016A fire destroyed many of the parish records of Coglio on January 24, 1745, but some were saved having been kept in the vicar's home, but baptism, marriage, and death record books were lost. After the loss, the succeeding vicar, Giovanni Battista Pozzi set about reconstructing the books by recording the testimony of parishioners. Among these reconstructed records, three early Lafranchi families were identified:

March 2016In addition, Martino Lafranchi named three other contemporary Lafranchis as godparents for his sons: Margherita, Martino (yes, another), and Elena in 1631 and 1637. Giovanni Giacomo Lafranchi, who was a generation younger, chose Giacomina Lafranchi as godmother to his son in 1673. The relationships of these Lafranchis are not known and no further records mention them.

March 2016 No indication was given to the relationships between these three families; however, in one example, the great-grandchildern of Martino (II) and Giovanni Antonio (I) married in 1748 without impediment, indicating that any relationship between them was more than four generations away.

March 2016Our first Lafranchi ancestor was Maria Perpetua Lafranchi4, the daughter of Giovanni Antonio Lafranchi, however, there were a handful of men by that name at the time and Maria Perpetua's baptism record was not among the reconstructed records by that name so her mother is unknown. Based on her third marriage record, the likely witnesses for the bride was Giovanni Antonio Lafranchi (Jr.), her possible brother, which suggests their father was one of two senior Giovanni Antonio Lafranchis[Mar 1763], of whom there were two: sons of Giovanni Battista Lafranchi and yet another Giovanni Antonio Lafranchi (II). This family history explores both lines.

Martino LAFRANCHI (I)1 (<1613->1637)Top

A.February 2016 Martino Lafranchi (I)1 was probably born in Coglio, Ticino, Switzerland, in the early 1600s. He married Giacomina Del Notaro2 and had at least two sons:

A1. Martino Lafranchi (II) 10 Jan 1631 (< 1687) (< 56)
A2. Giovanni Giacomo Lafranchi (I)2 17 Jun 1637 (> 1688) (>50)

Martino and Giacomina chose the following godparents for their sons:

Sources
  • Bap 1631: 10 Jan 1631 Baptism, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1637: 17 Jun 1637 Baptism, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giovanni Giacomo LAFRANCHI1 (-<1707)Top

B.February 2016 Giovanni Giacomo Lafranchi was probably born in Coglio, Ticino, Switzerland, in the mid-1600s. He married Maria Del Notaro and at least one son:

B1. Giovanni Battista Lafranchi2 16 Apr 1673 (> 1713) (> 40)

Giacomo and Maria chose Don Giovanni Pozzi, notaio of Coglio, and Giacomina Lafranchi as godparents for son Battista.[Bap 1673]

Sources
  • Bap 1673: 16 Apr 1673 Baptism, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giovanni Antonio LAFRANCHI (I)1 (<1667->1685)Top

C.February 2016 Giovanni Antonio Lafranchi (I)1 was probably born in Coglio, Ticino, Switzerland. He married Maria Caneverini and had at least one son:

C1. Giovanni Antonio Lafranchi (II)2 15 Apr 1685 (> 1712) (> 26)

Antonio and Maria chose Martino Lafranchi (perhaps Martino (II)) and Maria Del Notaro as godparents for son Antonio.[Bap 1685]

Sources
  • Bap 1685: 15 Apr 1685 Baptism, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
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