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Lafranchi Family History, Part B-I

May 2016
A fire destroyed most Coglio parish records on January 24, 1745. Father Giovanni Battista Pozzi selectively reconstructed the baptism and marriage records in that year from other records and the testimony of parishioners. As such the majority of the information about Coglio before 1745 is from that reconstruction, except for a few records from the neighboring parish of Giumaglio. Death records are not available for Coglio until 1888 so deaths throughout are estimated.
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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.

 

 

 

Giovanni Battista Lafranchi2 (1673->1729)Top

April 2016B1. Giovanni Battista Lafranchi2 was born on April 16, 1673, in Coglio, Ticino, Switzerland. His godparents were Don Giovanni Pozzi, notaio of Coglio, and Giacomina Lafranchi. Battista married Angela Pozzi of the neighboring village of Giumaglio and had at least two children. After Angela's death he remarried Maria (Perpetua) Pozzi3, also of Giumaglio, and had at least one son:

B11. Giovanni Giacomo Lafranchi 16 Dec 1690 (1744-1760) (50s)
B12. Maria Lafranchi 8 Jan 1693 (> 1734) (> 40)

B13. Giovanni Antonio Lafranchi (Sr.)3 (9) Feb 1708 (1749) (40)

Wife Angela (as "Angelica") was in turn named as godmother to Giovanni Antonio Pozzi.[Bap 1694] This was the last record of her before her apparent death and Battista's remarriage.

Maria Pozzi likely correlates to Perpetua Pozzi, who, as "Maria Perpetua," was identified as the wife of Giovanni Battista Lafranchi.[Bap 1713]

Battista and Maria wed on June 19, 1700, at the Church of Santa Maria del Carmelo in Coglio. Before their marriage they obtained dispensation for the impediment of the fourth degree of consanguinity (i.e., second cousins, however, the exact connection of their relationship is not yet known); and for the impediments of the first and fourth degrees of affinity (i.e., related by marriage rather than by blood) in two different lines, perhaps refering to relationships between Maria and Angela. Recorded witnesses were Giacomo Tomaso Pozzi, Maria's likely brother, and Giacomo Sartori.[Mar 1700]

Battista and his wives chose the following godparents for their children:

  1. Giacomo: Giovanni Giacomo Caneverini and Apollonia Guglielmetti[Bap 1690];
  2. Maria: Giovanni Lafranchi and Antonia Lafranchi[Bap 1693]; and
  3. Antonio3: Giacomo Pietro Pozzi of Giumaglio, likely Maria's cousin, and Mrs. Angelica (Pozzi) Lafranchi, Maria's likely sister.[Bap 1708]

Maria (as "Maria Perpetua, [wife] of Giovanni Battista Lafranchi") was named as godmother to Giuseppe Fanora.[Bap 1713] This was the last record to name wither Maria or Battista while alive.

Sources
  • Bap 1673: 16 Apr 1673 Baptism, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1690: 16 Dec 1690 Baptism, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1693: 8 Jan 1693 Baptism, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1694: 29 Dec 1694 Baptism, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1700: 19 Jun 1700 Marriage, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1708: 11 Feb 1708 Baptism, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1713: 16 Oct 1713 Baptism, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland