Since I don’t have any new record transcriptions to share just yet (currently working on 1847 civil records for Civitaquana, 1896 civil records for Nocciano, and indexing 1844 civil records for Catignano), I thought I would give a little sample of the church records I was able to get hold of on my trip to Pescara back in November.
The best records by far were a church census done in Civitaquana (1797 Stato delle Anime). Not only did these records give the names of every individual living in a households, it listed all deceased children and even spouses, and their fathers’ names (or even grandfather’s), AND the birth and death dates of all individuals!! Though 1797 was the earliest church census available, this is quite the gold mine. Here’s a page from that…
In the house of Gregorio Napolione:
c.c. Gregorio di Francesco Napolione – b: 12 Marzo 1733
c.c. Domenica di Francesco d’Angelo moglie di detto (Gregorio) – b: 5 Agosto 1731
c.c. Domenico figlio di detto Gregorio – b: 2 Dicembre 1765
c.c. Giuseppe Lodovico Antonio figlio di detto Gregorio – b: 11 Ottobre 1769
c.c. Egidio figlio di detto Gregorio – b: 16 Settembre 1773
Maria Antonia di Giuseppe di Francesco moglie di detto Domenico – b: 6 Marzo 1769
Fiorita figlia di detti Domenico e Maria Antonia – b: 26 Decembre 1767, d: 4 Settembre 1788
Anna Egidia figlia di detti – b: 2 Giugno 1789, d: 20 Giugno 1789
Egidio figlio di detti – b: 30 Maggio 1790
Francesco figlio di detti – b: 31 Gennaio 1793
Massimo Antonio figlio di detti – b: 1 Febbraio 1796
Celeste figlia di detto Domenico – b: 15 Aprile 1799 (in the margin)
Colomba moglie di detto Giuseppe
Zopito figlio di detti (Giuseppe e Colomba) – b: 28 Novembre 1794, d: 14 Gennaio 1795
Domenica moglie di detto Egidio
Nunzia figlia di detti – b: 25 Marzo 1795, d: 29 Novembre 1795
Paolo Antonio figlio di detti – b: 20 Ottobre 1796
Pasqua figlia di detti – b: 3 Gennaio 1800
You can see that the priest even went back and added children born after 1797 (they’re the ones scrunched in between the lines). And I’m not a magician at reading this info, I have other records (baptisms and two later church censuses) to confirm all of it. Now here is how we know that this whole Napoleone family goes back to Nocciano:
Unfortunately the edge of this marriage book (which has marriages from 1692-1774 in Civitaquana) is damaged from water or something, but sometimes we’re able to use context or just squinting to figure out what’s missing. The first marriage here is:
A di 22 Ottobre 1721
Fran.co Napolione della Tra di Nocciano, e Florita filia di Antonio di Gregorio….
The other downside of this particular marriage book is that the parents of the bride and the groom aren’t listed. For this record, we’re lucky that the hometown of Francesco Napoleone is given, and the father of Fiorita di Gregorio.
This makes perfect sense too. With Napoleone being a common name in both Nocciano and Civitaquana, it was likely that they were all related – and these records prove it! We don’t yet know what Napoleone family Francesco comes from in Nocciano, but there are baptism records for Nocciano going way way back that I have yet to get hold of, and I’m sure that’ll be answered in there.
Until next time! I may start posting little blurbs like this and samples of records as I find random interesting connections along thew ay of transcribing and such. Hope this was helpful to any Napoleone descendants out there!