Surname Saturday

August 8, 2009 at 07:47 | Posted in ancestry, Campodimele, Italy, Itri, Italy, Pannozzo, Surname Saturday | 4 Comments
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– Pannozzo Family of Campodimele

Our trip to Italy helped us to break a few bricks out of the wall that was preventing our research progress. As a result of information gathered in Campodimele with the help of some fantastic city employees, we were able to now further our research here at the local FHL. I was able to find a copy of the original marriage certificate for Nonno Valentino Pannozzo’s parents!

Valentino Pannozzo (grandfather to bonnieshusband) was the son of Onofrio Pannozzo and Maria Concetta DiBratto. On the marriage certificate date June 18th, 1849, we learned Onofrio’s father was Antonio Anselmo Pannozzzo and Onofrio’s mother was Paola Picano. We had learned Onofrio was born Fen 6th, 1826. Maria Concetta was born about 1825 based on her age at marriage. This also let us know that my mother-in-law Concetta was probably named in honor of her grandmother Maria Concetta. The certificate told us Maria Concetta was from the town of Fondi, located to the other side of Itri. Interestingly many of this maternal line still live in Fondi.

Using these newly discovered names, we were now able to push backwards one more generation. Antonio Pannozzo’s parents were Pietro Pannozzo and Maria Grazia Pannozzo. One fascinating fact about Campodimele is that the cemetery boast the names of Pannozzo, Pannozza, Pannozzi, and Pannozze frequently! Obviously many were probably cousins or cousins of cousins, etc. Paola Picano’s parents were Paolino Picano and Domenica Fajola. This takes those family lines back to probably mid 1700s.

Back on Onofrio and Maria Concetta’s marriage certificate we also learned the names of Maria Concetta’s parents. Her father was Rocco Di Bratto and her mother was Angela Antonelli. Moving into collateral lines we discovered several siblings of Onofrio and some of their offspring also. Although I had not been previously delving into too many collateral lines, this has begun to push in that direction. Itri was not that large of a town nor was Campodimele in this era. Therefore we are finding many names repeating and we are finding second marriages after the death of one or the other spouses. Many siblings will also name children after parents and grandparents so it is challenging to sort them out to the proper lines. As I progress I will probably move into extracting as many families from the records as I can. We were surprised how many times others would tell us they would love any information that we can offer on their families in Itri so this will be a labor of love and friendship as we go along!


Pannozzo, Di Bratto, Picano, Antonelli, Fajola



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  1. Hi I saw your blog on the Pannozzo family of Campodimele. My father’s family were originally all from Campodimele, though they moved to Fondi some time in the 1850’s.
    My father was Vincenzo (James) Pannozzo (name spelling changed to Pannozzi when he came through Ellis island in 1907). His father was Salvatore Pannozzo (born 1844) and mother was Rafaela Filomena Carrocia. Salvatore’s father was Constantino Pannozzo(born in Campodimele, 1804) and his mother was Angela Rosa Sepe (born in Campodimele in 1807). Constantino’s children were Salvatore (my grandfather, born 1844), Michelangelo, Andrea and Onorfrio (born 1835).
    Constantino’s parents were Andrea Pannozzo (Campodimele 1774- 18??) and Maddalena Pannozzo(Campodimele 1780-1814).

    One unusual thing was my father’s eye color – it was an unusual blue gray color which I have never seen on anyone else. I have been told that some of the Pannozzo women had green eyes, this I would considered unusual too. Let me know if you see any connections. I’m at jimserac at yahoo doot com

    • Not sure if we are connected – it has been slow and difficult to track this branch – but our group also had some in Fondi – a town I love by the way!

      • I closed the yahoo email and now am using jimserac at gmail dot com

        Am still searching for information on the original farm that they worked and exactly where it was. Would like to have a location to video next time I go there. So far no success. There must be a town hall with records somewhere going back to the Napoleonic era, I would think.

        Dr. James Pannozzi DOM
        Sarasota, Fl.

  2. Ciao,

    This is my FONDI Website:

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