Hello, I just wanted to say that my family was also from Montefalcone. D'Onofrio, they settled in the U.P. of Michigan. I read that your family also had changed their name. My family name after they settled was changed to Denofre which is how my family has been spelling it every since. In Ishpeming Michigan when I grew up there, I remember the name Caduti. I know the family came from Montefalcone. My husband is military and when stationed in Europe we traveled to Montefalcone, it was on a Sunday when we went 'Up' to Montefalcone from Naples. We had asked about my family and they said Benevento. One important fact also, is that alot of 'towns' in Italy that weren't highly populated sometime the people would say they were from a 'larger' known city in that area.
Hi, I found this board after searching for my great grandparents. Their names were Leonard(o) Zeppa/Zeppo and Antonette Coduti (Zeppa/Zeppo). I know for sure that Leonard was from Montefalcone but I can't seem to find any information about their parents. Even the spellings keep changing for their names. As I read this forum I noticed both of these lasts names and I was hoping they were related. Both Leonard and Antonette resided in Chicago Illinois. Lauren
Hi Lauren, The surnames Zeppa, Coduti, Miresse all are from Montefalcone. My paternal grandmother's maiden name was Mariantonia Zeppa, and her father my great grand-father was Francesco Saverio Zeppa. My uncle married Josephine Coduti, who was born in Montefalcone. My surname Maresso was derived from Miresse, changed when my ancestors came to the USA from Montefalcone in the early 1900's.
Just bandwagoning in on the Montefalcone di Val Fortore names. Lots of the emigrants went to Northern Michigan--Iron Mountain and then on from there to the Iron Range of Minnesota. All the names in the thread so far sound like "old home" week on the old north side of Virginia, Minnesota. Throw in Altobelli and Lucarelli into the same mix of names. The problem--and the real reason for my writing is that I travelled to the village twice, and was fortunate to meet with some residents and emigrees that were home visiting. The records that are civil were destroyed covering the majority of the immigration period to the us during WWII. Most everything after 1860 is spotty.
Just came across some more Miresse's that resided in Chicago, which I know are cousins but I do not know where they connect in my family tree. While looking though some of my Aunts pictures, I also found quite an extensive list of prayer cards for relatives, which she kept. Two of the cards are for Leo Miresse (b:2-23-1885 d:6-27-1960) and his wife Nardela "Della" (Corso) Miresse (b:7-23-1890 d:3-31-1988). Both were born and married in Montefalcone, then came to Chicago. They had at least 3 children (Caroline, Paul, and Sue)all born in Chicago. Interesting that Caroline's married name was Lucarelli, a surname mentioned in Kenai4's note posted prior to mine. I would assume there is a strong possibility that Leo Miresse could be the son, or nephew of my g-grandfather Michele Miresse. Wonder if anyone reading this post may have any information about Michele Miresse's parents, or family. Michele Miresse was most likely born between 1844-1854, based on the birth date of his children.