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Building the cathedral in Muro Lucano. Michelangelo Coca on scaffolding - far right    Coca Family

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Oral family history from Italy tells us that the Coca family originated in Spain. Further, there is a Coca family in Spain with roots in France. Prior to Martino Coca's emigration to Muro Lucano, our branch lived in the north of Italy, somewhere in Lombardia? Martino Coca traveled to Muro Lucano to build a cathedral and there he settled. Generations of family members around the globe continued in this line of work as stone masons. For a visual of the stone masonry trade, see Giovanni Lauria's "La Lavorazione di Pietra".

Generation No. 1
1. MARTINO COCA was born Bet. 1680 - 1710. He died in Muro Lucano (Potenza) Italy.
Child of MARTINO COCA is:

2. i. MICHELANGELO COCA b. 1733 Muro Lucano, d. 1810 Muro Lucano.

Generation No. 2
2. MICHELANGELO COCA (MARTINO) was born 1733 in Muro Lucano and died 1810 in Muro Lucano. He married ELISABETTA SPICCI. Child of MICHELANGELO COCA and ELISABETTA SPICCI is:
3. i. MARTINO COCA b. 1767 Muro Lucano, d. 1817 Muro Lucano.

Generation No. 3
3. MARTINO COCA (MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born 1767 in Muro Lucano and died 1817 in Muro Lucano. He married VINCENZA MALPIEDE. Child of MARTINO COCA and VINCENZA MALPIEDE is:
4. i. MICHELANGELO COCA b. 1791, Muro Lucano; d. 1841, Muro Lucano.

Generation No. 4
4. MICHELANGELO COCA (MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born 1791 in Muro Lucano and died 1841 in Muro Lucano. He married ANGELA MARIA DI NAPOLI. Children of MICHELANGELO COCA and ANGELA MARIA DI NAPOLI are:

i. VINCENZO COCA b. 1820 Muro Lucano.

5. ii.MARTINO COCA b. 1822 Muro Lucano.

iii. NATALE COCA b. 1824 Muro Lucano.

6. iv. DOMENICO COCA b. 1828 Muro Lucano, d. June 23, 1882 Muro Lucano.

7. v. MICHELE COCA b. January 05, 1831 Muro Lucano, d. January 04, 1900 Muro Lucano.

vi. MARIA COCA b. 1834 Muro Lucano.

vii. GIUSEPPE COCA b. 1838 Muro Lucano.

viii. ROCCO COCA b. 1841 Muro Lucano.

Generation No. 5
5. MARTINO COCA (MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born 1822 in Muro Lucano and married ROSA ALTIERI. Children of MARTINO COCA and ROSA ALTIERI are:
8. i. MICHELANGELO COCA b. January 17, 1865 Muro Lucano, d. March 14, 1904 Chicago, Illinois.

ii. ANGELA MARIA COCA b. March 1, 1856 - d. April 17, 1945.

iii. ANNA MARIA COCA b. August 31, 1857? Due to the proliferation of photos of descendants of Michelangelo & Luisa (Rose, Theresa, Marie, & Marty) with their Yasilli/Iasilli cousins, we assume Anna Maria Coca married Francesco Iasilli (Frank Yasilli), who travelled with Michelangelo and Luisa on the SS Britannia Line 65 Fco* Yaselli* 27 M - Francesco Iasilli.
Cousins  Iasilli / Yasilli
6. DOMENICO COCA (MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born 1828 in Muro Lucano and died June 23, 1882 in Muro Lucano. He married (1) TERESA PASCALE in 1860, daughter of NICOLA PASCALE and SERAFINA MAINO. She was born 1847 in Bella and died March 31, 1867 in Muro Lucano. He married (2) ROSA MARIA ZACCARDO 1869 in Muro Lucano. Child of DOMENICO COCA and TERESA PASCALE is:
i. MICHELANGELO COCA b. October 20, 1866 Muro Lucano.
7. MICHELE COCA (MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born January 05, 1831 in Muro Lucano and married MARIA VINCENZA LANZI. Child of MICHELE COCA and MARIA LANZI is:
9. i. MICHELANGELO COCA b. November 10, 1858 Muro Lucano

Generation No. 6  Rosa Altieri, Luisa Pagliuca, Michelangelo Coca, Children: Rosa & Theresa Coca
8. MICHELANGELO COCA (MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born January 17, 1865 in Muro Lucano and died 1904 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. He married MARIA LUISELLA PAGLIUCA 1888 in Muro Lucano. She was born 1864 in Muro Lucano and died 1930 in Chicago. At some point the name was changed to Coco by municipal or other civil authorities. They came to America on the SS Britannia
  Children of MICHELANGELO COCA / COCO and MARIA LUISELLA PAGLIUCA are:
i. UNKNOWN (dec. infant) COCO b. Bef. 1891.

ii. UNKNOWN (dec. infant) COCO b. Bef. 1892.

iii. UNKNOWN (dec. infant) COCO, b. Bef. 1893.

10. iv. ROSE COCO b. 1893, Illinois
John and Rose Arado

11. v. THERESA COCO b. 1896

12. vi. MARIE VERONICA COCO b. 1898
Nick and Marie Azzato

vii. LUCY COCO b. May 1900, Chicago, IL; d. 1900, Chicago, IL.

13. viii. GERALD MARTIN COCO b. 1902

ix. BABY COCO b. June 1904, Chicago, Cook County; d. June 1904, Chicago, Cook County. Buried with Michelangelo in Rocco Cantore family plot
9. MICHELANGELO COCA (MICHELE, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born 1858 in Muro Lucano, and died 1935. He married MARIA ANTONIA PANNUTO.

Generation No. 7
10. ROSE COCA / COCO (MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born 1893 in Illinois, and married JOHN ARADO. He was born Abt. 1890 in Illinois, and died 1968 in Illinois. The Arado family were one of the earliest Italian families to reside in Chicago.

11. THERESA COCA / COCO (MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born 1896 in Chicago, Illinois, and died 1980 in Franklin Park, Illinois. She married LIBORIO CARMELO LANCIONE son of NUNZIO LANCIONE and CONCETTA FUSCO, in 1924 at St. Bartholomew Church. He was born September 06, 1894 in Scanno, L'Aquila and died 12/26/1960 in the Chicago area.

12. MARIE VERONICA COCA / COCO (MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born 1898 in Chicago, IL, and died 1979 in Phoenix, AZ. She married NICHOLAS ANDREW AZZATO Abt. 1919 in Cook County, IL, son of MICHAEL AZZATO and ANNA.

13. GERALD MARTIN COCA / COCO (MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born 1902, and married LUCILLE DAMBROW. She was born 1900.

14. MICHELE COCA (MICHELANGELO, MICHELE, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) married SERAFINA MASIELLO.

15. ANTONIO COCA (MICHELANGELO, MICHELE, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) married MARIA GERARDA.

16. ARCANGELO COCA (MICHELANGELO, MICHELE, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born 1892 in Muro Lucano, Italy and married MARIA BRIGIDA MURANO.

17. GERARDO COCA (MICHELANGELO, MICHELE, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO, MICHELANGELO, MARTINO) was born 1897 in Muro Lucano, Italy and married ANTOINETTA PETRONE.

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