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CERINI Family History, Part V

July 2016
Italian and Latin Names
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.

Giovanna Antonia ROSSETTI (1751-)Top

11721. Giovanna Antonia Rossetti was born on May 29, 1751, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, and baptized the following day. Her godparents were named as Giovanni Guglielmetti, of the neighboring town of Coglio, and Mrs. Giacomina (Ianzini) Pozzi.[Bap 1751] Antonia was orphaned at the age 2 and by 1760 was living with Giovanni Bartolomeo Marchese and Maria Iorio, who had wed in January 1759.[Mar 1759, Cen 1760, 1769] Bartolomeo was likely the brother-in-law of Antonia's mother from her first marriage to Pietro Marche/Marchese.

Giovanna Antonia was confirmed on June 16, 1761, when Giovanni Battista Albrici, Count Peregrini, Bishop of Como (1760-1764), held confirmation ceremonies for parishes in the valley at the Church of Santi Placido ed Eustachio in Someo, 2 kilometers upriver. Her sponsoring godmother was named as Maria Cerini[Con 1761], her cousin.

Sources
  • Bap 1751: 30 May 1751 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1759: (27) Jan 1759 Marriage, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1760: 15 Apr 1760 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Con 1761: 16 Jun 1761 Confirmation, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1769: 15 May 1769 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Antonio CERINI (V)5 (1738-<1805)Top

11732. Antonio Cerini (V)5 was born and baptized on March 12, 1738, in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. His godparents were named as Francesco Pozzi, his cousin on his mother's side, and Giacomina Pozzi (Pedrotti)[Bap 1738], his cousin on his father's side. Antonio first married Maria Domenica Gasparini on April 30, 1759, and had one daughter, but both mother and daughter died in 1763 during a widespread malady that afflicted Giumaglio.[Mar 1759, Dth 1763A/B] Five months later Antonio married the twice widowed Maria Perpetua/Fortunata (Lafranchi Fanora) Guglielmetti4, of the neighboring village of Coglio.[Mar 1763] They had four children before her death in 1782.[Cen 1769, 1776, Dth 1782] Antonio's third marriage was to Maria Catterina Del Notaro, also of Coglio, but it was short-lived. She died on December 2, 1783, at about the age of 22.[Dth 1783] Finally Antonio's fourth marriage was to Maria Giacomina Zamarone2 of Avegno, the widow of Giovanni Battista Lafranchi4 of Coglio, on April 24, 1784, at the Church of Santa Maria del Carmelo in Coglio. He had one son with her.[Bap 1785,Cen 1795] His blended families looked like:

(C1121) Giovanni Maria Guglielmetti 4 Sep 1759 (> 1798) (>38)

117321. Maria Elisabetta Cerini 12 Sep 1760 26 Feb 1763 (2)

117322. Maria Innocenza Cerini 28 Dec 1764 (> 1795) (> 32)
117323. Giovanni Antonio Cerini (VI)6 18 Jun 1767 (< 1817) (< 50)
117324. Pietro Antonio Cerini6 10 Oct 1769 12 Jan 1859 (89)
117325. Giuseppe Antonio Maria Cerini 28 Jan 1774 (> 1795) (> 21)

(122) Giovanni Antonio Maria Lafranchi 13 Oct 1776 --  -- 
(124) Maria Catterina Domenica Lafranchi5 21 Jan 1780 (16 May 1847) (67)
(125) Giovanni Battista Lafranchi (Jr.) 19 Sep 1781 --  -- 

117326. Giovanni Giacomo Cerini 8 Jun 1785 29 Mar 1848 (62)

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

  1. Elisabetta: Giacomo Pietro Gasparini, maternal uncle, and Mrs. Maria Angela (Luccini) Pozzi, wife of Giovanni Francesco Pozzi[Bap 1760], Antonio's cousin and godfather, as above;
  2. Innocenza: Giovanni Antonio Giovanotti and paternal aunt Maria Cerini[Bap 1764];
  3. Giovanni Antonio6: Giovanni Antonio Pedrotti, second cousin, and Maria Appolonia Pozzi[Bap 1767];
  4. Pietro Antonio6: Giovanni Pozzi and Mrs. Maria Domenica Pozzi[Bap 1769];
  5. Giuseppe: Giuseppe Antonio Maria Lafranchi and Mrs. Domenica (Piezzi) Giovanotti[Bap 1774], a daughter-in-law to Innocenza's godfather Giovanni Antonio Giovanotti; and
  6. Giacomo: Giovanni Giacomo Pedrotti, apparently his namesake and son to Giovanni Antonio Pedrotti, above, and Mrs. Maria Angiola (De Bernardi) Cerini, the wife of Giovanni (Pietro) Cerini, Antonio's second cousin.[Bap 1785]

Domenica was named as the godmother of cousin Giacomo Pietro Francesco Giumini and nephew Carlo Francesco Maria Giumini, in March 1759, a month before her marriage to Antonio.[Bap 1759]

Antonio and Domenica wed on April 30, 1759, at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, following the three customary announcements that began on Sunday, March 18. An impediment of "four equal degrees of consanguinity" (i.e., they were third cousins) required the granting of dispensation from the Nuncio Apostolic to Switzerland in Lucerne. Recorded witnesses to their marriage were Giuseppe Sartori, Domenica's maternal uncle, and Giovanni Antonio Piezzi, the husband of Domenica's elder sister, Giovanna Maria Marchese.[Mar 1759]

After their marriage, Antonio and Domenica lived with Antonio's stepmother and sister Maria in their home of his father, who died the year before.[Cen 1748] Antonio, Domenica, newborn daugther Elisabetta, and unwed sister Maria apparently continued to reside at the family home through 1760, however, by that time Antonio's stepmother, Giacomina (Tognini) Cerini, had moved elsewhere in town.[Cen 1760]

Daughter Elisabetta was confirmed on June 16, 1761, when Giovanni Battista Albrici, Count Peregrini, Bishop of Como (1760-1764), held confirmation ceremonies for parishes in the valley at the Church of Santi Placido ed Eustachio in Someo, 2 kilometers upriver. Elisabetta's sponsoring godmother was named as the widow Mrs. Giovanna Maria (Pozzi) Piezzi, Domenica's first cousin on the Gasparini side.[Con 1761]

Tragedy struck in 1763 when daughter Elisabetta, wife Maria Domenica (Gasparini) Cerini, and Domenica's younger sister Catterina Gasparini, all died during a a widespread malady that took the lives of 11 parishioners between December 1762 and March 1763. Elisabetta died first on February 26, at the age of 2; then Domenica on March 18, at the age of 19; and three days later her 14-year-old sister Catterina followed. All were buried in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1763A/B]

Antonio remarried five months after Domenica's death to Maria Perpetua (Lafranchi Fanora) Guglielmetti2, twice widowed, on August 10, 1763, in Coglio. Before their marriage, dispensation was obtained to dispense with the three traditional three declarations. Witnesses to their union were Giovanni Francesco Pozzi (Jr.) and Maria's brother Giovanni Antonio Lafranchi (Jr.), both of Coglio.[Mar 1763] Maria and Antonio had four children together and were married 18 years.[Cen 1776]

Children Maria Innocenza and Giovanni Antonio6 were confirmed on July 29, 1769, when Giambattista Muggiasca, Bishop of Como (1765-1789), held confirmation ceremonies for parishes in the valley at the Church of Santi Placido ed Eustachio in Someo, 2 kilometers upriver. Their sponsoring godparents were respectively named as Maria Margherita Lafranchi of Coglio and Giovanni Antonio Lafranchi (Jr.) of Coglio, apparently Maria's brother.[Con 1769] Son Pietro Antonio6 was born two months later.[Bap 1769]

Bishop Muggiasca returned to the valley seven years later and confirmed sons Pietro Antonio6 and Giuseppe Antonio Maria at the Church of San Giovanni Battista in Cevio, 8 kilometers upriver, on August 1, 1776. Their sponsoring godfathers were named as Giuseppe Pezzoni of Someo and Guglielmo Zanone of Bignasco.[Con 1776]

Maria Fortunata/Perpetua (Lafranchi Guglielmetti) Cerini2 died on January 13, 1782, following an apparent illness of over a week. She was reportedly about the age of 50 years, and therefore apparently around six years Antonio's senior. She was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1782]

After Maria

Not long after Maria's death, Antonio remarried a third time to Maria Catterina Del Notaro, also of the neighboring village of Coglio. She was about 23 years younger than Antonio--not quite half his age--and only a few years older than his sons. Their marriage was short-lived and she died on December 2, 1783, at about the age of 22. She was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1783]

Antonio's fourth and final marriage was to Maria Giacomina Zamarone2, the widow of Giovanni Battista Lafranchi4 of Coglio, on April 24, 1784, at the Church of Santa Maria del Carmelo in Coglio. Recorded witnesses to the their marriage were Giacomo Pietro Pozzi, Antonio's son-in-law, and Giovanni Giacomo Pedrotti[Mar 1784], husband of Giacomina's eldest stepdaughter Maria Apollonia Lafranchi. Antonio was about 46 years old and Giacomina was about 32.[Cen 1795] September 2016Giacomina had at least five children by her first husband, but it is unclear if any besides Maria Catterina Domenica5 survived to her marriage to Antonio. Antonio and Giacomina went on to have one more son together.

Come 1795, Antonio's three younger sons and and wives of the elder two were still living with Antonio and Giacomina. This included Giacomina's apparent daughter Catterina Lafranchi5, who married Antonio's son Pietro Antonio. Eldest son Giovanni3 was enumerated three households afterward.[Cen 1795]

In October 1799, Antonio was recorded as a consul of Giumaglio who presided over the public auction of sheep grazing rights in the Alpe di Spluga, an alpine valley 1,440 meters above Giumaglio at the source of the Riale di Giumaglio. The sale went to Giovanni Pietro Giumini (who just so happened to be the elder brother of Antonio's daughter-in-law) for 55 Milanese lire and one penny (soldo).[Medici 44]

Antonio Cerini died between 1802 and 1805, the births and baptisms of grandchildren Maria Anna and Pietro Antonio Cerini, and during a period of incomplete, back-entered parish records. He would therefore have been in his early 60s.

Maria Giacomina (Zamarone) Cerini died on December 22, 1806, at her home in Giumaglio. She was in her early 50s. She was buried the following day in the cemetery in Giumaglio.[Dth 1806]

Sources
  • Cen 1741: 13 Jun 1741 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1748: 1748 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1759: 11 Mar 1759 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1759: 25 Mar 1759 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1759: 30 Apr 1759 Marriage, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1760: 15 Apr 1760 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1760: 12 Sep 1760 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Con 1761: 16 Jun 1761 Confirmation, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1763A: 26 Feb 1763 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1763B: 18 Mar 1763 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1763: 10 Aug 1763 Marriage, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1764: 28 [Oct] 1764 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1769: 15 May 1769 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Con 1769: 29 Jul 1769 Confirmation, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1769: 11 Oct 1769 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1776: 1776 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Con 1776: 1 Aug 1776 Confirmation, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1782: 13 Jan 1782 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1783: 2 Dec 1783 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1784: 24 Apr 1784 Marriage, Sancta Maria Montis Carmeli, Coglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1785: 8 Jun 1785 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1795: 19 Apr 1795 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Medici: Medici, Mario. Libro Settecentesco Degli “Ordini” di Giumaglio. Bellinzona, Switzerland: A. Salvioni & Co., 1981
  • Dth 1806: 22 Dec 1806 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Maria (CERINI) PIEZZI (1740-1780)Top

11733. Maria Cerini was born and baptized on February 1, 1740, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. Her godparents were named as Giovanni Bartolomeo Marchese and Giovanna Maria Cerini, likely her paternal aunt.[Bap 1740]

Maria married Giovanni Bartolomeo Piezzi, her first cousin, on May 5, 1773. She was eight years his senior, she 33 years old and he 23.[Mar 1773, Cen 1776] Maria died a week after giving birth to their third child, who only lived one day.[Dth 1779, 1780] None of her three sons survived. Bartolomeo went on to marry three more times and had at least seven more children:

--  Giuseppe Maria Piezzi 18 Jan 1774 (< 1776) (< 2)

117331. Giovanni Domenico Piezzi 22 Aug 1776 31 Oct 1776 (2 mos.)
117332. Giuseppe Mario Piezzi 1 Jan 1778 2 Jan 1778 (1 day)
117333. Giovanni Antonio Piezzi 30 Dec 1779 31 Dec 1779 (1 day)

--  Anna Maria Piezzi 19 Sep 1781 (< 1795) (< 13)
--  Giuseppe Domenico Piezzi 22 Oct 1784 (> 1817) (> 33)
--  Giovanni Piezzi 1 Nov 1787 20 May 1849 (61)
--  Giovanna Maria Piezzi (1) Nov 1789 --  -- 
--  Maria Piezzi (1) Nov 1794 --  -- 

--  Maria Angiola Piezzi 4 Mar 1808 23 Mar 1808 (19 days)
--  Maria Maddalena Piezzi 3 May 1809 --  -- 

Maria was named the sponsoring godmother to her 10-year-old cousin Giovanna Antonia Rossetti, 6-year-old Maria Catterina Giumini, and 8-year-old cousin Maria Domenica Piezzi on June 16, 1761, when Giovanni Battista Albrici, Count Peregrini, Bishop of Como (1760-1764), held confirmation ceremonies for parishes in the valley at the Church of Santi Placido ed Eustachio in Someo, 2 kilometers upriver.[Con 1761] Eleven years later, Maria would go on to marry the next elder brother of goddaughter and first cousin Maria Domenica Piezzi.

Maria lived with her elder brother Antonio3 until at least the age of 29[Cen 1760,1769] and was named as the godmother of niece Maria Innocenza Cerini in 1764.[Bap 1764]

Maria and Bartolomeo wed on May 5, 1773, at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, following the traditional three declarations that began on April 25. They obtained dispensation for the impediment of two equal degrees of consanguinity (i.e., first cousins, going back to their grandfather Antonio Cerini3) from the Nuncio Apostolic in Lucerne. Recorded witnesses were Giacomo Pietro Pozzi; Giovanni Giacomo Giumini4, a Piezzi cousin; and Giuseppe Pozzi.

February 2014Curiously, Bartolomeo had a child with Margherita (Tognazzini) Lesina, the wife of Giovanni Antonio Lesina. Their son, Giuseppe Maria Piezzi, was born on January 18, 1774, eight months after Bartolomeo married Maria.[Bap 1774] What became of the boy is unknown. Both parents, with their respective spouses, were enumerated in 1776 but without little Giuseppe.[Cen 1776]

Cerini Connections
February 2014Giovanna Maria (Cerini) Piezzi, Maria's deceased mother-in-law, was a daughter of an Antonio Cerini who has yet to be identified. Maria's paternal grandfather was also an Antonio Cerini, and therefore, if the same Antonio, then Maria and Bartolomeo would have been first cousins.

After their marriage, Maria and Bartolomeo lived with his elder brother Francesco and younger sister Giovanna Maria. All three Piezzi siblings were the children of the late Giovanni Domenico Piezzi and his third wife Giovanna Maria Cerini.[Cen 1776]

Maria (Cerini) Piezzi died in their home on January 7, 1780, a week following the birth and death of son Antonio. She was only 39 years old. Maria and her three sons are all buried at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1779, 1780]

Bartolomeo went on to remarry to Anna Maria Del Notario of the neighboring village of Coglio by 1781. He was about six years older and they had five children together. The parish census of 1795 showed only their four younger children, and suggests that their eldest daughter Anna Maria may have died young. Anna Maria apparently died between 1795 and 1806, but parish records during that time may not be complete either. She was likely in her 40s.

Bartolomeo next married Maria Santina Franscina after 1795. She was of Cerentino, about 18 kilometers upriver along the Rovana di Campo that flows into the Maggia. He was about 21 years her senior--he about in his mid-40s and she about in her mid-20s when married. Maria died on October 1, 1806, at their home in Giumaglio. She was buried two days later in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. She was only about 35 years old and was not known to have had any children.[Dth 1806]

Bartolomeo's fourth and final marriage was to Maria Angiola Bizzini of Avegno, which lies 10 kilometers down river from Giumaglio. A baptism was recorded for daughter Angiola,[Bap 1808] but the parish census of 1817 only noted daughter Maddalena, whose birth came during the a period of unavailable records from September 1808 to 1826. Three of Anna Maria's grown children were enumerated with them.[Cen 1817]

Giovanni Bartolomeo Piezzi probably sometime between 1817 and 1826 during a 17-year period when parish records are missing. He was likely in his late 60s or 70s.

Sources
  • Bap 1740: 1 Feb 1740 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1741: 13 Jun 1741 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1760: 15 Apr 1760 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Con 1761: 16 Jun 1761 Confirmation, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1764: 28 [Oct] 1764 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1769: 15 May 1769 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1773: 5 May 1773 Marriage, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1774: 18 Jan 1774 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1776: 1776 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1776: 23 Aug 1776 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1779: 30 Dec 1779 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1779: 31 Dec 1779 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1780: 7 Jan 1780 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1795: 19 Apr 1795 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1806: 1 Oct 1806 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1808: 4 Mar 1808 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1817: 1817 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland