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CERINI Family History, Part IX

January 2016
Thanks to research from and collaboration with Dan Malugani, Jim Pandiani, Jill (Marci) Sybalsky, Dell Swearingen, and others who contributed to our family history.

Addelida (CERINI) BELLONI (1861)Top

1173233E1. Addelida Cerini was born on July 4, 1861, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. She was baptized that same day as Adelaide, and her maternal uncle Pietro Cerini and paternal aunt Maria Cerini were named as her godparents. Addelida immigrated to America in 1887 and married Celeste Belloni (later Bellon) of Italy about 1890 or early 1891. The had at seven children, only four of whom survived beyond 1900:[Cen 1900]

1173233E11. Giuseppina Belloni Dec 1891 --  -- 
1173233E12. Walter M(oses) Bellon 5 (May) 1893 May 1969 (76)
1173233E13. Cornelius Ted BellonBlue Star 14 Nov 1894 Jan 1973 (78)
1173233E14. Catherina Belloni (Nov) 1897 --  -- 

Celeste immigrated in 1885 and Addelida in 1887. They married about 1890 or early 1891 and settled in Dunmore Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, on the northwest edge of Scranton by 1900. They appear to have lived with four other households at 242 Willow Street in a neighborhood that was almost exclusively Italian day laborers and coal miners. Celeste worked as a day laborer and had been unemployed four weeks during the year. He could not read or write, but could speak English. Addelida was literate and spoke English, and the elder two children, ages 7 and 9, attended school.[Cen 1900]

  • Bap 1861: 4 Jul 1861 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1900: 1 Jun 1900 Census, Dunmore Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

Giovanni Pietro CERINI (1863->1920)Top

1173233E2. Giovanni Pietro "Peter" Cerini was born about October 2, 1863, in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland, and baptized on October 4 at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Giumaglio. His paternal aunt Marianna Cerini and Giovanni Piezzi were named as his godparents.

Marino Soldati was the brother of the wife of Pietro's nephew, Lodovico and Corina (Soldati) Pomi.

Peter immigrated to America in 1880, likely with his father, and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1895. In 1910 he was living with his sister, Annonziatta, and working as a dairy laborer in Analy Township, Sonoma County, California.[Cen 1910] By 1920 he was living as a hired farmer laborer with the Marino Soldati family on Stony Point Road in Petaluma Township, Sonoma County.[Cen 1920] It is unknown if he ever married or raised a family.

  • Bap 1863: 4 Oct 1863 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1910: 13 May 1910 Census, Analy Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1920: 5 Feb 1920 Census, Petaluma Township, Sonoma County, California

Annonziatta (CERINI) POMI MARCI (1865-1929)Top

Anna (CERINI) POMI MARCI 1173233E3. Maria Annonziatta "Anna" Cerini was born in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland, on September 2, 1865, and baptized, as Maria Annunciata, on September 3 at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Giumaglio. Felice Cerini, perhaps her great uncle, and Appolonia Piezzi were named as her godparents. Anna married Frank Pomi, born in 1866 in Giumaglio, Ticino Canton, Switzerland, and had four children:

1173233E31. Lodovico "Louie" Pomi 16 Jun 1887 1912 (25)
1173233E32. Henry J. Pomi 31 Oct/1 Nov 1892 30 Dec 1968 (76)
1173233E33. Candido/Canin Pomi 1894 1916 (22)
1173233E34. Mabel Dorothy Pomi 8 Feb 1896 Aug 1981 (85)

Frank POMI? Annonziatta's first son, Lodovico, was born in Giumaglio in 1887.[Bap 1887] She and Lodovico emigrated by way of Le Havre, France, arriving in New York aboard the La Bretagne on September 29, 1890, and bound for San Francisco.

Frank Pomi died in 1908, at about the age of 42. He is buried at the Catholic Calvary Cemetery in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California.

Marci Immigration
Luca S. Marci emigrated to America via Le Havre, France, aboard the La Bretagne, arriving Ellis Island on December 15, 1901 and bound for San Francisco to join with his brother (Gerunzio Marci).

By 1910, Annonziatta was living with her children, brother Pietro, and a hired dairy laborer, her cousin, Luca Santino Marci, in Analy Township in Sonoma County, likely along the Gravenstein Highway between Sebastopol and Cotati. Annonziatta and Luca were first cousins through their mothers and Luca's elder brother Gerunzio Marci had married Annonziata's niece, Martina Malugani, a couple years before.

POMI Plot, Petaluma Annonziatta and Luca wed prior to World War I and continued to reside in Sebastopol.[Cen 1920] He was about 19 years her junior.

Annonziatta (Cerini Pomi) Marci died on July 19, 1929, from heart failure following an automobile accident in which a fire truck struck her vehicle. She died at General Hospital in Santa Rosa within a half hour of arrival. She was 63 years old. Annonziatta was buried on July 23 at the Calvary Cemetery in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California, along with her first husband, Frank Pomi, her three sons, and younger brother, Dan Cerini.[Dth]

Per Annonziatta's death certificate, she and Luca had been living six miles south of Sebastopol, near Cotati (which likely conforms to the outskirts of modern-day Rohnert Park) in Sonoma County at the time of her death. She had been a U.S. resident for 37 years, 36 of which she resided in California.[Dth 1929]

Gravenstein Highway
The 1930 residence is likely 4988 Gravenstein Highway, where the Marcis and Bellons are recalled to have lived.

After Annonziatta's death, Luca is enumerated in the 1930 census with his step-daughter Mabel (Pomi) Bellon, her husband Walter Bellon, and Annonziatta's nephew Doro Bertelli. They were living along the Gravenstein Highway (Highway 116) in Analy Township, likely referring to the same residence near Cotati and modern-day Rohnert Park.[Cen 1930]

  • Bap 1865: 3 Sep 1865 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1887: 17 Jun 1887 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Pass 1890: 29 Sep 1890, New York Passenger Lists, La Bretagne
  • Cen 1910: 13 May 1910 Census, Analy Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1920: 3 Mar 1920 Census, Analy Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Dth 1929: Death Record 29-040547, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, filed 25 Jul 1929
  • Cen 1930: 3 Apr 1930 Census, Gravenstein Highway, Analy Township, Sonoma County, California

Aurelia Caterina (CERINI) MALUGANI9 (1867-1948)Top

Aurelia (CERINI) MALUGANI 1173233E4. Aurelia Caterina Cerini9 was born on August 3, 1867, in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. She was baptized on August 4 at the at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Giumaglio where her godparents were named as Agostino Piezzi and Maria Cerini. She married Joseph Charles Malugani2 on either February 5[Mar 1888] or May 31, 1888.[Cen ~1890] They were wed by Reverend Giovanni Bardelli, presumably in Primaluna by authority of Father Riccardo Pedrazzini, who recorded the marriage at the parish of Giumaglio. Their first two children were born in Giumaglio.

In 1889, Joseph emigrated to California, apparently leaving her pregnant with their second child, and she followed in 1893 with her brother-in-law, Antoni Malugani, sister-in-law, Catherina Malugani, and children, Martina and Charles. Together, Aurelia and Joseph raised eight children and two others may have died in infancy between 1900 and 1910[Cen 1900,1910] and are buried up by the milk house off St. Helena Road:

1173233E41. Martina Malugani 30 Sep 1888 27 Mar 1981 (92)
1173233E42. Charles Aurelio Malugani10 3 Apr 1890 28 Apr 1957 (68)
1173233E43. Antoni Malugani 30 May 1895 3 Oct 1977 (82)
1173233E44. Serena Malugani Jul 1896 1 May 1928 (32)
1173233E45. Josephine Malugani 5 Dec 1898 Oct 1994 (96)
1173233E46. Joseph C. Malugani II 9 Oct 1899 22 Aug 1984 (84)
1173233E47. Philomena Malugani 2 Oct 1901 19 Nov 1931 (30)
1173233E48. Daniel Joseph Malugani, Sr. 11 Aug 1908 28 Feb 2008 (99)
Two More Children?
The 1900 census notes that six of six children survived and the 1910 census notes that eight of ten survived, suggesting that two other children were born between these two censuses and died young.[Cen 1900,1910]

Aurelia is described as a fussy old woman who routinely pouted when she didn't get her way. She was the family disciplinarian and is remembered to be a perfect shot at throwing her wood sandals at her children when they misbehaved. Son Charles received a "K"-shaped scar between his eyes after crossing his mother. Son Dan still has a pair of her wood sandals, which his dad made from alder, over 80 years ago.

Aurelia CERINI-MALUGANI & Joseph MALUGANI After husband Joe died in 1924, she and her youngest daughter and son lived at 926 Cherry Street in downtown Santa Rosa.[Cen 1930] There Philomena worked as a hotel maid and Dan worked as a service station operator.[Cen 1930]

Daughter Philomena cared and provided for Aurelia for seven years after Joe's death. Philomena passed away in 1931 at the early age of 30 and Aurelia was thoroughly devastated. To help out, 12-year old granddaughter, Hazel Malugani came to live with her for a year. After that Aurelia moved in with her youngest son, Dan.

Aurelia (Cerini) Malugani died on January 28, 1948, after a 3-day hospital stay at San Rafael General Hospital in Marin County. She had been living with her son, Dan Malugani at 63 Hilarita, Mill Valley. She was buried on January 31, 1948, at the Calvary Cemetery in Santa Rosa next to her husband and youngest daughter Philomena. Aurelia was 80 years old.

  • Mar 1888: 5 Feb 1888 Marriage, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1867: 4 [Aug] 1867 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1900: 30 Jun 1910 Census, Analy Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1910: 14 May 1910 Census, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1920: 17 Feb 1920 Census, Rincon Precinct, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1930: 6 Apr 1930 Census, 926 Cherry Street, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California

Ernesta Carolina (CERINI) BERTELLI (1869-)Top

1173233E5. Ernesta Carolina Cerini was born on June 28, 1869, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. She was baptized the following day as Ernesta, but went by Carolina. Her godparents were named as Dominicus Pedrotti and her paternal aunt Maria Cerini.[Bap 1861] Carolina first had a daughter by an Austrian* man and later married Prisilliano Bertelli, a native of Preore, Trentino-Alto Adige, in northeastern Italy, then under the control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. They wed in Giumaglio on September 27, 1894, and witnesses were named as Antonio Cerini and Giacomo Muscio.[Mar 1894] They had 11 children:

1173233E5A. Olga Rosalia Cerini 5 Dec 1891 27 Jun 1991 (99)

1173233E5B. Giulia "Julia" Bertelli 1895 1936 (41)
1173233E5C. Maria Bertelli 19 Jul 1896 21 Sep 1992 (96)
1173233E5D. Vittoria Claudina Bertelli 4 Jul 1898 14 Jan 1935 (36)
1173233E5E. Giacomo Antonio Battista Bertelli Apr 1900 (1907) (7)
1173233E5F. Giovanni Doro Bertelli 21 Jan 1905 29 Jun 2000 (95)
1173233E5G. Emilio Bertelli 31 Aug 1906 29 Oct 1994 (88)
1173233E5H. Tedolina Bertelli --  --  -- 
1173233E5I. Virginia Tridolena Bertelli 1909 1910 (1)
1173233E5J. Giuseppina Maria Bertelli 1909 -- --
1173233E5K. Giacomo Bertelli 1911 1985 (74)

The Bertellis started their family in either Preore, where daughter Julia was born. The following year they resettled in Giumaglio where daughter Maria and the rest of their children were born.[Bap 1896]

Bertelli Origins

The Austria-Hungary Empire controlled the Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige (then referred to as Südtirol, "South Tyrol"), which, as with Prisilliano Bertelli, may have been where Olga's biological father originated. Prisilliano's arrival records note his birth place, Preore, as being Austrian.

The family appears to have started in Preore, as Prisiliano's and Giulia's 1911 embarkation records both state that they originated in Preore, Austria, and that their resident had been in Giumaglio. Maria's embarkation record of 1912 states she originated and lived in Giumaglio, but come 1920, "Vittoria" (Claudina), "Giovanni" (Doro), and Emilio are all annotated to have originated in Trione, Italy (presumed to be Tione di Trento, just 2 km down the valley from Preore) and to have been residing in Giumaglio prior to departure.

According to a Swiss book on Swiss family names published in 1940, the Bertelli name is found after 1900 in Giumaglio and Bellinzona in the canton of Ticino.

La Provence

Prisiliano appears to have made several trips between Switzerland and America while Carolina stayed behind in Giumaglio raising their younger children. When Olga immigrated in 1907 she stated that she was joining her father. Later in 1911, Prisiliano accompanied daughter Giulia, departing Le Havre, France, aboard the La Provence on March 4. They arrived in New York on March 11 and he was labeled as a "non-immigrant alien," stating that his wife Carolina resided in Giumaglio, Switzerland, and that he was bound for Petaluma, Sonoma County, California.[Pass 1911]

BERTELLI Home, Giumaglio
Bertelli Home, Giumaglio, 1986

Children Claudina, Doro, and Emil immigrated together in July 1920. If Carolina ever immigrated (and I have yet to find any record of her in the U.S.) she would have come after 1920.

Prisilliano Bertelli died on July 15, 1947, in Marin County, California.

  • Bap 1869: 29 Jun 1869 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1894: 27 Sep 1894 Marriage, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1896: 25 Jul 1896 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Pass 1911: 11 Mar 1911, New York Passenger Lists, La Provence

Giacomo Valeriano "Dan" CERINI (1872-1947)Top

Dan CERINI1173233E7. Giacomo Valeriano "Dan" Cerini was born on June 27, 1872, in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. He was baptized on 1 July by Father Laurentius (Lorenzo) Rizzoli, of the nearby parish of Coglio. He was not named at the time, but later was recorded as Giacomo Valeriano, but when he emigrated to California he was only known as "Dan." Dan's godparents were named as Giacomo Pedrotti and Carolina Pozzi.[Bap 1872] Dan emigrated to America in 1888 and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1894.[Cen 1920] He never married.

Caruthers, Fresno County
John Cerini (born January 1854) also lived in the area of Caruthers and Riverdale in Fresno County, which suggests likely kinship between the two.
Batista or son Dan CERINI

Dan lived near San Joaquin, southwest of Fresno, Fresno County, California, as early as 1920 where he had a butcher shop.[Cen 1920] By 1930, Dan was living on a farm along Manning Avenue, likely southwest of Fresno outside of San Joaquin, to the northeast of the small town of Caruthers.[Cen 1930] Come 1940 he was enumerated living on a rented farm on Elkhorn Avenue in Judicial Township 15.[Cen 1940] This is about 11 miles southwest of Manning Avenue and about 6 miles southeast of the town of Caruthers. Cerini Avenue, which is associated with the John Cerini family in nearby Laton, is about 2 miles south of Elkhorn Avenue. At the time of Dan's death he was recorded to have lived in the Caruthers community for 21 years and in America for 61 years.[Dth 1947]

Dan Cerini died at the General Hospital of Fresno County in Fresno on October 18, 1947, following a four-day hospital stay. He had suffered for two years from arteriosclerotic heart disease. He was 75 years old.[Dth 1947]

Arrangements for removal were provided by Lafferty and Smith of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. He was later buried at the Catholic Calvary Cemetery in Petaluma, Sonoma County, with his elder sister Annonziatta and her family.[Dth 1947]

Dan's parents are listed on his death certificate as "Robert Cerini" and "Jophine Cerini," both of Switzerland, as provided by the General Hospital of Fresno County.[Dth 1947]

  • Bap 1872: 1 Jul 1872 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1920: 1920 Census, San Joaquin Precinct, Township 1, Fresno County, California
  • Cen 1930: 1930 Census, Manning Avenue, Township 1, Fresno County, California
  • Cen 1940: 1940 Census, Elkhorn Avenue, Judicial Township 15, Fresno County, California
  • Dth 1947: Death Record 47-071905, Fresno, Fresno County, California, filed 20 Oct 1947, informant was General Hospital of Fresno County