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Pozzi Family History, Part I

May 2016
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May 2016We descend from three branches of the sizeable Pozzi family of Giumaglio and Coglio so these pages are divided into those three branches (Parts A, B, and C) and a top-level view of each of the other branches (Part X):

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.

The family name (cognomen) Pozzi means "well" (as in a water well) in Italian, and in Latin was often translated accordingly in the various noun cases and genders as Puteus, Puteo, Putei, and Putea. The Pozzis were the largest and most prominent family of Giumaglio and the neighboring village of Coglio, often producing the town "don," who was frequently a notary or doctor. The Pozzi family of Giumaglio also produced Father Pietro Giacomo Pozzi, who started the first surviving parish baptism registry book in 1668 and served as vicar of the parish for 28 years.

The earliest existing parish census of 1692 counted 11 Pozzi households in 4 groups, as well as 3 households with Pozzi wives (the Ianzi, Gaspari, and Marchese families). A source of confusion is that three heads of household were named Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi, one was the town notary and another the town doctor. Not listed in the census, but yet again of the same name, was a fourth--Father Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi (~1619-1694), Vicar of Giumaglio. Finally, I have also included Don Giovanni Pozzi, the head of the Coglio family who was also of Giumaglio roots, to account for all families of the era. The heads of these households are subgrouped here by census page references and then within each group reorganized by birth order for comparison. Others who died before 1692 have also been added for comparison and context, but lack page references. May 2016So far, our family ties back to at least three of these families:

Family 1692 Head of Household Birth Death Age
-- -- Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi, Vicar (1618-1619) 9 Apr 1694 (75)
-- -- Pietro Giacomo Pozzi, Vicar (< 1648) 15 Nov 1696 (> 48)

W. -- Giacomo Pozzi (1617) (15 Jan 1685) (67)
 W1. 6C. Giovanni Pozzi (1646-1647) 5 Nov 1695 (50)
 W2. -- Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi, Doctor (1647) 22 Jan 1680 (32)
  (WX1) 6D. Carlo Antonio Pozzi, Don/Doctor (1662-1663) 15 Feb 1700 (38)
  W24. 17A. Giacomo Pietro Pozzi, Don/Surgeon 7 Dec 1678 (1718-1719) (40)

A. -- Giacomo Pozzi1A (1601-1602) (16 Jul 1672) (70)
 A1. 9C. Giovanni Pozzi2A & Catterina Scamoni (1631) (1705/1706) (75)

B. -- Giacomo Pozzi1B (possibly the same as above1A) --  (< 1673) -- 
 B1. 13C. Giovanni "Zane" Pozzi2B & Giovanna Maria Mazzini (1643) (1705/1706) (63)

X. 15A. Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi, Don/Notary, & Giacomina Perinoni (1627-1628) (26 Aug 1694) (67)
 (X2.) 15B. Francesco Pozzi & Lucrezia Pozzi (1661) 8 May 1708 (47)

C. 15C. Giovanni Pozzi1C (1614-1617) (20 Apr 1695) (80)

CX. -- Giovanni Antonio Pozzi (Sr.) & Berta Pozzi (1638) (5 Nov 1688) (50)
 CX1. 15D. Giovanni Antonio Pozzi (Jr.) (17) Jan 1668 Apr 1731 (64)
 CX2. 16A. Angelo Maria Salvatore Pozzi 1 Jan 1671 (> 1698) (>27)
-- 16B. Alessio Pozzi & Maria Cerini (1661-1662) 8 Mar 1735 (74)

Y. 16C. Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi (1624-1625) (1692-1694) (> 68)
  Y1. 16C. Giovanni "Zane" Pozzi and Giovanna Cerini (1659-1660) 12 Jul 1694 (35)

Z. -- Giovanni Pozzi, Don of Coglio 1618 1696 (78)

January 2015Some of the interactions between these families include:

Giacomo POZZI1(~1602-1672)Top

May 2015A/B. Giacomo Pozzi1 the father of either Giovanni Pozzi2, Zane Pozzi2, or both may be the one born about 1601 or 1602, likely in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. While it appears unlikely that he would have two sons so similarly named, for purpose of comparison, both as listed as follows:

A1. Giovanni Pozzi2A (1631) (8 Oct 1705) (35)
B1. Giovanni "Zane" Pozzi2B (1643) (8 Jan 1706) (62)

Mentions of Giacomo as father to either apparent son are as follow:

Through March 1672, the death of granddaughter Anna Maria[Dth 1672A], Giacomo was recorded as living, but beginning with Pietro Antonio's baptism in 1673, he was referred to as deceased.[Bap 1673]

Giacomo Pozzi, age 70, died in his home in Giumaglio on July 16, 1672. He had confessed and was anointed the day prior, indicating that his death was not unexpected. Giacomo was buried the same day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1672B]

Sources
  • Bap 1667: 13 Oct 1667 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1668: 21 Sep 1668 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1669: 14 Jan 1669 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1671: 8 Mar 1671 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1672A: 12 Mar 1672 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1672B: 16 Jul 1672 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1673: 14 Feb 1673 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1693: 17 May 1693 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giovanni POZZI1(~1616-1695)Top

May 2015C. Giovanni Pozzi1 was born between 1614 and 1617, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. He was identified at the age of 75 in the first parish census of 1692 among a group of seven Pozzi households. Through association of other records, his son Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi is likely a brother to three Pozzi sisters whose father was known to be named Giovanni. The reconstructed family looks like:

(CX.) Giovanni Antonio Pozzi (Sr.) (1638) (5 Nov 1688) (50)
(CX.) Berta "Bertina" Pozzi (1643-1644) 6 Sep 1686 (42)

C1. Maria Maddalena Pozzi (1644) 8 Dec 1679 (35)
C2. Giovanna Pozzi2 (1649) (14 Jan 1714) (63)
C3. Apollonia Pozzi --  (> 1688) -- 
C4. Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi (1652) 26 Jan 1720 (66)
July 2015Giovanni Antonio Pozzi, the town ferrier, was the son of a Giovanni Pozzi, but so far it is unconfirmed which one he was the son of. He married Berta Pozzi and the records show strong familial connections between their family and those of the Pozzi siblings here. So far I am unable to determine whether Antonio or Berta is the more likely sibling and have placed both here for illustrative purposes as I explore further.

In the first parish census of Giumaglio, Giovanni1, age 75--the eldest of the parish--was enumerated with his son Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi, daughter-in-law Maria Bassi, and grandson Giovanni Antonio, age 1.[Cen 1692]

As for the girls, both Maddelena and Giovanna were identified as daughters of Giovanni (presumably the same Giovanni) when Giovanna named Maddalena as the godmother of her son Giovanni Antonio.[Bap 1668] Similarly, Giovanna and Maddalena each named Apollonia, also a daughter of a Giovanni Pozzi, as godmother to one of their children[Bap 1672A,B]; and Maddalena later named a daughter Apollonia.

May 2015Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi interconnects with the girls in that Maddalena named him as godmother to one of her sons and he named two of her children as godparents to his children. He was also named as godfather to two of Maddalena's grandchildren. With Giovanna2, he named two of her children as godparents to two of his children.

Giovanni Pozzi died on April 20, 1695, at his home in Giumaglio, reportedly at the age of 80. He was buried in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1695]

Sources
  • Bap 1668: 8 Dec 1668 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1672A: 15 Aug 1672 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1672B: 2 Sep 1672 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1675: 28 Feb 1675 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1692: 3 May 1692 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1695: 2 Apr 1695 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1695: 20 Apr 1695 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland