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TOGNINI/COIRATA Family History

June 2015
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.

What little I have found on the Tognini/Coirata family of Someo is predominately based on parish records from Giumaglio, 2 kilometers downriver from Someo. "La famiglie valmaggesi nel 1808" (Pro Valle Maggia, 1970) records the Tognini name as associated with Someo but since extinct. It also associates Coirata, also extinct, with the villages of Sant Antonio and San Carlo in Val di Peccia, 22 kilometers upriver from Someo.

The early Tognini/Coirata families found in Giumaglio parish records are:

Domenico TOGNINI1Top

May 20141. Domenico Tognini1 of Someo, Ticino canton, Switzerland, is so far only known through the marriage record of daughter Domenica2, who married in the parish of Giumaglio, 2 kilometers downriver. Domenica may have had two brothers, as suggested by the baptism records of her youngest son, which give a possible family of:

1X.  Domenica Tognini2 (1658-1661) (6) Jun 1725 (64)
1Y.  Domenico Tognini (Jr.) --  --  -- 
1Z. Carlo Tognini --  --  -- 

The first known record in the parish of Giumaglio is that of daughter Domenica's marriage. It names her as the daughter of Dominici Tognini of Someo.[Mar 1685] Afterward, the baptism records of all Domenica's children name her as a "Coirata," and two parish censuses name her as a "Coiranta."[Cen 1698,1702] Curiously, the baptism record of Domenica's youngest son Domenico, identified Domenica as a Coirata yet the godparents she named for little Domenico were Carlo Tognini and Giacomina, wife of Domenico Tognini (Jr.), both of Someo.[Bap 1701] It is speculated that Carlo and Domenico are likely Domenica's brothers.

Sources
  • Mar 1685: 6 Mar 1685 Marriage, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1698: 6 Jun 1698 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1701: 12 Mar 1701 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1702: 12 Jan 1702 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giovanni COIRATA (-> 1673)Top

June 2015X. Giovanni Coirata of Someo may have had three daughters who married three Bonetti men in Giumaglio. Any relationship of Giovanni to Domenico1 is purely speculative:

(X1) Antonia Coirata (1634-1635) 30 Apr 1698 (63)
X2. Maria Coirata (1645) (> 1703) (> 52)
XX. Giacomina Coirata --  (> 1677) -- 

Giacomina and Maria were both named as daughters of Giovanni Coirata in baptism records of their children.[Bap 1671A,B] Antonia's father was similarly named once, however, in that record she was inexplicably identified as the daughter of Giovanni Parini (Parinoni?).[Bap 1669]

Giovanni Coirata likely lived beyond 1673 as in all records he was not noted as deceased.[Bap 1669-1673]

Sources
  • Bap 1669: 2 Jun 1669 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1671A: 15 Aug 1671 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1671B: 18 Aug 1671 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1673: 2 Feb 1673 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Antonia (COIRATA) BONETTI (~1635-1698)Top

June 2015X1. Antonia Coirata was born about 1634 or 1635, probably in Someo, Ticino, Switzerland. She married Giovanni Bonetti and had as many as six children, including a pair of twin daughters. Giovanni's eldest daughter Domenica may have been from a previous marriage:

 -- Domenica Bonetti (< 1667) (> 1677) -- 

X1 Giacomina Bonetti (1666-1667) 3 Mar 1671 (4)
X2 Giovanetta Bonetti (1666) 5 Jun 1724 (55)
X3 Giovanni Pietro Bonetti (Sr.) 1 Jun 1669 12 Aug 1734 (65)
X4 Margherita Bonetti 22 Sep 1672 20 Oct 1672 (28 days)
X5 Maria Bonetti 22 Sep 1672 (> 1708) (> 35)
X6 Antonio Ludovico Bonetti 24 Aug 1678 (> 1703) (> 26)

Antonia and Giovanni chose the following godparents for their children:

Interestingly, Antonia was once identified as the daughter of Giovanni Parini of Someo in the baptism record of son Pietro.[Bap 1669] This was the only mention of her father, but if it were to refer to Giovanni Coirata it may indicate that she was a sister to Maria and Giacomina Coirata, all three of whom married Bonetti men.

During the last week of May 1677, The Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Dom. Dom. Giovanni Ambrogio Torriano, Bishop of Como, held mass confirmation ceremonies for parishes in the valley at Maggia, 4 kilometers downriver, and Someo, 2 kilometers upriver. Son Giovanni Pietro was confirmed at the Church of San Maurizio in Maggia on May 22, at which time his godfather was named as Giacomo Ianzi.[Con 1677A] Antonia and two daughters (less Giovanetta) were confirmed at the Church of Santi Placido ed Eustachio in Someo on May 31, at which time the following sponsoring godparents were named: Antonia's was Margherita Rocchini of Someo; Domenica's was Maria Cerini; and Maria's was Mrs. Domenica (Bonetti) Lesina.[Con 1677B] Domenica had previously been named as godmother to Giovanna Cristina Bonetti in Maggia.[Con 1677A]

Giovanni Bonetti died suddenly on October 1, 1683, in a fall from a tree or stake (rogo) in Dorca, in the mountains above Giumaglio. He was about 47 years old and was buried in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1683]

Antonia was widowed at about the age of 49 and had four or five children between the ages of 5 and 17. Come the first parish census of 1692, Antonia was listed with her son Pietro, age 22, as the head of household and children Maria and Antonio Ludovico. Daughter Giovanetta had married 5 years earlier.[Cen 1692]

Son Pietro married and Antonia, Maria, and Antonio Ludovico continued to live together until Antonia's death in 1698, however, Antonio Ludovico was marked as absent that year, suggesting he may have been working some distance from Giumaglio. Their household was enumerated following those of Antonio and Maria (Cerini) Bonetti and Antonia's likely widowed sister Maria (Coirata) Bonetti.[Cen 1698]

Antonia (Coirata) Bonetti died on April 30, 1698, at the family home in Giumaglio. She was buried the same day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1698] She was 63 years old.[Cen 1698]

Some five years after Antonia's death, her likely widowed sister Maria (Coirata) Bonetti was counted as a household unto herself, but was noted to be living at the residence of Antonia's son Giovanni Pietro Bonetti.[Cen 1703]

Sources
  • Bap 1669: 2 Jun 1669 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1672A-B: 23 Sep 1672 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Con 1677A: 22 May 1677 Confirmation, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Con 1677B: 31 May 1677 Confirmation, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1678: 25 Aug 1678 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1683: 1 Oct 1683 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1692: 3 May 1692 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1698: 30 Apr 1698 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1698: 6 Jun 1698 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1703: 8 May 1703 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Maria (COIRATA) BONETTI (~1645->1703)Top

June 2015X2. Maria Coirata was born about 1645, probably in Someo, Ticino, Switzerland. She married Antonio Bonetti and had at least three sons, none of whom outlived her:

(X21) Carlo Antonio Bonetti (1667) 23 Feb 1677 (10)
X22. Giovanni Maria Bonetti 14 Aug 1671 8 Dec 1699 (28)
X23. Carlo Domenico Bonetti 24 Oct 1673 3 May 1684 (10)

Maria and Antonio chose the following godparents for their children:

  1. Carlo Antonio: no baptism records found in Giumaglio before 1667;
  2. Giovanna Maria: Giovanni Mirenini of Giumaglio and Mrs. Maria (Ferari) Bonetti[Bap 1671]; and
  3. Carlo Domenico: Giovanni Ianzi and Mrs. Giovanna (Bonetti) Cerini.[Bap 1671]

First son Carlo Antonio is only know from his death record in which he was only identified as the son of Antonio. He died at home on February 23, 1677, at the age of 10 and was buried in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1677]

June 2015During the last week of May 1677, The Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Dom. Dom. Giovanni Ambrogio Torriano, Bishop of Como, held mass confirmation ceremonies for parishes in the valley at Maggia, 4 kilometers downriver, and Someo, 2 kilometers upriver. The Bonetti family was confirmed at the Church of San Maurizio in Maggia on May 22, at which time Maria's sponsoring godmother was named as Mrs. Giovanna (Betanta) Del Notaro of Coglio; Giovanni Maria's godfather was Francesco Pozzi of Giumaglio; and Carlo Domenico's was Giovanni Guglielmetti of Coglio.[Con 1677]

Antonio Bonetti died between 1684 (the death of youngest son Carlo Domenico) and 1698 when Maria was first recorded in the parish census. In that year Maria, age 53, was living with her only surviving son Giovanni. Their household was enumerated between that of Antonio and Maria (Cerini) Bonetti and her likely widowed sister Antonia (Coirata) Bonetti.[Cen 1698]

Come 1702, Maria was enumerated by herself[Cen 1702], but by the following year, while stilll counted as a household unto herself, she was noted to be living at the residence of apparent nephew Giovanni Pietro Bonetti.[Cen 1703]

Maria (Coirata) Bonetti's death record was not found, nor any other records beyond the 1703 parish census in which she was said to be 52 years old.[Cen 1703]

Sources
  • Bap 1671: 15 Aug 1671 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1673: 25 Oct 1673 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1677: 23 Feb 1677 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1698: 6 Jun 1698 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1702: 12 Jan 1702 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1703: 8 May 1703 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giacomina (COIRATA) BONETTI (->1677)Top

June 2015XX. Giacomina Coirata was born about 1645, probably in Someo, Ticino, Switzerland. She married Giovanni Giacomo Bonetti and had as many as six children:

XX1. Anna Maria Bonetti (1660-1661) (22 Apr 1696) (35)
XX2. Giovanna Bonetti 25 Jun 1668 --  -- 
XX3. Catterina Bonetti 17 Aug 1671 31 Aug 1671 (14 days)
XX4. Maria Maddalena Bonetti 1 Feb 1673 8 Nov 1676 (3)
XX5. Catterina Bonetti (1674-1676) --  -- 
XX6. Carlo Antonio Bonetti 27 Jan 1677 --  -- 

Giacomina and Giacomo chose the following godparents for their children:

  1. Anna Maria: no baptism records found in Giumaglio before 1667;
  2. Giovanna: Giovanni Antonio Pozzi and Catterina Pozzi[Bap 1668];
  3. Catterina: Giovanni Antonio Cerini2 and Maria Ianzini[Bap 1671];
  4. Maddalena: Giovanni Tognini and Giovanni Calieri[Bap 1673], both of Someo;
  5. Catterina: no baptism record found in Giumaglio; and
  6. Carlo Antonio: Giovanni Antonio Pozzi and Domenica Ianzi[Bap 1677];

During the last week of May 1677, The Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Dom. Dom. Giovanni Ambrogio Torriano, Bishop of Como, held mass confirmation ceremonies for parishes in the valley at Maggia, 4 kilometers downriver, and Someo, 2 kilometers upriver. The Bonetti family was confirmed at the Church of Santi Placido ed Eustachio in Someo on May 31, at which time their children were assigned the following godparents: Anna Maria's was Giovanna Tognazzini of Someo; Catterina's was the widow Giacomina (Stolfi) Rusca (Giovanotti) of Giumaglio; and Carlo Antonio's was Don Giovanni Battista Franzoni of Cevio.[Con 1677] Giacomina and Giacomo do not appear to have been confirmed.

Only one record exists of this Bonetti family beyond 1677 and that is of the death of Anna Maria Bonetti (no father or husband named) on April 22, 1696, at her home in Giumaglio. She was buried in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1696]

Sources
  • Bap 1668: 26 Jun 1668 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1671: 18 Aug 1671 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1673: 2 Feb 1673 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1677: 28 Jan 1677 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Con 1677: 31 May 1677 Confirmation, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1696: 22 Apr 1696 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Domenica (TOGNINI/COIRATA) PIEZZI2 (~1661-1725)Top

May 20141x. Domenica Tognini/Coirata1 was born between 1658 and 1661, probably in Someo, Ticino, Switzerland. She married Giacomo Piezzi2, the father of five children, who was widowed just one month prior to their marriage in 1685. She was around 23 years old and he about 39. They had seven children together in Giumaglio:

--  Maria Maddalena Piezzi (1675) (28 May 1718) (43)
--  Pietro Paulo Piezzi 22 Dec 1677 13 Sep 1741 (63)
--  Domenico Piezzi (1678) (2 Oct 1694) (Childhood)
--  Giovanni Giacomo Piezzi 25 Jul 1680 (Childhood) (Childhood)
--  Carlo Antonio Piezzi 27 Oct 1683 (> 1703) (> 20)

1x1. Domenico Piezzi 8 Jan 1688 2 Oct 1694 (6)
1x2. Giacomina Piezzi3 (1688-1689) 30 Jan 1743 (55)
1x3. Giacomo Piezzi (II) 12 Jul 1691 25 Feb 1764 (72)
1x4. Giovanna Piezzi 6 Jul 1694 (1718-1720) (25)
1x5. Anna Maria Piezzi 25 Jul 1698 5 Nov 1742 (44)
1x6. Domenico Piezzi 12 Mar 1701 18 Nov 1756 (55)
1x7. Domenica Piezzi 15 Mar 1704 13 Apr 1764 (60)

Giacomo's first wife, Maria (Pedrotti) Piezzi, died on February 6, 1685, at the family home in Giumaglio. She was reported to be "about 30 years" old and was buried the following day in the cemetery next to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1685]

Domenica and Giacomo marrried a month after Maria's death on March 6, 1685, in the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Giumaglio. This followed the three traditional declarations, which were made in both the parishes of Giumaglio and Someo on February 24 and 25, and March 4. Witnesses to their union were Giovanni Pozzi, Giacomo Mirenini, and Giacomo Sartori, all of Giumaglio. Also married on the same day, and with the same dates of declarations beforehand, were Giovanni Giacomo Gaspari (also a widower) and Giovanna Guglielmetti.[Mar 1685]

Domenica and Giacomo are first found as a family in the parish census of 1692 with Maddalena and Pietro noted as Giacomo's children, indicating they were from his previous marriage. Domenico (the elder), Carlo, Giacomina, and Giacomo were apparently added later as a group and simply named as "children," denoting they were the children of both Giacomo and Domenica.[Cen 1692] However, Carlo Antonio was later grouped with Maddalena and Pieto Paulo as "children only of Giacomo" and Giacomina and the younger children as "children of both," which is born out by baptism records, with the notable exception of Domenico, who was born to Domenica but 10 years after that indicated in the 1692 parish census.[Bap 1688, Cen 1692-1702]

Domenica and Giacomo chose the following godparents for their children:

  1. Domenico (elder): Battista Giumini and Domenica Bonetti (likely the wife of Giovanni Pedrotti)[Bap 1688];
  2. Giacomina2: no baptism record found in Giumaglio;
  3. Giacomo (II): Pietro Bonetti and Mrs. Maddalena (Ianzi) Giumini[Bap 1691];
  4. Giovanna: Giacomo Mirenini and Maria Apollonia Giumini, the sister-in-law of Maddalena (Ianzi) Giumini and perhaps Giacomo's niece[Bap 1694];
  5. Anna Maria: Giovanni Giacomo Fedele Caneverini of Coglio and Maria Pozzi[Bap 1698];
  6. Domenico (younger): Carlo Tognini of Someo, perhaps Domenica's brother, and Mrs. Giacomina Tognini of Someo, the wife of Domenico Tognini, who may also have been Domenica's brother[Bap 1701]; and
  7. Domenica: Cristiano Sartori and Domenica Marchese.[Bap 1704]

Giacomo's six-year-old son Domenico died on October 2, 1694, at the family home in Giumaglio. He was buried at the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1694]

By 1698, Giacomo's elder children Maddalena, Pietro Paolo, and Carlo Antonio were all annotated as "absent," while teenaged Giacomina and Giacomo remained and Giovanna and Anna Maria were added.[Cen 1698] Maddalena returned by 1702, while Pietro Paulo and Carlo Antonio remained "absent," and the younger Domenico was added.[Cen 1702,1703]

Giacomo Piezzi died on August 18, 1724, at the family home in Giumaglio. He was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. He was reportedly "about 82 years" old[Dth 1724] but may have been about 79 years old based on ages recorded earlier.

Domenica (Tognini/Coirata) Piezzi died 9 months later about June 6, 1725, at her home in Giumaglio. She was buried the following day in the cemetery next to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1725] Domenica was in her early 60s.

Sources
  • Dth 1685: 6 Feb 1685 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1685: 6 Mar 1685 Marriage, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1688: 9 Jan 1688 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1691: 15 Jul 1691 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1692: 3 May 1692 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1694: 6 Jul 1694 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1694: 2 Oct 1694 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1698: 6 Jun 1698 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1698: 26 Jul 1698 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1701: 12 Mar 1701 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1702: 12 Jan 1702 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1703: 8 May 1703 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1704: 15 Mar 1704 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1709: 1709 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1723: 7 Sep 1723 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1724: 18 Aug 1724 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1724: 4 Nov 1724 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1725: (6) Jun 1725 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland