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CERINI Family History, Part U

January 2015
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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.

Margherita Apollonia (CERINI) POZZI (1675-1743)Top

December 201312. Margherita Apolloina Cerini2 was born on July 7, 1675, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, and baptized the following day. Her godparents were named as Carlo Antonio Pozzi and Maria Cerini.[Bap 1675] Margherita is believed to be the one who married Benedetto Pozzi on December 29, 1704, in what may have been a double wedding with her brother and Benedetto's sister at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Mar 1704A/B] She was about 23 years old and he about 37. They had four daughters, but only one survived to adulthood:

121. Maria Catterina Pozzi (4) Aug 1706 (4 Sep) 1715 (9)
122. Maria Domenica Pozzi 7 Jun 1711 (Infancy) (Infancy)
123. Giacomina Pozzi (1711-1713) 2 Nov 1766 (55)
124. Giovanna Maria Pozzi 9 Jan 1716 10 Dec 1724 (8)

Margherita's father died sometime between 1698 and 1702, after which her younger brother Antonio2 became head of the household, while in his late teens our early 20s.

Margherita and Benedetto were wed on the same day as her brother Antonio and Benedetto's apparent sister Maria Pozzi. Margherita and Antonio were both named as children of "the late Antonio" and Benedetto and Maria were both named as children of Giovanni Pozzi. Their three traditional marriage declarations, usually made on three successive Sundays, or on holy days in between, were made on December 26, 27 and 28, the Feasts of Saint Stephen, Saint John, and the Holy Innocents, respectively. Such a rapid progression is rather unusual and often indicated a "shotgun wedding," but neither Margherita nor Maria had children during their first year of marriage. The recorded witnesses to Margherita and Benedetto's marriage were Giovanni Pietro Moretti (Sartori)2 and Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi.[Mar 1704A/B]

Margherita and Benedetto chose the following as godparents for their children:

  1. Catterina: Giovanni Antonio Cerini (relationship unknown) and Giovanna Giumini[Bap 1706];
  2. Domenica: Giacomo Tomaso Pozzi and Anna Maria Iorio of Brontallo, Val Lavizzara[Bap 1711];
  3. Giacomina: no baptism record found in Giumaglio; and
  4. Giovanna: Stefano Pozzi and Maria (Cerini or Ianzi).[Bap 1716]

Of their four daughters, one died in infancy, and two at the ages of 9 and 8. Only Giacomina lived to marry. She married Giovanni Giacomo Felice Pedrotti in 1730 and her father Benedetto was recorded as one of the witnesses.[Mar 1730]

Benedetto Pozzi died at his home on December 16, 1741, two weeks before his 37th wedding anniversary. He was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1741] Benedetto was in his early 70s.

Margherita Apollonia (Cerini) Pozzi died a year later, probably on January 19, 1743. She was named only as "Margherita Pozzi" and the month was illegible but was followed by another record dated January 30, 1743. She died at her home and was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1743] Margherita was likely 67 years old.

Sources
  • Bap 1675: 8 Jul 1675 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1692: 3 May 1692 Church Census, 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
  • Mar 1704A/B: 29 Dec 1704 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1706: 5 Aug 1706 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1709: 1709 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1711: 7 Jun 1711 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1712: 30 Oct 1712 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1716: 10 Jan 1716 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1730: 1 Dec 1730 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1741: 16 Dec 1741 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1743: 19 (Jan) 1743 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Antonio CERINI (II)2 (1682-1744)Top

December 201313. Antonio Cerini (II)2 was born on June 2, 1682, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, and baptized the following day. His godparents were named as Giovanni Cerini (Jr.) and Mrs. Catterina (Rietta) Pozzi.[Bap 1682] Unlike his father and his descendants, Antonio was christened simply as "Antonio" rather than "Giovanni Antonio." Antonio married Maria Pozzi2 on December 29, 1704, in what may have been a double wedding with his sister and Maria's brother at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Mar 1704A/B] They had six children:[Cen 1741]

131. Giacomina Cerini 24 Apr 1707 (< 1709) (Infancy)
132. Domenica Catterina Cerini 9 May 1711 17 Nov 1753 (42)
133. Giovanni Antonio Cerini (III)3 29 Oct 1712 22 Jul 1758 (45)
134. Giacomo Ludovico Cerini 12 May 1714 (Childhood) (Childhood)
135. Giovanna Maria Cerini (Jun) 1716 (Childhood) (Childhood)
136. Giovanna Maria Cerini 2 Sep 1721 29 (Jul) 1774 (52)

Antonio's father died sometime between 1698 and 1702, after which Antonio became head of the household, while in his late teens our early 20s. His elder sister Margherita Apollonia, younger half-sister Giacomina, and widowed stepmother Giovanna lived with him.[Cen 1702-1703]

Antonio and Maria were wed on the same day as Margherita Cerini and Benedetto Pozzi, both believed to be Antonio's and Maria's siblings. Antonio and Margherita were both named as children of "the late Antonio" and Maria and Benedetto were both named as children of Giovanni Pozzi. Their three traditional marriage declarations, usually made on three successive Sundays, or on holy days in between, were made on December 26, 27 and 28, the Feasts of Saint Stephen, Saint John, and the Holy Innocents, respectively. Such a rapid progression is rather unusual and often indicated a "shotgun wedding," but neither Maria nor Margherita had children during their first year of marriage. The recorded witnesses to Antonio and Maria's marriage were Giovanni Battista Pozzi, who later became a priest and vicar of Someo and Giumaglio, and Daniele Gaspari.[Mar 1704A/B]

After Antonio's and his sister's weddings, Antonio's half-sister Giacomina continued to live with him, perhaps until her marriage in 1720.[Cen 1709]

Antonio and Maria chose the following as godparents for their children:

  1. Giacomina: Stefano Pozzi and Mrs. Maria (Hostini [Del Notaro?]) Pozzi[Bap 1707];
  2. Domenica Catterina: Giacomo Tomaso Pozzi and Mrs. Giacomina (Adami) Giovanotti[Bap 1711];
  3. Antonio3: Benedetto Pozzi, suspected to be Maria's brother and Antonio's brother-in-law, and Giacomina Cerini[Bap 1712];
  4. Ludovico: Giovanni Giacomo Giumini2 and Catterina Pozzi, Maria's likely niece[Bap 1714];
  5. Giovanna (elder): Giacomo Filippo Pozzi, brother to Stefano, above, and Giacomina Pozzi, daughter of Giovanni Pietro Pozzi[Bap 1716]; and
  6. Giovanna (younger): Don Giovanni Francesco Pozzi of Coglio and Giacomina Pozzi, Maria's likely niece and sister to Catterina above.[Bap 1721B]

Antonio (or possibly even his 16-year-old son Antonio) was named as godfather to nephew Giacomo Pietro Cerini.[Bap 1729]

In 1741, the household included son Antonio's wife and two children.[Cen 1741]

Antonio Cerini died at his home in Giumaglio on September 13, 1744. He was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1744] Antonio was 62 years old.

Giovanna Maria (Pozzi) Cerini died three years later on January 19, 1748, at her home in Giumaglio, following a weeks-long illness. She was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Maria was in recorded to have been "about 69 years old."[Dth 1748]

Sources
  • Bap 1682: 3 Jun 1682 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1692: 3 May 1692 Church Census, 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
  • Mar 1704A/B: 29 Dec 1704 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1707: 25 Apr 1707 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1709: 1709 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1711: 10 May 1711 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1712: 30 Oct 1712 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1714: 12 May 1714 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1716: [May/Jun] 1716 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1721: 2 Sep 1721 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1729: 16 Oct 1726 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1741: 13 Jun 1741 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1744: 13 Sep 1744 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1748: 19 Jan 1748 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1748: 1748 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giacomina CERINI (1696-1750)Top

August 201414. Giacomina Cerini was born June 24, 1696, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, and baptized the following day. Her godparents were named as Giacomo Pozzi and Domenica Terini (Marchese).[Bap 1696] She married Giovanni Pietro Cerini on March 12, 1720, in Giumaglio. They had five sons:

141. Giovanni Cerini 12 Dec 1724 (24) Nov 1803 (78)
142. Giovanni Antonio Cerini 24 Jan 1728 (< 1741) (Childhood)
143. Giacomo Pietro Cerini 15 Oct 1729 (< 1736) (< 6)
144. Giuseppe Maria Cerini 31 Oct 1734 (> 1763) (> 28)
145. Giacomo Pietro Cerini 23 Aug 1736 (> 1760) (> 23)
Cerini Connections
The marriage of Giacomina and Pietro is the closest Cerini connection (albeit, not of the direct male lines) between our Cerini family and that of the Cerini family of Tomales Bay, California. The Tomales Bay family descends from eldest son Giovanni. As noted in Giacomina and Pietro's marriage record, there was no relationship impediment between them, meaning that any blood relationship they had was beyond another four generations back.

Giacomina's father died before she was 6 years old, and afterward her elder brother Antonio2 became head of the household. She, her mother, and with her elder half-sister Margherita Apollonia, all lived with Antonio2.[Cen 1702-1703]

Giacomina and Pietro wed on March 12, 1720, at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Pietro, who was the son of the late Giovanni Cerini, was declared not to have any relationship "impediment" with Giacomina.[Mar 1720] This means that if related by blood then that relationship was beyond the four generations that the Church was concerned with. Recorded witnesses to their marriage were Giovanni Pietro Sartori2 and Giacomo Tomaso Pozzi, who later became the godfather of their firstborn son.[Mar 1720]

Giacomina and Pietro chose the following godparents for their children:

  1. Giovanni: Giacomo Tomaso Pozzi and Giovanna Pozzi[Bap 1724]
  2. Antonio: Carlo Antonio Lesina and Giacomina Pozzi[Bap 1728];
  3. Giacomo Pietro (elder): Antonio Cerini2, Giacomina's elder half-brother (or perhaps his son), and Mrs. Maria (Domenica) Lesina[Bap 1729];
  4. Giuseppe: Felice Lesina, husband of Maria (Domenica), and Maria Margherita Adami[Bap 1734]; and
  5. Giacomo Pietro (younger): Giovanni Antonio Del Notaro and Mrs. Domenica Pozzi.[Bap 1736]

Giovanni Pietro Cerini died on February 4, 1739, in Giumaglio, and was buried in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. He was reportedly "about 40 years" old.[Dth 1739]

Giacomina carried on with three surviving sons, ages 4 through 20 (actually 16). Interestingly, she was enumerated next to another widow, Giacomina (Cerini) Adami, possibly the widow of Giovanni Giacomo Adami.[Cen 1741]

Giacomina Cerini died on March 26, 1750, at her home in Giumaglio. She was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1750] Giacomina was 53 years old.

Sources
  • Bap 1696: 25 Jun 1696 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, 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
  • Cen 1709: 1709 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1720: 12 Mar 1720 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1724: 13 Dec 1724 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1728: 24 Jan 1728 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1729: 16 Oct 1729 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1734: 31 Oct 1734 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1736: 23 Aug 1736 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1739: 4 Feb 1739 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1741: 13 Jun 1741 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1748: 1748 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1750: 26 Mar 1750 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland