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CERINI Family History, Part Z

June 2014
Acknowledgement
Thanks to research from and collaboration with Dan Malugani, Jim Pandiani, Jill (Marci) Sybalsky, Dell Swearingen, and others who contributed to our family history.
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.

 

Giovanni Pietro CERINI (1828-)

A1133B. Giovanni Pietro Cerini, was born on the night of September 16/17, 1828, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, and baptized on the 17th as "Jacobus Joannes Petrus." His godfather was named as Pietro Torneri, who was married to Giovanna Maria Giumini, likely his father's first cousin on his paternal grandmother's side. His godmother was Mrs. Maria (Piezzi) Cerini, wife of uncle Antonio Cerini.[Bap 1828]

Pietro, recorded as "Giacomo Pietro of Giacomo Pietro," a farmer, took out a loan of 710 francs on May 30, 1855, to emigrate to Australia. This was the same day that younger brother Pietro (Antonio) also took out an emigration loan.[Cheda 341-342] The usual cost was 1,000 francs, so presumably Pietro or his family was able to put up the remainder. As did his brother, Pietro likely traveled aboard the Adèle[Gentilli 34], which departed Antwerp, Belgium, and arrived in Sydney on November 8, 1855. What became of Pietro afterward is unknown. He brother lived out the rest of his life in Victoria, Australia.

Sources
  • Bap 1828: 17 Sep 1828 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1843: 1843 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Reg ~1851: Family 47, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Reg ~1894: Family 22, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cheda: Cheda, Giorgio. L’emigrazione Ticinese in Australia, 2d edition. Locarno, Switzerland: Armando Dadò Editore, 1979.
  • Gentilli: Gentilli, J. The Settlement of Swiss Ticino Immigrants in Australia, 3d edition. University of Western Australia, 1988.

Pietro (Antonio) CERINI (1830-1903)

A1133C. Pietro (Antonio) Cerini, was born on the morning of June 17, 1830, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, and baptized that same day. His godparents were named as Pietro Torneri, who was married to Giovanna Maria Giumini, likely his father's first cousin on his paternal grandmother's side, and who also served as godfather to Pietro's elder brother Giovanni Pietro. Pietro's godmother was named as Mrs. Marianna (Piezzi) Adami, the wife of Pietro Marco Adami, and also his father's first cousin on Pietro's paternal grandmother's side.[Bap 1830]

Pietro, recorded as "Pietro Antonio," a mason, took out a loan of 400 francs from the Oswald company on May 30, 1855, to emigrate to Victoria, Australia. This was the same day that elder brother Giovanni (Giacomo) Pietro also took out an emigration loan.[Cheda 342] The usual cost was 1,000 francs, so presumably Pietro Antonio or his family was able to put up the remainder. Pietro (Antonio) traveled aboard the Adèle[Gentilli 34], perhaps with his brother, which departed Antwerp, Belgium, and arrived in Sydney on November 8, 1855.

Pietro (Antonio) settled in Hepburn (1856-1857) and mined with partner Alessandro (Mansueto) Pozzi. He also mined in Piggoreet, about 77 kilometers southwest of Hepburn, and was naturalized in 1896.[Gentilli 34]

Pietro (Antonio) Cerini died in Ballarat, between Hepburn and Piggoreet, in 1903. He was about 73 years old.[Gentilli 34]

Sources
  • Bap 1830: 17 Jun 1830 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1843: 1843 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Reg ~1851: Family 47, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Reg ~1894: Family 22, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cheda: Cheda, Giorgio. L’emigrazione Ticinese in Australia, 2d edition. Locarno, Switzerland: Armando Dadò Editore, 1979.
  • Gentilli: Gentilli, J. The Settlement of Swiss Ticino Immigrants in Australia, 3d edition. University of Western Australia, 1988.

Giovanni Battista CERINI6 (1834-)

Battista CERINI A1133E. Giovanni Battista Cerini6, was born on August 7 or 8, 1834, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. He was baptized on August 8 and Marcello Lafranchi of nearby Coglio was named as his godfather. His godmother was Mrs. Maria (Piezzi) Cerini, the wife of his uncle, Antonio Cerini.[Bap 1843] She had also been the godmother of Battista's eldest brother Giovanni Pietro.

Battista married Maria Orsola Cerini6, his second cousin, after being granted a dispensation, on on April 14, 1861, in Giumaglio. Giacomo Pietro Piezzi and Ferdinando Pozzi were recorded as witnesses.[Mar 1861]. They had seven children and all six who lived to adulthood emigrated to America:

A1133E1. Addelida Cerini 4 Jul 1861 --  -- 
A1133E2. Giovanni Pietro Cerini (2) Oct 1863 (>1920) (>56)
A1133E3. Maria Annonziatta Cerini 2 Sep 1865 19 Jul 1929 (61/63)
A1133E4. Aurelia Caterina Cerini7 3 Aug 1867 28 Jan 1948 (80)
A1133E5. Ernesta Carolina Cerini 28 Jun 1869 --  -- 
A1133E6. Silvio Cerini 27 Mar 1871 2 Apr 1871 (6 days)
A1133E7. Giacomo Valeriano "Dan" Cerini 27 Jun 1872 18 Oct 1947 (75)
Batista and Josephina CERINI

The Cerinis named the following godparents for their children:

  1. Addelida: Pietro Cerini, Orsola's younger brother, and Maria Cerini, Battista's younger sister[Bap 1861];
  2. Pietro: Giovanni Piezzi and Marianna Cerini, Battista's sister[Bap 1863];
  3. Annonziatta: Felice Cerini, likely Orsola's uncle, and Mrs. Apollonia Piezzi, the widow of Giovanni Piezzi, likely the godfather of Pietro[Bap 1865];
  4. Aurelia: Agostino Piezzi, likely the brother of Giovanni Piezzi, and Maria Cerini (no immediate relationship)[Bap 1867];
  5. Carolina: Domenico Pedrotti and Maria Cerini, Battista's younger sister[Bap 1869];
  6. Silvio: Giovanni Lorenzo Pozzi and cousin Marianna Cerini, daughter of Felice[Bap 1871]; and
  7. Dan: Giacomo Pedrotti and Carolina Pozzi.[Bap 1872]

Godfathers Giovanni and Agostino Piezzi and Domenico Pedrotti were all grandsons of Giovanni Domenico Piezzi.

Battista's two eldest brothers emigrated to Australia in 1855. Battista is recalled to have emigrated to California but did not settle there permanently. He left his family behind in Switzerland during at least two trips to America. While in America he worked at a dairy in Fallon, Marin County, California, just north of Tomales.

The first trip may have been captured in the 1880 census in which a Battista Cerini, age 47, was working as a hired man on the farm of Luca and Barbarina Bonetti in Nicasio Township, Marin County. Along with them worked Angelo Bizzini, a button maker, age 30, and Marco Bonetti, age 18.[Cen 1880] While the Bonetti family is well established in Giumaglio and the Bizzini family associated with Avegno, none of Battista's employers or co-workers in 1880 have been connected to Giumaglio. Battista's eldest son Pietro is also recorded to have immigrated to California in 1880.

After son Pietro's emigration to California came Dan's in 1888 and Annonziatta's in 1890.

Battista was named as the godfather of grandson Carlo Aurelio Malugani8 in 1890, likely while his son-in-law Giuseppe Malugani was in America. Giuseppe returned and took daughter Aurelia7 and their two toddlers to California 1892.

Daughter Addeleida also emigrated by 1893, to Pennsylvania. In the end, of their six grown children, only daughter Carolina stayed behind in Giumaglio while her first seven children emigrated to California between 1907 and 1920.

Battista's own last trip to America was believed to be the year of his grandson Dan's birth in 1908. According to granddaughter Alice Cerine, Battista fought under Teddy Roosevelt in the Indian Wars, but that is unlikely as Battista was already in his 70s by then. Alice also believes he lived to be either 98 or 100 years old!

Sources
  • Bap 1843: 8 Aug 1843 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1843: 1843 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1861: 14 Apr 1861 Marriage, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1861: 4 Jul 1861 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1863: 4 Oct 1863 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1865: 3 Sep 1865 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1867: 4 [Aug] 1867 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1869: 29 Jun 1869 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1872: 1 Jul 1872 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1880: 15 Jul 1880 Census, Nicasio Township, Marina County, California
  • Reg ~1851: Family 47, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Reg ~1894: Family 22, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland

Marianna (CERINI) PIEZZI (1840)

A1133G. Marianna Cerini was born on the morning of March 15, 1840, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, and baptized that day. Her godfather was a man named Battista (family name illegible) from Bergamo, Italy, and her godmother was Maddalena Giumini, her father's first cousin on his maternal side.

Marianna is known for having been named by her brother Battista3 as the godmother of his eldest son Giovanni Pietro Cerini.[Bap 1863]

Sources
  • Bap 1840: 15 Mar 1840 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1843: 1843 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1863: 4 Oct 1863 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Reg ~1851: Family 47, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Reg ~1894: Family 22, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland

Maria Marghertia (CERINI) TOGNETTI (1842)

A1133H. Maria Margherita Cerini was born on April 8, 1842, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. Her godparents were named as Pietro Antonio Tognazzini of Someo and Margherita Lafranchi of neighboring Coglio, who was likely her namesake.[Bap 1842] Margherita married Antonio Tognetti around April 16, 1876.[Reg ~1894]

Sources
  • Bap 1842: 8 Apr 1842 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1843: 1843 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Reg ~1894: Family 22, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland

Maria Catterina CERINI (1844-1885)

A1133I. Maria Catterina Domenica Cerini was born on September 18, 1844, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. Her godparents were named as Pietro Adami and the widow Catterina Piezzi.[Bap 1844]

Maria Catterina Domenica Cerini died on April 27, 1885, in Giumaglio, six years to the day after her next younger sister Carolina died. Catterina was buried the following day at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. She was only 40 years old.[Dth 1885]

Sources
  • Bap 1844: 18 Sep 1844 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1885: 27 Apr 1885 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Reg ~1894: Family 22, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland

Maria Carolina CERINI (1847-1879)

A1133J. Maria Carolina Cerini was born on January 27, 1847, in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland.[Bap 1847] Her godparents were named as Pietro Antonio Tognazzini of Someo (likely a relatve on her mother's side) and Carolina Pozzi, her apparent namesake.

Maria Carolina Cerini appears not to have married and died on April 27, 1879, at her home in Giumaglio. She was only 32 years old. She was buried the following day at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1879, Reg ~1894]

Sources
  • Bap 1847: 27 Jan 1847 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1879: 27 Apr 1879 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Reg ~1894: Family 22, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland

Maria CERINI

June 2013A1133x. Maria Cerini lived in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. She is known for having been named by her brother Battista3 as the godmother of his two daughters, Addelida and Ernesta Carolina Cerini, however, I have yet to isolate which of the five "Maria" sisters she correlates to.[Bap 1861,1869]

Sources
  • Bap 1861: 4 Jul 1861 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1869: 29 Jun 1869 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Maria Orsola CERINI6 (1839-)

Maria Orsola CERINI A11462. Maria Orsola Cerini6 was born on December 15, 1839, apparently somewhere other than Giumaglio as no baptism record has been found at the parish. She married Giovanni Battista Cerini6, her second cousin, after being granted a dispensation, on April 14, 1861, in Giumaglio. Giacomo Pietro Piezzi and Ferdinando Pozzi were recorded as witnesses.[Mar 1861] They had seven children and all six who lived to adulthood emigrated to America:

A114621. Addelida Cerini 4 Jul 1861 --  -- 
A114622. Giovanni Pietro Cerini (1 Oct) 1863 (>1920) (>56)
A114623. Maria Annonziatta Cerini 1 Sep 1865 19 Jul 1929 (61/63)
A114624. Aurelia Caterina Cerini7 3 Aug 1867 28 Jan 1948 (80)
A114625. Ernesta Carolina Cerini 28 Jun 1869 --  -- 
A114626. Silvio Cerini 27 Mar 1871 2 Apr 1871 (6 days)
A114627. Giacomo Valeriano "Dan" Cerini 27 Jun 1872 18 Oct 1947 (75)
Orsola, Elisabetta, or Giuseppa?
Tracking Orsola over time has proven a bit of a challenge. Inexplicably, she was named three different ways in her children's baptism records. For her first three children she was named as "Maria Ursula" (Orsola)[Bap 1861-1865, Reg ~1894], followed by "Josepha" (Giuseppa) for daughter Aurelia[Bap 1867], and lastly as "Elisabeth" (Elisabetta) for the last three children.[Bap 1869-1872] She was further named as "Josephina" (Giuseppina) on daughter Aurelia's marriage record.[Mar 1888] In all but one case she was correctly named as the daughter of Josephi (Giuseppe) Cerini.
Sources
  • Mar 1861: 14 Apr 1861 Marriage, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1861: 4 Jul 1861 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1863: 4 Oct 1863 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1865: 3 Sep 1865 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1867: 4 [Aug] 1867 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1869: 29 Jun 1869 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1872: 1 Jul 1872 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1888: 5 Feb 1888 Marriage, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Reg ~1894: Family 22, Registro della Popolazione, Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland

Pietro Antonio CERINI (1842-)

A11463. Pietro Antonio Cerini was born on October 10, 1842, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. He was apparently named for his paternal grandfather and his paternal uncle and godfather Pietro Antonio Felice Cerini. His godmother was his paternal aunt Maria Anna Cerini.[Bap 1842]

Pietro was named by his elder sister Maria Orsola as the godfather of her daughter Addelida Cerini.[Bap 1861]

Sources
  • Bap 1842: 10 Oct 1842 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1843: 1843 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1861: 4 Jul 1861 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Elisabetta Apollonia (CERINI) MARCI (1848-)

A11465. Elisabetta Apollonia Cerini was born on September 16, 1848, in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, and baptized the following day. Her godmother and apparent partial namesake was Mrs. Apollonia Piezzi, the wife of Giovanni Piezzi. Her godfather was Giovanni Giacomo Adami.[Bap 1848]

Elisabetta married Luca Marci of Frasco, in the upper Verzasca valley, in Frasco on August 3, 1877. They had at least three children, all born in Frasco:[Marci-Sybalsky]

A114651. Gerunzio Giuseppe Marci 6 May 1880 4 Jan 1966 (85)
A114652. Dorothy Marci 8 Mar 1884 25 Jan 1920 (35)
A114653. Luca Santino Marci 25 Jun 1885 --  -- 

Three children emigrated to California after the turn of the century: Gerunzio in 1900, Luca in 1901, and Dorothy in 1911.

Sources
  • Bap 1848: 17 Sep 1848 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Marci-Sybalsky, Jill A. Jill Marci and Her Ancestors. (Library Edition). 2013.