CERINI Family History, Introduction
Seven separate Cerini households and eight more with Cerini wives are found in the first surviving parish census of Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. As I continue back through baptism, marriage, and death records, the relationships between these families hopefully will become more clear. Some of these will be expanded upon elsewhere as more information becomes available:
- Giovanni Cerini (Sr.), born about 1619 and likely died on March 26, 1696, was the eldest of the parish in 1692 at the age of 73. He was a widower with two sons, one of whom died before 1692 and left two daughters. Giovanni's son Giovanni (Jr.) was named as the godfather to both Antonio Cerini2 and Giovanna Maria Cristina Pozzi2, who wed in 1704.
- Giovanni Giacomo Cerini, born about 1633 and died on January 8, 1693. He married Margherita Ferrari of Maggia and had at least one surviving daughter, Giovanna (Cerini) Ianzini.
- The late Giovanni Cerini and his surviving wife Margherita Camani (~1635-1697) had sons Giovanni and Giacomo Antonio. This family was enumerated adjacent to Giovanni Giacomo Cerini in 1692, and in 1698, after Margherita died, her sons were joined by the widow Mrs. Giacomina (Cerini) Pedrotti.
- Giovanni Cerini, born about 1634, married Domenica Del Notaro, the widow of Giovanni Mazzini. Domenica died in 1693 and Giovanni remarried to Guglielmina Cerini. Their son Giovanni Pietro Cerini is the progenitor of the Cerinis of Tomales Bay, California.
- Giovanni Antonio Cerini (I)1, born about 1640, is the progenitor of our Cerini family.
- Giovanni "Muscini" Cerini, born about 1645, had five children with his first wife and later married Giovanna Mazzini, and perhaps had two more children.
- Magistro Pietro Cerini, born about 1664, married Margherita Petanga of Prato, Val Lavizzara. His title of "Magistro" was noted in a baptism record of 1692. No further records follow after 1692.
Cerini wives included:
- Maria Cerini, born about 1645, married Giacomo Sartori.
- Maria Cerini, born about 1663, married Alessio Pozzi. She died by 1705 and Alessio remarried to Maria Catterina Lesina.
- Giovanna Cerini, born about 1653, married Giovanni Pozzi. She died in 1711.
- Giovanna Cerini, born about 1662, married Zano Pozzi.
- Giovanna Cerini, born about 1668, married Don Carlo Antonio Pozzi, the town doctor. They took care of Anna Cerini, the orphaned daughter of the late Giacomo Cerini, and therefore perhaps the granddaughter of Giovanni Cerini (Sr.). Anna went on to marry Pietro Paolo Gaspari.
- Giovanna Cerini, born about 1673, married Pietro Antonio Marca. She died in 1726 and Pietro went on to marry Maria Lesina and Domenica Catterina Cerini.
- Domenica Cerini, born about 1663, married Giacomo Giumini (Sr.) and had one son, Giovanni, by 1692. Their son Giovanni later became a notary and don of Giumaglio. Domenica died on October 18, 1700, and Giacomo went on to remarry to Maria Lafranchi.
- Guglielmina Cerini, born about 1665, married Giovanni Maria Pedrotti. Guglielmina was enumerated in 1698 with the orphaned Cerini-Camani sons.
Other Cerini Branches
Cerini families from Ticino are found along the coast of Marin and Sonoma counties from Point Reyes Station and Tomales to Sea View/Salt Point. Although not treated here, noted familes and individuals include:
- Battista Cerini (born ~1833) and John Cerini (born ~1842), found in 1880 at Nicasio Township in the coastal hills between Point Reyes and Novato, Marin County
- Angelo Cerini (born September 1851), immigrated in 1869 and settled in Plantation, Salt Point Township, Sonoma County, by 1880, Westport Township, Mendocino County, by 1900, then moved inland to Ukiah by 1910, and then down to Petaluma by 1920 and Lakeville by 1930; noted in 1930 as a cousin to Martin G. Pedrotti (1887-1955), son of James Pedrotti (b. ~1851), who hailed from Giumaglio
- Joseph Peter Cerini (1845-1919) & Angelina Maria (Piezzi) Cerini, believed to be from Valle Maggia, who immigrated by 1881 and settled in Bodega by 1890, Tomales by 1900, and Petaluma by 1910; descendants allegedly include Dora Cerini and Giuseppe Gasparini of Giumaglio in Valle Maggia
- Ponsie Cirini (born November 1878), immigrated in 1895 and settled in Ocean Township by 1900
- Giovanni Nunzio & Angelina (Piezzi) Cerini of Giumaglio, parents of:
- Isidoro (1883-1982), immigrated in 1901, settled in Tomales by 1908, and later in life lived in Petaluma
- America (1886-1908), immigrated in 1906 and died of consumption a year later at the age of 18
- Romeo (1888-1881), immigrated in 1901, settled in Tomales in 1903, and later in life lived in Petaluma; Romeo is said to have been sponsored by cousin Emil Cerini-Gasparini (1877-1945)
- Adele (b. 1884-1885), immigrated in 1904 and died soon after arrival in California
- Maria Genazzi (1890-1994), remained in Ticino
- Giocondo (1894-1995), immigrated in 1910, settled in Tomales and later in life lived in Petaluma
- Arcangelo (1896-1940), immigrated in 1914, settled in Tomales and Santa Rosa
- Ignacio remained in Ticino
- G. Cerini (born ~1863) and worked as a stone cutter in Santa Rosa in 1910
- Julia M. Cerini (born May 1880) and worked in a cannery in Santa Rosa in 1900; perhaps the daughter of John Cerini (b. 1854, as noted below) by his first wife Julia A.
San Joaquin Valley
- John Cerini (b. January 1854) immigrated in 1869 and first settled in Bodega Township, Sonoma County. His first wife, Julia A. (1860-1880) died month after the birth of their daughter. He remarried to Frances (Calzascio/Calazascia/Casacia/Casaccia) (1862-1941) a couple years later and resettled in Township 4 (Fowler/Kingsburg/Selma) of Fresno County by 1900, Township 13 (Laton/Caruthers) by 1910 and Township 15 (Laton/Coalinga) by 1920
- Angelina (Tomasini Cerini) Nesper (born August 1872), a Cerini widow/ex-wife who had settled in Fresno by 1900
- George Cerini (age unknown) who immigrated in 1882 and was institutionalized at Stockton State Hospital in 1900
- Peter V. Cerini (~1872-) & Santina L. Cerini (1881-1977), brother of Luigi, immigrated 1889
- Luigi "Louis" Cerini (~1886), brother of Peter V., immigrated 1902
- Peter & Luigi are recalled to be cousins of Enrico "Henry" F. Cerini/Cerine
- Antoni Cerini (~1844) & Maria (Felice) Cerini, parents of:
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing of Aurelia Cerini's son and grandson reveals a maternal lineage identified by Haplogroup T3. This haplogroup traces back from "Mitochondrial Eve" (mtDNA L) in the Ethiopia-Kenya region some 150,000-170,000 years ago. The line later departed East Africa some 80,000 years ago (mtDNA L3) and spread into Eurasia (Haplogroups N, R, and T) where it typifies paleolithic expansion of hunter-gatherers throughout Europe, the Near East, and even into India. About 10,000 years ago (Haplogroup T) they learned to domesticate plants and began settling, forming the world's first neolithic agriculture-based cultures. Their successful technology spread throughout Europe and the Near East but Haplogroup T is only found in about 20% of this region's populations.
Curiously, Hapologroup T3, one of several isolated subgroups after Haplogroup T began settling down, has been preliminarily associated with concentrations in Germany and the British Isles. This by no means implies Aurelia's mother was from these areas but that she at least shared ancestors with those who settled in these areas in more significant concentrations.