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Giumini Family History, Part I

July 2014
Giumini Coat of Arms
Giumini Coat of Arms

The Giumini family dates at least as far back as the early 17th Century in Giumaglio. A prominent family member (although I have yet to confirm a direct common ancestor) was Don Giovanni Giumini, the town notary in the early 18th Century. His coat of arms is displayed on the Capèla di Giumitt, which he had built in 1721.

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 Giacomo GIUMINI (I)1 (~1634-<1702)

May 20141. Giovanni Giacomo Giumini1 was born around 1634, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. His wife died before 1692.[Cen 1692] They had two children who survived to adulthood. Giacomo remarried after 1692 to Elena Iorio of Brontallo, 14 kilometers upriver in Val Lavizzara. She was about 24 years younger, he in his early 60s and she in her late 30s.

11. Maria Giumini (1679) --  -- 
12. Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (II)2 (1686) (1742-1748) (38-49)

When son Giacomo was 11 years old, he was noted as absent in the parish census[Cen 1698], which likely indicates that he was working somewhere outside his home town.

Giovanni Giacomo Giumini died between 1698 and 1702. He was probably in his late 60s.

After Giacomo's death, Maria and son Giacomo continued to live with Elena through at least 1703[Cen 1703], after which Maria apparently moved out. Giacomo remained with Elena, even after he married, through at least 1709.[Cen 1709]

Elena (Iorio) Giumini died sometime after 1709.

Sources
  • 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
  • Cen 1709: 1709 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Other GIUMINI Families

Aside from Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (I) and his family, other families recorded in 1692 include:

Sources
  • Cen 1692: 3 May 1692 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giovanni Giacomo GIUMINI (II)2 (~1686-<1748)

December 201312. Giovanni Giacomo Giumini2 was born about 1686, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. He married Giacomina Piezzi2 and had at least three children.[Cen 1741] After Giacomina's death, Giacomo remarried to Giovanna Maria Rusca of the town of Cevio, 8 kilometers upriver.[Cen 1748] All together Giacomo had at least four children:

121. Giacomo Pietro Giumini3 (9) Nov 1710 6 Dec 1751 (41)
122. Giovanna Maria Giumini 18 Jun 1721 28 Feb 1755 (33)
123. Maria Domenica Giumini 13 Oct 1731 6 Aug 1762 (30)

124. Maria Giuseppa Giumini 25 Feb 1743 30 Jan 1763 (19)

When Giacomo was 11 years old, he was noted as absent in the parish census[Cen 1698], which likely indicates that he was working somewhere outside his home town.

In 1741, eldest son Giacomo Pietro2, his wife, and their first son Giacomo3 lived together at the family home in Giumaglio.[Cen 1741]

Giacomina (Piezzi) Giumini apparently died between 1741 and 1742. She was likely in her early 50s.

After Giacomina's death, Giacomo remarried to Giovanna Maria Rusca.[Cen 1748]

Giovanni Giacomo Giumini died between 1742 and 1748. He was likely in his early 60s.

Giacomo's widow Giovanna and their younger daughter Giuseppa, age 5, were enumerated together in 1748 and 1760. Daughter Domenica lived with brother Giacomo Pietro and his family in 1748.[Cen 1748]

Giovanna lived with her daughter Giuseppa and Giuseppa's husband Giuseppe Maria Cerini after they married on January 20, 1761.[Cen 1760, Dth 1766] Daughter Giuseppa died three years later during a widespread malady that took the lives of 11 parishioners between December 1762 and March 1763.[Dth 1763]

Giovanna Maria (Rusca) Giumini died on December 1, 1766, at the home of her widower son-in-law, Giuseppe Cerini, in Giumaglio, following an illness of a couple weeks that rendered her senseless. Her last confession had been on November 10. She was buried the following day at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Giovanna was 64 years old.[Dth 1766]

Sources
  • Cen 1692: 3 May 1692 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1698: 6 Jun 1698 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1741: 13 Jun 1741 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1748: 1748 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1760: 15 Apr 1760 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1763: 30 Jan 1763 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1766: 1 Dec 1766 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giovanni GIUMINI (< 1741)

December 2013X. Don Giovanni Giumini served as notary in Giumaglio, a public office of most prominence in the town, prior to his death before 1741. Giovanni was of the same generation as Giovanni Giacomo Giumini2. He had at least three sons, the younger of whom married Giacomo's daughter:

X1. Giacomo Pietro Giumini (1723-1724) --  -- 
X2. Giovanni Ludovico Giumini Mar 1728 4 May 1762 (34)
X3. Giuseppe Antonio Giumini 25 Mar 1732 14 Mar 1764 (31)
Giumini Coat of Arms
Giumini Coat of Arms
Notary
The office of notary was responsible for noncontentious, private civil law issues. Notaries were well educated and prepared legal instruments for conveying property, contracts, powers of attorney, and such. Their position merited the honorific of "Don" (Dominus) in records and their status was underscored by being enumerated first in the parish census.

Don Giumini commissioned a chapel, the Capèla di Giumitt, which was built in 1721 across the Maggia river to the west of town.

Capela di Giumitt

Don Giovanni Giumini died before 1741 and afterward his three sons went to live with Giovanni Marchese, a widower.[Cen 1741]


Sources
  • Cen 1741: 13 Jun 1741 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1748: 1748 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland