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Giumini Family History, Part I

March 2015
Giumini Coat of Arms
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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 (~1690-1732), 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.

Parish records, written in Latin, often used Gemini (and its varying noun cases Geminus, Gemino, and Gemina), which means "twin," to translate the family name Giumini. Other transliterations such as Jumini (Juminus, Jumino, and Jumina) were also used. The Italian word for "twin" is "Gemello," which was never used, so it appears that use of the Latin word for "twin" is likely just a coincidence or convenience and has no relation to the name's origin.

In the first surviving parish census of 1692, there were three clusters of Giumini families. Our Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (I)1, was the eldest living of the three, and was immediately followed by another Giovanni Giacomo Giumini, who was 24 years younger but not his son. Next came Antonio Giumini, who was 9 years younger than the elder Giacomo1.


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.

Further included in our group was another Giacomo Giumini(A), deceased, who left behind his widow, Maria Piezzi, and their son Giovanni Battista Giumini, age 24. Enumerated following Battista were Maria Apollonia and Domenico Giumini, siblings ages 20 and 16, perhaps siblings to Battista. Based on the ages of their children, this deceased Giacomo may have been older than ours.

The second group was yet another Giacomo Giumini(C) and his siblings.

And lastly, the third group was another Giacomo Giumini and his siblings who were children of a deceased Giovanni Giumini(D). This Giacomo is believed to be the father of Don Giovanni Giumini. Together, the groups compare as follows:

C/12. Giovanni Giumini (1629-1630) (13 Aug 1690) (60)
13. Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (I)1 (1634) 7 Nov 1699 (65)
B. Giovanni Antonio Giumini (1643) (> 1703) (60s)

A. Giacomo Giumini --  (< 1692) -- 

D. Giovanni Giumini --  (< 1692) -- 

Zanis GIUMINI1Top

February 20151. Zanis Giumini1 was probably born the early 1600s, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. Few records exist that mention him, but he had at least three children, as noted in their death records:

11. Giacomina Giumini (1629-1630) 1 Sep 1690 (60)
12. Giovanni Giumini (1629-1630) 13 Aug 1690 (60)
13. Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (I)2 (1634) 7 Nov 1699 (66)
Sources
  • Dth 1690A: 13 Aug 1690 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1690B: 1 Sep 1690 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1699: 7 Nov 1699 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giovanni Giacomo GIUMINI (I)2 (~1634-1699)Top

May 201413. Giovanni Giacomo "Veneziano"(?) Giumini2 was born around 1634, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. He married Giovanna Beltrami (Beltami/Baltami/Baltrimi)1 of Brontallo, Val Lavizzara, 14 kilometers upriver. They had four children before she died between 1690 and 1692.[Cen 1692] Giacomo remarried to Elena Iorio, also of Brontallo, in 1692. She was about 24 years younger, he in his early 60s and she in her late 30s. They did not have any children together.

131. Maria Giumini (1679) --  -- 
132. Anna Margharita Giumini 21 Sep 1681 (Infancy) (Infancy)
133. Catterina Giumini 7 Nov 1683 (Childhood) (Childhood)
134. Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (II)3 11 Jan 1687 18 May 1742 (55)
(13X.) Domenica Giumini (1687-1688) (1741-1748) (53-61)
135. Giovanna Battista Giumini 29 May 1690 (Infancy) (Infancy)
Daughter Domenica
Daughter Domenica is as yet unconfirmed, as she has not been found the parish censuses of 1692 through 1709. Her father was named as Giovanni Giacomo in the baptism records of her daughters. Baptism records of two of her daughters note that her father was called "Veneziano" ("the Venetian").[Bap 1723, 1726]

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.

January 2015Giacomo and Giovanna chose the following as godparents for their children:

Giovanna was named as godmother to Maria Barbara Rusca (Giovanotti), whose mother was also from Brontallo[Bap 1678], and to Maria Rusca (Giovanotti).[Bap 1687B]

Giovanna (Beltrimi/Baltami) Giumini died on September 3, 1691, at their home in Giumaglio. She was reported to be "about 35 years" old. Giovanna was buried in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1691]

Giacomo and Elena married on July 27, 1692, at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. February 2015Before their marriage they obtained dispensation for the impediments of being twice related by affinity (i.e., related by marriage rather than by blood) from the Nuncio Apostolic to Switzerland in Lucerne. They were recorded to have a third and fourth degree in one line and a fourth degree in another. The exact connections of their relationships are not yet known, but one may have been through Elena's and Giovanna's roots in Brontallo. Recorded witnesses were Antonio Bonetti, Giovanni Antonio Cerini, and Giovanni Marca.[Mar 1692]

Giovanni Giacomo Giumini died seven years later on November 7, 1699, at his home in Giumaglio. He was reported to be "about 65 years" old. Giacomo was buried the following day at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1699]

After Giacomo's death, children Maria and 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 was named as godmother to Maria Pozzi, daughter of Don Giacomo Pietro Pozzi.[Bap 1702] She was also a midwife and attended to the births of the Terini (Marchese) triplets (all of whom died soon after)[Bap 1708] and Maria Margherita Pozzi, who was born in Elena's home on July 18, 1711.[Bap 1711] (Note that midwives were only recorded when they performed baptisms under emergency conditions. She likely attended the births of many more, but was only named in baptism records when circumstances were less fortunate.)

Elena (Iorio) Giumini died on April 21, 1717, at her home in Giumaglio, at "about 61 years" old. She was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1717]

Sources
  • Bap 1678: 4 Dec 1678 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1681: 25 Sep 1681 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1683: 8 Nov 1683 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1687A: 12 Jan 1687 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1687B: 10 Aug 1687 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1690: 30 May 1690 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1691: 3 Sep 1691 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1692: 3 May 1692 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1692: 27 Jul 1692 Marriage, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1698: 6 Jun 1698 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1699: 7 Nov 1699 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1702: 12 Jan 1702 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1702: 6 Jul 1702 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1703: 8 May 1703 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1709: 1709 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1708: 9 Jul 1708 Baptisms, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1711: 19 Jull 1711 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1717: 21 Apr 1717 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1723: 6 Jul 1723 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1726: 3 Aug 1726 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1732: 1 Feb 1732 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giacomo GIUMINI (-<1692)Top

December 2014A. Giacomo Giumini was likely a relative of Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (I)1, and judging from the ages of their children, was proabably a little older. Giacomo married Maria Piezzi and died prior to the first surviving census of the parish of Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, in 1692. In that year, his widow was enumerated living with their son Giovanni Battista Giumini and his wife Maria Maddalena Ianzi/Ianzini. Enumerated following them, as a separate household, were children Maria Apollonia and Domenico Giumini:[Cen 1692]

A1. Giovanni Battista Giumini (1667) (> 1709) (> 39)
A2. Maria Apollonia Giumini (1671-1672) (> 1694) (> 22)
A3. Domenico Giumini (1675) (> 1703) (> 28)

Come 1698, sons Battista and Domenico were both counted as "absent," perhaps working away at some distance from Giumaglio, which left mother Maria and Battista's wife Maddalena in the household.[Cen 1698] Battista and Domenico returned and the four remained together through 1703.[Cen 1702-1703]

Daughter Apollonia was named as godmother to Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (Jr.)[Bap 1685] and Giovanna Piezzi, prehaps Maria's niece, in 1694.[Bap 1694] What became of Apollonia after that time is not known. She about 22 years old at that time so perhaps she married outside of Giumaglio.

Maria (Piezzi) Giumini died sometime between 1703 and 1709 while in her early 60s.[Cen 1709]

Sources
  • Bap 1685: 13 Jun 1685 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1692: 3 May 1692 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1694: 6 Jul 1694 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

Giovanni Antonio GIUMINI (~1643->1703)Top

December 2014B. Giovanni Antonio Giumini was likely a relative of Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (I)1, perhaps a younger brother, and was enumerated following Giacomo1 in the census of the parish of Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, in 1692. Antonio married Pietrina Pezzoni of Someo, 2 kilometers upriver, and had two children:[Cen 1692]

B1. Antonio Giumini (1672-1673) --  -- 
B2. Maria Giumini (1674-1675) --  -- 

The family of four were enumerated together in 1692, and later, by 1698, son Antonio's wife Domenica Cerini was added.[Cen 1692-1698]

Pietrina (Pezzoni) Giumini died on March 18, 1694, at the family home in Giumaglio. She was reported to be 57 years old and was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1694]

By 1698 and through 1703, father and son were both recorded as being absent, perhaps working away at some distance from Giumaglio, which left daughter-in-law Domenica living alone. In 1703 it was noted that Domenica was living in the residence of Antonio Bonetti.[Cen 1698-1703]

Giovanni Antonio Giumini probably died between 1703 and 1709 while in his 60s.[Cen 1703]

Sources
  • Cen 1692: 3 May 1692 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1694: 18 Mar 1694 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

Giovanni GIUMINI (~1630-1690)Top

December 2014C. Giovanni Giumini died prior to the first surviving census of the parish of Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, in 1692. He may be the son of Zanis Giumini1 who died in 1690 at the age of 60.[Dth 1690] In 1692, two households of siblings were enumerated following Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (I)2. The first was of an elder son, Giovanni Giacomo Giumini and his wife Maria Fusaschi, which was followed by siblings Marco Antonio and Catterina Giumini:[Cen 1692]

C1. Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (1659-1660) --  -- 
C2. Marco Antonio Giumini (1668-1669) --  -- 
C3. Catterina Giumini (1672-1674) --  -- 

Giovanni Giumini, the son of Zanis Giumini1, died on August 13, 1690, at his home in Giumaglio. He was buried in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Giovanni was reported to be "about 60 years" old.[Dth 1690]

Giacomo's wife Maria Fusaschi apparently died between 1693 and 1698, probably in her early 30s. In that time Giacomo remarried to Maria Giumini, the daughter of Giovanni Antonio Giumini. Giacomo's sister Catterina was also enumerated with them in 1698, but was reported to be absent.[Cen 1698] In the years that followed, Giacomo's family grew to four children and his siblings were no longer recorded.[Cen 1702-1709]

Sources
  • Dth 1690: 13 Aug 1690 Death, 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
  • Cen 1709: 1709 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giovanni GIUMINITop

December 2014D. Giovanni Giumini died prior to the first surviving census of the parish of Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, in 1692. In that year, three children, believed to be his, were enumerated separately in the parish:[Cen 1692]

(D1.) Giovanna Giumini (1664-1665) 26 Aug 1698 (34)
D2. Giacomo Giumini (Sr.) (1665) 14 Apr 1718 (53)
D3. Catterina Giumini (1677) --  -- 

Giovanna Giumini, an unconfirmed sister of Giacomo, married Giovanni Rossetti and by 1692 they had three children.[Cen 1692] She also named sister Catterina as the godmother and apparent namesake of daughter Catterina.[Bap 1691] Giovanna's relationship to Giacomo is largely based on proximity between the two in the 1698 parish census and their closeness of age.[Cen 1698]

Giacomo Giumini married Domenica Cerini and had one son, Giovanni, by 1692. In that year Giacomo's youger sister Catterina lived with them.[Cen 1692] Their son Giovanni later became a notary and don of Giumaglio.

Domenica (Cerini) Giumini died on October 18, 1700, and two months later Giacomo remarried to Maria Lafranchi of the neighboring town of Coglio.[Mar 1700, Dth 1700] They went on to have seven more children.

Catterina Giumini lived with her brother through 1703 when she was reportedly 31 years old.

Sources
  • Bap 1691: 5 Aug 1691 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
  • Dth 1700: 18 Oct 1700 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1700: 14 Dec 1700 Marriage, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland