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Giumini Family History, Part I

April 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.

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.

The earliest existing parish census of 1692, as recorded by Father Pozzi, counted 7 Giumini households in 3 groups, as well as 1 household with a Giumini wife (the Rossetti family). The heads of these households are subgrouped here by census page references and then in birth order for comparison. Others who died before 1692 have also been added for comparison, but lack page references.

The first group was that of Giacomo Giumini(A), deceased, who left behind his widow, Maria Piezzi, and their son Giovanni Battista Giumini(2D), age 24. Enumerated following Battista were Maria Apollonia and Domenico Giumini(3A), siblings ages 20 and 16. April 2015So far only Domenico is confirmed to be the son Giacomo and Maria. Based on the ages of the ages of this group, this deceased Giacomo may have been older than ours.

Our Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (I)2 was the son the deceased Zanis Giumini1 and the eldest living Giumini in the parish in 1692. His family was immediately followed by another Giovanni Giacomo Giumini, who was 24 years younger but not his son, rather he looks to have been a nephew by a deceased brother. Next came Antonio Giumini, who was 9 years younger than our Giacomo2.

Lastly, the third group was another Giacomo Giumini(10D) and his siblings who were children of a deceased Giovanni Giumini(B). This Giacomo is believed to be the father of Don Giovanni Giumini. Together, the groups compare as follows:

A./-- Giacomo Giumini --  (< 1692) -- 
 A1/2D Giovanni Battista Giumini (1667) --  -- 
 A3/3A Domenico Giumini 12 Feb 1675 --  -- 

1/-- Zanis Giumini1 --  --  -- 
 12/-- Giovanni Giumini (1629-1630) 13 Aug 1690 (60)
 13/5E Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (I)2 (1634) 7 Nov 1699 (65)
 14/-- Giovanni Giumini (1635-1636) 4 Aug 1681 (45)
  141/5F Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (Sr.) (1659-1660) --  -- 
  142/6A Marco Antonio Giumini 20 Jan 1672 --  -- 
 15/6B Giovanni Antonio Giumini (1642-1643) (> 1703) (60s)

B/-- Giovanni Giumini --  --  -- 
 B1/12B Giovanna (Giumini) Rossetti (1664-1665) 1698 (35)
 B2/10D Giacomo Giumini (1665) --  -- 

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. The two other "sons" are appended based on proximity to Giacomo2, but their father's have not been identified:

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)
(14.) (Giovanni Giumini) (1635-1636) 4 Aug 1681 (45)
(15.) (Giovanni Antonio Giumini) (1642-1643) (> 1703) (60s)
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 GIUMINI (~1630-1690)Top

December 201412. Giovanni Giumini was born about 1629 or 1630, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. He was the son of Zanis Giumini1.[Dth 1690]

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]

Sources
  • Dth 1690: 13 Aug 1690 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

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

May 201413. Giovanni Giacomo 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 five children before she died in 1691. Giacomo remarried to the widow Elena (Iorio) Pozzi, 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 26 May 1678 3 Dec 1717 (39)
132. Anna Margharita Giumini 21 Sep 1681 5 Apr 1686 (4)
133. Catterina Giumini 7 Nov 1683 4 Apr 1686 (2)
134. Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (II)3 11 Jan 1687 18 May 1742 (55)
135. Giovanna Battista Giumini 29 May 1690 (Infancy) (Infancy)

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:

  1. Maria: Giacomo Ianzi and Anna Maria Marca[Bap 1678];
  2. Anna Margherita: Giacomo Beltrani (Beltrami), perhaps Giovanna's brother, and Giovanna Giumini[Bap 1681];
  3. Catterina: Notary Giovanni Giacomo Pozzi and Catterina Pozzi[Bap 1683];
  4. Giacomo2: Giovanni Giacomo Giumini and Giovanna Ianzini, likely the wife of Giacomino Sartori[Bap 1687A]; and
  5. Battista: Carlo Antonio Pozzi, the town doctor and don, and Maria Baltami of Brontallo, likely Giovanna's sister.[Bap 1690]

Giovanna was named as godmother to Pietro Paolo Piezzi[Bap 1677], her future son-in-law; Maria Barbara Rusca (Giovanotti), whose mother was also from Brontallo[Bap 1678B], and to Maria Rusca (Giovanotti).[Bap 1687B]

Tragedy struck the Giuminis and widely across the Giumaglio in 1686. 25 parishioners died that year--the most on record in a single year. 15 of them, mostly children, died in the spring, including daughters Catterina and Anna Margherita, who died on April 4 and 5 at the ages of 4 and 2. Both were buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1686A/B]

Giovanna (Beltrami) 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. She was the widow of Giovanni Antonio Pozzi. Before 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. March 2015The exact connections of their relationships are not yet known, but they may have been through the Pozzi family and 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 1677: 23 Dec 1677 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1678A: 29 May 1678 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1678B: 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
  • Dth 1686A: 4 Apr 1686 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1686B: 5 Apr 1686 Death, 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

Giovanni GIUMINI (~1636-1681)Top

April 201514. Giovanni Giumini was born about 1635 or 1646, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. He married Giovanna Pozzi and had as many as four children:

(141.) (Giovanni Giacomo Giumini) (1659-1660) --  -- 
142. Marco Antonio Giumini 20 Jan 1672 --  -- 
143. Catterina Giumini 20 Feb 1675 (> 1703) -- 
144. Donato Giumini 5 Aug 1678 (Childhood) (Childhood)

April 2015Giovanni and Giovanna chose the following as godparents for their children:

  1. Giacomo: no baptism record found in Giumaglio before 1667;
  2. Marco Antonio: Giovanni Pozzi and Mrs. Maria (Mazzini) Romagno[Bap 1672];
  3. Catterina: Giacomo Pietro Reit (Raitini/Molinari) and Giacomina Sartori[Bap 1675], and
  4. Donato: Carlo Antonio Pozzi and the widow Mrs. Giacomina (Stolfi) Rusca (Giovanotti).[Bap 1678]

In turn, Giovanna was named as godmother to Giovanna Mazzini after performing an emergency baptism on the infant.[Bap 1673]

Giovanni Giumini died on August 4, 1681, during a fall from a local moutain cliff. He was reported to be 45 years old and was buried the same day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1681]

Giovanna (Pozzi) Giumini died nine years later on October 22, 1691, at her home in Giumaglio. She was recorded to be 55 years old.[Dth 1691]

In 1692, three Giumini households were enumerated following our Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (I)2. The first was of Giovanni Giacomo Giumini (C121) and his wife Maria Fusaschi, which was followed by siblings Marco Antonio and Catterina Giumini (C122 and C123). Next came the family of and elder Giovanni Antonio Giumini (B).[Cen 1692]

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
  • Bap 1672: 21 Jan 1672 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1673: 4 Nov 1673 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1675: 20 Feb 1675 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1678: 7 Aug 1678 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1681: 4 Aug 1681 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1691: 22 Oct 1691 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 Antonio GIUMINI (~1643->1703)Top

December 201415. Giovanni Antonio Giumini was likely a relative of Gio vanni 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]

151. Antonio Giumini (1672-1673) --  -- 
152. Maria Giumini 7 Nov 1672 (> 1710) (> 37)
153. Santino Giumini 31 Oct 1676 13 Feb 1681 (4)

March 2015Antonio and Pietrina chose the following as godparents for their children:

The family of four (less Santino) 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
  • Bap 1672: 7 Nov 1672 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1676: 1 Nov 1676 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1681: 13 Feb 1681 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • 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

Giacomo GIUMINI (-<1692)Top

December 2014A. Giacomo (or Giovanni) 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 12 Feb 1675 (> 1703) (> 28)

March 2015Giacomo and Maria chose the following as godparents for their children:

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 1675: 13 Feb 1675 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • 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 GIUMINITop

December 2014B. 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]

(B1.) Giovanna Giumini (1664-1665) 26 Aug 1698 (34)
B2. Giacomo Giumini (Sr.) (1665) 14 Apr 1718 (53)
B3. 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