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MALUGANI Family History, Part I

September 2013
Acknowledgements
Thanks to research from and collaboration with our Malugani elders and Jill (Marci) Sybalsky, who significantly contributed to our family history.

The Malugani family has its earliest known roots along the Italian-Swiss border in an area cited as Lago di Como (Lake Como), in the Lombardy region of Italy. This area includes the province of Lecco, on the lake's eastern shore, the province of Como, on the lake's western and southern shores, and the southern tip of the Swiss canton on Ticino.

Lecco and Como Provinces
Vital records of Lecco and Como from the 1866-1936 time frame contain over 550 records on Maluganis in the provinces of Lecco and Como. Nearly two-thirds of these are centered in the municipality (comune) of Crandola Valsassina, which lies downstream from the municipality of Primaluna. Unfortunately, the completeness of these records are not certain enough to determine how this concentration of Maluganis ties into ours further up the valley.

Recent, preliminary research points to the town of Primaluna, in the mountain valley Valsassina in the Alps of Lombardy, as the origin of our Malugani family. The stream Pioverna flows from the base of the mountain Grigna (2,410 m/7,907 ft) northwest down the Valsassina through the towns of Introbio, Vimogno, Barcone, Primaluna, Cortabbio, and on to Lago di Como at Bellano, all in the province of Lecco.

Three Malugani siblings (Giuseppe2, Antoni, and Caterina) were believed to have been born in the Lago di Como region and later migrated northwest into the Swiss canton of Ticino. Joe started a family in Ticino before they all immigrated to America in 1889 and 1892, settling in Sonoma County, California. Joe arrived first in 1889 and then Antoni and Caterina followed in 1892 and 1893 via New York along with Joe's wife and two children. A fourth sibling is said to have emigrated to South America, likely Argentina.

MALUGANI Immigrants1

1. The parents of our Malugani family were Carlo Malugani1 and Marta Maroni.[Cen ~1890] They had at least four children, all believed to have been born in northern Italy (presumably in the region of Lago di Como, and perhaps more precisely located in Primaluna, Lecco Province), who emigrated to the Americas from Switzerland in the early 1890s:

11. Giuseppe Carlo Malugani 2 9 Feb 1864 12 Sep 1924 (60)
12. Antoni Malugani Mar 1866 28 Mar 1933 (67)
13. Caterina Malugani 1 Sep 1868 9 Jan 1949 (80)
14. Malugani      
Carlo?
Carlo's name is presumed based on the fact his grandson, Carlo "Charles" Aurelio Malugani, was said to be named after his grandfather.

The first known son, Giuseppe Carlo (Joseph "Joe" Charles), emigrated to California first. A few years later, Joe's brother Antoni, sister Caterina, wife Aurelia (Cerini) Malugani, and son and daughter followed. The other brother is said to have emigrated to South America, either to work in the diamond mines or, more likely, as a cattle rancher in Argentina.

Sources
  • Cen ~1890: [probably Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland]

Giuseppe "Joe" Carlo MALUGANI2 (1864-1924)

11. Giuseppe Carlo "Joseph ("Joe") Charles" Malugani 2, was born February 9, 1864, in the region of Lago di Como in Lombardi, Italy, now believed to have been pinpointed to the town of Primaluna, Lecco Province, in a valley that drains into Lago di Como from the east. He moved from Primaluna to Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland, in 1888 and married Aurelia (Caterina) Cerini2, a native of Giumaglio, on either February 5[Mar 1888] or May 31, 1888.[Cen ~1890] They were wed by Reverend Giovanni Bardelli, presumably in Primaluna by authority of Father Riccardo Pedrazzini, who recorded the marriage at the parish of Giumaglio. Until at least the birth of son Charles, Joe went by "Carlo."[Bap 1888,1890]

Joe emigrated to California in 1889 ahead of the rest of his family and first settled in Analy Township, on the outskirts of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. Aurelia, who was likely pregnant with their second child when Joseph left, joined him in 1892. After arriving in California they had six more children, all born in the greater Santa Rosa area, who lived to adulthood. Another child or two who died in infancy and are buried up by the milk house off St. Helena Road:

111. Martina Giuseppina Malugani 30 Sep 1888 27 Mar 1981 (92)
112. Charles Aurelio Malugani 3 3 Apr 1890 28 Apr 1957 (67)
113. Serena Malugani 24 Jul 1893 1 May 1928 (34)
114. Antonio MaluganiBlue Star 30 May 1895 31 Oct 1977 (82)
115. Josephine L. Malugani 5 Dec 1898 4 Oct 1994 (95)
116. Joseph C. Malugani (Sr.) 9 Oct 1899 22 Aug 1984 (84)
117. Philomena L. Malugani 2 Oct 1901 19 Nov 1931 (30)
118. Daniel Joseph Malugani, Sr. 11 Aug 1908 28 Feb 2008 (99)
Immigration, 1889 and 1892

La Gascogne
A "Guiseppe Malogane," age 21 and native of Switzerland, departed Le Havre, France, aboard the La Gascogne and arrived in New York on September 23, 1889.

Despite the misspelled name, one-year difference in immigration from the 1900 and 1920 censuses, and a 4-year age difference, this may yet correlate with our Giuseppe.

Furthermore, on August 27, 1892, La Touraine arrived in New York with a 23-year old "A. Paroli" couple and one-year old daughter along with a 23-year old "J. Malugani" couple and two-year old daughter. Despite being too close to be a coincidence, the glaring discrepancies are that Antoni and Caterina (Malugani) Paroli are believe to have been married in 1895 after their arrival in America and did not have any children born before that time. Additionally, the two-year old Malugani child more closely fits son Charlie rather then daughter Martina, who would have been 4 years old at the time, not to mention that Joseph would have been 28 years old rather than 23.

MALUGANI Family, c. 1908-1909 Josephine (MALUGANI) SANDFORD (?) Charlie MALUGANI Joseph MALUGANI Serena (MALUGANI) MAGATELLI Aurelia (CERINI) MALUGANI Dan MALUGANI Tony MALUGANI Joseph MALUGANI Philomena MALUGANI (?)

Joe was a dairyman and also a reasonably accomplished mason who is said to have first worked for the Leggett family near the intersection of the old Sebastopol Highway and Wright Road on the outskirts of Santa Rosa. Joe was naturalized at the Sonoma County Superior Court on September 4, 1894. His voter registration on August 6, 1896, listed him as a dairyman and described him as only 5' 2" tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes, and black hair. It was also in this area that Joe was twice enumerated in the 1900 census, first as a lone, but married, boarder with the Louis Pedrotti family in Llano Precinct, and then at the end of the month with his family in Analy Township.

Joe later worked for the Austins above Rincon Valley and by 1901 built the "Rock House" residence off Saint Helena Road near his sister Catherina Paroli and family. Joe filed the patent (200933 in Twp 8N R7W, Sec 21) for the Rock House property on May 25, 1911.

Joseph & Aurelia (CERINI) MALUGANI "Rock House"

Joe was also registered in the Rincon precinct of Santa Rosa in 1900 and 1912, and as a Republican in the latter. Son Dan recalls that Joseph had a strong sense of citizenship and urged his son-in-law Toni Magatelli to become a citizen citing that one "must become a citizen to live here."

After the "Rock House," the Maluganis moved to the bottom of Alpine Road where they were enumerated in the 1920 census. There Joe set about building a second rock house, which he had nearly completed--all but the windows--before he died in 1924.

Joseph & Aurelia (CERINI) MALUGANI Joseph C. MALUGANI Antoni MALUGANI Charles Aurelio MALUGANI Josephine (MALUGANI) SANFORD Joseph C. Malugani (Sr.)
Josephine (Malugani) Sanford
Antoni Malugani
Charles A. Malugani 3

One September afternoon Joe's son Dan went looking for his father. After seaching a while he checked the corn field and found him lying passed out on the ground. Dan carried him back to the house and Joe died the next day of bronchopneumonia.

Joseph Charles Malugani died at the age of 60 on September 12, 1924, in Santa Rosa. He is buried at the Calvary Cemetery on Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa.

Aurelia (Cerini) Malugani died 24 years later on January 28, 1948, in San Rafael, Marin County, California, and was buried three days later at the Calvary Cemetery, along side Joe and their daughter Philomena. Aurelia was 79 years old.

Sources
  • Mar 1888: 5 Feb 1888 Marriage, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1888: 30 Sep 1888 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Pass 1889: 23 Sep 1889, New York Passenger Lists, La Gascogne from Le Havre, France
  • Bap 1890: 3 Apr 1890 Baptism, Sancta Maria Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen ~1890: [probably Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland]
  • Pass 1892: 27 Aug 1892, New York Passenger Lists, La Touraine from Le Havre, France
  • Cen 1900: 1 Jun 1900 Census, Llano Precinct, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1900: 30 Jun 1900 Census, Analy Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1910: 14 May 1910 Census, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1920: 17-18 Feb 1920 Census, Rincon Precinct, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1930: 6 Apr 1930 Census, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California

Antoni "Tony" MALUGANI (1866-1933)

12. Antoni "Zeo Tony" Malugani was born probably near Lago di Como, Lombardia, Italy, in March 1866. He emigrated to California in the early 1890s, either with his brother Joseph in 1889 or with his sisters in 1892. He was naturalized at the Sonoma County Superior Court on July 18, 1898 and registered to vote that same day. The voter registration lists him as a laborer, 5' 5" tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes, and black hair. In 1900, Antoni registered as a resident of the southern portion of Sebastopol.

"Zeo Tony" died on March 28, 1933, in Sonoma County. He was 67 years old.

Sources
  • Cen 1920: 17-18 Feb 1920 Census, Rincon Precinct, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California

Catherine (MALUGANI) PAROLI (1868-1949)

13. Caterina "Catherine" Malugani, known among our branch of the Malugani family as "Zea Paroli," was born in Switzerland on September 1, 1868, and immigrated to California with her brother Antonio, her sister-in-law Aurelia (Cerini) Malugani, and her two children in 1892. Caterina married Antoni Paroli on April 8, 1895, in Sonoma County and raised four children and one grandson:

131. Paul Paroli 7 Feb 1896 Jan 1984 (87)
132. Dominica Paroli (1897-1898) 28 Dec 1917 (19)
133. Charles F. Paroli 5 May 1901 Jun 1981 (80)
134. Martina Paroli (1905) 18 Feb 1907 (2)

1321. Albert M. Paroli, Sr. 9 Jun 1917 17 Mar 1992 (74)
Immigration, 1892
On August 27, 1892, La Touraine arrived in New York with a 23-year old "A. Paroli" couple and one-year old daughter along with a 23-year old "J. Malugani" couple and two-year old daughter. Despite being too close to be a coincidence, the glaring discrepancies are that Antoni and Caterina (Malugani) Paroli are believed to have been married in 1895 after their arrival in America and did not have any children born before that time.

Catherine Malugani married Antoni Paroli on April 8, 1895, in Sonoma County, California. They were married by S.K. Dougherty, Superior Judge in Sonoma County. At the time, Caterina had been living in Stony Point, midway between Santa Rosa and Petaluma, and Antonio in Freestone, between Sebastopol and Bodega Bay. Both were 22 years old.

Antoni filed for land patent 8361, section 21 of Township MD 8N 7W, on June 2, 1904, which lies off St. Helena Road in the hills above Santa Rosa. By 1920, the Parolis resettled in Rincon Precinct at a place that is later likely identified as 2733 Calistoga Road.

Calistoga Road
The Parolis are also recalled to have a ranch up Alpine Road, but the descriptions of 2733 Calistoga Road indicate a little way below where Alpine Road splits off of Calistoga Road. The 1930 census, on the other hand, lists the Parolis at Rincon Hill Road, which is no longer named as such. Could this refer to the Alpine Road ranch?

Antoni Paroli died on June 13, 1940, in Sonoma County, he was 70 years old.

Catherine (Malugani) Paroli died nine years later at the age of 80 on January 9, 1949, of hypertensive heart disease caused by arteriosclerosis. At the time she was living at the Paroli Ranch at 2733 Calistoga Road, Santa Rosa. She was buried on January 12 at the Calvary Cemetery[Dth].

Sources
  • Cen 1910: 6 May 1910 Census, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1920: 18 Feb 1920 Census, Calistoga Road, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1930: 16 Apr 1930 Census, Rincon Hll Road, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Dth: Death Record 49-007544, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, filed 11 Jan 1949