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Piezzi Family History, Part I

May 2015
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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.

PIEZZI Families of Giumaglio, 1692Top

April 2015One Piezzi household and two households with Piezzi wives are found in the first surviving parish census of Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. As I continue to work backward prior to 1692, it appears that our Giacomo2 was the son of a Pietro Piezzi1 and Maria and Catterina were the daughters of a deceased Giovanni Antonio Piezzi:

1. Pietro Piezzi1 (1610) 24 Dec 1679 (69)
 11. Giacomo Piezzi (I)2 (1645) 18 Aug 1724 (79)

A. Giovanni Antonio Piezzi --  (< 1668) -- 
 A1. Maria (Piezzi) Giumini (1643) (1703-1709) (60s)
 A2. Catterina (Piezzi) Mirenini (1649) 9 May 1716 (66)

Pietro PIEZZI1 (~1610-1679)Top

May 20151. Pietro Piezzi1 was born about 1610, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. He is only known to have had one son who survived to adulthood:

11. Giacomo Piezzi (I)2 (1645) 18 Aug 1724 (79)

The identification of Pietro as the father of Giacomo is only known through the baptism record of grandson Giovanni Pietro Piezzi.[Bap 1672]

Pietro Piezzi died on December 24, 1679, at his home in Giumaglio, following an affliction nearly a week. He was buried the following day, Christmas Day, in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Pietro was reported to be 69 years old.[Dth 1679]

Sources
  • Bap 1672: 29 Jan 1672 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1679: 24 Dec 1679 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Giacomo PIEZZI (I)2 (~1645-1724)Top

May 201411. Giacomo Piezzi (I)2 was born about 1645, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. He may have been married as many as three times. His first marriage was to Maria Pedrotti, the daughter of the late Giovanni Pedrotti, with whom he had two children. Then he married another Maria Pedrotti, the daughter of Pietro Pedrotti, and had as many as five children before her death in 1685. A month later, Giacomo remarried to Domenica Tognini/Coirata2 of Someo, 2 kilometers upriver, who was about 16 years younger. They had at least seven more children. All total, Giacomo fathered as many as 13 children!:

11A. Maria Giacomina Piezzi 9 Aug 1668 2 Jan 1674 (5)
11B. Giovanni Pietro Piezzi 28 Jan 1672 29 Sep 1676 (4)

11C. Maria Maddalena Piezzi 8 Apr 1675 (28 May 1718) (43)
11D. Pietro Paulo Piezzi 22 Dec 1677 13 Sep 1741 (63)
(11X.) Domenico Piezzi (1678) (2 Oct 1694) (Childhood)
11E. Giovanni Giacomo Piezzi 25 Jul 1680 6 Jul 1683 (2)
11F. Carlo Antonio Piezzi 27 Oct 1683 (> 1703) (> 20)

11G. Domenico Piezzi 8 Jan 1688 2 Oct 1694 (6)
11H. Giacomina Piezzi3 (1688-1689) 30 Jan 1743 (55)
11I. Giacomo Piezzi (II) 12 Jul 1691 25 Feb 1764 (72)
11J. Giovanna Piezzi 6 Jul 1694 (1718-1720) (25)
11K. Anna Maria Piezzi 25 Jul 1698 5 Nov 1742 (44)
11L. Domenico Piezzi 12 Mar 1701 18 Nov 1756 (55)
11M. Domenica Piezzi 15 Mar 1704 13 Apr 1764 (60)

Giacomo's two children from his first marriage both died at the ages of 5 and 4 on January 2, 1674, and September 29, 1676, respectively. Both were buried in the cemetery next to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1674, 1676]

Tragedy struck the Piezzi family on July 6, 1683, when young son Giacomo died while in the Spluga Alps, likely those above Gordevio, about 9 kilometers south of Giumaglio. He was only three weeks short of his third birthday.[Dth 1683] At the time, Maria was pregnant with son Carlo Antonio.

Maria (Pedrotti) Piezzi died on February 6, 1685, at the family home in Giumaglio. She was reported to be "about 30 years" old and was buried the following day in the cemetery next to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1685] Maria and Giacomo had been married 11 years or more.

Giacomo remarried to Domenica Tognini/Coirata a month after Maria's death on March 6, 1685, in the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Giumaglio. This followed the three traditional declarations, which were made in both the parishes of Giumaglio and Someo on February 24 and 25, and March 4. Witnesses to their union were Giovanni Pozzi, Giacomo Mirenini, and Giacomo Sartori, all of Giumaglio. Also married on the same day, and with the same dates of declarations beforehand, were Giovanni Giacomo Gaspari and Giovanna Guglielmetti.[Mar 1685]

Coirata/Tognini
Domenica's family name was mostly recorded as "Coirata" (twice as "Coiranta"[Cen 1698,1702]), but and in two cases as "Tognina"[Mar 1685, Cen 1709]. In her marriage record she is first named as the daughter of Domenico Tognini of Someo, but in the baptism records of all her children afterward she is identified as a Coirata. Curiously, even in the baptism record of youngest son Domenico, she is named as a Coirata yet his two godparents were both named as Togninis--likely Domenica's brother and sister-in-law.

Giacomo and Domenica are first found as a family in the parish census of 1692 with Maddalena and Pietro noted as Giacomo's children, indicating they were from his previous marriage. Domenico (the elder), Carlo, Giacomina, and Giacomo were apparently added later as a group and simply named as "children," denoting they were the children of both Giacomo and Domenica.[Cen 1692] However, Carlo Antonio was later grouped with Maddalena and Pieto Paulo as "children only of Giacomo" and Giacomina and the younger children as "children of both," which is born out by baptism records, with the notable exception of Domenico, who was born to Domenica but 10 years after that indicated in the 1692 parish census.[Bap 1688, Cen 1692-1702]

November 2014Giacomo and his wives chose the following godparents for their children:

  1. Giacomina: Giovanni Pedrotti, Maria's apparent brother, and Maria Piezzi[Bap 1668];
  2. Giovanni Pietro: Antonio Pedrotti, Maria's apparent brother, and Catterina Piezzi, likely a sister of Giacomina's godmother, above[Bap 1672];
  3. Maddalena: Giovanni Pozzi and Giovanna Gaspari[Bap 1675];
  4. Pietro Paolo: Giovanni Pedrotti, likely Maria's younger brother, and Mrs. Giovanna (Beltrami) Giumini1, Pietro's future mother-in-law[Bap 1677];
  5. Giacomo (elder): Martino Lafranchi of Coglio and Mrs. Maria Cerini[Bap 1680];
  6. Carlo Antonio: Giovanni Pietro Pozzi and Giovanna Cerini[Bap 1683];
  7. Domenico (elder): Battista Giumini and Domenica Bonetti (likely the wife of Giovanni Pedrotti)[Bap 1688];
  8. Giacomina3: no baptism record found in Giumaglio;
  9. Giacomo (II): Pietro Bonetti and Mrs. Maddalena (Ianzi) Giumini[Bap 1691];
  10. Giovanna: Giacomo Mirenini and Maria Apollonia Giumini, the sister-in-law of Maddalena (Ianzi) Giumini and perhaps Giacomo's niece[Bap 1694];
  11. Anna Maria: Giovanni Giacomo Fedele Caneverini of Coglio and Maria Pozzi[Bap 1698];
  12. Domenico (younger): Carlo Tognini of Someo, perhaps Domenica's brother, and Mrs. Giacomina Tognini of Someo, the wife of Domenico Tognini, who may also have been Domenica's brother[Bap 1701]; and
  13. Domenica: Cristiano Sartori and Domenica Marchese.[Bap 1704]

Not long after Giacomo and Maria's marriage, Maria was named as godmother and apparent namesake to likely niece Maria Pedrotti.[Bap 1674A] On the same day Giacomo was named as godfather to Cristiano Sartori[Bap 1674B], whom Giacomo would later name as godfather to his youngest daughter Domenica.[Bap 1704] Giacomo was also named godfather to his likely nephew Giovanni Antonio Mirenini, the son of his suspected younger sister Catterina (Piezzi) Mirenini.[Bap 1678]

Six-year-old son Domenico died on October 2, 1694, at the family home in Giumaglio. He was buried at the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1694]

By 1698, elder children Maddalena, Pietro Paolo, and Carlo Antonio were all annotated as "absent," while teenaged Giacomina and Giacomo remained and Giovanna and Anna Maria were added.[Cen 1698] Maddalena returned by 1702, while Pietro Paulo and Carlo Antonio remained "absent," and the younger Domenico was added.[Cen 1702,1703]

Giacomo Piezzi died on August 18, 1724, at the family home in Giumaglio. He was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. He was reportedly "about 82 years" old[Dth 1724] but may have been about 79 years old based on ages recorded earlier.

Domenica (Tognini/Coirata) Piezzi died 9 months later about June 6, 1725, at her home in Giumaglio. She was buried the following day in the cemetery next to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1725] Domenica was in her early 60s.

Sources
  • Bap 1668: 10 Aug 1668 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1672: 29 Jan 1672 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1674: 2 Jan 1674 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1674A: 2 Sep 1674 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1674B: 2 Sep 1674 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1675: 9 Apr 1675 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1676: 29 Sep 1676 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1677: 23 Dec 1677 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1680: 28 Jul 1680 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1683: 6 Jul 1683 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1683: 28 Oct 1683 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1685: 6 Feb 1685 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Mar 1685: 6 Mar 1685 Marriage, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1688: 9 Jan 1688 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1691: 15 Jul 1691 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
  • Dth 1694: 2 Oct 1694 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1698: 6 Jun 1698 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1698: 26 Jul 1698 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1701: 12 Mar 1701 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, 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
  • Bap 1704: 15 Mar 1704 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1709: 1709 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1723: 7 Sep 1723 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1724: 18 Aug 1724 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1724: 4 Nov 1724 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1725: (6) Jun 1725 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland

Maria (PIEZZI) GIUMINI (~1643-< 1709)Top

December 2014A1. Maria Piezzi was born about 1643, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. She was likely a cousin to our Giacomo Piezzi (I)1 as the daughter of Antonio Piezzi. Maria married Giovanni (Giacomo) Giumini and had at least three children:

A11. Giovanni Battista Giumini (1667) (> 1709) (> 39)
A12. Maria Apollonia Giumini 9 Feb 1671 (> 1694) (> 23)
A13. Domenico Giumini 12 Feb 1675 (> 1703) (> 28)

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

Maria Piezzi, the daughter of Antonio Piezzi, was named as godmother to Maria Giacomina Piezzi, daughter of Giacomo Piezzi (I)2.[Bap 1668]

May 2015Giovanni Giumini died between 1675, the birth of son Domenico, and 1685, when daughter Apollonia was named as a godmother and daugther of "the late Giovanni."[Bap 1685]

In 1692, Maria was enumerated living with their son Giovanni Battista Giumini and his wife Maddalena Ianzi. Enumerated following them, as a separate household, were children Maria Apollonia and Domenico Giumini:[Cen 1692]

Come 1698, sons Battista and Domenico were both counted as "absent," perhaps working away at some distance from Giumaglio, which left 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 1671: 10 Feb 1671 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • 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

Catterina (PIEZZI) MIRENINI (~1649-1716)Top

December 2014A2. Catterina Piezzi was born about 1646 or 1647, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. Catterina married Giovanni Mirenini in 1672who had died prior to the first surviving census of the parish of Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, in 1692. They had at least three sons:

A21. Guglielmo Mirenini 26 Oct 1674 4 Dec 1720 (46)
A22. Giovanni Antonio Mirenini 12 Aug 1678 23 Nov 1708 (30)
A23. Giacomo Mirenini 9 Oct 1682 23 Feb 1691 (8)

Catterina and Giovanni wed on August 28, 1672, at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Recorded witness to their union were Giovanni Giovanotti, Gaspare Gaspari, and Giacomo Pozzi.[Mar 1672]

December 2014Catterina and Giovanni chose the following as godparents for their children:

Giovanni Mirenini died on January 22, 1684, at the family home in Giumaglio, leaving Catterina with three boys between the ages of 15 months and 9 years. Giovanni was recorded to be 35 years old and was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1684]

Eight-year-old son Giacomo died February 23, 1691, at the family home in Giumaglio. He was buried in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1691]

Catterina was enumerated with her two eldest sons in 1692, with Guglielmo, age 19, named as the head of household. They were counted following the family of Giacomo Mirenini, who may have been her brother-in-law. This arrangement continued through 1703.[Cen 1692-1703]

Son Antonio died on November 23, 1708, at the family home in Giumaglio. He was said to be 25 years old, but was 30. He was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.[Dth 1708]

Catterina continued to live with Guglielmo and his young family through 1709.[Cen 1709]

Catterina (Piezzi) Mirenini died on May 9, 1716, at her home in Giumaglio. She was buried the following day in the cemetery of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. She was recorded to be "about 60 years" old but may have been about 66 years old.[Dth 1716]

Sources
  • Mar 1672: 28 Aug 1672 Marriage, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1678: 13 Aug 1678 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1682: 10 Oct 1682 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1684: 22 Jan 1684 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1691: 23 Feb 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
  • Dth 1708: 23 Nov 1708 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Cen 1709: 1709 Church Census, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Dth 1709: 9 May 1716 Death, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland