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Piezzi Family History, Part I

March 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

One Piezzi household and two households with Piezzi wives are found in the first surviving parish census of Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. Their closeness of ages suggest they could have been siblings:

A. Maria (Piezzi) Giumini (1643) (1703-1709) (60s)
1./11. Giacomo Piezzi (I)1 (1645) 18 Aug 1724 (79)
C./12. Catterina (Piezzi) Mirenini (1649) 9 May 1716 (66)

Giacomo PIEZZI (I)1 (~1645-1724)Top

May 20141. Giacomo Piezzi (I)1 was born about 1645, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. He was first married Maria 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:

1A. Maria Maddalena Piezzi 8 Apr 1675 (28 May 1718) (43)
1B. Pietro Paulo Piezzi 22 Dec 1677 13 Sep 1741 (63)
(1X.) Domenico Piezzi (1678) (2 Oct 1694) (Childhood)
1C. Giovanni Giacomo Piezzi 25 Jul 1680 (Childhood) (Childhood)
1D. Carlo Antonio Piezzi 27 Oct 1683 (> 1703) (> 20)

1E. Domenico Piezzi 8 Jan 1688 2 Oct 1694 (6)
1F. Giacomina Piezzi2 (1688-1689) 30 Jan 1743 (55)
1G. Giacomo Piezzi (II) 12 Jul 1691 25 Feb 1764 (72)
1H. Giovanna Piezzi 6 Jul 1694 (1718-1720) (25)
1I. Anna Maria Piezzi 25 Jul 1698 5 Nov 1742 (44)
1J. Domenico Piezzi 12 Mar 1701 18 Nov 1756 (55)
1K. Domenica Piezzi 15 Mar 1704 13 Apr 1764 (60)

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. Maddalena: Giovanni Pozzi and Giovanna Gaspari[Bap 1675];
  2. Pietro: Giovanni Pedrotti, likely Maria's younger brother, and Mrs. Giovanna (Beltrami) Giumini1, Pietro's future mother-in-law[Bap 1677];
  3. Giacomo (elder): Martino Lafranchi of Coglio and Mrs. Maria Cerini[Bap 1680];
  4. Carlo Antonio: Giovanni Pietro Pozzi and Giovanna Cerini[Bap 1683];
  5. Domenico (elder): Battista Giumini and Domenica Bonetti (likely the wife of Giovanni Pedrotti)[Bap 1688];
  6. Giacomina2: no baptism record found in Giumaglio;
  7. Giacomo (II): Pietro Bonetti and Mrs. Maddalena (Ianzi) Giumini[Bap 1691];
  8. Giovanna: Giacomo Mirenini and Maria Apollonia Giumini, the sister-in-law of Maddalena (Ianzi) Giumini and perhaps Giacomo's niece[Bap 1694];
  9. Anna Maria: Giovanni Giacomo Fedele Caneverini of Coglio and Maria Pozzi[Bap 1698];
  10. 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
  11. Domenica: Cristiano Sartori and Domenica Marchese.[Bap 1704]

Giacomo was named as godfather to Cristiano Sartori[Bap 1674], whom Giacomo would later name as godfather to his youngest daughter Domenica[Bap 1704]; and 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 1674: 2 Sep 1674 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, Giumaglio Parish, Ticino, Switzerland
  • Bap 1675: 9 Apr 1675 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, 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
  • 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 2014A. Maria Piezzi was born about 1643, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. She may have been an elder sister of our Giacomo Piezzi (I)1. Maria married Giacomo Giumini and had at least three children:

A1. Giovanni Battista Giumini (1667) (> 1709) (> 39)
A2. Maria Apollonia Giumini (1671-1672) (> 1694) (> 22)
A3. Domenico Giumini 12 Feb 1675 (> 1703) (> 28)

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

Giacomo Giumini died prior to the first surviving census of the parish of Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, in 1692. In that year, 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 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 2014C. Catterina Piezzi was born about 1646 or 1647, probably in Giumaglio, Ticino, Switzerland. She may have been a younger sister of our Giacomo Piezzi (I)1. Catterina married Giovanni Mirenini who had died prior to the first surviving census of the parish of Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland, in 1692. They had at least three sons:

C1. Guglielmo Mirenini (1673) 4 Dec 1720 (47)
C2. Giovanni Antonio Mirenini 12 Aug 1678 23 Nov 1708 (30)
C3. Giacomo Mirenini 9 Oct 1682 23 Feb 1691 (8)

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

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
  • Bap 1682: 10 Oct 1682 Baptism, Sancto Mario Gratiarum, 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