The records for Monte Carasso tell the story of Steve Moneghetti’s Swiss family (read swissinfo.ch interview with Steve). Pietro Monighetti (original spelling) was born 2 July 1838 in Monte Carasso, but no death date is given for him. That is because, as the record shows, he left Ticino for Australia. Pietro was the son of Nicolao Monighetti (1777-1843) and Maria Locarnini (1808-1846). Nicolao, it turns out, was married twice and had eight children by two wives, Pietro being the second youngest.
The Monighetti name goes back very far in Monte Carasso. The oldest documented Monighetti is Sebastiano Monighetti who was born in 1667. But the name actually means “little monks”, and refers to three brothers, Betto, Domenico and Giovanni, who in 1497 were given the duty of caring for the ancient church of San Bernardo, which sits on a high rock above Monte Carasso. For more than 200 years, this family, the “monaci di San Bernardo” cared for the church of Monte Carasso.