I would like to know is if there is anyone in Cevio who can tell me anything about either the Martinioas, the Traversis or the Dolcinis.
My great-great grandmother Katherina was a Traversi. She was sent for when my great-great grandfather, Charles Martinoia, got set up in Chileno Valley and was ready to settle down. Her family’s Switzerland house is right across from my great-great grandfather’s house (The Martinioa House. They are right across from each other on the Cevio Square, Canton Ticino, Valle Maggia.)
Katerina Traversi Martinoia
Up the road a piece in Cevio is the Dolcini house. It was owned by our family until about 30 years ago, at which time the family gave it to the town of Cevio. I remember my Mom signing something. This was because all of the Dolcinis had left Cevio for California.
The house I live in now, and the ranch Mike and I operate, was the first Marin County home of my first ancestors here in the US.
Charles Martinoia and Katherina Traversi bought this ranch in 1862 from Henry Halleck, who became President Abraham Lincoln’s Chief of Staff. (Ed. Read the swissinfo article including quotes from Sally. )
So, one of their 7 chiildren, the youngest, Anita Martin (the name was changed for business reasons), married Peter Dolcini, one of their hired men. That’s how the Dolcini name entered into the family. My Mother, who grew up on a ranch in Hicks Valley (that is still in the family), Marin County is named Anita Dolcini.
The Martinioa name died out here and is known only in history. Even in Cevio I think there are no Martinioas. We were unable to find any when we visited. We did find an elderly relative who lived in the Martinoia house, but she was too ill to meet us. There are Traversis left in Cevio….and there are some here, but I have not met them.
I have the Dolcini and the Martinoia geneologies. A nice man named Ray Codoni from Sacramento did the Martinoia one for me, and my Aunt Margaret Dolcini Manthey passed on the Dolcini one to me some time ago.