From Mark Lesina, United States
In response to Robert Ransom
The stories from Valle Morobbia are all very similar, but each very special and different in their own way. As Gary Carlson mentioned in his posting there were many families in the valley with the same names and they intertwine many times and sometimes not at all.
How the generations fall also causes some interesting patterns. Gary’s mother and I are “the same generation” however he and I are just several years apart in age. His mother’s great-grandmother Marianna (nata Martini) Sarina and my great-grandfather Giovanni Martini were brother and sister. They were two of the children of Pietro and Marianna (Grisetti) Martini.
The Church of St Antonio, Valle Morobbia
Pietro Martini (Oct 18, 1819 / Oct 06, 1879) married (May 08, 1843) Marianna Grisetti (May 07, 1821 / Jan 16, 1879) all in St Antonio, Valle Morobbia, Canton Ticino, Switzerland. They had seven children:
1) Pietro Giuseppe Martini (Aug 20, 1844 / June 30, 1914) married (Apr 27, 1871) Maria Codiroli (Aug 18, 1846 / Feb 26, 1921)
2) Giuseppa Martini (Nov 20, 1846 / Jul 25, 1905) married (May 16, 1881) Antonio Battista Maretti (Oct 08, 1856 / )
3) Giovanni Martini (Feb 07, 1849 / Sep19, 1911) married (Mar 10, 1880) Angelina Maria Martini (Apr 05, 1859 / Nov 07, 1941)
4) Marianna Martini (Mar 28, 1852 / Nov 23, 1920) married (Jan 12, 1874) in Carlo Giuseppe Sarina (Nov 19, 1836 / Feb 23, 1900)
5) Martina Victoria Martini (Sep 29, 1855 / Oct 09, 1933) married (Feb 12, 1880) Tomaso Maretti (Jun 07, 1855 / Dec 01, 1918)
6) Margherita Martini (Mar 19, 1859 / Mar 21, 1859)
7) Maria Martini (Jan 20, 1863 / Mar 21, 1933) married (Jan 13, 1884) Giacomo Pedraita (Jan 08, 1856 / Oct 14, 1942)
The children of these seven siblings were the generation that immigrated to the States (or in some cases the next generation).
Note from this grouping, none married a Tamagni, but many of their descents did – and many of their ancestors were also Tamagni(s), as the mother of Giacomo Pedraita. He was the son of Giuseppe and Domenica (Tamagni) Pedraita. Also of special note is the line of Carlo and Marianna (Martini) Sarina, as there are many Tamagni(s) within this line. From this line some stayed in Switzerland and others came to California, many settling near Petaluma.
Unknown Buletti and Giuseppe Tamagni
In Del Norte County – there was for a time a few Tamagni(s) that lived there. For example Giuseppe Tamagni, who worked on the Robert Sarina Ranch in 1918, Giuseppe was his nephew. By the 1930s he was working on the Louis Sarina ranch in the Salinas Valley, with his brother Hugo Tamagni. He finally settled near Petaluma.
Also in Humboldt County to the south of Del Norte County, there were more Tamagni(s). They would on occasion visit my grandparent’s ranch. With the passing of time and just a few photos we have never determined how they actually fit into the history. Were they just friends of the family, from back in the valley, or were they a cousin of some type and to whom. We have determined that Mrs. Tamagni was born a Sarina – but to which line we do not know.
The census records for John and Mary Tamagni list John as being born about 1891 (actual 02.29.1890) and having arrived in the States in 1910, while Mary’s year of birth is not clear on the census as there is a mistake. Their children were: Edward J Tamagni (1914), Lilly M Tamagni (1917) and Elvira (1925 – Her name is unclear, but I recalling seeing this name on a photo once.). In the 1930 census they were listed as living in the District 40 – Rohnerville of Humboldt County. Special note is that two records down was the Silvio Domenighi family.
Back Row: John & Mary (Sarina) Tamagni, Charlie Rossini & Romilda (Sarina) Rossini Sr., Erminia (Martini) & Elvezio Lesin
Seated Middle: Harry Mossi
Seated Front: Walter Mossi, Charlie Rossini, Eugene Sarina, Lillian (Lesina) Russell, Benny Lesina and Ruby Rossini
Another example of they came from the same valley and were they relatives or friends and countrymen, is the Mossi family, from Humboldt County. They too visited the ranch near Crescent City – and their names too match the names of the family, but a connection has never been made. Here is a short history of Joseph & Delfina (Sarina) Mossi from a history book of Humboldt County.
Back Row: Joseph Mossi, Charlie Rossini Sr., Elvezio Lesina
Standing Back: Ameilia (Rossini) McNamara, Olympia (Lesina) Rodgers, Nelda (Rossini) Sarina
Standing Front: Walter Mossi
Seated: Harry Mossi, Eugene Sarina
JOSEPH MOSSI was born in the village of Carena, Canton Ticino, Switzerland, February 10, 1882, the son of James and Anna (Buletti) Mossi, who are engaged in farming and dairying at Carena. They were the parents of twelve children, nine of whom are living, Joseph being the youngest of the family. From a lad he made himself useful on the farm, excepting when he was attending the public schools. After completing his studies in the local school he assisted his parents until 1902, when he came to the United States, a desire he had cherished for some time. His first location was at Cheshire, Mass., where he was employed in factories for four and one-half years, after which he went to New York City, where he was employed in hotels for two an one-half years. In May, 1909, he came to California, and at Santa Cruz spent nine months on a dairy. In April, 1910, he went to Petaluma, there also working on dairies until the spring of 1913. It was in this year that he came to Humboldt County, and immediately found employment with a dairy m an. He remained with this employer until November, 1914, when he determined to start in business for himself and leased the present ranch of eighty acres, two miles north of Ferndale, which he devotes to a dairy, having at present twenty-two milk cows, the product being sold to Libby, McNeill & Libby. The ranch lies in the Eel river bottom, the rich land raising ample hay and green feed for his herd. In South Adams, Mass., occurred the marriage of Joseph Mossi and Delfina Sarina, also a native of Ticino, and to them have been born four children, as follows: Albert, Harry, Mabel and Alvina. Mr. Mossi is ‘an energetic and ambitious young man and the success he is accomplishing is well merited.
History of Humboldt County California
History by Leigh H. Irvine: Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1915
Transcribed by: Martha A Crosley Graham 28 April 2006, Pages 1095 – 1144
Gary Carlson, did do some research and found that; Delfina’s parents were Celestinus Sarina and Antonio Grisetti. Her father’s parents were Giovanni Sarina and Maria Tamagni. Her mother’s parents were Antonio Grisetti and Maria Sarina. Her paternal grandfather’s father was Tomaso Sarina.
The Church of St Antonio, Valle Morobbia with the view of the Valley taken from the above road