The Morettis and Filippinis from Cevio and Coglio

From Lee Chiappalone, Australia

Moretti and Filippini: Both families emigrated from Cevio and Coglio Ticino to Australia in the late 1800’s. Family folklore has it they were related but there were no marriages between the families in this country.
Were there marriages back in Ticino? My GG grandfather was Ferdinand Moretti son of Johannes Moretti and Ivania Maria Mautero (not sure if those names are spelt right). Any information most welcome.

3 thoughts on “The Morettis and Filippinis from Cevio and Coglio

  1. Hi Lee,

    The best place for you to get hard data is from the Cevio church records.

    They are available to order from the Family History Library Catalogue of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

    The link to the exact place that has the details is this:

    They are difficult to read, but they are a wonderful source. Your head will probably go spinning.

    They tend to be written in Latin, which is a challenge, then you need to translate the names into Italian and of course to understand, you need to translate the information into English. But hard though it is, it is worthwhile. My experience is that the families in Cevio were very busy marrtying and making babies. I would feel sure they would be connected.

    I am not so sure that you do have the nanes written above right. The first names don’t sound very Italian.

    Have you checked Gentili’s ‘The Settlement of Swiss Ticino Immigrants in Aust’? You could access it through your local library perhaps. I bought my own from the Daylesford Historical Society. It mentions Ferdinando Moretti, his brothers, wife and kids.


  2. Thanks Barb,
    I got a copy of his marriage certificate and he has his place of birth as Fribourg. He also has his parents names as Joann Moretti and Joanna Maria Mantero.
    That book by Gentilli my father has and he disputes the fact that he (Gentilli) has Ferdinand coming out here with brothers. He (dad) would like to know where this fella got his information as the family folklore has him coming out on his own ( ie with no immediate family members)
    I agree with you It all probably needs a visit to Switzerland to really find out more. I couldn’t find him in the website you gave.
    Thanks anyway,

    • Hi Lee,

      I am a descendant of Giacomo Antonio Moretti, brother of you ancestor Ferdinando (see family tree at; their parents were Giovanni Antonio Moretti and Giovanna Maria Mattei. The family lived in a big house in the place of Cevio, but around 1850 the family went to bankrupt, so three sons of Giovanni Antonio (Giovanni Battista, bricklayer, left on 4.23.1854 / Stefano Giuliano, carpenter, left on 5.18.1855 / Ferdinando, shoemaker, left on 10.29.1854) moved to Australia; my GG grandfather Giacomo Antonio married Costanza Filippini and went in the part of Cevio named Boschetto, living as a peasant in an old stone house of 1648 where I presently live. Giacomo Antonio had 11 children, 7 of them moved to California; among them my G grandfather Giuseppe Ferdinando, who left Cevio in 1872 aged of 13. First in the Sonoma County, than in Guadalupe and Santa Maria in the S. Barbara County, he married Florida Righetti from Someo (a village near Cevio) and had three children (one of them was my grandfather Rinaldo); the family went back to Switzerland in 1906.
      I hope to reach you, please let me know about your family, it interests me very much.
      Stay healthy and safe, take care, so long

      Michele Moretti – Boschetto, Cevio

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