Carlo Martinoia / Charles Martin: “the wealthiest man in Sonoma and Marin counties”

From Marilyn Longinotti Geary, United States

Carlo Martinoia arrived in San Francisco via the Isthmus of Panama on June 15, 1852. Born in 1829 to a poor family in Cevio in the Valle Maggia, Martinoia began working at the age of 15 as a mason’s helper, first in France, then in Africa.

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Traversi, il suonatore di violoncello di Cevio

Di Mark McLaughlan, Australia

Il mio bisnonno e il mio trisnonno si chiamavano entrambi Carlo Traversi e stando agli archivi sono nati a Cevio. Il più anziano dei due è emigrato nello Stato del Victoria durante gli anni della corsa l’oro nel 1850. Si racconta che abbia viaggiato con il suo violoncello e che abbia camminato per 100 miglia per giungere alle miniere d’oro a Daylesford. Si pagava da mangiare suonando il violoncello.

Fatevi vivi se avete notizie su di lui o se siete membri della sua famiglia.

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.

The Monighetti story continues

barb_mullen2by Barb Mullen, Australia

The Monighetti family story continues and here we explore aspects of the adult lives of Kit and Carlo Monighetti’s children. Every parent wants their children to have a life that is an improvement on theirs. Continue reading

The 12 Mattei children

barb_mullen2By Barb Mullen, Australia

Alessandro and Catherine who were probably married early Nov 1865, didn’t have too long together before Catherine became pregnant. Their first born Alex was conceived sometime in the winter in 1866. Continue reading

Silvio Debernardi (1873-1954): From Valmaggia to California

From Natasha DeBernardi, Switzerland

Silvio Giuseppe Debernardi was born in Lodano, Ticino, Switzerland, on January 14, 1873, the third son of Pasquale and Teresa (born Tunzi). In April 1891, 18-year old Silvio leaves his village in Valmaggia to reach his two older brothers, Geremia and Golia, in California. Continue reading

The Story of the Luigi Filippini Fountain in Cevio

by Susan M., Arlington, VA and Kathy K., Santa Clara, CA

Visitors passing through the beautiful Valle Maggia to the town of Cevio are drawn to the fountain in the middle of the piazza, which is surrounded by centuries-old houses, modern stone sculptures, and a tiny church. Continue reading