Cheda e Calzonia, emigranti della contea di Marin

Di Barbara Dillon, Stati Uniti

Mio bisnonno Gardinzo Cheda e mia bisnonna Antiona Calzonia sono emigrati in California, nella contea di Marin. Credo che il loro sia stato il primo caseificio di Jewell (Olema). Gardinzo aveva un fratello di nome Peter (morto credo a Petaluma verso il 1919). Ha sposato Mary (?) e ha avuto due figli: Philip Henry e Amelio Cheda. Continue reading

Un libro online sulle famiglie della Valle Maggia

Mark LesinaDi Mark Lesina, Stati Uniti

Ho trovato un link (qui) e ho iniziato a leggere la pubblicazione, che sembra assai interessante. Si tratta di un libro in inglese messo in rete dall’Università di Victoria di Melbourne. Parla dell’immigrazione dei ticinesi in Australia. Continue reading

Online book in English about Valle Maggia families

Mark LesinaFrom Mark Lesina, United States

I found a link online (http://vuir.vu.edu.au/15416/1/Carlson_1997compressed.pdf) and have started reading it, and it seems really interesting. It is a book that has been scanned and placed on line by University of Victoria – Melbourne in Australia. Continue reading

Alla ricerca dei Cheda

Di Barbara Reilly, Stati Uniti

Mio bisnonno Gaudenzio Cheda è giunto in California da Maggia attorno al 1860. In California aveva un ranch-caseificio. Si è sposato con Antionia Calzonia. Sono tornati più volte a Maggia e hanno avuto numerosi figli. Il fratello di Gaudenzio, Pete, ha avuto un figlio di nome Phillip Henry Cheda, il quale si è recato a Maggia nel 1922.

Stiamo cercando informazioni su di lui e anche sui Calzonia e i Cheda. Mio nonno George Cheda organizzava picnic nel suo ranch a Tocoloma (contea di Marin), dove invitava i ticinesi che vivevano in California. Purtroppo non conosco i nomi delle persone sulla foto.

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Looking for Cheda relations

From Barbara Reilly, United States

My great grandfather, Gaudenzio Cheda came to California from Maggia around 1860 and had the first dairy ranch. He married Antionia Calzonia and they returned to Maggia several times and had several children.

Gaudenzio’s brother, Pete had a son, Phillip Henry Cheda born in the US traveled to Maggia in 1922 and we are trying to find info on whether he stayed or if there are any Calzonia or Cheda’s that can be traced that I might be related to. My grandfather George Cheda hosted picnics for those living in California from Ticino on our family ranch in Tocoloma, Olema Marin County California. I can not id anyone in the photos.

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Thirty years of traveling to Canton Ticino; journeys of a lifetime

By Jay Grossi, United States

This past summer 2010 I did not visit my cousins in canton Ticino; this was only the second time since 1995 that I have not. Since 1979 I have had the opportunity to visit them around 20 times! Continue reading

100th Anniversary of Arrival at Ellis Island

Mark LesinaFrom Mark Lesina, United States

It has been said, “In a hundred years, who will know anything about you or your family”. Well it has been a hundred years! Yes – on Friday, April 16th 2010, it has been 100 years since Erminia Martini arrived in New York Harbor at Ellis Island. Continue reading

Lorenzo Martinelli al ranch di Devil’s Gulch

di Marcia, Stati Uniti

Lorenzo Martinelli e la sua famiglia

Lorenzo e il fratello Pietro sono nati a Maggia, in Ticino, nella metà degli anni 1830. I loro genitori erano Giovanni Battista Martinelli e Anna Maria Bonetti. Da giovani lavorarono come spazzacamini a Parigi. Continue reading

Devil’s Gulch Ranch, Nicasio, Marin County, California

By Marcia, United States

Lorenzo Martinelli and Family

In August of 1866, W.J. Miller sold the newly partitioned 873-acre ranch to brothers Lorenzo and Pietro Martinelli for $5,000. Lorenzo and his older brother Pietro were born in Maggia, Ticino, Switzerland in the mid 1830s. 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

Australia, New Zealand, California, Nevada and Arizona!

From Diana Neal, Britain

Giuseppe Pietro Lafranchi, born in Coglio, Valle Maggia, in the year 1843, was apparently the only son of Giuseppe Antonio Lafranchi and his first cousin, Maria Caterina Laffranchi. Continue reading

From the village of Giumaglio, Val Maggia

mark-lesinaby Mark Lesina, United States

Elvezio Giuliano Lesina was born April 18, 1878 in Giumaglio to Giuliano and AnnaMaria Giumini-Lesina and died February 26, 1951 in Crescent City, California. He was the youngest of five children, three of whom immigrated to California. Continue reading

Visiting Ticino emigrants in California

by historian Giorgio Cheda

I have been to California several times, partly in search of documentary evidence of how 27,000 Ticinesi adapted to a new way of life in a new land, partly to hear the real-life stories of some of the settlers. Continue reading