GALLEGIONI FAMILY HISTORY
(also known as Galleggioni and Gallegionni)
1870 to 2003
Researched by Matthew U. Oberhofer
West Calgary, Alberta, Canada
E-mail address: email@example.com
July 29, 2003 (v1.6)
General: This research
project about the Gallegioni Family was started in May 2002 after going
through my mother’s box of “things”. It
started with finding the American addresses (originated around 1900 to 1911) of
my mother’s two uncles, Pietro and G. B. Gallegionni (also known as Gallegioni) and a 1926
picture of the Gallegioni Family residence in the town of Cranna,
Val de Bregaglia, near Chiavenna,
close to Swiss border. The family home of Del Curto,
Prosto di Piuro was also
found. This led to searching “Google” which led to Celentano Family - California; Gallegioni Family - California;
Valsecchi Family - Italy; Gallegioni - Del Curto
Family - New Zealand; Galleggioni - Switzerland. This led me to additional information with
the Government Office in Harpers Ferry, WV, USA; Historical Society, Harper, WV, USA; Pasini,
California; Ellis Island Passenger lists
(www.ellisisland.org) Marteletti - California; Andreoli
- California; Fort Bragg, Mendocino
County cemeteries and it went on and on.
History: As told by my mother, Elena Katerina
(Del Curto) Oberhofer, as family stories. Sometime around 300 AD, thousands of blonde,
tall, blue eyed, people entered the northern valley
from the plains of northern Switzerland
– southern Germany.
They flourished and around 350 AD, decided to expel the Roman Army from this
valley. They fought the Romans and won. Caesar did not like this and sent his
best Legions to reclaim this territory. A battle ensued and when it was over,
350,000 Germanics were killed and the few remaining survivors fled up north to
high mountain unproductive areas and took up defensive positions by controlling
narrow mountain passes. Life was difficult and population growth was low.
Around 1500 AD, a traveler -
merchant trade route was established between France
and area of the southern Austrian Hungary - Hapsburg Empire. Chiavenna became a trade and cultural centre. The Gallegioni
and Del Curto families have lived nearby in the
small villages of Burgonuovo di Piuro,
Prosto di Piuro and Cranna.
On a hot summer day in 1615
AD, the villages of Cranna and Prosto
were wiped out by a massive rockslide. The merchant class homes were destroyed
and the only survivors were a few men who were working elsewhere. It appears
that one of the survivors was a male Gallegioni. He built a house out of the rock rubble and
this is the Gallegioni Family home today. A Del Curto
survivor also built a house out of the smashed rocks and that is the Del Curto family home today.
Using Google searching for “Cranna, Prosto di Piuro, Borgonuovo di Piuro and Chiavenna” tells that Cranna became a place for “outlaws”. In 1700, the population was 100. By late
1800, the school had 20 students and was closed and moved to Burgonuovo di Piuro.
Gallegioni – (aka: Galleggioni) Family History:
Andreas R Galleggioni was
born 3 Feb 1870. His birth
records are today in the church at Prosto di Piuro. His brother, Pietro Galleggioni was
born 11 Jan 1868 (California
records) or 1872 (my mothers memory) - uncertain and another brother, G. Ba. Galleggioni (after 1911
known as Giuseppi) was born in 1878.
Andreas became a shoemaker and moved to Zurich
sometime in the 1890’s. In 1895, he
purchased some land 200 metres east of the Zurichsee intersection Dufourstrasse
– Frohlichstrasse and built a four-story apartment
house. In Dec 1900, Andreas married
Aurelia Del Curto of Burgonuovo,
They had four children; Uliss born 1902 (died from staph
infection 1915); Gustav born 1905; Elena Katerina
(my mother) born Sept 11, 1909;
and Angelica born 1911.
Sometime before 1900, Pietro Gallegionni emigrated to San
Francisco (no records show on Ellis Island passenger lists
therefore he must have used another name).
On 22 April 1900, G.
Ba Gallegioni entered the USA
at Ellis Island
claiming to visit his brother, Pietro along
with a Pasini and Domino Marteletti, all from Piuro
and all claiming to visit their cousin Pietro. (Ship passenger records).
Gallegioni went back to Italy
in 1911 and returned to USA
in 1911. At the ships dock, he was offered
a coal-mining job in Harper, West
Virginia. His address was Box 57,
Harper, and Raleigh
County, West Virginia. At this point, G. Ba
(aka: Giuseppi) Gallegioni disappears. A search of Harper Historical
Society records tells of several very serious mine disasters in Harper, West
Virginia in 1911and
1912. Casualty rates were very high and
one can only assume that he was never married and was a casualty in one of
moved to Fort
4. He died in 4
May 1946 and is buried in Rose
cemetery. The records there state that
he was born 11 January 1868. A search shows no descendants of Pietro (aka: Peter) Gallegioni.
Family history of Andreas Gallegioni
and Aurelia Del Curto.
Andreas Gallegioni was born on 3 February 1870 in Cranna, Italy. He was a talented shoemaker. Aurelia Del Curto
was born in 1882 in Burgouovo di Piuro, Italy. They were married in Zurich, December 1900, at
St. Antons Church.
Decendants of Andreas and Aurelia
Children: third child, a
daughter (my mother); Helena Katerina Angelica
Gallegioni, born on 11 September 1909 in Zurich, Switzerland. She passed away on 23 February 1995 at age
Gallegioni married (my father) Mathias
Oberhofer in Zurich, Switzerland on 17
Mathias Oberhofer was born in Martell (Martello), Italy on 23
February 1903. He is the son of Mathias
Oberhofer, also born in Martello,
1864. His mother was Notburga
Stark, who was born in 1880, in Grins, Tyrol (Austria,
but now Italy). This area is about 120 kms
northeast from Chiavenna, Italy.)
is near Tarsch, Italy or north and west of Bolzano, Italy. This is about 12 miles south and east of the
extreme Swiss Village
The Oberhofer Family
has been there since 1571, according to church records. They moved to this remote valley from a town
called Primstl, which no longer exists due to some
religious differences (war). They were
adamant Catholics and are so today. In
this part of Italy
they still speak a kind of German, much to the displeasure of the Italian
Decendants of Mathias and Elena Katerina
Children: Matthew U.
Oberhofer, born 23 Feb 1932, in Calgary,
Robert Charles Oberhofer
Decendants of Matthew U. Oberhofer and Florence Jean Tuff Oberhofer married
23 August 1954, in Lethbridge,
Florence Jean Tuff, born 4 May 1931, in Lethbridge, Alberta
is the daughter of Alfred Edward Tuff and Edna Ivy Knight Tuff.
Children: Joseph Allan,
David Matthew, Mary Jane, and Elizabeth.
further information or questions, please contact Matthew U. Oberhofer at firstname.lastname@example.org