To pick up again on my Throwback Thursdays, I’ll continue with my Italian (maternal) side.
This photo is from 1976, when one of my uncles got married. James Diamantini (aka Diamantine) is with his wife, Jean (Champi) Diamantine (parents of the groom), and also with his two older brothers, Gilbert and Frank and their wives.
From left to right, Gilbert Diamantini (1904 – 1984; born in Sant’Elpidio A Mare, Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy), his wife Eleanor (Wold) Diamantine (1918 – 1981); Frank Diamantini (1909 – 1997; born in California), his wife Eva (Rose) Diamantini (1901 – 1989); Jean (Champi) Diamantine (1915 – 2016), and James Diamantini (1914 – 1995).
I love this First Communion photo! It’s labeled as “Maria Donini”. To be honest, I don’t know exactly who she is! But the photo could be dated anywhere from, say, the 1920s to the 1940s (?)
However, I do have some clues. My great-grandmother, Maria (Bolognesi) Diamantini, had a younger sister Annuziata (born c. 1879 – died c. 1949), who married a man by the last name of Donini. (Sadly, I don’t know the name of Mr. Donini.)
I also know the Bolognesi family came from Sant’Elpidio A Mare, in the province of Fermo, in the region of Marche. Perhaps the Donini family did too?
If you might know who the Donini family is, or who Maria Donini is, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
This photo is of my great-grandaunt Lorenza (Bolognesi) Mataloni, the younger sister of my great-grandmother Maria (Bolognesi) Diamantini.
Lorenza was born 1877 in Italy, and she died in 1964 in Civitanova Marche, Italy. She married Giuseppe Mataloni, and had two children that I know of: Antonio and Maria.
The two sisters, Maria and Lorenza, definitely look like family. My great-grandma is on the left.
Another son of Marietta (Diamantini) Ferroni was Hugo Ferroni. I know even less about him than his brother Attilo. He was born circa 1907.
Last week I published a photo of Attilo Ferroni’s presumed mother, Marietta (Diamantini) Ferroni. Today, I’m posting a photo of him.
I believe he was born circa 28 September 1905, in Italy, presumably in the Marche region. He and his wife (name unknown) are believed to have had 6 children: Giovanni, Hugo, Mario, Nello, Rina, and Umberto. All were sons, except for Rina.
I’m going to continue to post photographs once a week on “Throwback Thursdays”, starting with some of my Italian relatives, about whom I know very little.
One thing I do know is that my Diamantini kin came from in and around the town of Fano, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, in the province of Pesaro e Urbino, in the Marche region.
Google Maps. “Fano, Province of Pesaro and Urbino, Italy”, Google (https://www.google.com/maps/place/61032+Fano,+Province+of+Pesaro+and+Urbino,+Italyfirstname.lastname@example.org,14.8439515,7.01z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x132d105e7324a691:0x477a64d9766b3c0a!8m2!3d43.8398164!4d13.0194201?hl=en : accessed 7 Feb 2019).
This photo is of a woman believed to be my great-grandfather Guiseppe Diamantini’s sister, Marietta, who married Enrico Ferroni. She was born 12 February 1887 and died 16 December 1980. I believe Marietta and Enrico had 3 sons: Attilo, Hugo, and Gino. That’s all I know.
In memory of my mom’s first cousins on her mother’s side. This photo was taken circa 1940:
Siblings – Ann Shirley Holst (1936 – 1994) and Robert Perry “Bobby” Holst (1932 – 2009)
Neither had any children.