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John Albert Leoni 1842-1914

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:45 pm    Post subject: John Albert Leoni 1842-1914 Reply with quote

John Albert Leoni was born in Moghegno, Ticino, Switzerland, Switzerland 3 Jul 1842, and was christened in Moghegno, Ticino, Switzerland, on the same day. John died 22 Jun 1914 in Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Ca, at 71 years of age, and his body was interred 24 Jun 1914 iat the Catholic Cemetery in Watsonville. He married Jaunita Juana Artellan in Monterey, Monterey, California, 1 Feb 1868. Jaunita was born in Monterey, Monterey, Ca 14 Feb 1852, the daughter of Pierre Artellan and Maria Antonia Garcia of Monterey. She died 4 Dec 1934 in Watsonville, at 82 years of age, and was interred 7 Dec 1934 at the Catholic Cemetery in Watsonville.

John came to the US in 1859 at the age 17 with Steven Martinelli of Watsonville, crossing the Isthmus of Pamama. He was naturalized on 1 Sep 1871 in Monterey County. The 1870 Census listed his occupation as Peddler in Monterey, and enumerated Monterey Co. Castroville Twp., age 37, farmer, with wife Juana 29, children Sarah 12, Jennie 9, Nellie 7, John Jr. 5, Mary 4, Emma 7 Mon. The 1882 Monterey Co Voting Register listed his age as 39 from Switzerland, and 1889 Monterey Co City Directory shows him operating a Swiss Hotel in Soledad with his wife and two daughters Sarah and Nellie. In the 1894 & 1896 Monterey County Great Register he is listed as age 51, Farmer, born in Switzerland, and living in Natividad. By the 1900 Census the family relocated to Santa Cruz Co., Soquel Twp. He is listed as age 56, Yrs Married 33 years, from Switzerland, and states he immigrated in 1859, and has been in the country 41 years. It shows he was natualized, and farming, with wife Juana age 49, children John B. 24, Emma L. 21, Ida 19, Juana 17, Rosa 15, & Albert 9. In the 1910 Census he is still enumerated Santa Cruz Co., and with his with wife Jennie age 59, but had moved to Watsonville. His age is listed as 66, married 48 years, and his occupation was doing odd jobs, His obituary in the Watsonville Pajaronian stated he also lived in San Luis Obispo, and listed a sister Sarafina Giacomazzi of Soledad, CA.
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