It’s pleasant to feel a sense of belonging, of having
roots, and that’s one of my favorite aspects of living in Montecarlo. I am
constantly being reminded that my dad’s ancestors were from this area—and recently
I made another surprising discovery: I found what I am almost certain is another
Seghieri family crest.
We stopped by to visit cousin Grazia in the morning
and then to see Enrico and Enza in the afternoon, though unfortunately Enrico
was not home. Between those two social calls, we went to the centro storico
of Pescia to enjoy some pizza and gelato and just appreciate the ambiance of
one of the cities where my grandfather Michele Spadoni and great grandmother
Maria Marchi were born.
We walked past the Palazzo del Vicario, the central
office of the municipality, an attractive ancient building. I had been there
before to request birth certificates for some ancestors, but I never took time
to admire the building’s interesting exterior. It is covered with stemme,
crests of wealthy or noble families placed on the walls around the year 1600. Certain
that my branch of the Spadoni family was not wealthy or noble and had no true
family crest, I had zero expectation of seeing something I would recognize. I
did find a crest on the side of the building facing Piazzi Mazzini that has two
crossed swords, though, which potentially could have some connection to the
Spadoni name. Regretfully, I neglected to snap a photo because I figured the
probability of a connection was low, and anyway I would have no way to know
what family it represented.
|Palazzo del Vicario in Pescia|
Then we walked to the side of the building facing the
street, and wow! Doesn’t that one up there look a lot like the Seghieri crest
found in Montecarlo? Lucy agreed, yes, it does. I took a photo and compared it
to a photo I already had of the crest that is above the door of the former
Seghieri house near the Porta Fiorentina in Montecarlo. They are not 100
percent identical, but very close. There is a lion—a symbol of strength—with a
saw crossing it diagonally. The crest in Pescia is older and more worn than the
one in Montecarlo, so the saw teeth in the former are barely visible because of
weathering. The lion’s tail is positioned differently, and there is some other
unknown symbol in the upper right of the Pescia crest. Could that be the tail? It seems out of place and unattached, but perhaps so.
|Does this stemma in Pescia look like the|
Seghieri family crest in Montecarlo?
I knew that the noble branch of the Seghieri family
had ties to Altopascio and Montecarlo, but this is the first indication that a
branch of the family also resided in Pescia—or at the very least contributed to
the construction of this palazzo.
We went into the building to see if someone had a key
that would identify the various crests. We were directed to the city cultural
office in Piazza Mazzini. The gentleman there said he was not aware of any key
to identify the crests, nor did he know anyone who might have more information.
I asked him if I could have his email address in the event I had any further
questions. At least I could send him photos of the crest in Montecarlo in case
he found someone interested in identifying the crests. Really, I find it hard
to believe that there is not a history buff around who has already tried to do
this, and if there is, perhaps he or she would be interested in my
observations. The official gave me his address, and then I asked also for his
name, which gave me another sense of connectedness. He is Luigi del Tredici—almost
certainly another distant cousin. My great great grandmother—the mother of
Torello Seghieri—is Maria del Tredici. I will mention that to Luigi when I send
him photos of the two crests later.
|The Seghieri-Bizzarri stemma in Montecarlo.|
Trop fort, cousin !ReplyDelete