Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Corsini family

Maria Corsini (born in São José do Rio Pardo-SP) married Jacomo Darin (born in ) and moved to Marilia-SP in November 1927. As we have already seen a previous post about Nilza Darin's tragic death in 1947, now we'll go into more details about the CORSINI family itself that stayed back in São José do Rio Pardo.


Dante Corsini was born in Pistoia in 1875. Eugenio Corsini and Clarinda were Dante's parents. Not much else is known about Dante's time in Italy or whenever he migrated to Brazil.

Fact is Dante Corsini married my grand-mother Erminia Billò's sister Antonia Billò aka Tonina some time around the turn of the century 1900.


Antonio Corsini is born in 30 June 1903 - Dante & Antonia's first child. Angela Uccela & Cartoi Tonini are his grandparents. Antonio must have died in an outbreak of yellow-fever in 1903.

Maria Corsini is born in 17 January 1905 - she will marry Jacomo Darin in 23 November 1924.

Octavio Corsini, born in 25 May 1907 - baptized in 7 July 1907 at Capella da Villa Costina; grand-parents: Baptista Piva & Luiza Uccella; he'll marry Laura M. Darin, Alegricia Pioltini & João Darin's daughter.

Guido Corsini is born in 1910; he will marry Anna Buaro circa 1935.

Angelina Corsini is born in 13 October 1912; she will marry João Mello and had Dirce (married to Maldonado). Dirceu; Darcy aka Neguinho. Angelina was one of the last Corsini to die in 1st May 1993.

Ferruccio Corsini is born circa 1915; aka Nego.

Olga Corsini is born in 1918; 7th child; Olga died in 19 November 1980 aged 62.

Orlando Corsini is born in 24 December 1920.

Geny Corsini is born circa 1923.

Helio Corsini is born in 6 November 1925

Jacomo Darin & Maria Corsini circa 1924

Maria Corsini (19) marries Jacomo Darin in 23 November 1924, the exact day Jacomo aka Jacó becomes 24 years old.

Jacomo Darin was the 3rd child born of Marco Giovanni Battista Da Rin Zoldan & Erminia Billò. He had been named after Giacomo Darin (no relation) who shared the farm with his father Giovanni Darin. Jacomo's god-father was Giacomo's brother Giovanni Darin (no relation to his namesake). As the first born (Antonio Americo) died in infancy, Jacomo (born in 23 November 1900) became the second boy, less than 2 years younger than Rissieri Darin (born in 15 January 1899).

So when Rissieri married the elementary teacher Elisa Surian in 16 June 1924, Jacomo who had been courting his cousin Maria Corsini - his mother's sister's daughter - pressured his parents to exert influence on Dante Corsini (Maria's very jealous father) to accept him as a son-in-law. Dante was dead set against this marriage but somehow ended up agreeing and they tied the knot before the year was out exactly on Jacomo's 24th birthday, a Monday.

Maria moved to her in-laws and as the Darin family also had a Maria (born in 1902 three years Corsini's senior) she became known as Mariquinha, a way to tell them apart.

Mariquinha gave birth to a still-born boy in 21 August 1926 at 3 o'clock in the morning at Fazenda Apparecida. No name is shown in the obituary. Only 'still born baby boy from uterine trauma' (traumatismo uterino).

Nilza Darin is born in 11 September 1927 - just a year after the still-birth of her baby-boy, Maria gives birth to her only daughter in Canoas-SP, a small town at the end of the line of Mogiana train track (see post about Nilza Darin for more information).

15 November 1927 - just when Nilza was 2 months old, mother, dad and the whole Darin Family moved from São José do Rio Pardo in the northern part of S.Paulo state to the new settlement of Alto Cafezal-Marilia in the south-western part of the state - settlement which was not even linked to the main train line yet.

Maria Corsini loses contact with the rest of the Corsini Family who stay back in the Mogiana Railroad area. It used to take more than 24 hours to get from A to B then. And it was expensive too.

Ecydir Darin is born in 28 September 1929 in Marilia. Ecydir aka Cidir was registered in 14 October 1919.

Odyr Darin is born in August 1931 in Marilia. Odyr is the 4th child of Corsini & Darin.

early in 1934, Angela Nani, mother of Maria, Erminia & Tonina Billò dies in Itobi-SP; Erminia Billò dies in 25 May 1934. Maria Billò married Narciso Bartolozo and left to São Sebastião da Grama-SP; later on Maria Billò with some of her children to the ABC region on the metropolitan area of the city of S.Paulo. Angelina Corsini said she ended up losing one leg when she was already an old woman.

Jurandyr Darin aka Nezinho is born in 12 June 1934.

Jacomo Darin (38) dies in 14 November 1938, leaving Maria Corsini (33) widowed with 4 children to raise: Nilza (11), Ecidyr (9), Odyr (8) and Nezinho (4).

some Marilia citizens concerned with the economic situation of Maria Corsini rallied around and she was given a position of servant in a primary school that was opening at Vila São Miguel (III Grupo Escolar) in the outskirts of town. Maria worked there until she retired some 30 years later.

I remember aunt Mariquinha so well. Mother used to visit her every now and then when I was very young until the time we moved out of Marilia in December 1960. As we lived at rua Mato Grosso we had to walk


Angelina Corsini in 1990 

Most of the information I've got about the Corsini Family was told me by Angelina Corsini (*13 Oct 1912 + 1 May 1993) circa 1990, when I visited São José do Rio Pardo a few times in search for information concerning my grand-parents marriage date. Angelina Corsini was a nice lady who used to talk freely to me at the door of her house. It's funny she never invited me inside but I never considered that negatively... some people in small towns are just like that; they can talk for hours at their gate or front door.

Angelina shed a lot of light into the many subjects I was pursuing. Angelina told me about my grand-father's only sister Marianna Darin whose son Octavio was still alive and living on the other side of town with one of his daughters. Angelina told me family secrets that were corroborated by other people later. I was really sorry to know she died suddenly in 1993.

Angelina was 7 years younger than her sister Maria Corsini aka Mariquinha who became my aunt when she married my Mother's brother Jacomo in 1924. Mind you, my Mother was only 5 years old when her brother married. In those big families it was common for older siblings to marry and have children of their own while their old parents were still giving birth to kids that were younger than their nephews and nieces.

from left to right: Helio Corsini, Angelina C., ?, ?, ?,?, Lauro Miotto, Wanda Darin, Maria Raquel Miotto, ?, ?, ?, Geny's husband, Geny Corsini, Zueleide Dutra, Maria Corsini, Valdemar Darin, Jurandyr Corsini aka Nezinho, his bride Lu.
from left to right: Zuleide Dutra, Maria Corsini, Valdemar Darin, the bride Lucineide, ?, Lu's friend, Odyr Darin's wife, Odyr, Yolanda Darin, Corina Lopes, Ecydir Darin, Rosa Darin, Maria Darin Dutra, America Darin, Deoclides Nogueira, Maria da Gloria Redondo & João Baptista Darin Filho.

Maria Corsini's youngst son Jurandyr Darin marries Lucineide in mid-1976 in Marilia.


Dante Corsini was born in the Province of Pistoia in Italy. We don't know exactly what 'comune'.

Amelia Paiva Bertonha wrote at Facebook's group Memoria de Marilia in 4 October 2014:  Em 1948, 1949, 1950 e 1951 dei aula no 3o. Grupo da Vila São Miguel como professora substituta. Só me formei em 1950, mas mesmo sem me formar, me chamavam pois havia falta de substitutas. Devo ter conhecido sua tia Maria Corsini, Carlus Maximus. Há um fato interessante sobre esse Grupo Escolar. Minha irmã Maria Nilce estava dando aula, como substituta na sala do 4º ano primário, cheio de meninos grandes, quando percebeu que caiu algo do telhado, não havia forro, que entrou em seu decote. Ela, aos gritos, constatou que era uma baratona voadora. Houve um alvoroço e os meninos queriam salva-la da tal barata... mas... teriam que por as mãos dentro do decote. Então uma servente, correu e tirou a barata. Nessa altura, Maria Nilce estava "derrotada", enojada, começou a vomitar. Poderia ser essa moça da foto. Tal fato deu-se em 1948.......

Calus Maximus answered:  olha, Amelia Paiva Bertonha, essa minha tia Mariquinha era do tipo que 'resolvia qualquer parada'. Ela era tipo 'elétrica', relativamente baixa, mas falava rápido. Seus olhos chispavam. Na verdade ela 'puxou' para o pai dela, italiano de Pistoia, que era 'duro'. Dizem que o velho Dante Corsini era tão duro, que mesmo no leito de morte (1947), ele olhava p'ra cima e 'cuspia em Deus', exclamando 'Dio cane'! Isso só p'ra você ter uma noção da 'dureza' do velho. Mariquinha não xingava Deus, mas era 'dura'. Uma barata para ela não seria nada. rs! Nessa sua história, está me parecendo que houve intervenção da tia Mariquinha. Só ela teria tido uma atitude tão rápida  e certeira assim. Obrigado por relatá-la. E me lembro também de ouvir que a Mariquinha não tinha medo de aluno 'marmanjo', pois mesmo depois de adultos eles ainda a tratavam com reverência, quando a encontravam pela cidade por acaso.

Mariquinha foi um apelido dado pelas suas cunhadas, já que já havia uma Maria (minha tia mais velha, nascida em 1902) quando ela veio morar na casa de meus avós na Fazenda Apparecida. Maria Corsini, na verdade era prima de 1o. grau do marido Jacomo Darin. Tonina Billò era a irmã mais nova de Ermina Billò, minha avó materna. 

Não tenho certeza se no III Grupo ela era conhecida como 'dona Mariquinha' ou 'dona Maria'. Ela ficou viúva em Novembro de 1938 e começou a trabalhar no III Grupo em 1939 ou 1940.