Henrik Brandt's Genealogy Website
|Welcome! I live in Odense,
Denmark. This website mostly deals with the genealogy of my mother's family, the Danish-Italian
Mazanti family. Most of it is
written in Danish but you may find the
("Efterkommerne") useful. The
first page of the pedigree describes the 1st and 2nd
generation and includes several links to members of the 3rd
generation and their offspring.
I have translated the page about the Italian Roots - it describes my theory about the origin of the Mazzanti name; I'm also trying to imagine how the Mazzantis lived in ancient Tuscany. The texts in the Mazanti Photo Album are also written in English.
If you have any comments or questions concerning my website and/or the Mazantis, please send me a mail.
The Danish Mazanti Family
The following is a translation of some of the words found in the pedigree:
Probably the ancestor of the Danish Mazantis, Joseph Anthon Mazanti, was born at the sea port Livorno (Leghorn), Tuscany. He may be identical to Giuseppe Mazzanti, born 24th March 1767 at Livorno, son of Francesco Mazzanti and Maddalena Masini and grandson of Giuseppe Mazzanti. Young Giuseppe (Joseph) learnt the craft of fabricating barometers, a Tuscan invention, but he left Italy and married a Polish girl, Anna Dorothea Snechac. She gave birth to six children. They went to Stockholm, Sweden but settled down in Odense, Denmark about 1795-1796. Between 1801 and 1804 Joseph disappears. According to his children he died on his way to a fair but an old pedigree suggests that he went missing in Germany in 1804. The mystery is unsolved! His wife died 1810 in a poor condition. She was buried in a pauper's grave.
The children of Joseph Anthon Mazanti and Anna Dorothea Snechac were
The social promotion of the older sons is very surprising, considering the parents' poverty and the period. According to family tradition some of the children were fostered by wealthy people. Three of the children had children of their own and they have got a lot of descendants today. Most of the family, by several different surnames, lives in Denmark but some of our relatives live in the USA. You kan split the family in three branches:
Finally I'll inform you about some of the emigrants of the Mazanti family. Along with many hopeful Danes they left their family's new homeland and went to the USA. I don't know much about them but you might!