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Genealogical signs of the noble  family Tombesi of Ferrara


From a study effected from  



commissioned from:        
Count Giuseppe Napoleone Tombesi
(Macerata 1833 - Paris 1903)
Gives in:  

   Pisa, October 20 th 1874

To signature of the president:



Cav. Giovan Battista di Crollalanza      

*  then Regal Italian Heraldic Academy
WARNING! The study was written in Italian very early, so the translation into English may be inappropriate


Of this noble family, whose documents for the stories of the times and for its transfer in other region miserably went lost, well few memories have remained in the city of Ferrara where has bloomed since toward halves last century (1700, n.d.r.), giving respectable men to the country for city virtue, for doctrine and for eminent positions and dignity, of which were invested. We will faithfully expose here the series of it on the traces of the historians to fit with iron him and on the few documents tracked down by the scolar and hard-working Lord Joseph Antonelli, canonical of the Metropolitana of Ferrara and already Librarian of the Ariostea.


From where has drawn origin and name the family Tombesi of it is able say with certainty. The Baruffaldi writes in his Blasonario Ferrarese (unpublished work existing near the commented on Canonical Antonelli) her tells ancient family originated from Ravenna but us from other memories manoscritte we pick up to have drawn them the name of Tombesi (anciently..busi) from an ancient village of the land ferrarese denominated "le Tombe", of which ago mention Anthonio Frizzi in his memories for the history of Ferrara (vol. I, pag. 272). Of this village, is wanted the Tombesi to have been gentlemen, that in the calamitous times when they were the wars among the Guelfi



and the Ghibellini are transplanted in the near Ferrara where in the risen a great deal various of that town government they had part and name. Examining the noble people the family Tombesi from us in the first page described, there seemed doesn't deprive of base the affirmation to have had it dominion on the village Le Tombe that it lay around in a pinewood and big part of the country was planted with trees of pines, from where probably an up to small fortress to the Tombesi it rose to which the Tower alludes approached by two pines that is seen posted on the shield.

The precise epoch of its transfer in Ferrara and the part that it had in the public thing in remote times, is not given there to be able to expose, that some document is not tracked downand, and only the Baruffaldi, quoted on,  it limits him to make us known to have had it many famous men.

stemma della famiglia Tombesi
(scudo con Torre accostata da due pini)


The genealogical tree, that incomplete we give in appendix to these brief signs, formed by the aforesaid canonical Antonelli with it escorts de' few documents from him tracked down and with the help of the parish registers, doesn't reassemble to the of the century XIV and head ancestor in it it is a Giacomo Tombesi, which we know he lived in the second halves the same century. From Bartolomeo, Giacomo's child, two lines were issued, one of Danese, the other of Giacomo, both children of Bartholomew. The first one was extinguished in Ferrara with Orsola married in Roberti, which it missed of life in 1741 and the other one is perpetuated up to our days after having transmigrated in the Marche, worthily represented today

from the Commander Giuseppe Tombesi, count del Poggio, true type of the perfect gentlemen. Over these two lines, other ramifications had the family Tombesi whose rings of conjunction with two principal branches we was not given to be able to track down there.

The Tombesi were well a great deal you accept to the Ducal Family Estense, from which they had favors and dignity, and memory of a Francis of Giacomo Tombesi is had, which in the XVI century was General Factor or rather Butler de' Dukes Ercole II and Alfonso II Of Este and Castellano of the Castle of Ferrara. He enjoyed the grace of his principles for way, that not only takings part to the suggestions  the Duke  Alfonso II D'Este



Ercole II'  which had a lot to contend with the Pope to get the investiture of his Dukedom, but when this Prince went in 1525 in Venice with great party of Noble, he was of this succession. (Abridged edition of history of the church of Ferrara... pag. 67)                             Ercole II D'Este

Contemporary of Francis was Ercole son of Romano, which left of if clear memory. Entered the Benedictine order Cassinense, many years it passed in the monastery of Montecassino where it improved him in the Greek and Latin letters in which it was learned and he wrote ecclesiastical ritual works that  they were unpublished. Always sustained with praise and fruit the various inferior dignities of his order, the morality, the pity and the doctrine, that so many glowed in him they raised him to the position of Attorney General of the Benedictine order and,

residing therefore in Rome, its virtues procured him the favor of the Cardinal Ippolito D'Este by which became you so dear to the Pontiff Giulio III that he was named, from this, Bishop of Ravello, in the Kingdom in Naples, September 18 th 1555.                                 Cardinale Ippolito D'Este   

Of the grace of the Pope him been worth for maintaining the good harmony among this and the Duke Ercole II, his gentleman, which it was not ungrateful to the eminent services given to the excellent Prelate that wanted to justify with favors and privileges for his family.                                                     Papa Giulio III



Withdrawn him, Lord Ercole Tombesi in Ferrara March 23 rd 1563, it solemnly consecrated you the Church of St. Benedict, it died in country in 1570. His bare was buried in the Church of St. Francis, ahead to the greatest altar, and on his/her grave this simple registration was set

Of side part of the page is reproduced 189 some Historical Dictionary Of the Illustrious Men to Ferrara with iron him in the pity, in the arts and in the sciences, hill their works or done principal compiled from the histories and from original manuscripts by Luigi UGHI FERRARESE, first tome, in Ferrara MDCCCIV



Another illustrious individual of the family Tombesi, which he lived at the same time of the two mentioned on, was a great deal Sulpizio teacher of music lists in Ferrara. The Libanori (Ferarra Di gold P. III, pag. 199) followed by the Borsetti (Hist. Ferr. Gimnasii P. II pag. 474), declares him teacher of chapel of the emperor Ferdinando I. After the death of this Prince it seems that Sulpizio was returned in country where it died, probably after 1621, since the historical ferraresi Superb and Guarini don't make mention of it and it was buried in the church of St. Silvestre where a magnificent sarcophagus was prepared of which we give here the sketch, sarcophagus that he was unchanged up to the suppression of that church in 1798 and that he was transported then in the stores of the open town cemetery in 1813; but after 1820 barbaric idea was had to do a monument of it to Onofrio Minzoni, for which was chiseled foully.

The first one to make memory was Andrew Borselli of it, to pag. 230 of his Supplement to the Guarini bearing the musical registration of this monument which plays as it follows:

This monument is de MI, SOL_picio Tombese
and the LA LA_ura MI_a (my) dear wife.
Ergo Domines Deus MI.
 MI_SOL pritiique et LA_uraque MI_se_RE_ RE. Amen
The Greek registration posts to the left of this epitaph he/she explains us "this sepulchre is my abode"


Among the illustrious men of the family Tombesi doesn't know forgotten a Luigi son of Alfonso, lettered that bloomed in the second halves the century XVII of which is had for the presses the following small opera:

Genetliacum Mercurii, et Apollinis Poean in Lustralibus Solemniis Ludovici Cornelii ex illustrissimis et excellentissimis Marchionibus Hippolyti Bentivolo de Aragonia et D. Lucretia Pia de Sabaudia.(Ferraria Tassis Julii Bolzoni Gigli 1667 in 4°)





We also have to prefer a religious of it for evident notable moral virtues, which held the most important positions of his order during the second halves the past century (1700 ndrs). We intend to speak of his father Venanzo Tombesi, hermit camaldolese native of Macerata in the Marche and great uncle of the living Joseph count Of del Poggio. He was Great or rather General once of the whole order Camaldolese. It was chosen to this supreme office May 4 th 1787 and it lasted reigning up to May of 1789. For twenty years around him he had held then all the first positions of his/her religion ché three times it was General Visitor, the second dignity after that of the Greatest Father, once General Vicar in Germany and more times Prior in different Hermitages, among which those of Mountain Conero near Ancona, of Mountain Lorona (?) and of Frascati where, piously, since he lived, it died the 10 January of 1810.

We will finally say that Luigi Tombesi, father of the commended on commendator Joseph, was official separate, having served first Napoleone the Great them the Pontifical Government and from last the Kingdom of Italy. He died June 19 th 1874 in Macerata having been being for many years captain Comandante that plaza, having held the same command in those of Loreto, Pesaro and Narni before. It had the decoration of S. Helen.

What the family Tombesi was kept in Ferrara in big consideration and that she was counted to the class of the noble of that city it notices him from the titles with which in the public registers were qualified the members of it since the XVI century. Indeed from the notarially of the notary ferrarese Panaldo Esatori of July 20 th 1571 we notice that Fabrizio Tombesi of the was Giacomo he is qualified for Magnificus Dominus by an tool of investiture of the 14 gennaro 1572



written from Lodovico Sinibaldi notary of Argenta since Giacomo Tombesi son of Francis he is honored some title Magnificus Dominus filius Magnificent Dominoes Francisci Tombesii Nobilis Ferrariae; and of this Francesco will in actions of the notary Paolo Gentini stipulated September 14 th 1573 notices him equally that the testatore was qualified for Multam Magnificum et Honorabilissimus vir. And we know that the title of Magnificent it was a great deal in the Middle considered Age and he was accustomed to give him to the inferior principles to the regal degree, as the Tibrario attests it in his great work of the Political economy of the Middle Age, tome I pags. 321. And we learn besides from the Giulini in his Memory of the City and country in Milan, that the Podestās of the cities Lombarde and the imperial Vicars were said Noble and Magnificent. This way in the 1300 Galeazzo Visconti, Captain of the People in Milan was in the public

actions qualified for Magnificus Vir (Tomo VIII pag. 529); Jacopo De Lawrence, podestā in Genoa was from the continuatore of the Caffaro said man Noble and Magnificent citizen (Tome VII pag. 511); Matteo Visenti General Vicar of the Sacred Empire in Lombardy in 1299 was qualified for Magnificent and Dear Man (Tome VIII pag. 504 etc.. etc..)

Neither we must keep silent as the Ducal Chamber November 20 th 1510, with notarially of notary ferrarese Bartolomeo Todesori rented for five years to a Romano Tombese, child of quandam Antonio, city ferrarese the behavior of the salty fish of Lombardy and Cremona and we will finally remember that his brothers Francesco, Fabrizio and Giambattista (1500-1550) of the it was Giacomo Tombesi they manufactured to own expenses in the church of St. Benedict of Ferrara the great chapel of the circumcision together with the noble burial on which they made to affix the following marmoreal incision:


The actual representative the illustrious family Tombesi Giuseppe of the was capitan Luigi, Commander of the order of the Nicham of Tunisi he was named with brevet of December 7 th 1871 and for services special rhesuses to the Republic of San Marino he was created on November 17 1872 Count Of the Knoll (Conte Del Poggio), transmissible title to his children and heirs.


Finally the Italian Genealogical Heraldic academy names him in the 1874 partner of his of honor and confers him the medal meritorius.
The commander's consort Joseph deigns she is the virtuous woman Isabella Gutman of Mexico cousin of the Marescialla Bazaine.