Descendants of Jefferson neighbor reunite in Albemarle

Aug 14, 2013 1104

By K. Burnell Evans

About 240 years ago, Antonio Giannini and his wife and daughter left Fibbialla, Italy, for Virginia at the behest of Florentine merchant Philip Mazzei, a friend of Thomas Jefferson's.

Part of a cadre of skilled workers Mazzei employed at Colle, his farm adjoining Monticello, Giannini planned to return home after five years. 

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