52 Ancestors: The Bianchi Women

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Photo taken of Mary Bunt Bianchi and her seven living daughters circa 1917

Photo taken of Mary Bunt Bianchi and her seven living daughters circa 1917


I can’t explain why but this photo, of all the photos I have of my family, draws me to it time and time again–it’s my favorite photo. It was in the box of photos that my sisters and I inherited from our parents. The only person we ever really knew in this photo was my grandmother, Anna Bianchi Furlani.

Mary Bunt Bianchi (1865 – 1944), my great-grandmother, had fourteen children, of which eleven lived. Her husband, Bonaventura Bianchi, died in 1906. There were four surviving sons. The seven surviving daughters were from oldest to youngest:

  • Christine Theresa Bianchi Concini, (1883 – 1940)
  • Violet Josephine Bianchi Bridi, (1889 – 1965)
  • Mary Bianchi Pieri, (1893 – 1958)
  • Anna Bianchi Furlani (1894 – 1973)
  • Lucy Bianchi Bailoni (1897 – 1978)
  • Helen Bianchi Ficca (1900 – 1939)
  • Margaret Bianchi Socoloski (1902 – 1975)

I do not have any information as to the occasion of this photo. It was still pasted into its frame but there was no photographer name or any writing on either side of the photo. My guess is that the photo was taken some time between 1912 and 1917. My grandmother married in 1911, when she was seventeen. I have her wedding photo, and she might be a bit older in this photo.

I have spent a lot of time trying to match a name to the face. Here is my best guess so far:

Front row, left to right are Anna Bianchi Furlani, Mary Bunt Bianchi, Helen Bianchi Ficca and Margaret Bianchi Socoloski.

Back row, left to right are Christine Teresa Bianchi Concini, Violet Josephine Bianchi Bridi, Mary Bianchi Pieri and Lucy Bianchi Bailoni.

If anyone can confirm or correct any of my guesses, please leave a comment.

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, initiated by Amy Johnson Crow, is a series of weekly prompts to get you to think about an ancestor and share something about them. The guesswork of “who should I write about” is taken care of. This week’s theme is Favorite Photo.

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2 Responses to 52 Ancestors: The Bianchi Women

  1. Wendy says:

    I would focus on the woman with hands on the 2 in front if her. That pose usually suggests a close relationship.

  2. Thank you for your suggestion.

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