As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
I do not have any information on Jacqueline Bellecote in fact she is also known as Marguerite Cotte in some reference books.
Being from the West coast, you may be a descendant of the Salvaye (Salvails) from British Columbia and later Washington state. I have quite a bit of information on the Salvail family - how far back can you trace your ancestry? I may be able to help you.
Srossmeisl wrote:Thank you. I will send an email to the "Archivio Storico Diocesano" and "Archivio di Stato di Torino"
Hi: also you can read this: " Atti notarili 1610-1854 delle localita valdese in provincia di Torino -Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994 , microfilm 35 mm , ITA-FRE (Microfilm dei registri originali nell'Archivio di stato di Torino Testamenti, inventari, contratti matrimoniali, atti di donazione, procure, transazioni, cessioni e vendite, ecc. .. Atti notarili 1610-1854 Pinerolo -Torino).. suanj
You should look at these notarial records, they would include possibly a marriage contract for Giovanni Battista and his wife. There is not a name Jacqueline (obviously) in Italian, but Jaquetta is a possibility, though VERY rare. the link to the microfilm numbers is:
Keep us posted if you do decide to undertake that project. It can be a thrill to use primary source records to research a line which has never been touched before, especially when there are so many descendants today (French Canadian's are prolific to be sure!!)
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been going through my old files and can't recall if I posted a link to the surname distribution map of Italy.
The Salvails are descended from the SALVAI family of Piemonte, Italy. Salvai is a Piemontese surname derived from Arabic.(In the 10th century, Saracens raided and occupied Piemonte.) An alternate spelling of Salvai is Salvay. Salvay(e) and Salvai(l) are N. American variants, and are not used in Italy.
To see a distribution of the Salvai surname in Italy, please visit
If I remeber correctly, according to my great aunts research and family lore , Jean-Baptist de Salvaye de Tremont was given holy orders by the pope and sailed under the King Richlieu (treaty?) to bring Jesiut missionaries to New France to help to construct a perfect christian society. They brought with them an architect by the name of Monsieur de Sorrel.
I don't know if you have been to the south of France and North Italy. It is very common to have franco-italian heritage. There, even the names of towns are in both french and italian. So many of our ancestors were either french or italian because those were what the jesuit missionaries arriving there in those ships. It must have been quite a production!
Wasn't Jean-Baptiste Salvaye de Tremont one of Giovanni Battista's descendants? Giovanni's son, Pierre was the first Salvai/y (from our family line) to arrive in North America. The Carignan-Salieres regiment employed Italian mercenaries, among them Piemontese like Pierre Salvay. Many people don't know that Italians were some of the first Europeans in North America.
I'm very familiar with the French influence on Piemontese language and culture. The French invaded greater Piemonte in the early 1500s, and later acquired Pinerolo, our ancestral hometown, in the early 1600s when the House of Savoy was forced to cede it to them by treaty. Many linguistic experts regard Piemontese as an independent language. For additional information, please visit the Piemontesi Nel Mondo of Northern California website at http://www.piemontesinoca.com/language.php and download â€œA Brief Introduction to Piemonteisâ€
Has any more info on Jean Baptiste Salvaye's ancestors been found?
He is listed as squire, Captain etc...
I see his parents listed but no more. according to my research he is
listed among the possible noble's in Quebec in the 1700th century. His there any proof of this in Piemonte Turin Italy?