Davide Cristiano Odorizzi was born on April 28, 1856, on a farm about 2 miles north of Gardolo in the Trentino, now in Italy but then in Austria. His godparents were Cristiano Moser and Madalena Pisetta.
His father, Pietro Antonio (generally known by his second name), was born in Albiano, also in the Trentino, on June 2, 1813.
Antonio’s father, Andrea, born May 16, 1778, was the mayor of Albiano. He once bet his friends that he could eat 100 snails at one sitting. He won and collected his money but died that night. Antonio was left an orphan and under the care of his uncle. However, he was unhappy and at the age of 9 ran away to Gardolo, where he had an aunt. He went to work for a farmer. When Antonio came of age he was asked by an “agent” to sign papers, which he could not read, not having learned to read. He signed the papers with an “X” and later learned that the papers transferred his inheritance to the uncle from whom he run. The Odorizzi family is said to have come to Albiano about 1600 from Male, in the Val di sol, following a plague. Antonio’s mother was Maria Domenica Pisetta, born May 28, 1780, in Albiano. She and Andrea were married August 26, 1801.
Andrea’s parents were Pietro Antonio Odorizzi and Domenica Filippi. This Pietro Antonio’s father was not surprisingly Andrea, born about 1723 and died March 15, 1782.
Maria Domenica Pisetta’s parents were Giovanni Antonio Pisetta and Ursula Pisetta (born February 26, 1741), indicating that they were likely cousins. Ursula’s parents were Domenico and Maria Pisetta, also possibly cousins.
Davide’s mother was Teresa Mover, the second wife of Pietri Antonio (the first was Catterina Dematte of Povo, whom he married at Gardolo on June 24, 1839). Antonio and Teresa were married August 31, 1851, in Gardolo. Teresa was born in Gardolo on February 25, 1823, to Domenico Mover and Domenica Pallaver. She died in Gardolo on October 6, 1889, from bronchitis. Teresa’s life must have been hard, even by the times. She seems to have married late and to a widower ten years her senior, with children. Shortly after her marriage she lost several of her step children, presumably to cholera.
On February 1, 1879, Davide married in Gardolo Caterina Bassetti, who was born. June 5, 1856, in Villazzano, south of Trento. (The Bassetti family, Francesco and Domenica Sardagna, moved to Gardolo between July 1858 and January 1860.) They lived on a farm in Canova, about 2 miles south of Gardolo (and thus about 2 miles north of Trento) about ¼ mile west of the highway. They had four children who lived to maturity: Cornelio Antonio (known in the United States as Charles or more commonly, Charlie) born April 26, 1883, Clemente Francesco, born July 24, 1884, Emma Ermine, born December 27, 1885, and Adelina Maria, born June 25, 1889. There may have been two others who died young.
Davide inherited vineyards along the Adige River, which were valuable as they benefited from the deposit of minerals from the Alps during periodic flooding. However, there was a disastrous flood in 1882 (which caused the river to rise 8 meters above normal in Verona, down the river). The river overflowed destroying his vines two more times, all three years apart so that for nine years he had no crop (as vines take three years from planting to first significant crop.) Therefore, he joined the horde of immigrants from the Trentino to the United States in 1890. Having establishing himself in the Mindenmines area of southwest Missouri (after a period in Pennsylvania and a period in Texas) he sent for his wife and four children, who arrived in 1893. His family had been living with his wife’s parents in Gardolo since he had left. He subsequently returned to the Trentino at least once staying about a year (1907-1908).
His wife, Caterina Bassetti Odorizzi, died in 1919 in Mindenmines as the result of an automobile accident. David Odorizzi died on July 9, 1944, in Burgess Missouri.