Sannola, daughter of the late Abramo, widow of Salomone di Matassia: Florence, 1454

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Sannola, daughter of the late Abramo, widow of Salomone di Matassia: Florence, 1454


Sannola, called Dolcetta, daughter of the late Abramo di Aliuccio da Orvieto, widow of Salomone di Matassia da Perugia


This Latin will exists in two copies in the registers of one Christian notary in Florence, the notary Gualtieri di ser Lorenzo da Ghiacceto.

Sannola, known as Dolcetta, was the mother of the well-known Florentine moneylender Jacob, son of Salomone di Matassia da Perugia, as well as another son David. Her third son, Samuele, predeceased her, but left her a grandson, Isaac. She also had three living daughters. Sarucca, Anna, and Gentile, with Anna living in Ferrara and Gentile in Siena. She also had a daughter named Rosa who predeceased her. This family, identified as "da Perugia," is connected to Senna, whose will is also part of this collection.

Sannola leaves 25 florins each to her living sons Jacob and David, and to her grandson Isaac. She also orders that Isaac be allowed to remain in the house belonging to his uncles (Jacob and David) as long as he wants, and that he have rights to food and clothing for himself and his family. She leaves to her two married daughters, Sarucca and Anna, 5 gold florins each. Her late daughter Rosa had two sons, Salomone and Emanuele, and each of those two are left 5 gold florins. She does not leave anything to her daughter Gentile, but she does leave Gentile's children 5 gold florins each. They are named Consiglio, Angelo, Isaac, and Abramo.

Sannola names as her universal heirs Emanuele, the son of David, as well as other male sons potentially born in the future to Jacob. In the case that there is a lack of male heirs when it comes time to divide her estate, she names her sons' and grandson's daughters as heirs. She also specifies that the inheritance left to Emanuele not be able to be touched by his father David. She does not include her grandson Isaac as a universal heir.

Other extant documents give a good deal of corroborating and contextualizing data about Sannola and her family. See Borgolotto and Garruto (see below), p. 64-65.


Florence, Italy


7 October 1454


Archivio di Stato, Florence
ASFi, Notarile Anticosimiano, n. 10449, fols. 67v-68v
ASFi, Notarile Anticosimiano, n. 10450, fols. 152r-153v
See Borgolotto and Garruto, "Testamenti femminili toscani," 64-65.