Today’s Anniversary ~ 3rd Great Grandparents Nicola Antonia Giansante and Carlo Di Pentima ~

Penne – July 19, 1862 – On today’s date in 1862, my third great grandparents Nicola Antonia Giansante and Carlo Di Pentima were married in Penne, Italy.

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Nicola Antonia Giansante was born in 1828 in Rione San Giovanni in Penne, Pescara to Giosaffatte Giansante and Maria Trignani.

Carlo Di Pentima was born in 1814 at Via Piana, Pianella, Pescara to Felice Di Pentima and Palma D’Agostino.

Nicola Antonia and Carlo were both widowed.  My third great grandmother’s first husband was Nicola Delle Monache.  He died in 1855.  They had one child.  Stefano.

My third great grandfather’s first wife was Anna Rosaria Marcella.  They lived at contrada Cupoli, Farindola.  She passed away on May 12, 1862.  She was the daughter of Nicolangelo Marcella and Anna Di Luca.*  They had four children.  Vincenzo, Filomena, Serafina, and Anna.  Only Filomena survived until adulthood.

Giansante – Di Pentima marriage documents via Antenati

A little more than two months after the death of Anna Rosaria, Carlo married my third great grandmother.  They had at least three children:  Anna, Vincenzo, and Marianna (m. Biagio Di Francesco.)  At least two of their grandchildren perished in World War II:  Giovanni Di Pendima died at Monte Santo at the 11th battle of the Isonzo in 1917, and Alfonso Di Francesco died in 1915 at Monte Cappuccio at the 2nd Battle of the Isonzo.  The surname was spelled Di Pendima in Farindola.

I have previously explained some of Carlo’s Pianella and Nicola Antonia’s Penne and Carpineto ancestry in this previous post: Today’s Wedding Anniversary: Biagio Di Francesco and Marianna Di Pendima

*I cannot connect Nicolangelo to the other Marcella ancestors at this time.

Sources: Antenati, Caduti nella Grande Guerra, Wikipedia (for information on WWI battles)

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Today’s 165th Wedding Anniversary ~ Angelo Merlenghi and Maria Carmina Cirone ~

 

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Farindola – On today’s date in 1853, my third great grandparents Angelo Merlenghi and Maria Carmina Cirone were married in San Nicola di Bari in Farindola, Italy.  They were both contadini and were the grandparents of my great grandmother Serafina Merlenghi.

Maria Carmina Cirone was born in 1828 in Farindola to Bernardo Cirone and Maria Crocefissa Marzola.  Maria Carmina’s mother and grandmother Maria Donata Di Costanzo were both levatrici = midwives.  Bernardo Cirone’s Cirone ancestors were builders.

Angelo Merlenghi was born in 1820 in Farindola to Antonio Nicodemo Merlenghi and the fatherless Anna Paola Lucerini.  They were contadini.  Angelo Merlenghi’s great grandfather on his mother’s side was Artista Romoaldo Lucerini.  I still do not know what kind of artist Romoaldo was!

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Maria Carmina Cirone and Angelo Merlenghi had four children:

Giuseppe Merlenghi m. Carmela Dell’Orso (parents of Soldato Domenico Quirico Merlenghi, disperso alla Zagora, Slovenia 12 Agosto 1915)

Francesca Merlenghi

Cesidio Merlenghi m. Maria Michela Cirone (parents of Serafina Merlenghi)

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Maria Carmina Cirone had no more children and died in 1861 at the age of 33.

Angelo Merlenghi remarried in 1865 to Alba Maria Mergiotti.  She was the daughter of Donato Mergiotti and Maria Di Gregorio.

Angelo had two children with Alba Maria:

Antonio Merlenghi, died at age 17 in Contrada Macchie

Maria Loreta Merlenghi m. Alessandro Lombardi

Angelo passed away in 1876, at the age of 55 in Contrada Macchie.  Below is the 2012 view of Farindola from Macchie.

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Sources:

Antenati

Albo dei Caduti Della Grande Guerra

 

Today’s 150th Wedding Anniversary ~ Third Great Grandparents Donato Di Massimo and Anna Maria Domenica Cacciatore

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On today’s date 150 years ago in Farindola, my third great grandparents Donato Di Massimo and Anna Maria Domenica Cacciatore were married in Farindola, Abruzzo.  They were both contadini and were the grandparents of Luigia Massei.

Donato was born in 1845 at Colle della Castagne near Farindola to Serafino Vincenzo Di Massimo and Anna Maria Cecelia Colangeli.  Serafino’s mother Maria Chiarella and grandmother Laura Marzola were levatrici or midwives..

Anna Maria Cecelia Colangeli was born in Montebello di Bertona.  However, her father Francesco Colangeli was from Penne.

Anna Maria Domenica Cacciatore was born in Rione di San Giovanni, Penne in 1845 to Sabatino Cacciatore and Antonia Oriani.  They too were contadini.  Sabatino’s grandparents were featured in the previous “anniversary” post Today’s Anniversary: Bartolomeo Massimo Antonio Desiati “Cacciatore” and Angela Emmanuela Sacchetti Muffitti.

Antonia Oriani’s grandfather had his name spelled “Auriano” in the Penne records before 1820.  I found a baptismal record in marriage processetti reflecting the name as “D’Auriano.”  The oldest I found was written for my 7th great grandfather Massimo as “Di Auriano” which just looks wrong.  In Farindola, her surname was recorded as Uriani.

My third great grandparents had three daughters and three sons.

Lucia Di Massimo

Angela Maria Di Massimo m. twin Antonio Massei

Maria Carmina Di Massimo

Quirico Di Massimo

Stefano Di Massimo

Serafino Di Massimo

These Di Massimos are the only part of my Farindolesi family I have ever seen living in and having children at a place called Colle della Castagne near Farindola.  By the 1880s, these Di Massimos were living in Contrada Macchie.

Anna Maria Domenica Cacciatore died at #57 Contrada Macchie in 1907.

Donato Di Massimo died at #19 Contrada Macchie in 1921.

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Source: Antenati

 

 

 

 

Today’s Anniversary ~ Third Great Grandparents Francesco Antonio Ferraro and Angela Maria Delle Cave

On today’s date in 1823, my third great grandparents Francesco Antonio Ferraro and Angela Maria Delle Cave were married in San Pietro Apostolo in Talanico, Sei Casali d’Arienzo (present-day San Felice a Cancello), Caserta in the Kingdom of Naples. They were the parents of Angelo Ferraro.

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Francesco Antonio was born in 1798 in Talanico to Filippo Ferraro and Giuseppa Fruggieri. Angela Maria Delle Cave was born in 1800 in Talanico to Luca Delle Cave and Olimpia Librera. They were all contadini.

Filippo had not yet become a soldier in the Terzo Cacciatori. Since Italy was not yet a unified nation, the Kingdom of Naples was half of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The Terzo Cacciatori were a branch of the army of the Bourbon King Ferdinand.

Five months after their marriage their first child was born. In order from oldest to youngest, these are the children of their union whose births I have located in San Felice a Cancello, Marcianise, and San Prisco:

Clemente (died in infancy) – born in San Felice a Cancello

Filippo – born in Marcianise

Clemente – born in San Felice a Cancello

Carmine – born in San Felice a Cancello

Maria Giuseppa – born in San Prisco

Luigi – born in San Felice a Cancello

Angelo – born in San Prisco (our ancestor)

In 1824, Francesco Antonio was listed as a soldier in the Terzo Cacciatori on Filippo’s birth record in Marcianise. In 1827, when the second Clemente was born, Filippo was listed as a contadino.

There are six years between the birth of Luigi and Angelo. I do not know where Francesco Antonio and Angela Maria were living between 1836 and 1842 (the birth year of Angelo.)

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Sources:

Diocese of Acerra church records at Family Search

Santa Maria Capua Vetere Tribunale records at Family Search

Women’s History Month: Rispetto per i molti italiano levatrici nella mia genealogia

Women’s History Month:  Rispetto per I molti italiano levatrici nella mia genealogia.  There are many midwives in the Italian parts of my tree.  They were farmers’ wives, tailors’ wives, shepherds’ wives, innkeepers’ mothers, blacksmiths’ daughters, and landowners’ daughters.  One was even an unwed mother who was the Ricevitrice di Proietti (receiver at the foundling wheel).  She was a landowner’s daughter.

The first one I found was Maria Giuseppa Marcella.  She was there when my great grandfather was born.  She was named in civil birth records because the fathers weren’t able to report the birth.  She would have to go to the municipal hall to do this.  I was also lucky to find many baptismal records where a mammana or ostetrice is mentioned.

My great grandfather’s father was sick, so his sister, Maria Giuseppa went to town hall.  She delivered several of Filippo‘s children and the children of many others in Case Bruciate.

A levatrice not only assisted in birthings but provided medical help to women for all female ailments.  She also provided different kinds of help when there was unwanted pregnancies, as it was her responsibility to leave the baby at the foundling wheel.  If the baby’s health was in danger at birth, she would perform a baptism.  She also was known to assist women in their desire to maintain their youth, etc.

When I found one of these levatrice in Pescara, I could usually trace who in their close relationships was also a levatrice.  In Caserta and Napoli, I have not been able to do that yet.  I am positive I will find more in Campania and Abruzzo.

A couple years ago I was informed by a cousin that my great grandmother was likely familiar with midwifery because she was familiar with traditional folk remedies.

In honor of Women’s History Month this week, the following are the italiano levatrici nella mia genealogia:

Farindola:

Serafina Merlenghi, my great grandmother

Maria Giuseppa Marcella and

her mother Maria Carolina Colangeli (direct ancestress) and

her mother Maria Carmina Crocetta (direct ancestress) and

her mother-in-law Maria Carmina Marcucci Collalto (direct ancestress)

Maria di Costanzo (direct ancestress)

Maria Chiarella (direct ancestress) and

her mother Laura Marzola (direct ancestress)

Tomassina Carusi, Receiver of the Foundlings 

Sirico:

Cecilia di Falco (direct ancestress)

Nola:

Teresa Trocciola (direct ancestress)

San Felice a Cancello:

Teresa Ferraro 

 

How many did you find?

Happy Easter!

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Women’s History Month and the ABCs of My Genealogy

March is Women’s History Month, making it an excellent time to focus on the ancestresses in my genealogy.  I tried a memory exercise off the top of my head going alphabetically listing names of women in my tree.  I did pretty well, with the exception of Y and X.

I also listed off the top of my head where they lived.  If I could find their profession, station, or husband’s station, I listed that too.  All of these women were born pre-1870 and were born overseas.*  Only two on my list are immigrants.  

Here we go:

A is for Apolline Weyland, 9th great grandmother, Liederscheidt, Moselle, France, a laborer’s wife

B is for Anna Saveria Barbacone, 5th great grandmother, Rione di San Giovanni, Penne, Pescara, Italy, a contadina

C is for Cecilia “Cilla” Vocciero, 7th great grandmother, Talanico, Kingdom of Naples, unknown

D is for Dorotea Frattarola, 7th great grandmother, Farindola, Pescara, Italy, landowner’s mother

E is for Elisabetha Stauder,  8th great grandmother, Schweyen, Moselle, France, laborer’s wife

F is for Karolina Friederika Wilhemina Fehlig, 3rd great grandmother, Grohnde, Hameln-Pyrmont, Niedersachsen, Germany, master tailor’s wife

G is for Anna Dorothea Maria Grabe, 4th great grandmother, Grossmehlra, Schwarzburg-Sonderhausen, Thuringen, Germany, miller owner’s wife

H is for Anne Marie Aloisia Heinzen, 2nd great grandmother, Brig, Canton Valais, Switzerland, immigrant – dress-maker

I is for Ignota (Italian for unknown), mother of Panfilo Zenone, husband of Maria Giustina Marcella, Panfilo’s mother left Panfilo at the foundling wheel in Penne, Pescara, Italy

J is for Elisabetta di Julio, 6th great grandmother, Farindola, Pescara, Italy, unknown

K is for Kunigunde (No Last Name Known), 9th great grandmother, Hornbach, Sudwestpfalz, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany, unknown

L is for Laisa Girardo, 8th great grandmother, Talanico, Kingdom of Naples, unknown

M is for Marie Louise Koppel, 3rd great grandmother, Koerner, Sonderhausen, Thüringen, Germany, immigrant – miller owner’s daughter

N is for Vittoria Di Norscia, 6th great grandmother, Rione di San Giovanni, Penne, Pescara, Italy, a lacemaker

O is for Odile Kolsch, 8th great grandmother, Vinningen, Germany, wife of the Eschevin de Justice

P is for Veneranda Paolucci, 6th great grandmother, Farindola, Pescara, Italy, a contadina

Q is for Anna Elisabetha Dorre-mother of Quirinus Eckebrecht, 4th great grandmother, Grossmehlra, Sonderhausen, Thüringen, Germany, laborer’s wife

R is for Laura Rosa, 5th great grandmother, Contrada Tavo, Farindola, Pescara, Italy, a contadina

S is for Sandra Dragone, 5th great grandmother, Talanico, Kingdom of Naples, unknown

T is for Tommasina Secondina, 10th great grandmother, Kingdom of Naples, unknown

U is for Ursula Magliulo, 7th great grandmother, Talanico, Kingdom of Naples, unknown

V is for Vittoria Gambacorta, 5th great grandmother, Rione di San Giovanni, Penne, Pescara, Italy, a lacemaker

W is for Caroline Christina Wilhemina Julianne Geselle, 5th great grandmother, Sankt Andreasberg, Goslar, Niedersachsen, Germany, wife of silver mineworks supervisor

X is for all of the women in the tree with no surname.  They were in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.

Y is for Magdalena SteYer, 5th great grandmother, Huberhof, Nuenschweiler, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany, a farmer

Z is for Anna Apollonia Ziehl, 7th great grandmother, Monbijou, Leichelbingen, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany, farm manager’s daughter

*I only have one female ancestor in my tree that was born pre-1870 in America – Katharina Schuttler Eckebrecht.  Her parents were immigrants.

Can you find one for every letter in your tree?

For my next entry this month, I plan to focus on a female ancestor we only know by her first name.

 

 

Today’s Anniversary ~ Anna Antonia Ricci and Giuseppe Antonio Rossi ~

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Arsita (Baccucco), Teramo – On today’s date in 1865, my 3rd great grandparents Anna Antonia Ricci and Giuseppe Antonio Rossi were married in Arsita, Teramo, Abruzzo in the parish of Santa Vittoria.

Their marriage record stated that Anna Antonia Ricci was born in Castiglione Messer Raimondo, 29, had been living in Baccucco since infancy, was a contadina, and that her parents were Girolamo Ricci and Giustina Andreoli.  Her parents were both born in Penne.

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For the groom, the marriage record stated that Giuseppe Antonio Rossi was 32, a contadino, was born in Penne, was a resident of Baccucco, and was the son of Domenico Rossi and Anna Domenica Della Bricciosa, both contadini.

Present at Santa Vittoria were Giovantonio di Candeloro and Pasquale Pacelli. One of those men was likely the priest.

The four men that gave testimony at the Town Hall as witnesses to the marriage were:

Angelo Palini, 50, a tailor, resident of Baccucco;

Giandomenico di Pomponio, 33, a tailor, resident of Baccucco;

Giuseppe Absente, 60, a contadino, resident of Baccucco; and

Angelo di Giacinto, 59, a carpenter, resident of Baccucco.

NOTE:  Domenico Rossi, my 4th great grandfather, signed his son’s marriage record.  It is legible on the above second page of the marriage document.

The bride and groom were the parents of Elisabetta Rossi – the mother of Cesidio Marcella.

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Sources:

Antenati San Beniculturali

Family Search Microfilms for Castiglione Messer Raimondo and Arsita now online at LDS Research Centers

 

 

Today’s Anniversary ~ Serafina Iannascoli and Antonio Cirone

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Farindola – On today’s date in 1845, my third great grandparents Serafina Iannascoli and Antonio Cirone, contadini, were married in San Nicola di Bari Church in the presence of Domenico Falconetti and Giuseppe Marzola.  Two days prior, they were married in the Farindola town hall in the presence of the mayor Nicola Valentini and the following:

Nicodemo Giancola, 31, landowner;

Vincenzo Giancola, 39, landowner;

Domenico Frattarola, 56, landowner; and

Vincenzo Carusi, 67, fornaio.

This is the link to their marriage record- #1 Matrimoni Farindola 1845.

Serafina Iannascoli was born in 1822 to Natale Iannascoli and Maria Giuseppa Salvitti.  They too were contadini.  Maria Giuseppa’s father Domenico Lorenzo Salvitti was born in Fara San Martino, Chieti.  Domenico Lorenzo Salvitti had a brother named Giuseppe who married Maria Rosa Cirone.*  Their son was named Donato Salvitti and he became the mayor of Farindola in the mid 1800s.

Antonio Cirone was born in 1820 to Domenico Cirone and Maria Fragassi.  Maria Fragassi’s father was Domenico Fragassi and his occupation was sometimes recorded as artista and other times as tarcaro in the Farindola records I located on Antenati.  I found a 1784 baptismal record in the Farindola marriage processetti on Antenati where the priest had transcribed the Fragassi surname as Fracasso.  Perhaps Fracasso was the spelling at one point.  This is a link to that record.  The furthest I could go in the ancestry of Antonio Cirone on Antenati found all of his ancestry in Farindola.

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Antonio Cirone died in 1879 at Contrada Piazzetta in Farindola, while Serafina Iannascoli died in 1901 in Macchie, the birthplace of my great grandmother Serafina Merlenghi.

They were grandparents of Serafina Merlenghi.  In all likelihood, her grandmother is her namesake.

*Maria Rosa Cirone is the sister of my 5th great grandfather Pasquale Nicola Cirone, another ancestor of Serafina Merlenghi.  Cirone is an extremely common surname in the town.  

Source: http://antenati.san.beniculturali.it/home

 

Today’s Anniversary ~ Anna Emidia Lucerini and Luigi di Francesco ~

This year my challenge is to post the marriage documents of all 16 sets of 3rd great grandparents on both sides of my ancestry on their anniversary.  The first wedding anniversary is below.  san-nicola-di-bari

Farindola – On this day in 1853, my 3rd great grandparents Anna Emidia Lucerini and Luigi di Francesco were married in San Nicola di Bari church in Farindola in the presence of Vincenzo Carusi and Tomasso Tommalino, and in the town hall in the presence of:

Don Giacomo Mascioli, 53, landowner;

Nicodemo Giancola, 38, landowner;

Gennaro Barbarossa, 53, contadino; and

Antonio di Luca, 60, contadino.

(Descendants of Nicodemo Giancola and his wife, Maria Domenica Sciarra, are distant cousins and live in the United States today.  Nicodemo Giancola married Maria Grazia Sciarra, daughter of Giuseppe Antonio Sciarra.  He was the brother of Maria Domenica Sciarra  -> wife of Giuseppe Antonio Marcella->4th great grandparents of the author.)

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Both Anna Emidia and Biagio were contadini and born to contadini in Farindola, Italy.

This is the link to their marriage record: Atto #1 Matrimoni Farindola, 1853.

Anna Emidia Lucerini was born in 1830 to Antonio Lucerini and Giovanna Damiani.  I had an idea that Anna Emidia was born around 1830 because I had found her 1907 death record.  After I found the marriage of her parents in 1825, I began to find the births of her siblings.  In 1830, I found a male child named Emidio born to Antonio Lucerini and Giovanna Damiani.

I continued to find more siblings of Anna Emidia, but could not locate her birth record on Antenati!  She was one of at least 12 children born to Antonio and Giovanna.  I thought perhaps she was born in a neighboring town.  But, right before I found her marriage to Luigi, I found a document in the 1852 Farindola Diversi records titled “Atto di rettifica di nome di Anna Emidia Lucerini,” written by il Sindaco Nicola Cirone.  Please click here to go to Atto #10 in the Farindola 1852 Diversi.

Anna Emidia Lucerini had no brother named Emidio.  She was the baby whose birth was recorded June 25, 1830 in the Farindola town hall as male child named Emidio.  Please follow this link to see that original record numbered 60 from Farindola in 1830.

What went on there?!  At the noon hour on the 25th of June, Antonio Lucerini, father of Anna Emidia, went to town hall and is recorded as having told the mayor, Serafino Pompei, that his wife had a baby boy at their house they named Emidio.  The baby was baptized the same day at San Nicola di Bari.  This was declared in the presence of Luigi Ammazzalorsco and Giuseppe Cirone.  Serafino read it to them because all present were illiterate and his was the only signature on the document.

Maybe Serafino didn’t read it aloud to all present.  Was Antonio drunk?  At noon?  Probably not…

On Anna Emidia’s mother Giovanna Damiani’s side she can trace her ancestry all the way back to 3 sets of 7th greats in Farindola named Pietro Paolucci – Irene Lepore, Domenico Rosa – Laura Lacchetta, and Nicola Di Francesco – Restude Di Nino.

Luigi Di Francesco was born in 1825 in Farindola to Filippo Di Francesco and Angela Nicola D’Angelo Sopranome Zagliocco.  I wondered if he was born in Rione Trosciano since his father died there, he himself died there, and he had his children with Anna Emidia there.  I am unsure.

His father’s ancestry goes all the way back to a Felice Di Francesco who had children with Anna Del Priore living in Farindola sometime in the mid 1700s and even before that on his father’s mother’s side to 7th great grandparents Rinaldo Bucci – Emilia Tinacci, Remauldo Di Simone – a lady named Lucia.

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Please note the above snipped tree image does not show all of the 7th greats in the tree and that Anna Emidia’s great grandmother was Anna Saveria Di Francesco (last name at the bottom right corner).  I suppose, it is a possibility she was related to Felice Di Francesco (first name at the top right corner.)

Luigi Di Francesco’s mother Angela Nicola D’Angelo Zagliocco was born in Penne, Pescara.  Filippo Di Francesco went there to marry her.  I spent some time near Christmas and Thanksgiving looking at a lot of Penne records.  D’Angelo is an extremely common surname in Italy.  In Penne, in this time period, it looks like D’Angelo families had a sopranome attached to it.  She and her father and brothers both had the sopranome Zagliocco, while there is evidence that her grandfather may have been the Francesco D’Angelo alias “Il Nibbio.”

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If this Francesco D’Angelo alias pans out, Angela Nicola D’Angelo Zagliocco would descend from Biase D’Angelo alias “Il Nibbio” and Beatrice Triozzi who were probably born around 1700 in Penne.  I would love to know how they got the sopranomes and the aliases!

Luigi Di Francesco died in 1898 in Trosciano as did Anna Emidia in 1907.  They were the parents of  Biagio Di Francesco and the grandparents of Paolo Di Francesco.

Source:

http://antenati.san.beniculturali.it/home

Last year my genealogy blog challenge was to find and record every immigrant in my tree.  That challenge is nearly half-way completed.  I will continue to do it until I find every last one.  

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Today’s Wedding Anniversary ~~ Filippo Marcella and Elisabetta Rossi ~~

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On this day 124 years ago in Farindola, Italy, Elisabetta Rossi married Filippo Marcella.  They were the parents of my great grandfather Cesidio.

marriagetitleElisabetta Rossi was born in 1866 in Valleceraso, Bacucco, Teramo, a neighboring town, to Giuseppe Antonio Rossi and Anna Antonia Ricci.

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The valley outside Bacucco (Arsita), Teramo

Her parents had moved to Farindola before the marriage of their oldest child, Elisabetta.  Elisabetta’s father was originally from Penne, Pescara, having been born there.  I was able to trace back to 6th great grandparents in the Rossi line born around 1740 in Penne.  Giuseppe’s father Domenico was literate and I have a few of his signatures saved.  The one below is from his son’s marriage to Elisabetta’s mother, Anna Antonia Ricci, in Bacucco in 1865.

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Anna Antonia Ricci was born in Castiglione Messer Raimondo, Teramo.  However her parents were also born and married in Penne, Pescara.  I was able to trace the Ricci back to the mid 1700s in Penne too, to another set of 6th great grandparents.  The Ricci married a member of the Delle Monache family through which I was able to trace to a set of 7th great grandparents born around 1700.  They were Anastasio Delle Monache and a lady named Lorenza.

My great great grandmother Elisabetta Rossi was the oldest child and had at least 7 siblings: Antonio, Palma, Domenico, Maria Carmina, Giovanni, Anna Domenica, and Girolamo.

Antenati link to Elisabetta’s and Filippo’s marriage

Antenati link to their marriage allegati

Elisabetta married Filippo Marcella, a man who was a widower, and also 23 years older than she was.  Coincidentally, I noticed on the birth records of Filippo’s children to Elisabetta that his age somehow decrease with each record!

Filippo was born in 1844 in Trosciano, Farindola, Pescara to Massimo Nicola Marcella and Maria Carolina Colangeli.  Through miracles of modern Google Earth, this is a clipped image of Contrada Trosciano in Farindola.

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Filippo’s first wife was Maria Antonia Lacchetta, the daughter of Filippo Lacchetta and Maria Salzetta.  Maria Antonia had passed away in April of 1893 and Filippo Marcella was left with small children to raise. We don’t know the circumstances of her death but she had given birth to at least 11 children in 20 years.  Some of the children didn’t survive a few days or past infancy.

Filippo’s children with Maria Antonia were: Carmela (died in infancy), Cesidio (died in infancy), Maria Grazia, Donato (died in infancy), Bambino (stillborn), Andrea, Carmine, Raffaele, Pasqua, Filomena, Serafina.

Elisabetta’s first born was my great grandfather Cesidio.  Her other children were Maria Domenica, Antonia Vincenza, and Antonio Andrea.

Filippo Marcella was the fourth of ten children.  He had two sets of twin sisters.  The first set passed away in their childhoods.  He also had a brother that passed away in his childhood.  The siblings that survived to adulthood are as follows: Maria Giustina, Maria Giuseppa (midwife)*, Domenico**, Nicola (Antonio), and the second set of twins Serafina and Maria Domenica.

Filippo’s ancestry, so far, has been traced back to the early 1700s.  His father’s ancestors were born in Farindola to at least that point in history.  His mother’s ancestors encompass at least three midwives, not including his sister, and a line traced to Montebello di Bertona.  Filippo passed away at #137 Trosciano, Farindola in 1916.

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Pecorino di Farindola

*Maria Giuseppa married Panfilo Zenone.  This is one way we are related to the Zenone cousins.

**Domenico is the sibling of Filippo through which we are related to the Romagna cousins and again to the Zenone cousins.

Sources: 

Antenati San Beniculturali – Archivio di Stato di Pescara (Farindola, Penne, Montebello di Bertona)

Archivio di Stato di Teramo records on Family Search (Bacucco (Arsita) and Castiglione Messer Raimondo)

Castiglione Messer Raimondo microfilms