Filippo & Paolo Bentivegna's Ancestors

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Pietro Bentivegna was born on January 7, 1664, and baptized the next day as Petrus Vitus Gaspar in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Francesca Gentile and her husband Filippo Bentivegna. (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism image upper right to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

On October 12th, 19th and 26th of 1692, church banns were read for Pietro to marry Ignazia Bivona. She was born on May 12, 1679, and baptized the next day as Ignazia Vincenzia Antonia also in the mother church parish of Sciacca, the daughter of Antonio Bivona and his wife Calogera, whose surname is unknown. (Mouse over and click on her Latin baptism image middle right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Twenty-eight year-old Pietro and 13 ½ year old Ignazia were married in the Sciacca mother church, The Basilica of Maria Santissima del Soccorso, on November 23, 1692. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marrage image upper left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) They were the parents of two male ancestors.

Eight Sciacca mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Petro and Ignazia Bentivegna as follows — ancestor Filippo, being the first born son was named after his paternal grandfather; Andreas Aloisius Antonius was born on November 30, 1698, and baptized the next day; Francesca Calogera Theresia was born and baptized after her paternal grandmother on the evening of October 15, 1700; Antonia Maria Calogera was born and baptized on April 23, 1704; Alberto was born on the evening of January 11, 1707, and baptized as Albertus Calogerus the next day; ancestor Paolo; Calogera Accursia, named after her maternal grandmother, was born on May 29, 1711, and baptized the next day; and Martha Antonina, who was born and baptized on the evening of March 1, 1714.

It is documented that Pietro died sometime after his son ancestor Filippos’s marriage date of January 31, 1723, and before his son ancestor Paolo’s marriage date of November 19, 1731, but Ignazia was still alive at that time. So the following mother church burial record is probably for ancestor Pietro. It lists him as Petrus Bentivegna, 60 years old, who was buried in the St. Maria de Monte Carmelo Convent cemetery. (Mouse over and click on his Latin burial image lower left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Pietro was actually 67 years old when he died. Ignazia died and was buried in the mother church cemetery on February 4, 1745. (Mouse over and click on her Latin burial image lower right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Her mother church burial record lists her as Ignazia wife of the deceased Petri Bentivegna, age 75 years old, but she was only 65 years old when she died. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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Filippo Bentivegna was born on the morning of November 13, 1637, and baptized as Joannes Joseph Philippus that same day in the St Vito parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Grazia Blundo and her husband Gaspare Bentivegna. (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism index image upper right to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

On January 24th, 31st and February 2nd of 1655, church banns were read for Filippo to marry Francisca Gentile. She was the daughter and only known child of Vito Gentile and his wife Leonarda, whose surname is unknown. A Sciacca baptism record could not be found for Francisca. A week after the last banns were read 17 year-old Filippo and Francisca were married in the Sciacca St. Vito church on February 8, 1655. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marrage image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

Only five Sciacca baptism records have been found for the children of Philippio & Francisca Bentivegna, the first in the St. Vito parish and the other three in the mother church parish. Their children were as follows — Stefano was born on the morning of December 5, 1657, and baptized as Stephanus Nicolaus Gaetanus, that same day; Anna Catherina, the first to be baptized in the mother church parish, was born on the evening of April 11, 1661, and baptized the next day; ancestor Pietro; Accursia Vincentia Stephania was born and baptized on December 10, 1668; and Stanislaus Ignatius Albertinus, who was born and baptized on the evening of April 8, 1671.

Nothing is known about Francisca’s parents, Vito and Leonarda, except that they were both deceased when she was married. It is also not known when Francisca died, but it is documented that Filippo was alive and she was deceased when their son ancestor Pietro was married on November 23, 1692. Francisca died sometime prior to April 25, 1683, the date that church banns were read for Filippo to marry Calogera Sala. It should be noted that burial records between 1674 and 1690, are not available for research. Calogera Sala, was an unmarried girl whose father was deceased, and she was probably young. Filippo, who was 45 years old and Caterina married on May 3, 1683, in the Sciacca St. Vito church. They had four children, three sons and a daughter Angela born June 20, 1689. Angela’s baptism record is the last one found for this couple. Filippo died and was buried in the St. Francisco cemetery outside the city walls on July 17, 1696. (Mouse over and click on his Latin church burial record image lower right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) His mother church burial record lists him as Philippus Bentivegna, about 60 years old, but he was actually 58 years old when he died. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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Antonio Bivona and his wife Calogera, whose surname is unknown, lived and raised a family in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. Unfortunately. a Sciacca church marriage or marriage contract entry could not be found for them, so their ancestries are unknown.

Eight Sciacca mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Antonio and Calogera Bivona as follows — ancestor Ignazia was their eldest child; Anna Maria Martha was born on January 28, 1681 and baptized the next day; Vincenzo was born on February 15, 1684, and baptized as Vincentius Antoninus Silvester the next day; Anna was born and baptized as Anna Joanna Martha on the evening of November 19, 1688; Silvester Antonius was born and baptized on the evening of October 9, 1693; Giuseppe was born and baptized as Joseph Antonius on the evening of January 4, 1696; Giovanni was born on the evening of July 7, 1697, and baptized as Joannes Joseph the next day; andCalogero, who was born on the evening of April 12, 1704, and baptized the next day as Calogerius Joanneus.

Calogera died more than two years after their last child was born. She was buried in the mother church cemetery on August 27, 1706. (Mouse over and click on her Latin burial record image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Her mother church burial record lists have as Calogera wife of Ant’ni Bivona about 39 years old, but she was probably a bit older than that when she died This age brings her birth to about 1670, making her only 9 years old at the birth of her first child, which is very unlikely. She was probably born about 1665, making her 14 years old at the birth of her first child. It is not known when Antonio died, but it was after his wife’s death, as he is not listed as being deceased on her burial record. There is a burial record for a 94 year-old Antonius Bivona who was buried on October 21, 1724, that could be him, but this makes his birth about 1630. This seems a bit improbable, but if his age is listed incorrectly on this burial record, which they often are, and he was actually 74 or even 84, it would be possible. There is no other identifying information about him on the burial record, so for now, this will remain a mystery. Unfortunately, nothing else is all that is known about them.

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Gaspare Bentivegna was baptized as Gaspar Vin on June 5, 1604, in the St. Vito parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Maria Rovello and her husband Leonardo Bentivegna. (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism record upper right to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

On August 3rd, 10th and 15th of 1636, church banns were read for Gaspare to marry Grazia Blundo. She was baptized on June 11, 1618, in the mother church parish of Sciacca, the daughter of Elizabetta Longo and her husband Filippo Blundo. (Mouse over and click on her baptism record lower right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) She is also the sister to ancestor Francesca Blundo who married Carlo Vela. Thirty-two year-old Gaspare married 18 year-old Grazia on August 18, 1636, at the Sciacca mother church. (Mouse over and click on their church marriage record image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

Six Sciacca baptism records have been found for the children of Gaspare and Grazia Bentivegnia, the first in the St. Vito parish and the rest in the St. Michele parish as follows — ancestor Filippo was named after his maternal grandfather; Francisca was born on May 23, 1643, and baptized in the St. Michele parish with the middle name of Pasqua the next day; Anna Beatrix was born on the morning of May 31, 1647, and baptized that same day; Maria Madalena was born and baptized on July 22, 1650; Stefano was born on February 13, 1654, and baptized as Stefanus Vitus Leonardus the next day; and Antonina Vita, who was born and baptized on May 25, 1656.

At this time, it is not known when Gaspare and Grazia died, so nothing else is known about them.

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Leonardo Bentivegna was baptized as Jo: Leonardo on November 6, 1556, in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Angela and Margarita Bentivegna. (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism image upper right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) He is also the brother of ancestors Vincenzo Filippo who married Margarita Longo and Michele who married Caterina Alesi.

On February 22, 1599, 42 year-old Leonardo married Maria Rovello, whose age is unknown, at the St. Vito church in Sciacca. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) She was the daughter of Francisco Rovello and his wife Vita Brigata. She was probably born about 1565 in Sciacca, but a baptism record for her could not be found.

Seven St. Vito baptism records have been found for the children of Nardo and Maria Bentivegna as follows — Vito Giorgi was baptized on December 10, 1599; Vincenza was baptized as Vinca Dorotia on January 27, 1601; Giovanni was baptized as Joanni Nicolaus on December 5, 1602; ancestor Gaspare; Melchior was baptized as Melchiorus on April 11, 1607; Margarita on April 6, 1610; and Michele, who was baptized on November 22, 1613, as Michael Fran'co.

It is no known when Leonardo and Maria died, but it is documented that Leonarda was deceased and Maria was alive when their son Melchior was married on September 16, 1635. On ancestor Gaspare’s marriage document, they are simply listed by name without an indication if they were alive or deceased at the time. For now, nothing else is known about them.

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Francisco Rovello’s ancestry is unknown, but he married and raised a family in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. His surname has been spelled Rivello, Ruvello and LaRevello.

There is an entry in Pellegrino Mortillaro’s book, Andrea Randazzo un notaio storico Volume Primo, for a marriage contract between Francesco Ruello and Vita Brigata dated May 26, 1561. (Mouse over and click on their marrage contract entry image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Unfortunately church marriage records available for research do not go back this far. Vita was baptized on April 21, 1545, in the mother church parish of Sciacca, the daughter of Giulia Jambruno and her husband Alfonso Brigata. (Mouse over and click on her Latin baptism record right to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

Six mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Francesco and Vita Rovello as follows— Vincenzo was baptized as Vic’o on October 14, 1567; Angelica Angela on November 13, 1571, and may have died young; another Angelica was baptized on February 12, 1575; Caterina was baptized as Caterina Angila on February 11, 1577; Angelo was baptized as Angilellu Jacobo on September 22, 1578; and Geronimo, who was baptized as Germ’o Vinc’o on March 1, 1584. A baptism record for ancestor Maria has not been found, but she could have been one of the daughters listed above and just called Maria or she was born sometime in the seven year gap after her parents marriage and the first recorded baptism in 1567.

It is not known when Francisco and Vita died, but it was probably after ancestor Maria was married on February 22, 1599, as their names are listed without an indication if they were alive or deceased. Unfortunately, this is all that is known about them.

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Alfonso Brigata and Giulia Jambruno’s ancestries are unknown, but they lived and raised a family in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. It should be noted that the surname of Jambruno is the same as Giambruno. It’s listed here as Jambruno because that’s how it’s written on the marriage contract. On May 9, 1535, Sciacca notary Onofrio Scaduto filed a notarial marriage contract for them to marry. (Mouse over and click on the marriage contract entry image right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) They probably married soon after this date, but Sciacca church marriage records are not available for research this far back.

Seven Sciacca mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Alfonso Brigata. None list a mothers name and the first three have no register details, just the dated index as follows — Mariano in late September of 1536; Angelo or Angela, this child could be male or female, in early March of 1539; Lauria in the beginning of November, 1541; Caterina was baptized as Cateritonello on January 8, 1544; ancestor Vita; Melchior was baptized as Melchiorus on November 30, 1547; and Sebastiana, who was baptized as Bastiana Antonella on October 12, 1550.

Unfortunately, it is not known when Alfonso and Giulia died, so for now, this is all that’s known about them.

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