Onofria & Calogera Verde's Ancestors

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Michelangelo Verde, was born about 1773 in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, to parents Carlo Verde and Accursia Ciulla. On his death record, his occupation is listed as Marinaro which means seafaring in English.

On December 29th, 31st and January 1st, banns were read in church for Michelangelo to marry Vincenza Corrao. They were married in Sciacca on January 26, 1794. (Mouse over and click on the marriage record image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Vincenza was born about 1768, the daughter of Michele Corrao and Margherita Bivona. Vincenza’s surname is listed differently on different records, as Carrao, Corrao, and Gorrao, which is probably due to transcription errors.

Michelangelo and Vincenza had at least four other children born in Sciacca after ancestor Calogera — a son Carlo born about 1808 who married Ignazia Sabella on January 15, 1835, and died at age 52 on February 29, 1860; a daughter Accursia born about 1815 who married Antonino Maniscalco on February 15, 1835 and died on May 10, 1896, at 81 years old; a son Calogero born about 1816 who married Accursia Friscia on January 11, 1845, and died on July 3, 1883; and Margarita born about 1821, who married Michiele Friscia on January 11, 1845, and died at 63 years old on January 30, 1884. It is amazing that all of their children lived to adulthood.

Michelangelo Verde died in his home at 57 years-old on January 19, 1830, in Sciacca. (Mouse over and click on his death record image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) A year later, on January 4, 1831, Vincenza wrote a consent for her daughter Calogera to marry, in the form of a legal Brevetto. On this document, she states she is the daughter of Michele and the widow of  Michelangelo. (See the image in Giuseppa Pumilia’s bio.)

Vincenza Corrao died at home 23 years after her husband’s death, at 85 years-old, on October 17, 1853. (Mouse over and click on her death record image right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Her death record states she was a widowed Industriosa, which translates to a manufacturer or trader. She didn’t marry again, so it’s clear she supported herself and her children.

Unfortunately, that is all that is known about Michelangelo and Vincenza.

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Carlo Verde was born about 1731, probably in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the eldest son of parents Antonino Verde and Onofria Abruzzo, named after his paternal grandfather. His age is listed as 16 on his father’s 1747 Sciacca Riveli (tax record), which is dated September 7, 1748.

Carlo married Accursia Ciulla, the daughter of Giuseppe Ciulla and Maria Abruzzo. Accursia is listed with her parents on her father’s 1747 Sciacca Riveli (see their bio for details), but her age is not given. There is a church marriage record written in Latin for them dated September 21, 1755, in Sciacca, which states their parents names, but it is very difficult to read. Researchers say that their parents were all alive at the time of this marriage. This researcher only has a digital version of their church marriage and can not see these names clearly in the record, but the surname Abruzzo is in there twice. (Mouse over and click on the marriage record image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) What we know for sure is that Carlo and Accursia had at least four daughters and another son besides ancestor Michelangelo, born in Sciacca —  another ancestor, Onofria, who married ancestor Vincenzo Mandracchia; Maria born about 1758, married Girolamo Marchese, and died before him on Februrary 3, 1838; Filippa born about 1768, married Michele Graffeo, and died a widow at 80 years old on September 14, 1848; Antonina born about 1787, married Vincenzo Bivona, and died a widow on November 5, 1837; and a son named Giuseppe, whose birthdate is unknown, who married Calogera Maltese in a church wedding on October 12, 1783, in Sciacca. They probably had other children, who were born and died prior to the available records, but no documentation can be found for them.

In his granddaughter, Calogera Verde’s marriage processetti, there is a document, written in Latin, that states the 54 year-old Carolus Virdi died at home on February 17, 1802, and is buried in the mother church. (The Sancta Maria Magdalena church is mentioned on the document, but it is unclear if that is the mother church. There are two churches by that name, both over an hour away from Sciacca in the Metropolitan City of Palermo-one is in Ciminna, the other is in Borgetto.) This document has just a short paragraph on Carlo’s death, but he could not have been 54 years old when he died. That would have made him seven yeas old when he married. The person who took the information off of his original death record, must have read his age wrong. He was probably about 69 years old when he died. A 5 and a 6 can be easily confused, as well as a 4 and a 9. (Mouse over and click on his death record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Unfortunately, this researcher has not seen the original death record.

It is not known when Accursia died, but she was listed as deceased on their son, ancestor Michelangelo’s, January 19, 1830, death record. A death record for her can not be found. Being that available Sciacca death records only go back to 1821, she must have died prior to 1821.

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Michele Corrao and Margarita Bivona’s ancestries are unknown. What is known about them comes from their children’s death records. Michele was a contadino, a farmer in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. He and his wife Margarita lived there and their four known children were all born there. They probably had more than four children, but these are the ones who are documented — ancestor Vincenza; Pasquale, born about 1779, was a sailor, married Anna Marinello, and then died at home, in Sciacca at 58 years old on September 1, 1837; Calogera was born about 1783, moved to Menfi, also in the providence of Agrigento, and died there a farmer on June 23, 1843 at 60 years old; and Brigida, who was born about 1789, married Vincenzo Marinello, and died in Sciacca at 35 years old on November 20, 1824.

It is not known when Michele and Margarita died, but they were alive when their daughter Vincenza married on January 26, 1794, and deceased by the time their daughter Brigida died in 1824.

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Antonino Verde was born about 1704, probably in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, to parents Carlo Verde and his wife Vincenza, whose surname is unknown. Antonino married, probably about 1730 in Sciacca, Onofria Abruzzo, whose ancestry is unknown. What we know about them comes from Antonino’s 1747 Sciacca Riveli (tax record), which lists his parents, wife and three son’s names, but not in age order, and only gives ages for the males. Antonino is listed as being 43, and their three sons —ancestor Carlo, age 16; Calogero, age 12, which means he was born about 1735; and Vincenzo, age 8, born about 1739. There isn’t much written on the Riveli, which indicates they didn’t own any real taxable property. (Mouse over and click on their Riveli record image right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Unfortunately, nothing more is known about them.

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Giuseppe Ciulla was born about 1697, possibly in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Accursia Sutera and her husband Filippo Ciulla. On October 26, 1732, Giuseppe married Maria Abruzzo in Sciacca. (Mouse over and click on the marriage record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Maria was the daughter of Antonina Friscia and Michele Abruzzo and probably was born in Sciacca

There is a Sciacca 1747 Riveli (tax record), which is dated April 10, 1747, for Giuseppe and Maria. (Mouse over and click on their Riveli record image right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Giuseppe’s age is listed as 50, which calculates his birth year to about 1697. His parents are listed as deceased Filippo and Accursia (no maiden name listed) Ciulla. Giuseppe’s wife is listed simply as Maria, without her maiden name. Three children are listed with them — what looks like a 6 or maybe a 10 year-old son Filippo, born about 1741 or 1737, apparently the eldest son named after Giuseppe’s father; ancestor Accursia, the eldest daughter named after Giuseppe’s mother; and a daughter named Antonina, who was probably named after Maria’s mother. No ages are given on any of the females. This record is four pages long, which seems to indicate he had lots of taxable property, but is difficult to read. It seems to be written in both Italian and Latin. Unfortunately, nothing more can be gleaned from it.

It is not known when Giuseppe and Maria or his parents died. What is known is that Giuseppe and Maria were alive when their daughter ancestor Accursia was married on September 21, 1755. Giuseppe’s parents, Accursia and Filippo were alive when he got married. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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Michele Abruzzo and Antonina Friscia’s ancestries are unknown, but they lived in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. The only documentation found for them is a 1714 Sciacca Riveli (tax record) dated July 13, 1714.  (Mouse over and click on their Riveli record image right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) On it, Michele’s deceased father is listed as what looks like Cosimo Abruzzo. Michele is listed as being 35, which calculates his birth year to about 1679. His wife is simply listed as Antonina, no age or surname listed. Then their four children are listed in the following order — five year-old son Ignazio; then daughters Angela; ancestor Maria; and Santa. Being that Michele’s father’s name was Cosimo, Ignazio could be a second son named after Antonina’s father, and born before the older son Cosimo died.

Nothing is known about Michele’s father Cosimo. An earlier Sciacca Riveli can not be found for him. It is not known when Michele and and Antonina died, but they were both deceased by October 26, 1732, the date their daughter ancestor Maria was married. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them at this time.

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