Carlo Verde's Ancestors

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Vincenzo Verde was born and baptized as Marius Vincenzo on February 1, 1635, in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Carlo Verde and his wife Giovanna Ciulla. (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism record image upper right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) On January 9, 1661, notary Antonino Barrilaro issued a marriage contract for Vincento and Caterina Bivona. She was born on the morning of March 26, 1645, and baptized as Felicia Caterina, that same day, also in the mother church parish of Sciacca, the daughter of Pietro Bivona and his wife Jacoba Gisino. (Mouse over and click on her Latin baptism record image lower right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)  Just over 8 months after the marriage contract was filed, on September 25th, 29th and October 2nd of 1661, church banns were read for Vincenzo and Caterina to marry. Twenty-six year old Vincenzo and 16 year-old Caterina were married 28 days later on October 30, 1661. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)

Five Sciacca mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Vincenzo and Catarina Virdi as follows — Onofrio was born and baptized as Honofrius Joseph Carolus on October 12, 1662, with a third name, after his paternal grandfather Carlo; Giovanna, named after her paternal grandmother was born on the evening of April 14, 1665, and baptized the next day as Joanna Anna; Vito was born and baptized as Vitus Petrus Jacobus on the evening of July 24, 1667, with his second and third names after his maternal grandparents; Giuseppe was born and baptized as Joseph Francisco on November 3, 1670; and ancestor Carlo, who was named after his paternal grandfather.

It is not known when Vincenzo and Caterina died, but it is documented that he was alive and she was deceased when their son ancestor Carlo was married on June 5, 1695. Vincenzo is listed as deceased on his son Carlo’s July 13, 1714, tax record, so he died sometime in that 19 year span. Unfortunately, at this time, nothing else is known about Vincenzo and Caterina.

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Carlo Verde was born about 1614, probably in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Benigna Juffrida and her husband Vincenzo Verde. A baptism record could not be found for him. On March 7, 1632, notary Antonio Macerata issued a marriage contract for Carlo Virdi to marry Giovanna Ciulla. She was baptized on August 27, 1617, in the mother church parish of Sciacca, the daughter of  Pietro Ciulla and his wife, Vincenza Faraone and sister to ancestors Francesco Ciulla who married Maria Buscemi. (Mouse over and click on her Latin baptism record image upper right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Over two months later, on May 16th, 20th and 23rd, church banns were read for Carlo to marry Giovanna. Carlo who was about 18 years old and 14 year-old Giovanna celebrated their marriage in the Sciacca mother church on May 24, 1632. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)

Six mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Carlo and Joanna Virdi, sometimes spelled Verde, as follows — ancestor Vincenzo, named after his paternal grandfather; Paolo was born on January 1, 1644, and baptized as Paulus Francesco the next day; Palma Maria was born and baptized on April 10, 1650; Anna was born on June 19, 1655, and baptized the next day; Maria Pumilia was born and baptized on the evening of January 29, 1659; and Onofrio, who was born on the evening of October 29, 1660, and baptized the next day as Honofrius Joseph Dominicus. There is one other son that a baptism record could not be found for, Pietro. He was born about 1640 and married on April 14, 1670, Leonarda Chiarello. That same day Pietro’s sister Palma married Leonardo’s brother Angelo Chiarello. Angelo and Leonarda were the children of ancestors Giuseppe Chiarello and Marta Rizzuto.

There is a 1652 Sciacca Rivelo (tax record) for this family, that lists his deceased father and mother’s names, and his age of 40 years. (Mouse over and click on their Rivelo record image lower right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Then it lists his wife’s given name and their two sons — 16 year-old eldest son, ancestor Vincenzo and 12 year-old Pietro. There isn’t any taxable property listed, so it is assumed they didn’t own much.

It is not known when Carlo and Giovanna died, but it is documented that they were alive when their son Vincenzo was married on January 9, 1661. For now, this is all that is known about Carlo and Giovanna.

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Pietro Bivona was born about 1614, probably in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Antonio Bivona and his wife Maria Benivento. He was also the older brother to ancestors Calogero and Silvestro Bivona. A baptism record for Pietro has not been found.

On December 26th, 27th and 31st of 1637 church banns were read for Pietro to marry Jacoba Gisino. She was born and baptized in the mother church parish of Sciacca on October 9, 1620, the daughter of Margarita Petri and her husband Accursio Gisino. (Mouse over and click on her Latin baptism record image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Pietro, who was about 23 years old and 17 year-old Jacoba married on January 17, 1638, at the mother church in Sciacca. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) They are the parents two ancestors.

Nine mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Petro and Jacoba Bivona as follows — Filippo was born and baptized as Philippus Antonius Rosarius, with a middle name after his paternal grandfather on September 4, 1641; Accursio, named after his maternal grandfather, was born and baptized as Accurius Jacobus on February 10, 1644, but may have died young; ancestor Caterina; another Accursio was born and baptized as Accurius, on January 3, 1649; ancestor Maria; Anna Gaetana Margarita was born and baptized on July 3, 1656, with a middle name after her maternal grandmother; Vito was born on the evening of August 19, 1659, and baptized the next day as Vitus Honofrius; Giuseppe was born and baptized as Joseph Honofrius on January 3, 1663, but may have died young; and another Giuseppe was born late on August 13, 1665, and baptized the next day as Joseph Nicolaus Michael.

It is not known when Pietro and Jacoba died, but it is documented that they were both alive when their daughter ancestor Maria was married on February 2, 1670. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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Vincenzo Verde’s ancestry is unknown, but he may have been born in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. On February 8, 1609, in Sciacca, Vincenzo married, at the mother church, Benigna Juffrida. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) The left side of this marriage record is in the register's center crease and it is difficult to read Vincenzo's name. Six months after the church marriage, on August 22nd, notary Calogero Maniscalco issued them a marriage contract, which was probably a dowry restitution contract. This contract is documented in documented in Pellegrino Mortillaro's book, Andrea Randazzo un notaio storico Volume Primo. (Mouse over and click on their marriage contract entry upper right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)

Benigna was baptized on February 14, 1587, in the mother church parish of Sciacca, the daughter of Bartolomeo Juffrida and his wife Andriana Maniscalco. (Mouse over and click on her Latin baptism record image lower right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Note that on the marriage record, Benigna's mother is listed as Diana. It should be noted that the name Benigna is primarily a female name of Polish origin that means Gentle, Favorable. There where several folks with the Juffrida surname living in Sciacca in the 1500’s. There was even a notary named Ferdinando Juffrida juniore from 1538 to1573. Today in Italy and in the US, the name became Giuffrida or Yuffrida.

Six mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Vinc’o and Benigna Virdi as follows — Leonarda was baptized on June 30, 1611; Vito Dominico on August 4, 1612; Marco Vito on August 22, 1616; Francisco Calogero on February 13, 1618; another Vito was born and baptized as Vitus Lucianus on December 13, 1620; and Giovanna, who was born and baptized as Joanna on June 15, 1623. A baptism record for ancestor Carlo has not been found.

It is not known when Vincenzo and Benigna died, but it is documented that Vincenzo was alive when his son ancestor Carlo was married on May 24, 1632, and listed as deceased on Carlo’s May 9, 1652, Rivelo (tax record). Benigna is not mentioned on Carlo’s marriage document, but she was also listed as deceased on her son’s tax record. Unfortunately, at this time, nothing else is known about Vincenzo, Benigna and her parents.

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Pietro Ciulla was born about 1565, the son of Cristoforo Ciulla and his wife Aleonora, whose surname is unknown. He was probably born and raised in Caltabellotta, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. On May 13, 1590, Caltabellotta notary, Giacomo Plazza, issued a dowry contract for Pietro to marry Vincenza Faraone. (Mouse over and click on the comosite image of sections of their Latin marriage contract right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) She was also probably from Caltabellotta, the daughter of Alfonso Faraone and his wife Giovanna, whose surname is unknown. They lived in Caltabellotta until at least 1593, as there is a Rivelo (tax record) for them in that town. They probably had several children born there, but available Caltabellotta records is limited to later years. By 1601, they were living in Sciacca, which is also in the province of Agrigento. Caltabellotta is about 12 miles north east of Sciacca.

Six mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Petri and Vincenza Ciulla as follows — Giovanna as Joanna was the first child baptized in Sciacca on October 12, 1601; Giuseppe called Joseph on January 25, 1606; ancestor Francesco; ancestor Giovanna; Domenico Mercurius was born and baptized on August 4, 1620, and entered into a notarial marriage contract with Angela Casalichio on November 9, 1640, in Sciacca; and Eumilia Maria, who was born and baptized on the evening of June 25, 1624. There is another possible son named Nunizo Ciulla, who has a 1652 Sciacca Rivelo with parents listed as Pietro and Vincenza, but on his August 5, 1609, baptism record his mother is listed as Giuseppa. Which record is in error is unknown, but his birth date fits into this family perfectly!

It is not known when Vincenza died, but a death and burial record for Pietro has been found. (Mouse over and click on his Latin burial record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Pietro died and was buried at the St. Francesco cemetery on April 23, 1633. His brief mother church death and burial record states he was about 68 years old, which brings his birth to about 1565. Unfortunately, at this time, nothing else is known about them.

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Accursio Gisino was baptized as Accursio Joseph on May 22, 1594, in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Gaspare Gisino and his wife Giovanna Restivo. (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism record image upper right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)

On June 13, 1617, Sciacca notary Andrea Gaudio filed a notarial marriage contract for 23 year-old Accursio to marry 22 year-old Margarita Petri. (Mouse over and click on their marriage contract entry upper left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) She was baptized as Margarita Calogera on October 5, 1594, in the St. Michele parish of Sciacca, the daughter of Filippo Petri and his wife Caterinella Cutrona. The only available for research church marriage records for 1617 are in the mother church files, and their marriage could not be found in them. They were probably married St. Michele’s, her home church. (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism record image middle right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)

Seven Sciacca mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Accursio and Margarita Gisino, sometimes spelled Gesino, as follows — Jacoba, named Jacoba Joanna, which is the Latin for Giovanna, her maternal grandmother’s name, was baptized on May 9, 1618, and may have died young; ancestor Jacoba; Caterina Sonofria was born and baptized on April 16, 1623; Porsia Petra was born and baptized on May 10, 1625; Calogero was born and baptized as Calogerus Joseph on December 13, 1627; Cosimo was born and baptized as Cosmas Damianio Gaspar on September 27, 1630; and Giovanna who was born and baptized as Joanna Palma on April 2, 1634, and grew up to marry Blasium (Biaggio) Termine at the Sciacca mother church on April 26, 1654.

Accursio died and was buried in the convent of St. Augustini on May 9, 1638. His mother church burial record lists him as Accursius Gesino age 40, but he was actually 43 when he died. (Mouse over and click on his Latin burial record image lower left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Margarita lived another 20 years. She died and was buried in the mother church cemetery on September 7, 1659. (Mouse over and click on her Latin burial record image lower right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)Her mother church burial record lists her as Margarita wife of the deceased Accursi Gisino about 70 years old, but she was only 64 years old. For now nothing else is known about them.

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Bartolomeo Juffrida’s ancestry is unknown and his wife Andriana Maniscalco’s ancestry is uncertain, but they lived and raised a family in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. A Sciacca notarial marriage document could not be found for them, but an extremely brief mother church marriage record has been found. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image upper left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) It simply states the Bartholo Juffrida andAndriana la Maniscalco were married on the ultimo day of April in 1576, which is April 30th. Because parents are not listed on this document, it is uncertain, but most likely, that she is the Adrianna who was baptized on April 24, 1558, at the Sciacca mother church, daughter of Matteo Maniscalco. (Mouse over and click on her Latin baptism record image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) This would make her 18 years old when she married.

It should be noted that on some records Andriana is called Diana and Bartolomeo is called Bartolo. His surname is also listed as Giuffrida on several records. Being that there is no letter J in Italian, the Juffrida family was probably not originally from Italy. There where several folks with the Juffrida or Giuffrida surnames living in Sciacca in the 1500’s. There was even a notary named Ferdinando Juffrida juniore from 1538 to 1573. Today in Italy and in the US, the name became Giuffrida or Yuffrida.

Nine Sciacca mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Bartolo and Andrianna Juffrida or Giuffrida as follows — Custanza was baptized on November 24, 1577; Calogero on March 11, 1579; Angelica on December 11, 1580; Diana Caterina on January 30, 1582; Narda on January 12, 1584; ancestor Benigna; Vincenzo Francesco on January 3, 1589; Vito Mario on September 8, 1591; and Giovanni who was baptized as Joan: Batisti Gironimo on August 3, 1594. None of these records say when the child was born or if they are an infant.

It is not known when Andriana died, but it is documented that Bartolomeo was alive when his daughter ancestor Benigna was married on February 8, 1609. There is a mother church burial record for an 80 year old Bartholus Juffrida who was buried in the St Francisco church cemetery in Sciacca on December 10, 1626. (Mouse over and click on his Latin burial record image lower left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) This could be him, as it calculates his birth to about 1546, which is plausible. Unfortunately, at this time, nothing else is known about them.

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Cristoforo Ciulla and his wife Aleonora’s ancestries are unknown. What is documented is that they lived in Caltabellotta Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy as there is a 1593 Caltabellotta Rivelo (tax record) for this family. (Mouse over and click on their Rivelo record image lower right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) On it, Cristoforo is listed as 40 years old, which brings his birth to about 1553. His wife’s given name, is listed next without an age, and then their two sons — 13 year old Luca and 12 year old Filippo, who were probably their youngest children born about 1580, 1581 respectively. Their son ancestor Pietro was already married and out of their house. Caltabellotta church records are not available this far back, so it is unlikely that more information could be found out about them. For now, this is all that is known about them.

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Gasparo Gisino’s ancestry is unknown, but he married and raised a family in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. On January 12, 1578, at the Sciacca mother church, he married Giovanna Restivo.  (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) She was baptized as Joana Leonora, on October 18, 1561, at the Sciacca mother church, the daughter of Nunzia Gargano and her husband Geronimo Restivo. (Mouse over and click on her Latin baptism record image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) She is also the sister to ancestor Grazia who married Leonardo Tigano. Four days after the marriage, on January 16th Sciacca notary Martino Russo filed a notarial marriage contract for them. It is not known why it was filed after the church wedding.

Ten mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Gasparo and Joanna Gisino. There given names on these records were spelled many different ways including Gaspar, Gaspare, Joannella, Giovanna and Joana. There surname was also spelled as Gessino, Gissino, as well as Gisino. The ten baptism records are as follows — Nardula Jacopella on January 30, 1581; Caterina Nardulla on March 28, 1582; Narda Antonina on September 18, 1583; Antonina Lauria on June 17, 1585; Angela on May 15, 1587; Jacomo Vincenzo on December 3, 1588; Giuseppe Calogero on October 22, 1590; ancestor Accursio; Jacobo Mario on June 2, 1597; and Aurelia Filiona, who was baptized on September 14, 1600. it should be noted that some of these records were very hard to read, so the names may be a bit off.

It is not known when Gasparo and Giovanna died, so this is all that is known about them.

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Filippo Petri was baptized as Luciano Pho, on July 9, 1566, in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Antonino Petri and his wife who may be named Antonella. (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism record image upper right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)

On January 28, 1589, Sciacca notary Giacomo Benfatto file a notarial marriage contract for 22 year-old Filippo to marry 16 year-old Catinella Cutrona. (Mouse over and click on their marriage contract entry upper left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) She was baptized on May 15, 1572, also in the mother church parish of Sciacca, the daughter of Aloisia Bellitto and her husband Giovanni Pietro Cutruna. Unfortunately, a Sciacca church marriage record could not be found for them.

Seven Sciacca baptism records have been found for the children of Filippo and Catinella Petri. The first three were baptized in the St. Michele parish and the last four in the St. Vito parish, where Catinella is listed as Caterina and Filippo is listed a Pho on most of these records. The seven baptisms are as follows— Petra Antonina and her brother Michele were baptized on December 12, 1591, but it is not certain they were twins, even though they are listed one after the other in the register, it doesn’t say they were infants, and only Petra is listed in the index; ancestor Margarita; Pietro, named after his maternal grandfather was baptized as Petro Antoni on January 9, 1599; Epifania on February 4, 1602; Vincenzo as Vin’zo Antonio on January 26, 1608; and Diana on March 10, 1610.

Filippo died and was buried in the St. Margarita church cemetery on November 19, 1613, at the age of 47. His St. Vito burial record is just one line, giving only his name, date and place of burial. (Mouse over and click on his Latin burial record image lower left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Unfortunately, it is not known when Catinella died, so nothing else is known about them.

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