Giuseppe & Gaetano Friscia's Ancestors

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The church records on this page were obtained from the research of  Raimondo Lentini of the GenAG - Genealogie Agrigentine Facebook group. Translations provided by members of the GenAG - Genealogie Agrigentine and the Italian Genealogical Records Facebook groups.
Note that the Latin months September thru December are often written in numbers, 7ber, 8ber, 9ber and 10ber, respectively.

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Antonino Friscia was born about 1736 in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, to parents Maria Ippolito and Giuseppe Friscia. Being that he was named after his paternal grandfather, he was probably their eldest son. On June 29, 1755, at the mother church in Sciacca, he married Angela Imbornone. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Angela was the daughter of Anna La Daina and her husband Giovanni Imbornone. What is known about Antonino and Angela comes from their three known children’s records. Their two sons were both ancestors, Giuseppe’s descendants go down to the Marottas and Gaetano’s to the Sabellas. Their third child was Maria, who was born about 1784, probably in Sciacca, married there on September 9, 1804, her second husband, Ignazio Marinello, who was the brother to ancestor Maria Marinello, and died in Sciacca, the widow of Ignazio on October 5, 1844.

On daughter Maria’s death record, her father, Antonino is called an Industrioso, a manufacturer or trader. On Gaetano’s death record his mother’s name is incorrectly listed as Caracappa, but is listed correctly on his marriage document. On Giuseppe’s 1843 death record it states they are both deceased and calls Antonino a Pardon, which translates to master, a term of respect used also in describing his son Giuseppe.

Angela’s mother, Anna, was deceased sometime before Angela’s June 29, 1755, wedding date, but her father, Giovanni, was alive at the time. It is not known when Angela died, but she was deceased by the time her daughter Maria was married on September 9, 1804. A copy of Antonino’s death record is found in the 1844 marriage processetti of his grandson ancestor Biagio. It states his death date as December 18, 1775, and his age of 80 years. (Mouse over and click on Antonino's processetti death record image right to enlarge each in a new window or tab.) This is somewhat of a problem, as it puts his birth at 1695, but his parents were not married until mid 1735. It could be that his age was listed at 40 on the original document, but was copied for the processetti incorrectly. Unfortunately, this document is difficult to read, but it doesn’t seem to say where he died, or who his parents or wife were. It may be that this isn’t even ancestor Antonino’s death record. What is certain it that he was deceased by the time his daughter Maria was married on September 9, 1804. For now, this is all that is known about them.

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Giuseppe Friscia was probably born in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. He was the son of Rosa Triolo and her husband Antonino Friscia. On June 20, 1735, at the mother church in Sciacca, Giuseppe married Maria Ippolito. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Giuseppe is called Joseph on the marriage record. She was the daughter of Margherita Vassallo and Paolo Ippolito. Their only known son was ancestor Antonino.

It is not known when Giuseppe and Maria died, but they were alive when their son Antonino was married on June 29, 1755. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about Giuseppe and Maria.

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Antonino Friscia was baptized on February 21, 1660, at the mother church in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) He was the son of Anna Vela and Filippo Friscia.

On February 19, 1679, he entered into a notarial marriage contract to marry Anna Buscemi. They married on May 21, 1679, at the mother church in Sciacca. They probably had several children in the 12 years that they were married. Anna died on June 7, 1691, and nine months later 32 year-old Antonino married 17 year-old Rosa Triolo at the St. Michele church in Sciacca. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage/engagement record image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)

Rosa was born on August 5, 1674, and baptized at the St Michele church the next day as Rosalia Gracia Angela, the daughter of Antonina Perricone and Giovanni Triolo. (Mouse over and click on her Latin baptism record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)  Rosa and Antonino had at least one other child beside ancestor Giuseppe, a son named Calogero, who on October 22, 1730, in Sciacca married Giovanna Greganio.

It is not known when Antonino and Rosa died, but they both were alive when their son Calogero was married in 1730. Five years later, Antonino was deceased when their son ancestor Giuseppe was married on June 20, 1735, but Rosa was still alive. Unfortunately, at this time, nothing else is known about them.

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Giovanni Triolo was probably born in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Giacoma Sabella and her husband Pellegrino Triolo. In 1664 on April 14th, 15th, and 20th, church banns were read for Giovanne to marry Antonina Perricone. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) She was also probably born and raised in Sciacca, the daughter of Maria Piluffo and her husband Antonino Perricone. Being that Antonina has the same given name as her father’s mother, she was probably their oldest daughter. Giovanni and Antonina married on April 27, 1664, at the St. Michele church in Sciacca. On their marriage document, Giovanni's name is written in Latin as Johannes, meaning God is gracious.

In Pellegrino Mortillaro’s book Andrea Randazzo un notaio storico Volume Primo, a transcription of the Sciacca notarial records, their marriage contract is dated May 3, 1665, a year and a month after their marriage. This was a dowry restitution contract that was made within two months of the birth of their first child.

Giovanni and Antonina had at least five other children besides ancestor Rosa who were all born in Sciacca and baptized at the St. Michele church there as follows — eldest son Pellegrino, named after his paternal grandfather, was born on March 20, 1665, and baptized the next day as Francesco Onofrio Pellegrino; Antonino on September 20, 1669, was baptized as Antoninius Mattheus Libertinus; Anna Maria on March 21, 1673, was baptized as Anna Maria Beseditta Nicolia; Gaspare Melchiore Baliasser on September 21, 1677; and daughter Giacoma Anna on August 21, 1680. Giovanni and Antonina may have had other children, but at this time, these are the only ones documented.

Their eldest son Pellegrino was listed on his July 8, 1714, Sciacca Rivelo (tax record) as being 50 years old. He married a woman named Geronima, and named his four children according to the Italian naming tradition. This document names his deceased father and lists his numerous properties, which he probably inherited from his father.

It is not known when Antonina and Giovanni died, but she was deceased and he was alive when their daughter, ancestor Rosa was married on April 29, 1692. Giovanni died sometime between his daughter’s marriage and July 8, 1714, the date of his son Pellegrino’s Rivelo. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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Pellegrino Triolo was born in Caltabellotta, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, to parents Girolama (surname unknown) and Vincenzo Triolo. On August 18, 1641, at the St. Michele church in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, he married the widow Giacoma Sabella. (Mouse over and click on their church marriage record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) There only known child was ancestor Giovanni. On August 30, 1642, a year after the church marriage, notary Carlo Musca issued a marriage contract for them. This was probably a dowry restitution contract, that was made at the birth of their first child. Unfortunately, the name of this child is not known.

In volume 2 of Pellegrino Mortillaro’s book, Andrea Randazzo un notaio storico, there are two mentions of the name Pellegrino Triolo. The first is a testamento he made on October 28, 1648, and the second was on January 20, 1659, where his name is mentioned in the purchase of land in S. Dominica. There is nothing to identify that these two mentions of his name, belong to ancestor Pellegrino.

It is not known when Pellegrino died, but he was deceased when his son Giovanni was married on April 27, 1664. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about him.

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Giacoma Sabella was the daughter of Caterina (surname unknown) and Filippo Sabella. She was baptized at the St. Michele church on April 30, 1601, in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism record image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) This document is written in Latin and before her name, is word virgines, which translates to virgin. This may indicate that she wasn’t an infant at the time of her baptism. The Italian name Giacoma in Latin translates to Jacobba, Iacoba, or Jacoba, but what’s written on this record, although similar, doesn’t exactly match any of these translations.

Giacoma was married, in Sciacca, on April 26, 1616, to Nunzio La Rocca. If she was born in April of 1601, she just turned 15 years old at the time of this marriage. (Mouse over and click on her first church marriage record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) This marriage record has her father’s Latin name on it, but it is very hard to read. It is not known if Giacoma and Nunzio had any children or how long they were married. Nunzio died and Giacoma married ancestor Pellegrino Triolo in Sciacca on August 18, 1641. She most likely had children with Nunzio, as a year after she married Pellegrino, a notarial marriage contract was made for them. This was probably a dowry restitution contract, made at the birth of their first child. This was most likely issued by Pellegrino to protect the inheritance for his child. There only known child was ancestor Giovanni, but being he is not named after his father’s father, he was most likely not their first born son.

It is not known when Giacoma died, but she was alive when her son Giovanni was married on April 27, 1664. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about her.

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Antonino Perricone was the son of Antonina (surname unknown) and her husband Antonino Perricone. On March 26, 1637, in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the younger Antonino entered into a notarial marriage contract with Maria Piluffo. They were married there a month later on April 20th at the St. Michele church. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) Maria was the only known child of Eleonora (surname unknown) and her husband Benedetto Piluffo. Antonino and Maria’s only know child was ancestor Antonina.

Very little is known about their parents, but they were all deceased by the time Antonino and Maria were married. Their father’s names are both in Pellegrino Mortillaro’s book, Andrea Randazzo un notaio storico, but it is not certain that these named men are the ancestors. Benedetto is named in volumes one and two in reference to the monastery of Santa Maria delle Giummare in Sciacca and in a Division between Benedetto, and Bernardo Piluffo. In one instance, dated December 4, 1634, he is called magistro, which translated from the Latin to master. His name is also in an inventory entry dated February 12, 1638, which does not agree with the fact that he was deceased before April 20, 1637, but it could be the date they settled the estate. Antonino Perricone, the elder, is named in volume two in reference to him giving a testamento to a notary on January 13, 1605, which means he was writing his will. Unfortunately, there is no hard evidence that thes entries are for these ancestors.

It is not known when Antonino and Maria died, but it was after the marriage of their daughter Antonina on April 27, 1664. For now, that is all we known about Antonino, Maria and their parents.

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Filippo Sabella was baptized on April 23, 1574, at the mother church in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Gati (surname unknown) and Tommaso Sabella. (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) He married Caterina (surname unknown), probably in Sciacca. They had at least two other children besides ancestor Giacoma both baptized at the S. Michele church in Sciacca on the following dates — Antonina Maria on August 31, 1599, who was probably their eldest daughter as she was named after her father’s mother; and Giuseppe who was baptized as Joseph on September 28, 1603. There are no other baptism records in the Sciacca church registers for additional children born to Filippo and Caterina.

In both volumes of Pellegrino Mortillaro’s book, Andrea Randazzo un notaio storico, there are a few mentions of the name Filippo Sabella. Two are in volume two and are in reference to him giving a testamento, which is presenting his will to a notary. One is dated August 12, 1628, making him 54 years old and the other is in 1639, where he would have been 65 years old. In volume one there is an entry dated January 5, 1639, for an inventory of the property of Filippo Sabella. It is unknown if either one or none of these are for ancestor Filippo. At this time nothing more is known about Filippo, Caterina, Antonina or Tommaso.

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