Giuseppe & Antonino 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.

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Filippo Friscia was the son of Antonina Ficara and Antonio Friscia. He was named after his paternal grandfather, so he was probably the eldest son. On May 6, 1659, in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, Filippo married Anna Vela. She was the daughter of Francesca Biundo and Carlo Vela. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image right to enlarge in a new window or tab.)

Filippo and Anna had at least two sons, both ancestors, Antonino and Giuseppe. Their elder son Antonino’s descendants go down five generations to Caterina Friscia who married Accursio Sabella. Their younger son Giuseppe’s daughter Caterina Friscia married Antonino Sabella.

Filippo and Anna were still alive on July 17, 1701, when their son Giuseppe was married. Thirteen years later, on July 28, 1714, Filippo was recorded as deceased on his son Guiseppe’s 1714 Riveli (tax record). Unfortunately, nothing else is known about Filippo and Anna.

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Antonio Friscia was baptized as Antonio Silivestro on February 27, 1595 at the Mother Church in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy.  (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism record image left to enlarge in a new window or tab.) He was the son of Angelica Polo and her husband Filippo Friscia.

On February 6, 1634, he married in Sciacca Antonina Ficara who was the daughter of Isabella diMino and Paolo Ficara. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image right to enlarge in a new window or tab.) On this marriage document Antonio is called Master, which means he was a master craftsman. It also seems to say that both sets of parents were deceased, but it is very hard to read. Antonio and Antonina’s only known child was ancestor Filippo.

Unfortunately, at this time, nothing else is known about Antonio and Antonina.

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Carlo Vela was baptized in the mother church in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, on December 15, 1614. He was the only known son of Calogera and Calogero Vela. Carlo and Francesca Blundo entered into a notarial marriage contract on May 6, 1634. They were then married in the mother church in Sciacca on November 12, 1634. (Mouse over and click on their church marriage record image left to enlarge in a new window or tab.) Francesca was the daughter of Elisabetta Longo and Filippo (in Latin Philippi) Blundo. Both sets of parents were alive at the time of this marriage. Francesca’s surname in her marriage document looks like Biundo, which is a Sciacca surname, but in Pellegrino Mortillaro’s book, Andrea Randazzo un notaio storico, on their marriage contract entry, he lists it as Blundo, which is also found in the Sciacca records. There are two 1652 Sciacca Rivelis (tax records) for her name, one is in the name of Francesca Biundo and the other is in the name of Francesca Blundo. Neither is for this ancestor, but after careful inspection, it is obvious that they both are for the same person. This seems to say that the surnames of Blundo and Biundo are used interchangeably.

There is a 1652 Sciacca Riveli for Carlo Vela and his wife Francesca, that is dated May 9, 1652, and is certainly for this family. (Mouse over and click on their Riveli image right to enlarge in a new window or tab.) It lists his parents as Calogera and Calogero, and does not state that they are deceased. (They may be still alive, but a 1652 Riveli could not be found for them.) After Carlo and Francesca’s names it lists their four children as follows — twelve year-old Antonino, makes his born about 1640; seven year-old Domenico, calculates his birth to about 1645; Vito, a two year-old son who was born about 1650; and finally ancestor Anna, whose age is not given. It doesn’t seem like they owned much, but on the lines below the names it does state that he owned a boat to travel in co-ownership with a certain Vincenzo Barrilaro. This boat was priced at 18 gold ounces, making his share worth 9. It is documented that they had another son named Rosario, who happens to be another ancestor. On his marriage to ancestor Anna Francaviglia, his parents are documented as Carlo and Francesca Vela.

It is not known when Carlo and Francesca died, but he was alive and she was deceased when their son ancestor Rosario was married on January 24, 1677. For now, this is all that is known about Carlo, Francesca and his parents.

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Filippo Friscia was one of ten children born to Angela (surname unknown) and Pietro Friscia. Filippo was mentioned in his father’s 1564 will. On February 1, 1573, Filippo married Angelica Polo in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage/engagement record image left to enlarge in a new window or tab.) Angelica was the daughter of Angela (surname unknown) and Antonino Polo. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about Angelica’s parents.

It is not known when Filippo and Angelica died, but they were deceased when their only known child Antonio was married on February 6, 1634. In volume one of Pellegrino Mortillaro’s book, Andrea Randazzo un notaio storico, there is an inventory entry for his name dated February 1, 1628. Unfortunately, there is no proof that this is ancestor Filippo.

For now, nothing else is known about Filippo and Angelica.

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Paolo Ficara was the son of Antonia and Vincenzo Ficara. On January 14, 1622, in Sciacca Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, a marriage contract was drawn up for Paola to marry Isabella diMino. She was the daughter of Isabella and Giuseppe diMino. (Mouse over and click on the first page of their marriage contract image left to enlarge in a new window or tab.) Both sets of parents were alive at the time this document was drawn up.These marriage contracts were usually done a few days or weeks before the actual marriage in church, so it is assumed the actual marriage date is late January or early February of 1622. This legal contract was written in Latin and is very challenging to translate meaningfully. In the contract, the bride’s father, Giuseppe, called Joseph, is giving a dowry to the future husband. Pictured is only the first page of their many paged notarial marriage contract. What is gleaned from this document is that Isabella was single and both families were from the city of Sciacca. Unfortunately the surnames of the mothers are not given. Their only known child was ancestor Antonina.

It is not known when Paolo and Isabella died, but the were deceased when their daughter Antonina was married on February 6, 1634. For now, that is all we know of Paolo, Isabella, and their parents.

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Filippo Blundo was born in Licata, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy to unknown parents. On December 30, 1611, he entered into a notarial marriage contract with the widowed Elisabetta Caradonna whose maiden name was Longo. (Mouse over and click on their notarial marriage contract entry left to enlarge in a new window or tab.) On February 6, 1612, they married at the Mother Church in Sciacca in Agrigento. (Mouse over and click on their Latin marriage record image right to enlarge in a new window or tab.) In both of these documents, there is no mention of his parents and his surname is spelled Blundo.

Elisabetta is the only known child of Giovanna (surname unknown) and Santino or Santoro Longo. Their names come from their daughter’s October 25, 1599, Sciacca marriage document for her first marriage to Vincenzo Caradonna. Elisabetta and Vincenzo probably had several children together before he died, as she married ancestor Filippo 12 years later. Filippo and Elisabetta’s only known child is ancestor Francesca.

It is not known when Filippo and Elisabetta died, but they both were alive when their daughter was married on May 6, 1634. Unfortunately nothing else is known about them or their parents.

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Angela and Pietro Friscia’s ancestries are unknown, but they lived in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. She is only referenced in their children's baptism records by her given name, so her surname is unknown. They are the parents of two children, Filippo and Gurlizia Vita, who are both ancestors on the Marotta line. Angela and Pietro married sometime before 1530 and had at least ten children, nine sons and one daughter. Their children were all were baptized on the dates shown in Sciacca — Giovanni Antonino in October of 1530; Giuseppe, whose birthdate is unknown, but married on February 3, 1578, and wrote his will on January 7, 1603; ancestor Filippo, who married ancestor Angelica Polo; Girolamo Tommaso on January 1, 1547; Antonino Leonardo on December 3, 1552; Vincenzo on January 7, 1554; Calogero Bernardino on September 22, 1556; Natale Vito on December 25, 1558; Vito Antonino on October 30, 1561; and daughter Gurlizia Vita, known as Vita, was baptized on July 16, 1563, and is also an ancestor who married ancestor Pietro Bivona.

It is not known when Angela and Pietro died, but on August 15, 1564, Pietro gave a testimony in the form of a will, to notary F. Giuffrida about the last dispositions of his earthly assets. (Mouse over and click on Pietro's testamony index image right to enlarge in a new window or tab.) In the will he mentions only four of his sons, Giuseppe, Leonardo, ancestor Filippo and Natale. This will is also documented, in the form of a Testamento, in Pellegrino Mortillaro’s book, Andrea Randazzo un notaio storico, but his surname is spelled Frixa. Pietro was alive when his daughter ancestor Vita was married on October 12, 1578, but Angela is not mentioned on this document. Unfortunately, this is all that is known about them.

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