Giuseppe Graffeo's Ancestors

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Sebastiano Graffeo was born on the evening of January 20, 1672, and baptized as Carolus Sebastianus Dominicus the next day in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Caterina Sutera and her husband Antonino Graffeo. (Mouse over and click on his baptism record image upper right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Sadly, his father died before Sebastiano’s 2nd birthday. It should be noted that the main church in Sciacca is The Basilica of Maria Santissima del Soccorso, which is referenced as the Matrice in the records, and is considered to be Sciacca’s mother church.

On February 2nd, 3rd and 10th of 1697, church banns were read for Sebastiano to marry Anna Costa. She was born and baptized as Anna Maria on the evening of March 15, 1682, also in the mother church parish of Sciacca, the daughter of Leonarda Francaviglia and her husband Antonio Costa. (Mouse over and click on her baptism record image middle right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Twenty-five year-old Sebastiano married almost 15 year-old Anna on February 17, 1697, a week after the last banns were read, in The Basilica of Maria Santissima del Soccorso, which is the Sciacca mother church. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record upper left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) He is listed with an alias of Muffalitano on this marriage record.

Ten Sciacca mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Sebastiano and Anna Graffeo as follows —Caterina, named after her paternal grandmother, was born on September 13, 1698, and baptized as Catharina Vita the next day; Antonino, named after both if his grandfathers, was born on the evening of March 23, 1700, and baptized as Antonius Pellegrinus the next day; Giovanni was born on the morning of May 2, 1702, and was baptized as Joannus Gabriel the next day; Leonarda, named after her maternal grandmother, was born and baptized as Leonarda Jesia Angelica on the evening of December 25, 1704; Maria Caterina was born on August 13, 1706, and baptized the next day; Paolo was born and baptized as Paulus Ignazius Matheus on January 25, 1708; Biagia was born on May 24, 1712, and baptized as Blasia Ignazia the next day; Accursia Maria Vita was born on September 12, 1716, and baptized the next day; Mattea was born and baptized as Matthea Catherina on the evening of February 25, 1721; and ancestor Giuseppe.

Less than 8 years after her last child was born, Anna died and was buried in the Convent of St Dominico cemetery on March 23, 1731. (Mouse over and click on her Latin burial image lower left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Her mother church burial record lists her as Anna wife of Sebastiani Graffeo, age about 45, but she had just turned 49 years old when she died. Six months later, on September 8th, 9th and 16th, church banns were read for Sebastiano to marry the widow Agata Vitrano. She was the sister of ancestor Flavia and daughter of ancestors Diana Ample and Giuseppe Vitrano. Fifty-nine year-old Sebastiano and 60 year-old Agata were married on September 17, 1731, at the Sciacca mother church.

Less than 8 years later, Sebastiano’s second wife, Agata, died and was buried on June 6, 1739. Sebastiano was left alone again, but only for 1 year, 10 months and 6 days. He died and was buried on April 12, 1741. His mother church burial record has major damage to it, so it is hard to read where he was buried, but it does seem to say he died at home. It lists him as Sebastian’s Graffeo age about 72, but he was only 69 years old when he died. (Mouse over and click on his Latin burial record lower right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) This is all that is known about Sebastiano and Anna. them.

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Antonino Graffeo was born and baptized as Antoninus Domincus, after his maternal grandmother, on February 5, 1645, in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. (Mouse over and click on his baptism image upper right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) He was the eldest son and the fourth child of twelve children born to Marie Cussintino and her husband Carlo Graffeo. 

On January 12th, 19th and 26th, of 1670, church banns were read for Antonino to marry Caterina Sutera. She was born and baptized as Caterina Angela on November 25, 1644, also in the mother church parish of Sciacca, the sister of ancestor Margherita and the daughter of Luciana Luvaro and her husband Calogero Sutera. (Mouse over and click on her baptism record image lower right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Antonino and Caterina, both 25 years old, were married at the Sciacca mother church on February 9, 1670. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage image upper left to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

Only two Sciacca baptism records have been found for the children of Antonino and Catherina Graffeo, both in the mother church records as follows — Maria, name after her paternal grandmother was born and baptized as Maria Celia Angela on November 22, 1670; and ancestor Sebastiano who was baptized as Carolus after his paternal grandfather.

Antonino died and was buried in the St. Dominico cemetery on September 16, 1673, leaving his wife with 2 very young children. (Mouse over and click on his burial record image lower left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) His mother church burial record lists him as Antoninus Graffeo, age about 30, but he was only 28 years old when he died. It is not known if Caterina married again, but given her circumstances, she probably did. It is also no known when she died, but it is documented that she was alive when her son ancestor Sebastiano first married on February 17, 1697, and deceased on September 17, 1731, when he married his second wife. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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Antonino Costa wasthe son of Franciscio Costa and his wife Anne, whose surname is unknown. Antonino married and raised a family in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, but a Sciacca baptism record could not be found for him.

On May 5th, 12th and 19th of 1669, church banns were read for Antonino to marry Leonarda Francaviglia. She was born on April 26, 1647, and baptized the next day as Leonarda Dominica, in the mother church parish of Sciacca, the daughter of Rosalia Sanfilippo and her husband Simone Francaviglia. (Mouse over and click on his baptism record image upper right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Leonarda is the sister to ancestor Anna, who married Rosario Vela. A few weeks after the last banns were read Antonino married 22 year-old Leonarda on June 9, 1669, at the mother church in Sciacca. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image lower left to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

Seven mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Antonino and Leonarda Costa as follows — Francesco, named after his paternal grandfather, was born on the evening of March 12, 1670, and baptized as Francisus Joseph Ignazius the next day; Simon, named after his maternal grandfather was born and baptized as Simon Marianus Albertus on the evening of December 12, 1671; Ignazio was born on August 8, 1674, and baptized as Ignazius Petrus Honufius the next day, but may have died young; Thomas Ignazius Joseph was born and baptized on the evening of December 21, 1676; another Ignazio was born and baptized as Ignazius Petrus Salvator on the evening of July 20, 1679; ancestor Anna and Giuseppe, who was born on December 29, 1684, and baptized the next day as Joseph Petrus Joannes.

It is not known when Antonino and Leonarda died, but it is documented that they both were deceased when their daughter ancestor Anna was married on February 17, 1697. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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Carlo Graffeo was born and baptized as Mattheus Carolus on the evening of February 24, 1619, in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Olimpia Monaco and her husband Calogero Graffeo. (Mouse over and click on his baptism record image upper right to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

On January 20, 1640, Sciacca notary Raffaele Bentivegna filed a notarial marriage contract for Carlo to marry Maria Cussintino. (Mouse over and click on their marriage contract entry image upper left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) She was baptized with an unreadable middle name on July 2, 1622, in the St. Vito parish of Sciacca, the daughter of Antonina Zito and her husband Gaspare Cussintino. (Mouse over and click on her baptism record image lower right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Almost 3 months after the marriage contract was dated, 21 year-old Carlo married 17 year-old Maria at the St. Vito church on April 16, 1640. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image lower left to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

Fourteen Sciacca baptism records have been found for the children of Carolo and Maria Graffeo. All but their first child were baptized in the mother church parish as follows — Olimpia Dominica, named after her paternal grandmother was born on the evening of January 31, 1641, and baptized in the St. Vito parish the next day, but she may have died young; Antonia Philippa, named after her maternal grandmother, was born on the morning of March 20, 1642, and baptized that same day, but she may have died as an infant; another Antonina was born on the evening of November 13, 1643, and baptized with the middle named of Dominica the next day; ancestor Antonino; another Olimpia was born and baptized with the middle name of Vita on the evening of December 17, 1647; Giovanna was born and baptized as Joanna on October 10, 1648; Mario was born on the evening of September 4, 1649, and baptized as Marius Antonius the next day; another Olimpia was born and baptized with the middle name of Rosilea on July 13, 1653; Calogero was born on the evening of November 10, 1655, and baptized as Calogerus Martinus the next day; another Antonina was born on the evening of November 10, 1657, and baptized with the middle name of Martina the next day; Lauria Catherina was born on October 13, 1658, and baptized the next day; Dominico was born and baptized as Dominicus Gaspa on the morning of February 15, 1660; Anna Fara was born and baptized on January 29, 1662, but may have died as an infant; and another Anna was born and baptized with the middle name of Vita on October 17, 1663.

It is not known when Carlo and Maria died, but it is documented that they were both still alive when their son, ancestor Antonino was married on February 9, 1670. For now, this is all that is known about them.

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Francisco Costa and his wife Anne’s, ancestries are unknown, but they lived and raised a family in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. There names as listed here come from ancestor Antonino marriage record. A Sciacca baptism, church marriage record or marriage contract could not be found for them and only two Sciacca baptism records have been found for the children of Fran’co and Anna Costa. Because of these reasons, it is easy to assumed that they were from another town and moved to Sciacca sometime prior to 1637.

The two mother church baptism records found are as follows — Maria Caterina was born and baptized on October 6, 1637; and Biagia, who was born on November 16, 1639, and baptized the next day as Blasia Maria. A baptism record for ancestor Antonino has not been found.

It is not known when Francisco and Anne died, but it is documented that they were deceased when their son ancestor Antonino was married on July 9, 1669. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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Calogero Graffeo was probably born about 1570 in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the son of Angela Munti and her husband Vincenzo Graffeo, and brother to ancestor Ninfa who married Vito Mantia. Although a baptism record for him could not be found, he married and raised a family in Sciacca.

On January 3rd, 6th and 10th of 1610 church banns were read for Calogero to marry the widow Olimpia Monaco. She was baptized as Olimpia Margarita on September 23, 1579, the daughter of Nicolò Monaco and his wife, Margarita, whose surname is unknown. (Mouse over and click on her baptism record image upper right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Her father may be the same Nicolò Monaco who was the second husband of ancestor Antonella Geremia. Twenty-three year old Olimpia first married Calogero Siragusa on February 11, 1603, at the mother church in Sciacca. They had at least one child together, Filippo Baldassa, who was baptized in the St. Michele parish on September 4, 1606. Just over a year later her husband Calogero wrote his will, died and was buried in the St. Michele cemetery on November 13, 1607. Two years lated, the now 30 year-old Olimpia married Calogero Graffeo at the Sciacca St. Michele church on January 11, 1610. (Mouse over and click on their Latin marriage record image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) .

Six Sciacca baptism records were found for the children of Calogero and Olimpia Graffeo. All but ancestor Carlo were baptized in the St. Michele parish as follows — Vita on September 17, 1610; Caterina Flavia on November 25, 1612; Angela on May 3, 1614; Margarita Matthia on July 18, 1615; ancestor Carlo in the mother church parish; and Sebastiano, who was born and baptized as Bastianus on January 19, 1622, in the St. Michele parish.

It is documented that Calogero and Olimpia were deceased when their son ancestor Carlo was married on April 16, 1640. Olimpia died and was buried in the St. Dominico cemetery on December 8, 1629. (Mouse over and click on her Latin burial record lower right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Her mother church burial record list her as Olimpia, the female spouse of Calogeri Graffeo, who died in her home. Her age is not listed, but she was 50 years old when she died. It is not known not known when Calogero died, so for now, nothing else is known about them.

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Gaspare Cussintino was the son of Antonino Cussintino and his wife Pietra, whose surname is unknown. A Sciacca baptism record could not be found for him.

On January 15th, 20th and 22nd of 1606, church banns were read for Gaspare to marry Antonina Zito. She was the daughter of Giacomo Zito and his wife Pietra, whose surname is unknown. A Sciacca baptism record could not be found for her. Almost a week after the last banns were read Gaspare and Antonina were married on January 28, 1606, at the St. Vito church in Sciacca. (Mouse over and click on their Latin marriage record image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) .

Six Sciacca baptism records have been found for the children of Gaspare and Antonella Cussintino. The first two were baptized in the mother church parish and the last four in the St. Vito parish there. Their children are as follows — Giacomo, was baptized as Jacobus Antonius, after both of his grandfathers on February 5, 1608; Petra Calogera, named after both if her grandmothers, was baptized on May 17, 1610; Carlo Antonino on July 1, 1614, was the first to be baptized in the St. Vito parish; Giuseppe was baptized as Joseph Carlo on May 6, 1616; ancestor Marie; and Antonino, named after his paternal grandfather, who was born on the evening of February 22, 1630, and baptized as Antoninus Leonardus, the next day.

Nothing is really known about Gaspare and Antonina’s parents. Their names come from their marriage record, which is difficult to read. Antonino’s wife’s name is especially hard to read, so it may not even be Pietra. There are no Sciacca records for an Antonino Cussintino in any of the churches, but these early records are really limited. The name Giacomo Zito is in the records as Jacopo Zito, but there seems to be several living in Sciacca at the same time. Most don’t give a wife’s name, and when it does, none say Pietra. So for now, this ancestry ends with them.

It is also not known when Gaspare and Antonina died, but it is documented that they were both alive when their daughter, ancestor Marie was married on April 16, 1640. For now, nothing else is known about them.

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Nicolò Monaco and his wife Margarita’s ancestries are unknown, but they lived and raised a family in the mother church parish of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. It is not known when or where they married as a Sciacca church marriage record or contract cannot be found for them. There were are least two Nicolò Monaco’s living in and having children baptized in Sciacca at the same time. The early baptism records do not list the mothers names so it can not be determined which Cola was the father, the one married in 1543 to Caterina or the one married to Margarita. Only four mother church baptism records have been found for the children of Cola and Margarita La Monaco as follows — Alfonso on May 13, 1572; Guglielmo on February 16, 1575; ancestor Olimpia; and Calogera on August 17, 1582. There are at least five other children whose father is listed as Cola who were baptized in the mother church parish after 1563, some in the same year, so it is impossible to know which ones were Margarita’s children.

To confuse matters more, it should be noted that ancestor Antonella Geremia married a Nicolò Monaco, as her second husband. But which one is unknown because a church marriage record could not be found for them, only the marriage contract dated October 2, 1589, is documented in Pellegrino Mortillaro’s book, Andrea Randazzo un notaio storico Volume Primo.

There are also two other entries in both volumes of Pellegrino Mortillaro’s books, and either one could be for ancestor Nicolò. The first is in Volume Primo and is an inventory entry dated January 11, 1592, which is taken after a person dies. The second is in Volume Secondo and is a Testamento, a will entry dated April 26, 1592, which is written before a person dies. (Mouse over and click on the will entry image right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) So these two entries are not for the same person. What is documented is that Nicolò is listed as deceased on his daughter ancestor Olimpia’s February 11, 1603, marriage record. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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