Ignazio Navarra's Ancestors

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Note that the Latin months September thru December are often written in numbers, 7ber, 8ber, 9ber and 10ber, respectively.


Antonino Navarra was baptized as Antonino Calogero on October 17, 1717, day 7, in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the only known child born to Nunzia Li Buffi and her husband Ignazio Navarra.  (Mouse over and click on his Latin baptism image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) On September 12, 1741, four months prior to their son, ancestor Ignazio, being born, Antonino married in Sciacca, Anna Liotta, one of two known daughters of Maria Samaritano and her husband Gaspare Liotta. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage record image right to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

There is a 1747 Sciacca Riveli, which is dated 1748, for Antonino and Anna Navarra who have three sons - seven-year old ancestor Ignazio, named after his paternal grandfather; four year-old Gaspare, named after his maternal grandfather; and one year-old Pellegrino. This Antonino’s parents are listed as Ignazio and Nunzia Navarra.

In Antonino’s granddaughter Anna Navarra’s marriage processetti Antonino Navarra is named as the father of ancestor Ignazio Navarra. Unfortunately, it states “Having the bride not shown the death certificate of her paternal grandfather, Antonino Navarra, she has sworn that she has no knowledge of his place of death and his last place of residence. The witnesses in the present certificate/record have declared by swearing that they know the groom, and that they have no knowledge of the time and place of death of the paternal grandfather of the bride and his last place of residence. But in his grandson Antonino’s 1830 marriage processetti there is a very interesting death statement for him. The document is from the church of Menfi and it states “Mastro Antonino Navarra di Sciacca,” was mortally wounded and died in the tower of Porto Palo (pictured right) on October 23, 1764, “because he was in the tower to spot the possible landing of the pirates.” It goes on to say that he was buried there in the Mother Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. (Mouse over and click on his death statement image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Wikipedia states, “The tower of Porto Palo is a coastal tower, built in 1583, in the seaside village of Porto Palo, in the territory of Menfi, an Italian town in the province of Agrigento in Sicily.”

Unfortunately, nothing else is known about Ignazio’s father’s, Antonino Navarra and his wife Anna Liotta.

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Ignazio Navarra was born about 1676, one of two known sons of Angela Bondello and her husband Francesco Navarra. He married in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, Marzia Amato, and they had at least one son, Filippo, born about 1708. Marzia died and Ignazio then married Nunzia Li Buffi on February 25, 1713, in Sciacca, at the Saint Michele church. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage document image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

Nunzia was the daughter and only known child of Angela Girgenti and her husband Gacomo Li Buffi. The Li Buffi family was from Sant'Anna di Caltabellotta, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, which was an autonomous town, but today it’s a village in the southern part, about 1.75 miles from the center of Caltabellotta. (It is about 10 miles east and a bit north of Sciacca.) At the time of the marriage Nunzia’s parents were deceased. Nunzia must have raised Marzia’s son Filippo, as her own, as on his 1747 Riveli (tax return), 40 year-old Filippo, who is living alone, listed Nunzia as his mother. Filippo’s Riveli is found right after ancestor Antonio’s Riveli in the file. In this same area of the file, there is a Riveli for another Ignazio Navarra, but no age, parents or family are listed. It is the Riveli that is right before ancestor Ignazio’s Riveli.

Ancestor Ignazio’s 1747 Riveli, which is dated 1748, states he is 70 years old, living alone, and gives his parents names. (Mouse over and click on his Riveli image right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) His wife Nunzia must have died sometime before this data was collected. There is a list of holdings, but some are crossed off. One line that is not crossed out, begins with the words that look like Cegrino Buffa. This may be a reference to his deceased wife’s family.

Unfortunately, nothing else is known about Ignazio Navarra, Nunzia Li Buffi or her parents.


Little is known about Gaspare Liotta and his wife Maria Samaritano. They lived in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy and had at least two daughters. Besides ancestor Anna, they had a daughter named Paolina, who married in Sciacca on October 20, 1732, Gaspare LoFaro.

It is not known when Gaspare and Maria died, but he was deceased when their daughter Paolina was married in 1732. His wife Maria lived a bit longer as she was alive when her daughter ancestor Anna was married on September 12, 1741. Unfortunately that is all we know about them.

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Francesco Navarra and Angela Bondello are the documented parents of ancestor Ignazio. Not much is known about them. Francesco was the son of Sebastiano Navarra and his wife Paola, surname unknown. Francesco married Angela in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, at the St. Vito church on January 17, 1675. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage document image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) The Chiesa San Vito is no longer open to the public, as it has been abandoned for some years to neglect, resulting in structural problems.

Angela is the only known child of Carlo Bondello and his wife Antonia, surname unknown. Both Angela’s and Francesco’s fathers were deceased at the time of their marriage, but both of their mothers were alive.

Francesco and Angela had at least two sons, both probably born in Sciacca — ancestor Ignazio; and a younger son Giuseppe who is listed as 52 years old on his 1747 Riveli, is married to Paola and has two sons: Francesco, named after his father and Antonino and three daughters, Angela, named after his mother, Anna and Rosa. Francesco and Angela must have had other children as neither of these two known children carry the given names of their fathers.

Unfortunately nothing more is known as yet for Francesco and Angela, or the Bondello family.


Sebastiano Navarra was the son of Vito Navarra and his wife Giacoma, surname unknown. Sebastiano was married twice. He married his first wife, Maria Montalto, daughter of Vito and Caterina, in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, on March 7, 1639. It is not known if they had any children, but it is almost certain they would have had some. Maria died and on February 13, 1650, he married at the St. Michele church in Sciacca, ancestor Paola, surname unknown. (Mouse over and click on their Latin church marriage image right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) Paola was the widow of Michele Savoca. Their marriage document does not list their parent’s names, just the names of their deceased spouses.

Sebastiano and Paola had at least one other child besides ancestor Francesco. They had a daughter named Angela, who on June 20, 1677, at the mother church in Sciacca, married Agostino, the son of ancestors Margarita Farina and Calogero Sabella.

It is not known when Sebastiano and Paola died, but he was deceased prior to ancestor Francesco’s January 17, 1675, marriage, but Paola was still alive. Paola was listed as deceased on her daughter Angela’s 1677 marriage document, so she died sometime within that 2 year span. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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Vito Navarra and hs wife Giacoma, whose surname is unknown, are said to be the parents of ancestor Sebastiano. They were married in Gibellina, Trapani, Sicilia, Italy, but they didn’t always live there. In the Gibellina Riveli of 1624 he declares to be from Palermo and to own a vineyard in the Portella di Blasi district.

Wikipedia states that the original small comune was destroyed by the 1968 Belice earthquake. A new city, Gibellina Nuova pictured left, was built about 7 miles from the old one. “As for the old town, the Ruderi di Gibellina' (as the ruins of the city are now referred to) remained just as it was after the earthquake, practically a ghost-town till the italian artist Alberto Burri covered the entirety of the ruins in concrete, while preserving the streetscape, and so creating the famous "Cretto di Burri" out of it.”   (Mouse over the Gibellina Nuova image right to see a photo of the Cretto di Burri.)

Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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