Angelo Ferraro*

Born: about 1767 ~Serradifalco, Caltanisetta, Sicilia
Died: 28 December 1862 ~Marianopoli, Caltanisetta, Sicilia

Meaning of Ferraro [feh-RRAH-roh]: iron worker, blacksmith, smith


*His surname was also sometimes given as Ferrara.


      Civil birth records were not made in Sicily before 1820, and no church baptism record has been found for my GGG-grandfather Angelo Ferraro.  His birth year is estimated from his age given on his civil death record, the record of his second marriage, and the birth records of his children.  His civil death record states that he died at "one in the night" of 27 December 1862, while his church death record says that he died on 28 December 1862. Since one in the night of 27 December is actually the morning of 28 December, I have used the latter date.
       The civil and church records also disagree on his age at death, 95 in the civil record and 94 in the church record, so he was born in 1767 or 1768.  His occupation is given in different documents as contadino, a peasant sharecropper who farmed another's land and kept a portion of the crop as payment.


      I have not yet located the marriage record of my GGG-grandparents Angelo Ferraro and Francesca Alessi.   However, the 1838 civil record of the marriage promise for Angelo and his second wife Crocifissa Agr˛ covers four pages.  To the right is a summary.  The form is in two columns, on the left showing the Record of the Solemn Promise to celebrate matrimony, while the right-hand column is entitled 'Indication of the subsequent canonical [church] celebration of marriage'.  Essentially, the left column gives the details of the civil promise made at the Town Hall, while the right column simply confirms that the couple was married in church on 2 June 1838 in the presence of witnesses, and that the civil and church records were cross-referenced.   The record is not added here as yet, the thumbnails are only examples.  However the record does give the name of Angelo's parents as Grazia Burgio and Mariano Ferraro, and Mariano's father's name as Francesco.
        The civil record is a promise or contract to marry, but it contains much more information than the actual marriage record made by the church. 

to celebrate matrimony

[p. 1] Number four
Year eighteen hundred thirty-four, day two of the month of June
at hour one before Us Rosolino Butera Mayor and Official of the Civil Status of the Town of Marianopoli, District of Caltanissetta, Val of Caltanissetta has appeared in the town hall Angelo Ferraro, age sixty-one, born in Serradifalco, District of Caltanissetta, Val of Caltanissetta, a townsman living in Marianopoli, son of the late Mariano, age __, occupation __, domiciled here in life, and of Grazia Burgio, age __, domiciled here in life, and Crocifissa Agro, age fifty, born in Marianopoli, domiciled here, daughter of the late Leonardo, age ___, occupation ___, domiciled here in life, and of Anna Agro, age ___, domiciled here in life.

The couple, in the presence of witnesses who will be mentioned below, and produced by them, have requested to receive their solemn promise to celebrate prior to the Church ceremony, according to the format prescribed by the Sacred
[p. 2]
 Council of
 Trent for the 
marriage which they plan between them

The notice of this promise was affixed to the door of the town hall of 
Marianopoli on Sunday the sixth of the above stated month of the current year.
 We, in accordance with their requestafter having read them all the consistent documents:
1. the birth record of the groom

2. the birth record of the
3. the banns as noted above at the town hall, regarding which there have been no objections
[p. 3] 4. regarding consent, by the spouse's free will, as an adult, having declared in good faith the death of his first wife Francesca Alessi, the death of his father Mariano, his mother Grazia, and of Francesco Ferraro,  his paternal grandfather
regarding consent, by the bride's free will, as an adult, having declared in good faith the death of his first wife Francesca Alessi, the death of his father Mariano, his mother Grazia, and of Francesco Ferraro,  his paternal grandfather

and having also read chapter six under the title of marriage of the civil laws regarding the respective rights and obligations of the spouseswe have received from each of the parties, one after the other, the declaration, that they solemnly promise to celebrate the marriage before the Church according to the format prescribed by the Holy Council of Trent.
  We made the record of all this in the presence of four witnesses attending the solemn promise of marriage:
Croce Abate, fifty-four, peasant sharecropper, subject of the Realm of the KIngdom of the Two Sicilies, domiciled here;
Prospero Balio, thirty-two, peasant sharecropper

[p. 4]
subject of the Realm, domiciled here; Girolamo Lovetre, twenty-mine, peasant sharecropper, domiciled here; Felice di Marco, fifty-five, range patroller, subject of the Realm, domiciled here.

We have read this record, which is inscribed on the two registers, to the witnesses 
and the bride and groomto whom we have also given two consistent copies signed by Us, to be presented to the parish priestto whom the celebration of the marriage pertainsand then it is signed by us alone, the declarants and witnesses not knowinghow to write.

The Mayor

Rosolino Butera


From Marianopoli Registri Stato Civile Film 1438621, 
1838 Marriage Promises, No. 4, Angelo Ferrara and Crocifissa Agr˛ 


This translation is factually correct.      
To conserve space, it is not a strict literal translation.      






Number 44
Year one thousand eight hundred sixty-two, day
twenty-eight of the month of
at hour sixteen ___ before Us Giuseppe Dato

and Official of the Public Record of the Town of
District of
Caltanissetta - Province of Caltanissetta have app-
eared Liborio Isnello _________ age forty occu-
pation Gravedigger ______ subject of the realm, living in Marianopoli
and Francesco Insinna _______ age forty occupation
, ______ subject of the realm,
living in Marianopoli ___
who have declared, that on day twenty-seven of the month of

, ____ year current _____
at hour
one at night has died in his own house Angelo Ferra
age ninety-five, widower of Francesca Alessi his first
wife, and of Crocifissa Agr
˛ his second wife ~ ~ ~

he was born in
Marianopoli*, occupation Sharecropper, lived here while alive, son of the late Mariano, occupation                      residing here in life and of the late Grazia Burgio who resided  here when living

      According to the law
we went together with the named witnesses to the side of the deceased, and we have acknowledged his actual death. We have today created this document, we have inscribed it on two registers and have read it to the declarants on the day, month and year as above, and it is signed by Us
alone, excluding the witnesses, who have said they don't know how to
                                                    [Signed] The Mayor
                                  Giuseppe Dato

* Angelo's death record states that he was born in Marianopoli, however his marriage record and other evidence shows that he was born in Serradifalco.

[The note at the bottom of the record, the last record for the year 1862, is a statement by the mayor summarizing the year's activities.]

From Marianopoli Registri Stato Civile Film 1438621, 1862 Deaths, No. 44, Angelo Ferraro        

This translation is factually correct.  To conserve space, it is not a strict literal translation.          


Church Death Record

From Marianopoli Registri Ecclesiastici 2013682,  1862 Deaths, Page 15, No. 44, Angelus Ferrara           

N 44| Die Vingesima Octava Decembris 1862


          Angelus Ferraro viduus Francescae Alessi et Crucifixae
   Agr˛, annorum nonaginta- quator, huius Parochiae in do
                mo sua ite in communione Sancta Matris Ecclesiae ani-
                mam suo reddidit, cuius corpus sepultum fuit in Campo
                Sancto, Josepho Alessi Cap Sacramentali Confesso, Sancti,
                 imagus Viatico refecto, et SactiOlie Unctione roborato

                 # filus Mariani, et Gratiae Burgio ~

N 44| Day twenty-eight of December 1824


                   Angelo Ferraro widower of Francesca Alessi and Crocifissa
   Agr˛, age ninety- four, of this Parish in his own
               home, passed in communion with the Holy Mother Church.  His soul
              he returned to God, his body was buried in the Holy
Giuseppe Alessi Sacramental Chaplain confessed him, dispensed
the Holy Viaticum, and he was strengthened by the Holy Anointing Oils
                               # son of Mariano, and Grazia Burgio ~


Angelo Ferraro married Francesca Alessi

Known Children
Lucia Maria Ferraro: 14 December 1794 - ?
Mariano Ferraro: 18 April 1797 ~ 1851-1856
(Married Calogera Andaloro, ancestors of Elizabeth Enserro)
Calogero Ferraro: December 1799 - ?

Emmanuela Ferraro: 20 Dec 1802 - 15 Oct 1875
(Married Modesto Alessi, ancestors of Angelo Felice Coniglio)
Antonia Ferraro: 5 December 1805 - ? (Married Prospero Lo Vullo)
Giuseppe Ferraro: about 1815 - ?
(Married Carmela Romano)
Agostina Ferraro: about 1818 - ?
(Married Calogero Giglio)
Maria Carmela Ferraro: 3 November 1821 - ?

As a widower, Angelo Ferraro married Crocifissa
Agr˛ on 2 June 1838 in Marianopoli


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