Concetta Abate (Abbate)

Born: 13 May 1865 ~Serradifalco, Caltanisetta, Sicilia 

Married to Leonardo Alessi: 22 April 1882 ~Serradifalco

Meaning of Abate [uh-BAHT-eh]: abbott


        From about 1820 through 1865, Sicilian civil birth records reported the details of all births on the left side of a two-page form, reproduced below.  On the right side of the form was documentation that the record had been sent to the local church, and that the Parish had confirmed the baptism of the child and the date of baptism, in this case on the same date as the birth, 13 May 1865. 
      The translation shown below after the actual record has been condensed to one page.

From Serradifalco Registri Stato Civile Film 1466473, 1865 Births, No. 122, Concetta Abate     


R E C O R D   O F   B I R T H  

Notice of the day on which
was administered the Sacrament
of Baptism

Number 122

In the year one thousand eight hundred sixty-five on day thirteen of the month of May at hour twenty-one before Us Doctor Vincenzo Sesta Mayor and officer of the civil records of the community of Serradifalco District of Caltanisetta Province of Caltanisetta  has appeared Gaetano Abate of age thirty occupation Sulfur miner living at Strada Macaluso, who has presented us a female that accordingly we have visibly witnessed, and has declared that the same was born of Giuseppa Cimino his legitimate wife, age twenty-three living here with her husband, and of him, the declarant, age as above, occupation as above, living at as above on day thirteen  of the month of May in the year stated above at six hours, in their own house.

The same has also declared that she has given the girl the name Concetta.

  The aforesaid presentation and declaration are made in the presence of Luigi Petix age fifty-five, occupation Stonemason, a subject of the realm, living at Strada Baldi and of Salvatore Falzone age thirty-two, occupation Sharecropper, a subject of the realm, living at Strada Angilella, witnesses attending the present act, and provided by him, Mr. declarant

  This document, which we have created as required, was inscribed on two registers, read to the informant and to the witnesses, and on the day, month, and year as stated above, signed by Myself only, the declarant and witnesses having said that they don't know how to write.

The Mayor
(Signed by)
Dr. Vincenzo Sesta

Number 122

In the year one thousand eight hundred sixty-five on day fourteen of the month of May the Parish priest of this town has returned to us on the day stated above  of the year stated above, the record, which we had remitted to him on day thirteen of the month of May of the year stated above, the here-written birth act, at the bottom of which he has indicated that the Sacrament of Baptism has been administered to Concetta Abate on day thirteen of the month stated above.

  Having seen this document after having it encoded, we have provided that it be preserved in the register of documents at page one hundred twenty-two

  We have also acknowledged to the Parish priest the receipt of the same, and we have created the present record which was inscribed on the two registers in the margins of the corresponding birth record, and then we have signed.

(Signed by) Dr. Vincenzo Sesta



Baptism Record

From Serradifalco Registri Ecclesiatici Film 2012919 Chiesa Madre, 1865 Baptisms, No. 122, Concepta Abate   




Day 13 of May 1855 ~
Concetta Abate daughter of Gaetano, and Giuseppa Cimino;  bapt-tized  by  me  Priest  Santo  Cumbo.   Godparents  were  Don Salvatore Milano, and Maria Anna Milano ~

        In 1865, the year my maternal grandmother Concetta Abate was born, Sicily was part of the unified Kingdom of Italy, under King Vittorio Emanuele II.  It was five years after Garibaldi and his Redshirts captured Sicily from the Spanish Bourbons and presented it to Vittorio Emanuele, then the King of Savoy, to form the nation of Italy.
      In the United States, Andrew Johnson was President, succeeding Abraham Lincoln who had been assassinated the month before Concetta Abate was born. 
       The Abate surname was sometimes spelled Abbate.

       Concetta's father Gaetano Abate was a zolfataio, a sulfur miner.


  Year 1882, day 22 April at hour 10:40 AM in the Town Hall of Serradifalco, open to the public.  Before me Dr. Alessandro Piazza, Mayor, Official of Civil Records, dressed in official garb, have appeared in person:
1st: Leonardo Alessi, single, age 26; sulfur miner, born in Serradifalco, living in said place, son of the late Calogero who resided in Serradifalco when living, and of Angela Di Giugno, a resident of Serradifalco; 2nd: Concetta Abate, a maiden, age 16, a commoner, born in Serradifalco, living in said place, daughter of Gaetano, a resident of Serradifalco, and of the late Giuseppa Cimino who resided in Serradifalco when living.  The couple have asked that I unite them in matrimony; to this effect they have presented me with the documents described below, and through examination of these as well as those already produced when applying for marriage banns, all of which, supported by my review, I insert in the volume of attachments to this register, resulting in no objection to the celebration of their matrimony, I have read to the couple articles one hundred thirty, on-thirty-one and on-thirty-two of the Civil Code, and then asked the groom if he intends to take as wife Concetta Abate here present, and of her if she intends to take as husband Leonardo Alessi here present; and as they have each answered affirmatively with full understanding, and as have the witnesses indicated below, I have pronounced in the name of the Law that the couple is united in matrimony.
At this certification have been present: Rosario Cammarata age 40, sulfur miner, and Luigi Montante age 22, sulfur miner, both living in this Town. 
The document was presented and I published the first certificate of marriage banns on 26 February, and the second on the fifth of this past March.  To the above matrimony only the father of the bride has given consent; we were not able to depose her mother, as explained in the request for banns.
The present document was read to those assembled, and is signed by me alone, they having said they don't know how to write.
~ Dr. Alessandro Piazza

Number 26

 Leonardo Alessi
 Concetta Abate

From Serradifalco Registri Stato Civile Film 1964311,         
1882 Marriages, No. 26, Leonardo Alessi and Concetta Abate

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


Matrimonii (Marriages)

        This is the church marriage record of my maternal grandparents Leonardo Alessi and Concetta Abbate.  There is an error in the left margin.  It should have the surnames of the groom and the bride, Alessi and Abate.  Instead, it lists the surname of the groom and his mother, Alessi and Digiugno.  Also, in the body of the record, Leonardo's surname is given as Lombardo, which is crossed out and over-written with Alessi.  Note that the church marriage took place the day after the civil ceremony.



Die 23: Aprilis 1882
Ego Sac D. Aloysius Mule . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . denunciationibus nulloque
detecto legit et Can - . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leonar
dum Lombardo ann 23 filium le-
git et nat- defuncte Calogeri et vi
viventis Angelae Digiugno atque Con-
ceptam Abbate ann 20 filiam
legit - innupt. et nat- Caietani et
defuncte Joseph
ae Cimino - ambe hu
ius comis . . . . . . . . . . . . . habito mutuo
consensa coram test Antonino Curato-
lo et Camillo Tolentino matr
imonio in faciem Ecclesi
ae Concezionis
From Serradifalco Registri Ecclesiastici 2013010,  1882 Marriages, Leonardum ALessi and Conceptam Abbate



Day 23 of April 1882
I Priest Don Luigi Mul

 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . marriage banns with no legal or canonical [objections] detected . . . . Leonar
do Lombardo years 23
legitimate and natural son of the late Calogero and the
living Angela Digiugno, and Con-
cetta Abbate years 20 legitimate unmarried and natural daughter of Gaetano and
the late Giuseppa Cimino - both of
this town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . having [given] mutual
consent in front of witnesses Antonino Curato-
lo and Carmelo Tolentino to mar-
riage in the eyes of the Church of the Conception


        Concetta and Leonardo were married during the reign of the second ruler of unified Italy, King Umberto I.  The unification of Italy did little good for the common people of Sicily.  By 1882, our ancestors lived under duress by new forms of taxation and especially by the new Kingdom's extensive military conscription. The Sicilian economy suffered so much that it led to the beginning of the the great wave of emigration, primarily to America.
         In 1882 in the United States, Chester A. Arthur was in the middle of his term as President; Jesse James was hunted down and killed, and Thomas Edison invented the first strung Christmas lights.



Concetta Abate married Leonardo Alessi on 22 April, 1882 in Serradifalco

Angela Alessi: 1884 - 1918
(Married Giuseppe Coniglio)
Giuseppa Alessi: 1888 - 1899
Rosa Alessi: 1891 - 1892
Rosa Alessi: 9 September 1893 - 19 February 1972
(Married Gaetano Coniglio)
Maria Alessi: 1896 - 1897
Maria Alessi: 1898 - 1974
(Married Andrea Salvo)
Giuseppa Alessi: 1901
Concetta Alessi: 1905 - 1985
(Married Salvatore Fazio)


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