Born: 10 May 1786 ~Serradifalco, Caltanisetta, Sicilia
Died: before 1862 ~ Serradifalco, Caltanisetta, Sicilia
Meaning of Calabrese
[cah-lah-BRAZE-eh]: of or from the region Calabria
great-grandfather Felice Pio Calabrese was born in 1786.
Sicily at that time was ruled by King Ferdinando I, the
son and subject of King Carlos III of Spain, the first
Spanish Bourbon king, who was also King Carlo V of
Sicily prior to granting his son Ferdinando the throne
in 1759. The coin at the right of the image of
King Carlo is the fabled Spanish Dubloon, which in 1786
was still the currency of Spain's holdings in the new
world, and also in Sicily.
In 1786 in the United States, frontiersman
Davy Crockett was born. It would be three years
before the US elected its first President.
Civil records of births were not kept before 1820.
Below is the baptismal records, in Latin of my paternal
great-grandfather Felice Pio Calabrese
(Felix Pius Calabrisi, in Latin), from the Chiesa San
Leonardo Abate (Church of St. Leonard the Abbott) in Serradifalco.
This was the town's 'Chiesa Madre', or main church.
From the Latin word 'qounda' before the name of
Felice's father (also named Felice) it can be noted that the
father died before the child was born. Sons were
not usually named after their own fathers, except in
cases like this, where the father died after the child
was conceived, and before he was born.
From Marianopoli Registri
Ecclesiastici 2013681, 1757 Baptisms, Page 184,
Felix Pius Calabrese
Day 11 May
I Priest Francesco Benedetto Lio, by authority of the Parish, baptized an
infant born yesterday at about the fourth hour,
of the late Felice and the living Maria
Calabrese, man and wife. The name given to
the child was Felice Pio. Godparents
were Priest Don Cataldo di Palermo and Maria di
Palermo, brother and sister.
Burgio in about 1818 in Serradifalco
Luigi Calabrese: abt 1819 - 18 Sep 1889
6 Dec 1820 -
Maria Calabrese: 23 Sep 1823 -
Pietro Calabrese: 14
May 1827 - 18 Feb 1829
Gaetana Calabrese: 4 Feb 1830 - 7 Dec 1830
Gaetano Calabrese: abt 1827 - 16 Jan 1833
Luigia Calabrese: 9 Oct
Giuseppe Calabrese: abt 1835 - 7 Mar 1907
17 Nov 1837 -
Carmela Calabrese: 11 Apr 1843 - 2 Feb 1909