Born: estimated 1750 ~ Marianopoli, Caltanisetta, Sicilia ??
Died: after 15 September 1805
Pera [PAIR-uh]: pear
No primary records of my
fourth-great-grandmother Grazia's birth have been found.
Her name is given on the marriage records of her sons
Michelangelo. Besides the names of her sons
and her husband Calogero Alessi, no other
information is known for certain. Her surname was
not given on all records, but is 'la Pera' on the record
shown below, of the second marriage of her son Giovanni
Alessi. Since her sons were
born in about 1766-1767, it's assumed that Grazia was
born in about 1750 or earlier.
This is a church record of the marriage of Giovanni, son
of Calogero Alessi and Grazia la Pera. Such
records were ostensibly in Latin, but here it is mostly
Italian mixed with Latin. There are also some Latin abbreviations.
The phrase "d'Alessi" means "of the Alessi
family", and the surname generally was given simply as
Alessi, as it was passed down to today.
From Marianopoli Registri
Ecclesiastici 2013681Chiesa San Prospero,
1805 Marriages, P. 9 No. 18, Giovanni
Alessi and Margherita Calabrese
die vigesima 7bris millesimo octin
gentesimo quinto 1805
Giovanni d'Alessi figlio di Calogero d'
Alessi, e Gratia la Pera con Margarita
Calabrese figlia l. n. di Leonardo Calabre-
se e Stefana Terrana Fagoli furo-
no sposati da me Sacte D. Giuseppe
Prestianni Cappno Sacrete
Testimonii Vicenzo Lombardo, e Vicen-
day 20 of
September, One thousand eigh-teen five:
Giovanni d'Alessi son of Calogero d'
natural daughter of
se and Stefana Terrana Fagoli were
married by me Priest Don Giuseppe
Prestianni Sacramental Chaplain
Vincenzo Lombardo, and Vincen-
la Pera married
Giovanni Alessi: abt 1766 - ? (Married
Maria Anna Vullo Vinci) (Ancestors of Russel M. Alessi)
marriage to Margherita Calabrese)
Michelangelo Alessi: abt 1766-1767- ? (Married
Vincenza Di Forte)