Maria Messina

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Born: 1807-1816 ~Serradifalco, Caltanisetta, Kingdom of Sicily
Married to Raimondo Coniglio: 17 October 1830 ~Serradifalco, Caltanisetta, Kingdom of The Two Sicilies

Died: 20 August 1891 ~ Serradifalco

Meaning of Messina [meh-SEEN-uh]: the Sicilian city, Messina

 

        Civil birth records were not made in Serradifalco before 1820, and church baptism records are missing for 1800 - 1820.  My paternal great-grandmother Maria Messina's birth year is estimated from her age given on various documents including her marriage record, her death record, and the birth records of her children. 
      Whether in 1807 or 1816 or in between, Maria was born during the reign of the
King Sicily, Ferdinando I (also known as Ferdinando II and IV!!), who in turn was a subject of his father King Carlos III (Carlo III in Sicilian) of Spain and All its Holdings (including Sicily).   My great-grandmother was not born in Italy, which did not exist as a nation in 1807  - 1816.  She was born in the Kingdom of Sicily.


Ferdinando I

       In the United States, Thomas Jefferson was at the end of his second term as President in 1807.    Aaron Burr was arrested and acquitted of treason.  In 1808, James Madison was elected President.  In 1812, the village of Buffalo was burned by the British.

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      The 1830 civil record of the marriage promise reproduced below, for Maria Messina and Raimondo Coniglio, 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'.  Only the left column of the record is translated below.  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 17 October 1830 in the presence of witnesses Don Rocco Candela and Giuseppe Vaccari, and that the civil and church records were cross-referenced. Although this record states that Raimondo was born in Canicatti, all other evidence is that he was actually born in Serradifalco. 
        This record is only the promise or contract to marry, but it contains much more information than the actual marriage record made by the church.  Click on the images at left to see the original documents.

RECORD OF THE SOLEMN PROMISE
to celebrate matrimony

[p. 1] Number twenty-four
Year eighteen hundred thirty, day sixteen of the month of October at hour
eighteen, before Us, Giuseppe Sferrazza Mayor and official of civil records of the town of Serradifalco, district of Caltanissetta, val [region] of Caltanissetta, have appeared in the town hall: Raimondo Coniglio age twenty-five, born in Canicatti, occupation shepherd, living in this town at Vicolo Pardi, son of Gaetano, age fifty-six, occupation sharecropper living here with his son, and of the late Giuseppa Montalto; and Maria Messina, age twenty-three, born in Serradifalco, living here at Vicolo Pardi, daughter of the late Luciano who resided here when living, and daughter of Maria Butera, age fifty-five, who lives here with her daughter.
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
with the support of their respective parents, who came together for the present record in order to lend their express and formal consent, which they have accordingly declared.
   The notice of this promise was affixed to the door of the town hall of Serradifalco on Sunday the twelfth of the current month
 
 We, in accordance with their request, after having read them all the consistent documents:
1. the birth records of the spouses
2. the banns as noted above at the town hall, regarding which there have been no objections
3 the death records of the
[p. 3]parents of the groom and those of the parents and paternal grandfather of the bride
and having also read chapter six under the title of marriage of the civil laws regarding the respective rights and obligations of the spouses, we 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:
Master Vito Guarneri, forty, Shoemaker, Strada San Giuseppe;
Michele Giambra, twenty-two, Undertaker
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[p. 4] Strada Angilella;
Leonardo Giarratano, thirty-six, Trumpeter, Strada delle Concezione;
Calogero Arcadipane, seventy-four, Civil servant, Cortile Spezio

[p. 4] Strada Angilella;
Leonardo Giarratano, thirty-six, Trumpeter, Strada delle Concezione;
Calogero Arcadipane, seventy-four, Civil servant, Cortile Spezio
We have read this record, which is inscribed on the two registers, to the witnesses and the bride and groom, to whom we have also given two consistent copies signed by Us, to be presented to the parish priest, to whom the celebration of the marriage pertains, and then it is signed by us alone, the groom and the bride and the respective parents and witnesses having said they don't know how to write.

The Mayor
[Signed]
Giuseppe Sferrazza

From Serradifalco Registri Stato Civile Film 1466475,         
1830 Marriages, No. 24, Raimondo Coniglio and Maria Messina         

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

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        In 1830, the year my paternal great-grandmother Maria Messina married Raimondo Coniglio; Sicily, Naples and the southern Italian peninsula formed the Regno dei Due Sicilie (Kingdom of the Two Sicilies), ruled by Bourbon Spain.   Maria and her family owed allegiance to the King of the Two Sicilies, Ferdinando II, newly crowned in 1830.  Fernando II, in turn, was a subject of his cousin Isabella II, Queen of Spain and All its Holdings (including Sicily)

      In the United States, Andrew Jackson was in his first term as President.

 

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From Serradifalco Registri Stato Civile Film 1964373, 1891 Deaths, No 123, Maria Messina     

 

RECORDS  OF  DEATHS  

   In the year one thousand eight hundred ninety-one on day twenty-one  of August  
at hourseven forty AM
   Before me Notary Ercole Licalsi Mayor  
Official of Civil Records of the community of
Serradifalco ________ have appeared Salvatore Alessi  ________, age forty-five, 1 sulfur miner___, living in Serradifalco _, and Giovanni Milano, age forty-six,
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sulfur miner,  living in said location  ______________,  who have declared to me that at the hour post meridian nine and minutes _________
of
yesterday ____, in the house located at vicolo Amendola ___ number thirteen has died Maria Messina___________, 2 eighty years old, 1 commoner ___, living in Serradifalco  _____, born in said location  _______, daughter of the late  Luciano_,
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sharecropper
_, who lived in Serradifalco when living __, and of the late  Maria Butera __________, 1 commoner ________, who lived in Serradifalco when living ,
3 widow of Raimondo Coniglio
   At this certification have been present the witnesses Salvatore Capizzi ____,
age
sixty-two__, 1 sulfur miner _, and Calogero Geraci_, age twenty-seven _, 1 sulfur miner ______, both residing in this Town.  The present record was read to all those assembled, but it is signed by me alone, the same having said they don't know how to write
(Signed by)
~ Notary E. Licalsi

Number 123

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Maria Messina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1. Indicate occupation or standing
 2. Note the deceased's age in years, months, days
        and hours if applicable
 3. If husband or widower, wife or widow, or if
        single
 
 

Maria Messina married Raimondo Coniglio on 17 October, 1830 in Serradifalco

Children

Giuseppa Coniglio: 1831 - 1832
Antonio Coniglio: 1839 - 1869
Gaetano Coniglio: 27 February 1836 - 11 October 1910
(Married Maria Carmela Calabrese)
Leonardo Coniglio: 1838 - after 1893
Giuseppe Coniglio: 1841 - 1842
Paolina Coniglio: 1844 - 1846
Giuseppe Coniglio: 1846 - 1848
Leonardo Coniglio: 1847 - 1848
Giuseppe Coniglio: 1849 - after 1910
Mario Coniglio: 1851 - after 1910
 

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