Rosa Saetta (Saitta)

Born: about 1808 ~Serradifalco, Caltanisetta, Sicilia
Died: 16 September 1877 ~ Serradifalco, Caltanissetta, Sicilia

Meaning of Saetta [sigh-ATE-tuh], Saitta: arrow

        Civil birth records were not kept in insular Sicily before 1820, and church baptism records are missing for 1800 through 1820.  Rosa's birth year can be estimated from her age given on various documents including her marriage record, her death record, and the birth records of her children.  Since the dates determined in that way vary widely, I have assumed that the best estimate of her age was twenty-six, on her marriage record, which would make her year of birth about 1808.
      She was a Sicilian, born during the reign of the
King of Sicily, Ferdinando I (also known as Ferdinando III and IV!!), who in turn was a subject of his brother King Charles IV of Spain and All its Holdings (including Sicily).   She died in 1877,  having lived through her homeland's progression from the Kingdom of Sicily, which spanned the region from Abruzzo and Napoli south, to and including insular Sicily; through its years as the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies covering the same region; to its takeover as a part of the previously non-existent Kingdom of Italy, after the 'unification'.

      In the United States, James Madison was President.   


      The 1834 civil record of the marriage promise reproduced below, for my maternal great-great-grandparents Giuseppe Abate and Rosa Saetta, 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 May 1830 in the presence of witnesses Don Rocco Candela and Maestro Luigi Bellanca, and that the civil and church records were cross-referenced.
        The civil record below is promise or contract to marry, but it contains much more information than the actual marriage record made by the church, which follows.  Click on the images at left to see the original documents. 

to celebrate matrimony

[p. 1] Number twelve
Year eighteen hundred thirty-four, day five of the month of April at hour fifteen, before Us,
Gaetano Piazza Mayor and official of civil records of the town of Serradifalco, district of Caltanissetta, Val [Region] of Caltanissetta, have appeared in the town hall: Giuseppe Abate age thirty-one, born in Serradifalco, district of Caltanissetta, Val of Caltanissetta, occupation sharecropper, living in this town, son of the late Giuseppe, ~ ~ ~ and of the late Margherita; and Rosa Saetta, age twenty-six, born in Serradifalco, living in this town, daughter of the late Luigi ~ ~ ~ and daughter of Leonarda Prizzi ~ ~
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
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 Serradifalco on Sunday the twenty-third of the month  of March
 We, in accordance with their request, after having read them all the consistent documents:
First, the birth records of the spouses
Second. the banns as noted above in this town where the betrothed reside,
[p. 3]regarding which there have been no objections
Third, the death records of the

parents of the betrothed

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:
Angelo Schifano, twenty-five, Sharecropper, Strada Mintina;
Angelo Cumbo, forty-six, Sharecropper

[p. 4] Vicolo dell Orto;
Calogero di Francesco, thirty,
Sharecropper, Strada Macaluso;
Leonardo Ognibene, fifty-two,
Sharecropper, Strada Mintina
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

Gaetano Piazza

From Serradifalco Registri Stato Civile Film 1466475,         
1834 Marriages, No. 12, Giuseppe Abate and Rosa Saetta          


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



         This record is in Latin.  Names in Latin can have several forms, for example 'filium Josephi' means 'son of Joseph'.  The name of the town is given as 'Serra Falci', where 'Serra' means 'Mountain' and 'Falci' means 'of the Falcon'.  In Italian, it's Serra di Falco or Serradifalco.  Though I have translated the body of the document to English, I have translated the Latin versions of the names into their Italian counterparts, so Josephi is of Giuseppe, Aloysii is of Luigi, and so on.

From Serradifalco Registri Ecclesiastici 2013010,  1834 Marriages, No. 12, Josepham Abate and Rosa Saetta  

  Abate   Anno Domini 1834  Die 7: Aprilis  No. 12 
 Ego Ro Aniphrae Peter D: Horatius Narese tribus premissis de-
 nunciationibus diebus festivis in huius Parochiali ab die 23:
 25: et 30: Martii 1834 Nulloque detecto Legitimo aut Canonico im-   
pedimento Josepham Abate filium innuptis; Legitimus ac
 naturalem defunctorum Josephi et Margaritae olim
  jugalibum Comunis Serra Falci et Rosam Saetta filiam innuptam  
  legitimam ac naturalem defunctorum Aloysii et Leonardae Priz-
olim jugalium . . . . . Comuni Serra Falci et coram prius hoc
die mutuo consensa coram testibus D. Rocco Candela et Magister
 Aloysio Bellomo Matrimonio in faciem Ecclesiae consecrixi, . . . .
  . . . . . . . benedixi in Sacrificio Missae. 


  Abate     In the year of the Lord 1834 On day 7 of April, No. 12
  I ,Rev Don Onofrio Pietro Orazio Narese, having seen banns posted  
  on three previous feast days, from day 23, 25 and 30 of March
 1834  in this Parish: with no legal or canonical objections, Giuseppe
 Abate, unwed legal and natural son of the late Giuseppe, and of
 Margherita Antinoro, a married couple of the Town of Serradifalco; and 
 Rose Saetta unmarried legal and natural daughter of the late Luigi and
  Leonard-Prizzi, married couple of  this Town of Serradifalco, gave their
  mutual consent before witnesses, Mr. Rocco Candela and
  Master Luigi Bellomo; and as Church pastor I consecrated their union
  before the Holy Church, blessed by the Sacrifice of the Mass.


From Serradifalco Registri Stato Civile Film 1964312, 1877 Deaths, No. 203, Rosa Saitta     


R E C O R D S   O F   D E A T H  

   In the year one thousand eight hundred seventy-seven on day sixteen  of September  
at hournine and six  minutes AM
   Before me Doctor Tiburzio Piazza Mayor  
Official of Civil Records of the community of
Serradifalco ________ have appeared Giovanni Barile  , age fifty-three, sulfur miner , living in Serradifalco _, and Leonardo Aronica, age fifty, villager  living in said location  ______________,  who have declared to me that at the hour ante meridian six and minutes _________
today ____, in the house located at via Sferrazzo ___ number forty-one has died Rosa Saitta___________, age sixty-five ___, commoner ___, living in Serradifalco  _____, born in said location  _______, daughter of the late  Luigi, a villager, who resided in Serradifalco when living __, and of the late  Leonarda Prizzi , commoner ________, who resided in this town when living ,
[Rosa Saitta was]the widow of Giuseppe Abbate
   At this certification have been present the witnesses Michele Insalaco,
sixty-six, villager, and Stefano Speziale, age sixty-two, villager, both residing in this Town.  The present record was read to all those assembled, but it is signed by me alone, they having said they don't know how to write
(Signed by)
~ Dr. Tiburzio Piazza

Number 203

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Rosa Saitta

Rosa Saetta married Giuseppe Abate on 7 April, 1834 in Serradifalco

Known Children
Gaetano Abate: 2 April 1835 - after 1882
(Married Giuseppa Cimino)
Calogero Abate: 5 Jun 1836 - 4 Jan 1891
(Married Concetta Calamera)
Domenico Abate: 2 Jun 1838 - after 1873
(Married Provvidenza Distefano)
*Giovanni Abbate: 20 Jan 1841 - 10 Jan 1882
(Married *Maria Angelica Palumbo)
                                                               *ancestors of Thomas Mangione

Margherita Abbate: 27 Mar 1843 -
Leonardo Abate: 15 May 1846 - after 1920
(Married Maria Santa Tabone)
Maria Abate: 17 Sep 1851 -



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