Antonio Cimino

Born: about 1819 ~Serradifalco, Caltanisetta, Sicilia

Married to Concetta Maria lo Guasto: 24 Apr 1841 ~Serradifalco

Died: 16 Dec 1869 ~Caltanissetta, Caltanisetta, Sicilia

Meaning of Cimino [chee-MEEN-oh]: small peak or ridge; point

        Civil birth records weren't made in Sicily before 1820.  Church baptism records are missing for 1800 - 1820.  Antonio's birth year is estimated from his age given on other documents: his marriage and death records, and birth records of his children.  Antonio's occupation is given as contadino (sharecropper).  Such peasants worked land own by a landlord, and for their pay kept a small percentage of the crop.  In 1819, the land Antonio worked was probably owned by Duke Domenico Antonio Lo Faso Pietrasanta.  Even though Sicily nominally abolished feudalism in  1812, the nobility retained their land, and for the peasants, nothing much changed. 

      Antonio was born during the reign of the King of the Two Sicilies, Ferdinando I (also known as Ferdinando III and IV!!), who in turn was a subject of his nephew King Ferdinand VII of Spain and All its Holdings (including Sicily).  
      In 1819 in the United States, James Monroe was in his first term as President.  There were twenty-one States.  The steamship Savannnah became the first steam-powered ship to cross the Atlantic, from Georgia to Liverpool.


      The 1841 civil record of the marriage promise reproduced below, for my maternal great-great grandparents Antonio Cimino and Concetta lo Guasto, covers four pages.  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'.  The translation below is of the left side only. 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 24 April 1841 in the presence of witnesses Don Rocco Candela and Girolamo Curatolo, and that the civil and church records were cross-referenced.  Click on the images at left to see the original documents. 
       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.  

to celebrate matrimony

[p. 1] Number 10
Year eighteen hundred forty-one, day twenty-three of the month of April at hour twenty-two, before Us, Francesco Mastrosimone Elected Assistant Functionary of the Mayor and official of civil records of the town of Serradifalco, district of
Caltanissetta, Province of Caltanissetta, have appeared in the town hall: Antonio Cimino age twenty-three, born in Serradifalco, district of Caltanissetta, Province of Caltanissetta, occupation Sharecropper, living in Serradifalco, son of the late Pietro, ~ ~ ~ and of Giuseppa lo Vecchio; and Concetta Guasto, age nineteen, born in Serradifalco, living here, daughter of Libertino age  forty-six occupation Sharecropper living here, and daughter of Francesca Lattuca living here.
The couple,
in the presence of witnesses who will be mentioned below, and produced by them, have requested to receive their solemn pro-
[p. 2]mise  to celebrate prior to the Church ceremony, according to the format prescribed by the Sacred Council of Trent for the marriage which they plan between them
with the support of the mother of the groom and the parents of the bride, 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 on day seven of March of the year stated above.
 We, in accordance with their request, after having read them all the consistent documents:
First, the birth records of the groom
Second, the birth record of the bride
[p. 3]Third, the death record of the father of the groom
Fourth, the record of death of the paternal granfather of the groom
Fifth, the banns posted in this Town, regarding which there have been no objections
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.

At the bottom of page 3, the record continues:  
We made the record of all this
in the presence of four witnesses attending the solemn promise of marriage:
Michele Aquilina, twenty-four, Sharecropper, Strada Calvario;
Gaetano Iannello, twenty-five, Sharecropper
[p. 4]: Strada Milazzo;
Giuseppe lo Valente, forty, Sharecropper, Street as above;
Ignazio Milazzo, twenty-two, Sharecropper, Strada Middione

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.

Elected Assistant
Francesco Mastrosimone

From Serradifalco Registri Stato Civile Film 1466475,  
1841 MarriagePromises, No. 10, Antonio Cimino and Concetta lo Guasto  

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


Matrimoni (Marriages)

The format below was used for church marriage records from about 1400, including the period 1820 through 1865.

        This is the church marriage record of my maternal great great grandparents Antonino Cimino and Concetta lo Guasto.  Note the date of the marriage was 24 April 1841, the same day as the marriage promise, consistent with the statement on the right of the civil contract.  In many cases, the actual marriage may have taken place days, weeks or even months after the promise.  In cases where the right side of the form was not completed, it's likely that the marriage never occurred.  The priest who married the, Reverend Orazio Sferrazza, also married my paternal great grandparents Raimondo Coniglio and Maria Messina eleven years earlier in 1830, and Don Rocco Candela witnessed both marriages! 

          Parts of the record that are damaged are reconstructed in red.

Cimino/Anno Domini 1841 die 24 Aprilis ____No 10.
Ego Rm
Archipresbiter d. Horatius Sferazza, tribus pre-
denunciationibus diebus festivis in Missa Paroch
iali sub die 21: 25: et 28: Martis 1841 nulloque dete
cto Legitimo aut canonico impedimento Amtonium
Cimino, fm innuptum legitimum et naturalem quon


dam Petri et viventis Josephae lo Vecchio olim jugalibum Co munis Serrafalci, et Conceptam lo Guasto fm innuptam, Legitimam et naturalam Libertini et Francisa Lattuca jugm sud Comunis et coram prtbus abito mutuo consenso coram
D. Rocco Candela et Hyeronimo Curatolo matrimonio
in faciam Ecclesiam conjunxi eusque sollemniter
in Sacrificio Missae

From Serradifalco Registri Ecclesiastici 2013010,  1841 Marriages, No. 10, Antonius Cimino and Concepta lo Guasto, Family Search image 675 of 3133
Cimino/Year of our Lord 1841 day 24 of April ______No 10.
I, Rev Archpriest Don Orazio Sferazza after three pre-
mass banns posted on feast days at the Mass of the Par-
ish on day 21, 25, and 28 of April 1841 without
detection of objections legal or canonical Antonio
Cimino, unmarried Legitimate and natural son of the
late Pietro 7the living Giuseppa lo Vecchio, once
a married couple of this Town Serradifalco, and Concetta lo Guasto single, Legitimate and natural daughter of Libertino, and of Francesca Lattuca, married, of the above-named Town and before their parents, with their mutual consent before witnesses Don Rocco Candela and Girolamo Curatolo,
I joined them in marriage, in the eyes of the Church . I blessed them at the solemn Sacrifice of the Mass .
       In 1869, civil death records were completely handwritten.  Antonio Cimino was living in the town of Caltanissetta at the time of his death, just five months after the death of his daughter Giuseppa Cimino, my maternal great-grandmother.  His death was recorded on the Caltanissetta register, shown here, and also in Serradifalco, his place of birth.

From Caltanissetta Registri Stato Civile Film 1963624, 1869 Deaths, No. 731, Antonio Cimino     


Antonio Cimino

Year one thousand eighteen hundred sixty-nine, on day seventeen of the month of December in the Town Hall at the hour nine AM ~
Before me Giuseppe Rava, Mayor of the Town of Caltanissetta, Region and Province of Caltanisetta, Official of Civil Records ~
have appeared Michele Larocca, son of the late Biagio, age thirty-five, Shopkeeper, and Pasquale Scamacca, son of the late Michele, age thirty-nine, Greengrocer, who have declared and testified that at the hour eleven PM yesterday [the sixteenth] in the above-stated town, in the house in which he lived on Via Manganaro, has died Antonio Cimino, age fifty, born in Serradifalco and living here.  Husband of  Concetta Loguasto, son of the late Pietro, a villager, and of the late Giuseppa Lovecchio, a commoner, both residents of Serradifalco.  The above-named deceased's condition was villager ~
A reading of this record was made to the declaring witnesses who have not signed because they are illiterate, and so it is signed by me ~

[Signed] Giuseppe Rava

Antonio Cimino married Concetta lo Guasto on 24 April 1841 in Serradifalco


Giuseppa Cimino: 23 Jan 1842 - 28 Jul 1869
(Married Gaetano Abate)
Pietro Cimino: 28 Jan 1845 -
Stefano Cimino: 14 Nov 1852 -
Prospera Cimino: 19 Feb 1855 - (Married Antonino Vigneri) ancestors of Eleanor Latona
Francesco Cimino: 13 Jun 1859 -
Francesca Cimino: 14 Sep 1860 -


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