Raimondo Coniglio

Born: 1801-1810 ~Serradifalco, Caltanissetta, Kingdom of Sicily
Married to Maria Messina: 17 October 1830 ~Serradifalco, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies

Died: 3 February 1857 ~ Serradifalco, Sicily, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies

Meaning of Coniglio [coo-NEEL-yu]: rabbit


        Civil birth records were not made in the island portion of Kingdom of the Two Sicilies until 1820, and church baptism records are missing for 1800 - 1820.  Raimondo's birth year is estimated from his age given on various documents including his marriage record, his death record, and the birth records of his children.  Raimondo's occupation is variously given in different documents as capraio (goatherd), pecoraio (shepherd) and manuale (manual laborer).
      Whether in 1801 or 1810 or in between, Raimondo was born during the reign of the
King of Sicily, Ferdinandu I (also known as Ferdinandu III and IV!!), who in turn was a subject of his brother King Charles IV of Spain and All its Holdings (including Sicily).   Ferdinandu essentially left control of Sicily to his wife Maria Carolina of Austria.  My great-grandfather was not born in Italy, which did not exist as a nation in his lifetime.  He was born in the Kingdom of Sicily and lived most of his life in its successor nation, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.  He was married in 1830, just before the death of the ruler of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Francescu Primu (Francis I), the son of Ferdinandu and Maria Carolina.

Ferdinandu I

Maria Carolina

Francescu I

      In the United States, Thomas Jefferson was President in 1801, the first year the nation's capital was in Washington, DC, having moved the year before from Philadelphia.    In 1803, western outlaw Jesse James was hunted down and killed.  In 1808, after Jefferson's two terms, James Madison was elected President.



        In 1830, the year my paternal great-grandfather Raimondo Coniglio married Maria Messina, the island of Sicily, with Naples and the southern Italian peninsula formed the Regno dei Due Sicilie (Kingdom of the Two Sicilies), ruled by Bourbon Spain.   Raimondo and his 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.


The format below was used for civil marriage contracts
in the period 1820 through 1865.

      The 1830 civil record of the marriage promise reproduced below, for my paternal great-grandparents Raimondo Coniglio and Maria Messina, covers four pages.  To the right is a translation.  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, recorded on 16 October 1830, is translated below.  Essentially, the left column gives the details of the civil promise made at the Town Hall, while the right column (not translated here)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.  However 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 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
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:
Vito Guarneri, forty, Master Shoemaker, Strada San Giuseppe;
Michele Giambra, twenty-two, Undertaker

[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

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.  


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 paternal great grandparents Raimondo Coniglio and Maria Messina.  Note the date of the marriage was 17 October 1830, one day after the recording of 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.

Coniglio / Anno Domini 1830: Die 17: Octobris No 24:
Ego Rm
Archipresbiter D Horatius Sferazza, tribus pre-
misis denunciationibus diebus festivis in Missa Paro-
chiali sub die 12: 19: et 20: Septembris 1880 nulloque
detecto Legitimo aut canonico impedimento Raimon-
dum Coniglio, filium innuptum Legitimum ac na-
turalem Caietani et Josephae Montalto olim
jugalibum Comunis Serrafalci et Mariam Messina fi-
liam innuptam, Legitimam, ac naturalam quondam
Luciani et viventi Mariae Butera olim jugalibum in
sudetti Comunis et coram prtbus habito mutuo
consensa coram Testibus D Rocco Candela et Magister
Josephi Vaccari
matrimonio in faciem Ecclesiae conjunxi
benedixi solemniter in Sacrificio Messae per Rm
d Euphemium Acquisto
From Serradifalco Registri Ecclesiastici 2013010,  1830 Marriages, No. 24, Raimondum Coniglio and Maria Messina
Coniglio / Year of our Lord 1830: Day 17 of October  No 24:
I, Rev Archpriest Don Orazio Sferazza  after three pre-
mass banns posted on feast days  at the Mass of the Par-
ish on day 12, 19, and 20 of September 1880 without
detection of objections legal or canonical Raimon-
do Coniglio, unmarried Legitimate and natural
son of Gaetano, and of Giuseppa Montalto, once
a married couple of the Town of Serradifalco, and Maria Messina
single, Legitimate and natural daughter of the late
Luciano, and of the living Maria Butera, once married, of
the above-named Town and before their parents, with their mutual
consent before Witnesses Don Rocco Candela and Master
Giuseppe Vaccari
I joined them in marriage,in the eyes of the Church
then they were blessed at the solemn Sacrifice of the Mass by Rev
Don Eufemio Acquisto


Atto di Morte Record of Death

Page 8

Number 15
Year eighteen hundred fifty-seven, day three of the month of
February at hour twenty before Us Biaggio lo Vullo Mayor ~
and official of Civil Records of the Town of Serradifalco District of Caltanissetta Province of Caltanissetta have appeared Gaetano Insalaco, age forty, occupation sulfur miner subject of the realm, living at Strada Insalaco, and Angelo Calamera, age thirty-eight, occupation plasterer, subject of the realm, living at Strada Concezione,
who have declared that on day three of the month of February, year as above, has died in his own house Raimondo Coniglio, age fifty-two
[born about 1803], husband of Maria Messina

he was born in Serradifalco, occupation manual laborer, lived on Strada NuovaSon of the late Gaetano and of the late Giuseppa Montalto.

    According to the law we went together with the named witnesses to the side of the deceased, and we have acknowledged his actual death. We have today created this document, we have inscribed it on two registers and have read it to the declarants on the day, month and year as above, and it is signed by Us alone, the witnesses having stated that they don't know how to write.
                                               The Mayor
Biagio lo Vullo

From Serradifalco Registri Stato Civile Film 1964374,         
1857 Deaths, No. 15, Raimondo Coniglio         

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


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


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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