The Nobility and Well-to-Do in Termini Imerese


The Tomb of Signore Giovanni Battista Romano Ventimiglia, Barone DiResuttano in Termini-Imerese’s ‘Pantheon’, Santa Maria del Monte di Pieta.

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“On February 22, 1545, Father Gerardo LuPresti baptized the daughter of lo Magnifico Signore Bernardino Romano, lo Segreto (the Financial Administrator). She was named Domenicella. Her godfathers are Signore Giovanni Battista Pinello Adorno and Signore Alfonso Spinola. Her godmother is Sister Filippa L’Angelica.” Photo courtesy of Father Anthony Delisi.

The Nobility of Termini Imerese and the Three Sicilian Estates:

During the 1500’s the three houses of the Sicilian Parliament in Palermo were reflective of Termini Imerese’s constituents or ‘estates’:

1) Ecclesiastical House: Bishops and Abbots; i.e. the Catholic Church operating under Canon Law.

2) Military House: The Barons , many of whom, like the Catholic Church, owned vast feudal lands in Sicily. Because the Barons preferred to live in the cities, Gabelloti oversaw the daily operations of their estates which were worked by thousands of serfs.

3) Domanial House: Lawyers and Barons representing the towns with their craftsmen, tradesmen, fishermen, workers in the tuna and sugar plants, etc.

The nobility dominated all three houses of the Sicilian Parliament.

A 4th de facto estate had no representatives in Parliament: the Jewish Population which operated under Talmudic Law until 1492.  At this juncture its members had to choose between converting to Catholicism and handing over 45% of all holdings to the Crown, or leaving Sicily forever.

Below these estates were those workers tied to the feudal lands which surrounded Termini Imerese which were owned by the Barons and by the Catholic Church. Known as serfs, these men, women, and children worked the fields which brought great wealth to their owners. At the very bottom of Termini’s society were the slaves who fell into three groups: Gypsies, Blacks, and those who were Berbers or from the lands near the Black Sea.

Termini Imerese’s nobility and well-to-do residents  for the years 1542-1548 follow:

  • Barone
    • Signore Giovanni Battista Romano Ventimiglia, Barone DiResuttano
      • Gilormo [son]
      • Giacomo Forte [son]
      • Francesco [son]
    • Barone Francesco Cerrello
  • Misseri
    • Misseri Bartolomeo Musso
  • Conte
    • Conte Calogero DiBruno
  • Vicontessa
    • Vicontessa LaRigona
  • Gran’Duca
    • Gran’Duca Giuliano Solito
      • Signore Simone Solito [son]
        • Giulia I [daughter who died]
        • Giulia II [daughter]
      • Giuseppe Giuliano [son]
      • Domenicella [daughter]
      • Giovanna Maddalena [daughter]
      • Filippo [slave]
      • Marina [slave: mother of Filippo]
  • Magnifico
    • Magnifico Antonio D’Arcabasso
      • Pietro [son]
    • Magnifico Signore Calistro LuRusso, Medico Spagnolo
      • Manfredi [slave]
      • Perico [slave: father of Manfredi]
    • Magnifico Bernardo DiBono
    • Magnifico Domenico Gariso
    • Magnifico Domenico LiCollio
    • Magnifico Francesco Bonafede
      • Caterina [daughter]
    • Magnifico Francesco D’Abeciano
    • Magnifico Giovanni Bonafede
    • Magnifico Signore Giovanni Francesco D’Anfuso
      • Michela Caterina [daughter]
      • Vincenzo Tommaso [son]
      • Basilano [son]
      • Giovanni Battista [son]
    • Magnifico Signore Luciano LaGulla, Medico
      • Francesco [slave]
    • Magnifico Signore Bernardino Romano, Segreto
      • Giuseppini [son]
      • Domenicella [daughter]
      • Caterina [daughter]
    • Magnifico Signore Giovanni Matteo Romano
    • Magnifico Pietro D’Ugo, Minore
    • Magnifico Signore Luigi Roberto Maniscalco, Medico
      • Vittoria [daughter]
      • Antonino [slave]
  • Don
    • Don Monsignore Domenico Maniscalco
  • Signore
    • Signore Alfonso Spinola
    • Signore Andriuzza Bonafede
      • Frederico [son]
    • Signore Gaspano L’Apostolo
      • Paulo [son]
      • Maddalena [slave]
      • Paulo [slave]
    • Signore Angelino LiColli
      • Nicolao [son]
    • Signore Antonino DiGravina, son of Simone, the son of Giacomo
      • Benedetto Serafino [son]
      • Manfredi [son by his unnamed female slave]
      • phrases following two entries containing Antonino DiGravina’s surname are most interesting: 1) g da simonj, meaning: the gennino (offspring)  of Simone (his father); 2)  dj lu g da Jacº, meaning: of the gennino (offspring) of Giacomo (his grandfather).
    • Signore Filippo D’Abazato
    • Signore Giovanni Battista Pinello Adorno
    • Signore Grigoli Spinola
      • Dulciana Melodia [daughter]
      • Giuseppe [son]
      • Arigo [slave]
      • Elisabetta [slave]
      • Unnamed male [slave]
    • Signore Mariano Bona
    • Signore Nicola Salerno
      • Giuseppa [daughter]
    • Signore Pietro DiPisano
      • Paulino [son]
    • Signore Pompeo DiVita
    • Signore Romeo Mastiani
    • Signore Pietro Antonino D’Arcolano
    • Signore Pietro D’Ugo
      • Francesco [son]
  • Signora
    • Signora Gilorma LaGulla
  • Madonna
    • Madonna Antonina LaPirrella
      • unnamed slave and her daughters Francesca and Caterina
    • Madonna Domenicella LaMilana
    • Madonna Gilormina Genovesa
    • Madonna Giulia L’Arcolana
    • Madonna Agata DiLancia
Published on July 26, 2009 at 3:33 am  Leave a Comment  

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