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The Noble Family of Bava, who held the fief of Deyr el Bniet which reverted to the crown after the death of Michele Bava (pre-1350) whose daughter Sophia Bava was married to Chicco Gatto who received the same fief in 1350.

This family is listed as a noble family in “Descrittione di Malta” (1647).

Updated 01-08-2017.

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“Fu’ gia in questa famiglia il feudo di Deyr el Bniet ch’ hoggi si trova in quella degl’ Inguanez, posciache pervenuto in Michele Bava Maltese, per la di lui morte, e mancanza d’eredi devoluto alla regia Corte; dal Re’ Ludovico fu’ concesso a’ Chicco, o’ Francesco Gatto Castellano allora di Malta l’anno mille tre cento cinquanta, come si cava dal privilegio originali, ch’ habbiamo veduto in poter del Barone Inguanez. Che il predetto Michele sia stato Maltese, leggiamo in una scrittra mandataci da Palermo feudum Deyr el Bniet, pro quondam Michaelum Bava Melivetanum antiquitus possidebatur, post cuius, haerumq; suorum obitem ad regiae Curia manus pervenit (From Abela’s “Della Descrittione di Malta del Commendatore Abela” (1647))

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THE GENEALOGY OF THE BAVA FAMILY:-

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Michele Bava, (died 1349), (“Fu’ gia in questa famiglia il feudo di Deyr el Bniet ch’ hoggi si trova in quella degl’ Inguanez, posciache pervenuto in Michele Bava Maltese, per la di lui morte, e mancanza d’eredi devoluto alla regia Corte”), , married Sibylla d'Aragona, and has issue

 

1. Milite Enrico Bava, (d. c.1340).

2. Sophie Bava, married Cicco Gatto, Ist Baron di Djar-il-Bniet.(“dal Re’ Ludovico fu’ concesso a’ Chicco, o’ Francesco Gatto Castellano allora di Malta l’anno mille tre cento cinquanta, come si cava dal privilegio originali, ch’ habbiamo veduto in poter del Barone Inguanez”)
3. (illegitimate) Michele Bava, (c.1360), married
Pina dei Baroni Guantis, with issue.
3.1. Raimondo Bava, (c.1390)., married
Antonia de Vaccaro.,  with issue.
3.1.1. Fra. Michele Bava. (c.1425).
3.1.2. Michele Bava, married to Perna de Vassallo, with issue.
3.1.2.1. Lanza Bava, (c.1450), with issue.
3.1.2.1.1. Antonio Bava, (c.1480), married to Persia N, with issue.
3.1.2.1.1.1. Lanza Bava, (c.1510), married to Chiara de Baldes, with issue.
3.1.2.1.1.1.1. Pietro Bava, (c. 1540).married Isabella Axac, with issue.
3.1.2.1.1.1.1.1. Francesca Fava, married 1556 to
Vincenzo Moscati., with issue.
3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2. Giovanni Fava, married to Clara d'Amodeo, with issue.
3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2.1. Caterina Fava, married to
Niccolo de Manuele.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2.2. Cristoforo Fava, married to Aloisea Bellia, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2.2.1. Francesca Fava, married 1627 to Simone Apap.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.3. Baldassare Fava, (d. 1539), dunm.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.4. Giovanna Fava, married to Bernardo Burlo.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.5. Francesca Angelica Fava, married 1578 Vittoriosa to Gio Battista Burlo.
3.1.2.1.1.1.2. Antonio Bava.
3.1.2.1.1.1.3. Carlo Bava.

3.1.2.1.1.1.4. Don Matteo Bava, (d. 1565), dunm.
3.1.2.1.1.2. Salvo Bava.

3.1.2.1.1.3. Andrea Bava, married to Agnese Burlo, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1. Alberto Bava, married to Enziona Abela, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.1. Don Andrea Bava, (d. 1584), Canon, dunm.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2. Gregorio Bava, married to Angela Bellia, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.1. Caterina Fava, married to Matteo Bonici.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.2. Benedetto Fava, married to Betta Ciappara, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.2.1. Isabella Fava, married to Lawrence Grima.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.2.2. Agnese Fava, married to Giusto Grima., with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.2.2.1. Salvatore Grima, married 1666 to Margherita del Fiore, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.2.2.1.1. Chco. Lorenzo Grima.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.2.3. Imperia Fava, married to Pasquale Mifsud.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.2.4. Giulia Fava, married to Antonio Rizzone.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.3. Notary Leonardo Fava, married to Isabella Apap, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.3.1. Gio Batta Fava, (d. 1677), married to Isabella Apap.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.4. Franca Bava, married to Simon Apap.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2.5. Dr Paolo Bava JUD.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.3. Don Leonardo Bava, (d. 1584), dunm.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.4. Don Eufrofio Bava, (d. 1596), dunm.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2. Persia Bava, married to N. Bellia, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1. Leonardo Bellia, married 1567 Vittoriosa to Pauline Charla, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1. Antonio Bellia, married 1604 Vittoriosa to Giovannella de Messina, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1. Giorgio Bellia, married 1629 Vittoriosa to Petruzza de Rogiot, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.1. Giuseppe Bellia, married 1680 Valletta to Maria Mifsud, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.1.1. Antonio Bellia, married 1706 Cospicua to Anna Azzopardi, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. Baldassare Bellia, married 1742 Vittoriosa to Caterina Sacco, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Margherita Bellia, married 1774 Vittoriosa to Francesco Cassano, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Baldassare Cassano, married 1823 Vittoriosa to Anna Gatt, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Margherita Cassano, married 1845 Vittoriosa to Giuseppe Saguna.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.2. Aloisio Bellia, married 1781 Vittoriosa to Francesca Spiteri.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.1.1.2. Giuseppe Bellia, married 1738 Valletta to Diana Catania., with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.1. Anna Maria Bellia, married 1772 Vittoriosa to Antonio Zarb.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.1.2. Geronima Bellia, married 1716 Vittoriosa to Paulo Briffa.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.2. Paulina Bellia, married 1680 Vittoriosa to Matteo Grech.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.3. Pietro Bellia, married 1650 Vittoriosa to Flavia Farrugia.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.1.4. Sig. Geronimo Bellia, married 1676 Valletta to Periza de Fiore.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.1.2. Domenica Bellia, married 1672 Vittoriosa to Gio Battista Napolitano.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.2. Gioannella Bellia, married 1581 Vittoriosa to Gio Paolo Marangone.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.3. Barbara Bellia, dunm.l.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.3.1. (illegitimate) Valenzia de Bellia, married 1593 Vittoriosa to Mariano Sammut.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.4. Salvatore Bellia, married 1595 Vittoriosa to Maddelana Coleiro, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.4.1. Silvia Bellia, married 1676 Vittoriosa to Gio Battista Pecci.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.4.2. Speranza Bellia, married 1615 Valletta to Zaccaria Gandamner.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.4.3. Agata Bellia, married 1622 Vittoriosa to Salvatore Cassar.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.5. Aloisio Bellia, married 1595 Vittoriosa to Geronima Marsiglia, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.5.1. Dorothea Bellia, married 1631 Valletta to Vincenzo Cagliola.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.5.2. Elena Bellia, married 1626 Vittoriosa to Martino Mangiapane.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.6. Domenico Bellia, married 1596 Vittoriosa to Agnese Saura (d/o Romano), married (2) 1605 Valletta to Andreanna Calleja, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.6.1. (First Marriage) Silvestro Bellia, married 1628 Qormi to Vennera Mallia, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.6.1.1. Nicolao Bellia, married 1660 Gharghur to Vennera Aquilina.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.6.2. (Second Marriage) Domenico Bellia, married 1642 Qormi to Grazia Bonnici.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.6.3. Gio Paolo Bellia, married (1) 1644 Qormi to Domenica Zammit, married (2) 1652 Qormi to Paolina Schembri, married (3) 1653 Qormi to Caterina N, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.6.3.1. (Third Marriage) Ignazio Bellia, married 1673 Qormi, married (2) 1676 Qormi to Domenica Calleja, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.6.3.1.1. (Second Marriage) Caterina Bellia, married 1698 Qormi to Luca Muscat.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.1.6.3.2. Maria Bellia, married 1677 Qormi to Carlo Spiteri.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.2. Giuseppe Bella, married 1566 Vittoriosa to Maria Carpatico, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.2.1. Gusmano Bellia, married 1597 Vittoriosa to Caterina Felici, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.2.1.1. Carlo Bellia, married 1650 Mdina to Caterina Mizzi.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.3. Sigismondo Bellia, married 1560 Vittoriosa to Margherita Chiuma, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.3.1. Gaspare Bellia, married 1600 Valletta to Speranza (former wife of Pietro Frances), with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.3.1.1. Gaspare Bellia, married 1615 Cospicua to Tomasa Fiteni (d/o Matteolo and Caterina), with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.3.1.1.1. Antonio Bellia, married 1655 Senglea to Anna Stefano.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.4. Laura Bellia, married 1559 Vittoriosa to Rodrigo Cavallino.

3.1.2.1.1.3.2.5. Leonora Bellia, married (1) 1560 Vittoriosa to Rodrigo Gauci., married (2) 1576 Vittoriosa to Vittorio Landa de Candia.

3.1.2.1.1.4. Peruna Bava, married 1520 to Domenico Moscati.
3.2. Ciccu Bava, (c. 1390), with issue.
3.2.1. Stephane Bava. (c.1415).
3.2.2. Antonia Bava. (c.1415).

4. Antonella Bava., married Milite. Giacomo de Vaccaro., Catanian Signore.

 

SOURCES:-

 

  1. MELITENSIA BOOK CLUB, Issue 1, Abela Commendatore Fra Gian. Francesco, Della Descrittione di Malta isola nel mare siciliano con le sue antichita’, ed altre notizie. Libr Quattro Facsimile edition. Malta, 1984.
  2. Adami collection, Vol 72.
  3. www.maltagenealogy.com

 

 

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