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The Noble Family of Cassia, already possessing the territory of Uied Dueli and the garden Gineyna del Migiarro (1535) and many other lands and gardens including the two fountains which were exchanged for the orto di S. Antonio tal Ghimeri to enable the passage of water to Valletta, and acknowledged as Nobile (1535) later purchased from the Inguanez family the fief of Gharyexem et Tabia and succeeded the title of Barone di Castel Cicciano originally purchased from Francesco Mego.

This family is listed as a noble family in “Descrittione di Malta” (1647). Moreover this landed family was later to be invested (1678) in the fief of Ghariexem et Tabia, where they are styled as Baroni later (1878) taken as the basis for regarding the fief of Ghariexem et Tabia as a Barony. One of the members of this family was later to be granted the titles of Baronessa di Gomerino (1710) and Illustrissima e Nobile (1725).

Updated 13-01-2015.

“Gaddo Cassia e’ l’Ascendente piu’ antico, ch’habbiamo in questa casa, visse introrno al 1450 mentre nel 1481 era uno de’ Giudici della nostra Citta; fu’ di lui figluolo Luca, che nel 1485 prende’ per moglie Agnese di Lenzo Barbara; Di Luca nacque un altro Gaddo, che visse nel 1536, e di questo si tiene, che fuse figliuolo Gilio, o’ sia Giulio Cassia, a’ cui si da’ titolo di nobile nel 1535 egli si fece padre di Pietro, dal quale nacque Antonio, che genero’ Gio Maria, padre del Barone Giacinto; quindi e’, che in una pietra sopra il sepolcro, ch’ha questa famiglia nella Chiesa Cattedrale si legge l’iscrittione, che segue. Iulius hoc tegitur sub duro Cassia faxo: Quem Perus fociat, qui tegit osa Patris: Hoc quoq, sub saxo Antonii sunt ossa sepulta: Qui iacet in gremio Patris, Auique simul: Proavo Avo, Patri suisq, posteris: Ionnes Maria Cassia fieri iusssit Kal. Martii: Anno Domini 1621 Giacinto poscia procreo’ Antonio, e Pietro, ch’hano per mogli Perna, & Eugenia, figliuole del Dottor Paolo Anastasio. Gio Maria Cassia fu’ Giurato nel 1589, 1593 & 1594 nella Notabile, e Capitano nel 1590 & 1591 e poscia di nuovo eletto all’ istesso officio, negli anni 1613, e 1614. Come anche piu’ volte essercito’ la carica di Giurato il figluolo Giacinto nell’ una e l’altra Universita’; e l’Avo Antonio nella Notabile di Giurato antiano l’anno 1582, questi fu’ Procuratore de’ poteri nella medesima, & il primo nell’ amministrtione del Cumolo della Carita’, soggetto molto pio, e che con larga mano istitui’ la fondatione per la predica, che si fa’ ogni domenica nella Chiesa parocchiale del Rabbato, & altri legati per honor del culto divino. Il medesimo porto’ in casa il feudo di Gharyexem, e Tabia, comprato dagli Inguanez, come altresi Avo suo Giulio possede fin del 1535 il territorio in contrada Vyed Dueli, & il giardino Gineyna del Migiarro. Hebbero quesi dell’ istessa famiglia molti altri poderi, e giardinii ch’al presente godono, & in particolare quello delle due fontane, che fu’ cambiato con l’orto di S. Antonio tal Ghimeri, per occasione dell’acque, che si sono condotte alla Citta Valletta. Gode anche di presente questa famiglia l’onorato titolo di Barone di Cicciano, il quale essendo stato gia’ comprato dal Dottor Francesco Mego nostro Cittadino, intorno al 1560, ritroviamo, che facendo egli una procura per conto del medesimo feudo, negli’ atti di Bonaventura di Bonetijs nel 1569 si qualifica in tal guisa. Uti Dominus utilis iurisdictionis criminalis, & mixta cum mero, mixtoque imperio, & gladii potestate, cognitioneo; primarum, & secundum causarum Castri Cicciani, constituit Procuratores Commendatarium eusdem Commenda, & Receptorem Neapolis, quivi nominati, & altri ad ratificandum quemcumque’ affectum factum dictae iurisdictionis criminalis, & adeandem exercendum iuxta forman cautelarum, & privilegiorum, qua & qua dictus Dominus constituens habet, & c. Da lui trapasso detto titolo nel Capitano Gregorio Xerri, e da questo in una sua grave infermita, non havendo figliuoli, fu’ lasciato al Dottor Ascanio Surdo suo cugino, il quale finalmente nell’atto matrimoniale tra’ Madalena sua figliuola co’ l predetto Giacinto Cassia glielo diede con gl’altri effetti della dote. Il sudetto feudo fu’ prima venduto da D. Vincenzo Caraffa del Duca d’Ariano a’ Pietro Antonio Spinello Conte di Seminara, e poi dal Duca Carlo suo figliuolo a’ Pietro Pignone di Napoli, e da questo a’ Christoforo Grimaldo, che lo vende’ al Dottor Mego, con assenso regio dato in Napoli da quel Vicere’ a’ 12 d’Agosto 1560. Nacque dalla medesima casa quel famoso Tomeo Cassia Piloto reale delel galee di questa Sacra Religione, che salvo’ quelle, e tutte l’altre dell’armata Cattolica, che lo seguirono in quell’ infausta terza giornata delel Gerbe l’anno 1560. Di lui hebbe il nascimento Narduccio, o’ Leonardo Giurato della Valletta nel 1583 di cui si figliuolo Bartolomeo, Capitano del S. Officio dell’ Inquisittione. E piu’ volte fu’ Giurato nell’istess Citta’ Pietro Cassia, marito d’Imperia Bonello, fondatore della cappella dedicate alla miabiliss. Assontione della B. Vergine, nella Chiesa de’ Reverendi Padri Osservanti della Valletta…. (From Abela’s “Della Descrittione di Malta del Commendatore Abela” (1647))

 

 

THE GENEALOGY OF THE CASSIA FAMILY:-

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Il Miles Berguchio de Cassio e suoi legittimi discendenti ricevettero in feudo da Re Federico IV nell'agosto 1357 la meta pro indiviso del feudo casal Saraceno posto tra Agira, Nicosia, Gagliano e Cerami, gia appartenuto a Salvatore di Salvatore di Nicosia morto senza figli, e prima ancora a Giovanni Caltagirone. - [Repertorio della Feudalita Siciliana 1282-1390].

 

* Judge Gaddo I Cassia of Mdina, (“visse intorno al 1450, mentre nel 1481, era uno de’ Giudici della nostra Citta”), married Lorenza Barbara, with issue.

1. Luca Cassia, married 1485 to Agnese Barbara, with issue
1.1. Demetrio Cassia, married Bartolomea ..., with issue
1.1.1. Not. Carlo Cassia, married 1571 at Matrice Gozo to Isabella Sansone, with issue.
1.1.1.1. Florio Cassia,  married 1584 at Matrice Gozo to Gerolama de Fantino, with issue.
1.1.1.1.1. Marietta Cassia, married (1) 1606 to Not. Paolo d'Arena, married (2) 1609 to
Giovanni d'Armenia., married (3) 1639 to Melchiorre di Monte Albano., with issue.

1.1.1.1.1.1. (illegitimate) Maria d'Armenia, married 1632 Valletta to Geronimo von Leo.

1.1.1.1.2. Gio Paolo Cassia., married (1) 1629 to Petronilla Xirihia., married (2) 1637 to Maruzza Pace.

1.1.1.1.3. Tomaso Cassia., married Laura N, with issue.

1.1.1.1.3.1. Grazia Cassia., married 1654 to Petruzzo Cremona.

1.1.1.1.3.2. Angelo Cassia., married 1656 to Andreanna Xicluna.

1.1.1.2. Alessandro Cassia., married with issue.

1.1.1.2.1. Margherita Cassia., married 1662 at Valletta to Francesco Gregorio Romano.

1.1.1.3. Pietro Cassia, married 1610 Naxxar to Domenica Galea, with issue.

1.1.1.3.1. Carlo Cassia, married 1653 Mdina  to Maddalena Azzopardi, with issue.

1.1.1.3.1.1. Domenica  Cassia.

1.1.1.3.1.2. Rosa Cassia.

1.1.1.3.1.3. Giorgio Cassia, married 1690 Naxxar  to Grazia Mifsud., with issue.

1.1.1.3.1.3.1. Maddalena Cassia, married 1719 Naxxar to Gio Domenico Busuttil., with issue.

1.1.1.3.1.3.1.1. Grazio Busuttil, married 1742 Naxxar to Nobile Maria Vassallo, with issue.

1.1.1.3.1.3.1.1.1. Paola Busuttil, married 1784 Mdina to Nobile Giulio Debono.

1.1.1.3.1.3.2. Paolo Cassia, married 1731 Naxxar to Maria Micallef, with issue.

1.1.1.3.1.3.2.1. Lucrezia Cassia, married 1768 Naxxar to Lorenzo Vella.

1.1.1.3.1.3.2.2. Caterina Cassia, married 1763 Naxxar to Orazio Muscat.

1.1.1.3.1.3.2.3. Margherita Cassia, married 1768 Naxxar to Paulo Grma.

1.1.1.3.1.3.2.4. Rosa Cassia, married 1766 Naxxar to Giuseppe Debrincat.

1.1.1.3.1.3.3. Carlo Cassia, married 1741 Naxxar to Teresa Vassallo.

1.1.1.3.1.3.4. Maria Cassia, married 1721 Naxxar to Giuseppe Galea.

1.1.1.3.1.3.5. Caterina Cassia, married 1735 Naxxar to Giuseppe Galea. (Brother in Law).

1.1.1.3.1.4. Maruzzo Cassia, married 1700 Naxxar to Maddalena Sammut, with issue.

1.1.1.3.1.4.1. Lucrezia Cassia, married 1747 Naxxar to Gaetano Camilleri.

1.1.1.3.1.4.2. Carlo Cassia, married 1733 Naxxar to Margherita Muscat.

1.1.1.3.1.4.3. Caterina Cassia, married 1732 Naxxar to Giuseppe Zammit.

1.1.1.3.1.4.4. Maria Cassia, married 1729 Naxxar to Giuseppe Debono.

1.1.1.3.2. Leonardo Cassia, (Migrated to Messina Sicily), A Solider of the Sicilian Army, married 1661 Messina to Maria Christina NN, with issue.

1.1.1.3.2.1. Antonia Cassia, 'Nun'.

1.1.1.3.2.2. Capt. Pietro Paolo Cassia, Sicilian Army, married 1694 to Scolastica de Naro, with issue.

1.1.1.3.2.2.1. Leonardo Cassia, 'Priest'.

1.1.1.3.2.2.2. Cav Michele Cassia, Sicilian Army, married 1720 to Christina NN, with issue.

1.1.1.3.2.2.2.1. Cav. Pietro Paolo Cassia, (1721-78), Created Signore 1759., married 1750 to Sophia Eleanora NN, with issue.

1.1.1.3.2.2.2.1.1. M'Angelo Cassia, (1751-92), 2nd Signore., married with issue.

1.1.1.3.2.2.2.1.2. Leonardo Cassia, 'Priest'.

1.1.1.3.2.2.2.1.3. Emmanuele Cassia, married with issue.

1.1.1.3.2.2.2.2. Leonardo Cassia, (1724-82), married with issue.

1.1.1.3.2.2.2.3. Amalia Cassia, 'Nun'.

1.1.1.3.2.2.2.4. Giorgio Cassia, 'Priest'.

1.1.1.3.2.2.2.5. Cav Tommaso Cassia, Cr: 1768 Signore, married 1758 to Maria Antonia NN, with issue.

1.1.1.3.2.2.3. Aloisea Cassia, 'Nun'.

1.1.1.3.2.2.4.  Carlo Cassia, 'Priest'.

1.1.1.3.2.2.5. Philip Cassia, (1704-29), Sicilian Army.

1.1.1.3.2.3. Philippa Cassia, 'Nun'.

1.1.2. Giovanna Cassia, married Antonio Micallef, with issue.

1.1.3.  Laura Cassia., married 1574 to Ferdinando Ciappara.

1.2. Gaddo II Cassia, Vice Capitano della Rabat Malta 1530-40, married (1) to Giovanna Rapa, married (2) to Gugliarda Calabacchio, with issue
1.2.1. (Second Marriage) Margarita Cassia, married Giovanni Agius.
1.2.2. Poala Cassia, married 1503 to Leonardo Cassar.
1.2.3. Giuliano Cassia,. (“Gaddo, che visse nel 1536 e di questo si tiene, che fuse figliuolo Gilio, o’ sia Giulio, Cassia”), married to Eleanora ..., with issue
1.2.3.1. Agata Cassia, married 1526 to Nicola Xara.
1.2.3.2. Margherita Cassia, married Matteo Abela.
1.2.3.3. Pietro Cassia, married 1533 to Isabella Baglio, with issue.
1.2.3.3.1. Antonio Cassia, Giurato anziano (1582), married 1560 to Caterina Cumbo, with issue
1.2.3.3.1.1.
Gio Maria Cassia, (1st "Baron" of Ghariexem e Tabia  see footnote),  married (1) 1586 to Laurica Rosso dei Baroni di Cerami, married (2) to Caterina Cumbo, with issue
1.2.3.3.1.1.1.(First Marriage)
Giacinto Cassia, (2nd and last "Baron" of Ghariexem e Tabia  see footnote); 1st Baron of Ghariexem e Tabia (By virtue of Commissioners recommendation of 1878), -See Below.
1.2.3.3.1.1.2. Teresa Cassia, married Giuseppe Senatio
1.2.3.3.1.1.3. (Second Marriage) Isabella Cassia, married 1645 to Agostino Agius.
1.2.3.3.1.2. Isabella Cassia, married (1) 1577 to Ugolino Navarra, Married (2) 1596 to Dr. Antonio Torrensi.
1.2.3.3.1.3. Imperia Cassia, married 1576 to Gregorio Scerri (Xerri), 4th Barone di Castel Cicciano.
1.2.3.3.2. Giovanni Cassia, married (1) 1598 to Paola Delia, Married (2) 1613 to Giovanella Mizzi, with issues.
1.2.3.3.2.1. (First Marriage) Mariano Cassia
1.2.3.3.2.2. Mco. Gio Domenico Cassia, married (1) 1624 at Valletta to Lucrezia Debono., married (2) 1633 to Caterina Gauci., married (3) 1641  at Valletta to Marguerite Borg., with issue.

1.2.3.3.2.2.1. (Second Marriage) Giovanni Cassia, married 1668 Naxxar to Maruzza Mifsud, with issue.

1.2.3.3.2.2.1.1. Giovanni Maria Cassia, married 1701 Naxxar to Maruzza Muscat.

1.2.3.3.2.2.2. Pietro Cassia, married (1) 1651 Gharghur to Anna Micallef, married (2) 1698 Naxxar to Agata Sant (d/o Domenico and Grazia), with issue.

1.2.3.3.2.2.2.1. (First Marriage) Salvatore Cassia, married (1) 1682 Mdina to Agata Cauchi, married (2) 1719 Naxxar to Margherita Vella, with issue.

1.2.3.3.2.2.2.1.1. (First Marriage) Ubaldesca Cassia, married 1710 Naxxar to Vincenzo Dimech.
1.2.3.3.2.2.2.2. Vittorio Cassia, married 1687 Gharghur to Andreanna Micallef, with issue.

1.2.3.3.2.2.2.2.1. Teresa Cassia, married 1713 Valletta to Ignazio Dalli.

1.2.3.3.2.3. (Second Marriage) Giacinto Cassia, married (1) 1630 at Valletta to Laura Bartolo., married (2) 1645 to Domenica Agius, with issue
1.2.3.3.2.4. Petruccio Cassia, married 1644 to Lorenza Azzopardi, with issue

1.2.3.3.2.4.1. Vincenza Cassia., married 1676 to Giovanni Farrugia.

1.2.3.3.2.5. Orsola Cassia, married 1646 Birgu to Gio Domenico Calleja, with issue.

1.2.3.3.2.5.1. Anna Calleja, married 1694 Valletta to Agostino Portelli.

1.2.3.4. Isabella Cassia, married 1532 to Principi Nicola Sayd
1.3. Giacomo Cassia, married Imperia Camenzuli, with issue
1.3.1. Giovanni Cassia, married 1552 Mdina to Nobile Agnese Montagu dei Signore di la Recona, with issue.
1.3.1.1. Giacomo Cassia, married Agata Calava, with issue
1.3.1.1.1. Francesco Cassia, 'Priest'.
1.3.1.1.2. Dr. Matteo Cassia,
Medico Fisico, married (1) Antonella Macanujio, Married (2) Lorenza Xara, with issue
1.3.1.1.2.1. (Second Marriage) Amata Cassia, married 1648 to
Baron Antonio Inguanez.
1.3.1.1.2.2. (Second Marriage) Agata Cassia, married 1649 Valletta to Dr Giuseppe Ducoss MD

1.3.1.1.2.3. (First Marriage) Fra. Crillo Cassia.
1.3.1.1.2.4. (First Marriage) Fra. Agostino Cassia.
1.3.1.1.2.5. (First Marriage) Cosimo Cassia, "Priest".
1.3.1.1.2.6. (First Marriage) Dr Giacomo Cassia JUD, married 1646 to Maria Cagnara, with issue.
1.3.1.1.2.6.1. Dr. Matteo Cassia, JUD.
1.3.1.1.2.6.2. Antonia Cassia, married Dr. Pasquale Sceberras, JUD.

1.3.1.1.2.7. (Second Marriage) Celestina Cassia married 4 Sep 1650 Qormi to Bartolomeo Magro.

1.3.1.1.2.8. (First Marriage) Domenica Cassia, married 1636 Birkirkara to Mro Fabrizio Battista Lombardo, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1. Alessandro Lombardo, married 1688 Valletta to Geronima Cosenti, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1. Diana Lombardo, married 1710 Valletta to Francesco Libreri, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.1. Anna Maria Libreri, married 1749 Valletta to Geronino Giorgio Cannizzeri, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.1.1. Margherita Cannizzeri, sives Cannizzaro., married 1771 Valletta to Giuseppe Moneglia, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.1.1.1. Giuseppa Moneglia, married 1814 Senglea to Giovanni Glio.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.2. Michele Libreri, married 1742 Valletta to Maria Falzon, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.2.1. Francesco Libreri, married 1771 Valletta to Teresa Attard.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.2.2. Vincenzo Libreri, married 1777 Valletta to Giovanna Tonna, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.2.2.1. Salvatore Libreri, married 1801 Valletta to Maria Camenzuli.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.2.3. Salvatore Libreri, married 1787 Valletta to Paola Delia, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.2.3.1. Giuseppe Libreri, married 1826 Valletta to Elizabetta Zarb.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.2.4. Antonia Libreri, married 1777 Valletta to Filippo Borg.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3. Salvatore Libreri, married 1742 Mdina to Anna Maria Mamo, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3.1. Giuseppe Libreri, married 1767 Valletta to Maria Caruana, with issue.
1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3.1.1. Vincenzo Libreri, married 1806 Valletta to Maria Grima.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3.1.2. Gioacchino Libreri, married 1807 Valletta to Maria Dimech .

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3.2. Lorenzo Libreri, married 1777 Valletta to Margherita Attard.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3.3. Nicola Libreri, married 1778 Valletta to Vincenza Busuttil, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3.3.1. Aloisio Libreri, married 1800 Rabat Gozo to Anna Busuttil.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3.3.2. Francesco Libreri, married 1817 Valletta to Saveria Busuttil.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3.3.3. Gaetano Libreri, married 1821 Valletta to Contessa Anna Zarb.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3.3.4. Giovanni Libreri, married 1825 Valletta to Clara Zammit.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3.3.5. Carmelo Libreri, married 1827 Valletta to Maria Rossi dei Conti San Secondo,  with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.3.3.5.1. Innocenzo  Libreri, married 1866 Valletta to Carla Psaila.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.4. Carlo Libreri, married  (1) 1748 Valletta to  Domenica Callus, married (2) 1756 Valletta to Andrianna 'Mamumessa  di Scarina', with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.4.1. (Second Marriage) Antonia Libreri, married 1784 Valletta to Aloiseo Azzopardi.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.5. Giuseppe Libreri, married 1751 Valletta to Maria Busuttil.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.6. Generosa Libreri, married 1739 Valletta to Giuseppe Zammit.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.7. Graziulla Libreri, married 1742 Valletta to Gio Maria Sammut.

1.3.1.1.2.8.1.1.8. Ubaldesca Libreri, married 1748 Valletta to Gaetano di Giovanni.

1.3.1.1.3. Giovanni Cassia, married 1620 Valletta to Laura Sguro., with issue.

1.3.1.1.3.1. Caterina Cassia, married (1) 1640 Valletta to Vincenzo Pirotta, married (2) 1642 Valletta to Gio Maria Micallef.

1.3.1.1.4. Vincenza Cassia, married 1621 Birkirkara to Paolo Micallef, with issue.

1.3.1.1.4.1. Mario Micallef-Cassia, married 1647 Birkirkara to Caterina Borg, with issue.

1.3.1.1.4.1.1. Paolo Micallef-Cassia, married 1683 Zebbug to Anna Calafato, with issue.

1.3.1.1.4.1.1.1. Maria Micallef, married 1713 Birkirkara to Giuseppe Zammit.

1.3.2. Agnese Cassia, married 1539 to Sigimondo Baglio.
1.3.3. Bartolomeo Cassia, married 1549 to Marguerita dei Principi Sayd, with issues
1.3.3.1. Agnese Cassia, married 1572 to
Spirto Gourgion, with issue. (see Gourgion)
1.3.3.2. Clara Cassia.

1.3.3.3. Antonio Cassia, married 1594 Vittoriosa to Caterina Rosso dei Baroni di Cerami.

1.3.3.4. Domenico Cassia, married 1602 Cospicua to Argenta Bianco, with issue.

1.3.3.4.1. Giulio Cassia, married 1632 Mdina to Giovanna Fenech d'Alagona, with issue.

1.3.3.4.1.1. Francesco Cassia, married (1) 1673 Cospicua to Eufemia Callus, married (2) 1697 Cospicua to Teresa Grech, with issue.

1.3.3.4.1.1.1. (First Marriage) Rosa Cassia, married 1751 Valletta to Gregorio Schembri, dsp.

1.3.3.4.1.1.2. (Second Marriage) Pietro Paolo Cassia, married 1742 Valletta to Anna Maria Grech, with issue.

1.3.3.4.1.1.2.1. Andrea Cassia, married 1769 Naxxar to Maria Vella, with issue.

1.3.3.4.1.1.2.1.1. Giovanni Cassia, married 1809 Lija to Maria Fenech.

1.3.3.4.1.1.2.1.2. Vittoria Cassia, married 1818 Naxxar to Michele Gauci.

1.3.3.4.1.1.3. Anna Maria Cassia, married 1718 Cospicua to Gio Francesco Bagini.

1.3.3.4.1.2. Petruzzo Cassia, married 1678 Cospicua to Maddalena Grech, with issue.

1.3.3.4.1.2.1. Angeluzza Cassia, married 1703 Cospicua to Gio Luca Grech.

1.3.3.4.1.2.2. Anna Cassia, married 1704 Cospicua to Mario Sciogliat of Ragusa.

1.3.3.4.1.3. Giuseppa Cassia, married 1644 Cospicua to Geronimo Lude.

1.3.3.4.1.4. Caterina Cassia, married 1647 Cospicua to Antonio Arnaud.

1.3.3.4.1.5. Angelica Cassia, married 1657 Cospicua to Pietro Marmara.

1.3.3.4.1.6. Teresa Cassia, married 1653 Cospicua to Claudio Brunet.

1.3.3.4.2. Andrea Cassia, married 1633 Cospicua to Domenica Mallia.

1.4. Simone Cassia, married 1557 Naxxar to Margherita Camilleri, with issue.

1.4.1. Marietta Cassia, married 1593 Naxxar to Ferrando Felici.

1.4.2. Caterina Cassia, married 1595 Valletta to Giacomo Sammut.

 

Footnote: Gio Maria Cassia (1.2.3.3.1.1) bought the fief of Ghariescem from the Inguanez family (Antonio Inguanez having originally bought the fief form Stefano Lo Blundo). However, Gio Maria’s son, Giacinto Cassia, was dispossessed of this fief in consequence of its having reverted to the Government of Malta, by a judgment dated the 18th June 1535, after the Rota Romana had, by various decisions (Decisiones S.R. Rom. Recentiores, Pars 6; Decis. 29, Decis, 212, Decis. 310, Decis. 314.), declared the feudal nature of the aforesaid land, which Giacinto claimed to hold in his own right. A deed of transaction was subsequently entered into between the said Giacinto and the Procurators of the Comun Tesoro of the Order. That deed was received by Notary Michele Ralli on the 14th April 1638, and was assented to by Grand Master Fr. Giovampaolo Lascaris de Castellar and his Council, on the 16th April 1638. By virtue of that transaction, the land ta ghariescem was ceded to Giacinto Cassia and to his children and to his descendants for ever, and the feudatories were to discharge the annuity which their predecessors were bound to pay. It was further agreed that the land should be possessed iure feudi; that it could not be transferred to and divided among the descendants of both sexes of Giacinto Cassia, without the Grand Master’s license, until the total extinction of the descent of Giacinto; and that the holders of it should annually pay into the Tesoro of the Order, fifty Sicilian ounces of general weight, equivalent to 10/.Sc. 4d sterling. Giacinto was to obtain the investiture, take the oath of fealty , and procure the Bulls from the Cancelleria, and all his successors in the fief were to receive the investiture from the Grand Master. See: Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.)  Regarding the title of Barone, see footnote below.

 

* Magnificus Giacinto Cassia,(died 1655) Giurato nell’ una e l’altra Universita’, (“Il medesimo porto’ in casa il feudo di Gharyexem, e Tabia, comprato dagli Inguanez, come altresi Avo suo Giulio possede fin del 1535 il territorio in contrada Vyed Dueli, & il giardino Gineyna del Migiarro.”) (2nd and last "Baron" of Ghariexem e Tabia  see footnote; “1st Baron of Ghariexem e Tabia” By virtue of Commissioners recommendation of 1878  see footnote) Married to Maddalena Surdo, 6th Baroness of Castel Cicciano, (See Castel Cicciano), (“trapasso detto titolo nel Capitano Gregorio Xerri, e da questo in una sua grave infermita, non havendo figliuoli, fu’ lasciato al Dottor Ascanio Surdo suo cugino, il quale finalmente nell’atto matrimoniale tra’ Madalena sua figliuola co’ l predetto Giacinto Cassia glielo diede con gl’altri effetti della dote.”), with issue.

1. Gio Antonio Cassia, 2nd Baron - See Below.
2. Pietro Cassia, 3rd Baron - See Below.

3. Camillo Cassia, dunm.
4. Laura Cassia, married (1) Ugolino Cumbo Navarra, married (2) to Policaro Testaferrata.

5. (illegitimate from Angelica N).  Luca Cassia, married 1675 Naxxar to Maruzzua Camilleri, with issue.

5.1 Michele Cassia, married (1) 1700 Naxxar to Celistina Vella, married (2) 1757 Naxxar to Lucrezia Perotta.

5.2. Carlo Cassia, married to Clara N, with issue.

5.2.1. Anna Cassia, married 1725 Naxxar to Andrea Gauci.

5.2.2. Salvatore Cassia, married (1) 1730 Naxxar to Maria Xerri., married (2) 1738 Teodora Debrincat, with issue.

5.2.2.1. (First Marriage) Giuseppe Cassia, married 1755 Naxxar to Lucrezia Tonna, with issue.

5.2.2.1.1. Salvatore Cassia, married 1786 Naxxar to Angela Gauci, with issue.

5.2.2.1.1.1. Maria Cassia, married 1811 Naxxar to Giovanni Gauci, with issue.

5.2.2.1.1.1.1. Giuseppe Gauci-Cassia, married 1848 Naxxar to Domenica Sammut, with issue.

5.2.2.1.1.1.1.1. Rosa Gauci-Cassia, married 1880 Mosta to Giuseppe Camilleri..

5.2.2.2. (Second Marriage) Maria Cassia, married (1) 1757 Naxxar to Andrea Debono, married (2) 1759 Naxxar to Paulo Cutajar.

5.2.2.3. Clara Cassia, married 1761 Naxxar to Andrea Galea.

6. (illegitimate from Angelica N) Paolina de Cassia, married 1655 Senglea to Giulio de Candia.

7. (illegitimate from Angelica N). Ursola de Cassia, married 1640 to Stamatello Ventura

 

Footnote: Historically, there is no grant of a title of barone di Ghariescem et Tabia. However, the holder of the fief by that name was, by Custom, accorded the title of barone. In fact, the 1878 Commission reported that: “Although no particular title of nobility appears to have been conferred upon Giacinto Cassia and his descendants in 1638, we must, however, submit that since the date of the above-mentioned transaction, seven investitures of the fief “Ghariescem” and “Tabia” were granted under the government of the Knights. The first was given to Giacinto Cassia on the 27th April 1638; the second to Gio. Antonio Cassia, on the 15th January 1655; the third to Pietro Cassia, on the 13th August 1658; in which three investitures each of the feudatories is designated as Magnificus . The fourth investiture was granted to Domenica Cassia, wife of Stanislao Xara, on the 21st August 1678, in which she is called filia vero quondam Magnifici Petri Cassia J.U.D. olim Baronis de Ghariescem et Tabia’. The fifth to Pietro Paolo Xara, on the 28th August 1721, in which the following words occur: quod quidem Pheudum ad eum uti dicta quondam Nobilis Baronissae Domonicae Cassia et Xara filium primogenitum pervenit, ad quod supradictum Nobilem Petrum Paulum Xara” The sixth was granted to Stanislao Xara, styled Nobilis Stanislaus Xara quondam Nobilis Petri Pauli Xara Pheudi de Ghariescem et Tabia Baronis filius primogenitus”; and the seventh was given on the 20th August 1797, to Felicita Chiara Sant filia vero primogenita quondam Magnificae Antoniae Bonnici sororis secundogenita quondam Magnifici Stanislai Xara olim Baronis De Ghariescem et Tabia.”. Moreover, the Commissioners also noted that “From the records of the Cancelleria it appears that in the year 1659, by a Magistral Bull, the office of Capitano della Verga was conferred upon Nobili ac Magnifico Pietro Cassia J.U.D. Baroni de Ghariescem et Tabia and that in the years 1776 and 1777 the office of Giurato was bestowed on Magnificum et Nobilem Baronem Stanislaum Xara. “For these reasons, the Commissioners after having seen these explicit declarations of the Grand Masters from 1659 to 1797, made not only on the occasions of the investiture of the fiefs, but also of the appointment of some of the descendants of Giacinto Cassia to important offices under the Government of the Maltese islands, on which occasions they were styled barons and constantly designated as nobles, declared “we do not think ourselves justified in refusing to Conte Gio Francesco Sant the title of barone, notwithstanding the non existence of the authentic and original grant of the title, and his name will therefore be inserted in our list, not only with the addition of Conte but also with that of “Barone de Ghariescem e Tabia, though the family name Cassia will not be appended to the latter title. For the foregoing reasons the date of creation is stated to be the 16th of April 1638.” See: Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.)

 

* Magnificus Gio Antonio Cassia, (died 1658), “2nd Baron” of Ghariexem e Tabia, (being the person invested on 15 January 1655 as successor of a property acquired in fief by Giacinto Cassia on the 16 April 1638), 7th Baron of Castel Cicciano,  Married to Perna d'Anastasio, and dsp.

1. (illegitimate) Veronica de Cassia, married 1674 Valletta to Nobilis Francesco Pace.

 

* Magnificus Pietro Cassia, (died 1686), “3rd Baron” of Ghariexem e Tabia, (being the person invested on 13 August 1658 as successor of a property acquired in fief by Giacinto Cassia on the 16 April 1638), 8th Baron of Castel Cicciano, Capitano della Birgu 1655-60. Married 1638 to Eugenia d'Anastasio, with issue.


1. Publio Maria Cassia, Baroncino di Ghariexem e Tabia, dunm.
2. Maddalena Cassia, married Bernardo Piscopo, Count of Mont'Alto, dsp.
3. Celidonia Cassia, married 1688 (1) Pietro Paolo Falsone, Married (2) Tomaso Portelli.
4. Beatrice Cassia, 9th Baroness of Castel Cicciano, Joint 1st Baroness of Gomerino-married Paolo Testaferrata (See Castel Cicciano, and Gomerino).
5. Sister. Amodea Cassia, "Nun", dunm.
6. Domenica Cassia, 4th Baroness
- See Below.
7. Polidoxa Cassia, married 1688 to Diego Moscati.

* Domenica Cassia, (1640-1721), “4th Baroness” of Ghariexem e Tabia, (being the person invested on 21 August 1678 as successor of a property acquired in fief by Giacinto Cassia on the 16 April 1638), Married to Stanislao Xara, 'Capitano della Verga of Malta', , 'Capitano della Verga of Malta', with issue (in the investiture granted to Domenica Cassia, wife of Stanislao Xara, on the 21st August 1678, she is calledfilia vero quondam Magnifici Petri Cassia J.U.D. olim Baronis de Ghariescem et Tabia’), with issue.

1. Domenico Xara Cassia, Baroncino di Ghariexem e Tabia, (died 1703), married Francesca Mamo, and dsp.
2. Pietro Paolo Xara Cassia, 5th Baron-See Below.
3. Eugenia Xara, married (1) Antonio Bonici, married (2) Dr Pietro Xeberras JUD.

 

* Pietro Paolo Xara Cassia, (1669-1749), (He was invested on the 28th August 1721, in which the following words occur:quod quidem Pheudum ad eum uti dicta quondam Nobilis Baronissae Domonicae Cassia et Xara filium primogenitum pervenit, ad quod supradictum Nobilem Petrum Paulum Xara”), Married Firstly to Antonia Bonici, and dsp. Married Secondly 1725 Zebbug to Contessa Costanza Leocata, with issue.


1. Stanislao Xara Cassia, 6th Baron-See Below.
2. Maria Antonia Xara Cassia, (1730-62), Married Gregorio Bonici Platamone, with issue.
2.1. Pietro Paolo Bonici Platamone Xara Cassia, (1755-83), Baroncino di Ghariexem e Tabia, married 1783 to Johanna Perdicomati Bologna, 3rd Countess of Catena, and dsp.
2.2. Chiara Bonici Platamone Xara Cassia, 7th Baroness-See Below.
2.3. Maria Bonici Platamone Xara Cassia, Married 1783 to Alessandro D'Amico Inguanez, 17th Baron of Djar-il-Bniet and Buqana, with issue.
(See That Title).
3. Perna Bonici Platamone Xara Cassia, married 1754 to Lorenzo Moscati.

 

 

* Stanislao Xara Cassia, (1726-1794), :Nobilis Stanislaus Xara quondam Nobilis Petri Pauli Xara Pheudi de Ghariescem et Tabia Baronis filius primogenitus; in the years 1776 and 1777 the office of Giurato was bestowed on Magnificum et Nobilem Baronem Stanislaum Xara), Married Teresa Moscati-Sceberras, dei Marchesi di Xrobb il Ghagin, dsp.

 

* Felicita Chiara Bonici Platamone Xara Cassia, (1757-1821), (in the records of investiture dated 20th August 1797, she is described as “Felicita Chiara Sant filia vero primogenita quondam Magnificae Antoniae Bonnici sororis secundogenita quondam Magnifici Stanislai Xara olim Baronis De Ghariescem et Tabia”, Married 1777 to Gio Francesco Sant, 2nd Count Sant, (See Sant), with issue.
The Baroness and the Count Sant had issues, Press Here here for descendants

 

 

 

 

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

Footnote#1: Gio Maria Cassia bought the fief of Ghariescem from the Inguanez family (Antonio Inguanez having originally bought the fief form Stefano Lo Blundo). However, Gio Maria’s son, Giacinto Cassia, was dispossessed of this fief in consequence of its having reverted to the Government of Malta, by a judgment dated the 18th June 1535, after the Rota Romana had, by various decisions (Decisiones S.R. Rom. Recentiores, Pars 6; Decis. 29, Decis, 212, Decis. 310, Decis. 314.), declared the feudal nature of the aforesaid land, which Giacinto claimed to hold in his own right. A deed of transaction was subsequently entered into between the said Giacinto and the Procurators of the Comun Tesoro of the Order. That deed was received by Notary Michele Ralli on the 14th April 1638, and was assented to by Grand Master Fr. Giovampaolo Lascaris de Castellar and his Council, on the 16th April 1638. By virtue of that transaction, the land ta ghariescem was ceded to Giacinto Cassia and to his children and to his descendants for ever, and the feudatories were to discharge the annuity which their predecessors were bound to pay. It was further agreed that the land should be possessed iure feudi; that it could not be transferred to and divided among the descendants of both sexes of Giacinto Cassia, without the Grand Master’s license, until the total extinction of the descent of Giacinto; and that the holders of it should annually pay into the Tesoro of the Order, fifty Sicilian ounces of general weight, equivalent to 10/.Sc. 4d sterling. Giacinto was to obtain the investiture, take the oath of fealty , and procure the Bulls from the Cancelleria, and all his successors in the fief were to receive the investiture from the Grand Master. See: Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.)  Regarding the title of Barone, see footnote below.

 

Footnote#2: Abela in his “Descrittione” refers to Giacinto Cassia as a “Barone” but not on account of his holding the fief of Ghariescem et Tabia. Abela refers to Giacinto by this title because Giacinto had come to hold the the title of Barone di Castel Cicciano by reason of his marriage to the Surdo heiress.  However the 1678 investiture refers to Ghariescem et Tabia as a barony, see footnote below.

Footnote#3: Historically, there is no grant of a title of barone di Ghariescem et Tabia. However, the holder of the fief by that name was, by Custom, accorded the title of barone which was personal to the holder of the fief. The 1878 Commission reported that: “Although no particular title of nobility appears to have been conferred upon Giacinto Cassia and his descendants in 1638, we must, however, submit that since the date of the above-mentioned transaction, seven investitures of the fief “Ghariescem” and “Tabia” were granted under the government of the Knights. The first was given to Giacinto Cassia on the 27th April 1638; the second to Gio. Antonio Cassia, on the 15th January 1655; the third to Pietro Cassia, on the 13th August 1658; in which three investitures each of the feudatories is designated as Magnificus . The fourth investiture was granted to Domenica Cassia, wife of Stanislao Xara, on the 21st August 1678, in which she is called “filia vero quondam Magnifici Petri Cassia J.U.D. olim Baronis de Ghariescem et Tabia’. The fifth to Pietro Paolo Xara, on the 28th August 1721, in which the following words occur: “quod quidem Pheudum ad eum uti dicta quondam Nobilis Baronissae Domonicae Cassia et Xara filium primogenitum pervenit, ad quod supradictum Nobilem Petrum Paulum Xara” The sixth was granted to Stanislao Xara, styled “Nobilis Stanislaus Xara quondam Nobilis Petri Pauli Xara Pheudi de Ghariescem et Tabia Baronis filius primogenitus”; and the seventh was given on the 20th August 1797, to Felicita Chiara Sant filia vero primogenita quondam Magnificae Antoniae Bonnici sororis secundogenita quondam Magnifici Stanislai Xara olim Baronis De Ghariescem et Tabia.”. Moreover, the Commissioners also noted that “From the records of the Cancelleria it appears that in the year 1659, by a Magistral Bull, the office of Capitano della Verga was conferred upon Nobili ac Magnifico Pietro Cassia J.U.D. Baroni de Ghariescem et Tabia and that in the years 1776 and 1777 the office of Giurato was bestowed on Magnificum et Nobilem Baronem Stanislaum Xara. “For these reasons, the Commissioners after having seen these explicit declarations of the Grand Masters from 1659 to 1797, made not only on the occasions of the investiture of the fiefs, but also of the appointment of some of the descendants of Giacinto Cassia to important offices under the Government of the Maltese islands, on which occasions they were styled barons and constantly designated as nobles, declared “we do not think ourselves justified in refusing to Conte Gio Francesco Sant the title of barone, notwithstanding the non existence of the authentic and original grant of the title, and his name will therefore be inserted in our list, not only with the addition of Conte but also with that of Barone de Ghariescem e Tabia, though the family name Cassia will not be appended to the latter title. For the foregoing reasons the date of creation is stated to be the 16th of April 1638.” See: Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.)

Footnote#4: It appears that Beatrice Testaferrata transferred the title of Barone di Castel Cicciano  unto her son Fabrizio Testaferrata by means of a private transaction by a deed of donation stipulated before notary Benedetto Vassallo, on the 8th February 1695. Royal assent from the relative foreign sovereign was however achieved some months later and the transaction was therefore legitimated. The said assent was entered on the 28th September of the same year was entered in quinternionibus Regiae Camerae, in virtue of a decree of the 13th September 1695.

Footnote#5: It appears that in 1734 the widowed Beatrice Testaferrata transferred the title of Barone di Gomerino to the second born Ercole Martino by means of a private transaction by a deed of donation stipulated before notary Tommaso Gatt on the 5th November 1734. Royal assent from the sovereign was however achieved in 1737 and the transaction was therefore legitimated. The property of Gomerino that Beatrice had received from her father had already been transferred to her elder son Fabrizio by means of an earlier deed made in 1713.

 

 

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