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The Noble family of Testaferrata, Patricians of Messina, (Branch #4, following the order established by the regrant of that title in 1792 to various lines)

- Line of the Barone Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela.

 

     

 

The Noble Marriage of Marchese Dr Martin Testaferrata Moroni Viani LLD dei Baroni di Gomerino e Tabria and the Noble Stefania Apap Bologna dei Marchese di Gnien is-Sultan e Barone di Djar il-Bniet e Buqana.  With Permisson from the Artist and Illustrator - Kenneth Zammit Tabona.

 

All Corrections/Additions are Welcome

Includes an examination of the remainder of the title of “Barone di Gomerino”

 

Last Update: 29-12-2014

* Paolo Testaferrata, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1656-1714 [NOT 1713]), married 1674 to Beatrice Cassia, Baroness of Castel Cicciano, (See That Title) , Both Jointly Created Baron and Baroness of Gomerino in 1710, Beatrice was later granted the title of Most Illustrious and Noble, with issue (see following notes establishing correct annotation of issue). For different sources' conflicting claims about Paolo's death in 1713 and 1714, see below).

 

 

1. Fabrizio Testaferrata,  Patrizio Messina e Roma, (See Below) married 1704 to Antonia Cassar-Falsone (died 1711), with issue (for complete issue (SEE Sceberras) )

1.1 Pietr'Antonio Testaferrata, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (Died 1730), married Pulcra Testaferrata, with issue.
1.1.1. Elisabetta Testaferrata, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (1727-36), d.inf
1.2. Clara Testaferrata, Baroness of Castel Cicciano, Patrizia Messina e Roma, married to
Michele Sceberras, with issue
1.2.1. Pasquale Sceberras Testaferrata, (1735-1812), Baron of Castel Cicciano, married 1755 to
Lucrezia Dorell, with issue
1.2.1.1. Antonio Sceberras Testaferrata, (1756-1843), Baron of Castel Cicciano, married 1792 to
Gerolama Trigona dei Baroni di Montagno di Marzo, with issue
1.2.1.1.1. Sir Pasquale Sceberras Testaferrata, KCMG, (1793-1869), Baron of Castel Cicciano,
Barone di Montagna di Marzo, married firstly in 1811 to Rosalea D'Amico Inguanez, dei Baroni di Djar-il-Bniet e Buqana,(died 1841) with issue
1.2.1.1.1.1 Alexander Sceberras D'Amico Inguanez, (1821-80), 15th (recte: 6th) Baron of Castel Cicciano, Barone di Montagna di Marzo, Married 1864 to Frances Ann Whittuck, with issue
(SEE Sceberras)  .

2. Ercole Martino Testaferrata, Patrizio Messina e Roma, 2nd Baron (Invested 1-5-1737) - See Below, married Veneranda Abela, with issue.

2.1.Paolo Testaferrata Abela, (1736-60) 3rd Baron married 1752 to Vincenza Matilda Perdicomati Bologna, with issue

2.1.1. Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela,Patrizio Messina e Roma, 4th Baron of Gomerino, He and his descendants were reinstated as Patrician of Messina 28 August 1792, Appointed Lord Lieutenant of Malta (1815-1827: died in office) as "Baron Pietro Paolo Testaferrata" Married 1781 to Maria Manduca Piscopo Macedonia (her father Felice was according to the 1878 Commission the last holder of the title of Count of Mont' Alto in Parma and Piacenza as per rescript dated 9 March 1725: she died dsp), married Secondly 1786 to Contessa Laudonia Moroni (her father Michele was Senator of Rome and Count of Ponte Curone 22-12-1534), with issue (see below), married Thirdly 1803 to Contessa Teresa Buzi Ranieri (her father Ciariaco was ennobled as Count 24-11-1770), with further issue (see below).

(Second Marriage)

2.1.1.1. Giuseppe Testaferrata Abela Moroni, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1792-1869), married 1826 Vincenza Gauci Ducoss (See Baron Gauci), with issue.
2.1.1.1.1. Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Testaferrata Abela Moroni, LL.D,Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1830-82), – See below  married 1863 to
Maria Angelica Testaferrata Viani , with issue
2.1.1.1.2. Maria Testaferrata Abela Moroni.,Patrizia Messina e Roma, married 1816 to
Aloiseo Lazzarini., with issue.

2.1.1.1.3. Vincenzo Testaferrata Abela Moroni,Patrizia Messina e Roma, dunm.

2.1.1.1.4. Laura Testaferrata Abela Moroni, Patrizia Messina e Roma, dunm.

(Third Marriage)

2.1.1.5. Francesco Testaferrata Abela, – See below  and dunm.

2.1.1.6. Ettore Testaferrata Abela, KM, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Married to Maria Anderson, with issue.

2.1.1.7. Augusto Testaferrata Abela, CMG., Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1823-85), – See below  married 1850 to Angelica Tagliaferro, with issue
3. Pier Giacomo Testaferrata Cassia, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Prelate of the Order of Saint John within the German Langue. He was also on the recommendation of Emperor Leopold I despatched by Grand Master Zondadari to hold the commandery of Saint Peter in Carniola with power to “godere qualunque bene dell’ Ordine Gerosolimitano in Germania, come fosse nativo” , Noble and Patrician of Citta’ del’ Castello (1739), dunm.l
 

3.1(reputed son (foundling) son of unknown Slovenian lady) Peter Pawl Glavar, (1721 - 1784), Priest and renowned apiculturist, held commanderyof Saint Peter in Carniola, bought the estate and castle of Lansprez, dunm.

4.. Eugenia Testaferrata, Patrizia Messina e Roma, married Ignazio Bonnici (See Qlejjgha), with issue.
5. Giovanna Testaferrata, Patrizia Messina e Roma, married
Pietro Gaetano Perdicomati Bologna (See Catena), with issue.

 

 

N.B. This enumeration is not followed by most published books. In fact, most published sources do not even mention the 1737 succession, and instead describe Ercole Martino as having in 1744 “succeeded” his elder brother Fabrizio in the said Barony of Gomerino by means of a nomination. It appears that the same books overlook the fact that Beatrice (who was a co grantee) survived her husband by more than 20 years.

The 1737 investiture specifically links the possession of the title of Gomerino to a deed made on the 5 November 1734 whereby the original cograntee Beatrice Testaferrata ordered that the title of Gomerino was annexed to the Testaferrata “Ta’ Xbiex” primogenitura.

 

Footnote#1: In 1792, both lines of the Testaferrata family, by then subdivided into 4 distinct lines, were confirmed in the Dignity of Patrician of Messina granted to their common patrilineal ancestor Mariano Testaferrata on the 20th December 1553. (SEE: Testaferrata Branch #1  Testaferrata Branch #2 Testaferrata Branch #3Testaferrata Branch #4  ). The Royal Commission (1878) dismissed this title as a mere municipal honour. But see http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/nobility/Testaferratapatricanships.htm http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/patricansofmessinatestaferrata.htm http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/Melita/reassessingpatrician.htm and http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/SME2/reassessmentofthemaltesenobility.html

 

Footnote#2: Beatrice Testaferrata, nee Cassia, was one of the very first recipients of the right to Illustrissimo e Nobile. Owing to a great abuse which had crept in, of notaries and lawyers giving the style of Nobile and Illustrissimo to many persons indiscriminately in public documents, the Grand Master de Vilhena issued a Pragmatic in the year 1725 in which he criminalized such unauthorized use. A copy verbatim of the Pragmatic dated 30th April 1725 is found in the sub-Enclosure in Enclosure No. 3 in the letter from Governor Simmons to The Earl of Derby dated 28 October 1884 which is published in Copies or Extracts of Correspondence with reference to the Maltese Nobility (In Continuation of C-3812) presented to the House of Lords by Command of Her Majesty, May 1886. In the said copy verbatim, there is what appears to be an exhaustive list of the persons who at different times received from the said Grandmaster and his successors, an exception from the aforesaid pragmatic, thereby allowing them the right to use the styles of Most Illustrious and Noble, namely: (1) Milite Barone Marc' Antonio Inguanez (See Djar il-Bniet) and his wife Baronessa Inguanez (See Gomerino) (30 April 1725); (2)Barone di Cicciano Fabritio Testaferrata (See:Castel Cicciano) and his mother the Baronessa di Gomerino Beatrice Cassia Testaferrata  (See Gomerino), (11 May 1725), (3) Marchese di San Vincenzo Ferreri Mario Testaferrata (See: San Vincenzo Ferreri) (9 July 1725), (4) Carlo Falson (See Falson), and Eleanora Testaferrata (See: Capo di Ferro) (13 June 1726), (5) Barone di San Marciano Diego Galea Feriolo (See: San Marciano), (2 September 1726), (6) Barone Gio Pio De Piro (See De Piro) (19 March 1727), (7) Canon Giuseppe di Costanzo (See Paganica), and Donna Rosa (See De Noto),widow of Gio Battista di Costanzo (24 May 1729), (8) Barone Isidoro Viani (See: Tabria), (27 June 1730), (9) D. Vincenzo Platamone (See Platamone),and Antonio Bonnici (??), (10) Baldassare Bonnici (13 January 1732), (11) Calcerano Mompalao (See: Mompalao)), Giuseppe and Caterina Cuschieri (See: Frigenuini) (6 March 1732), (12) Barone Saverio Gatt (See: Benwarrad) (23 August 1737), (13) Signor Ludovico Bianchi (See: Bianchi) (25 October 1741), (14) Dr.Ugolino Bonnici (5 September 1794), (15) Dr. Saverio Crispo (See:Crispo) (??) See also: http://www.maltagenealogy.com/SME/mostillustriousandnoble.htmlhttp://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/mostillustriousnoble.htm   http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility.htm

 

Footnote#3: The title of Barone di Gomerino was created by Grand Master Perellos, by a patent dated 24th December 1710, and granted to Paolo Testaferrata and Beatrice Cassia, his wife, with succession to one of their legitimate and natural descendents for ever and that the Grand Master gave to the said Paolo and Beatrice Testaferrata Cassia, and to all and each of the holders of the title of “Barone di Gomerino” in perpetuum, the power of nominating to the succession of the title one of their male descendents at their will and pleasure, and on failure of such nomination it was provided that the title should descend to their first-born child. They were invested in that title on the 10 January 1711. Succession to the title was not complete until the successor was invested.

Gomerino is the name of certain lands situated in Malta: they were granted originally as a noble fief by Frederick King of Sicily to Guglielmo Surdo, and after having been purchased by Grand Master Fr. Giovanni La Valette, they were again conferred in allodium by Grand Master Fr. Alosio Wignacourt on Gio. Maria Cassia. This allodial property eventually came to be held by Gio Maria’s grand daughter Beatrice.

However the 1878 Royal Commissioners stated that this title was being disputed between Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela Moroni and Augusto Testaferrata Abela: The Royal Commissioners decided not to express any opinion, limiting themselves to saying that it would be prudent not to hear the claimants. 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.) (See Report Paras. 24-26) and http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/baronedigomerino.htm

 

Footnote #4:  The Grand Masters created a number of titles which contemplated the right to nominate a successor. e.g. Gomerino (Testaferrata et Cassia - 1710), Budack (De Piro- 1716), San Marciano (Galea Feriolo - 1726), Tabria (Viani - 1728), Culeja (Bonnici - 1737), and Marsa (Castelletti – 1725). The faculty to nominate a successor was effective only if sanctioned by the Grand Master. See http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/titlesdisposablebynomination.htm

 

Footnote #5:  Published sources show Fabrizio as having succeeded after Paolo died in 1713.

This is wrong because Paolo died in 1714, not 1713 – see text of inscription in Cospicua Church and Convent of St. Theresa (Discalced Carmelites) reproduced at http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/baronedicastelcicciano.htm .

Footnote #6:  In 1713, Beatrice passed Gomerino property in 1713 onto her eldest son Fabrizio who had already succeeded his mother in the title of Barone di Castel Cicciano by means of a private transaction which received Royal assent in 1695. However, Fabrizio was never invested in the title of Gomerino. On the other hand, it was Ercole Martino who was invested on the 1st May 1737 as Baron of Gomerino (National Library of Malta Collections – Archives of the Order Volume 541, f. 184r) and this with reference to a private deed dated 1734 referring in turn to a primogenitura established in 1714, known as the “Ta’ Xbiex” Primogenitura. http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/thebaronstestaferrata.htm
Moreover, in 1744 that Ercole Martino (already holding the title of Baron of Gomerino) received the property of Gomerino by virtue of Fabrizio’s will.

 

Footnote #7:  It appears that there has been some confusion in published sources, even in the Royal Commissioners’ Report, between the ownership of the property of Gomerino and the succession of the title of Gomerino.  In fact, the 1878 Commissioners had already remarked in regard to the title of Barone di Gomerino that in that grant it is provided that the power of nominating a successor of the title may be made in favour of Paolo and Beatrice’s “male descendants” . It does not result from the Report why the Commissioners excluded the possibility of any female being nominated to succeed to the title when the text cited by them allows for a succession by a female. Perhaps more remarkable is that elsewhere in their report the same Commissioners observed that at the time of the 1878 Commission, the primogenital descendent of Paolo and Beatrice Testaferrata was Alessandro Sceberras Testaferrata Damico Inguanez described as first-born descendent in the primogenial line of Paolo Testaferrata and Beatrice Cassia Baronessa di Castel Cicciano his wife, who by a deed of donation stipulated before notary Benedetto Vassallo, on the 8th February 1695, granted to Fabrizio Testaferrata their first-born son… (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.) (See Report Para. 106). : However from the record of the proceedings of a later judgment given by the Corte Civile di Sua Maesta’  Prim’ Aula 9 gennajo 1882 (Testaferrata Abela vs Testaferrata Abela Moroni), it results that the Gomerino property was in 1713 the subject of a donation and it was stipulated that relative succession of that property was to benefit only males descending in the male line from Paolo and Beatrice Testaferrata.

 

In fact the donee Fabrizio Testaferrata eventually died in 1744 without agnate descendants, and the property was succeeded by his Ercole Martino.

 

On the other hand, the “Ta’ Xbiex” primogeniture was succeeded by the eldest of the family of Testaferrata Abela Moroni/ Testaferrata Moroni Viani as per rules of primogeniture whilst the Gomerino estate was succeeded by descendants of the junior Testaferrata Abela family by means of a series of nominations.

 

 Footnote#8: The Dignity of Patrician of Citta’ di Castello  was granted to Pier Giacomo Testaferrata on the 19 September 1739. There is no mention of this dignity in the claims presented to the 1878 Commissioners. 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.)

 

* Fabrizio Testaferrata, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (died 1744), “2nd Baron of Gomerino” (deemed to have succeeded Paolo in 1713, as per court judgement of 1882- see footnotes) Baron of Castel Cicciano-See Castel Cicciano. (for issue see Castel Cicciano)

Footnote #1: The Corte Civile di Sua Maesta’  Prim’ Aula 9 gennajo 1882 decided as follows (See Testaferrata Abela vs Testaferrata Abela Moroni (4 January 1882)): Che non e’ diffettosa la nomina nel titolo, per parte di Pietro Paolo Testaferrata e di Francesco, perche’  nella stessa si e’  ritenuto essere il detto titolo annesso al giardino del Gomerino, e la nomina e’ stata fatta nel giardino coll’ annessovi titolo baronale, siccome risulta bastantamente della intenzione dei detti Pietro Paolo e Francesco di nominare la stessa persona, e nel possesso del Giardino, e nel titolo; molto piu’ che questa era la volonta’ di Fabrizio Testaferrata, primogenito di Paolo e Beatrice, espressa nel di lui testamento del 12 agosto 1744,

Footnote#2: There appears to be no historic basis in asserting that Fabrizio Testaferrata succeeded the title orginally granted in 1710. He merely held the property known by the same name.

By 1734, the other cograntee (Paolo Testaferrata) was already dead. Beatrice’s act, as approved by the grand master in 1737, implies that the Grand Master did not accept Fabrizio as having succeeded the title of Gomerino after Paolo’s death in 1714 or after having received the property in 1713. Very significantly, Fabrizio who in 1725 was also a recipient of the title of Illustrissimo e Nobile was not acknowledged by the Grand Master as Barone di Gomerino.

 

It is therefore no surprise that by the time of the Royal Commission of 1878, this title was being claimed by the then holder of the “Ta’ Xbiex” Primogenitura (Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela Moroni) and the holder of the Gomerino property (Augusto Testaferrata Abela). No decision was given by the Royal Commissioners, nor were these two descendants allowed to present their respective cases before the Commission. The text of the Secretary’s list does not support the Commissioners’ view that the claimants were staking their claims to the exclusion of each other.

 

However, a court case did ensue (see above), whereby Augusto Testaferrata Abela successfully proved that he succeeded the title by a series of nominations calculated from Fabrizio’s succession in 1713 year when he received the property of Gomerino. The court case could not and did not invalidate the 1737 succession and annexation to the “Ta’ Xbiex” Primogeniture in favour of Ercole Martino. In this way, the published sources are correct where they describe Ercole Martino as having succeeded Fabrizio in 1744 in terms of the 1882 judgment, but they are incorrect because they ignore the investiture of 1737.

 

Assuming that the 1882 judgment is correct, during the period 1713 till 1737 there were two holders of the same title (Beatrice as holder of the title and Fabrizio as holder of the property) of the same title granted in 1710, and between 1737 till 1744 there were two holders (Fabrizio as holder of the property and Ercole Martino as the person invested) of the same title, one based on 1710, the other based on the 1737 decree. This would mean that we have to ignore the fact that in 1725 the Grand Master chose not to acknowledge Fabrizio Testaferrata as the Baron of Gomerino and only acknowledged Beatrice. It follows that if Fabrizio did succeed in 1713 (as per judgement of 1882) and Ercole Martino succeeded the surviving cograntee Beatrice in 1737 (as per order of the Grand Master of 1737), then there are two Barons of Gomerino!

 

Thus the Barons of Gomerino are calculated as follows:

1, (as per 1737 legislation) Beatrice (co-grantee) in 1710 succeeded by Ercole Martino in 1737. That is to say, at least during the period 1710 till 1714 there were clearly two holders (Paolo and Beatrice) of the title of Baron which originated in 1710.

2, (as per 1882 judgement) Paolo (co-grantee who donated the property in 1713 and died in 1714) in 1710 succeeded in 1713 by Fabrizio in turn by Ercole Martino in 1744;

 

The adjusted enumeration as per judgement of 1882 and the Grand Master’s decision of 1737 is as follows:

 

 

1.Fabrizio Testaferrata, (died 1744) “2nd Baron of Gomerino” (deemed to have succeeded Paolo in 1713 as confirmed by Court case 1882), Baron of Castel Cicciano-See Castel Cicciano.  See also Below.


2. Ercole Testaferrata, 2nd Baron of Gomerino (succeeded Beatrice 1737 as per Grand Master’s Decree of 1737) OR 1st Baron Testaferrata
sive “The holder of the Testaferrata Ta’ Xbiex Primogenitura referred to in the deed of 5 November 1734 who is by the sovereign’s order, the Baron of Gomerino” (cr. 1 May 1737), ALSO 3rd Baron of Gomerino (succeeding Fabrizio in 1744, as per court judgment of 1882-See Below.

 

3. Pier Giacomo Testaferrata Cassia, Prelate of the Order of Saint John within the German Langue. He was also on the recommendation of Emperor Leopold I despatched by Grand Master Zondadari to hold the commandery of Saint Peter in Carniola with power to “godere qualunque bene dell’ Ordine Gerosolimitano in Germania, come fosse nativo” , Noble and Patrician of Citta’ del’ Castello (1739), dunm.l

3.1. (reputed son (foundling) son of unknown Slovenian lady) Peter Pawl Glavar, (1721 - 1784), Priest and renowned apiculturist, held commanderyof Saint Peter in Carniola, bought the estate and castle of Lansprez, dunm.
 

4. Eugenia Testaferrata, married Ignazio Bonnici (See Qlejjgha), with issue.

 

5. Giovanna Testaferrata, married Pietro Gaetano Perdicomati Bologna (See Catena), with issue.

 

 

 

 

(1. Giuseppe Testaferrata Abela Moroni 1792-1869); (2. Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela Moroni 1830-1882); (3. Salvatore Testaferrata Abela Moroni Viani 1866-1911); (4. Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Moroni Viani 1886 -1954).

 

* Nobile Ercole Martino Testaferrata, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1684-1748), 2nd Baron of Gomerino (succeeded Beatrice 1737 as per Grand Master’s Decree of 1737) OR 1st Baron Testaferrata (cr. 1 May 1737), ALSO 3rd Baron of Gomerino (succeeding Fabrizio in 1744, as per court judgment of 1882), married 1735 to Veneranda Abela, with issue.

1. Paolo Testaferrata Abela, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1736-60),   – See below  married 1752 to Vincenza Matilda Perdicomati Bologna, with issue

1.1. Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela, Patrizio Messina e Roma, 4th Baron of Gomerino, He and his descendants were reinstated as Patrician of Messina 28 August 1792, Appointed Lord Lieutenant of Malta (1815-1827: died in office) as "Baron Pietro Paolo Testaferrata" Married 1781 to Maria Manduca Piscopo Macedonia (her father Felice was according to the 1878 Commission the last holder of the title of Count of Mont' Alto in Parma and Piacenza as per rescript dated 9 March 1725: she died dsp), married Secondly 1786 to Contessa Laudonia Moroni (her father Michele was Senator of Rome and Count of Ponte Curone 22-12-1534), with issue (see below), married Thirdly 1803 to Contessa Teresa Buzi Ranieri (her father Ciariaco was ennobled as Count 24-11-1770), with further issue (see below).

1.1.1. (Second Marriage) Giuseppe Testaferrata Abela Moroni,Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1792-1869), – See below  married 1826 to Vincenza Gauci Ducoss , Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, with issue.
1.1.1.1. Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela Moroni, LL.D, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1830-82), – See below  married 1863 to
Maria Angelica Testaferrata Viani , with issue
1.1.1.1.1. Salvatore Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, – See below, (1866-1911), married 1886 to Contessa
Caroline Barbaro Sant , with issue.
1.1.1.1.1.1. Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, – See below, (1886-1954), married 1922 to Contessa Carmela Cremona, with issue.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Salvatore Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1930-, See below  married 1962 to Monika Ammerman, with issue.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Christopher Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1964- , married 1991 to Daniela Vinci, with issue
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Stephen Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1994-
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2. Petra Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizia Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1992-
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2. Dr Martin Testaferrata Moroni Viani LLD, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1969-., married 2004 to
Marchesa Stephanie Apap Bologna Sceberras d'Amico Inguanez, , Hereditary Noble of Hungary., with issue.

1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2.1. Nicholas Henry Testaferrata Moroni Viani.,Patrizio Messina e Roma, (2005-, Hereditary Noble of Hungary.

1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2.2. Martina Josefa Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (2007-, Hereditary Noble of Hungary.

1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2.3. Sophia Maria Pilar Testaferrata Moroni Viani,Patrizia Messina e Roma, (2007-, Hereditary Noble of Hungary.

1.1.1.1.1.1.1.3. Carmen Petra Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (1963-66), Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, dunm.

1.1.1.1.1.1.2. Mario Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1932-2007), Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married 1957 to Jane Borg Hampton, with issue.
1.1.1.1.1.1.2.1. Peter Paul Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1960-, married 1985 to Theresia Vincenti Kind, with issue
1.1.1.1.1.1.2.1.1. Sarah Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizia Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1986-
1.1.1.1.1.1.2.1.2. Mark Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1988-
1.1.1.1.1.1.2.1.3. Peter Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1994-
1.1.1.1.1.1.2.2. Paul Stephen Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1965-, married 1990 to Clara Galea, with issue
1.1.1.1.1.1.2.2.1. Luke Testaferrata Moroni Viani,Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1992-

1.1.1.1.1.1.2.2.2. Diane Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizia Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1994-
1.1.1.1.1.1.2.3. Caroline Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizia Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1958-, married Gerald Zammit, (His late Brother married to
Maria Galea-Testaferrata)., with issue.
1.1.1.1.1.1.2.3.1. Matthew Zammit Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.
1.1.1.1.1.1.2.3.2. Amanda Jane Zammit Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.
1.1.1.1.1.1.3. Maria Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizia Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1923-99), married 1948 to
Lino Testaferrata Bonici (See Qlejjgha), with issue.

1.1.1.1.1.1.4. Beatrice Testaferrata Moroni Viani,Patrizia Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1927-2007), dunm.
1.1.1.1.1.2. Maria Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizia Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1899-1954), married 1921 to
Victor Denaro, with issue
1.1.1.1.1.2.1. Marcelle Denaro (1922-), Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married 21-11-1943 to Joseph Bonici Mallia
1.1.1.1.1.2.1.1. Louisetta Bonici Mallia (1946-), Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married 24-4-1965 to
Chev.John Mary Sant Manduca, (see Count Sant for descent)
1.1.1.1.1.2.1.2. Dr John Bonici Mallia MD., (1945-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.
1.1.1.1.1.2.1.3. Paul Bonici Mallia (d.2000), Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married Margaret Curmi, with issue
1.1.1.1.1.2.1.3.1. Simon Bonici Mallia, (1985-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.
1.1.1.1.1.2.1.3.2. Michael Bonici Mallia, (1988-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.
1.1.1.1.1.2.1.4. Victoria Bonici Mallia, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married Louis Camilleri, with issue

1.1.1.1.1.2.1.4.1. Louisa Camilleri, (1981-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.

1.1.1.1.1.2.1.4.2. Juliana Camilleri, (1985-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.
1.1.1.1.1.2.1.5. Anna Bonici Mallia, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married
Maurice Meli Bugeja (See Cassar-Torreggiani
1.1.1.1.1.2.1.6. Charmaine Bonici Mallia, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married David Attard, with issue

1.1.1.1.1.2.1.6.1. Christopher Attard, (1983-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.

1.1.1.1.1.2.1.6.2. Adrian Attard, (1985-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.

1.1.1.1.1.2.1.6.3. Felicity Attard, (1989-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.
1.1.1.1.1.2.2. Dr Donald Denaro MD, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married May Camilleri
1.1.1.1.1.2.2.1. Victor Denaro, (1956-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married 1983 to Elizabeth Mary Pace, with issue.

1.1.1.1.1.2.2.1.1. Alex Denaro, (1984-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.

1.1.1.1.1.2.2.1.2. Marie Claire Denaro, (1986-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.
1.1.1.1.1.2.2.2. Helena Denaro, (1962-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.
1.1.1.1.1.2.2.3. Christianne Denaro, (1958-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married 1980 to
Ian Wirth Trigona, with issue

1.1.1.1.1.2.2.3.1. John Wirth, (1984-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.

1.1.1.1.1.2.2.3.2. Elaine Wirth, (1987-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.

1.1.1.1.1.2.2.3.3. Bernadine Wirth, (1992-, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.
1.1.1.1.1.3. Beatrice Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizia Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married Conte Salvatore Cremona.

1.1.1.1.1.4. Suor Inez Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizia Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (Nun), dunm.

1.1.1.1.1.5. Elvira Testaferrrata Moroni Viani, Patrizio Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married to Meme’ Scicluna, with issue:

1.1.1.1.1.5.1. Anne Scicluna, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married to N. Baal

1.1.1.1.1.5.2. May Scicluna, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married Joseph W Micallef

1.1.1.1.1.5.2.1. Richard Micallef., Hereditary Nobile of Hungary,

1.1.1.1.1.5.2.2. Elizabeth Micallef., Hereditary Nobile of Hungary,

1.1.1.1.1.5.2.3. Patrick Micallef, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.

1.1.1.1.1.5.2.4. Danielle Micallef, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married Robert Sant.

1.1.1.1.1.5.3. Tony Scicluna, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married to N. Dingli

1.1.1.1.1.5.4. Joseph Scicluna, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary.

1.1.1.1.1.5.5. Lilian Scicluna, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married to Alfred Sant Fournier..

1.1.1.1.1.6. Laura Testaferrata Moroni Viani, Patrizia Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, , married to George Bryon, with issue.

1.1.1.1.1.6.1. Inez Bryon, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married Frank Calleja

1.1.1.1.1.6.2. Mary Bryon, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married Giovanni Paolini

1.1.1.1.1.6.3  Edith Bryon, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married Thomas Zerafa

1.1.1.1.1.6.4. Eileen Bryon, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married Alfred Fsadni, with issue.

1.1.1.1.1.6.4.1. Dr Ivan Fsadni, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary,.

1.1.1.1.2. Rosario Testaferrata Moroni Viani,Patrizia Messina e Roma, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, (1871-1935), Married 1895 to Maria Mizzi, with issue.
1.1.1.1.2.1. Mary Violet Testaferrata Moroni Viani Patrizia Messina e Roma, Baronessa di Tabria, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, married 1921 to
Marchese John Scicluna.
1.1.2. Maria Testaferrata Abela Moroni.,Patrizia Messina e Roma, married 1816 to
Aloiseo Lazzarini., with issue.

1.1.2.1. Cav. Col. James Lazzarini CMG (1882), married to Caroline Carleton, with issue.

1.1.3. Vincenzo Testaferrata Abela Moroni,Patrizia Messina e Roma, dunm.

1.1.4. Laura Testaferrata Abela Moroni, Patrizia Messina e Roma, dunm.

(Third Marriage)

1.1.5. Francesco Testaferrata Abela, Patrizio Messina e Roma, – See below  and dunm.

1.1.6. Ettore Testaferrata Abela, Patrizio Messina e Roma, KM, Married to Maria Anderson, with issue.

1.1.6.1. Beatrice Testaferrata Abela, (d. 1899), Patrizia Messina e Roma, married 1878 to Colonel R.C. Goff. , with issue. (Goff-Testaferrata).
1.1.6.1.1. Francis Goff Testaferrata, (d. 1891).

1.1.7. Augusto Testaferrata Abela, CMG., Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1823-85), – Barone di Gomerino, See below  married 1850 to Angelica Tagliaferro, with issue
1.1.7.1. Ugo Testaferrata Abela, (1851-1914), Patrizio Messina e Roma, – Barone di Gomerino See below  married 1905 to Louisa Borg Cardona, with issue
1.1.7.1.1. Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1906-59), – Barone di Gomerino - See below  dunm.
1.1.7.1.2. Adriana Maria Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (1907-2002), – Baronessa di Gomerino- See below  dunm

1.1.7.1.3. Maria Stella Testaferrata Abela, (1909-91) Patrizia Messina e Roma, , married 1942 to Dr Frank Callus, M.D., with issue.
1.1.7.1.3.1. Myriam Callus Testaferrata Abela, (1943-, Baronessa di Gomerino – married 1973, to Alan Chemel, with issue
1.1.7.1.3.1.1. Nobile Elizabeth Chemel Testaferrata Abela, (1975-, Baronessina di Gomerino, married 2006 to John Manche., with issue.

1.1.7.1.3.1.1.1. Nobile Francesco Giovanni Manche Testaferrata Abela, (2007-.

1.1.7.1.3.1.1.2. Nobile John Albert Manche, (2010-.

1.1.7.1.3.1.1.3. Nobile Jane Manche, (2014-.
1.1.7.1.3.2. Nobile Victoria Callus, (1949- , Married 1971 to Anthony George Tabone, (d. 2015), with issue.
1.1.7.1.3.2.1. Peter Tabone, (1977-, married to Francesca N.
1.1.7.1.3.2.2. Paula Tabone, (1972-, married to Sandro Micallef , with issue
1.1.7.1.3.2.2.1. Julia Micallef, (2001-.
1.1.7.1.3.2.3. Francesca Tabone, (1979-., married 2013 to James Ellul, B.Com, ACCA.
1.1.7.1.4. Nobile Sister Pia Maria Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, Sister of the Order of Mary, Help of Christians, (1911-76), dunm.
1.1.7.1.5. Nobile Aurea Maria Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (1912-).

1.1.7.2. Nobile Hector Testaferrata Abela, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1854-1904), married Joan Sammut, with issue
1.1.7.2.1. Nobile Augusto Testaferrata Abela, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1885-..)
1.1.7.2.2. Nobile Hector Testaferrata Abela, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1888-..), married Pia Sammut Inglott, with issue
1.1.7.2.2.1. Nobile Giovanni Ercole Testaferrata Abela.,Patrizio Messina e Roma, married Veronica ..
1.1.7.2.2.1.1. Nobile Julian Testaferrata Abela, Patrizio Messina e Roma, (1970-
1.1.7.2.3. Nobile Angela Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (1886-..)
1.1.7.2.4. Nobile Maria Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (1895-..)
1.1.7.2.5. Nobile Inez Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (1895-.)
1.1.7.3. Nobile Teresa Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (1852-1928), married
Sir Philip Sceberras.Kt.Bach., with issue (SEE Sceberras)
1.1.7.4. Nobile Olimpia Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (1866-1915), married 1890 to Philip Kirton, with issue.
1.1.7.4.1. Hugh Alfred Kirton, (1891-1969), married to Virginia Mae Williams, with issue (other issue).

1.1.7.4.1.1. Philip Cooper Kirton, (1924-1993), dunm.
1.1.7.4.2. Godfrey Francis Kirton, (1898-1985), married to Helen Meyer Dietrick, dsp.
1.1.7.4.3. Henry Kirton, (1892-1893), d.inf.
1.1.7.4.4. Maria Kirton, (1894-1895), d.inf.
1.1.7.4.5. Emily Kirton, (1895-1897), d.inf
1.1.7.5. Nobile Stella Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (1868-..), married 1885 to
Joseph Ricardo dei Marchesi Bugeja, with issue.

1.1.7.6. Nobile Beatrice Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, (1858-70), dunm.

1.1.8. Nobile Adelaide Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, married to Conte Lazzaro Sant Fournier .

Third Marriage)

2. Nobile Maria Testaferrata Abela, Patrizia Messina e Roma, married to Marchese Vincenzo De Piro, with issue.

 

Footnote#1: Ercole Martino Testaferrata was the second and last person to have been formally invested in the 1710 title of Baron Testaferrata of Gomerino.

Following the 1737 investiture, and order of primogeniture, succession is reckoned as follows: Paolo and Beatrice Testaferrata (joint 1st Baron and Baroness), Ercole Martino Testaferrata (1st possessor of the Primogenitura, 2nd Baron), Paolo Testaferrata Abela (3rd Baron), Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela (4th), Giuseppe Testaferrata Abela Moroni (5th) Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela Moroni (6th), Salvatore Testaferrata Moroni Viani (7th), Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Moroni Viani (8th),  Salvino Testaferrata Moroni Viani (9th).

On the other hand, Francesco and Augusto Testaferrata Abela are noted as having succeeded the property of Gomerino, Francesco by their father and Augusto by said Francesco following an earlier nomination of 1744 based on the 1713 donation.

Following the 1713 donation of the property, supplemented by the 1882 judgment, succession is reckoned as follows: said Paolo Testaferrata (1st Baron), Fabrizio Testaferrata (2nd Baron, succeeding the property in 1713 by donation), said Ercole Martino Testaferrata (3rd Baron, succeeding the property in 1744 ‘by nomination’), said Paolo Testaferrata (succeeding as 4th not 3rd Baron), said Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela (succeeding as 5th not 4th Baron),  Francesco Testaferrata Abela (6th ‘by nomination’), Augusto Testaferrata Abela (7th ‘by nomination’) Ugo Testaferrata Abela (8th), Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela (9th), Adriana Maria Testaferrata Abela (11th). Fiefs were abolished in Malta 1969 with a savings clause “nothing shall affect any title of nobility, and the laws in force concerning any such titles shall continue to have effect”. The question whether this renders the title transmissible by descent or whether it is extinct is discussed at http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/1969legislation.html

 

Footnote#2: On the assumption that neither the 1737 investiture nor the private nominations are valid, the title would be succeeded in order of Primogeniture. At the time of the 1878 Commission, the primogenital descendent of Paolo and Beatrice Testaferrata was Alessandro Sceberras Testaferrata Damico Inguanez described as first-born descendent in the primogenial line of Paolo Testaferrata and Beatrice Cassia Baronessa di Castel Cicciano his wife, who by a deed of donation stipulated before notary Benedetto Vassallo, on the 8th February 1695, granted to Fabrizio Testaferrata their first-born son…… (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.) (See Report Para. 106). In this way succession would be reckoned as follows: said Paolo and Beatrice Testaferrata (1st Baron and Baroness), Fabrizio Testaferrata (2nd Baron, succeeding his parent at their death), Clara Sceberras (3rd Baroness, succeeding her father at his death), Pasquale Sceberras Testaferrata (4th Baron succeeding his mother at her death), Antonio Sceberras Testaferrata (5th Baron succeeding his father at his death), Pasquale Sceberras Testaferrata (6th Baron succeeding his father at his death), Alexander Sceberras D’Amico Inguanez (7th Baron succeeding his father at his death), Maria Francesca Carmen Sceberras D'Amico Inguanez, (8th Baroness, succeeding her father at his death),  Alexander Chesney Sceberras D'Amico Inguanez, (primogenial descendant of Paolo and Beatrice Testaferrata succeeding Maria Francesca at her death as 9th Baron),  Frances Mary Carmen Chesney D'Amico Inguanez (10th Baroness, succeeding her brother at his death), Carol Ann Sceberras Trigona (primogenial descendant of Paolo and Beatrice Testaferrata succeeding Frances Mary at her death as 11th Baroness).

Footnote#3: There appears to be no historical basis of Fabrizio Testaferrata ever holding the title of Barone di Gomerino with the Grand Master’s consent.

As at 1713 (year of the donation of the property to Fabrizio), 1714 year (when Paolo died), 1725 (when Beatrice and Fabrizio received the title of Most Illustrious and Noble), 1734 (when Ercole Martino received the title as holder of the “Ta’ Xbiex” Primogenitura) and 1737 (when Ercole Martino was invested in the title of Barone di Gomerino), the property was not held by the holder of the title of nobility.

 

 

 


Titled, De Jures and Heirs.

* * Titled: (see notes above on 1737 and 1744 successions)

 

 

Special Terms (Grant): Tribuentes iisdem Paulo et Beatrice omnibusque ac singulis aliis qui omni futuro tempore ac in perpetuum titulo ac prerogativa Baronis Gomerini fruentur, facoltatem nominandi et eligendi unum ex dictis eorum descendentibus sive marem sive foeminanam, ad ipsorumet libitum et beneplacitum, pro hujusmodi titulo Baronis Gomerini consequendo et adipiscendo, dictaque nominatione et electione minime facta, ex tunc censeatur per eosdem eorumque singulos barones, nominatus et electus ipsorum Primogenitus, nisi eri ad Sacros Ordines promotus et in Religione professus et in defectu marium foemina primogenita

 

 

Special Terms (1737 Succession): (See 1737 Decree which states that Ercole Martino was succeeding Beatrice after a private deed made before Notary Tomaso Gatt of the 5 November 1734).

 

Special Terms (1744 Succession): (See 1882 judgement which states that Fabrizio succeeded the title when he received the property by donation in 1713)

 

 

 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
  3. www.maltagenealogy.com

 

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