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The Noble Family of Messina

This family is already listed as a noble family in “Descrittione di Malta” (1647). Moreover, an homonymous branch, probably not descended from the medieval Maltese family settled in Malta during the 19th century, enjoying the titles of Conte (1864) and Marchese di San Stefano (1878)

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Updated 03-09-2017.

“Berto de Messina vien mentionato fra’ gl’altri principali Cittadini, che intervennero ad un Consiglio dell’ Universita’ l’anno 1420. Fu’ poscia Giurato della nostra Citta’ nel 1431. Antonio di Messina fu’ figluolo di Bartolomeo, s’ammoglio con Donna Violante Vella nel 1527, e fondo’ la cappella del Salvatore dentra la Chiesa dell’ Annuntiata de’ Reverendi Padri Domenicani nella Citta’ Vittoriosa, ov’ egli e stato Giurato, e mori senza lasciar figluoli. Nel Gozo fu’ anche Giurato un altro dell’istesso ramo nel 1466.” (From Abela’s “Della Descrittione di Malta del Commendatore Abela” (1647))

 

 

 

THE GENEALOGY OF THE MESSINA FAMILY:

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Bernardo Messina, Nobile of Castiglione Sicily 1321, with issue.
1. Milite Oliver Messina, Sequace di Federico III of Sicily 1360, married with issue.

1.1. Nobile Fra. Luca Messina, dunm.

1.2. Nobile Agostino Messina, 'Abbott', dunm.

1.3. Milite Corrardo Messina, Capitano Guardo for the King Peter III of Sicily, married with issue.

1.3.1. Milite Bertolomeo Messina, Configlio dell'Universita di Malta 1420, Giurato of Malta 1431, married with issue.

1.3.1.1. Milite Giovann-Bernardo Messina, Secretary del Regno di Sicily King John 1478, married with issue.

1.3.1.1.1. Nobile Gian-Luca Messina,  (c 1528) "Abbott", dunm.

1.3.1.1.2. Nobile Antonio Messina, Giurato of Birgu in Malta 1527, married to Donna Violante Vella, (“fondo’ la cappella del Salvatore dentra la Chiesa dell’ Annuntiata de’ Reverendi Padri Domenicani nella Citta’ Vittoriosa, ov’ egli e stato Giurato, e mori senza lasciar figluoli” - (From Abela’s “Della Descrittione di Malta del Commendatore Abela” (1647)), with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1. Nobile Stefano (Salvatore) Messina (c.1554), with issue (illegitimate).

1.3.1.1.2.1.1. Geronima di Messina, married 1595 Senglea to Gioannello Borna.

1.3.1.1.2.1.2. Agnese di Messina, married 1610 Cospicua to Agostino Merigo.

1.3.1.1.2.1.3. Petruzza di Messina, married 1614 Valletta to Bartolomeo Cassano.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4. Andrea di Messina, married 1605 Valletta to Maria Anna San Filippo, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.1. Geronima di Messina, married 1634 Senglea to Nicola Canaletto.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.2. Giuseppe di Messina, married 1656 Senglea to Scolastica N.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.3. Pasquale di Messina, married 1645 Senglea to Veronica Lamagna.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4. Domenico di Messina, married 1646 Senglea to Caterina Pipi, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4.1. Antonio di Messina, married 1694 Valletta to Imperia Manudi, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4.1.1. Giuseppe Anna di Messina, married 1721 Vittoriosa to Anna Grech, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4.1.1.1. Filippa di Messina, married 1743 Senglea to Michele De Candia.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4.1.1.2. Teresa di Messina, married 1748 Senglea to Gio Battista Grasso, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4.1.1.2.1. Agostino Grasso, married 1772 Cospicua to Anna Baldacchino, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4.1.1.2.1.1. Giuseppe Grasso, married 1810 Senglea to Flora Calafato, with issue.
1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4.1.1.2.1.1.1. Orsola Grasso, married 1838 Senglea to Aloisio Muscat, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.1. Filomena Muscat, married 1864 Birkirkara to Antonio Mamo.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4.1.1.2.2. Cristina Grasso, married 1778 Valletta to Vincenzo Pace.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4.1.1.2.3. Benedetta Grasso, married 1796 Valletta to Ludovico Bugeja.

1.3.1.1.2.1.4.4.1.2. Francesca di Messina, married 1643 Cospicua to Battista Ciantar.

1.3.1.1.2.1.5. Antonio di Messina, married (1) 1588 Senglea to Valenza Borg, married (2) 1604 Senglea to Veronica Fiteni, married (3) 1608 Cospicua to Innocenza Greco, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.5.1. (Second Marriage) Olivia di Messina, married 1622 Cospicua to Gioannetto de Alfredo.

1.3.1.1.2.1.5.2. (Third Marriage) Bellica di Messina, married 1632 Cospicua to Giovanni N.

1.3.1.1.2.1.5.3. Ignazia di Messina, married 1638 Cospicua to Andrea Vesio.

1.3.1.1.2.1.5.4. Francesca di Messina, married 1643 Cospicua to Battista Ciantar.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6. Giacobo di Messina, married 1594 Cospicua to Vincenza Randun, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.1. Matteola di Messina, married 1628 Senglea to Mariano Dans.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2. Gio Paolo di Messina, married 1626 Senglea to Grazia Carbott, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1. Teresa di Messina, married 1652 Senglea to Bartolomeo Mirabito, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1. Alessio Mirabito, married 1673 Senglea to Contessa Giovanna Pace, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1. Contessa Gaetana Mirabito, married 1694 Senglea to Gio Battista Grima, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.1. Contessa Diana Grima, married 1713 Senglea to Michele Angelo Magri, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.1.1. Conte Giuseppe Magri, married 1751 Valletta to Clara Scicli, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. Contessa Elizabetta Magri-Scicli, married 1784 Valletta to Dr Pierre Louis Ovide Doublet JUD.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.1.2. Contessa Anna Magri, married 1758 Valletta to Francesco Ritorto.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2. Conte Francesco Magri, married 1732 Senglea to Contessa Maddalena Ruggier, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.1. Conte Clement Grima, married 1745 Senglea to Rosa Farrugia.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.2. Conte Matteo Grima, married 1768 Vittoriosa to Benigna Ciaia, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.2.1. Contessa Caterina Grima, married 1807 Vittoriosa to Pietro Florian de Lucca.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.3. Conte Antonio Grima, married 1752 Vittoriosa to Orsola Russiolto.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.4. Conte Saverio Grima, married (1) 1733 Senglea to Domitilla Gandolfo, married (2) 1761 Vittoriosa to Francesca Zammit, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.4.1. Conte Gaetano Grima, married 1768 Cospicua to Caterina Zoti.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.4.2. Contessa Caterina Grima, married 1769 Cospicua to Giuseppe Montesin.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.4.3. Contessa Felicitia Grima, married 1772 Cospicua to Vincenzo Portelli, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.4.3.1. Conte Sebastiano Portelli, married 1811 Valletta to Margherita Micallef.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.4.3.2. Conte Felice Portelli, married 1827 Valletta to Giovanna Cordina.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.4.3.3. Conte Antonio Portelli, married 1810 Valletta to Orsola Farrugia.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.5. Contessa Caterina Grima, married 1736 Valletta to Giovanni Rizzo, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.5.1. Conte Lorenzo Rizzo, married 1762 Senglea to Evangelista Sacco, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.5.1.1. Conte Angelo Rizzo, married 1788 Senglea to Giovanna Rosa Vella.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.5.1.2. Conte Gio Antonio Rizzo, married 1787 Valletta to Donna Rosaria Caraffa.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.5.1.3. Contessa Caterina Rizzo, married 1781 Valletta to Felice Cauchi.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.5.2. Conte Benedetto Rizzo, married (1) 1767 Valletta to Filippa La Speranza, married (2) 1775 Valletta to Caterina Zammit, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.5.2.1. (Second Marriage) Contessa Giovanna Rizzo, married 1808 Vittoriosa to Aloiseo Camenzuli.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.5.3. Contessa Maria Rizzo, married 1777 Vittoriosa to Rolando Bartolo.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.5.4. Contessa Lucrezia Rizzo, married 1784 Vittoriosa to Francesco Gauci.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.1.2.6. Contessa Antonia Grima, married 1767 Valletta to Bartolomeo Schembri.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.2. Conte Pasquale Mirabito, married 1714 Senglea to Rosa Magro, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.1.1.2.1. Contessa Maria Mirabito, married 1736 Senglea to Vincenzo Buoncore.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2. Anna di Messina, married 1665 Cospicua to Salvatore Pons, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1. Andrea Pons, married 1690 Senglea to Maddalena Attard, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.1. Marcella Pons, married (1) 1713 Senglea to Gio Battista Mattei, married (2) 1734 Senglea to Filippo Romano, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.1.1. Rosina Romano, married 1767 Senglea to Gio Battista Salvatore Giuseppe Ludovico Azzopardi, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.1.1.1. Colonial Gio Battista sives Juan Bautista Azopardo, (1772 Senglea - 1848 Buenos Aires, Argentina), married to Maria Sandalia Perez Rico, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.1.1.1.1. Lius Alberto Maria de Los Angelos Azopardo.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.1.2. Fortunato Romano, married 1766 Senglea toi Teresa di Giovanni, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.1.2.1. Maria Romano, married 1790 Senglea to Francesco Ellul, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.1.2.1.1. Vincenzo Ellul Romano, married 1828 Senglea to Benventua Gaffiero.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.1.2.2. Vincenza Romano, married 1797 Senglea to Salvatore Grech.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.1.3. Vito Romano, married 1767 Senglea to Agata Bonett.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.2. Gioannella Pons, married 1717 Senglea to Mco Baldassare Bertis, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.2.1. Francesco Bertis, married 1757 Valletta to Maria Muscat, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.2.1.1. Teresa Bertis, married 1782 Cospicua to Francesco Fenech.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.2.1.2. Marianna Bertis, married 1785 Cospicua to Paolo Savona.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.2.1.3. Caterina Bertis, married 1791 Cospicua to Giuseppe Giglio.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.2.2. Giuseppe Bertis, married 1762 Vittoriosa to Maddalena Psaila, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.2.2.1. Angelica Bertis, married 1790 Valletta to Antonio Rizzo.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.3. Maria Pons, married 1719 Senglea to Angelo Franceschi, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.3.1. Maddalena Franceschi, married 1740 Senglea to Francesco Birme.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.3.2. Anna Beatrice Franceschi, married 1743 Senglea to Felice Martin.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.1.3.3. Grazia Francheschi, married 1751 Qormi to Salvatore Abejer.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.2. Antonio Pons, married 1694 Senglea to Domitilla del Zante.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.2.3. Rosa Pons, married 1687 Senglea to Francesco Curmi.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.2.3. Geronima di Messina, married 1657 Senglea to Niccolo di Patigniano.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.3. Maria di Messina, married 1618 Senglea to Giacobo Girard.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.4. Gio Antonio Messina, married 1672 Senglea to Petronilla de Sira, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.6.4.1. Conte Matteo Messina, created Conte Messina, Barone di Gurafi e di Comichi in Sicily - See below.

1.3.1.1.2.1.7. Nicola di Messina, married 1594 Zejtun to Mattea Carbott, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.1.7.1. Agnese di Messina, married 1610 Cospicua to Agostino Merigo.

1.3.1.1.2.1.7.2. Petruzza di Messina, married 1614 Valletta to Bartolomeo Cassano.

1.3.1.1.2.1.7.3. Innocenza di Messina, married 1618 Senglea to Giovanni Crispo de Sira.

1.3.1.1.2.2. Lucia di Messina, married to Antonio Serna, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1. Maruzza Serna, married 1605 Valletta to Agostino La Rosa, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.1. Giovanni La Rosa, married 1622 Cospicua to Elena di Corfu, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.1.1. Bartolomeo La Rosa, married 1641 Valletta to Giuseppa Mancuso, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1. Maruzza La Rosa, married 1671 Senglea to Giovanni Bisanton.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.1.2. Giuseppa La Rosa, married 1645 Valletta to Giacomo Guidice.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2. Francesco La Rosa, married 1624 Senglea to Domenica Borg, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.1. Stefano La Rosa, married 1654 Vittoriosa to Maria Stanciol.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2. Geronimo La Rosa, married 1659 Senglea to Caterina Garin, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.1. Paola La Rosa, married 1704 Senglea to Giuseppe Azzopardi.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.2. Speranza La Rosa, married 1709 Senglea to Giuseppe Farrugia.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.3. Lorenzo La Rosa, married 1704 Valletta to Maddalena Muscat, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.3.1. Ferdinando La Rosa, married 1739 Cospicua to Caterina Cachia, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.3.1.1. Maddalena La Rosa, married 1769 Cospicua to Francesco Brignone.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.3.2. Forunata La Rosa, married 1745 Valletta to Carlo Muscat.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.4. Francesco La Rosa, married 1708 Valletta to Rosa N, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.4.1. Maria La Rosa, married 1734 Senglea to Nicolas Aunier of Toulon, France.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.4.2. Maddalena La Rosa, married 1746 Senglea to Gio Antonio Curmi.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5. Vincenzo La Rosa, married (1) 1708 Valletta to Domitilla Azzopardi, married (2) 1711 Valletta to Caterina Azzopardi, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.1. (First Marriage) Salvatore La Rosa, married 1742 Valletta to Carmine Mirabella, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.1.1. Dr Vincenzo La Rosa, married 1773 Valletta to Felicita Fenech, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.1.1.1. Albino La Rosa, married 1825 Valletta to Maria Agius.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.1.1.2. Carmela La Rosa, married 1808 Valletta to Giuseppe German.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.1.1.3. Caterina La Rosa, married 1797 Valletta to Pietro Paolo Uber.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.1.1.4. Barbara La Rosa, married 1797 Valletta to Rafaele Gallo.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.1.1.5. Maria Anna La Rosa, married 1797 Valletta to Sebastiano Pesce.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.2. (Second Marriage) Michele La Rosa, married 1744 Valletta to Maria Teresa Mangion, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.2.1. Maria La Rosa, married 1769 Cospicua to Francesco Tabone.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.3. Antonio La Rosa, married 1748 Valletta to Margherita Farrugia, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.3.1. Francesco La Rosa, married 1784 Valletta to Margherita Debono, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.3.1.1. Gio Battista La Rosa, married 1812 Valletta to Margherita Messina (See Below).

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.3.1.2. Claudio La Rosa, married 1816 Valletta to Calcedonia Psaila.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.3.2. Gaspare La Rosa, married 1782 Valletta to Anna Veneziano, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.3.2.1. Margherita La Rosa, married 1810 Valletta to Michele Farrugia.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.5.3.3. Giuseppa La Rosa, married 1772 Valletta to Nobile Antonio Matteo dei Marchesi Lupi.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.2.6. Giuseppe La Rosa, married 1726 Vittoriosa to Maria Spiteri.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.3. Onofrio La Rosa, married 1670 Senglea to Maria Fabri, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.2.3.1. Domenica La Rosa, married 1689 Senglea to Nicolo Antonio Siracusa.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.3. Filippo La Rosa, married 1626 Vittoriosa to Domenica Napolitano, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.3.1. Anna Maria La Rosa, married 1700 Valletta to Giovanni Bezzina.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.4. Grazio La Rosa, married 1639 Vittoriosa to Enziona Azzopardi, with issue.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.4.1. Francesca La Rosa, married 1656 Valletta to Giovanni Camilleri.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.4.2. Maria La Rosa, married 1659 Vittoriosa to Antonio Cobrie.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.5. Cornelia La Rosa, dum.l.

1.3.1.1.2.2.1.5.1. (illegitimate) Geronima La Rosa, married 1667 Valletta to Michele Seychel.

1.3.1.1.3. Isabella di Messina, married c. 1530 to Lorenzo de Fancell.

 

 

Conte Matteo Messina, Barone di Gurafi e di Comichi in Sicily, married (c. 1720) to Donna Porzia Ruffo di Bagnara, with issue.

1. Conte Bonifaco Messina, Barone di Gurafi e di Comichi in Sicily, married 1747 Valletta to Anna Maria Barbaro, with issue.
1.1. Conte Giovanni Messina, Barone di Gurafi e di Comichi in Sicily, Governor of Calabria, (Executed by orders of Napoleon Bonaparte 1800),  married 1785 Messina to Nobile Giuseppa Casanova, with issue.
1.1.1. Count Rosario Messina, Barone di Gurafi e di Comichi in Sicily, member of the Council of Government in Malta, (1796-1875), settled in Malta 1811, Created Conte (1864) by Pope Pius IX, married 1836 Valletta to Maria de Ataliottis (d/o Nicholas de Ataliottis, Merchant from Greece in Malta and Lucia), with issue.
1.1.1.1. Dr. Giovanni Messina LL.D, Barone di Gurafi e di Comichi in Sicily, 2nd Count, (1842-1911), had a child by Carmela Bugeja, with issue
1.1.1.1.1. (Legitimate Jan 1902) Maria dei Conti Messina, (1883-1962), married 1904 Rabat Malta to Albert Edwardo Ganado, with issue

1.1.1.1.1.1. Jane Ganado, (1904-49), married Louis Warrington, with issue

1.1.1.1.1.2. Mary Rose Ganado, (1911-64), married with issue

1.1.1.1.1.3. Victoria Ganado, married Anthony Sceberras, with issue

1.1.1.1.1.4. Edward Ganado, married Maria Brandi, with issue

1.1.1.1.1.5. Dr. Godwin Ganado, LL.D (1910-64), married Mary Anne Sammut, with issue.

1.1.1.1.1.5.1. Lia Ganado.

1.1.1.2. Lucia dei Conti Messina, (1845-1912), married 1899 to Count Gaetano Tarabine Castellani, dsp.

1.1.1.3. Dr. Francesco Messina, LL.D, Barone di Gurafi e di Comichi in Sicily, 3rd Count, Created (1878) Marchese di San Stefano by Pope Pius IX, married 1906 to Lucia dei Conti Bentivoglio, dsp.

1.1.1.4. Giuseppina dei Conti Messina, (1850-1939), married 1885 to Cmdr. Edward N. Price, with issue

1.1.1.4.1. Tamara Price, married to N. Crabtree.

1.1.1.5. Concettina dei Conti Messina, (1855-1935), (Lived at Villa Marguerite at Grasse, France), married 1876 to Harman Grisewood, with issue

1.1.1.5.1. Bettina Grisewood, (d.1961), married 1913 to Robert Sholto Johnstone-Douglas, with issue.

1.1.1.5.1.1. Thomas Robert Johnstone-Douglas, (1913-.

1.1.1.5.1.2. Elisabeth Johnstone-Douglas, (1916- 2011)., married (1) 1954 to William Robert Craven, 6th Earl of Craven (d.1965)., married (2) 1966 to Kenneth Harmood Banner,  with issue.

1.1.1.5.1.2.1. (First Marriage) Thomas Craven, 7th Earl of Craven, (1957-83)., dunm.

1.1.1.5.1.2.2. Simon George Craven, 8th Earl of Craven, (1961-90), married 1988 to Teresa Maria Bernadette Downes, with issue.

1.1.1.5.1.2.2.1. Benjamin Robert Craven, 9th Earl of Craven, (1989-.

1.1.1.5.1.2.3. Lady Ann Mary Elizabeth Craven, (1959-., married 1978 to Dr Lionel Tarassenko, with issue.

1.1.1.5.1.2.3.1. Luke Ivan Tarassenko, (1988-.

1.1.1.5.1.2.3.2. Simon Robert Tarassenko, (1991-.

1.1.1.5.1.2.3.3. Noami Rachel Tarassenko, (1989-.

1.1.1.5.2. Lt-Col. Harman Joseph Mary Grisewood, (1879-1954), married to Lucille Genevieve Cardozo, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.1. Harman Joseph Gerard Grisewood, CBE, KM, (1906- 1997), married 1940 to Margaret Clotilde Bailey, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.1.1. Sabina Margaret Anne Grisewood, (1947-., married 1972 (Div 1977) to Ronald Hugh Beevor.

1.1.1.5.2.2. Peter Henry Grisewood, (1907 -1973), married to Joan Holland Townsend, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.2.1. John Patrick Grisewood, (1932-.

1.1.1.5.2.2.2. Gemma Margaret Mary Grisewood, (1944-, married 1964 to Murry Stewart, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.3. Gabriel Thomas Grisewood, (1910 -1986), married to Olive Perry, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.3.1. Daniel Grisewood MD of A.B.P, (1934-., married 1960 to Margaret Pickett, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.3.1.1. Rachel Grisewood, (1961-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.1.2. Sara Grisewood, (1962-, married 1997 to Charles P. Limage, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.3.1.2.1. Lucy Margaret Limage, (1998-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.1.3. Noami Grisewood, (1964-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.2. Alan Christopher Grisewood, (1936-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.3. Benjamin Cardozo Grisewood, (1939-., married 1972 to Hilary M. Leach, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.3.3.1. Aidan Benjamin Grisewood, (1973-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.3.2. Rebecca Hilary Grisewood, (1974-., married 2000 to David R.T. Dowey, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.3.3.2.1. Joseph Patrick Dowey, (2002-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.3.2.2. Emily Mary Dowey, (2001-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.3.3. Elena Katherine Grisewood, (1976-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.4. Mary Anne Grisewood, (1937-, married 1962 to Calum Seumas MacFarlane-Barrow, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.3.4.1. Magnus Calum MacFarlane-Barrow, (1968-., married 1996 to Julie Millar, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.3.4.1.1. Calum James MacFarlane-Burrow, (1997-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.4.1.2. Benedict Gabriel MacFarlane-Burrow, (1999-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.4.1.3. Tobias Magnus MacFarlane-Burrow, (2003-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.4.1.4. Martha Mary MacFarlane-Burrow, (1997-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.4.2. Ruth Magdalene MacFarlane-Burrow, (1963-., married 1986 to Douglas Black.

1.1.1.5.2.3.5. Lucy Grisewood, (1941-., married 1964 to Ralph Hedworth Clough CBE, with issue.

1.1.1.5.2.3.5.1. David Clough, (1965-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.5.2. Paul Clough, (1967-.

1.1.1.5.2.3.5.3. Catherine Clough, (1966-.

1.1.1.5.2.4. Mary Lucy Teresa Grisewood, (1911 -1950), married to Allan McLoughlan, with issue.

1.1.2. Contessa Maria Teresa Messina, (1799 - 1842), married 1816 Lija to Lt. Col Ludovico Gauci-Gualtieri RMA., with issue.

1.2. Conte Francesco Messina, resided in Malta with his brother., dunm.l

1.2.1. (illegitimate from Teresa Marocchi) Benedicto Messina, married (1) 1773 Birgu to Marua Cutajar, married (2) 1794 Valletta to Margherita Cassar, with issue.

1.2.1.1. (First Marriage) Giuseppe Messina, married (1) 1797 Valletta to Aloisea Failla, married (2) 1810 Valletta to Rosalia Busuttil, with issue.

1.2.1.1.1. (First Marriage) Maria Messina, married 1816 Valletta to Gio Battista Magri.

1.2.1.1.2. Margherita Messina, married (1) 1812 Valletta to Gio Battista La Rosa, married (2) 1814 Valletta to Leonardo La Bella, with issue.

1.2.1.1.2.1. (Second Marriage) Giacomo La Bella, married 1850 Valletta to Carmela Strafrac.

1.2.1.1.2. (Second Marriage) Giovanna Messina, married 1857 Valletta to Francesco Meilach.

1.2.1.2. Salvatore Messina, married 1804 Senglea to Caterina Vella.

1.2.1.3. Vincenzo Messina, married 1807 Valletta to Rosa Sabbatino.

1.2.1.4. Giovanni Messina, married 1809 Valletta to Gaetana Fenech.

1.2.1.5. (Second Marriage) Caterina Messina, married 1818 Valletta to Giuseppe Dimech.

1.2.1.6. Gaetano Messina, married 1831 Valletta to Carmela Cavalier.

1.2.1.7. Michele Messina, married 1813 Valletta to Orsola Buhagiar.

1.2.2. Caterina Messina, married 1777 Valletta to Francesco di Giorgio.

Footnote#1: There is no record nor any claim whatsoever of the 1864 title of Conte Messina in the records of the 1878 Commission. This is because the date of creation of this title is not before the annexation of Malta to the British Dominions. It should be remembered that the purpose of that report (as the report reads) was to identify those titles which were granted or recognized by the sovereign authorities of Malta during the Government of the Knights of Saint John. Some may argue that this title is not one of those titles “recognised by the British Monarch”. That argument is flawed because the purpose of the 1878 Commission was not to “recognize” but to “identify” those titles which had already been granted or recognized during the Government of the Order. This is better explained by the terms of reference to the Commissioners that ?the Secretary of State for the colonies decided that the heads of the families who, before the annexation of Malta to the British Dominions, obtained tiles of nobility, should in accordance with a precedent during the administration of the late Governor, Sir Henry K. Storks, have precedence of the Chamber of Commerce, and in order to ascertain (etc)?. In this case, the title of Conte Messina is simply not one of those titles that was obtained during the Government of the Order. 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 letter of Chief Secretary to Government to Commissioners dated March 8, 1877 (page 52).

 

Footnote#2: In addition, had this family enjoyed a title during the Government in Malta of the Order, and even if no claim whatsoever was made during the 1878 Commission, they would still in the words of Governor Straubanzee be ?At all events if there are more ?Titolati? they are at liberty at any time to prove their claims, and take the precedence to which they are entitled?. . 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 letter of Governor to Earl of Carnarvon dated December, 29 1877 (page 3)

 

Footnote#3 The 1878 title of Marchese di San Stefano was granted after the conclusion of the 1878 Commission. Therefore there can be no reference to that title in the 1878 report. (See above)

Footnote#4 As Francesco Messina died without issue, the title of Marchese di San Stefano granted in 1878 became EXTINCT. The latter extinction does not affect the other title of Conte which in accordance with the relative law may be succeeded by Francesco’s collaterals in terms of that grant.

Footnote#5 The title of Barone di Gurafi e di Comichi in Sicily is noted in Enciclopedia Storico-Nobiliare Italiana vol IV  by Vittorio Spreti, page 572-573.

 

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.
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