The Noble Family of Mompalao
This family is listed as a noble family in “Descrittione di Malta” (1647).
Moreover this family was later to be granted the titles of Barone di Frigenuini (1737) and Marchese della Taflia (1783). One of the members of this family was later to be granted the titles of Illustrissimo e Nobile (1732).
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THE GENEALOGY OF THE MOMPALAO FAMILY:-
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1. Francesco Mompalao, Giurato (c.1503)., married to Francesca Michola, nee Falsone., with issue
1.1. Antonio Mompalao. Giurato (c.1542), married Elizabetta Falsone, nee Inguanez., dsp.
1.2. Pietro Mompalao., .., (“In quell’ isola in una publica iscrittione posto sopra la gran Fontana si fa’ memoria di Pietro Mompalau’ allora uno de’ Giurati regnando il Cattolico Re’ Ferdinando”), married to Isabella.., with issue.
1.2.1. Calcerano Mompalao. Governor of Gozo (r 1542-43), (essendosi stato prima Tesoriere, e poscia Capitano Calcerano nel 1542), married 1528 to Paola dei Baroni Navarra., with issue.
18.104.22.168. Margarita Mompalao., married 1554 to Nobile Fulvio Piccinino of Spoleto, Italy.
22.214.171.124. Petruzza Mompalao., married 1557 to Antonio Mazzara e Celestri.
126.96.36.199. Garzia Mompalao., married 1581 to Nobile Margarita Xerri., dsp.
188.8.131.52.1. (illegitimate from mistress) Dr Pietro Mompalao JUD., married 1605 to Claudia Castelletti., with issue.
184.108.40.206.1.1. Dr Francesco Mompalao JUD., dunm. 1637.
220.127.116.11.1.2. Geronima Mompalao., married Dr Giacomo Falsone JUD.
18.104.22.168.1.3. Alessandro Mompalao., married (1) to Margarita Busuttil, married (2) 1690 to Natalizia Briffa., with issue.
22.214.171.124.1.3.1. (Second Marriage) Geronima Mompalao., married Pietro Paolo Vella.
126.96.36.199.1.4. Pietro Mompalao., married Caterina de Lorenzo, with issue.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. (First Marriage) Pietro Mompalao, Hereditary Knight of the Holy Roman Empire, thru his Balzano grandfather., married to Rosa Cuzkeri., with issue.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1. Fra. Saverio Mompalao, dunm.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.2. Giuseppe Mompalao, Monk, dunm.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.3. Paolo Mompalao, dunm.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.4. Alessandro Mompalao, Created, 17 September 1737 Barone di Frigenuini (Ref: Vol. 541, ff. 197r-197v See Footnote below), , married 1732 to Adeodata Cuzkeri., dsp.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.5. Gio Batta Mompalao., married 1761 to Anna Dingli, dsp.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.6. Flavia Mompalao., married Paolo Ignazio Gauci.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.7. Modesta Mompalao., married Ercole Mamo.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.8. Giovanna Mompalao., married 1761 to Antonio Rizzo.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. (Second Marriage) Antonia Mompalao., married Ferdinando Castelletti, Barone of Marsa.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Gio Batta Mompalao, (See Footnote below),
22.214.171.124.1.5. Marcella Mompalao., married 1645 to Dr Angelo Mangion JUD.
126.96.36.199.1.6. Calcerano Mompalao., married 1629 to Fiorenza Inguanez dei Baroni di Djar il-Bniet e Buqana., dsp.
188.8.131.52.1.7. Eugenio Mompalao.,dunm. 1637.
184.108.40.206. Consalvo Mompalao., dunm.
220.127.116.11. Antonio Mompalao, married 1560 Mdina to Agata Vassallo, (d/o Michele).
* Gio Batta Mompalao, 1st (and last) Marquis della Taflia (Cr. 1783), Created, 25 October 1783 Marchese della Taflia (Ref: Archives of the Order, National Library, Malta Vol. 587, ff, 294v, 299r See Footnote below), d.unm. 1787
Footnote#1: The title granted to Gio Batta Mompalao is mentioned in passing (but as a title of ‘Barone’ instead of ‘Marchese’), by the 1878 Commissioners when these were describing the three classes of titles granted by Grand Master Rohan: the Commissioners described the title as belonging to the class of ‘personal grants’, thus: On this point we must observe that the numerous grants of titles made by Grand Master Rohan may be classed under three different heads; some patents expressly providing for the perpetuity of the title specifically include the children and descendents in infinitum of the person first ennobled; such are the titles we have hitherto considered, and others which will be hereinafter inquired into. Other grants, like that the Commissioners presently considered, only designated the grantees' names without proceeding further. The patents of the Marchese Barbaro (#58), of the Conte Gatt (#62), of the Marchese Mallia Tabone (#67), and that which conferred on the 23rd October 1783, the title (now extinct) of Barone to Signor Mompalao, fall under this class.
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.) and
Footnote#2: The grant of Barone di Frigenuini granted to Alessandro Mompalao on the 17 September 1737 by Grand Master Despuig (later granted to Gaetano Pisani on the 17 June 1773 by Grand Master Ximenes) does not appear to have been considered by the 1878 Commissioners.
Footnote#3: On the 6 March 1732 Ca;cerano Mompalao was made entitled to the title of Illustrisimo e Nobile: “S.A. Sema Padrone, ordine e commanda che nella presente Prammatica s'intendono eccettuati Calcerano Mompalao, e suoi figli, e discendenti, ed anche Giuseppe Cuschieri e Catarina, giugali, con li loro figli e discendenti. Oggi li 6 Marzo 1732. Ita referent. - F.N. Nalvanus de Vajus, AUD”