"Libro d'Oro di Melita"
"Barons of San Giovanni (in Sicily) being the 1657 grant to Vincenzo Abela (extinct) and the 1777 grant to Serafino Ciantar (extinct), including Commissioners ‘description of the power to nominate in regard to this title’
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Last update: 06-02-2016.
* Noble Antonio Abela,
Saliba, with issue.
1. Domenico Abela, married 1584 to Imperia de Lucca (Lucia), with issue.
1.1.Dr Vincenzo Abela,JUD., 1st Baron -See Below.
1.2. Antonia Abela, married Salvatore Cassar, with issue.
1.2.1. Margherita Cassar Abela, married Firstly 1643 to Vincenzo Mangion, with issue. Married Secondly 1654 to Dr Cirillo Portelli, JUD, with further issue.
22.214.171.124. (First Marriage) Teodora Mangion Abela, married 1670 to Marino Vella Cassia, with issue
126.96.36.199. Teresa Mangion Abela, married Dr Pietro Giacomo Moscati, JUD, with issue.
188.8.131.52. Tommaso Portelli Abela, (1661-1682), dunm.
Marriage) Dr Raffaele Portelli Abela, JUD, 5th
2. Blasio dei Baroni Abela, married 1580 to Anna Mallia, with issue
* Dr Vincenzo
Abela, LL.D, 1st Baron of San Giovanni, (Cr:1657-Sicily),
Married 1631 to Caterina Vial Inguanez, with issue.
1. Michele Abela, 2nd Baron-See Below.
2. Angelica Abela, 3rd Baroness-See Below.
3. Rev. Gio Domenico Abela, dunm 1683.
4. Girolama Abela, 'Nun'.
5. Anna Abela, 'Nun'
6. Manuzza Abela, 'Nun'.
Footnote#1: The title of Barone di San Giovanni was granted by the Viceroy of Sicily to Dr. Vincenzo Abela and to the heirs of his body by a patent given at Messina on the 20th August 1657. It appears that to this grant, the Viceroy attached the condition that the title should be inheritable by persons to be, according to circumstances, nominated. It also appears that in 1878, the said Vincenzo was regarded as not having had any issue whatsoever. Consequently the 1878 Commissioners held that the title granted in 1657 became extinct. In fact the report states that the 1657 title was: ‘determined by the death of the said Dr Vincenzo Abela without issue’. It therefore appears that in 1878, the Commissioners were not made aware of the fact that Vincenzo did have issue and that his last descendant died without issue in 1746. (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. 223-224).
Footnote#2: At Maltese Law this title is only a foreign title and, as such, it can be considered for the purposes of precedence in Malta only if registration or Magistral recognition has been achieved in accordance with the rules of 1739 and 1795 as enacted by Grand Masters Despuig and Rohan. In this case, this title granted to Abela was never registered in Malta, nor does it appear to have received direct recognition for the Grand Masters who ruled Malta. In fact it appears that only the later title was registered (see below). This does not render the 1657 title invalid but in accordance with the rule cited above, although the title was valid, it did not enjoy precedence in Malta.
* Michele Abela, 2nd Baron of San Giovanni, dunm.
* Angelica Abela, (Died 1707), 3rd Baroness of San
Married 1671 to Costanzo de Noto, with issue
1. Vincenza de Noto, 4th Baroness-See Below.
2. Anna de Noto, married Dr. Angelo Martino Formosa, JUD, dsp.
* Vincenza de Noto, 4th Baroness of San Giovanni, (died
1740), married Dr Gio
Domenico Formosa, and dsp.
* Giorgio Serafino (Serafino) Ciantar Paleologo, 3rd Count Ciantar Paleologo, 1st Baron of San Giovanni, (Cr: 1777), Married 1756 to Elena Moneta Vella, with issue.
1. Giovanni Battista Ciantar Paleologo, 2nd Baron-See Below.
Footnote#1: The title of Barone di San Giovanni was was renewed by Ferdinand I. King of the Two Sicilies, by a patent given at Palermo on the 16th July 1777, in favour of Serafino (aka Giorgio Serafino) Ciantar and of his descendants. In the 1878 Report, Serafino is described as ‘a relation of the said Abela’. (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. 223-224).
Footnote#2: At Maltese Law this title is only a foreign title and, as such, it can be considered for the purposes of precedence in Malta only if registration or Magistral recognition has been achieved in accordance with the rules of 1739 and 1795 as enacted by Grand Masters Despuig and Rohan. In this case, this title granted to de Ribrera was never registered in Malta, nor does it appear to have received direct recognition for the Grand Masters who ruled Malta. In this case, the grant made to Serafino Ciantar was, in accordance with the law then in force, registered in the Cancelleria. Consequently, the holder of this title is entitled to precedence in accordance with the aforesaid rules.
Footnote#3: If the 1777 title is a renewal of the 1657 title, it is still unclear how to interpret the ‘condition’ imposed in 1657 by the Viceroy which limited the nomination of successors.
Battista Ciantar Paleologo, (1777-1856), 2nd Baron of
San Giovanni, 4th Count Ciantar Paleologo,
Married 1805 to Margarita Farrugia Mannarino, with issue.
1. Nobile Sir Giorgio Serafino Ciantar Paleologo, 3rd Baron - See Below.
2. Nobile Giuseppe Ciantar Paleologo, 6th Count Ciantar-Paleologo,-See Ciantar-Paleologo.
3. Nobile Elena Ciantar Paleologo, (died 1851), married Judge. Francesco Chapelle, with issue. -See Ciantar Paleologo for all Issue.
3.1. Nobile Sir Alessandro Chapelle, Kt, 4th Baron - See Below.
* Nobile Sir Giorgio Ciantar Paleologo,K.C.M.G. (1818-87), 3rd Baron of San Giovanni, 5th Count Ciantar Paleologo, dunm.
* Nobile Sir Alessandro Chapelle,
Kt. (1839-1909), 4th Baron of San Giovanni (By Nomination (?) see footnote),
Married 1865 to Ludgarda Mifsud, with issue.
1. Nobile Frans Chapelle, 5th Baron-See Below.
2. Nobile Roger Chapelle, (1868-1907), married Elisabeth Dunbar Vella, with issue
2.1. Nobile Helen (Liy) Chapelle, (1894-1974), married Carilaos Picramenos, dsp.
2.2. Nobile Georgina Chapelle, (1895-1976), married Carlo de Giorgio, (Brother in - Law to Eugenia Testaferrata Bonici), with issue
2.2.1. Nobile Chev. Roger de Giorgio KM (1922-2016), married 1947 to Mary Marguerite (Marica) Micallef, with issue.
184.108.40.206. Nobile Nicholas de Giorgio, (1948-, married 1971 to Margherita Caruana Curran, with issue.
220.127.116.11.1. Nobile Jordan de Giorgio, (1976-.
18.104.22.168.1.1. (Child by Sandro Kitcher) Max Kitcher, (2011-.
22.214.171.124.1.2. (Child by Sandro Kitcher) Ruby Kitcher, (2015-.
126.96.36.199. Nobile Patricia de Giorgio, (1950-, married 1973 to Michel Sanchez, with issue.
188.8.131.52.1. Alexandra Sanchez, (1975-, married 2005 to Roman Bertrand, with issue.
184.108.40.206.1.1. Tom Bertrand, (2007-.
220.127.116.11.1.2. Lola Bertrand, (2010-.
18.104.22.168.2. Matthias Sanchez, (1978-.
22.214.171.124. Nobile Roger de Giorgio, (1952-, married 1978 to Josianne Demajo, with issue.
126.96.36.199.1. Nobile Matthew de Giorgio, (1983-.
188.8.131.52.2. Nobile Kristina de Giorgio, (1987-.
184.108.40.206. Nobile Michael de Giorgio, married to Marianne Kock, with issue.
220.127.116.11.1. Nobile Alexander de Giorgio, (1988-.
18.104.22.168.2. Nobile Stephanie de Giorgio, (1991-.
22.214.171.124.3. Nobile James de Giorgio, (1995-.
126.96.36.199. Nobile John de Giorgio, (1960-, married 1985 to Cynthia Camilleri, with issue.
188.8.131.52.1. Nobile Yasmin de Giorgio, (1987-.
184.108.40.206.2. Nobile Amber de Giorgio, (1990-.
2.2.2. Nobile Maurice de
Giorgio, OM, (1924-2015), married Contessa Mary de Giorgio, with issue
220.127.116.11. Conte Mark de Giorgio, (1954-2001), married Mona Lisa..., with issue
18.104.22.168.1. Conte Joshua de Giorgio
22.214.171.124.2. Conte Nikolai de Giorgio, married 2004 to Patricia Camilleri., with issue.
126.96.36.199.2.1. Contessa Sophia de Giorgio, (2007-.
188.8.131.52.2.2. Conte Harry de Giorgio, (2011-.
184.108.40.206.3. Conte Sebastian de Giorgio
220.127.116.11. Conte Matthew de Giorgio
2.2.3. Nobile Edward de Giorgio.
2.3. Nobile Lucy Chapelle, (1899-1987), married Judge Eric Parnis LLD, (1897-1930), with issue
2.3.1. Nobile Roger Oscar Parnis, MD (1923-93), married Anne Caruana Galizia, with issue.
18.104.22.168. Nobile Francis Parnis.
22.214.171.124. Nobile Eric Parnis.
126.96.36.199. Nobile Clare Parnis.
188.8.131.52. Nobile Catherine Parnis.
2.3.2. Nobile Alfred Parnis, (died 1968), married Mary.., with issue.
184.108.40.206. Nobile Alfred Parnis, married Mary ..., with issue.
220.127.116.11.1. Nobile Daniel Parnis.
2.3.3. Nobile Eric Parnis
2.3.4. Nobile Sylvia Parnis., married John dei Conti Manduca.
2.3.5. Nobile Elizabeth Parnis
2.4. Nobile Edward Chapelle., (d. 1957)., married with issue.
2.4.1. Nobile Victor Roger Chapelle, (d. 2006), married with issue.
18.104.22.168. Nobile Kenneth Chapelle, (1948- . Eldest Male respresentative of Sir Alessandro Chapelle Kt.
22.214.171.124. Nobile Ian Chapelle, (1952 -.
126.96.36.199. Nobile Lorna Chapelle, (1949 -.
2.4.2. Nobile Lily Medeline Chapelle., married William MacIntyre, with issue.
188.8.131.52. Nobile William Murry MacIntyre, (1955 -.
184.108.40.206. Nobile Alastair MacIntyre, (1957 -.
220.127.116.11. Nobile Lorna MacIntyre, (1960 -.
2.4.3. Nobile Ronald Edward Chapelle, married (1) 1948 (Div 1953) to Marguerite Rose Mackenzie, married (2) to Jean N, with issue.
18.104.22.168. (First Marriage) Nobile Alan William Gordon Chapelle, (1953-., married 1980 (Div 1981) to Wanda Zambrzycki, married (2) 2003 to Beverly McMillin.
Footnote#1: It appears that in terms of Sicilian law of the time, it was permitted for a title to be transmitted through a female line. This law was however changed after Alessandro Chapelle death by the new monarchy of a unified Italy (see footnote below). In any case, it is unclear whether the ‘nomination’ in favour of Alessandro was within the ‘circumstances’ indicated by the Viceroy in 1657.
Footnote#2: In terms of the Statuto delle succesioni ai titoli e agli attrbuti nobiliari (Regio Decreto 16 agosto 1926, n. 1489 article 1 reads ‘Alle antiche disposizioni che con norme diverse, nelle singoli regioni d’Italia, regolanatutt’ ora l’ordine delle successioni, riguardo ai titoli ed attributi nobiliari concessi dai Sovrani degli antichi Stati, prima della unificazione politica, sono surrogate le disposizioni seguenti (etc).’ In the body of that law, it appears that there is no savings clause for any power ‘to nominate’ as indicated in the 1657 (and 1777) grant. Consequently, it appears that according to Italian Law the faculty to nominate was abrogated in 1926. In addition article 12 of the same Statuto reads: Le disposizioni e le consuetudini riflettenti la successione nei titoli di nobilta’, contrarie alla presemti disposizioni, sono abrogate.’
* Nobile Frans
(1866-1934), (noted as ‘5th Baron of San Giovanni’),
Married 1893 to Mary Arrigo, with issue.
1. Nobile Joseph Victor Chapelle, 6th Baron -See Below.
2. Nobile Ludgarda Chapelle, married to 8th Count Preziosi.
3. Nobile Luiga Chapelle, (died 2001), married Romeo Vadala, dsp.
4. Nobile Victor Chapelle., dunm.
* Nobile Joseph Victor Chapelle,
(1894-1962), (noted as ‘6th Baron of San Giovanni’), married 1931 to
Kathleen Edwina Peel, with issue.
1. Nobile Francis Chapelle, 7th Baron-See Below.
2. Nobile Diane Mary Chapelle, (1933-2006), married to William Kind Lanzon, with issue.
2.1. Josette Chapelle Kind.
2.2. Lisa Chapelle Kind
2.3. Paul Chapelle Kind.
Footnote#1: In terms of the Statuto delle succesioni ai titoli e agli attrbuti nobiliari (Regio Decreto 16 agosto 1926, n. 1489 article 2 reads: Le successione nei titoli nobiliari e anessi predicate ha luogo a favore dell’ agnazione maschile dell’ ultimo investito per ordine di primogenitura, senza limitazione di gradi, con preferenza della linea sul grado. I chiamati alla successione devono descendere per maschi dallo stipite comune, primo investito del titolo. I titoli non si trasmettono alle femmine, ne per linea femminile, salvo quanto dispone il primo capoverso dell’ art. 4 . The latter capoverso reads ‘Quelli concessi, oltre che tutti I maschi, anche alle femmine, spettano allo medesime solo durante lo stato nubile e non danno luogo a successione.’ Article 5 reads: I titoli provenienti da femmine, che, alla entrata in vigore delli presenti disposizioni sono legittimamente pervenuti alla lora discendenza maschile, continuano aa devolversi alla medesima discendenza, secondo le norme stabilite nel’ art. 2. Estinte le linee maschili, aventi per stipite comune la femmina intestataria del titolo, questo con gli annessi predicati ritorna, preview patenti di Regio assenso, all agnazione maschile della famiglia, alla quale apparteneva nel giorno della promulgazione delle leggi abolitive della feudalita’ osservate le norme stabilite nell’ art. 2
Footnote#2: Some time later in 1943, further Italian legislation was enacted. In terms of the Ordinamento dello Stato nobiliare italiano (Regio Decreto 7 giugno 1943, n.651) article 40 reads: Le successioni dei titoli, predicate e attribute nobiliari hanno luogo a favore della agnazione maschile dell’ ultimo investito, per ordine di primogenitura senza limitazione di gradi con preferenza della linea sul grado. I chiamati alla successione debono discendere per maschi dallo stipite commune, primo investito del titolo. I titoli, I predicate e gli attributi nobbiliari non so trasmettono per linea femminile, salvo quanto dispone il primo capoverso dell’ art. 45.’ The latter capoverso reads ‘Estinte le linee maschili, aventi per stipite, comune la femmina intestataria del titolo, questo con gli annessi predicate ritorna, previe Lettere Patenti di Regio Assenso, all’ agnazione maschile della famiglia alla quale apparteneva nel giorno della promulgazione delli leggi abolitive della feudalita, osservate le norme stabilite dall’ art. 40.’
* Nobile Francis Chapelle, (1933-2011), (noted as ‘7th
Baron of San Giovanni), married 1960 to
Anne Portanier, with issue
1. Nobile Francesca Chapelle, (1970-
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