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"Counts di San Paolino d'Aquilejo (1819)"

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* Judge Biagio Bonavita JUD,"Arrived to Malta from Venice 1600"., married Isabella de Forli, with issue
1. Girolamo Bonavita, married 1651 at Porto Salvo to Pasqua Consiglio (former wife of Antoinio La Rocca), with issue.

1.1. Michele Giovanni Bonavita, married 1674 Attard to Maria Debono, with issue.
1.1.1. Dr Claudio Biagio Bonavita JUD, married Anna Ciantar.
1.1.2. Not. Domenico Bonavita, married 1712 at Porto Salvo to Maddalena Caceiatori d'Aragona, with issue Judge. Salvatore Bonavita JUD., "Secretary to the Consolato del Mare".,, married firstly to Regina Champion, Married Secondly 1788 Valletta to Modesta Formosa, with issue. (First Marriage) Not. Luigi Garino Bonavita, married 1786 at San Giorgio, Gozo to Lurita Cauchi, with issue. Vincenzo Bonavita, married Francesca Muscat, with issue. Loreta Bonavita., married N.N. Schembri. Caterina Bonavita
Sir Ignazio Gavino Bonavita, K.C.M.G (1792-1865). Francesca Bonavita Not. Raimondo Bonavita Dr. Ignazio Bonavita, 'Celibe'. Aromotorio Bonavita, 'Celibe'. Emmanuele Bonavita Don. Dr. Saverio Bonavita JUD, 'Priest'. Aloisia Bonavita, married 1776 at San Paolo, Valletta to Dr. Salvatore Scifo, with issue. Oriota Bonavita, married Firstly to Dr. Francesco Giovanni Zahra Clinsciant, with issue. Married Secondly 1795 to Carlo Mamo. (First Marriage) Leopoldo Zahra Clinsciant, married 1805 at Porto Salvo to Antonia Fontani
, with issue. Zeffro Zahra Clinsciant, married 1851 Valletta to Caterina Agius Delicata. Luigi Zahra Clinciant, married 1859 Valletta to Annetta Fontani dei Conti di Senia, with issue. Dr. Gaetano Bonavita JUD, married 1751 at Porto Salvo to Angelica Farrugia, with issue Dr. Vincenzo Bonavita JUD, married 1775 at Porto Salvo to Maddalena Gatto, with issue. Dr Carlo Bonavita - See Below. Marianna Bonavita, 'Celibe' Giovanna Rosa Bonavita, married 1820 to Dr Francesco Vincenzo Abela. Caterina Bonavita, married 1813 at Porto Salvo to Dr Francesco Gregorio Gatt JUD. Maria Bonavita, married
Dr. Gio Carlo Borg Olivier Dr Benedetto Bonavita JUD, married 1803 to Teodora Muscat., with issue. Gio Silvo Bonavita., married 1825 to Emmanuele Cachia. Not. Guiseppe Bonavita, married Elena Mifsud, with issue. Innocenza Bonavita, married 1806 at Porto Salvo to Guiseppe Attard, with issue. Caterina Bonavita, married 1811 at Porto Salvo to Alessandro Ferzolo of Miliano, Italy Dr. Benedetto Bonavita JUD, married 1803 Valletta to Teodora Muscat with issue. Don. Gaetano Bonavita. dunm. Not. Gio Silvio Bonavita, married Emmriola Cachia Bridiga Bonavita, 'Celibe'. Not. Gio Bartolomeo Bonavita.

1.1.3. Giuseppe Bonavia, married to Caterina Filipone, with issue. Maria Bonavita, married 1756 Senglea to Andrea Debono, with issue. Capt Michele Debono, (migrated with family to Egypt), married 1800 Birkirkara to Teresa Carabott, with issue. Andrea Debono, Explorer of the Nile, (1821-1871 Cairo, Egypt), married an Abyssinian girl, with issue. Battista Debono. Antonia Debono, married 1821 Birkirkara to Giuseppe Borg. Lazzarina Debono, married 1829 Birkirkara to Giovanni Pisani. Salvatore Debono., married 1825 Birkirkara to Elena Psaila. Lorenzo Debono, married 1830 Birkirkara to Maddalena Mifsud. Giovanni Debono, married 1789 Senglea to Anna Maria Azzopardi, with issue. Giuseppe Debono, married 1834 Senglea to Teresa Vincenza Borg. Giuseppe Debono, married 1784 Senglea to Caterina d'Antonio, with issue. Elizabetta Debono, married 1801 Senglea to Domenico Pellegrini.
1.1.4. Not. Ignazio Bonavita, married Firstly 1740 to Giovanna Rosa Mangion, Married Secondly 1771 at Porto Salvo to Domitilla Zerafa.


* Dr Carlo Antonio Bonavita, JUD. 1st Count of San Paolino d'Aquilejo, (Cr:1819 by Two Sicilies) married 1810 to Elisabeth Carbott Testaferrata dei Baroni della Grua, with issue.


1. Saverio Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, 2nd Count - See Below.

2. Rev. Guiseppe Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, 3rd Count - See Below.

3. Gioacchino Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, 4th Count - See Below.

4. Giuseppa Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, married to Salvatore Giuseppe Vella, with issue.

4.1. Leonilda Vella Bonavita, married 1872 Birkirkara to Dr Cristoforo Frendo Mannarino JUD.

4.2. Elisabeth Vella Bonavita, married to Conte Gioacchino Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata - (See Below).

4.3. Dr Vincenzo Vella Bonavita JUD, married to Nobile Rosa Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata (See Below), with issue.


Footnote#1: There is no record nor any claim whatsoever of the 1819 title of Conte di San Paolino d’Aquilejo 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 (1530-1798). 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 di San Paolino d’Aquilejo is simply not one of those titles that was obtained during the Government of the Order and does not in any way diminish its validity. 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 able to enjoy precedence:- ‘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 Carnavon dated December, 29 1877 (page 3) .


* Saverio Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, (died 1849), 2nd Count of San Paolino d'Aquilejo, dunm.

* Rev. Guiseppe Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, (died 1871), 3rd Count of San Paolino d'Aquilejo, dunm.

* Gioacchino Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, (died 1890), 4th Count of San Paolino d'Aquilejo, married 1850 to Rosanna Rizzo, with issue.


1. Guiseppe Maria Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, 5th Count.- See Below.


* Guiseppe Maria Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, (died 1906), 5th Count of San Paolino d'Aquilejo, married to Elisabeth Vella, with issue.

1. Capt. Giovanni Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, 6th Count-See Below.
2. Vincenzo Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, married Amelia Howard and dsp.
3. Rosa Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, married Dr. Vincenzo Vella, MD., (Sister of Elisabeth Vella)., with issue.
3.1. Capt. Francesco Vella Bonavita RMA, (died 1956), married Maria Rosa Ferro Montalto, with issue.
3.1.1. Charles Vella Bonavita, 7th Count of San Paolino d'Aquilejo., married 1976 to Marie Vella Critien.
3.1.2. Marion Vella Bonavita, (d. 2014), married 1977 to Notary Joseph Henry Saydon, with issue. Dr Henry Frank Saydon LLD, (1980- Notary Maria Christina Saydon, (1978-, married to Jacques N, with issue. Max N.
3.2. Guiseppe Vella Bonavita, (Died 1994), married Mary Calleja Gera, with issue.
3.2.1. Roger Vella Bonavita, M.A, (1940-., Contino di San Paolino d'Aquilejo, married 1967 to Judith Helen Wood, B.A (Hons) Dip. Ed (d. 2015), with issue. Dr. Helen Louise Vella Bonavita Ph.D., (1969-.
3.2.2. Martin Vella Bonavita,(1946-., married (1) Margaret Alamangio Cook, married (2) Alexandra Clark, with issue. (First Marriage) Major. Simon Vella Bonavita, RAR., M.Sc., (Australian Army), married to Lt. Cmdr. Fiona McNaught RAN (Royal Australian Navy), with issue. Jasmine Jade Vella Bonavita, (2004-.
3.3. Rev. Paul Vella Bonavita, S.J, dunm.
4. Marie Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, dunm.
5. Carlotta Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata, dunm.


* Capt. Giovanni Bonavita Carbott Testaferrata RMA, (1880-1975), 6th Count of San Paolino d'Aquilejo, married (1) to Mary Reynaud, married (2) to Maria Pantalleresco and dsp.


Titled, De Jures and Heirs.

* (Limited to Males to male descendants only) Titled: Charles Vella Bonavita as the 7th Count.
* Heir-next Male: (his cousin) Roger Vella Bonavita, as the Contino.



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