"The Noble House of Tagliaferro “ Title of Conte Tagliaferro (1892)”

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The "TAGLIAFERRO" family of Malta descend from the Parma branch of the "TAGLIAFERRI" of Parma and Genoa, Italy. Their genealogy is found in the works of Crescenzio and Aralci. ANTONIO TAGLIAFERRI of Parma (circa 1477) aided the Prince's of Pallavicinis, Cantelli of Parma and Scolti of Piacenza who settled in Genoa. ANTONIO had a child:- GABRIELE TAGLIAFERRI (1502) a poet and founded a fencing school in Viterbo. We then go to:- SIMON OF GENOVA 1750 Founded a merchant shipping line, had children who settled in Malta.

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Paolo Tagliaferro, Genoan Jewish Merchant/Privateer to the Greek islands, (Seems to be based in Malta, Genoa, and the Greek islands), married 1561 Birkirkara to Elizabetta Seychel, (d/o Giorgio), with issue.


1. Vincenzo Tagliaferro, Merchant, married 1619 Valletta to Diana Anna Oliva of France, with issue.

1.1. Bartolomeo Tagliaferro, Merchant, married 1646 Vittoriosa to Antonia Alessi of Sicily, (Aunt of Sebastiano Alessi), with issue.

1.1.1. Camillo Tagliaferro, merchant from Genoa to the Greek islands and to Malta, married (c. 1670) to Marchesa Allegra Cecilia Pallavicini, Patrizia Genoa, with issue.

1.1.1. Sig. Fabio Antonio Tagliaferro, Merchant of Genoa (Was in Malta for some time), married 1709 Valletta to Grazia Claudia Gris of France, with issue. Sig. Emmanuele Simone Tagliaferro, Merchant of Genoa, married (c. 1760) in Genoa Italy to Pellegrina Musso of Genoa, with issue. Sig. Biagio Tagliaferro, 1810 created Knight Commander of the Order of St George of Russia, Hereditary Knight of the Russian Empire and of St John of Malta in Russia, (1777 in Genoa-1862 Malta) Settled in Malta about 1819 (Note: Has travelled to Russia to enter into the Maltese Order of St John and become a Hereditary Knight or Baron. Seems that an extension of his brother in-law's title to his sister's descendants could have been made for his male-to-male descendants), married Firstly 1809 at the Republic of Genoa to Giovanna de Scivoli, Married Secondly in 1848 to Teresa Pangavecchia (Dau of Lorenzo and Teodora Bonello) (First Marriage)
Girolamo Tagliaferro,
Created (15 April 1892) Conte  by Pope Leo XIII, 2nd Hereditary Knight of St John of Malta in Russia, born 1812, married 1848 Valletta to Marianna Borg, with issue.
Conte Alfredo Tagliaferro, 3rd and Last Hereditary Knight of St John of Malta in Russia, (1853-1913), married to Mary Grant, dsp. Contessa Olga Tagliaferro, died 1919, married to Alfred Sant Fournier, 5th Count Fournier - (Note the title of Count Tagliaferro is claimed from this line). Conte Arturo Tagliaferro, (1850-80)., dunm. Chev Giacomo Tagliaferro, (1813-78), CMG, married 1854 to Elena Mamo, with issue. James Napoleon Tagliaferro, (1857-1939), De Jure Hereditary (4th) Knight of St John of Malta in Russia, married (1) to Maria Grech-Mifsud, married (2) 1910 to Elizabeth Knott, with issue Frederick James Tagliaferro, (1883-1916), married to Priscilla Edith Wills, with issue Leslie Eugene Frederick Tagliaferro, (1907-1991), De Jure Hereditary (5th) Knight of St John of Malta in Russia, married to Gladys Ethel Annie Bromly, with issue Geoffrey Tagliaferro of England. Keith John Tagliaferro Jane Anne Tagliaferro Bertram Eugene Tagliaferro, ( 1885-1954), married to Dora Friend,  with issue Stanley Tagliaferro 'Changed Surname to Terry' (1919-84), married to Nanette Holland, with issue. Kevin Terry, (1956-., married to Lynn Morgan, with issue. James Terry, (1984-. Sarah Terry, (1986-. Alexandra Terry, (1991-. Eileen Tagliaferro, (1909-., married to George Smith. Victor Tagliaferro, (1858-. Frederick Tagliaferro, (1869-1918) Mary Giovanna Tagliaferro, (1859-1927), married William Leeson Ryan Ella Inez Dolores Tagliaferro, (1862-1907), married 1906 to Lieut. W. Molley, R.N Simeone
Tagliaferro, 1823-1859., dunm. Pellegrina Tagliaferro., married 1845 Senglea to Giovanni Pace Balzan., with issue. Rosa Pace Balzan., married (1) 1865 Valletta to Salvatore dei Marchesi Bugeja., married (2) 1880 to Marquis Carlino Bugeja Carmela Pace Balzan., married Gaetano Ellul., with issue. Gio Batta Ellul., married 1867 to Elena Fabri. Grazia Tagliaferro, married 1846 to Marchese Guglielmo Testaferrata. Rosina Tagliaferro, married 1852 Valletta to Pantaleone Disboreghia. Giuseppe Tagliaferro, married 1820 Senglea to Maddalena Tossi of Genoa, (Moved to the Black Sea and Genoa). Aloisea Tagliaferro, married 1764 to Gaetano Tonna, married (2) 1781 Valletta to Dr Felice Vella Castiglione JUD.

1.2. Natalizia Tagliaferro, married 1648 Valletta to Bartolomeo Delicata.

1.3. Rosalina Tagliaferro, married 1655 Valletta to Francesco San Filippo.

2. Margherita Tagliaferro, married 1581 Attard to Maso Sapiano.



Footnote The 1887 title of Conte Tagliaferro was obviously granted after the conclusion of the 1878 Commission. Therefore there can be no reference to that title in the 1878 report. 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 Tagliaferro is simply not one of those titles that were 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) and http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/referencegrants.html.





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