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"Marchesi della Taflia (Grant to Saverio Alessi 1790 and special remainder)"
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Last Update: 08-02-2015.
* Sebastiano Alessi of Syracuse Sicily, married 1672 to Maria....., with
1. Benedetto Alessi-See Below.
2. Gregorio Alessi, married Carla NN, with issue
2.1. Claudio Alessi, married 1721 to Rosa Gatto., with issue.
2.1.1. Anna Alessi., married 1737 to Nicolao Xuereb, with issue.
220.127.116.11. Magistrate Vincenzo Xuereb, married 1784 Valletta to Costanza Basset.
18.104.22.168. Maria Xuereb, married 1764 Valletta to Bendetto Pisano.
2.2. Clara Alessi, married 1729 to Andrea d'Armenia (Son of Francesco and Marie)
(Note: Sebastiano had a brother who also came to Malta, Francesco Alessi whom married 1669 Valletta to Vittoria Pace.)
* Benedetto Alessi,
married 1692 to Paola Catalaro, (Dau of Giuseppe and Tecla Isuard), with issue
1. Francesco Alessi-See Below.
2. Adriano Alessi, married 1736 to Generosa d'Anna, with issue.
2.1.Agata Alessi, married to Nicola Bisani, with issue.
2.1.1. Gio Domenico Bisani, married 1815 Valletta to Maria Nicola Flaccamento.
2.2. Carlo Alessi, married to Anna Maria N, with issue.
2.2.1. Lazzarina Alessi, married 1768 Valletta to Giuseppe Lubrano, with issue.
22.214.171.124. Agnese Lubrano, married 1794 Senglea to Paolo Calafato, with issue.
126.96.36.199.1. Carmela Calafato, married 1828 Valletta to Gio Battista Attard.
188.8.131.52. Maria Anna Lubrano, married 1815 Vittoriosa to Caetano Forte.
3. Paolo Alessi, married 1738 to Maddalena Debono, (dau of Giovanni and Anna)
* Francesco Alessi, married 1720 to Elisabetta Paget (Dau of Paolo and Teodora), with issue
1. Saverio Alessi, 1st Marquis-See Below.
2. Paolina Alessi, married 1759 to Pasquale Fournier., with issue.
3. Teodora Alessi., married 1759 to Capt. Giacomo Preziosi., with issue.
* Note: Francesco and Saverio had given freedom to a Teresa "Family Slave" which she was baptised with the surname of de Alessi, and married at San Paolo, Valletta to Rosario Zahria.
Saverio Alessi, 1st Marquis della Taflia
(Cr:1790 ( See Footnote below), married Firstly on 1756 to Saveria Scicluna
(Died 1777), with issue. Married Secondly 1783 to Gertrude Bres, with issue
1. (First Marriage). Sig Vincenzo Alessi, dunm. 1783.
2. (First Marriage). Marchesa Angelica Alessi, married Leonardo Cognidi, dsp.
3. (Second Marriage). Marchese Vincenzo Alessi, 2nd Marquis - See Below.
4. (Second Marriage). Marchese Dr Francesco Aless, LL.D. (1787-1836), married 1810 to Francesca Giglio (dau of Dr Giuseppe and Caterina Berris), with issue
4.1. Marchese Saverio Alessi, 3rd Marquis - See Below.
4.2. Marchese Bernardo Alessi, 4th Marquis - See Below.
4.3. Marchesa Caterina Alessi (1815-66), married 1832 to Frederick Sedley, with issue
4.3.1. Marchese Frederick Sedley Alessi, 5th Marquis - See Below.
4.3.2. Marchesa Thomasine Sedley Alessi dei Marchesi di Taflia (1815-66), married 1852 to The Hon. Richard Cornwall Legh, with issue.
184.108.40.206. Marchese Hubert Cornwall Legh (died 1926), married 1893 to Edith Selina Cavendish-Cavendish, and dsp.
220.127.116.11. Marchese Sydney Cornwall Legh (1861-1953), dunm.
18.104.22.168. Marchese Arthur Cornwall Legh (1872-1917), married 1895 to Beatrice Lucy, and dsp.
5. Marchese Mederico Alessi dei Marchesi di Taflia (died 1839), married 1818 to Giuseppa Maria Aguis Vassallo dei Baroni della Bauvso, with issue
5.1. Marchese Enrico Alessi (died 1873), married 1860 to Margherita Zarb, with issue
5.1.1. Marchese Carmelo Alessi (1861-1914), married 1880 to Elena Vella, with issue.
22.214.171.124. Marchesa Maria Giuseppina Alessi (1883-1917), married 1911 to Giuseppe Borg Falzon, with issue
126.96.36.199.1. Marchese Dr Giuseppe Borg Falzon Alessi. M.D (1916-78), De Jure Marquis di Taflia., dunm.
188.8.131.52. Marchesa Maria Margherita Alessi (1885-1979), married 1918 to Giovanni Sammut, with issue
184.108.40.206.1. Marchese Joseph Sammut Testaferrata Alessi, B.Phil (1920-, Acknowledged by the COP/LOM as the 7th Marquis di Taflia, married 1957 to Lina Bugeja, with issue
220.127.116.11.1.1. Marchesa Cheryl Sammut Testaferrata Alessi, B.Pharm (1958-
18.104.22.168.2. Marchese Carmelo Sammut Alessi (1923-2005). , married 1963 to Anna Azzopardi, with issue
22.214.171.124.2.1. Marchesa Miriam Sammut Alessi.
126.96.36.199.2.2. Marchese Ivan Sammut Alessi.
188.8.131.52.3. Marchesa Maria Sammut Alessi (1925-. , married 1941 to Emanuel Attard, with issue
184.108.40.206.3.1. Marchese Walter Attard-Sammut Alessi (
220.127.116.11.3.2. Marchesa Yvonne Attard-Sammut Alessi (
18.104.22.168.3.3. Marchesa Diane Attard-Sammut Alessi (
22.214.171.124.4. Marchesa Maria Concetta Alessi (1886-1968), married 1911 to Carmelo Sammut. Ph.C, with issue
126.96.36.199.4.1. Marchese Dr Giuseppe Sammut Alessi , LL.D (1912-77), married 1944 to Helen Borg, with issue
188.8.131.52.4.2. Marchese Dr William Sammut Alessi Ph.C (1917-98), married 1944 to Mary Vella, with issue
184.108.40.206.4.2.1. Marchese Dr Charles Sammut Alessi, MRCS, (1954- , married Rosemary Jane Gough.
220.127.116.11.4.2.2. Marchesa Marie Josette Sammut Alessi (1946-, married (divorced, June 2004) to Lt.Col. The Count Chevalier Dr. Charles A. Gauci KHS KLJ(J) MD FRCA FIPP FSA.Scot RAMC(Retd.) , with issue
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Marchesa Camilla Louisa Gauci-Alessi, (1983-.
126.96.36.199.4.2.3. Marchesa Anne Marie Sammut Alessi, B.A (Econ) (1949- , married 1972 to Dr Joseph Psaila MD, FRCS, with issue
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Marchesa Nicola Psaila Alessi (1976-
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Marchese Bethan Psaila Alessi (1979-
22.214.171.124.4.3. Marchese Rev. Luigi Sammut Alessi, SJ (1920-
126.96.36.199.4.4. Marchese Victor Sammut Alessi (1921-78), married Dolores Delceppo (Daughter of Dionizju and Grace Lautier), with issue.
188.8.131.52.4.4.1. Marchese Denis Sammit Alessi.
184.108.40.206.4.4.2. Marchesa Patricia Sammut Alessi.
220.127.116.11.4.4.3. Marchesa Lorraine Sammut Alessi, married to N. Vargas.
18.104.22.168.4.5. Marchese Edward Sammut Alessi (1923-, married 1958 to Mary Gulia Millard, with issue
22.214.171.124.4.6. Marchese Francis Sammut Alessi (1925-, married 1954 to Maria Blance Naudi, with issue
126.96.36.199.4.6.1. Marchese Mario Sammut Alessi, (1955-, married 1983 to Sandra de Martino, with issue.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Marchese Andrew Sammut Alessi, (1984-.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Marchesa Veronica Sammut Alessi, (1989-), d.inf.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Marchese Edward Sammut Alessi, (1990-.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Marchesa Veronica-Ann Sammit Alessi, (1994-.
220.127.116.11.4.6.2. Marchese Michele Sammut Alessi, (1956-, married 1985 to Agnese Borg Manche, B.A. (Gen), with issue.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Marchese Dr. Julian Sammut Alessi MD.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Marchese Kurt Sammut Alessi, BE&A (Hons).
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Marchese Steven Sammut Alessi.
18.104.22.168.4.6.3. Marchesa Elena Sammut Alessi, (1958-, married 1990 to Dr John Cassar LLD, with issue.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Marchese Beppe Cassar.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Marchese David Cassar.
220.127.116.11.4.7. Marchese Paul Sammut Alessi (1930-2001), married 1959 to Louise Genovese, with issue
18.104.22.168.4.7.1. Marchese Bernard Sammut Alessi, married to Mary Cassar Torreggiani, with issue.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Marchesa Cristina Sammut Alessi, married to Dan Wild, with issue.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1. Marchesa Amy Wild.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Marchese Andrew Sammut Alessi.
22.214.171.124.4.7.2. Marchese Carmel Sammut Alessi, ( d. 2014), married with issue.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Marchesa Eve Sammut Alessi.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Marchesa Wendy Sammut Alessi, married to Sean N, with issue.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1. Sean N.
126.96.36.199.4.8. Marquesa Carmela Sammut Alessi (1914-
188.8.131.52.4.9. Marquesa Helen Sammut Alessi (1928-2013), dunm
5.2. Marchese Paolo Alessi, married 1838 Valletta to Anna Saveria Fenech.
5.3. Marchesa Brigitta Alessi, married 1858 Birkirkara to Amabile Nuzzo.
6. Marquesa Elisabetta Alessi, married 1805 to Vincenzo Fontani Crespi, 1st Conte di Senia.
7. Marquesa Marianna Alessi, married 1812 to Benedict Muller de Friedburg, Baron of the Holy Roman Empire, with issue.
8. Marchese Onorato Alessi, married 1813 to Giovanna Cassar, (daughter of Dr. Lorenzo and Ursola Magri)., with issue.
8.1. Marchese Francesco Alessi, (1815-)., married 1846 to Teodora Fontani dei Conti di Senia., with issue.
8.1.1. Marchese Onorato Alessi Fontani, (1848-)., married 1871 to Elisabetta Fontani dei Conti di Senia, with issue.
184.108.40.206. Marchese Francesco Alessi Fontani, (1875- 1928 Cairo), married 1908 London to Laura Elizabetta von Wallburg, Styled Princess of Hungary, with issue.
220.127.116.11.1. Marchese Olivier Alessi Fontani, (1909 Cairo - 1961 Beirut Lebanon) , married 1942 to Jane Muscat, with issue.
18.104.22.168.1.1. Marchesa Elizabetta Alessi Fontani, ( 1944 - 1999 New Mexico USA), "Nun", dunm.
22.214.171.124.1.2. Marchese Francis Alessi Fontani, (1947 - 1976 Beirut, Lebanon), dunm.
126.96.36.199.2. Marchese Christian Alessi Fontani, (1911 Cairo - 1993 Singapore) , dunm.
188.8.131.52.3. Marchesa Alexandria Alessi Fontani, (1914 Cairo -1953 Paris, France) , married 1940 to Tommaso Moscati de Pembroke.
184.108.40.206.4. Marchese Charles Alessi Fontani, (1915- Cairo - 1948 Cairo) , dunm.
220.127.116.11.5. Marchesa Louise Alessi Fontani, (1917 Cairo - 1967). , married 1937 to Carlo Cilia.
8.1.2. Marchese Carlo Alessi Fontani, (1849-)., married 1871 to Rachel Fontani dei Conti di Senia. , with issue.
18.104.22.168. Marchese Francesco Alessi, (1873 -), dunm.
22.214.171.124. Marchesa Anna Alessi, (1875 -), married 1891 to Antonio Giappone.
126.96.36.199. Marchesa Vittoria Alessi, (1878 -), dunm.
8.1.3. Marchesa Georgiana Alessi Fontani, (1852-)., married 1888 to Marchese Daniele Testaferrata.
8.2. Marchese Giorgio Alessi, (1817-)., married 1848 to Antonia Fontani dei Conti di Senia., with issue.
8.2.1. Marchese Francesco Alessi, (1852-), married 1979 to Vincenza Azzopardi. , with issue.
188.8.131.52. Marchese Giorgio Alessi, (1882 - 1942), married 1919 to Ferdinanda Said y Sedona, with issue.
184.108.40.206.1. Marchese Alessandro Alessi, (1922 - 2003 Alberta, Canada), married 1953 to Joan Dawson, with issue.
220.127.116.11.1.1. Marchese Thomas Frederick Alessi, (1956 Alberta, Canada - 2010 Soloman Islands), "Monk", dunm.
18.104.22.168.1.2. Marchese Benjamin Vincent Alessi, (1959 Alberta, Canada -), married 1984 to Lisa Green, with issue.
22.214.171.124.1.2.1. Marchesa Katherine Alessi, (1988 -.
126.96.36.199.1.2.2. Marchesa Natalie Alessi, (1992 -.
188.8.131.52.1.3. Marchesa Caroline Alessi, (1963 Alberta, Canada -, married 1988 to James Reed, with issue.
184.108.40.206.1.3.1. Marchesa Bianca Reed, (1990 -.
220.127.116.11.1.3.2. Marchesa Zahra Reed, (1993 -.
18.104.22.168. Marchesa Marianna Alessi, (1890 -), married 1919 to Mario Testaferrata.
8.2.2. Marchesa Enrietta Alessi, (1855-)., married 1880 to Ignazio Bonici Mompalao
8.3. Marchese Enrico Alessi, (1819- 1902 Cairo)., married 1853 to Elizabetta Fontani dei Conti di Senia., dsp.
8.4. Marchesa Maria Louisa Alessi, (1820-)., married 1848 to Giovanni Maria dei Principe Said., with issue.
8.5. Marchesa Patrizia Alessi, (1822-)., married 1840 to Martino dei Conti Preziosi.
8.6. Marchesa Anna Ferdinanda Alessi, (1824-), married 1842 to Antonio dei Conti Preziosi.
8.7. Marchesa Anna Maria Alessi, (1825-)., dunm.
Footnote#1: The patent conferring the title of Marchese della Taflia was on the 13th November 1790, granted by Grand Master Rohan to the aforesaid Saverio Alessi. In this grant a singular circumstance is noticeable. The patent of creation bears that the title is inheritable by the grantee’s descendants in the following terms: - Tibi Magnifico ac Nobili Xaverio Alessi tuisque legitimis descendentibus tribuimus, concedimus, et donamus, ac de Marchionis hujusmodi titulo decoramus, nec non ita nominari pose ac debere. ;The grant does not state whether the title should be enjoyed by all the said descendants simultaneously, or by only one of them under the rule of primogeniture. 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. 70-71 ) and http://www.maltagenealogy.com/SME/taflia.html
Footnote#2; The 1878 Commissioners did not enter into the merits of the remainder, noting only that this grant was in the family, always taken to be limited to the first-born descendant only, contenting themselves with the fact that The claimant of the title of Marchese della Taflia, Bernardo Alessi, is the grandson of the person first ennobled, and the first-born male child in the family. No person having disputed his claim, he will be included in our list, and styled Bernardo Alessi Marchese della Taflia. It should be recalled however that the same Commissioners elsewhere in their report stated that it cannot be assumed that titles can be lawfully explained, construed, or extended by private agreements. 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 also http://www.maltagenealogy.com/SME/testaferrata2.html
Footnote#3. It is also worthwhile noting that the argument that such title has always been considered as descendible only in the primogenial line of the original grantee cannot hold. (It is also to be remarked that this argument was merely observed by the Commissioners and that they neither agreed not disagreed with it.)
This is being said because: (1) when one considers the fact that the grant relative to Taflia is worded in terms which are different to those relative to other grants and extensions made by the same Grand Master. For example the title of Ghain Kajet (4.06.1796) reads tuisque descendentibus primogenitis legitimis et naturalibus tribuimus concedimus, et donamus, the title of Gnien-is-sultan (1.12.1792) reads Tibi Magnigico Philippo Apap, tuisque descendentibus masculis legitimis et naturalibus ipsisque deficientibus, foemina majori natu, tribuimus, concedimus et donamus, ac te Marchionis hujusmodi titulo decoramus, and the extension to Fiddien (17.06.1793) reads Fiat pro primogenitis maribus tantum. Similarly, the San Giorgio extension (5.6.1792) accorded remainder to all (male) descendents in perpetuum; (2) Moreover, whilst the Commissioners remarked in regard to title of a foreign origin that they cannot, in fact, suppose that the Grand Masters were disposed to recognize, without any investigation, and as a matter independent of their own sovereign assent and approbation, as Titolati in their dominion, any persons indiscriminately who should have obtained a title of nobility from ay foreign Sovereign, 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 Para. 102), it is reasonable to assert that the Grand Master knew full well that different remainders bring along different implications, and (3) Moreover, it is manifest that the grant of 13.11.1790 does not include any references to remainder by primogenial descent.
Footnote#4. This grant of Taflia is also different to the extension of San Giorgio in the sense that the former is the actual grant whereas the latter was made after a rescript. Thus, in view of the absence of any clause limiting the remainder of the Taflia title to the primogenial descendant, the grant relative to the title of Taflia must be construed as favouring all legitimate descendants of Saverio Alessi.
* Marchese Vincenzo Alessi (1784-1841), “2nd
Marquis della Taflia” (recte: joint 2nd Marchese della Taflia
( see footnotes above), dunm.
* Marchese Saverio Alessi (1815-68), “3rd
Marquis della Taflia” (recte: joint Marchese della Taflia (see footnotes
* Marchese Bernardo Alessi (1819-1903), “4th
Marquis della Taflia” (recte: joint Marchese della Taflia (see footnotes
* Marchese Frederick Sedley Alessi
(1837-1921), “5th Marquis della Taflia” (recte: joint
Marchese della Taflia ( see footnotes above), married 1871 to Edith Fanny
Langdon, with issue
1. Marchesa Ethel Maud Sedley Alessi (1872-1953), 6th
Marchioness della Taflia (recte: joint Marchesa della Taflia see footnotes above), married 1916 to
James Williamson-Wearing, JP. , without issue.
Special Terms: Tibi Magnifico ac Nobili Xaverio Alessi tuisque legitimis descendentibus tribuimus, concedimus, et donamus, ac de Marchionis hujusmodi titulo decoramus, nec non ita nominari pose ac debere.
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