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The Noble Family of Xerri, holders of the title of Baron of Cicciano in the person of Gregorio Xerri (pre-1584), who is described as having died without heirs having left all his possessions to Charity.

This family is listed as a noble family in “Descrittione di Malta” (1647).

Updated 13-10-2012

“ Gregorio Xerri Dottor di leggi, ch’esercito’ il carico di Giudice ed Assessore della Corte Capitanale di Malta nel 1512, si scorge il piu’ antico ascendente riguardevole in questa famiglia; di lui fu’ figliuolo il Dottor Francesco Giurato nel 1564 & 1569 e padre dell’ ultimo Gregorio, che nel secolo nostro amministro’ egregiamente per molt’ anni le due principali ariche inieme, di questo Dominio cioe’ a’ dire di Capitano della Verga, e di Secreto, con pari sodisfattione altresi del suo Principe; Egli hebbe il titolo di Barone di Cicciano poco prima del 1584 e morendo senza eredi, lascio’ al Cumulo della Carita tutti I suoi beni, per maritaggio di povere zitelle, e per altr’ opera pie, che perpetuaranno il suo nome, anchorch’ in lui estinto il paterno ramo. Possedette questa Casa diversi poderi, e si conginse in parentdo, con le migliori dell’ Isola; ottennero parimente honorvoli gradi della nostra Citta; Nicolo’, e Cola Pietro Verri, che furono Giurati, quello nel 1553, e questo nel 1554. Il Dottor Orlando Giudice, ed Assessore della Corte Capitanale nel 1581e finalmente Gio Domenico suo figliuolo Capitano della Verga ne’ tempi nostri. (From Abela’s “Della Descrittione di Malta del Commendatore Abela” (1647))

 

 

 

THE GENEALOGY OF THE XERRI FAMILY:

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Abela describes the following genealogy but see footnotes below:

 


1. Michele Xerri, married Agata Pisani, daughter of Tomaso Pisani, with issue.
1.1. Giacomo Xerri, married Ventura Tonna, with issue.
1.1.1. Elizabetta Xerri, married 1525 to
Leonardo Xuereb.
1.1.2. Scolastica Xerri, married 1549 to
Giuliano Moscati.
1.1.3. Tomaso Xerri, dunm.
1.1.4. Giovanna Xerri, married (1)
Matteo Camenzuli., Married (2) Salvo Montagnes.
1.1.5. Caterina Xerri, married (1)
Luca Zammit, married (2) Not. Girolamo Cumbo.
1.2. Judge Gregorio Scerri, Giudice e Assessore (1512), married (1)
Marguerite Xuereb, married (2) 1535 to Paola Tabone, with issue.
1.2.1. (First Marriage) Antonio Scerri, 'Tried for Heresy in 1563'., married (1)
Isabella de Bordino, married Giovanna Bartolo, with issue
1.2.1.1. Margarita Scerri, married
Garzia Mompalao.
1.2.1.2. Paola Scerri, 'nun'., dunm.
1.2.1.3. Don. Salvatore Scerri, 'Canon', dunm.
1.2.1.4. Girolamo Scerri, married
Agata Vassallo, with issue.
1.2.1.4.1. Dr. Gio Antonio Scerri JUD, married (1) 1599 to
Agata Abela, married (2) 1603 to Lorenza Xara, with issue.
1.2.1.4.1.1. (First Marriage) Agata Scerri, married (1) 1618 to
Alfonso Xara, Married (2) 1625 to Dr. Gio Vincenzo Galea JUD.
1.2.1.4.1.2. (Second Marriage) Antonia Scerri, married
Dr. Gio Francesco Perdicomati JUD.
1.2.1.4.1.3. Domenica Scerri (Xerri),(Later a Nun -Mistress to her Brother in-law, Dr Gio Vincenzo Galea JUD).

1.2.1.5. Don. Alessandro Scerri, 'Canon', dunm.
1.2.1.6. Dr. Orlando Scerri JUD, married (1) N.N, Married (2) 1637 Naxxar  to Gerolama Sammut, with issue.
1.2.1.6.1. (First Marriage) Gio Domenico Scerri, married
Virginia Xara., with issue.
1.2.1.6.1.1. Giovanni Scerri, married 1680 Mdina to Clara Mamo, with issue.

1.2.1.6.1.1.1. Scolastica Scerri (Xerri), married 1707 Zebbug to Antonio Fenech.

1.2.1.6.2. Marietta Scerri., dunm.
1.2.1.6.3. Genevra Scerri, married Gio Filippo Cagnara.
1.2.1.6.4. Caterina Scerri, married 1602 to Fabio della Graziolo of Naples.

1.2.1.6.5. (Second Marriage) Gio Maria Xerri, married 1668 Valletta to Maria N, with issue.

1.2.1.6.5.1. Antonio Xerri, married 1684 Valletta to Teodora Portelli, with issue.

1.2.1.6.5.1.1. Rosa Maria Xerri, married 1728 Cospicua to Filippo Dimech, with issue.

1.2.1.6.5.1.1.1. Anna Dimech, married 1759 Cospicua to Clemente Cachia., with issue.

1.2.1.6.5.1.1.1.1. Grazia Cachia, maried 1789 Cospicua to Andrea Debono, with issue.

1.2.1.6.5.1.1.1.1.1. Giovanni Debono, married to Anna Azzopardi.
1.2.2. Vincenza Scerri, married (1) Giovanni Xara, Married (2) Gio Franco Castelletti.
1.2.3. Dr. Niccolo Antonio Scerri JUD, married 1554 to
Antonella Cassar, with issue.
1.2.3.1. Angela Scerri, dunm.
1.2.3.2. Marietta Scerri, married 1575 to Dr Bernardo de Laudhrit JUD.

1.2.3.3. (illegitimate from Elena N) Salvatore Xerri, married 1575 Mdina to Imperia Xiberras, with issue.
1.2.4. (Second Marriage) Gio Francesco Scerri of Castel Cicciano, married to Imperia Surdo dei Baroni di Castel Cicciano. with issue.
1.2.4.1. Antonella Scerri, married 1574 to Paolo Cumbo.

1.2.4.2. Caterina Scerri, married 1567 to Gio Paolo Manduca.

1.2.4.3. Gregorio Scerri (d. 1623), Barone di Castel Cicciano, Capitano della Verga of Malta 1584-1623, married 1579 to Imperia Cassia, with issue.

1.2.4.3.1. Gio Francesco Scerri, "Baroncino di Castel Cicciano", (d. 1598) dunm.

1.2.4.3.2. Caterina Scerri, (became a nun), dunm.l.

1.2.4.3.2.1. (illegitimate with a unknown Knight) Petronilla de Xerri, married 1605 Mdina to Bernardo Cagliola, with issue.

1.2.4.3.2.1.1. Speranza Cagliola, married 1622 Mdina to Mario Fanchel.

1.2.4.3.3. Margarita Scerri, married 1603 to Dr Ascanio Surdo JUD, Barone di Castel Cicciano.

1.2.4.3.4. (illegitimate) Gio Maria "Vito"de Xerri, married 1586 Mdina to Maria Giovanna Galea, with issue.

1.2.4.4. Don Lucis Scerri, "Chierco", dunm.

1.2.4.5. (illegitimate) Giovanni Scerri, married 1584 Mdina to Donna Margarita Ruffo di Sinapoli, with issue.

1.2.4.5.1.Agata Scerri, married 1624 Mdina to Gio Maria Mifsud.

1.2.4.5.2. Vincenzo Xerri, married 1625 Mosta to Agata Sammut, with issue.

1.2.4.5.2.1. Maria Xerri, married 1656 Mosta to Giuliano Borg.

1.2.4.5.3. Bernardo Xerri, married 1624 Mosta to Marietta Galea, with issue.

1.2.4.5.3.1. Gio Maria Xerri, married 1667 Mosta to Maria Azzopardi, with issue.

1.2.4.5.3.1.1. Domenico Xerri, married 1697 Mosta to Grazia Chetcuti, with issue.

1.2.4.5.3.1.1.1. Maria Xerri, married 1720 Mosta to Domenico Mifsud.

1.2.4.5.3.1.1.2. Evangelista Xerri, married 1727 Mosta to Giuseppe Muscat.

1.2.4.5.3.1.2. Evangelista Xerri, married 1689 Mosta to Lazzaro Chetcuti.

1.2.4.5.3.2. Speranza Xerri, married 1661 Mosta to Domenico Camilleri.

1.2.4.6. (illegitimate) Maddalena Scerri, married 1603 Birkirkara to Bartolomeo di Parisi.

1.2.5. Imperia Scerri, married (1) Lorenzo Cassar, Married (2) Antonio Bonello.
1.2.6. Gio Matteo Scerri, 'Senza Prole', dunm.

1.3. Sebastiano Scerri, married with issue.

 

N.B. Nicolo Xerri (Giurato in 1553), Cola Pietro Xerri (Giurato in 1554), Orlando Xerri (Assessore della Corte Capitanale in 1581) and his son Gio Domenico Xerri (Capitano della Verga, 1637) are described as being of the same family as Gregorio Xerri.

 

N.B. Abela’s description does not support the published view that Gregorio Scerri had a daughter Margarita from whom the later Baroni di Castel Cicciano descend. Abela’s description does not attribute this title to Gregorio’s father Francesco. See also http://www.maltagenealogy.com/libro%20d'Oro/castelcicciano.html

 

 

 

SOURCES:-

 

  1. MELITENSIA BOOK CLUB, Issue 1, Abela Commendatore Fra Gian. Francesco, Della Descrittione di Malta isola nel mare siciliano con le sue antichita’, ed altre notizie. Libr Quattro Facsimile edition. Malta, 1984.
  2. Adami collection.
  3. www.maltagenealogy.com

 

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