Barone di San Giovanni, 1657, 1777.
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).
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