Loreto's Father 


This birth certificate (atto di nascita, actually) also listed the names of Loreto's father (Rosato) and paternal grandfather (Bernardo) which I thought would make it a slam dunk to track the family back further.

...The problem is, I have found no birth record for a Rosato, son of Bernardo, in either Caira or Villa Santa Lucia (a nearby village that I suspect is the original home of the family).

...On 29 December 1860 a man named Rosario Vizzaccaro, age 35, married a woman named Angelantonia Nardone, age 30, in San Germano (now called Cassino) in the parish of Caira.

...Leonardo certainly sounds at least a little like Bernardo, and since both men were dead they would not necessarily be known to the person writing out the act (especially since they likely lived in a different village altogether). 

I hate dead ends, and I have been fighting two big ones right around the middle of the 19th century: Rebecca Corbett and Loreto Vizzaccaro.

I was very fortunate this spring to turn up the birth certificate of my great grandfather Loreto Vizzaccaro, which was instrumental in helping track down my living relatives in Caira. This birth certificate (atto di nascita, actually) also listed the names of Loreto's father (Rosato) and paternal grandfather (Bernardo) which I thought would make it a slam dunk to track the family back further. Not so.

The atto provided the age of Loreto's father, Rosato, in 1861: 36 years old. Simple math provides an approximate year of birth for Rosato: 1825. The problem is, I have found no birth record for a Rosato, son of Bernardo, in either Caira or Villa Santa Lucia (a nearby village that I suspect is the original home of the family). I have not read every birth record for every nearby commune, which I will do eventually, but these families rarely moved far so I have become a little worried.

Since there aren't an awful lot of Vizzaccaro families in the world, I have been working under the assumption that we all have a common ancestor in the not-so-distant past. As a result, I have been collecting data about many random Vizzaccaro births, marriages, deaths, etc in the hopes that I will eventually have a use for them.

One such random bit of data is nagging at me. I have a marriage record, an "atto di solenne promessa di matrimonie", from 1860 that offers some intriguing parallels. I'll lay them out.

On 31 October 1861 my great grandfather, Loreto, was born in San Germano (now called Cassino) in the parish of Caira. His father was Rosato Vizzaccaro, age 36, and his mother was Antonia Nardone, age 35. His grandfather was Bernardo Vizzaccaro, deceased.

On 29 December 1860 a man named Rosario Vizzaccaro, age 35, married a woman named Angelantonia Nardone, age 30, in San Germano (now called Cassino) in the parish of Caira. The groom's parents were Leonardo Vizzaccaro (deceased) and Maria Grazia di Vetta. The bride's parents were Alessandro Nardone and Lucia Miele.

The timing is right for a couple married in late 1860 to have a child in late October 1861. The names are eerily similar (Rosato/Rosario Vizzaccaro and Antonia/Angelantonia Nardone). Leonardo certainly sounds at least a little like Bernardo, and since both men were dead they would not necessarily be known to the person writing out the act (especially since they likely lived in a different village altogether).


So, are Rosario and Rosato the same man? How about Leonardo and Bernardo? I suspect there is a good chance of it, especially since the parish of Caira wasn't big. It think the odds of there being multiple Vizzaccaro families in such a small place with such similar details are not great. Still, there are enough inconsistencies to keep me from being certain. 

Posted: Thu - August 5, 2004 at 11:37 PM          


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