Paternal Ancestry of Perry Vito Zizzi:Information about Giuditta Ardente
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Giuditta Ardente (b. 09 Nov 1841, d. Aft. 1865)Giuditta Ardente278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296 was born 09 Nov 1841 in Cisternino, Brindisi, Italy, and died Aft. 1865.She married Cosimo Damiano Semeraro on 17 Apr 1856 in Cisternino, Brindisi, Italy297, son of Nunzio Oronzo Semeraro and Maria Teresa Gasparro.
Notes for Giuditta Ardente:
Giuditta was abandoned at birth, probably on the steps of the Church of San Nicola, as was the custom at that time in Italy.Her surname Ardente means "spirited, ardent".Such a name, known as an "augurale", was given to foundlings and illegitimate children, which were quite common in Italy due to the extreme poverty and inheritance by the eldest male of all the family land, and therefore wealth.(For more information on foundlings, illegitimate children and orphans in Italy, see "Italian Genealogical Records", by Trafford R. Cole.)Although Giuditta's marriage banns indicate that the lineage on her maternal side was "recognized" and that a death record for her mother was provided, these may have been formalities required by the Catholic Church to permit her to be married.
Also, the marriage banns refers to her as "Giuditta Ardente Antico."This surname never again appears in the birth records of her children that I examined.It may simply reflect the fact that she was living with someone named Maria Rosa Antico, perhaps having been taken in as a child to act as a servant for the Antico family.
More About Giuditta Ardente and Cosimo Damiano Semeraro:
Marriage: 17 Apr 1856, Cisternino, Brindisi, Italy.297
Marriage Notes for Giuditta Ardente and Cosimo Damiano Semeraro:
As is evident from the dates, Giuditta was pregnant prior to marriage.In fact Cosimo was only 17 years old, while Giuditta was a mere 14!Although nowadays there is a common misconception to the contrary, these were not average marriage ages at that time.
Giuditta reportedly gave birth to 21 children.
Children of Giuditta Ardente and Cosimo Damiano Semeraro are:
- +Nunzio Semeraro, b. 25 Jan 1859, Cisternino, Brindisi, Italy, d. 02 Jan 1918, Barbour County, West Virginia.