Gheriexem and Tabia
The first recorded Cassia was a Judge Gaddao I Cassia in 1481. A highly regarded Judge of his day. This family were well inter-breed with other landed gentry families in Malta , and Sicily.
to be descendants of the d'Aragona's ,who were Kings of Sicily and Aragon,
At the same time ,
thru marriages of noble families , such as
Vassallo, who claimed much descendants and alliances to the
In the 16th Century,
the Cassia's married very well to families , such as Baglio's, di Lenzo's
and Cumbo's increased their
stake hold of Land in Malta.
In 1568, Gio Maria
Cassia bought the fief of Ghariexem e Tabia, from the Noble Inguanez
Family. He's son Giacinto was later Created a Baron over that Fief by the
Grand Master of Malta.
A Noble marriage occured in 1579,
when Imperia Cassia married to Gregorio Scerri, 4th Baron di Castel
The family now were in
important posts, and 1613,
Gincinto Cassia married
Maddalena Scerri, future Baroness of Castel Cicccino which secured
the family to be now Nobles.
Giacinto Cassia was a
Jurat in Mdina and Valletta
and in 1638, Grand Master Jean Paul Lascaris de Castellar Created
Giacinto a Baron, with remainder to all descendants in perpetuity. So
Husband and Wife were titled, and it was the first time in this families
History to have two titles.
Baron Giacinto died in
1655, and his son Gio Antonio Cassia succeeded as the 2nd Baron di
Ghariexem e Tabia, and 7th Baron di Castel Cicciano. Gio Antonio died without issue in 1658,
and was succeeded by his Brother Pietro.
The Surdo's were a
Family of Ancient Lineage, with many connections to nobility and royalty.
They were well descendants of the Scerri's and the Mego's the Earlier Barons
of Castel Cicciano.
The Barony of Castel
Cicciano is a fief in Naples,
Italy, and was created in 1560 by King Phillip 1 of Naples and
The MEGO'S ( The
original title holders were granted the right of Civil and Criminal
jurisdiction over their Inhabitants (some thing like a principality).
The Latin Phase used
in the Letter's Patent was " IMPERIO MERO E MISTO".
The third Baron
di Ghariexem e Tabia married Eugenia d'Anastasio (a descendant of the
Abela's De guara and Cassia's
Families (also of Italian and Spanish Noble descent) Pietro sired several
daughters and died in 1686.
Pietro was a Fiscale
and Capitano della Verga of Malta 1659-60.
The eldest daughter
became the 9th Baroness di Castel Cicciano, and married in 1674 to Paolo
Testaferrata, also they were later created Baron and Baroness di
The younger daughter ,
Domenica Cassia, Became 4th Baroness di Baron di Ghariexem e Tabia, and
married Stanislao Xara (a Capitano della Verga 1671-72), in 1666.
The Xara's were also
well connected with the landed gentries and can traced their lineages to
Families like Bonici's, and Cassia's . The Xara's mainly married into
Sicilian and Maltese Nobility.
Domenica died in 1721,
and was succeeded by her Son, Pietro Paolo Xara-Cassia as the 5th Baron di Ghariexem e Tabia.
Xara-Cassia married twice, Though his second wife Costanza Leocata had
sired several children , and a much needed son to carry on the family
Pietro Paolo died died
in 1749 Stanislao (Xara) Cassia, the 6th Baron di Ghariexem e Tabia,
was Secreto to the Grand
Master de Rohan and died without issue in 1794.
His sister had married
to a Gregorio Bonici-Platamone and sire several children.
When Baron Stanislao
died in 1794, his closed male heir had died some years back in 1783.
So Stanislao sister's
eldest daughter became the 7th Baroness di Ghariexem e Tabia Chiara
Bonici-Platamone-Cassia (1757-1821) married in 1777 to a gio Francesco
Sant, 2nd Count (Conte) Sant. (Title to the remainder of male to male
descent) Chiara's sister married the premier Baron of Malta (
Djar-il-Bniet et Buqana).
This is where
the Union of Sant Cassia came about where both families joint by blood.
(the two Surnames of the first Title Holders ).
The first time in use
was in 1778, when the eldest son was born ( Luigi Sant Cassia ) who became the 8th Baron di Ghariexem e Tabia and
3rd Count Sant.
It was a celebration
in 1977, for the 200 years of this union and usage of this surname.
Today, there are other
Families of Sant with stem off this Union such as Sant Manduca, Sant
Fournier and Sant Barbaro.
All Members today can
trace their lineages back to the 4th century in the dark Centuries,
through much royalty and noble connections.
The Present Title
Holder is John Sant Cassia, the 13th Baron di Ghariexem e Tabia and 8th
Count Sant, his heirs are Chiara Sant Cassia, Baronessina di Ghariexem e Tabia ( John's sister ), and Phillip
Sant Cassia , Contino Sant ( John's Uncle).
This Present Family
are closely related and next of Kins to the Counts of Montalto, Barony of Buleben, and the Italian
Count Palatine Buzzi's and Rainier.
Lastly, The House of Cassia will live forever as part of the House of Sant name, as a true Testament of Nobility and Heritage.
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