Title in succession: 7th
Date created: 1657 (1777)
Grant: King Philip IV of Spain
Granted To: Vincenzo Abela
Remainder to: the heirs each title holder having the right to nominate his
or her successor
Present Holder: Vacant
Note: The title became extinct in 1746 but was revived by Ferdinand I, in
favour of Serafino Ciantar,
3rd Count of Ciantar Paleologo a kinsman of Vincenzo Abela. This re-grant was
Palermo in 1777, was registered at the Chancellory of the Order and given full
recognition by the Grand Masters.
The fief of San Giovanni was first created in 1657 at
Messina to Dr Vincenzo Abela LL.D by King Philip IV of Spain, as King of
Sicily with remainder to his heirs of his body each holder having the
right to nominate his or her successor.
The third Barony
di San Giovanni was presented in 1657 at Messina to Vincenzo Abela, whose
family has , one hundred years earlier, emigrated to Sicily from Malta.
Abela's descendants subsequently returned to Malta, but apparently the
title was never officially claimed until 117 years later by Count Serafino
This fief is situated in Sicily , the title becme
extinct in 1746 but it was revived by Ferdinand I, King of Two Sicilies in
favour of Serafino Ciantar , 3rd Count Ciantar-Paleologo, a kinsman of
Vincenzo Abela. The re-grant which was made in Palermo in 1677 was
registered at the chancellery of the Order and for matters of precedence
in Malta, the title is taken as having been created in
Baron Frans Chappelle
Paleologo's brother Roger Chappelle with his son Roger and his daughters Lucy
Parnis , Giorgina de Giorgio (mother of Chev. Roger de Giorgio KT) and
Excerpt from a letter sent on the 20 October
2000, from Raphael
Camilleri Parlato (who put this picture right!;
I have seen the site on the Barons of San
Giovanni . I am afraid that the same mistake was made as in the Book "Costumes
in Malta " The picture captioned Baron Chappelle and his daughters is
wrong completely. That was the Baron's brother , Roger. The baron was married to
Arrigo and his daughters were Countess Lola Preziozi , Luiga Vadala Chapelle and
Joseph Chappelle , the present Baron's father. That picture is not the Baron ,
but his brother Roger Chappelle ., with his daughters Giorgina de Giorgio,
Lucy Parnis and Lily Pecromenos. They are cousins of my wife!. Please e-mail: [email protected]
Upon the death of the 3rd Baron , also 5th Count
Ciantar-Paleologo, the Barony was bequeathing to his nephew ‘ex sorore’
Alessandro Chapelle, brother also to the future 7th Count
Alexandro Chapelle Kt , LL.D , succeeded as the 4th Baron, and the title
passed to the present holder from father to son…
The last holder
of the Title Francis Chapelle, 7th Baron di San Giovanni , succeeded to the
title in 1962.
Chapelle FRANCIS ANTHONY, passed away on March
17, 2011 - 7th Baron of San Giovanni, of St Julians, aged 77.
His heir is his eldest daughter, Francesca Chapelle.
A family account of the Counts Ciantar
Paleologo and the Barons di San Giovanni
Ciantar-Paleologo, 4th Count Ciantar-Paleologo, 2nd Barone di San Giovanni
(c 1777-1856) married Margarita Farrugia-Mannarino
1. Sir Giorgio
Serafino Ciantar-Paleologo, 5th Conte Ciantar-Paleologo, 3rd Barone di San
Giovanni (c 1818-1887), dunm.
2. Guiseppe Ciantar-Paleologo, 6th Conte
3. Otto Ciantar-Paleologo, died 1731, unm.
4. Fr. Paolo
5. Elena Ciantar-Paleologo, married Judge Francesco Chapelle
holders of the Titles.
5.1. Dr Giovanni Chapelle Paleologo LL.D
(1835-1901), 7th Count Ciantar Paleologo, married 1866 to Emilie Castaldi
(See the Counts Ciantar-Paleologo)
5.2. Sir Alessandro Chapelle,
4th Baron di San Giovanni (1839-1909), married 1865 to Ludgarda
5.2.1. Frans Chapelle (1866-1934), 5th Baron di San Giovanni,
married 1893 to Mary Arrigo
188.8.131.52. Joseph Chapelle (1894- ??), 6th
Baron di San Giovanni, married 1931 to Kathleen Peel
Chapelle (1933-2011) , 7th Baron di San Giovanni, married to Ann
184.108.40.206.1.1. Francesca Chapelle (1970-
220.127.116.11. Ludgarda Chapelle, married the 8th Count
Preziosi, with issue
5.3. Maria Regina Chapelle, married Giuseppe Borg
Olivier de Puget (See Princes of Selimbria)
5.4. Fortunata Chapelle,
married Dr Filippo dei Conti Preziosi, with issue
6. Sr. Elisabeth
Ciantar-Paleologo, 'Nun' dunm.
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stating site you seen the genealogical tree and
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