Grua

 

Title: Baron
Title in succession:
10th
Date created: 
1372 (30 December 1794)
Grant:  
Grand Master Emanuel de Rohan-Polduc
Granted To: Saverio Carbott Testaferrata Ghaxaq
Rep to: Borg Carbott
Present holder: Daniel Borg Carabott (never registered with the Comm. of Privileges)
Remainder to:
his male descendants from first born
British crown recognition: 1878
Feudal Tribute: a bouquet of flowers every year on the feast of St. Martin, Pope, 17th November 

The fief of Grua was first granted to the Bocchio family in 1372, and later regranted to the Carbott family in 1794.

Grand Master de Rohan-Polduc created the grant to Saverio Carbott-Testaferrata-Ghaxaq in 1794 with remainder to his male descendants from first born to first born in perpetuity. Saverio Carbott Testaferrata enclosed four pedigrees with his petition in order to prove his direct descent from the “illustrious and noble” families of Testaferrata, Abela, Avola, and Axac. Perhaps Grand Master de Rohan had no option! On the 30th December 1794, he granted the title of Baron of Grua to the “Magnifico” Saverio. But the newly created Baron postponed his investiture until the 4th February 1795, by which time he had persuaded his benefactor to incorporate in the original patent of nobility the extension of his title to his sixteen year old son, Giuseppe and his future male descendants on the basis de primogenitor in primogenitum. Invariably, the Grand Master accepted these petitions.

Just a note of Saverio Carabott’s ancestry, the Axac family was truly inter-connected with much of the medieval nobility of Malta and Sicily. The Montalto family whom were Sicilian Barons whom can trace their ancestry to the Normans in Sicily. Dr Saverio’s uncle was married to a descendant of the Sovereign Dukes of Naxos in the Greek Islands. Dr Saverio’s wife was Anna Bigeni, the daughter of Dr Giuseppe Bigeni JUD, a leading Judge of his day. Her sister was married to the Maltese Baron of San Cosimo. The Bigeni family of descendants of the Sicily noble family of Gioeni. The first Baron had several children, his daughter both married into nobility respectfully (Baroness of Benwarred and Countess of San Paolino d'Aquilejo). The eldest son, Giuseppe married to a distant kin (Montalto de Ribera) who was married into a Maltese noble family.

Several families had inherited the title of Baron di Grua. The Carbott’s dying in direct male descent in the 19th century, passing to the nearest heir, the Delicata-Carbotts. The 5th Baron died unmarried in 1888, the title passing to a descendant of the 2nd Baron di Grua, this time the Borg-Carbotts.

The title moved yet again from the 6th Baron died in 1915, without legitimate issue, passing on to his brother, Francesco Saverio, becoming the 7th Baron.

Francesco Saverio, had many children from two marriages, ensuring enough heirs to carry the title, upon his death in 1936, his son of his first marriage succeeded him. William Borg-Carbott, becoming the 8th Baron and also died unmarried, and was succeeded by succession to his nephews, Peter, and the present holder, Daniel, as the 10th Baron di Grua.

The Borg-Carbott descendants from the 7th Baron di Grua are now in Malta, England, United States of America and also in Australia.

Small tree of the “de Bocchio family”

1. Bocchio di Bocchio, Created Barone di Grua 1372, married Beatrice Mileto dei Baroni di Ghajn Anastasi, with issue.
1.1. Anna di Bocchio, married Barone Antonello di Santa Sofia. (See Santa Sofia-Extinct titles).
1.2. Freda di Bocchio, married Salvo Imbroll.
1.3. Antonella di Bocchio, married Niccolo d'Amedeo.
1.4. Corrado di Bocchio, Barone., married Elvira de Oso, with issue.
1.4.1. Enrico di Bocchio, Barone, (c. 1460.), married Cristina de Oso.
1.4.2. Jaimes di Bocchio, married Amata de Bernardo, with issue.
1.4.2.1. Alessandro di Bocchio, married Vincenza La Barba, with issue.
1.4.2.1.1. Leonora di Bocchio, married Vincenzo Imbroll.
1.4.2.1.2. Elvira di Bocchio, married Giovanni Axac.
1.4.2.2. Chiusa di Bocchio., married Nicola Cuzkeri.
1.4.2.3. Amata di Bocchio.
1.4.2.4. Imperia di Bocchio.
1.4.3. Fra. Corrado di Bocchio.
1.4.4. Freda di Bocchio, married Bartolomeo de Bernardo.

 

* Marc'Antonio Carbott, (c 1689), married with issues

1. Judge. Tomaso Carbott.

2. Dr. Pietro Antonio Carbott, JUD, married 1702 to Maria Diana Montalto-Testaferrata. (See Montaldo sives "Montalto" for descent in the Maltese families section)

2.1. Raimondo Carbott, married 1736 to Elizabetta dei Duchi Crispo dei Naxos., with issue.
2.1.1. Vincenza Carabott., married 1770 to Francesco Lavanzin., with issue.
2.1.1.1. Maddelena Lavanzin., married 1791 to Tomaso Camilleri.
2.1.1.2. Teresa Lavanzin., married 1807 to Giuseppe Camilleri.

2.2. Melchiorre Carbott

2.3. Dr. Gaspare Carbott, -See Below.

* Dr Gaspare Carbott Testaferrata, married 1734 to Caterina Ghaxaq d'Avola, with issue
1. Saverio, 1st Barone di Grua-See Below.

2. Deodata Carbott

3. Maria Carbott

4. Gio Paolo Carbott, 'Priest', dunm.

* Saverio Carbott Testaferrata Ghaxaq, 1st Barone di Grua (cr: 1794), married Anna Bigeni, with issue

1. Guiseppe Carbott, 2nd Barone-See Below.

2. Elisabeth Carbott dei Baroni di Grua, married Dr Carlo Antonio Bonavita, 1st Conte di San Paolino d'Aquilejo (See Chapter Three)
3. Graziulia Carbott dei Baroni di Grua, married 1806 to Paolo Montalto de Ribera, 4th Barone di Benwarrad and 6th Barone di San Paolino (See Barony di Benwarrad and also Chapter Three)

* Guiseppe Carbott, 2nd Barone di Grua, married Margarita Montalto de Ribera dei Baroni di Benwarrad, with issue.

1. Saverio Carbott Montalto, 3rd Barone -See Below.

2. Maria Carbott Montalto, married Francesco Saverio Formosa de Fremaux (See Foreign titles section), with issue.

2.1. Maria Antonia Formosa Carbott Montalto, married 1863 to Guglielmo Borg, with issue.

2.1.1. Paolo Borg Carbott, 6th Barone -See Below.

2.1.2. Rosina Borg Carbott, married Eugenio Fenech, with issue

2.1.2.1. Mary Fenech Carbott, married 1941 to Joseph Teuma Castelletti, Contino di Ghajn Tuffieha (See Counts of Ghajn Tuffieha for issue)

2.1.2.2. Anne Fenech Carbott

2.1.3. Francesco Saverio Borg Carbott, 7th Barone -See Below.

2.2. Carmela Formosa Carbott Montalto, married Francesco Rizzo, with issue

* Saverio Carbott Montalto, 3rd Barone di Grua, married Paola Formosa de Fremaux, with issue

1. Giovanna Carbott Montalto, 4th Baroness

* Giovanna Carbott Montalto, 4th Baroness di Grua (died 1855), married Dr. Giuseppe Delicata, LL.D. (See Marquis's di Ghajn Qajjed), with issue.

1. Nicola Maria Delicata Carbott, 5th Barone -See Below.

* Nicola Maria Delicata Carbott, 5th Barone di Grua (1854-88), dunm.

* Paolo Borg Carbott (died 1915), 6th Barone di Grua, without issue.

* Francesco Saverio Borg Carbott (1869-1936), 7th Barone di Grua, married firstly 1894 to Elena Randon Chapelle, with one son, and married secondly in 1902 to Carmela Magri, with further issue
1. (First Marriage). William Borg Carbott, 8th Barone-See Below.

2. (Second Marriage), Giovanni Borg Carbott (1902- ) dsp.

3. (Second Marriage), Francesco Saverio Borg Carbott, (1903-82), Baroncino di Grua, married 1957 to Mikelina Grixti, with issue

3.1. Peter Borg Carbott (1958- ??), Recognised by the COP as the 9th Baron of Grua. dunm. (Though was engaged at the time of his death. R.I.P)
3.2. Louis Borg Carbott (1960-ob, inf.)

3.3. Daniele Borg Carbott, Recognised by the COP as the 10th Baron of Grua.,(1964- , married to Rita..., with issue.


3.3.1. Luke Borg Carbott, Baroncino di Grua.
3.3.2. Andrew Borg Carbott.
3.4. Rose Marie Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua (1957-

3.5. Bernardette Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua (1960-

3.6. Anne Marie Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua (1962-

4. (Second Marriage). Giuseppe Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua (1904- ), married Frances Buty, with issue

4.1. John Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua

4.2. Bernardette Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua

5. Antonio Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua (1905- ), married .....

5.1. Martin Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua

6. Eleanore Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua, (1916-2002), married Antonio Cilia, with issue

6.1. David Cilia

6.2. Michale Cilia

6.3. Felicity Cilia

6.4. William Cilia

6.5. Stephen Cilia

* William Borg Carbott (1900-83), 8th Barone di Grua, dunm.


Direct family tree - Grua

* Francesco Saverio Borg Carbott (1869-1936), 7th Barone di Grua, married firstly 1894 to Elena Randon Chapelle, with one son, and married secondly in 1902 to Carmela Magri, with further issue

1. (First Marriage). William Borg Carbott (1900-83), 8th Barone di Grua, dunm.
2. (Second Marriage), Giovanni Borg Carbott (1902- ) dsp.
3. (Second Marriage), Francesco Saverio Borg Carbott, (1903-82), Baroncino di Grua, married 1957 to Mikelina Grixti, with issue
3.1. Peter Borg Carbott (1958- ??), Recognised by the COP as the 9th Baron of Grua. dunm. (Though was engaged at the time of his death. R.I.P)
3.2. Louis Borg Carbott (1960-ob, inf.)
3.3. Daniele Borg Carbott, Recognised by the COP as the 10th Baron of Grua.,(1964- , married to Rita..., with issue.
3.3.1. Luke Borg Carbott, Baroncino di Grua.
3.3.2. Andrew Borg Carbott.
3.4. Rose Marie Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua (1957-
3.5. Bernardette Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua (1960-

3.6. Anne Marie Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua (1962-
4. (Second Marriage). Giuseppe Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua (1904- ), married Frances Buty, with issue
4.1. John Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua
4.2. Bernardette Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua

5. Antonio Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua (1905- ), married .....
5.1. Martin Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua
6. Eleanore Borg Carbott dei Baroni di Grua, (1916-2002), married Antonio Cilia, with issue
6.1. David Cilia
6.2. Michale Cilia
6.3. Felicity Cilia
6.4. William Cilia
6.5. Stephen Cilia

For updates and corrections to E-Mail tancarville@optusnet.com.au

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