“The Noble family of Alessi”
The Peerage and Knightage in Malta, (Midsea Books, Malta 2018).
 
 
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Sig Sebastiano Alessi of Syracusa, Sicily, married 1672 Syracusa, Sicily to Lady Maria Christina Dudley, with issue.
1. Benedetto Alessi, married 1692 Valletta  to Paola Catalano, with issue.
1.1. Francesco Alessi,  married 1720 Valletta  to Elisabetta Faggot, with issue.
1.1.1. Saverio Alessi, 1st Marquis della Taflia, Cr:1790 (The patent conferring the title of Marchese della Taflia was on the 13th November 1790, granted by Grand Master Rohan to the aforesaid Saverio Alessi. In this grant a singular circumstance is noticeable. The patent of creation bears that the title is inheritable by the grantee’s descendants in the following terms: – Tibi Magnifico ac Nobili Xaverio Alessi tuisque legitimis descendentibus tribuimus, concedimus, et donamus, ac de Marchionis hujusmodi titulo decoramus, nec non ita nominari pose ac debere. ;The grant does not state whether the title should be enjoyed by all the said descendants simultaneously, or by only one of them under the rule of primogeniture.  See Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.) (See Report Paras. 70-71 ). The 1878 Commissioners did not enter into the merits of the remainder, noting only that this grant was in the family, always taken to be limited to the first-born descendant only, contenting themselves with the fact that  The claimant of the title of Marchese della Taflia, Bernardo Alessi, is the grandson of the person first ennobled, and the first-born male child in the family. No person having disputed his claim, he will be included in our list, and styled Bernardo Alessi Marchese della Taflia. It should be recalled however that the same Commissioners elsewhere in their report stated that it cannot be assumed that titles can be lawfully explained, construed, or extended by private agreements.  See:- Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.) It is also worthwhile noting that the argument that such title has always been considered as descendible only in the primogenial line of the original grantee cannot hold. (It is also to be remarked that this argument was merely observed by the Commissioners and that they neither agreed not disagreed with it.) This is being said because: (1) when one considers the fact that the grant relative to Taflia is worded in terms which are different to those relative to other grants and extensions made by the same Grand Master. For example the title of Ghain Kajet (4.06.1796) reads tuisque descendentibus primogenitis legitimis et naturalibus tribuimus concedimus, et donamus, the title of Gnien-is-sultan (1.12.1792) reads Tibi Magnigico Philippo Apap, tuisque descendentibus masculis legitimis et naturalibus ipsisque deficientibus, foemina majori natu, tribuimus, concedimus et donamus, ac te Marchionis hujusmodi titulo decoramus, and the extension to Fiddien (17.06.1793) reads Fiat pro primogenitis maribus tantum. Similarly, the San Giorgio extension (5.6.1792) accorded remainder to all (male) descendents in perpetuum; (2)  Moreover, whilst the Commissioners remarked in regard to title of a foreign origin that they cannot, in fact, suppose that the Grand Masters were disposed to recognize, without any investigation, and as a matter independent of their own sovereign assent and approbation, as Titolati in their dominion, any persons indiscriminately who should have obtained a title of nobility from ay foreign Sovereign, Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.) (See Report Para. 102), it is reasonable to assert that the Grand Master knew full well that different remainders bring along different implications, and (3) Moreover, it is manifest that the grant of 13.11.1790 does not include any references to remainder by primogenial descent. This grant of Taflia is also different to the extension of San Giorgio in the sense that the former is the actual grant whereas the latter was made after a rescript. Thus, in view of the absence of any clause limiting the remainder of the Taflia title to the primogenial descendant, the grant relative to the title of Taflia must be construed as favouring all legitimate descendants of Saverio Alessi.), [1] married Firstly on 1756 to Saveria Scicluna (Died 1777), married Secondly 1783 to Gertrude Bres, with issue.
1.1.1.1. (First Marriage). Sig Vincenzo Alessi, dunm. 1783.
1.1.1.2. (First Marriage). Marchesa Angelica Antonia Alessi, married to Leonardo Cognidi.
1.1.1.3. (Second Marriage). Marchese Vincenzo Alessi (1784-1841), “2nd Marquis della Taflia” recte: joint 2nd Marchese della Taflia, (renounced his title upon becoming a Monk, title became abyence till 1841)Monk, dunm
1.1.1.4. (Second Marriage). Marchese Dr Francesco Alessi, LL.D. (1787-1836), married 1810 to Francesca Giglio, with issue.
1.1.1.4.1. Marchese Saverio Alessi (1815-68), “3rd Marquis della Taflia” recte: joint Marchese della Taflia, dunm.l.
1.1.1.4.1.1. (illegitimate with Elena Mallia) Carmela de Mallia, married 1865 Birkirkara to Salvatore Cuschieri.
1.1.1.4.1.2. (illegitimate) Paolo de Fenech, Adopted by Carlo Fenech and Antonia Grech, married 1878 Birkirkara to Giuseppa Mallia.
1.1.1.4.2. Marchese Bernardo Alessi (1819-1903), “4th Marquis della Taflia” recte: joint Marchese della Taflia, dunm.l.
1.1.1.4.2.1. (illegitimate) Paola de Alunna, dete educata elevee pa Teresa Agius epouse Gio Battista Borg, married 1873 Mdina to Gio Battista Grech.
1.1.1.4.2.1. (illegitimate) Paolo de Attard, elevee par Calcedonio and Caterina Attard, married 1866 Cospicua to Antonia Mallia, with issue.
1.1.1.4.2.1.1. Maria Concetta Attard, married 1892 Cospicua to Giuseppe Stivala.
1.1.1.4.3. Marchesa Caterina Alessi (1815-66), married 1832 to Frederick Sedley, with issue.
1.1.1.4.3.1. Marchese Frederick Sedley Alessi (1837-1921), “5th Marquis della Taflia” (recte: joint  Marchese della Taflia ( see footnotes above), married 1871 to Edith Fanny Langdon, with issue.
1.1.1.4.3.1.1. Marchesa Ethel Maud Sedley Alessi (1872-1953), 6th Marchioness della Taflia (recte: joint Marchesa della Taflia  see footnotes above), married 1916 to James Williamson-Wearing, JP. , without issue.
1.1.1.4.3.1.2. (illegitimate with Carmela Genovese) Alfredo Enrico Bray, married 1894 Floriana to Maria Concetta Doublet, with issue.
1.1.1.4.3.2.  Marchesa Thomasine Sedley Alessi dei Marchesi di Taflia (1815-66), married 1852 to The Hon. Richard Cornwall Legh, with issue.
1.1.1.4.3.2.1. Marchese Hubert Cornwall Legh (died 1926), married 1893 to Edith Selina Cavendish-Cavendish, and dsp.
1.1.1.4.3.2.2. Marchese Sydney Cornwall Legh (1861-1953), dunm.
1.1.1.4.3.2.3. Marchese Arthur Cornwall Legh (1872-1917), married 1895 to Beatrice Lucy, and dsp.
1.1.1.5. Marchese Mederico Alessi, (died 1839), married 1818 Valletta to Giuseppa Maria Aguis Vassallo, with issue.
1.1.1.5.1. Marchese Paolo Alessi, married 1838 Valletta to Anna Saveria Fenech, (If there are descendants, should be senior descendants).
1.1.1.5.2. Marchesa Brigitta Alessi, married 1858 Birkirkara to Amabile Nuzzo..
1.1.1.5.3. Marchese Enrico Alessi (died 1873), married 1860 Birkirkara to Margherita Zarb, with issue.
1.1.1.5.3.1. Marchese Carmelo Alessi (1861-1914), married 1880 Birkirkara to Elena Vella, with issue.
1.1.1.5.3.1.1. Marchesa Maria Giuseppina Alessi (1883-1917), married 1911 Birkirkara to Giuseppe Borg Falzon, with issue.
1.1.1.5.3.1.1.1. Marchese Dr Giuseppe Borg Falzon Alessi. M.D (1916-78), De Jure Marquis di Taflia., dunm.
1.1.1.5.3.1.2. Marchesa Maria Margherita Alessi (1885-1979), married 1918 Birkirkara to Giovanni Sammut.
1.1.1.5.3.1.3. Marchesa Maria Concetta Alessi (1884-1968), married 1911 Birkirkara to Carmelo Sammut. Ph.C.
1.1.1.5.3.1.4. Marchesa Paola Alessi, (1890-1921 NYC, USA), married 1917 Birkirkara to Giovanni Filippo Farrugia.
1.1.1.6. Marquesa Elisabetta Alessi, married 1805 to Vincenzo Fontani Crespi, 1st Conte di Senia
1.1.1.7. Marquesa Marianna Alessi, married 1812 Valletta to Freiherr Benedict Muller de Friedburg, Freiherr of the Holy Roman Empire, (d. 1821), (s/o Freiherr Franz Josef and Anna Maria Dorotea Bachmann of Canton, Switzerland), with issue. 
1.1.1.7.1. Frein Sophia Muller de Friedburg, (1818 Malta -).
1.1.1.8. Marchese Onorato Alessi, married 1813 to Giovanna Cassar, (daughter of Dr. Lorenzo and Ursola Magri)., with issue.
1.1.1.8.1.   Marchese Francesco Alessi, (1815-)., married 1846 to MarchesaTeodora Fontani dei Conti di Senia., with issue. 
1.1.1.8.1.1. Marchese Onorato Alessi Fontani, (1848-)., married 1871 to Marchesa Elisabetta Fontani dei Conti di Senia, with issue. 
1.1.1.8.1.1.1. Marchese Francesco Alessi Fontani, (1875- 1928 Cairo), married 1908 London to Laura Elizabetta von Wallburg, Styled Princess of Hungary, with issue.
1.1.1.8.1.1.1.1. Marchese Olivier Alessi Fontani, (1909 Cairo – 1961 Beirut Lebanon) , married 1942 to Jane Muscat, with issue.
1.1.1.8.1.1.1.1.1. Marchesa Elizabetta Alessi Fontani, ( 1944 – 1999 New Mexico USA), “Nun”, dunm.
1.1.1.8.1.1.1.1.2. Marchese Francis Alessi Fontani, (1947 – 1976 Beirut, Lebanon), dunm.
1.1.1.8.1.1.1.2. Marchese Christian Alessi Fontani, (1911 Cairo – 1993 Singapore) , dunm.
1.1.1.8.1.1.1.3. Marchesa Alexandria Alessi Fontani, (1914 Cairo -1953 Paris, France) , married 1940 to Tommaso Moscati de Pembroke.
1.1.1.8.1.1.1.4. Marchese Charles Alessi Fontani, (1915- Cairo – 1948 Cairo) , dunm.
1.1.1.8.1.1.1.5. Marchesa Louise Alessi Fontani, (1917 Cairo – 1967). , married 1937 to Carlo Cilia.
1.1.1.8.1.2. Marchese Carlo Alessi Fontani, (1849-)., married 1871 to Marchesa Rachel Fontani dei Conti di Senia. , with issue.
1.1.1.8.1.2.1. Marchese Francesco Alessi, (1873 -), dunm.
1.1.1.8.1.2.2. Marchesa Anna Alessi, (1875 -), married 1891 to Antonio Giappone.
1.1.1.8.1.2.3. Marchesa Vittoria Alessi, (1878 -), dunm.
1.1.1.8.1.3. Marchesa Georgiana Alessi Fontani, (1852-)., married 1888 to Marchese Daniele Testaferrata. 
1.1.1.8.2.  Marchese Giorgio Alessi, (1817-)., married 1848 to Marchesa Antonia Fontani dei Conti di Senia., with issue.
1.1.1.8.2.1. Marchese Francesco Alessi, (1852-), married 1979 to Vincenza Azzopardi. , with issue.
1.1.1.8.2.1.1. Marchese Giorgio Alessi, (1882 – 1942), married 1919 to Ferdinanda Said y Sedona, with issue.
1.1.1.8.2.1.1.1. Marchese Alessandro Alessi, (1922 – 2003 Alberta, Canada), married 1953 to Joan Dawson, with issue.
1.1.1.8.2.1.1.1.1. Marchese Thomas Frederick Alessi, (1956 Alberta, Canada – 2010 Soloman Islands), “Monk“, dunm.
1.1.1.8.2.1.1.1.2. Marchese Benjamin Vincent Alessi, (1959 Alberta, Canada -), married 1984 to Lisa Green, with issue.
1.1.1.8.2.1.1.1.2.1. Marchesa Katherine Alessi, (1988 -.
1.1.1.8.2.1.1.1.2.2. Marchesa Natalie Alessi, (1992 -.
1.1.1.8.2.1.1.1.3. Marchesa Caroline Alessi, (1963 Alberta, Canada -, married 1988 to James Reed, with issue.
1.1.1.8.2.1.1.1.3.1. Marchesa Bianca Reed, (1990 -.
1.1.1.8.2.1.1.1.3.2. Marchesa Zahra Reed, (1993 -.
1.1.1.8.2.1.2. Marchesa Marianna Alessi, (1890 -), married 1919 to Mario Testaferrata.
1.1.1.8.2.2. Marchesa Enrietta Alessi, (1855-)., married 1880 to Ignazio Bonici Mompalao.
1.1.1.8.3.   Marchese Enrico Alessi, (1819- 1902 Cairo)., married 1853 to Marchesa Elizabetta Fontani dei Conti di Senia., dsp.
1.1.1.8.4.   Marchesa Maria Louisa Alessi, (1820-)., married 1848 to Don Giovanni Maria dei Principe Said., with issue. 
1.1.1.8.5.   Marchesa Patrizia Alessi, (1822-)., married 1840 to Conte Martino dei Conti Preziosi.
1.1.1.8.6.   Marchesa Anna Ferdinanda Alessi, (1824-), married 1842 to Conte Antonio dei Conti Preziosi.
1.1.1.8.7.   Marchesa Anna Maria Alessi, (1825-)., dunm.
1.1.2. Paolina Alessi, married 1759 to Pasquale Fournier., with issue.
1.1.3. Teodora Alessi., married 1759 to Capt Giacomo Preziosi., with issue.
1.2. Adriano Alessi, married 1736 to Generosa d’Anna, with issue.
1.2.1.Agata Alessi, married to Nicola Bisani, with issue.
1.2.1.1. Gio Domenico Bisani, married 1815 Valletta to Maria Nicola Flaccamento.
1.2.2. Carlo Alessi, married to Anna Maria N, with issue.
1.2.2.1. Lazzarina Alessi, married 1768 Valletta to Giuseppe Lubrano, with issue.
1.2.2.1.1. Agnese Lubrano, married 1794 Senglea to Paolo Calafato, with issue.
1.2.2.1.1.1. Carmela Calafato, married 1828 Valletta to Gio Battista Attard.
1.2.2.1.2. Maria Anna Lubrano, married 1815 Vittoriosa to Caetano Forte.
1.3. Giovanni Alessi, married 1723 Senglea to Teresa Grimani, with issue.
1.3.1. Fortunata Alessi, married 1746 Senglea to Giovanni Maria Gulia.
1.4. Paolo Alessi, married 1738 Valletta to Maddalena Debono.
1.5. Maddalena Alessi, married 1716 Senglea to Domenico Bonnici, with issue.
1.5.1. Maria Bonnici, married 1770 Valletta to Giacomo Pellegrini, with issue.
1.5.1.1. Domenico Pellegrini, married 1801 Senglea to Elizabetta Debono.
2. Gregorio Alessi, married Carla N, with issue.
2.1. Claudio Alessi, married 1721 to Rosa Gatto., with issue.
2.1.1. Anna Alessi., married 1737 Valletta to Nicolao Xuereb, with issue.
2.1.1.1. Magistrate Dr Vincenzo Xuereb JUD, married 1784 Valletta to Costanza Costa, with issue.
2.1.1.1.1. Marianna Xuereb, married 1812 Valletta to Sir Paolo Dingli.
2.1.1.2. Maria Xuereb, married 1764 Valletta to Bendetto Pisano.
2.1.1.3. Rosa Xuereb, married 1756 Valletta to Salvatore Debono, with issue.
2.1.1.3.1. Marianna Debono Alessi, married 1756 Valletta to Francesco Rossignaud.
2.1.1.3.2. Maria Debono Alessi, married 1795 Valletta to Ignazio Rossignaud.
2.1.1.3.3. Vincenza Debono Alessi, married 1795 Valletta to Aloisio Rossignaud.
2.2. Gio Battista Alessi, married 1712 Qrendi to Natalia Pollidano.
3. Clara Alessi, married 1729 to Andrea d’Armenia.
4. Anna Alessi, married (1) 1695 Vittoriosa to Michele Mifsud, married (2) 1717 Vittoriosa to Giuseppe Guglermini.
5. Giovanna Alessi, married 1707 Vittoriosa to Spiridione Perna.
 
 
Footnotes:
[1]The Maltese title of Taflia.
 
Footnote: The title of “Marchese della Taflia” is purely nominal and does not have any property attached to it. In their general observations, the Royal Commissioners observed that most of the titles granted by the Grandmasters were merely honorary and had no relevance on property tenure “although it appears that those titles (granted by the Grand Masters) have derived their different denominations from several feudal lands existing in these islands, this annexation, however, is in most cases purely nominal, for those lands were never in reality conveyed to the grantees, but they remained as they are still Government Property.” The Commissioners also identified the only three exceptions to this purely nominal phenomenon, where tenure of property was a prerequisite namely Bahria, delle Catene, and Senia, the last being a divisible property. See:- “Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility”, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.) (See Report Paras. 82).
It was originally granted by Grand Master Rohan on the 13 November 1790. The remainder is unusual as it appears to be couched in very wide terms (See:- Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.) (See Report Paras. 70-71).
The actual report says the  following:
“Another patent conferring the title of “Marchese della Taflia” was on the 13th November 1790, granted by the same Grand Master Rohan to Saverio Alessi. In this grant a singular circumstance is noticeable. The patent of creation bears that the title is inheritable by the grantee’s descendants; but it is not therein provided whether should be enjoyed by all the said descendants simultaneously, or by only one of them under the rule of primogeniture. Tibi Magnifico ac Nobili Xaverio Alessi tuisque legitimis descendentibustribuimus, concedimus, et donamus, ac de Marchionis hujusmodi titulo decoramus, nec non ita nominari pose ac debere  This grant was in the family, always taken to be limited to the first-born descendant only. The claimant of the title of “Marchese della Taflia”, Bernardo Alessi, is the grandson of the person first ennobled, and the first-born male child in the family. No person having disputed his claim, he will be included in our list, and styled “Bernardo Alessi Marchese della Taflia”. 
It is also worthwhile noting that the argument that such title has always been considered as descendible only in the primogenial line of the original grantee cannot hold. (It is also to be remarked that this argument was merely observed by the Commissioners and that they neither agreed not disagreed with it.)
This is being said because:
1.        when one considers the fact that the grant relative to Taflia is worded in terms which are different to those relative to other grants and extensions made by the same Grand Master. For example the title of Ghain Kajet(4.06.1796) reads tuisque descendentibus primogenitis legitimis et naturalibus tribuimus concedimus, et donamus, the title of Gnien-is-sultan (1.12.1792) reads Tibi Magnigico Philippo Apap, tuisque descendentibus masculis legitimis et naturalibus ipsisque deficientibus, foemina majori natu, tribuimus, concedimus et donamus, ac te Marchionishujusmodi titulo decoramus, and the extension to Fiddien (17.06.1793) reads Fiat pro primogenitis maribus tantum.Similarly, the San Giorgio extension (5.6.1792) accorded remainder to all (male) descendents in perpetuum
2.        Moreover, whilst the Commissioners remarked in regard to title of a foreign origin that they cannot, in fact, suppose that the Grand Masters were disposed to recognize, without any investigation, and as a matter independent of their own sovereign assent and approbation, as Titolati in their dominion, any persons indiscriminately who should have obtained a title of nobility from ay foreign Sovereign, “Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility”, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.) (See Report Para. 102), it is reasonable to assert that the Grand Master knew full well that different remainders bring along different implications. 
3.        Moreover, it is manifest that the grant of 13.11.1790 does not include any references to remainder by primogenialdescent. 
This grant of Taflia is also different to the extension of San Giorgio in the sense that the former is the actual grant whereas the latter was made after a rescript. Thus, in view of the absence of any clause limiting the remainder of the Taflia title to the primogenial descendant, the grant relative to the title of Taflia must be construed as favouring all legitimate descendants of Saverio Alessi.