Whilst looking for the birth record of Antonia Barbara (see In search of Antonia) I came across the birth of a child in Zurrieq to a certain Andre Barbara and Maria.
Whilst revising the survey I had made of the Barbara records in Bone, Algeria I rediscovered the death of a certain Andre Barbara at the age of 60, whose wife was a certain Maria Farrugia. Is it a coincidence that, on the same year of Antonia's death , 1836, another Andre Barbara dies, with his and his wife's name cropping up in Zurrieq whilst searching for her death? Desperate times call for desperate measures: if he is an uncle, a brother to Antonia's father Giuseppe, then I can trace HIS family in Zurrieq. I had a look at his death record (Giuseppe's mentioned his father's and mother's name) but in Andre's case, they only mentioned his wife, Maria FARRUGIA.
So I had no choice but to head to Zurrieq. Wife and kid in tow, then deposited at the nearest park, I headed to the parish office where I was given access to the birth records of the 1830s.
The plan of action was this:
- A family profile of Andre Barbara and his wife Maria
- Find the marriage record of Andre Barbara and his wife Maria
- Compare Andre's parents with those of Giuseppe (Antonio and Caterina)
- IF the parents match
- Find Andre's birth record
- Look for Giuseppe's birth record in the whereabouts
I had 45 minutes to do all this... and in fact only managed to do the first (IF I have found all the offspring of the couple in question).
As I went through the births, I noted down ALL baptisms of Barbara offspring, irrelevant of their parents, just in case I'd need them in future. Here are my findings:
PARENTS: Andrea Barbara AND Antonia
NAME Carmelo Joseph Franciscus Barbara
BAPTISM 20 Feb 1833
NAME Archangelus Rosarius Joannes Cajetanus Barbara
BAPTISM 19 Dec 1828
NAME Anna Rosa Maria Barbara
BAPTISM 3 Jan 1828
PARENTS: Marquis Francisco Barbara AND Carolina
NAME Heliodony Erasmus Inatius Antonius Paulus Franciscus Joseph Carolus Barbara
BAPTISM 26 Nov 1828
PARENTS: Petro Barbara AND Maria
NAME Joanna Cajetana Paula Barbara
BAPTISM 19 Jan 1816
PARENTS: Andrea Barbara AND Maria
NAME Francisca Aloysia Carmela Elisabeth Catherine Colomba Barbara
BAPTISM 27 apr 1826
NAME Antonius Joannes Paulus Barbara
BAPTISM 13 Jun 1825
NAME Gratia Modesta Rosa Barbara
BAPTISM 12 Apr 1824
NAME Anna Francisca Joanna Barbara
BAPTISM 12 Feb 1821
NAME Antonina Maria Andreana Barbara
BAPTISM 27 Jan 1820
NAME Catharina Maria Gratia Barbara
BAPTISM 28 Nov 1816
NAME Consuela Catharina Christina Barbara
BAPTISM 4 Aug 1814
NAME Gratia Rosa Margherita Barbara
BAPTISM 4 Jan 1812
NAME Francisca Horatia Antonina Barbara
BAPTISM 7 Feb 1810
That's EIGHT DAUGHTERS for Andre and Maria in 16 years - and counting.
I plan to go again this week to finish off the plan - unless Andre turns out to be someone else's uncle!