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Biagio Jannazzo (1812 - 1861)

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Biagio "Blasio" Jannazzo
Born in Corleone, Palermo, Sicilymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married (to ) in Corleone, Palermo, Sicilymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Corleone, Palermo, Italymap
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Biagio Jannazzo is born and baptized 21 July 1812 in Corleone, the son of Luciano Jannazzo and Maria Mule'. His godparents are Giuseppe Luca and Angela Saporito ("Sapurito"), a married couple.[1]

Biagio is the second son to have the name. His older brother dies in infancy in December 1810.

Biagio is called a farmer (agricola) in the civil record. He and his brother, Paolo, are connected with organized crime in Corleone. Their nephew, Bernardo Terranova, is a known member of the Fratuzzi. Bernardo's stepson will be a founding member of the Genovese crime family in New York City.

The Rapanzino Gang

In 1834, there is a bounty on Giuseppe "Rapanzino" Castro and Nicolo' "Puntillo" Ciavarello. They are considered murderers by the state, and may be killed by anyone with impunity. At around this time, Giuseppe is recorded in a Church census, living with his parents and siblings. Brothers Bernardo and Antonino Palumbo are in the census with their widowed mother, and Paolo Jannazzo, Biagio's brother, appears with his family, living two doors away from the Palumbos.

Bernardo and Antonino Palumbo are guillotined in Palermo in December 1835, according to eyewitnesses. However, their deaths are not recorded, and they may have escaped to Tunis.

Most of the Rapanzino gang escape justice that winter. On 17 March 1836, a bounty is placed on the lives of thirteen remaining members, including brothers Paolo and Biagio Jannazzo.

On 8 July 1836, Rapanzino and another band member, Leoluca Mondello, are killed. By this time, most of the bandits have been captured or killed.

Marriage to Rosa

Biagio marries Rosa Cascio on 27 February 1843. Biagio's father has died by this time, and his mother is living.

Biagio and Rosa have at least seven children: Luciano (1844), Maria Anna (1845), Stefano (1847), Paolo (1849), Lucia (1851), Antonina (1853), and Leoluchina (1855).

Luciano's birth on 14 January 1844 in Corleone is reported by Biagio himself, who gives his age as 39 (b. 1804), and profession as agricola. He gives the age of his wife, Rosalia Cascio, as 33 (b. 1810). These estimates are assuming that neither has had their birthday before 14 January. No street address is given. Luciano is named after his paternal grandfather.

Maria Anna is born on 30 October 1845 and baptized two days later, probably named after Biagio's mother. Her godparents are Francesco Rotolo and Maddalena Sciortino, a married couple.

Antonina, Paolo, Lucia, and Leoluchina are known from their baptismal records.

Two of his sons, Luciano and Stefano, are known from civil marriage allegati that include their civil birth record extracts. These give contradictory information about their parents' ages.

Compare Luciano's birth in 1844 with his brother's birth, three years later, in via S. Lorenzo. Stefano's birth on 30 July 1847 is reported by the midwife, Francesca Paola de Luna, age 43. According to this record, Rosalia is eleven years younger than in the first record, at 26 (b. 1821), and Biagio is 34 (b. 1813), aging just one year in three. (This time, I assume they have both had their birthdays by 30 July.) Stefano is named after his maternal grandfather.

Antonina dies on 31 May 1856 at two and a half years of age.

Death of Biagio

Biagio dies at age 50 (b. 1811) on 23 December 1861.

Maria Anna marries Giuseppe Labruzzo on 3 October 1864. This marriage receives a dispensation due to consanguinity. They are second cousins.

Stefano marries Domenica Colletti on 5 July 1877. Stefano's parents have died by this time.

Paolo marries twice, first to Maria Parrino, on 5 June 1872.

Luciano marries Angela Gennaro, his first cousin, on 8 September 1872.

Leoluchina marries Bernardo Moscato on 10 February 1874.

Rosalia dies on 10 May 1874, reported by the Church to be age 52 (b. 1822).

Paolo remarries in 1906, to his long-term companion, Angela Nicoletti.


  1. Baptism of Blasiu Jannazzo, 21 July 1812, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 June 2016), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1806-1818 > image 289 of 567; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).

Real Segreteria di Stato presso il Luogotenente Generale in Sicilia Ripartimento Polizia Repertorio anno 1836. Available online at Accessed online 6 August 2015.

Family of Pietra Agata Palumbo, 1834 stato delle anime

Marriage of Blasio Jannazzo and Rosa Cascio, record no. 1361, 27 February 1843

Estratto d'atto di nascita, Luciano Jannazzo, record no. 34, 15 January 1844

Baptism of Lucianus Jannazzo, 14 January 1844

Baptism of Mariam Annam Jannazzo, 1 November 1845

Estratto d'atto di nascita, Stefano Jannazzo, record no. 307, 30 July 1847

Baptism of Paulus Jannazzo, 4 August 1849

Baptism of Luciam Jannazzo, 26 August 1851

Baptism of Antonina Jannazzo, 17 December 1853

Baptism of Leoluchina Janazzo, 25 December 1855

Death of Antonina Jannazzo, 31 May 1856.

Death of Blasius Jannazzo, 23 December 1861

Marriage of Josephi Labruzzo and Maria Anna Jannazzo, record no. 1619, 3 October 1864

Baptismal certificate of Stephanus Jannazzo and Dominica Maria Colletti, in 1871 Church matrimonial records

Marriage of Paulo Jannazzo and Maria Parrino, record no. 52, 5 June 1872

Marriage of Bernardo Moscato and Leoluchina Jannazzo, record no. 262, 10 February 1874

Death of Rosalia Cascio, 10 May 1874

Marriage of Paulus Jannazzo and Angela Nicoletti, record no. 20, 27 March 1906

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