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Giuseppe Navarra (1872 - 1952)

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Giuseppe Navarra
Born in Corleone, Palermo, Italymap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Corleone, Palermo, Italymap
Father of , , , , , [private son (1910s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1910s - unknown)]
Died [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 10 Nov 2015
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Biography

Giuseppe Navarra is named after his late father, born and baptized 21 February 1872 in Corleone. He is the son of the late Giuseppe Navarra and the living Maria Antonia Giuffrida. His godparents are Giovanni Cutrera and Anna Maria Provenzano, a married couple.[1]

La Sorte writes of Giuseppe's son, "Michele came from a comfortable middle-class family. His father, a teacher and small landowner, hobnobbed with the social and political elite in the town of Corleone.... His father's family had no Mafia antecedents."[2]

However, Thom L. Jones writes that "His father Giuseppe, a schoolteacher, had also been Mafioso and an informant to the men who chased down Mafia criminals for Cesare Mori... " a fact that "lay in a police file in Corleone for over thirty years without emerging and destroying the good doctor’s reputation. A father as a snitch would not have gone down well in his circles."[3]

Don Giuseppe marries Caterina di Miceli, on 13 October 1903. The witnesses are Francesco Paolo Carraba and Don Antonino Cascio. Giuseppe's mother is still living.[4] Giuseppe is called don for the first time in this record. This is especially notable, given that his son will become both a medical doctor and the boss of the mafia in Corleone.

Giuseppe and Caterina have at least one child, Michele (1905).

Michaele is born 5 January 1905 and baptized eight days later as Michael Maria Joseph. His godparents are Leoluca di Palermo and Biagia Salpietra, a married couple.

A margin note on his baptismal record says Michele marries on 23 February 1936 in Corleone with Tommasa Cascio di Antonino. (His wife's name is very hard to read.)[5]

In November 1915, Bernardino Verro, Corleone's first Socialist mayor and a member of the Fratuzzi, the Mafia in Corleone, is killed by the Mafia. Among those implicated are Giuseppe Navarra and an uncle of Michele's.[6]

Giuseppe, a geometra by profession (quantity surveyor), dies on 7 November 1952. [7]

Sources

  1. Baptism of Joseph Navarra, 21 February 1872, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11610-133678-15?cc=2046915 : accessed 10 November 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1872-1877 > image 66 of 419; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
  2. La Sorte, Mike. "Sicily and the Mafia, Part Three: Men of Honor, Omerta', and the Cosca." Accessed online at Rick Porrello's American Mafia.com on 9 January 2016.
  3. Jones, T. L. (2019, February 18). Three good men and their fight to the death against the Sicilian Mafia: Giovanni Falcone. Gangsters, Inc. Retrieved 18 February 2019 from http://gangstersinc.ning.com/profiles/blogs/three-good-men-and-their-fight-to-the-death-against-the-sicilian?xg_source=msg_mes_network
  4. Marriage of Joseph Navarra and Catharina di Miceli, record no. 71, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11580-174906-67?cc=2046915 : accessed 10 November 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Matrimoni 1903-1911 > image 30 of 284; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
  5. Baptism of Michael Maria Joseph Navarra, record no. 19, 12 January 1905, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12350-69449-25?cc=2046915 : accessed 10 November 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1899-1905 > image 394 of 457; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
  6. Jones, Thom L. "The Woman in Black: Leoluchina Sorisi." Published 13 March 2013. http://gangstersinc.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-woman-in-black-leoluchina-sorisi Accessed 11 October 2018.
  7. La Commissione parlamentare d'inchiesta sul fenomeno della mafia in Sicilia, "SENATO DELLA R E P U B B L I C A V LEGISLATURA Doc. XXIII n. 2-qnater (LEGGE 20 DICEMBRE 1962, N. 1720)", p. 70 : accessed 21 January 2016


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