Italian Parish Marriage Records

Eccle­si­as­ti­cal Mar­riage Record of Michele Novel­la and Clara Ris­so

[Num­ber] 7 7 July [1667]…marriage banns were post­ed on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of the pre­vi­ous month and no legit­i­mate imped­i­ments were detect­ed. I, Rev­erend Rec­tor Pelosia, intend to unite in mar­riage Michele [Novel­la], son of the liv­ing Giuseppe Anto­nio Novel­la, and Clara [Ris­so], daugh­ter of the liv­ing Pel­le­gri­no Ris­so, in this parish with the con­sent of and in the pres­ence of Pel­le­gri­no [like­ly bride’s father], Loren­zo Cos­ta, son of Anto­nio [Cos­ta], and Michele Ange­lo, and the mar­riage was cel­e­brat­ed in the Moth­er Church on the 8th of the month.

COMMENTS: Clara’s father’s name was Pel­le­gri­no Ris­so and Michele’s father was Giuseppe Anto­nio Novel­la. They were both still liv­ing at the time of this mar­riage. The moth­ers of the bride and groom were not named.

Nor­mal­ly, mar­riage banns were post­ed a week apart. There­fore, the banns being post­ed three days in a row may sig­ni­fy there was a child on the way or that the cou­ple had been caught in a com­pro­mis­ing posi­tion, prompt­ing the need to mar­ry quick­ly. In this time peri­od, sim­ply flirt­ing with a girl who was not accom­pa­nied by a chap­er­one was for­bid­den and could have pre­cip­i­tat­ed a quick mar­riage.