Record #89 Dated 19 December 1871 at 5 PM at the town office in Bivona appearing before the official was Carmelo Lacorte, 27 and Carmelo Bellone, 35, street sweepers; to declare that today at 2 PM died, at home, Don Gioachino Nobile, age 30, middleclass citizen, single, born in Trapani, residing in Bivona, son of deceased Orfeo and deceased Vita Augugliaro.
Gypsyg wrote:Thank you Tessa, any idea what the "Don" means??? Ummm, I've only heard that term in the Godfather movies.... UH-OH!!! Tell me it's NOT so!!! LOL
Here is something I previously posted concerning titles in records
The titles may or may not indicate nobility or noble birth. The titles Don (masculine) and Donna (feminine) translate to "lord" and "lady." They were used for individuals who were of rank or prominence within a community and basically were titles of respect. The titles were used for those who had great wealth, education, or were in political positions. So you will find "Don" or "Donna" as titles for property owners, Don as a form of address for members of the clergy/priests, for doctors, for lawyers, as well as for noblemen, and Donna for noblewomen. According to John Philip Collletta, in his book, Finding Italian Roots, Italy was a society rigidly divided into classes (p.105).