I am reviewing the 1747 Riveli records for Lucca Sicula, Sicily and I am seeing several widows with children. I am wondering if the widow was using her maiden name or the name of her husband. I do not see anywhere in the document the name of her husband.
I understand that the female retained her maiden name (the name she was born with). However, I am questioning a widow. In the 1747 Riveli records there are many widows listed and in each and every case her children do not have a different surname than she does. So, I am thinking she probably carried on the name of her deceased husband since her children would carry his surname. In the top righthand corner of each of these documents it will list her name (example: Aloysia Musso ved. del fu Matteo) Wouldn't this mean she was married to Matteo? Aloysia's children are listed with given name only and no surname. Another example would be Maria Savina. The record lists Maria Savina ved. del fu Pietro. Again her children are listed with given name only and no surname. I would therefore think that they were born to Piertro Savina and his wife Maria.
James--thank you very much for your clarification! This information really assited in finding some of the people I needed to find! These records are just amazing. I have been studying the 1623, 1636, 1652, and 1747 records for Lucca Sicula, Province of Agriento, and I have been able to link some of my lines back to the original establishment of the Culla Fiefe (Lucca Sicula) in 1623. I just wish there was a Riveli for the timeframe between 1652 and 1747 as there are a few lines who I can't positively link to an individual. I can link them to a family line but not the actual individual.
Now, if only the church records for Lucca Sicula were available! That would be so helpful!