Halberdier in Sicily 1859

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VirginiaG
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Halberdier in Sicily 1859

Post by VirginiaG » 08 Jul 2019, 17:29

Hello, I had a family tree done and it shows my 3rd Great Grandfather Letterio Spinelli was a Halberdier in Messina Sicily in 1859. I don’t know the original date he became one just on his son Placido’s birth record in 1859 it says that. Does anyone have any information on what a Halberdier from Sicily might be? Thank you

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Re: Halberdier in Sicily 1859

Post by erudita74 » 08 Jul 2019, 18:31

I have never seen this occupation in any Sicilian record, but the link below will help you. He was a swordsman or some kind of guard; he wore armor and a helmut (see info in link below about the Vatican)-the word is derived from French--

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halberd

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Re: Halberdier in Sicily 1859

Post by VirginiaG » 08 Jul 2019, 19:10

The timeline seems to coincide with the unification of Italy I think.

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Re: Halberdier in Sicily 1859

Post by erudita74 » 08 Jul 2019, 19:24

The unification process started in 1861 and took 10 years to complete.

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