Pietrafitta, Settefrati

Parish of Pietrafitta

Pietrafitta is a ‘frazione’ of Settefrati and in 1844 the priest there created a ‘State of the parish’ to support his case for transferring the areas of ‘Lota’ and ‘Vallepecorina’ from the Parish of Picinisco to that of Settefrati in order for the parishioners to receive spiritual guidance more easily.  He has named the Head of each household and the number of household members, indicating which parish they belonged to.  It doesn’t say if he was successful but in 1855 the Parish of S. Felicita was merged with that of S. Maria della Tribuna and then in 1989 both were merged with S. Stefano. 

Photo by Gianni Ercole

Education of girls in Pietrafitta

In 1845 the priest in Pietrafitta (FR) created a list of 63 girls divided into six classes or groups, 10 of whom were daughters of a ‘Don’, who, in addition to being taught to read and write were learning the Christian doctrine, needlepoint and how to make ‘calzetti’ (socks).  The 4th class were also learning the ‘abeccedario’. The daughters of the nobility were joined in their classes by 14 others that I suspect were of a class of tradespeople rather than the ‘contadini’.  Only one class seemed to be learning the ‘alphabet’ but all were learning the catechism and sewing.  All were taken to mass daily. 

This is a much larger group of girls being educated than I expected to find in such a small ‘frazione’ and I find it interesting that there is not a corresponding list of boys.

One comment

  1. Shows to go ya, only the wealthy could educate their kids, including girls. My nonna too was “educated” along with her 2 sisters & 8 brothers. Only 2 of her brothers stayed in Napoli Italy, the rest came here. On US Census, each said they had 8 years of schooling. The eldest son was born in 1871, Nonna in 1875, the youngest in 1887. It was said they were wealthy, [Too many sons to share in the estate?] I have documents showing her 3rd bisnonno used Sig. D. [Don} Bne [Barron] on correspondence from & to him.


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