Anthony Vermandois has conducted research into the families from the town of Agropoli and their descendants who immigrated to the United States. The data he has compiled is a valuable resource for those of us who do not have access to overseas records or the linguistic skills to translate them. Anthony has made his findings available at his website, Imagines Maiorum-Ancestors from Campania.
We continue with the presentation of Gennaro and Rosa Serrapede and their children. For the first part of this series please see: 7a-The Serrapede Family in Agropoli: Gennaro and Rosa.
Summary of our relationship to Gennaro and Rosa Serrapede
My Uncle Sammy and I are direct line descendants o f Sabato and Filomena (nee Ruocco) Serrapede. Sabato was born in 1834. Sabato’s brother was Gennaro, born in 1843. Gennaro was married to Rosa Scotti.
Gennaro and Rosa were:
Sammy’s Great Uncle and Aunt
EmilyAnn’s Great-Great Uncle and Aunt
Note: It is necessary to reiterate the relationships in each posting because of the repetition of the names Sabato and Gennaro among the succeeding generations.
Review of Research Findings of Anthony Vermandois at Imagines
The very first direct line Serrapede ancestor that I knew of in America was my maternal Grandpa Sam’s eldest sister, Filomena. Filomena and her husband, Giuseppe D’Agosto, arrived in the mid-1920s.
Passenger List for the SS Scotia.
All that changed after I used Anthony’s research as the starting point to search for earlier arrivals. I was able to locate a ship’s passenger list for the SS Scotia. The story which unfolded as Uncle Sammy and I reviewed the list took the arrival date of our family further back than we had ever known.
In 1897 Gennaro Serrapede was living at 88 Mulberry Street in the Little Italy section of Lower Manhattan. He had saved enough money to send for his wife Rosa and some of his children.
Rosa and her children Saboto, Giuseppe, Anunziata, Concetta and Antonia sailed on this ship from Naples and arrived in New York City on November 9, 1897.
The passenger list has a column in which was entered how much money each passenger had. $50 was the ideal amount. Rosa and Saboto had $10 each. In 2014 dollars that would equal about $200. For 1897 that was a good amount of money.
What I found interesting for Rosa is that she used her maiden name. She is entered as Rosa Scotti, not Rosa Serrapede. We also see this when other ancestors give their wives’ names as contact back in Agropoli.
Gennaro is given as the person with whom the family will be staying. The passenger list also specifies that Gennaro paid for everyone’s passage to New York so he must have been making a good amount of money.
Rosa was just 53 years old but in the column where the health of each passenger was noted, the doctor on board the ship entered “senility”. All of the children were noted as being healthy.
At first Uncle Sammy and I thought that the entire family was here for an extended stay until we reviewed the entries again.