7a-The Serrapede Family in Agropoli: Gennaro and Rosa

These houses are in the Old Town of Agropoli not too far from the house where my maternal Great Grandparents Nicola and Letizia (nee Scotti) Muro lived before immigrating to America.  When I see this photo I feel a link to the earlier generations and their lives.


The research conducted by Anthony Vermadois of Imagines Maiorum:  Ancestors from Campania provides the starting point for our exploration into our Serrapede ancestors.

A Note about the repetition of names from one generation to the next

The earliest ancestor Anthony Vermandois can trace for our branch of the Serrapede Family in Agropoli is Luigi Serrapede.

Luigi and Anna Maria (nee Borelli) Serrapede were parents to:

Sabato (1834-1893
Gennaro (born circa 1843)

Gennaro was:

EmilyAnn’s Great-Great Uncle
Uncle Sammy’s Great Uncle

My Uncle and I found it a little dizzying to keep details straight because Luigi’s sons were named Sabato and Gennaro.  In our family the same names were given to:

Gennaro Serrapede
Grandfather to Sammy and Great Grandfather to EmilyAnn

Sabato Serrapede
Father of Sammy and Maternal Grandfather of EmilyAnn

We decided to present a series of postings about Gennaro because we were able to locate ship passenger lists that show he came to the United States earlier than any other Serrapede ancestor we know of.  It was an exciting discovery, especially since we now know that both the paternal and maternal lines of our family go back more than 100 years in America.  It also shows the large network that was in place in the U.S. to help the later generations successfully transition to life here.

Review of Research Findings of Anthony Vermandois at Imagines Maiorum-Ancestors from Campania

Gennaro, son of Luigi and Anna Maria (nee Borrelli) Serrapede, was a marinaro (fisherman).  He was born circa 1843 in Agropoli.

He married Rosa Scotti.  Anthony has not obtained a date for the marriage.

We do not have information about Luigi and Anna Maria’s parents or their early life.  We do, however, have a few pieces of information about Rosa Scotti that are proving very valuable in terms of the small and larger picture of our family history.

The Family of Rosa Scotti

Rosa was the daughter of Antonio and Marianna (nee Figliola) Scotti.  Both the Scotti and Figliola families have a long history and many branches in Agropoli.  Members of the extended Scotti family have married into both our maternal and paternal lines throughout the generations.

Rosa’s Father:  Antonio Scotti, born before 1825, is described as a “Lavoratore” meaning laborer.  This designation was usually applied to farm helpers but could cover other manual labor.

Rosa’s Mother:  Marianna was born to Carlo and Rosa (nee d’Amico) Figliola circa 1826. The records note that Rosa d’Amico came from the town of Laureana Cilento prior to her marriage.  Little clues like this are making it possible for us to trace what nearby towns a bride from outside of Agropoli came from.  In a future posting or series of postings we will reconstruct the distance of such a bride’s home town and consider how the matches were made and how far the network extended from Agropoli.

Records indicate that Rosa had one brother, Francesco born circa 1835.  Anthony’s research has not found any other children on official records.

Children of Gennaro and Rosa (nee Scotti) Serrapede

Carmela (b. 1865)
Sabato (b. 1868)
Carmine (1871-1872).  He died in a cholera epidemic that hit Agropoli.
Carminella (b. 1873)
Antonia (b. 1876)
Concetta (b. 1879)
Nunziata (b. 1882)
Donato (b. 1884)
Giuseppe (b. 1888)

It seemed at first that Gennaro and Rosa were going to follow the same pattern as Sabato, Gennaro’s older brother: namely to live and raise their children in Agropoli and remain there for the duration of their lives.

A ship’s manifest from 1897 brought home to us that the vast network in the Serrapede family was established much earlier than what we originally thought.  Previously the only sure knowledge we had was based on relatives who came in the late 1920s.

Gennaro Serrapede had crossed the Atlantic to live and work in New York City at some point before 1897.  He saved enough money to send for Rosa and some of his children in 1897.  The ship’s manifest will be presented in great detail in the next posting.  Hidden amongst all the details was a key piece of information that provides a launching point for further research into this branch of the Serrapede family.

Pedigree Chart for Gennaro Serrapede born circa 1843