7g-Saverio Cuoco-Networking in Agropoli and America


Anthony Vermandois has conducted extensive research into the families who lived in Agropoli from the late 18th century through the early 20th century.  The data from local documents include dates of birth, death and marriage.  There is also data on immigration for those who immigrated to the United States to work and/or live.  Please visit Anthony’s website Imagines Maiorum-Ancestors from Campania.  The information which provides the discussion material for this weeks posting came from the research done for the Cuoco-Cucco family of Agropoli.

Using the data for Saverio Cuoco which Anthony details at his website enabled us to retrieve the WWI and WWII Draft Registration Cards for Saverio.

Why is Saverio Cuoco of interest to us?

Carmela Serrapede Scotti was our First Cousin 3x removed.  She came to New York with her husband Carmine Scotti circa 1910.

Saverio Cuoco lived with Carmela and Carmine as recorded in the 1915 New York State Census.  At the time he was 18 years old and working as a boot black.  Saverio was very young to be in New York on his own.  His presence in the household of Carmela and Carmine shows us how the extensive support network amongst families worked to ensure such necessities as employment and lodging when they came to America.  It also guaranteed the company of familiar relatives or friends from the hometown of Agropoli back in Italy.

It speaks on many levels of the sense of family and responsibility that developed over the centuries in Agropoli.  The movement Saverio had from one state to another as he lived and worked in the U.S. was enabled by this network that extended from Agropoli to the United States.

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7f-Serrapede & Scotti families in New York: Searching for Carmela and Carmine


Thanks to research done by Anthony Vermandois of Imagines Maiorum-Ancestors from Campania, we were able to retrieve the 1915 NYS Census entry for Carmine and Carmela (nee Serrapede) Scotti.

We also thank Steve Morse  for the creation of a database where one can find the information needed to conduct a search of the New York State Census records by address.  This search is limited to certain census years.  Please visit Steve’s site for further details at:  Obtaining AD/ED for the 1890-1925 New York State Census in One Step

Recap of previous postings

Anthony’s findings helped us successfully retrieve documentation and records about the Serrapede family in New York starting in the late 19th century.

This line of the family is through Gennaro and Rosa (nee Scotti) Serrapede.  So far as we now know, their son Sabato is the earliest member of our family who became an American Citizen.  Their daughter Carmela married Carmine Scotti in Agropoli.  Anthony’s research revealed that Carmela and Carmine lived in New York City and were recorded in the 1915 NYS Census.

When we could not find the records about Carmela and Carmine that Anthony cites at his website we began to use other means besides searching by name in Ancestry’s database.  By using the address to retrieve the records needed we learned why name searches had failed:  the surname Scotti was incorrect in the original census record and then in the data entry to Ancestry’s database.

Relationship Notes

Carmela Serrapede Scotti was the daughter of Gennaro and Rosa (nee Scotti) Serrapede.  She was married to Carmine Scotti in 1889 while they still lived in Agropoli.

The children of Carmine and Carmela were born in Agropoli.  They were:

Rachele (born about 1890)
Francesco (a/k/a Frank in the U.S.)  (born about 1892)

Carmela’s paternal Grandparents were Luigi and Angela Maria (nee Borrelli) Serrapede.

We have reiterated the names within her pedigree chart because the relationships carry over to Carmela’s life in New York City.

Carmela Serrapede Scotti was:

Sammy’s 1st Cousin 2x removed
EmilyAnn’s 1st Cousin 3x removed

Description of Search Method

Anthony’s research into the 1915 New York State Census provided the address at which Carmela and Carmine lived:  75 Baxter Street.

By entering the address at Steve’s site we learned that in the 1915 NYS Census 75 Baxter Street was in the 3rd Assembly District/1st Enumeration District.  For search purposes this is entered as AD3/ED1.

Back at Ancestry we searched using this information.  The entire census record for this particular AD/ED came up for viewing.  It was just a matter of reviewing each page until we found the one where 75 Baxter Street began.

Carmela and Carmine are found!

7f-1915 Census Carmela Carmine

1915 New York State Census entry for the Scotti household.

On page 16 we found Carmela and Carmine Scotti.  We found the reason why the records were not easy to retrieve in Ancestry’s database.  There were transcription errors in the original census record.

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7e-Agropoli, July 1976: First Holy Communion Procession

We had finished a leisurely afternoon meal at the apartment of Italia the Elder, my Grandpa Sam’s sister and mother of his niece Italia the Younger.  Everyone was very excited and had prepared a bowl of yellow flower petals for us to shower upon a procession that was about to take place outside.

7e-Procession street

The streets were decorated with pictures of the Chalice and Name of Jesus (Gesu) all made out of the same yellow flower petals.

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7d-Figliola and d’Amico Families: A bride from out-of-town


The research done by Anthony Vermandois at Imagines Maiorum-Ancestors from Campania forms the basis for this exploration into the lives of our ancestors who lived in Agropoli.

Imagines Maiorum includes a compilation of vital statistics for families who lived in Agropoli, Atripalda, Castellabate, Laureana Cilento, Monte san Giacomo, Padula.  New data is being compiled for the residents of these towns who immigrated abroad.

A bride from out-of-town

We were not able to find in-depth material about the traditions associated with courtship and marriage in 19th century Southern Italy.  Since some of the matriarchs that married into our branch families were from outside of Agropoli we questioned how a match would be made between a male relative who lived in Agropoli and a bride who came from another town.  This posting presents some of the scenarios we considered.

Marriage Banns

Our ancestors were Roman Catholics.  In this tradition the marriage banns are published from the church of the future bride since the marriage would take place there.

A bride from another town who married into a family from Agropoli most likely married in the parish church her family attended in her hometown.  This is one reason why the banns of a marriage performed outside of Agropoli do not appear in the data Anthony has compiled for the families of Agropoli.  We found the inclusion of a wife’s home town valuable as we searched among our extended family for a bride another town who married into a family from Agropoli.

Meet Rosa from Laureana Cilento

My Uncle and I considered the specific situation of Rosa d’Amico who came from Laureana Cilento before her marriage to Carlo Figliola of Agropoli.  We know her home town because Anthony has included it in the entry of her vital statistics at Imagines Maiorum-Ancestors from Campania.

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7c-Serrapede Family in New York: Gennaro, Sabato and Carmela


The research Anthony Vermandois has done into the families of Agropoli forms the basis of our exploration into the Serrapede and Muro families in Agropoli.  Anthony shares his findings at his website, Imagines Maiorum-Ancestors from Campania.

The family of Gennaro and Rosa Serrapede in New York

This posting concludes our brief review of the family of Gennaro and Rosa Serrapede in New York.  We definitely want to know more and will continue our search.

Gennaro and Rosa were:

Sammy’s Great Aunt and Uncle.  Their children are his First Cousins 2x removed.
EmilyAnn’s Great-Great Aunt and Uncle.  Their children are her First Cousins 3x removed.

Transatlantic Commuting

1903 passenger list from the Citta di Napoli.

In 1903 Gennaro made another Trans-Atlantic commute on the Citta di Napoli sailing from Naples to New York.

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