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.