The research of genealogist Anthony Vermandois has provided the basis for this wonderful journey of discovery into our ancestral roots in the town of Agropoli in Campania province, Italy. This week’s posting on the Matarazzo, Serrapede, Patella, and Battista families is based on the information at Anthony’s website ImaginesMaiorum-Ancestors from Campania. Please click on the family names within this paragraph to go to the genealogical charts for the family at Anthony’s website.
We have also used information from the 1920 U.S. Federal Census and Raffaele Matarazzo’s Petition for Naturalization.
Our direct line ancestors featured in this posting are Gennaro Serrpaede and Giovanna Battista Patella.
Gennaro Serrapede was:
Sammy’s Paternal Grandfather
EmilyAnn’s Great-Grandfather through her maternal line.
Giovanna Battista Patella was the Grandmother of our Gennaro’s wife Emilia Pappalardo Serrapede. Her daughter Teresa was Emilia’s mother. Giovanna was:
Sammy’s Great Great Grandmother along his paternal line.
EmilyAnn’s Great-Great-Great Grandmother
Cousin Rafaelle in Wilmerding, PA
Header of the page of the 1920 Federal Census where Raffaele is entered.
Entry for Raffaele.
In 1920, the Matarazzo family was now living at 148 State Street, Wilmerding, PA.
Census entry for Carmela and the children.
Carmela and Raffaele were the parents of:
Mary, 7 years old
Antonio, 6 years old
John, 5 years old
Gaetano 3 years, 6 months
Andrew 1 year, 8 months
Philip, 5 months
Raffaele was working in the machine shop at Westinghouse Air Brake factory. It was a big year for him because on December 20, 1920 he was naturalized. The papers for his naturalization give an arrival date of May 23, 1910.
Another major achievement is that by 1920 Raffaele and Carmella owned their own home. This is indicated by the “O” for owner and “M” for mortgage in the highlighted columns of the Header for the page on the census on which Raffaele’s name is entered. He is at the bottom of the page and his wife and children continue of the next page.
The Matarazzos were on their way to achieving the better life in which so many immigrants placed their hopes when they left the hardships of Southern Italy behind during the years of the Great Exodus which spanned roughtly the 1880s through the 1920s.