We continue our investigation into what happened to our Cousin Sabato Serrapede after he came to New York. For the background please see part 1 of this posting. With the discovery of the naturalization papers of a Mr. Sabato Sarrapere we have to consider if these are two different people or if Cousin Sabato changed his surname after coming to New York…
Sabato Sarrapere: The story contained in his Naturalization papers
Complete Petition for Naturalization for Sabato Sarrapere.
Close-up of the top of Sabato’s Petition for Naturalization.
Close-up of the Petition for Naturalization with the story of the fraudulent certificate.
The Petition gives an estimated Date of Birth for Sabato of September 27, 1868. He was born in Agropoli and came to the United States on the SS Brittania on September 27, 1888. Although this date differs from the Britannia Passenger List our search turned up we think it is a mistake on the Petition. Sabato’s date of birth is also entered as on or about September 27, 1868 which differs slightly from the date of September 16, 1868 which appears at ImaginesMaiorum.
The story of the fraudulent Certificate of Naturalization states that:
“This petitioner was in possession of a fraudulent certificate of naturalization purporting to have been issued by the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, October 27, 1893. Said paper was surrendered and duly cancelled October 27, 1903, and this petitioner is permitted to reapply for naturalization by an order signed and entered, on notice to the United States District Attorney, in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of the United States, Southern District of New York, March 1, 1907.”
I held hope at this point that there might still be more factual data available to find a link between Cousin Sabato Serrapede and Sabato Sarrapere.
Overview of Sabato Sarrapere’s life
According to the Petition for Naturalization, in 1907 Sabato Sarrpere was living at 43 Mott Street with his wife Arcangela (nee Aloise) Sarrapere. Their children were:
Rosina, Sept. 30, 1898
Carmela, Aug. 9, 1900
Gennaro, Nov. 29, 1902
Ronato, May 7, 1904
Giuseppe, Sept. 13, 1906
All the children were born in New York City.
1905 NYS Census.
Two years earlier, the NYS Census enumerator visited the Sarrapere family. Again the name is misspelled, this time as Sarrapieda. The family had a boarder named Antonio Corrento living with them. Sabato’s profession is described as laborer.
Our next breakthrough came with the discovery of Mr. Sarrapere’s real estate transactions.
Note: Uncle Sammy said that the Correnti family of 1166-65th Street were friends with the first generation of the Serrapede family. The name Corrento, however, is not familiar to us.