Imagines Maiorum is a website dedicated to Anthony Vermandois’ genealogical research of families who lived in Agropoli, Atripalda, Castellabate, Laureana Cilento, Monte san Giacomo, and Padula. New data is being compiled for the residents of these towns who immigrated abroad.
We have used the charts of decent for the Serrapede, Muro, Scotti and Coppola families of Agropoli to prepare this posting.
A Name from the Past comes back into the Present
Uncle Sammy Serrapede had one of those “AHA” moments while we reviewed the marriages made by the children of Francesco and Rosolia (nee Patella) Scotti.
The mention of the marriage of their daughter Carmela brought back memories he had of a family who frequently called and visited his parents while he was growing up.
What brought about the “AHA” moment: Carmela Scotti and Ignazio Coppola
Carmela was born circa 1850 to Francesco and Rosolia (nee Patella) Scotti in Agropoli.
On February 20, 1869 Carmela married Ignazio Coppola.
Their children were: Fortunata b.1871, Maddalena b.1873, Evangelista b.1875, Filomena b.1877, Antonia b.1881, Carmine b.1884, Emilia b.1886, Rosalia b.1892
Carmela Scotti Coppola was the sister of Sammy’s Great Grandfather Carmine Scotti. Carmela was Sammy’s Great Aunt.
Aha! The Coppolas were our paesanos!
A paesano (masculine) or paesana (feminine)is a person from one’s home town in Italy.
When discussing Carmela Scotti’s marriage with my Uncle Sammy on March 8, 2015 he mentioned that the Coppola family were very close paesanos to his parents. He remembers that the Coppola family members his mom Josie knew lived in Brooklyn, NY. There were also family members in Burlington, NJ and Wilmerding, PA. Whenever the Coppola family of Burlington, NJ came to Brooklyn to visit their extended family they would stop by to visit the Serrapedes.
My Uncle Sammy said his father Sam also had paesanos from the Coppola family. He wanted to know if the relationship went any further.
On Saturday, March 14, 2015 we reviewed the genealogical tables created by Anthony Vermandois and the pedigree charts on our family tree at Ancestry we made a discovery that explains why there were frequent visits by the Coppola family as he was growing up: in addition to sharing the same hometown, there were ties of blood and marriage that brought the families together.