28a-Nicola Muro-From Agropoli to Wilmerding PA 1906

Acknowledgements

The genealogical charts of descent for the Muro family created by Anthony Vermandois were used at the beginning  of our search for immigration data on Nicola Muro. The Muro, Scotti and Rizzo  family charts are available for viewing at Anthony’s website ImaginesMaiorum-Ancestors from Campania.  Please click on the links below each surname to go to the respective charts.

Muro

http://www.imaginesmaiorum.net/surname.cfm?id=368

Scotti

http://www.imaginesmaiorum.net/surname.cfm?id=229

Rizzo Part A

http://www.imaginesmaiorum.net/surname.cfm?id=425

Rizzo Part B

http://www.imaginesmaiorum.net/surname.cfm?id=426

The other material used for this posting is credited in the Resources section.

Relationship Notes

Pedigree chart for Nicola Muro.

In this posting we examine the nature of the relationships between Nicola and his travelling companion when he came to America in 1906. Nicola was the son of Pietro and Giuseppa (nee Ruocco) di Muro.

Nicola was:

  • Sammy’s maternal Grandfather
  • EmilyAnn’s Great Grandfather

Pedigree chart for Mariano Scotti.

Mariano Scotti was:

  • Sammy’s Great Uncle
  • EmilyAnn’s Second Great Uncle

by his marriage to Rosa di Muro. The marriage record lists Rosa’s surname as di Muro instead of Muro.  Rosa was Nicola’s sister.

Mariano and Nicola became brother-in-laws by marrying each other’s sisters as follows:

  • Nicola Muro married Letizia Scotti on January 9, 1909.
  • Mariano Scotti married Rosa di Muro on April 1, 1911.

What’s with the name: Muro or di Muro?

As of June 6, 2015 further review of Anthony’s charts of descent reveal that the family name appeared as either Muro or di Muro on documents in Agropoli.

Nicola’s surname appears as Muro on the passenger lists and vital records here in the U.S. Anthony Vermandois has entered the surname as di Muro in Agropoli depending on which documents he is using.  The surname Muro also appears in Agropoli.  We have decided to keep the names as they appear on the existing records available to us.  This means that since Rosa appears only as Rosa di Muro, daughter of Nicola and Giuseppa di Muro,  we shall leave her name this way.

Travelling Companions: Future family members and paesanos

Among the data Anthony Vermandois has compiled on Nicola, he includes immigration information for a trip to the United States that Nicola made in 1909. Nicola immigrated on September 17, 1909 aboard the Cretic, a White Star Line ship.  He sailed from Naples and arrived in New York.  I searched many times at Ancestry but was unable to retrieve the passenger list for this voyage.

A passenger list for an earlier trip came back in the results so we will begin our review with the trip Nicola made in 1906. This trip was also made on the Cretic.  Nicola left Naples on June 2nd and arrived in New York on June 15, 1906.

Nicola was passenger number 22. He was travelling with his future brother-in-law Mariano Scotti who is entered as passenger number 23

Screen Shots from the Passenger List

Passenger list of the SS Cretic which arrived in New York on June 15, 1906. Nicola and Mariano’s entries are highlighted in yellow.

Nicola’s marital status is entered as “Sng” for single. Mariano’s is entered as “Marr” for married.

Final destination for Nicola and Mariano: Wilmerding, PA.

Although they travelled together, Nicola and Mariano planned to go to different cities after arriving in New York. Nicola was first going to Port Richmond in Pennsylvania.  Mariano was heading for Wilmerding, Pennsylvania.

Questions and Answers upon arriving in New York City: Nicola Muro

  1. No. on List: 22
  2. Name in Full: Muro, Nicola
  3. Age Yrs/Mos.: 23
  4. Sex: M
  5. Married or Single: Sng.
  6. Calling or Occupation: Farmer(ditto from entry a few lines above.)
  7. Able to Read/Write: Yes
  8. Nationality (Country of which citizen or subject): Italy
  9. Race or People: Southern Italian
  10. Last Residence (Last permanent Residence, Country and City or Town):  U.S. (a stamp appears “Non-Immigrant Alien”)
  11. Final Destination (State, City, or Town): Wilmerding, PA
  12. Whether having a ticket to such final destination: No.
  13. By whom was passage paid: Himself.
  14. Whether in possession of $50, and if less, how much? $18 (?) (handwriting is not clear)
  15. Whether ever before in the United States; and if so, when and where? 1899. New York.
  16. Whether going to join a relative or friend; and if so, what relative or friend, and his name and complete address? Uncle Gennaro Rizzo, Port Richmond, Pa.
  17. Ever in prison or almshouse or institution for care and treatment of the insane or supported by charity? No. If so, when?
  18. Whether polygamist? No.
  19. Whether an Anarchist? No.
  20. Whether coming by reason of any offer, notification, promise or agreement, express or implied, to labor in the United States. No.
  21. Condition of health, mental and physical. Good.
  22. Deformed or crippled. No. Nature, length of time and cause.

Questions and Answers upon arriving in New York City: Mariano Scotti

  1. No. on List: 23
  2. Name in Full: Scotti, Mariano
  3. Age Yrs/Mos.: 23
  4. Sex: M
  5. Married or Single: Marr.
  6. Calling or Occupation: Farmer(ditto from entry a few lines above.)
  7. Able to Read/Write: No
  8. Nationality (Country of which citizen or subject): Italy
  9. Race or People: Southern Italian
  10. Last Residence (Last permanent Residence, Country and City or Town): U.S.
  11. Final Destination (State, City, or Town): Wilmerding.
  12. Whether having a ticket to such final destination: No.
  13. By whom was passage paid: Himself.
  14. Whether in possession of $50, and if less, how much? $18
  15. Whether ever before in the Unitd States; and if so, when and where? 1900. Wilmerding.
  16. Whether going to join a relative or friend; and if so, what relative or friend, and his name and complete address? brother Raffaele, Wilmerding, PA.
  17. Ever in prison or almshouse or institution for care and treatment of the insane or supported by charity? No. If so, when?
  18. Whether polygamist? No
  19. Whether an Anarchist? No
  20. Whether coming by reason of any offer, notification, promise or agreement, express or implied, to labor in the United States. No.
  21. Condition of health, mental and physical. Good.
  22. Deformed or crippled. No. Nature, length of time and cause.

Next Stop after New York

Map Quest Map showing distance from Port Richmond, PA which is in the Philadelphia area to Wilmerding, PA which is outside of Pittsburgh.

This screen shot from Map Quest provides a good idea of how far apart Mariano and Nicola would be after they arrived in Pennsylvania. Nicola’s first stop at Port Richmond took him to the Philadelphia area shown near the coast and opposite New Jersey.  (Point B).  Mariano was going ahead to Wilmerding which is further inland, just outside of Pittsburgh.  (Point A).

Based on the answers Nicola provided to immigration his final destination was going to be Wilmerding.

A trip along the modern day highway from Philadelphia to Wilmerding covers a distance of roughly 294 miles and takes 4 hours 45 minutes by car.

Discussion with Uncle Sammy on Sunday, June 7, 2015 11 a.m. to

Our search for immigration data on our Nicola Muro has been complicated by the existence of another Nicola Muro whom we’ll call Nicola Muro 2.

Nicola Muro 2 was travelling back and forth from Southern Italy during the same period as our Nicola. So far the passenger lists we have in our Ancestry Shoebox (a great big storage space similar to a catch all) do not have them both on the same ship at the same time.  Still it gets confusing!  Both leave Naples on each trip, arrive in New York and from there go to Pennsylvania.

The only distinguishing characteristics we have so far are:

  1. Our Nicola always appears in the passenger lists as having been to Agropoli during his stay in Italy. His final destination on most trips is Wilmerding, Pennsylvania.

 

  1. Nicola Muro 2 was a barber and was regularly travelling to his Uncle who lived in Philadelphia.

There is one method we are going to try when examining the next series of passenger lists:  see who else our Nicola was travelling with.  As with our other ancestors, when they travelled in a group it would be with other relatives or friends from Agropoli.  By this time we are very familiar with their surnames.  Making a list and checking it against Anthony’s charts of descent and our family tree will help us confirm if we are reviewing the travel data for our Nicola.

What we will also do is keep a quick list of the dates and destinations.  This will help us discern if there were any patterns to their travels.

What we learned from this first review of Nicola’s travels:

  1. Consider the points of departure and the place where the traveler last resided.

 

  1. Check if anyone on board is part of the same family or is a friend.

 

  1. Be prepared to discover new leads to possible relatives by marriage or blood. For example, Nicola stated that he was going to stay with his Uncle Gennaro Rizzo in Port Richmond, PA.  Neither Uncle Sammy nor I ever heard mention of a Rizzo family.  We also never went to visit relatives in Philadelphia.  Anthony has charts of descent for the Rizzo family in Agropoli which we have checked.  However, there is no link amongst them to substantiate the connection in existence when Nicola made the 1906 trip.

 

  1. Official documents can have errors. This ship passenger list has several.  Mariano Scotti was not married in 1906.  He would marry Nicola’s sister Rosa in 1911.

It also states Nicola and Mariano were farm laborers which is a change from Anthony’s information.  Nicola was a shoemaker and Mariano was a fisherman back in Agropoli.  It’s a possibility that they may have done that kind of work at some point but there is no documentation to verify that at this time.

We plan to keep a list of all of Nicola’s trips. The data will be put into a table so we can better analyze the frequency of the travel as well as who he stayed with.

Resources

Ancestry
Passenger List for SS Cretic
Arrival in New York City: June 15, 1906
Source Citation
Year: 1906; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 0728; Line: 22; Page Number: 56
Source Information
Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Map Quest
Travel route from Port Richmond, PA to Wilmerding, PA
URL: http://www.mapquest.com/#df952bb2b8d217255d619899

 

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5 thoughts on “28a-Nicola Muro-From Agropoli to Wilmerding PA 1906

  1. Do the passenger lists in question have a second page? Several of mine do and when they do it usually lists a person in each country to whom they are related or closely associated with. That info can really help.

    I have several immigrants in the recent years of my tree and for lots of them I deal with deciding which version of their name to use. I can be a tricky decision because I like to choose the one I feel like they identified with the most. For family members who have more that 10 records I usually make a simple chart of all the name variants and then list each instance of that name variant and look for patterns. Sometimes I find a clear answer that way and other times I can see that they were a bit haphazard in which name they gave. When that is the case I go by quantity. I just never want to feel like I “chose” their name.

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