42b-Muro Family in America-Rosina comes to America

Acknowledgement

A big thank you goes out to Francis Marasco and Rosina Coltellaro for their contributions to our family history project. Their support has enabled us to present a well rounded look into the life of Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro. Francis is Rosina’s grandson and Rosina Coltellaro is her niece.

For the first part of this series please see:

42a-Muro Family in America-Rosina Aiello Marasco of Martirano

Leaving Italy

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Drawing of the S.S. America.

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Passenger list of the S.S. America.

Rosina and her son Cristofaro, sailed from Naples on November 12th, 1921 aboard the S.S. America. Travelling with them were her brothers Francesco and Antonio Aiello. Before leaving Italy all were staying with their father Angelo in Martirano, Italy. This information comes from the passenger list for the S.S. America. From it we also learn their ages and professions.

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Close-up of the S.S. America passenger list.

Passenger No.: 22
Name: Aiello, Francesco
Age: 17 y.o.
Marital Status: Single
Profession: Tailor

Passenger No.: 24
Name: Aiello, Antonio
Age: 23
Marital Status: Single
Profession: Tailor

Passenger No.: 27
Name: Aiello, Rosa
Age: 25
Marital Status: Widow
Profession: Housewife

Passenger No.: 28
Name: Marasco, Cristofaro
Age: 5
Marital Status: Single
Profession: None

Rosina and her brothers were able to read and write Italian according to the passenger list. Upon reviewing the column titled “Nationality” we noticed that the entries read “Italian S.” This signifies that they were Southern Italians. It also alerts us to the distinctions made between Northern and Southern Italians by the immigration authorities.

Arriving in New York

Rosina, Cristofaro, Antonio and Francesco arrived in New York City on November 24th, 1921. The entries to the list compiled by the States Immigration Officer at Port of Arrival tells us where they were going after leaving the ship.

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States Immigration Officer at Port of Arrival. This file had to be saved in two parts.

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Close-up of entries for Francesco, Antonio, Rosa and Cristofaro. 

We learn that Vincenzo Aiello was living in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania and that he would be the host for his brothers, sister and nephew once they arrived in Pennsylvania. There is a transcription error in the entry for Francesco. It states that Vincenzo lives on Carmen Street. The correct address is entered to the other entries for Rosa, Antonio and Cristofaro as 415 Commercial Street. We have not seen Carmen Street on any research records for Wilmerding so far.

We also learn that Rosa was 5’ 5” tall and had brown eyes and hair.

Discussion with Uncle Sammy, Sunday, October 18, 2015 11:00 – 11:40 a.m.

Rosina and Nick had 5 children together by 1930. This made a total of 11 children in the household. There was much housework to do. In the beginning Rosina had help from Josie, the eldest child of all. As each child grew up they, too, had chores that were assigned to them.

Uncle Sammy and I have decided to gather together the different stories we heard about the Muro household as we grew up. Some were from Josie, others from my Mom, and a few from close relatives. They create a snapshot of the challenges Rosina had in keeping her household running. We also intend to highlight her contributions to the cohesiveness of the Muro family.

Resources

Passenger List for the S.S. America sailing from Naples on November 12, 1921
Immigration Officer List
New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
Ancestry.com
2010, Provo, Utah

Picture of the S.S. America
Ancestry

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “42b-Muro Family in America-Rosina comes to America

  1. I’m sure her challenges were huge. It takes a lot to look after so many children , then there’s the cooking, the cleaning, tidying…I look forward to reading the stories.

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