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Around 1928, Josie Muro had to leave her hometown of Wilmerding, Pennsylvania to avoid the damage gossip would cause to her reputation and the honor of her family. A young man named Ernest, who was already engaged to another woman, started a flirtation which Josie was reluctant to stop. Josie’s parents met with the parents of the woman Ernest was engaged to. All parties agreed the most expedient thing to do was send Josie to live with relatives in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Ernest would not know where she went and the matter would be settled. Josie came to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn where she lived with her maternal Aunt Elisa Scotti Errico and family.
Three years earlier in August of 1925 Sam Serrapede came to America from Agropoli. Until 1930 he lived with his sister and brother-in-law in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Given the distance between Red Hook and Dyker Heights we will try to use the Marriage Certificate to recreate a possible scenario as to how Josie and Sam got together. Even though Josie and Sam shared many memories and family stories throughout the years, they never reminisced about how they met, their courtship or their wedding day.
Sam (Sabato) Serrapede was the son of Gennaro and Emilia (nee Papplardo) Serrapede.
Josie Muro was the daughter of Nick (Nicola) and Letizia (nee Scotti) Muro.
Josie and Sam were:
• Sammy’s Parents.
• EmilyAnn’s maternal Grandparents.
The Marriage Certificate of Sabato Serrapede and Josephine Muro
Marriage Certificate of Josie and Sam.
Obtaining Josie and Sam’s marriage certificate helped answer the questions we had concerning their whereabouts prior to marriage. Sam gave his address as 2472 West Street in Brooklyn. This is the same address where his sister Filomena and her family were living when the 1930 Census was taken.
“Freedom from Fear” by Norman Rockwell (1943)
Public Domain. NARA Archives, Washington, D.C . via Wikimedia Commons (see Resources for link)
This coming Sunday, June 18th, 2017 is Father’s Day in the U.S. We remember the patriarchs of our family lines, the fathers of our ancestors and the fathers of our ancestresses. We thank you for the strength, dedication, hard work, commitment and love you gave your families.
“Silent Strong Dad”
by Karen K. Boyer
He never looks for praises
He’s never one to boast
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most
His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too
He’s there…. A firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad.
The Fathers of Our Family Lines
Nunziante di Muro
Pietro di Muro
Giuseppe di Giaimo
Francesco di Giamo
Remembering you with love,
–Sabbatino Serrapede, Jr.
–EmilyAnn Frances May
“Freedom from Fear” by Norman Rockwell, 1943
National Archives and Records Administration Identifer 513538
Record group: Record Group 44: Records of the Office of Government Reports, 1932 – 1947 (National Archives Identifier: 373 )
Series: World War II Posters, compiled 1942 – 1945 (National Archives Identifier: 513498 )
NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-44-PA-77
“Silent Strong Dad”
© Karen K. Boyer
Published: February 2006
Filomena Serrapede D’Agosto was the eldest sister of Sam Serrapede. She was the first member of Sam’s family to come to America. Filomena married Giuseppe D’Agosto in 1923. Giuseppe secured employment as a truck driver for the New York City Department of Sanitation. The D’Agosto family lived in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY.
In 1925 Sam came to America with the intention of making a new life for himself. He aimed at getting himself established through securing employment and beginning the process towards citizenship. Giuseppe and Filomena provided him with a place to live during his first five years in America.
• Sam (Sabato) Serrapede was:
• The son of Gennaro and Emilia (nee Pappalardo) Serrapede of Agropoli, Salerno, Campania Province in Italy.
• Sammy’s father.
• EmilyAnn’s maternal Grandfather.