48-Sabato Serrapede comes to America: First stop, Red Hook

Introduction

Gennaro and Emilia (nee Pappalardo) Serrapede’s daughter Filomena married Giuseppe D’Agosto in Agropoli during the summer of 1923.  When the New York State Census was taken in 1925 Filomena and Giuseppe were living in Brooklyn.  Their first child, a girl named Lillian, was 23 days old when the census enumerator visited in June.  Two months later, Filomena’s younger brother, Sabato Serrapede immigrated on the Conte Verde to America.  He departed from Naples on August 21, 1925 aboard the Conte Verde and arrived in New York City on August 31, 1925.

Sabato was called Sam after his arrival in America.  His entrance into the narrative of the family history marks a special point in time for us.  Sabato was Sammy’s father and EmilyAnn’s maternal Grandfather.  Finding the passenger list for the ship Sabato came over on brought all the months of research on our ancestors right into the flow of our own life stories.

 

Sailing from Naples

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Passenger List of the Conte Verde, the ship Sabato Serrapede came to America on.

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Close-up of the Passenger List.  Sabato Serrapede was passenger No. 7.

The passenger list contains some information we think is inaccurate.  Sam’s profession is entered as “sailor.”  We never heard him talk about a time in the Italian navy or working professionally aboard a ship.  One of the trades he learned in Agropoli was that of the marinaro, a fisherman.  He knew all about the care of a boat, how to assess the weather and tides, and how to fish as well as repair nets.  We think that this may have been a misunderstanding on the part of whoever added Sam’s information to the list.

For the questions concerning ability to read and write in Italy, the answers are “Yes.”  This is correct since after the Unification of Italy education for all children was mandatory up to the 4th grade.  The passenger list also states that before coming to New York Sam lived with his father Gennaro in Agropoli.
Arriving in New York

 

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 Complete list of answers given by passengers to the questions asked by the Immigration Officer.  Passengers had to answer these questions before being allowed to disembark.

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Close-up of the States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival page that follows the passenger list.  Sam’s answers appear on row 7.

The answers Sam provided to the Immigration Officer tell us that Sam:

• Paid for his own ticket.
• He was never in the U.S. before this trip.
• He planned to live in the U.S. permanently.
• He was going to stay with his sister Filomena Serrapede in Brooklyn.

In Italy, women do not change their surname after marriage.  This is why Filomena’s name appears as Filomena Serrapede and not Filomena D’Agosto.  Sabato answered the question the way he would have if he were still in Italy.

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47a-Mother’s Day 2017

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“Maternal Admiration” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Public domain.  Wikimedia Commons.

We remember

The Serrapede Family
Angela Maria Borrelli
Anna Maria Conte
Filomena Ruocco
Antonia Ruocco
Nicoletta Cuoco
Teresa Marino
Giovanna Battista
Teresa Patella d’Alessandro
Emilia Pappalardo
Emily Leatrice Serrapede

We remember…

The Muro Family
Anna Maria Monzillo
Carminela Cavollo
Giuseppa Carnicelli
Clarice Serrapede
Giuseppa Ruocco
Anna Maria Baldi
Rosolia Patella
Maddalena Montone
Irene Guzzi
Maria Giovanna di Giaimo
Letizia Scotti
Josephine Muro

We remember…

The Aiello Family
Antonia Rocca
Caterina Mastroianni
Lucrezia M.F. Bartolotta
Caterina Pujia
Rosina Aiello

We remember with gratitude all our matriarchs in our family lines this Mother’s Day on May 14, 2017.
In memory of the Mothers of our family lines who were with us from our beginnings.  You not only fed and nurtured our bodies but also saw to the development of our spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth.  With your love we progressed and with your blessings we achieved.  With your advice we were guided and with your caution we were protected.  There are never enough words to express the gratitude we have so we’ll say it simply, “To all the Mamas in our family past, present and future–Thank you, thank you.  We will always love you.”

–EmilyAnn Frances May
–Sam (Sabbatino) Serrapede, Jr.

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Acknowledgement
Painting:  “Maternal Admiration” (1869)
Artisit:  William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Public Domain
Wikimedia Commons

47-Giuseppe D’Agosto in New York-A young man with a job and a passport

Acknowledgement

The chart of descent for the D’Agosto family, available at ImaginesMaiorum, Ancetors from Campania, was used to provide information about the date of Giuseppe D’Agosto’s marriage. We thank Anthony Vermandois for making the results of his genealogical research available at his website.

Introduction

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Close-up of Giuseppe D’Agosto’s photo affixed to the application for a passport in 1923.

Giuseppe D’Agosto is related to Uncle Sammy and me by marriage. He was the husband of Filomena Serrapede D’Agosto. Filomena was the elder sister of Sabato Serrapede who was Sammy’s Dad and EmilyAnn’s maternal Grandfather. This makes Giuseppe and Filomena D’Agosto:

  • Uncle Sammy’s paternal Uncle and Aunt.
  • EmilyAnn’s Great Uncle and Aunt along her maternal line.

In this posting we share the discovery the 1920 Federal Census brought us once we learned who Giuseppe was working for. Of all the relatives we’ve studied so far he is the first we know of who became a civil service employee. He achieved much and went far in the 7 years after he came to the United States in 1913.

What was the DSC?

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Close-up of 1920 Federal Census entry for the Gibaldi family.

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46g-Aiello Family of Calabria-Connecting with the family of Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro

Acknowledgements

Uncle Sammy and I thank Amedeo Aiello for reaching out to us and his father, Antonio Aiello for sharing the results of his research on the Aiello family, as well as photos of the family and their hometown after the 1906 earthquake.

We also thank Michael Muro for his ongoing enthusiasm, support and promotion this blog behind the scenes. Michael is the Grandson of Rosina (Rose) and Nick Muro through their son Raimie (Raymond) and Frances (nee di Fiori) Muro.

A special thank you to Giuseppe Carnicelli for contributing a clear version of the Italian translation.

Introduction

Shortly after a series of postings about Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro, we received an email from her Grand Nephew, Amedeo Aiello in late February. His father, Antonio Aiello, is Rosina’s nephew. Antonio is also a family historian and found our blog while researching Martirano, the Aiello family’s ancestral hometown in Calabria. Amedeo and I exchanged emails about the research I had done on the town and gave me the reason why it is so difficult to find much about the late 19th-early 20th century history of Martirano. It turns out that in 1906 an earthquake destroyed what we could call the old town of Martirano. Rosina’s parents lost their home and had to build a new one away from the area where they had been living.

Learning more about the Aiello Family

Antonio sent me a photo of the area where the new house was built along with a photo of his father, Amedeo Aiello, who was Rosina’s brother. Yet another wonderful photo included in the email exchange was of Rosina. All three photos are now part of our family tree. Then there were the fruits of Antonio’s research on the Aiello family that has extended Rosina’s pedigree chart further back in time. The information also adds more depth to her family background which we had only touched upon in our research findings and our previous postings. Thanks to Antonio we can now go back in time and trace Rosina’s lineage to the late 18th century.

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Updated pedigree chart for Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro (work in progress) as of April 28, 2017.

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46f-Serrapere Family of Pittsburgh-What’s new with Antoinette Serrapere

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Ryder Jacob Warren

Exchanging holiday emails, or sending and receiving cards by snail mail, is a wonderful way to keep in touch. Not only do you receive a greeting in return but very often updates on the lives of those you often think about but do not always have the time to keep in touch with on a more regular basis.

Easter greetings exchanged with our Guest Contributor Antoinette Serrapere brought back a cheerful email filled with good news about what is happening in her life. Here are some of the updates…

 

  • Antoinette became a Grandmother for the first time on January 27th when her grandson Ryder Jacob Warren was born to her son and daughter-in-law.

 

  • Jamie, Antoinette’s daughter, recently visited her fiancé who lives in England. They are planning to get married in the U.S. in the Spring of 2018.

 

  • Antoinette plans to travel to Italy with Jamie and her new son-in-law after the wedding in 2018. There are plans to have a small ceremony and celebration in Italy, too!

 

We wish Antoinette and her family all the best in all ways for always. Plus we look forward to updates and photos about the wedding and the trip to Italy!

 

You may learn more about Antoinette Serrapere and her family history by visiting her Guest Contributor page where links to her previous postings are listed.

 

 

 

 

 

46e-Mike and Katy Lingle Update: Welcome to the world, Jake!

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  • Uncle Sammy, Aunt Kathie and I were delighted to receive the news on February 1, 2017 that Katy and Michael Lingle become the parents of  William Jake Lingle.

 

  • I attended Katy and Michael’s wedding last June in Baltimore. It was a memorable affair and I look forward to a memorable meeting with them again when they introduce me to Jake.

 

  • I wish the Lingle family good health, prosperity, harmony and happiness in all ways and for always.

 

 

–EmilyAnn Frances May

April 17, 2017

 

 

46d-Spring Break 2017 (Part 2)

Greetings to all!  I hope everyone who celebrated the holidays–be it Easter, Passover or Spring–had enjoyable get-togethers with family and friends.  My own Spring break is doing me a world of good.  The week before Easter a very nasty virus came back to visit me and I was determined to get over it for good this time.  By resting and eating only light meals I was better by Good Friday.  I also got out into the sunshine and took long walks on Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and Tuesday, April 18th.  I took photos to capture the beauty I found in the flowers and trees I saw during each walk.

Each time I went out the flowers looked more beautiful as the days of sunlight and warmth increased.  The peak of this beauty was on April 18th when the warmth of the sun filled the air with a floral fragrance that mingled with that of the earth and the grass being trimmed in some gardens.

I hope you will enjoy these photos and give permission for them to be circulated and re-used so long as a link back to this blog is provided.  They provide good examples of the simple abundance to be found in the midst of our everyday lives.

I will be checking in to catch up with all my WordPress friends.  Postings will resume in 2 weeks.

Afternoon walk on Holy Saturday, April 15, 2017

Clouds and sun alternated in the late afternoon but that did not take away from the bright, cheerful colors of the daffodils and tulips in the gardens I passed.  I loved the idea of creating an Easter tree decorated with eggs and pastel colored ribbons like the one I saw in a garden I passed.

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