I received a few photos and an update from Michael Muro today. The weather in Agropoli continues to be very hot and very humid. Michael is staying with the family of Giuseppe Carnicelli, the cousin I met during our May meet-up in Brooklyn Heights.
July is a festive month for Giuseppe and his brother Vincenzo. They both celebrate birthdays this month. Vincenzo will turn 23 on July 29th. This photo of (left to right, Vincenzo, Michael and Giuseppe) was taken at Nero Cafe in Agropoli. I love the bright, upbeat colors in the décor.
Giuseppe’s birthday was on July 11th. The combination of birthday cake and champagne is irresistible! Uncle Sammy and I wish both brothers a very good year ahead.
A festival was recently held during the time Michael has been in Agropoli. Here we see the Piazza all lit up. I love the way the colors of the lights are so vivid against the night sky and the old buildings surrounding the piazza.
Michael also had time to visit another cousin from the Carnicelli family, too. Michele lives in Santa Maria which is about 20 minutes from Agropoli. His mother is from the Carnicelli family. I think I see some resemblance between Michael and Michele.
Giuseppe continues to take courses online with the school in Pittsburgh where he studied English conversation, reading and writing this past Spring while he was in the U.S. visiting Michael. On Saturday, July 25th Michael and Giuseppe head to Calabria for another get-together with the newly discovered relatives of his Grandma Rose. Eugenio and Aldisa Aiello and their children will spend a day with Michael. He’s promised more photos along with all the details. Eugenio is Rose’s nephew.
Uncle Sammy and I wish Michael safe travels, sunny weather and the continued pleasure of good company during this last phase of his vacation in Italy.
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.
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.
Updated pedigree chart for Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro (work in progress) as of April 28, 2017.