We have used the charts of descent for the Muro and Comite families as the basis of this week’s posting. This data is available at Imagines Maiorum-Ancestors from Campania, a site where genealogist Anthony Vermandois presents vital statistics and marriage banns for families in Agropoli and other nearby towns.
We have also used the passenger list of the SS Canada for Letizia Muro’s voyage to New York. Please see the Resources section for link.
Muro family link: http://www.imaginesmaiorum.net/surname.cfm?id=368
Comite family link: http://www.imaginesmaiorum.net/surname.cfm?id=559
Letizia Scotti Muro was:
- Sammy’s Maternal Grandmother
- EmilyAnn’s Great-Grandmother along her maternal line.
Giuseppa grew up to become:
- Sammy’s Mom
- EmilyAnn’s maternal Grandmother
Nicola and Letizia Marriage
Nicola and Letizia were married on January 9, 1909 in Agropoli. Anthony Vermandois lists a voyage that Nicola made to America in 1909 but so far we cannot locate such documentation.
Birth of Giuseppa (Josie)
Nicola and Letizia’s first child, a girl, was born on November 1, 1909. They named her Giuseppa, in honor of Nicola’s mother, Giuseppa Ruocco Muro. In America Giuseppa was known as Josie. Only her younger sister Philomena called her Giuseppina.
Departing Agropoli, Arriving in America
Letizia arrived in New York City with Giuseppa (Josie) on August 13, 1912. They left Naples on July 30th, 1912.
The page on which Letizia and Giuseppa are listed contains only one other passenger who was also from Agropoli. His name was Giuseppe Comite. At first it was easy to think he had no connection with Letizia. The Comite surname was not familiar and had not come up in previous research sessions. We then had to recall the customs and attitudes the first generation of immigrants had concerning women and the code of honor they lived by in matters of women and family. With this in mind we think that Giuseppe was a travel companion to Letizia since at that time a woman with a 3 year old child would not be permitted to travel so far on her own. It was a matter of honor that a woman be chaperoned, if not by her parents, then by a brother or a male relative to protect her.