Teresa and Nunzio Granese on their wedding day in 1933.
Last week I posted about a wedding photo which Uncle Sammy and I were unable to locate any info on. This photo has been waiting for identification for over 5 years. Last week I posted about the “Mystery Bride & Groom” asking relatives to help with identifying the couple.
For reasons I cannot explain I took out my Grandma Josie and Grandpa Sam’s wedding photo and put it next to that of the Mystery Bride and Groom. It was a hunch but I thought the couple resembled slightly older versions of the Maid of Honor and one of the Groomsmen in the bridal party. I sent Uncle Sammy both photos and awaited his response.
Having both photos side by side finally solved the mystery. Uncle Sammy agreed that the bride was our cousin Theresa Errico. With the mystery solved it took no time to identify the groom. He is Nunzio “Charles” Granese. Information about Nunzio was obtained starting with the Marriage Index we’ve had for Theresa. Then we searched other family trees from the Granese line at Ancestry. Several had enough supporting documentation that included Theresa as the spouse and the same Marriage Index and Census records we had retrieved..
Nunzio was a Second Generation Italian-American like Theresa. He was born on August 6, 1908 in New York City. His parents were Antonio Granese (1871-1910) and the former Adeline De Biasi (b. 1881). Nunzio completed 8th grade.
Theresa Errico was born on January 28th, 1914 in New York City to Vincenzo and Elisa (nee Scotti) Errico. She lived with her parents at 1166 65th Street in Brooklyn as of the 1930 Federal Census. At this time she was employed as a stenographer for a radio manufacturer.
Theresa and Nunzio were married on May 6th, 1933. In 1940 they were living at 1166 65th Street with their two children, Anthony and Elisa. Nunzio’s profession was given as “Shipper-Cutter”. We think he may have been employed as a garment cutter/shipping hand for a garment manufacturer.
Theresa predeceased Nunzio in 1984. Nunzio still resided in Staten Island after her death until his passing in 1990.
May 6, 1933 NYC Marriage Index
for Teresa (spelling differs) Errico and Nunzio Granese
Emily Serrapede is featured in this posting. She was the daughter of Sam and Josie (nee Muro) Serrapede, older sister of Gerald and Sammy, and EmilyAnn’s Mother.
In 1930 Sam and Josie were married at the Church of St. Rosalia. The church was built on 14th Avenue and 65th Street. When their daughter Emily Leatrice was born in 1931 they were living in the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn. Six months later she was baptized at St. Rosalia’s Church where the family moved before Emily was Baptized. As young parents, Sam and Josie needed the help and companionship of their relatives and paesanos, most who lived in Dyker Heights. This was a good move. Their daughter grew up in the company of her cousins, many who became her best friends.
The Baptismal Certificate
Baptismal Certificate for Emily Serrapede.
Although her birth certificate had her official name as Emily, the Baptismal Certificate bears her name in Italian. Emilia Pappalardo Serrapede was her paternal Grandmother. This might have been a custom observed in the immigrant community. The official record has the English version of the name and the baptismal name is in Italian. Josie and Sam followed this practice with their son Jerry.
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.
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.
We have used the charts of descent for the Scotti family available at ImaginesMairoum, the site presenting the genealogical data compiled by Anthony Vermandois. This data has been collected from Agropoli and other towns in Campania province, Salerno.
For the other documentation used please see the Resources section at the end of this posting.
In our last posting we introduced Josie Muro. She was the eldest child in a family grew in size to 11 children by the early 1930s. Variations of a family story recounting why Josie left Wilmerding, Pennsylvania at the age of 18 or 19 to come to Brooklyn, New York provided a bare minimum of details. By using the census records and ships passenger lists for other relatives we are gaining insights into what happened to facilitate Josie’s move up to Brooklyn.
We will turn our attention to the contacts the Muro family had in Brooklyn who, we are certain, helped Josie in the very quick move her parents had her make from Wilmerding to Brooklyn. The story gets more interesting as the details fall into place.
Josie’s Zia Elisa
Josie’s mother, Letizia passed away in 1921 when Josie was 12 years old. We think Letizia was a weakened by an accident in the previous year plus the frequency of her pregnancies. Nick Muro, Josie’s father, married Rose (Rosina) Aiello Marasco in late 1921 – early 1922. We know from Josie’s own discussions with us that she had many chores and errands to perform each day to help Rose with the household.
Letizia’s two sisters, Concetta and Elisa, also lived nearby in Wilmerding. The Scotti family remained close to Letizia’s children during the lifetimes of the first generation of our family in America. Josie enjoyed long phone calls with Elisa. I remember during the times we visited, that even if she were cooking in the kitchen, she’d take time out to sit down and listen to what her Aunt was calling about.