Connecting with the Antoinette Frances Serrapere
I am always amazed at how the Internet is making the world much closer. Through this blog I have connected with a member of another branch of the Serrapede family from Agropoli. Last week I received two comments from Antoinette Frances Serrapere letting me know her grandfather was Cosmio Serrapede from Agropoli! I let my Uncle Sammy know and he encouraged me to follow-up on the contact. We both were very excited about the connection.
Antoinette’s grandparents were Cosimo and Anna Marie (nee Botti) Serrapede. The family name changed to Serrapere after Cosimo immigrated to the U.S. in 1902. Her father Nicholas was born and raised in Wilmerding. He married Rosemary Calhoun from Monroeville, a nearby town. Rosemary’s parents were of Scotts-Irish descent.
Antoinette works as a hairdresser and is known as Toni Warren by all her clients. She now lives in North Versailles with her daughter Jamie. When we had our first telephone visit on Sunday, August 23, 2015 Antoinette shared many memories of growing up in Wilmerding during the 1970s. I am very happy to say that Antoinette (I love using her full name!) will be a guest contributor to our blog posts about Wilmerding in the coming months. The addition of her memories and family stories will broaden our scope of the town and surrounding area. After the start of the 1980s Uncle Sammy and I no longer went to Wilmerding. Uncle Sammy eventually relocated for employment and I became caretaker/companion to my Mom. Antoinette’s input will bring us closer to current times so we can see the changes that have taken place since our ancestors lived and worked in Wilmerding.
Cosimo Serrapede was the character witness for Raffaele Mattarazo’s Declaration of Intent. Like many of our grandfathers or great-grandfathers he worked at Westinghouse Air Brake Company. Raffaele was a cousin by marriage to my great-grandfather Gennaro Serrapede. Antoinette’s family also knew the Mattarazzo family. Some of them came to her wedding. The ties from Agropoli continued through to her generation. My first cousin 1x removed is Nicky Muro, the son of Peter and Angie (nee Carola) Muro formerly of State Street. Nicky was a high school teacher Antoinette remembers because she was one of his students! Peter was my Grandma Josie’s younger brother. Angie’s father was Gaetano Carola, a businessman from Agropoli.
I took many notes during our call and will be adding Antoinette’s contributions to the postings that will be part of the series for future postings about the Muro and Serrapede families in America. Antoinette has visited the website ImaginesMaiorum.net She told me many of the surnames for families like Rizzo and Botti are familiar because she knew the descendants who settled in Wilmerding. It’s going to be great to add her knowledge to the postings. We hope you will enjoy the added personal touch her contributions will bring.
Further reading from this blog
Posting: 10c-Cousin Raffaele of Wilmerding, Pennsylvania in 1920
Imagines Maiorum-Ancestors from Campania
The website of genealogist Anthony Vermandois. His database contains the names of families from Agropoli and nearby towns.