After the posting of 50-Serrapede Family in America: Josie and Sam get married, 1930I heard from Cousin Michael Muro. He sends his regards to Uncle Sammy and our readers. Michael has spent the last three months hosting Giuseppe Carnicelli of Agropoli during his stay in the United States. Michael has travelled with Giuseppe from Pittsburgh to New York, Florida and other locations. Giuseppe has also been studying English conversation and reading during this time. Michael and Giuseppe will return to Italy after the July 4th holiday.
Michael shared with me additional information about his own family’s connections with Josie and Sam. Based on these relationships Michael offers up some scenarios that expand the possible ways in which Josie and Sam were brought together.
Pedigree Chart for Michael Muro with maternal and paternal lines.
Pedigree chart for EmilyAnn Frances May showing her maternal line only.
Michael and I share Nicola “Nick” Muro as our common ancestor.
Nick Muro was:
–Michael’s Grandfather along his paternal line.
–EmilyAnn’s Great Grandfather along her maternal line.
Michael’s maternal Grandparents were:
–Raffaele (Ralph) and Pasqualina(nee Camperlingo)Di Fiore
Michael’s paternal Grandparents were:
–Nicola “Nick” and Rose(nee Rosina Aiello Marasco) Muro
I hope everyone is enjoying the early summer. I will be away from WordPress until mid or late July. Postings about the next phase of our family history will resume in September. I will return to reading of WordPress friend blogs in two weeks.
Filomena Serrapede D’Agosto was the eldest sister of Sam Serrapede. She was the first member of Sam’s family to come to America. Filomena married Giuseppe D’Agosto in 1923. Giuseppe secured employment as a truck driver for the New York City Department of Sanitation. The D’Agosto family lived in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY.
In 1925 Sam came to America with the intention of making a new life for himself. He aimed at getting himself established through securing employment and beginning the process towards citizenship. Giuseppe and Filomena provided him with a place to live during his first five years in America.
• Sam (Sabato) Serrapede was:
• The son of Gennaro and Emilia (nee Pappalardo) Serrapede of Agropoli, Salerno, Campania Province in Italy.
• Sammy’s father.
• EmilyAnn’s maternal Grandfather.
This posting serves as a bridge between our introduction of Giuseppe D’Agosto in 46a-D’Agosto Family – Giuseppe comes to America and the three part series that follows this current posting. There are two Giuseppes in this narrative as well as what appeared to be a tenuous relationship between our families through the D’Agosto matriarch, Rafaella Carnicelli D’Agosto, and our matriarch, Giuseppa Carnicelli Ruocco (part of the Muro line).
Uncle Sammy and I are glad we paused to look through all these factors because the findings enabled us to be more accurate in our three part series. It also helped us understand how easily one can mistake a paeasano (friend from the old hometown) for a cugina or cugino (cousin). We also resorted to the expedient device of calling one of the Giuseppes by his American name of Joseph since that is what he used most often for the Census interviews. You will meet Joseph Carnicelli in the next posting.
If any confusion remains after you read this posting, please put your questions into the Comment section and we’ll add more information. Continue reading →
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.
I’m very sorry to inform you that despite repairs my phone line and internet service are very poor. The internet especially is slower than dial-up service during peak hours. It is taking much too long for photos in the WordPress blogs to download. I also have long delays between the time I keyboard a reply and it goes through.
Since I work from home most days my productivity is also diminished. This is all due, as I learned from the tech who fixed the phone on Saturday, to old copper wires that are rotting away.
My service provider, Verizon, did not follow an evenly planned installation of FIOS high speed internet in this area. Some blocks got it over a year ago and other blocks were left with the rotting copper wire. Instead of following a progression, only some blocks were converted to FIOS and then the installations on the other blocks were not done.
This has impacted my ability to upload photos, read archived materials at The Brooklyn Public Library’s database, and so much more. I have a backlog of email I do not think I will get to since I have to catch up at work.
I am going to miss everyone but please understand it will take some time for me to come back to update my photo albums and blogs. You will not hear from me at your blogs due to the slow speeds at which screens are opening up. Google itself is freezing and not doing anything.
FIOS is going to be installed next Friday so let’s hope that goes well. I will still have to focus on work and business emails first. If all goes well I think in 2-3 weeks I should be back. Ever since the storm on January 23rd, 2017 it’s been one thing after another with the phone and internet. I know this will be resolved but it’s hard to adjust since I’ve become so dependent on the internet not only for socializing but for working as a consultant, too.
Until then, be well. I will be thinking of you all.