The Mystery Wedding Photo. Was this happy couple from New York City or Wilmerding, Pennsylvania?
We all enjoy mystery stories. Even more so we enjoy how the unfolding of the story provides hints that help answer some or all the questions so that a degree of closure is reached. Right now Uncle Sammy and I are turning to our extended network of family and descendants of the paesani of Josie and Sam for help in solving a mystery.
One of the photos Josie left is that of a very happy young couple posing for a studio portrait on their wedding day. Based on the style of the wedding gown and the studio background we estimate the time period to be the late 1920s-early 1930s. What makes this picture even more of a mystery is that Josie did not leave any notes on the back or on an enclosed piece of paper. The large cardboard frame the photo is in does not have any imprint from the studio. Continue reading
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.