Our Family Circle: Mystery Bride & Groom identified

theresa and nunzioTeresa 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

1930 Federal Census

1940 Federal Census

Our Family Circle: The Mystery Wedding Photo

Mystery Wedding late 1920s-early 1930s

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 “Our Family Circle: The Mystery Wedding Photo”

53b-Serrapede Family in America-Emily Leatrice’s Baptism, December 1931

Relationship Notes

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

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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.

Continue reading “53b-Serrapede Family in America-Emily Leatrice’s Baptism, December 1931”