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.
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.