The Byzantine Gate

3-Stairs to the Byzantine Gate

The Byzantine Gate marks the entrance to the town of Old Agropoli.

The Byzantine Gate marks the entrance to the Old Town of Agropoli where our Serrapede and Muro ancestors lived before immigrating to America.

My maternal Uncle Sam Serrapede and I will present the results of our genealogical research and family interviews in this blog.  It is our hope that by putting a personal touch to the information gleaned from official records we may draw a little closer to who our ancestors were.  We share here our thoughts, impressions and reflections based on observation.  At times, the presentation will take a personal angle as I write letters to those who came before us.  These letters are a means to personalize the impressions received during the research process.

Agropoli is located in Campania province, Italy.  We are descended from the Serrapede and Muro bloodlines that once lived in The Old Town.  We give a very big thank you and acknowledge the work of genealogist Anthony Vermandois whose work at Imagines Maiorum:  Ancestors from Campania forms the basis of our work with the very earliest ancestors from our line.

The direct line families presented in “Through the Byantine Gate” are:

Serrapede Line:  Serrapede, Borrelli, Ruocco, Conte, Pappalardo, Marino, Cuocco, Patella, Battista.

Muro Line:  Muro, Monzillo, Ruocco, Carnicelli, Serrapede, Cavollo, Scotti, Baldi, Patella, DiGiamo.

Muro Line:  Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro  (including the Aiello and Marasco families).

Agropoli was a very small town and it is very true that at some point everyone becomes someone else’s relative.  In the case of our family line, we have not been able to find direct bloodline links when there are members from the same family that married into the maternal and paternal lines.  It may have been a case of distant relatives from a different branch within the family.

We will also present members from branch families (ties of blood or marriage) listed.

From Agropoli, Italy

Sarrapere, Serrapere, Sarrepere*
Di Luccio



*These surnames are variations of Serrapede  and occurred after the families came to America.

(additional names to be added as research progresses)

From the Middle East

Malouf (or Maloof) (Syria)
Bishelany (Syria)

(additional names to be added as research progresses)

Paesanos, Neighbors, Friends, Lodgers, Travel Companions and Others from Agropoli:

(additional names to be added as research progresses)

Good Neighbors, Business People, Employers of our family members, Noted Members of the Community in the United States (all backgrounds), Neighbors and Community Residents who became part of our family narrative:

Brooklyn, NY
Goldsmith (a.k.a. Graham)
Dell Monica (a/k/a Della Monica)
De Tata
Swalling (Svalling, Svallingson)

(additional names to be added as research progresses)

The ties of kinship remained very strong and vivid even after arrival of the Agropolese in America.  In my case, they are still in force today.  We hope you will enjoy meeting our ancestors who came through the gate, crossed the ocean and made a life in the new world.  In this journey you will also meet other people who entered their lives after arriving in America and added to the richness of their lives.

–EmilyAnn Frances May

–Sam Serrapede

For the background on why this title was chosen for the blog please see our first posting.

Photo of The Byzantine Gate (c) EmilyAnn Frances May.  This photo was taken during the trip my Grandparents took me on in 1976.  If you would like to reuse it please give credit and a link back to this blog.

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6 thoughts on “The Byzantine Gate

    1. I enjoy your postings, too, Nick. Thanks for stopping by. This is a labor of love and I hope it becomes a resource for the younger generation in need of accounts of how real people lived through past times.

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