Name
PIETRO & IMMACOLATA
SARACINO
Residence
Castellaneta
TARANTO
PUGLIA

Date of Arrival:
July 6, 1920

Age on Arrival:
25 & 19 years

Marital Status:
Married

Port of Departure:
Napoli

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PIETRO & IMMACOLATA SARACINO
By: Mary Saracino

TARANTO
My paternal grandfather and grandmother (Pietro and Immacolata Saracino) emigrated to the United States in 1920, arriving at Ellis Island on July 6th of that year. At the time, my grandfather was 25 and my grandmother 18. She would turn 19 that August. My grandmother was seven months pregnant with my father(Francesco Saracino). Their sponsors were Nunziata and Luigi Gionnotti. Nunziata was my grandmother's aunt.

After living in New York city for a period of time my grandparents moved upstate and settled in Seneca Falls, NY, where my father was born on September 11, 1920. My grandfather was a baker by trade and worked in a bakery in Seneca Falls, NY. In 1924, my grandmother returned to Castellaneta with my father, who was four years old at the time, and the two additional children she had given birth to: Filaberta and Mario. My grandfather stayed in Seneca Falls, visiting my grandmother and his children in Castellaneta several times, and fathering two more children with my grandmother.

In 1931, with Fascism on the rise in Italy, my grandfather sent for my grandmother and their (now five) children and paid for their passage to return to Seneca Falls, NY. My father was eleven at the time and my grandfather did not want him conscripted into the Fascist youth corps. After resettling in Seneca Falls, NY, my grandparents had two more children, bringing the family total to seven children and two adults.

My grandparents remained in Seneca Falls until their deaths. Pietro died in 1960 and Immacalata died in 1994. In 1946, my father married my mother, an Italian American whose parents had emigrated from Castlenouva di Garfagnaga in Tuscany.


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