Sant'Agata Di Puglia

Date of Arrival:
March 10, 1904

Age on Arrival:
22 years

Marital Status:

Port of Departure:

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By: James E. McCullum, Jr

Nicola Carrillo was born on January 14, 1882 in Sant'Agata Di Puglia. At the age of 22, he boarded the S.S. Lombardia in Napoli and immigrated to America by entering through Ellis Island in March 1904. My grandfather told of traveling to America with another family member (cousin perhaps), but we never knew the name or what might have happened to him.

Nick, as he came to be called, got a job with the railroad and followed the work to Southeastern Kentucky. He married and settled in the small coal mining community of Fleming, KY, to raise 7 children, the youngest being my mother. Nick's surname spelling was changed to CORRELLO sometime after coming to America. He worked in the coal mines for 40 years and tended a large vegetable garden throughout his life. He never owned or drove an automobile and walked 2-3 miles to the grocery store and post office every day. Nick was a kind and generous man who lived a modest life and derrived great pleasure from his family and especially his grandchildren. He was very proud when he become an American citizen very late in his life.

I was very fortunate to have lived my entire childhood in the same neighborhood with my grandfather and spent time with him most every day. Nick died in 1970 at the age of 88. He was in excellent health until my grandmother died, just a few months before, and he never really got over it. His last day on earth, he worked in his garden and then passed in his sleep that evening. It was the saddest day of my life.

Nick is still survived by 5 of his children and many grandchildren, who are scattered in the states of KY, VA, and OH. Now that I have children of my own, I often think of how much he would have enjoyed spoiling them as he did me and my brother. It has been 35 years since his passing, but I will never forget the good times we had together and how much we all loved him.

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