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Searching for Josephine Giuseppa Alampi

Finding records for my great-grandmother, Josephine Alampi, has proven elusive so far. Left with my memory, I can only remember two things about her: repeatedly being shooed out of a chair, and that she didn’t speak to me. She only (what I interpreted as a child) glared at me.

First, look at the ship manifest for the S.S. Taormina. It sailed out of Naples on July 17, 1909. Next to her name it states that she was a step-daughter. (The numbers inside the bracket are their ages). Does anyone in the family have any insight into this detail? The 60 year old husband of wife, Conchetta, is (the best I can decipher) Nunsiato Corrupoli.

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When you follow the document across to the right, the others are also listed as step children in a separate column. which is a little confusing as you can see below. The family was heading to stay with a Domenico Alampi at 9th and Tasker.

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Yet, on the 1930 Census, Ferdinando lists 1900 as the year he sailed here from Italy, and Josephine lists 1910. Both are “wrong” by a year according to everything Fred Quattrone and I have found independently. We believe that Ferdinando really arrived in 1901 and Josephine arrived in 1909  (according to ship manifests we believe to be solid). It isn’t unusual to find discrepancies among documents; this is a good example. Little in genealogy research is 100% rock solid.

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Side Note: I love the little details that emerge on a census form: Ferdinando (Hatmaker), Josephine (Housewife), Joseph (Clerk), Jennie (Operator/Mattresses), and it seems the rest of the children were in school. The $45 is what they paid in rent for 2510 So. 10th Street. How did the rent to own system work back then? Today, we call it a mortgage. Is that what they called it too?

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Staying focused on my great grandmom the only other evidence I could dig up was this 1917 WWI Registration Card for a Joseph Alampi at 1911 So. Alder Street–the same address that Ferdinando listed in 1917 when he filled out a Registration Card. I don’t know the relationship between Josephine and Joseph.

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So, I’m left with a very incomplete picture of my great-grandmother’s life. I am hoping some of my mom, cousins, aunts, and uncles can shed some light on her.

About Brian Kelley

Middle school teacher, co-chair of our ELA department, and co-director with PAWLP. Follow me on Twitter @_briank_.

3 comments on “Searching for Josephine Giuseppa Alampi

  1. joanl777
    February 3, 2015

    Brian I know grandmom’s sister was Francis. Not sure if Joseph was a cousin.

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    • briank925
      February 3, 2015

      That helps me verify with a little more confidence that the ship’s manifest is indeed the correct one–her sister is listed as Francesca. Every piece helps build the written history.

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  2. briank925
    February 6, 2015

    Comment from Joanne Betteridge:

    Brian one thing that I always think of is Grandmom Alampi Quattrone what was her life like before she came to America. She had two brothers and a sister. Her real father died and her mother married again. I wonder when he died and why did her mother go back after she came to this country? I know they had cousins in Elmer. My father cut out an article out of the paper when I lived in Jersey. His cousin was made a Judge in Williamstown. I think his name was Alex Alampi. Also one of his cousins had a big job in the Dept. of Agriculture in NJ. Her brothers were Joseph and Daniel and her sister was Francesca. Her step father was Nuncio. That is all I know.

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