Paternal Ancestry of Perry Vito Zizzi:Information about Cosimo Damiano Semeraro
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Cosimo Damiano Semeraro (b. 04 Mar 1839, d. Aft. 1865)Cosimo Damiano Semeraro (son of Nunzio Oronzo Semeraro and Maria Teresa Gasparro)3574, 3575, 3576, 3577, 3578, 3579, 3580, 3581, 3582, 3583, 3584, 3585, 3586, 3587, 3588, 3589, 3590, 3591, 3592, 3593, 3594, 3595 was born 04 Mar 1839 in Cisternino, Brindisi, Italy, and died Aft. 1865.He married Giuditta Ardente on 17 Apr 1856 in Cisternino, Brindisi, Italy3596.
Notes for Cosimo Damiano Semeraro:
A stonemason by trade, Cosimo was the first in the Semeraro line to abandon farming.It appears that he may have been apprenticed to a stonemason named Girolamo Angiolla.I deduce this for several reasons.First, the traditional way in which Italians at that time named their children was initially after the father's parents, then the mother's parents, then alternating between the eldest of the father's siblings and the eldest of the mother's siblings.Recall that Giuditta was a foundling and therefore of unknown parentage, so the names of her parents and siblings could not have been used.Cosimo and Giuditta followed this pattern for the first female child, who was named Maria Teresa and the second and third male children, who were named Nunzio (child number two died before the third was born).One would expect the fourth child to have been named after Cosimo's eldest brother, Francesco.However, the couple chose the name Girolamo.Girolamo died, but the sixth child was again given the name Girolamo.The couple's break with the traditional pattern of bestowing names shows that they had great respect for someone named Girolamo.
Second, the later Girolamo's birth record refers to Girolamo Angiolla, a 60-year-old stonemason who accompanied Cosimo to the Cisternino municipal offices to report the birth.That this Girolamo was both a stonemason and a generation older than Cosimo may indicate a mentor relationship that would have arisen during an apprenticeship.
Cosimo appears to have been illiterate.Although he signed his own marriage certificate, each of the birth records of his children states that he was illiterate (and therefore could not attest to the truth of his statements by signing the record).
More About Cosimo Damiano Semeraro and Giuditta Ardente:
Marriage: 17 Apr 1856, Cisternino, Brindisi, Italy.3596
Marriage Notes for Cosimo Damiano Semeraro and Giuditta Ardente:
As is evident from the dates, Giuditta was pregnant prior to marriage.In fact Cosimo was only 17 years old, while Giuditta was a mere 14!Although nowadays there is a common misconception to the contrary, these were not average marriage ages at that time.
Giuditta reportedly gave birth to 21 children.
Children of Cosimo Damiano Semeraro and Giuditta Ardente are:
- +Nunzio Semeraro, b. 25 Jan 1859, Cisternino, Brindisi, Italy, d. 02 Jan 1918, Barbour County, West Virginia.