view of Salandra, Matera, Basilicata, Italy by Antonio DiPersia

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Marriages & Families - Anthony and Sylvia Saraco

Silvia (Sylvia) Ambruso married Antonio (Anthony) Saraco at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church in Garfield, NJ in November, 1923.  The church record mentions that they were also married in a civil ceremony about a month earlier.  Sylvia was born in Salandra in 1893.  She arrived in America in 1913 with her older brother and sister, Michael and Felicia.  Anthony was born in 1891 or 1893 in Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy.

They lived on Farnham Avenue in Garfield, just behind Felicia and Lawrence.  Their first child, Carmela (Millie) was born in Garfield in 1925.  A few years later, when Sylvia’s brother Nick bought a house in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, the family moved there.  They were living there in 1930 according to the census records.  Anthony worked in a doll making factory in New York.  It was probably the Horsman Doll Company.  In 1933 Horsman was acquired by Regal Doll Company of Trenton, NJ and some of the manufacturing operation was moved to Trenton.  The family moved to Trenton when Anthony started working for Regal Doll.  Anthony is listed as a doll maker in the 1931 Trenton City Directory and living at 147 Cummings Ave.  It would seem that Anthony moved to Trenton by himself, at first, until he found a house and brought the family there.   In the 1933 Directory he is listed as living on Adeline Avenue, where the family finally settled.  Dante, their next child, was born in Trenton in August of 1933.  Then Esther Rose was born in 1936.

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