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

Monday, July 8, 2013

Marriages & Families - John and Angelina Iula

Angelina Ambruso was born in Salandra in 1900.  She came to the United States with her brother Nick, three sisters and her mother in 1922.  She married John Iula at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church in Garfield in September of 1925.  John was also from Salandra.  He was born there in 1897.  It is reasonable to believe that he knew Angelina in Salandra, since the village was so small.  John came to the United States in 1920, returned to Italy and then came back to the USA in 1924.  John was a tailor and was residing in Camden, NJ.  The Iula’s moved to Camden after they got married.  In 1926 they had a son named Frank after John’s father.  Then a daughter was born in 1928 who was named Angela after John’s mother.  In 1931, Angelina and John had a third child they named Esther after Angelina’s mother. 
Angelina died young in 1934.  John, now a widower, returned to Salandra and married a woman named Elena Pira.  She came to the United States in 1937, and had a child with John that they named Theresa. 

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