My great grandmother was Carmela Pagano who was married to Giovanni Barba. She came to the NY in 1897 from Roccapiemonte with daughters Anna Barba and Annuziata (Nancy). She was to meet her husband Giovanni in Philadelphia, PA. I believe he and others in his Barba family were masons. One of his brothers lived in Brooklyn. Carmela, Giovanni, and children eventually moved elsewhere in PA, and due to an accident, the children were placed in an orphanage in Erie, PA after their father died and their mother was severely injured.
Carmela had a sister named Maria Antonia Pagano who married Luciano Napoli. Antonia came to the US in 1900 with children Filomena, Antonia, Tomasso, and Nubilia. She was to meet her husband who lived on on Mulberry Street. The family also moved to Susquehanna, PA for a while.
I am interested in corresponding with anyone who might have Pagano or Barba roots in Roccapiemonte, Salerno in the Campania region of Italy. I know that there were also many Pagano and Barba families in the areas surrounding Rocca.
Cathy Teufel O'Neill