Pietro Castro is born 2 April 1883 in Corleone, the son of Antonino Castro and Luigia Marino, and baptized the next day as Petrum. His godfather is Carmelo Pennino.
Pietro immigrates at age 14 with his parents and siblings. They enter the United States at the Port of New York on June 24, 1897 on the S.S. Oregon, port of departure Naples, Campania, Italy.
Pietro is a plastering contractor by profession. His Declaration of Intention from 1924 confirms this. It also describes him as 5'6 1/2" inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes with no distinctive marks.
According to Vincent di Carlo's family history, in 1905, "Pete" (as he is called) is living with his brother Salvatore at 2022 Fulton Avenue in Manhattan.
According to the state census that year, Peter is living with two of his sisters, one of them married to Stephen Lasala.
In the 1905 New York State Census, household number 2027 in the Bronx has three heads. The first is Peter Castro, 22, with his sister, Jennie Castro, 24. The next head is Stephen Lasala, 25, his wife "Nances" (Francesca Paola, Peter's sister), 26, and their two infant daughters. The first child is called "Margherita" in the transcription, age one year, and is a match for Domenica's age (b. 4 Dec 1903). The second is Louisa (b. 30 Nov 1904), who is less than a year old. The third family in this household is headed by Carmine Marino, 43, with his wife Concetta, 38, and their children: Mary, 17, Raphaele, 16, Minnie, 14, Joseph, 13, Michael, 10, Janette, 6, Rosa, 2, and John, 1. Mary and Raphaele are silk workers. Concetta and Stephen's wife, and Peter's sister, are housekeepers. Carmine is a confectioner. Stephen is a Builder, and Peter is a Plasterer. Peter, Jennie, and Francesca Paola have been in the us for eight years (1897, a match for other records), Stephen for ten (1895), and Carmine and Concetta for twenty (1885).
Pete and his brother Salvatore meet and marry their spouses in the U.S.
According to the note below his baptismal record, Pete marries in New York, at the Church of Carmine, on 20 June 1913, with Rosa di Carlo, daughter of Vincenzo di Carlo and Santa Castro, of Corleone. Their marriage also appears in the New York civil record on 11 June. Rosa is Pete's niece. Pete and Santa Castro have the same father, and their mothers are sisters.
Pietro "Pete" Castro and Rosa "Rose" Di Carlo have three children, all born in Yonkers: Louise (1915), Santa (1916), and Antonino (1919).
Louise is born 1 June 1915 in Yonkers.
In the 1915 state census, Peter Castro, 32, a plasterer, heads a household with his wife Rose, 27, and daughter Louise, 1. Peter has been in the US for 18 years and is an alien resident. Rose, ten years, also still an alien.
Santa, called "Sally," is born 7 September 1916 in Yonkers.
On his WWI Draft Registration Card, Pietro states he is the owner of a macaroni factory. Pietro lives at 170 E 111th St, New York, NY, an address in East Harlem. He is 34 years old, born 2 April 1883. He is still an alien but has declared his intent to naturalize. His nearest relative is his wife, Rosa, at the same address. Pietro is of medium height and build, with brown hair and eyes. Pietro's brother-in-law and second cousin, Stefano la Sala, indicates on his WWI draft card that he works for a macaroni manufacturer at 3225 Arthur, New York, NY, in the Bronx.
Antonino, called "Anthony," is born 3 February 1919 in Yonkers.
According to the 1920 census, Pietro is living with his family and brother Salvatore at 316 112 Street & First Avenue, Manhattan, New York.
He returns to Italy and reentered the U.S. on November 1, 1922 accompanied by his wife, Rosa Di Carlo and youngest child, Antonino Castro, age 3. They travel on the S.S. Patria, which departs Italy at the Port of Palermo, Sicily.
Pietro Castro, a contracting plasterer, declares his intent to naturalize. He is 41 years old. 5’6.5” with brown hair and eyes, weighing 190#. Born in Corleone 2 April 1883. Currently resides at 2165 First Ave, New York, NY. He came to the US on the SS Oregon 15 March 1897. His wife, Rosina, also born in Corleone, lives with him. Sworn 22 July 1924.
In the 1925 state census, Petro Castro, 45, wife Rose, 43, and children Louise, 11, Sadie, 10, and Anthony, 6, appear in a census of the Bronx. Pete is a plaster contractor.
Pietro's family lives at the same address in the 1930 census, taken on April 6th. Peter Castro, age 47, a Plaster Contractor, heads a household. He owns his home, worth $40,000. (Today, that is more than $561K with inflation. This is consistent with real estate values in the neighborhood today. The family has a radio, as do 40% of American households. Living with him are his wife, Rose, 45, and children Louise, 16, Sadie, 14, and Anthony, 11.
Louise marries Dominic Tavolacci (born in NYC 11 March 1907) on 13 October 1935.
In the federal census of 1940, Pietro, age 57, his wife Rose, 54, and their children Sally, 24, and Anthony, 21, live in Yonkers. The children were born in New York. The family lived there in 1935. Pietro is a plaster contractor who owns his own business. Sally is a machine operator in a construction factory, and Anthony is a plasterer's helper in the building contractor business (most likely his father's assistant). Stephen la Sala's family are next door neighbors.
Pietro dies in Yonkers, in Westchester County, and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, in the Bronx.
Louise and her husband, Dominic, both die the same day, 1 October 1969 in Yonkers.
Anthony marries Helen Reitano (daughter of Edward Salvatore Reitano and Clementina "Katie" Ferrara, who was born 2 February 1919 in Mount Vernon, Westchester County) in Yonkers at an unknown date. He dies in Temple City, Los Angeles, CA on 24 November 1972. She dies in Yonkers on 9 October 1993.
Sally marries John Falcone (b. 13 Aug 1909 in the US) on an unknown date. He dies June 1975 and she dies the following May, both in Yonkers.
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