Nicolo' Terranova is born and baptized 19 January 1890 in Corleone. He is the son of Bernardo Terranova and Angela Piazza. His godparents are Antonino Palazzo and Giuseppa, his sister.
His father is a member of the local mafia in the late 1880s.
Nicolo' emigrates to New York on March 8, 1893 with his parents and siblings. He is two years old.
Bernardo Terranova, age 40, his wife Angela Piazza, 44, and children Lucia, 16, Salvatrice, 12, Vincenzo, 7, Ciro, 6, and Nicolo', 3, immigrate together on the SS Alsatia from Naples, arriving in New York 8 March 1893. Bernardo is listed as a laborer, and literate: his wife and children are not. Unlike almost everyone else they travel with, who have one or two pieces of luggage with them, the Terranovas have sixteen bags with them. Bernardo has six, Angela has four, Lucia, two, and each of the younger children has a piece of luggage.
When the family arrives in the United States, they live in New York for about a year, then move south, looking for work, first to Louisiana, where Bernardo and Giuseppe planted sugar cane, and then to Bryan, Texas, where the men picked cotton. The family contracted malaria while living in the South, and returned to New York in 1896.
By 1903, Nick, Ciro, Vincenzo, and their older-half brother Giuseppe Morello, found the powerful Morello crime family in New York, beginning with the 116th Street gang in what is now Spanish Harlem. At the time the Terranova-Morello families are living in New York, this is a popular destination for new immigrants from Sicily.
Nick is acquitted of murder charges in shootings in 1906 and 1908.
Nick, age 25, and his bodyguard are killed on 7 September 1916 in Brooklyn, in a war against the Camorra in Brooklyn. His address at the time of his death is listed as 350 East 116th Street, New York City. He is buried on 12 September 1916 in Calvary Cemetery. He had never married. By 1919, the Camorra were assimilated into Morello's crime family. Brother Vincenzo succeeds Nick as boss, and Ciro as underboss.
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