A Few Fascinating People I've Researched
Giuseppe "Joseph" Amerena
Born Giuseppe Amerena in 1852 to parents, Prospero Amerena and Maria Cancella, in Viggiano, Italy, “Joseph” arrived on the shores of Boston, MA, violin in hand. He survived a catastrophic earthquake at the age of 5 then reemerged as a musician upon his arrival in Boston in 1870. We might assume he was traveling with the historically notable young musicians of Viggiano. The picture (L) shows us his love of music, and of magic! "Joseph", would later welcome his parents and siblings to his new homeland. While traveling in Nova Scotia, he met and married Catherine Murdock in 1880, they settled in East Boston, Massachusetts that same year, where they would raise their family. "Joseph" continued performing in local orchestras until his death in 1920.