Annie DiPuma's Family (Frank's sister) Roppolo Family (Bess's Family) Joe DiGirolamo's Family (Frank's brother)
(Children & relatives of Frank DiGerolamo & Bess Roppolo)
(alt spellings - DiGerolamo, DiGirolamo & Gerolamo)
Our grandparents, Bastianna Bess Roppolo (from Roccamena, Sicily) and Frank DiGerolamo (from Salaparuta, Sicily) immigrated to the US in 1897 and 1892 respectively. They married on Jan 6, 1901 and settled in Plaquemine (Louisiana). In 1910, they purchased 50 acres of land from Dr. Morgan in Baton Rouge where they farmed cotton and ran a small grocery store. The 50 acres (at Perkins Rd and Essen Lane) was sold off to developers in the 80's and is now the site of the Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Hospital.
DiGerolamo Family Tree (click here to Expand for Full View)
Since starting this website, I've expanded the scope to the family descendants of my great-grandparents, Carl DiGerolamo and Rosa Scavo. There were at least 31 first cousins to Frank & Bess's children (Carl, Tony, Rose, Jennie, etc) in the following families......
Frank & Bess D'Gerolamo (with Carl and Tony). All of the 11 D'Gerolamo children were born in the US.
Frank DiGerolamo's actual Death Certificate (Jan 21, 1940)
Bess DiGerolamo's actual Death Certificate (Sept 21, 1954)
Obituary for Bessie D'Gerolamo
Tombstone for Frank and Bessie (Baton Rouge). Carlo DiGerolamo Frank's father and Jenny Ponzia is likely Carlo's 2nd wife. First wife was Rosa Scavo, the mother of Frank, Joseph and Annie.
Frank had a brother, Joe DiGirolamo, with extensive family in Baton Rouge. Joe died in 1935.
Frank DiGerolamo also had a sister, Anna DiGerolamo DiPuma, who lived in Baton Rouge. She had several children and died in 1964 at the age of 82. The DiPuma family also lived on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge.
The DiGirolamo, DiPuma, Roppolo and Domino family trees should also be considered as part of the DiGerolamo genealogy. The children in these families were first cousins to Carl, Tony, Rose et al. Links are at the top of this page to their family details.
Frank DiGerolamo (photo taken streetside, 1930's)
Bessie, Frank, Joe & Vita
Census - 1930 (note - Carl and Tony were deleted as they were not living in the family "abode" at that time (click photo for larger view)
Standing (left to right) - Tony, Father, Rose and Carl
Seated (left to right) - Mother (holding Joe), Anna, Frances, Mary, Josie & Jennie
1967 Family Reunion Photo (Baton Rouge)
Standing (left to right) - Tony, John, Josie, Joe and Carl
Seated (left to right) - Rose, Tim, Jennie, Mary and Frances
D'Gerolamo Family members at the St. Joseph Day alter (Joe & Mary's home -1978)
Josie, Frances, Rose and Tim
Tim, Josie and Frances
- Frank DiGerolamo (1876-1940)
- Bess Roppolo DiGerolamo (1880-1954)
11 Brothers and Sisters
1. Carl & Mary D'Gerolamo (CA) - Bess, Frank & Nicholas
2. Tony & Lena D'Gerolamo (Baton Rouge, LA) - Bess, Angie Mae, Mary Alice & Frank
3. Rose & Carl Monachello (Rockford, IL) - Cyril
4. Jennie & Nick DiBattista (Chicago, IL) - Nunzio, Pat & Richard
5. Josie & Dominic Alongie (Rockford, IL) - Barbara & Judy
6. Anna & Tony Villani (Rockford, IL) - James (Jimmy)
7. Mary & Rex McIntyre (TX)
8. Joe & Mary D'Gerolamo (Baton Rouge, LA) - Joseph, Richard, Annette, Robert Dale, Marsha, David, and Laura
9. Frances & Buck Spedale (Baton Rouge, IL) - Charles (CL), Carmen, Dolores, Hilda, and Donna
10. Teresa (Tim) & Charlie Maggio (Baton Rouge, IL) - Audrey & Edward
11. John & Joan D'Gerolamo (NJ) - Steve, Diane, Mark and Matthew
23 & Me Paternal Ancestry Overview (D'Gerolamo)
The Jewish Diaspora - Several branches of Haplogroup J2 spread with the Jewish diaspora from the Middle East into Europe, where the population expanded dramatically from the Middle Ages onward. Haplogroup J2 now reaches levels of about 20 percent among the Ashkenazi Jews of central and eastern Europe, and their descendants in other parts of the world.
J2 and the Spread of Agriculture - Our family Haplogroup J2 is especially linked to the spread of agriculture in southern Europe. About 18,000 years ago, J2 arose in the Near East or Anatolia. Just a few thousand years later, early male farmers traversed the Mediterranean Sea, bringing their farming expertise and the J2 haplogroup to Crete, Italy, and Cyprus. But some of these men did not travel as far, instead settling in the Balkan region of present-day Georgia, Greece, and Albania. Today, haplogroup J2a - a branch of J2 - is found in about 11% of Georgians, while J2b2 - another branch - exists in about 15% of Albanians. A specific branch of J2 can also be found in the modern-day descendants of the Phoenicians, a sea-faring civilization that established trade colonies everywhere from Tunisia to Sicily to the Levant about 3,500 years ago.
Website by Steve D'Gerolamo