Annie DiPuma's Family (Frank's sister) Roppolo Family (Bess's Family) Joe DiGirolamo's Family (Frank's brother)
HOME - Family of Calogero (Carlo) DiGerolamo (Overview) (Frank's father & siblings)
(Children & relatives of Frank DiGerolamo & Bess Roppolo)
(alt spellings - DiGerolamo, DiGirolamo & Gerolamo)
Our grandparents, Bastiana 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.
We were fortunate to see a bit of Salaparuta a few months before the devastating earthquake in Jan 1968
The LSU annex and railroad tracks were there back in the 30's
Aerial view of Perkins Road and the family farm in the mid-1930's. Perkins Road ended at Essen Lane. The D'Gerolamo house was beneath the heavily treed area on Perkin's Road. Dr. Morgan's home and his family's 80 acres was to the right of us.
DiGerolamo Family Tree (click here to Expand for Full View)
Since starting this website, I've expanded the scope to include the descendants of my great-grandparents, Carlo DiGerolamo & Rosa Scavo (grandfather Frank's family) and Antonino Roppolo & Giovanna Citta' (grandmother Bess's family). Per the count below, my father (John D'Gerolamo) and his siblings had at least 47 first cousins, mainly in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois.
- Joe & Vita DiGirolamo..............................9 children
- Annie DiGerolamo DiPuma......................12 children
- Carlo DiGerolamo & Jenny Ponza...............3 children
- Giovanni (John Tony) & Rosalie Roppolo...11 children
- Mary Roppolo Domino.............................12 children
Frank & Bess D'Gerolamo (with Carl and Tony). All of the 11 D'Gerolamo children were born in the US.
Bessie on the front porch (Perkins Rd)
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 is likely Frank's brother and Jenny Ponzia is his wife. I do not have any details for Carlo & Jenny's family at this time other than what appears in the 1910 census (see below).
1910 Census - this was hard to find due to the misspelling of the last name. Carlo is assumed to be the 3rd child of Calogero and Rosa (born in 1881). Rosa (my great grandmother) was still alive in 1910 and living with Carl and Jenny in Baton Rouge.
Frank had a brother, Joe DiGirolamo, with extensive family in Baton Rouge. Joe died in 1935. Carlo (Frank's father) was still alive and living in Italy. He would have presumably been in his late 80's or early 90's (good longevity, even by today's standards).
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 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 Alongi (Rockford, IL) - Barbara & Judy
6. Anna & Tony Villani (Rockford, IL) - James (Jimmy)
7. Mary & Rex McIntyre (TX)
8. Joe & Mary DiGerolamo (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
Oil Drilling on Perkins Road
The family shared in the royalties from the drilling on our property. Unfortunately, so did many other people in the area. I remember playing around the well and tanks as a child. There was quite a bit of natural gas (there was a large pit behind the pumpjack with a gas flare that burned constantly). There was a tall cylindrical gas tank to the left of the well and and 2 oil storage tanks to the right. All of this was sandwiched between our back yards and the railroad tracks that run parallel to Perkins Rd.
Drilling in 1953
From Dion L. Warr (on Facebook) - The Baton Rouge Field was discovered in 1953. The discovery well was brought in on the Morgan property. Preliminary exploration was from 1953 - 1955. Of the wells brought online, nearly all of the product was oil. These wells were productive well into the early to mid 1960s. By 1967, production from the area had ceased. There was a brief resurgence of activity around the field in the late 1970s and early 1980s (when other similar fields such as Siegen and Nesser fields were brought in - Lisa P); these wells were deeper and not nearly as productive.
Prior to the 1950s, exploration and production in EBR was largely for oil in and around University Field and offsetting other identified fault structures and salt domes. In the mid- to late-1970s, exploration along other trends (notably the deep Tuscaloosa Trend north and east of Baton Rouge) ramped up dramatically. Many of these oil and gas fields in the southern portion of the parish are quite mature or played out, and any further exploration would be highly restricted given the extent and pace of urban and suburban development.
There are a few small "islands" of land in and around Baton Rouge where vestiges of this productive past can still be seen. Along the Highland and Burbank corridors there are still a few wells tied to University Field (history back into the 1930s), and LSU still maintains a "study well" on campus west of the new Box (derrick and all) as well as several others (not as visible). Working wells in the North Burtville Field lie along Gardere Lane. Siegen Field still produces west of Siegen Lane at the end of North Reiger Road. Along River Road, there are wells near Manchac and Sardine Points. But there are many, many more which have been plugged, cut and capped below ground level - the land restored and the old wells largely forgotten.
My father and Carmen with me as a child (in 1953). Drilling derrick in the background, later replaced by a pumpjack (see below)
These photos were taken in 1957 - shows the storage tanks behind France's home and the pumpjack behind Josie's property where Tony had his farm
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.
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