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D'Gerolamo Family

(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.


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 Lousiana, 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 mispelling 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



23 & Me Paternal Ancestry Overview (D'Gerolamo)


Overview - Haplogroup J originated in the Near East about 20,000 years ago, at a time when much of the northern hemisphere was uninhabitable due to Ice Age climate conditions. The haplogroup is still common today in the region; but some branches have expanded multiple times to other parts of Eurasia and northern Africa.

More recently the expansion of ancient Greece between the 8th and 4th centuries B.C., the Jewish diaspora and the spread of Islam from Arabia to northern Africa and Spain during the 7th and 8th centuries AD have carried haplogroup J2 around the Mediterranean and throughout much of Europe and the Muslim world.

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.


Reunion Photos-2012

March 23

March 24

March 25



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