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By Ray L. Bellande

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Dalgo Family

 DALGO [HIDALGO] FAMILY

 

The progenitor of the Dalgo Family, formerly Hidalgo, of the Mississippi Gulf Coast was Antoine Hidalgo (b. 1866), called Anthony, the son of Felix Hidalgo (1837-1922) and Emelie Marie Domingue (1846-1910+), the daughter of Manuel Domingue (b. 1808) and Armaline ? Domingue (b. 1820).  Felix and Emelie married March 10, 1864 in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.  Felix and Emelsie were the parents of seven children: Anthony Hidalgo (1866-1903+) ; Luc Hidalgo (1868-1930+); Neome Hidalgo; W. Saul Hidalgo (1877-1900+); Emanuel Hidalgo (1879-1880+); Mozard Hidalgo (1884-1910+).  By 1900 six Hidalgo children were living and by 1910 only four of them were alive.

 

It appears that when the Anthony Hidalgo family migrated from Southwest Louisiana to the Mississippi Gulf Coast circa 1910.  In Mississippi, the family changed their name to ‘Dalgo’ from Hidalgo.

 

ANTHONY HIDALGO [DALGO]

 

Anthony Dalgo (1866-1903+) was born about September 17, 1866, probably near Youngsville, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.  He was baptized in the Lafayette, Louisiana Roman Catholic Church on February 2, 1867. (Hebert, 1977, p. 251)

 

Anthony Hidalgo married Editha Comeaux on October 20, 1890 in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.  A few days later their marriage was solemnized in the Roman Catholic Church at Youngsville, Lafayette, Parish, Louisiana. (Hebert, Vol. 21, 1980, p. 208)                                                                     

 

A son, Laurent Hidalgo (1893-1937), later called Lawrence Dalgo, was born at Youngsville, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana on June 5, 1893.(Hebert, Vol. 24, 1980, p.   )

 

 

LAWRENCE DALGO

Circa 1915, in Jackson County, Mississippi, Lawrence Dalgo married Ethel Tillman (1896-1978), the daughter of Gideon N. Tillman (1872-1925) and Laura Toche (1882-1940).  Initially at Ocean Springs, Lawrence Dalgo made his livelihood in the employ of Anna Louise Benjamin (1848-1938), a wealthy widow from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Mrs. Benjamin owned Shore Acres, a large estate situated on the Fort Point Peninsula at Ocean Springs, Mississippi.(WWI Draft Registration Card-Jackson Co., Mississippi)

 

By 1920, Lawrence Dalgo had found employment as a laborer in a shipyard, probably at Pascagoula, Mississippi.  At this time they had two children: Merlin Beverly Dalgo (1916- 2003) married Sarah Fuller (1917-1990) and Beryl Dalgo Woodruff (1919-2010) married Hubert C. Woodruff (1921-1995).(1920 Jackson Co., Mississippi Federal Census T625_879, p. 14B, ED 66)

 

MERLIN BEVERLY DALGO

Merlin Beverly Dalgo (1916-2003), called Beverly, was born on December 29, 1916 at Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  He married Sarah Fuller (1917-1990), who was born October 31, 1917 at Gautier, Mississippi, the daughter of Fuller and      .  They were the parents of Linda Dalgo Bradford and Lawrence Fuller Dalgo.  Sarah F. Dalgo expired at Mobile, Alabama in October 1990.  M. Beverly Dalgo died at Gulfport, Mississippi on December 3, 2003.  There corporal remains are interred in the Gautier Cemetery at Gautier, Jackson County, Mississippi.(The Sun Herald, December 5, 2003)

 

After the demise of Lawrence Dalgo, Ethel T. Dalgo married Theodore D. Manuel (1878-1960), a building contractor.  Mr. Manuel had lived at New Orleans for many years.  They resided at 710 West Porter in Ocean Springs.  Mrs. Manuel was the organist at St. Paul's Methodist Church for twenty-five years.  T. D. Manuel died in October 1960.  His corporal remains were interred in the Biloxi City Cemetery.  Ethel passed on March 12, 1978.  Her remains were buried in the Evergreen Cemetery on Old Fort Bayou.(The Daily Herald, October 4, 1960, p. 2 and  March 14, 1978, p. A-2)

 

BERYL DALGO WOODRUFF

Beryl Dalgo was born December 18, 1919 at Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  She married Hubert C. Woodruff (1921-1995) who was born January 10, 1921.  H.C. Woodruff expired on September 25, 1995, while Beverly D. Woodruff died on May 28, 2010 at Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  Their corporal remains were interred at Southern Memorial Park cemetery at Biloxi, Mississippi.  They had no children. 

 

 

CLARICE MARIE LEBLANC

There is a high degree of certitude that Editha Comeaux Dalgo expired in childbirth of shortly thereafter as Anthony Hidalgo married Clarice Marie Leblanc (1873-1942) on September 2, 1895 at the Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Courthouse.  Their marriage was designated Cause No. 5445.(Hebert, Vol.    , p.   )

 

The children of Anthony Hidalgo and Clarice Marie Leblanc were: Leon Dalgo (1896-1953), Felix J. Dalgo (1898-1953); Isaac Dalgo (1900-1967); and Angelo Dalgo (1903-1975).  Clarice Marie Leblanc Dalgo expired at Biloxi, Mississippi expired on March 22, 1942.

 

          Celestine Abel (1898-1988) and Leon Dalgo (1896-1953)      Leon Dalgo [1951]                                              

[courtesy of Debra Dalgo Fowler-Raley-August 2011]

 

LEON DALGO

Leon Dalgo (1896-1953) was born June 23, 1896 in New Iberia, Louisiana.  He married Celestine Abel (1898-1988), the daughter of Joseph C. Abel (1868-1932) and Ella Mae Ladnier (1873-1938) on May 6, 1916 in Harrison County, Mississippi.  In the 1940s, they lived at 224 Thomas Street in Biloxi.  Their known children were: Harold William Dalgo (1918-1990); Ella Mae Dalgo (1920-2014) m. Kelly George Weems (1915-1989); Charles W. Dalgo (1921-2000) m. Lurlyn Maxine Bilbo (1922-1995); Gloria A. Dalgo (b. 1924); Rodney C. Dalgo (1926-1995) and Herbert Dalgo.(The Daily Herald, February 17, 1921, p. 3)

 

In 1920, Leon Dalgo was a corker [caulker] in a shipyard, probably M.M. Flechas, at Pascagoula, Mississippi.  The family lived on Foote Street.(1920 Jackson Co., Mississippi Federal Census, T625_879, p. 16A, ED 65)

 

Leon Dalgo married Ila Mae Manuel (1919-2010) on January 20, 1937.  Leon Dalgo expired on March 6, 1953. In September 1952, Ila Mae married Anthony J. Bertucci (1919-1999).  She expired on October 25, 2010 at Little Elm, Texas.  Mrs. Bertucci's corporal remains were interred in the Biloxi National Cemetery.(The Daily Herald, January 29, 1937, p. 5 and The Sun Herald, October 31, 2010, p. A12)

 

Children

Ella Mae Dalgo

 

Ella Mae Dalgo Weems (1920-2014), age 94 years, of Biloxi, Mississippi passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Biloxi.  Mrs. Weems was a native of Biloxi, formerly a member of Epworth United Methodist Church and was currently a member of Heritage UMC. Along with her husband, they owned and operated Kelly's Upholstery and Surplus Store. She volunteered at Noahs Ark Kindergarten at Heritage UMC and at the Biloxi VA Hospital. Mrs. Weems was a member of many clubs and organizations including the North Bay Senior Citizens Club and the Biloxi Red Hat Society.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Kelly George Weems Sr, parents, Leon and Celestine Abel Dalgo, sister, Gloria and four brothers, Harold, Charles, Herbert and Rodney. Survivors include two sons, Kelly G. (Brenda) Weems Jr and Dan (Mary) Weems, three grandchildren, Desiree, Mark and Scott, two great-grandchildren, Sean and Declan, three nieces, Diane, Tracey and Toy, and three neighbors, Bubba, Teresa and Mattie.  The Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.(The Sun Herald, July 20, 2014, p. A-15)

 

Charles W. Dalgo

Charles William Dalgo (1921-2000) was born February 13, 1921 at Biloxi.  He married Lurlyn Maxine Bilbo (1922-1995), a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the daughter of John Wesley Bilbo and Verna Flurry Bilbo.  They were the parents of two daughters, Lyn Dalgo Jay of Marble Falls, Texas and Cindy Dalgo Causey of Austin, Texas.

 

Charles W. Dalgo and Lurlyn Bilbo Dalgo both expired in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.  Their corporal remains were interred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Texas.

 

FELIX DALGO

Felix J. Dalgo (1898-1939) was born April 26, 1898 in Louisiana.  He married Anna G. Lusk (1898-1992), the daughter of Richard Lusk (1875-1954) and Anna E. McCaleb (1875-1954) in the Catholic Church in Harrison County, Mississippi on December 19, 1918. Their Children were: Joseph A. Dalgo (1920-1974)  m. Ella Mae Saujon m. Kelly G. Weems and Anna Mae Sandoz (1922-1993) m. Tiblier; Roland Andrew Dalgo (1921-1922); Anthony R. Dalgo (1923-1979) m. Iris Eleuterius; and Felix 'Junior' J. Dalgo Jr. (1925-1989) m. Lilly C. Dalgo (1930-1977).).(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 30, p. 463)

 

Roland Andrew Dalgo expired at Biloxi on March 27, 1922.(The Daily Herald, March 29, 1922, p. 3)

 

In 1920, Felix J. Dalgo made his livelihood as a tow boat engineer.  His family lived on East Beach Street at Biloxi, Mississippi with Richard Lusk, a ship carpenter.(1920  Harrison Co., Mississippi Federal Census, T625_876, p. 25B, ED 39)

 

Felix J. Dalgo expired on Christmas Day 1939.

 

Felix J. Dalgo Jr.

Felix Joseph Dalgo Jr. (1925-1989), called Junior, was educated at St. Michael's  parochial school and married      .  He became an amateur boxer training St. Michael's CYO  in the late 1930s.  By early 1949, he had fought in over 100 amateur bouts.  While in the US Navy serving in the South Pacific Theatre during WWII, Junior won the Southwest Pacific bantam weight crown in 1944 and 1945 at Honolulu, Hawaii.  By the winter of 1949, Junior had turned professional and was awaiting his fifth bought at the Colisuem Arena in New Orleans.  At this time, he weighed 118 pounds as compared to his military pugilistic career where his fighting weight was about 126 pounds.  Dalgo attributed his weight loss to his intense training and strenous labor while employed on a shrimp boat.(The Daily Herald, February 15, 1949, p. 4)

 

ISSAC DALGO

Isaac Dalgo (1900-1967?) was born March 18, 1900 in Louisiana.  In 1917, when Isaac Dalgo registered for the WW I draft, he was living with his mother at 1026 Pearl Street at Biloxi, Mississippi.  He was employed as a ship caulker at the Diersks-Blodgett shipyard in Pascagoula.

 

In September 1920, he married Irma Anna Hebber or Heffler (1906-1930+), a native of Louisiana.  They were the parents of: a baby boy (1921-1921); George Almer Dalgo (1922-1922); Donald Earl Dalgo (1923-1923); Rita Dalgo was born May 29, 1925; and Shirley Florence Dalgo (1931-1931).(The Daily Herald, September 16, 1920, p. 4 and June 30, 1925, p. 3 and Bradford-O’Keefe Burial Bk. 11, p. 149, Bk. 12, p. 29, Bk. 12, p. 232, and Bk. 19, p. 255)

 

By 1930, Isaac Dalgo was working as a boatman in the Biloxi seafood industry and domiciled on Maple Street with his wife and daughter, Rita Dalgo.(1930 Harrison Co., Mississippi Federal Census R 1146, p. 31B, ED 2)

 

Isaac Dalgo may have moved to Louisiana and expired there in November 1967??

 

 

ANGELO J. DALGO

Angelo Dalgo (1903-1975) was born October 10, 1903 in Louisiana.  In January 1924, he married Grace Canaan (1907-1929), the daughter of Israel Henry Canaan (1876-1958), a native of Michigan, and Catherine Caldwell (1873-1943), the daughter of Madison ‘Matt’ Caldwell (1843-1900) and Olina ‘Ollie’ Ramsay Caldwell (1847-1903), the daughter of Daniel Huey Ramsay (1814-1867) and Mahala Holder Ramsay (1814-1885).   The nuptials of Angelo Dalgo and Grace Canaan were held in Biloxi at the home of Judge Z.T. Champlin.(The Daily Herald, January 18, 1924, p. 2)

 

Angelo and Grace C. Dalgo were the parents of: George Dalgo (b. 1925), who was born January 10, 1925 and Jerry A. Dalgo (1927-2008) who was born January 18, 1927.(The Daily Herald, January 10, 1925, p. 3)

 

George and Jerry Dalgo

[courtesy of Debra Dalgo Fowler-Raley-August 2011]

 

GEORGE A. DALGO

 

George Angelo Dalgo (b. Jan 1, 1925) married Doris Jones (b. 1929), the daughter of Benjamin Jones and D. Thelma Rogers, at Baltimore, Maryland on April 19, 1953.  George and Doris were the parents of three children: Timothy Albert Dalgo [b. June 1, 1954] m. Shirley Kachinski on May 3, 1975; Darlene May Dalgo  [b. Oct 2, 1957 m. Edward Spause on April 19, 1982; and Debra Ann Dalgo  [b. Nov 4, 1963] m. Robert Fowler in September 1989 and James Kenneth Raley on July 23 2004.(Dalrlene Dalgo Fowler Raley, August 24, 2011)

 

JERRY A. DALGO

Jerry A. Dalgo (1927-2008) married Mattie Louise Sumrall of Perkinston, Mississippi in Harrison County, Mississippi on December 13, 1953.(Harrison Co., Mississippi MRB 96, p. 146) 

 

Jerry A. Dalgo and Mattie L. Sumrall were the parents of three sons: Angelo Lance Dalgo married Loree Lee Noble on November 1, 1975.  Jerry A. Dalgo II married Judy Detoney; and Robert Dalgo married ?.

 

Grace C. Dalgo expired at her home on Heidenheim Avenue on January 12, 1929, from blood poisoning.  Her corporal remains were passed through the Lutheran Church with the Reverend Stock officiating.  Burial followed in the Biloxi City Cemetery.(Bradford-O’Keefe Burial Bk. 15, p. 242     and The Daily Herald, January 14, 1929, p. 2)

 

 

Gladys V. Stanley Dalgo Garza (1913-2011)

 

After the death of Grace Canaan Dalgo, Angelo J. Dalgo married Gladys Viola Stanley (1913-2011), a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and  the daughter of Frank Stanley (1875-1931) and Mary 'Mattie' Stanley (b. 1893).  Gladys was born October 7, 1913 at Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Angelo and Gladys S. Dalgo had two daughters, Betty Louise Dalgo (1931-1932) and Helen Dalgo Foretich, the spouse of Alvah E. Foretich Jr. (1932-2010), the son of Alvah E. Foretich (1908-1989) and Bessie M. Griffin (1908-1990).

 

Children

 

Betty Louise Dalgo

 

 

Helen Dalgo

 

In 1930, Angelo Dalgo was working as an oyster fisherman.  He and his two sons were living with the Henry Canaan family on Heidenheim Avenue at Biloxi, Mississippi.  In 1918, Henry Canaan was a boatmen for the Foster-Fountain Packing Company.(1930 Harrison Co., Mississippi Federal Census, R1146, p. 9A, ED 1 and Jerry Dalgo, November 19, 2006)

 

Angelo J. Dalgo expired on June 28, 1975.

 

In March 2006, Gladys Stanley Dalgo married Fidel Angel Garza (b. 1941), a native of Laredo, Texas and retired USAF veteran.  She expired on August 13, 2011.(Harrison Co., Mississippi 2nd JD MRB 67, p. 27 and The Sun Herald, August 17, 2011, p. A4)

 

 

 

LUC [Luke] HIDALGO

Luc Hidalgo (1868-1930+) was born November 20, 1868.  He was baptized in the Church Point Roman Catholic in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.  Luc married Idea Prejean (1870-1910+) on November 11, 1887.(Hebert, Vol. 8, 1977, p. 251)

 

In 1900, Luke and Idea Hidalgo were farming in the 4th Ward, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.  Their children were: Nila Hidalgo (1891-1900+); Felix Hidalgo (1891-1900+); Alcide Hidalgo (1894-1900+); Willie Hidalgo (1896-1900+); Ulysse Hidalgo (1898-1900+); and Pierre Dalgo (1899-1900+).(1900 Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Federal Census T623 567, p. 9A, ED 44)

 

In 1910, Luke and Idea Prejean Hidalgo were farming in the Youngsville, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana section.  They had had twelve children by this time, but only eight were alive in 1910.  Six sons were living at home: Felix Hidalgo (1891-1910+); Willie Hidalgo (1896-1910+); Ulysse Hidalgo (1897-1981); Cyrus Hidalgo (1900-1910+); Saul (1903-1930+); Ellis Hidalgo (1906-1977), and Lucien Hidalgo (1908-1930+).(1910 Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Federal Census T624_516, p. 7B, ED 71)

 

In 1930, Luke Hidalgo was widowed and retired and a resident of Beaumont, Texas.  In his household were five children: Saul, Lucien, Essy (1912-1930+), Rene (1913-1930+), and Annie Mae Hidalgo Carre (1915-2005).  It appears that Idea Prejean Hidalgo expired before 1920.(1930 Jefferson County, Texas R 2362, p. 6B, ED 32)

 

NEOME HIDALGO

Neome Hidalgo (1871-pre-1910) married Beauregard David (1862-1932) on February 14, 1890 in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.  They had two daughters: Lydia David (1891-1910+) and Odeide David (1898-1910+).  The daughter were living with their grandparents, Felix and Emelie Hidalgo and widowed Uncle Mozard Hidalgo at Youngsville in 1910.(1910 Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Federal Census T624_516, p. 1A, Ed 71)

 

Beauregard David expired on September 21, 1932.

 

W. SAUL HIDALGO

W. Saul Hidalgo (1876-1900+) was born October 1876.  Circa 1898, he married Hallie A.   ?  (1877-1900+).  A daughter, Virgil M. Hidalgo was born in December 1898.  In 1900, the family were residents of Ward 6 in Acadia Parish, Louisiana where W. Saul Hidalgo made his livelihood as a farm laborer.(1900 Acadia Parish, Louisiana Federal Census T623 556, p. 9B, ED 8)

 

EMANUEL HIDALGO

Emanuel Hidalgo was born circa

 

MOZARD HIDALGO

Mozard Hidalgo was born circa

 

REFERENCES:

Reverend Donald J. Hebert, Southwest LouisianaRecords, Volume 8, (1866-1868)-(Hebert Publications: Cecelia, Louisiana-1977).

Reverend Donald J. Hebert, Southwest LouisianaRecords, Volume 21, (1890)-(Hebert Publications: Cecelia, Louisiana-1980).

Reverend Donald J. Hebert, Southwest LouisianaRecords, Volume 24, (1893)-(Hebert Publications: Eunice, Louisiana-1980).

Journals

The Daily Herald, “Biloxi News Paragraphs”, September 16, 1920.

The Daily Herald, [birth-son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Dalgo], February 17, 1921.

The Daily Herald, “Infant Buried Yesterday [Roland Andrew Dalgo], March 29, 1922.

The Daily Herald, “Child Dead [Herbert Dalgo], September 23, 1923, p. 3.

The Daily Herald, “Dalgo-Canaan”, January 18, 1924.

The Daily Herald, “Biloxi News Items”, June 30, 1925.

The Daily Herald, “Mrs. Grace Dalgo Dies”, January 14, 1929.

The Daily Herald, "Lawrence Dalgo Dies", December 13, 1937.

The Daily Herald, "[Joseph Dalgo and Ella Mae Saujon marriage], September 24, 1938, p. 3.

The Daily Herald, [Anna Constance Dalgo death], April 20, 1940, p. 7.

The Daily Herald, “Dalgo [Charles W. Dalgo] Promoted", April 20, 1941, p. 5.

The Daily Herald, “Dalgo seeks fifth straight win in Professional Ranks", February 15, 1949, p. 4.

The Daily Herald, "Theodore D. Manuel", October 4, 1960, p. 2.

The Daily Herald, "Joseph (Jo-Jo) Dalgo", December 27, 1974, p. A2.

The Daily Herald, “Mrs. Ethel Dalgo Manuel”, March 14, 1978.

The Jackson County Times, "Lawrence Dalgo", December 18, 1937.

The Ocean Springs News, “Bradford-Dalgo wedding in Mobile is interest to many in Ocean Springs”, June 26, 1958.

The Ocean Springs Record, “Dalgo-Noble”, November 20?, 1975, p.

The Ocean Springs Record, “Jerry A. Dalgo”, March, 2008, p. A6.

The Sun Herald, "Rodney C. Dalgo”, February 9, 1995, p. A2.

The Sun Herald, “Lurlyn Maxine Bilbo C. Dalgo”, June 3, 1995, p. A2.

The Sun Herald, 'Joetta D. Abel', February 1998.

The Sun Herald, “Charles William Dalgo”, January 18, 2000, p. A5.

The Sun Herald, “Joseph A. Dalgo”, March 11, 2000, p. A7.

The Sun Herald, “Mr. Merlin Beverly Dalgo”, December 5, 2003.

The Sun Herald, “Jerry A. Dalgo Sr.”, March 23, 2008.

The Sun Herald, “Alvah E. Foretich Jr.", March 16, 2010.

The Sun Herald, “Beryl D. Woodruff”, June 1, 2010.

The Sun Herald, “Ila Mae Bertucci”, October 31, 2010.

The Sun Herald, "Ms. Gladys Dalgo Garza", August 17, 2011.

The Sun Herald"Ella Mae Dalgo Weems", July 20, 2014.

The Times-Picayune, "Man [Phil Dalgo (1943-1993)] sentenced in Coast case", July 29, 1964, Sec. I, p. 6.