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Gerald Joseph Dufilho

Gerald Joseph Dufilho

Male 1921 - 2006  (85 years)

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  • Name Gerald Joseph Dufilho  [1
    Born 19 Mar 1921  Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Dec 2006  Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 5
    Buried Bellevue Memorial Cemetery, Opelousas, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    • GPS (lat/lon): 30.464, -92.09983
    Person ID I596  Hollier & Dufilho
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2018 

    Father John Marie Dufilho,   b. 10 Jul 1874, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1964, Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Anna Catherine Hinckley,   b. 14 Nov 1881, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1966, Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 20 Mar 1900  Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    • Witnesses:
      A. L. Hollier - Arthur Louis Hollier, Lilly Ann's grandfather.
      A. M. Hollier - Adolphe Marshall Hollier. Adolphe married Antoinia Dufilho, John Marie's sister.
      U. L. Hinckley - I think this may be Arthur L. Hinckley, Anna’s brother. It is possible the “U” was incorrectly transcribed. A. L. Hinckley appears as a witness on the marriage license I have from the court house.
      M. J. Dufilho - Maurice Joseph (Jean Marie’s brother)

      ‘Kidnapped,’ Says He After Fifty Years
      [Daily World (Opelousas, Louisiana), 19 March 1950, p. 4] John M. Dufilho figures today it turned out great, even though his wife “just kidnapped” him into marrying her 50 years ago. “I was at a dance,” Mr. Dufilho explained “standing around when all of a sudden a pink rose bud hit me on the chest.
      “That was the beginning of a different courtship and 50 years of married life.”
      Well-known and beloved Mr. and Mrs. Dufilho, who have spent the greater part of their life right here in Opelousas, are celebrating today their anniversary.
      TELLS ALL
      The operating part of this apparent conspiracy admits, that maybe there is something with a twinkle In her eye, to it.
      “I knew he was the one for me the first moment I saw him, and so I set my hat for him,” Mrs. Dufilho confides.
      He was 23 years old and she only 13 when the courtship began.
      “I thought she was just a little girl and didn’t know what she wanted, so I started being nice to her -taking her to dances and all,” he relates.
      WAS HE FOOLED
      He tried to be a guardian to her, introducing her to nice boys, and in reality, trying to find a man for her. But he didn’t know how set she was, until, he didn’t see her for one year
      WRITES HIS MOTHER
      Undaunted, the pretty dark-haired dark-eyed girl, wrote his mother. “That’s when I gave up my idea of wanting to be a bachelor and started, to my amazement, thinking that perhaps married life wouldn’t be too bad.”
      WED IN 1900
      Their wedding was held in the Opelousas Catholic church on March 20. 1900. Mrs. Dufilho was the former Miss Catherine Ann Hinckley, and she had been born in Opelousas Mr. Dufilho. however was born in New Orleans and came to Opelousas in the year 1882, and it is considered a coincidence by the couple, for it was in this very year that Mrs. Dufilho was born.
      “IT WAS FAITH”
      “It was faith-he just had to come to me.” Mrs. Dufilho teased. as she smiled at her husband
      HAD 9 CHILDREN
      They had nine children, seven boys and two girls. One of their boys was killed at Pearl Harbor.
      Mrs. Dufilho on telling about her children, told of a very odd thing that has happened. Two of her children, the oldest and youngest have never seen each other. George, the oldest, went to California when he was about 29 years old; and the baby Gerald, was only a few months old.
      Since then, both have been busy and have never had a chance to visit each other. On this day. with their children, grandchildren (nine), and great-grandchildren (two); this scribe would like to take her hat off to them.
      MET LIFE BRAVELY
      They have met life bravely and hive received its reward of a happy life together. “We’ve always been very close to each other, sharing sorrow and joy alike; and to be truthful we have never stayed away from each other in vexation for even one-half hour, Mrs. Dufilho proudly said.
      CHILDREN
      Their children are: George Dufilho of California, Mrs. Havard Burleigh of Mississippi, John Dufilho, Mrs. Gayheart Shute of Houston. Tex., Louis, Eugene and Gerald Dufilho.

      John Dufilhos are Married 64 years
      [Daily World (Opelousas, Louisiana), 20 March 1964, p. 5]
      Mr. and Mrs. John Dufilho, 332 S. Lombard St., are today observing their 64th wedding anniversary. The couple was married March 20. 1000, at St. Landry Catholic Church In Opelousas.
      The couple will observe the day quietly because Mr. Dufilho has been ill with pneumonia. He was moved last night from St. Landry Clinic to his home so he and Mrs. Dufilho could spend their anniversary together at their home.
      Mr. and Mrs. Dufilho are the parents of six sons and two daughters -- Johnny Dufilho, Louis Dufilho, Peyton Dufilho and Gerald Dufilho all of Opelousas, George Dufilho of Narwalk [Norwalk], Calif., Mrs. Havard Burleigh and Eugene Dufilho, both of Clermont Harbor, Miss., and Mrs. H. A. Russ of Houston, Tex.
      Another son, 1/Lt. [1st Lieutenant] Marlon Dufilho, lost his life In the war.
    Family ID F154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Olivier,   b. 2 Mar 1921,   d. 17 May 1993, Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 5 Jun 1953  Acadia, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2018 15:48:55 
    Family ID F260  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Mar 1921 - Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Jun 1953 - Acadia, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Dec 2006 - Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Bellevue Memorial Cemetery, Opelousas, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Gerald DUFILHO
    Gerald DUFILHO

    Headstones
    DUFILHO Gerald and May Olivier Headstone
    DUFILHO Gerald and May Olivier Headstone
    Bellevue Memorial Cemetery (Opelousas, Louisiana), Gerald J. Dufilho grave marker, GPS (lat/lon): 30.464, -92.09983, by Mark Edwin Hollier on 23 Oct 2011.
    Plot: GPS (lat/lon): 30.464, -92.09983

  • Sources 
    1. [S370] Bellevue Memorial Cemetery (Opelousas, Louisiana), Grave Markers, photograph, gravestone for Gerald J. Dufilho (1921-2006), GPS (lat/lon): 30.464, -92.09983, photographed by Mark Edwin Hollier, 23 October 2011.

    2. [S243] Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.com, entry for Gerald Dufilho, 2006, SS no. 433-28-6015.
      Name: Gerald Dufilho
      Last Residence:
      70570 Opelousas, Saint Landry, Louisiana, USA
      BORN: 19 Mar 1921
      Died: 8 Dec 2006
      State (Year) SSN issued: Louisiana (Before 1951)

    3. [S271] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2002;), Database online. Year: 1930; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 5, St Landry, Louisiana; Roll: 820; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 31; Image: 531.0.
      Record for Gerald Dufilho

    4. [S272] U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Database online.
      Record for Gerald Dufilho

    5. [S670] Newspapers.com, "Gerald Joseph Dufilho," obituary, Daily World (Opelousas, Louisiana), 10 December 2006, p. 6A.
      OPELOUSAS - Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9,2006, at Sibille Funeral Home Chapel for Gerald Joseph Dufilho, 85, a native and resident of Opelousas, who died at 7:56 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at Opelousas General Health System. Interment were [sic] in Bellevue Memorial Park in Opelousas. The Rev. Benny Reppond conducted the services. Mr. Dufilho served in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Dufilho was an electrical engineer and worked at Tidewater Marine in Opelousas until retirement.
      Mr. Dufilho was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the V.F.W. He was also a member of the Woodman of the World Society. Survivors include a daughter, Geraldine "Jerry" Cortez and husband, Joe, of Opelousas; two step-daughters, Lee Taylor, of Opelousas and Norma Pascula and husband, Ray, of Vidor, Texas; step son, Kermit Folks and wife, Patricia, of Youngsville; grandson, Gerald J. Cortez and wife, Kristie, of Opelousas; a special step-grandson, Johnny Taylor and wife, Liz; three great-grandchildren, Cody, Callie and Camie Cortez; and two step great-grandchildren, Jaci and Jobi Taylor.
      Mr. Dufilho was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Olivier Dufilho; parents, John M. and Anna Hinckley Dufilho; six brothers, Marion, Louis, Johnny, Payton, George and Eugene Dufilho; two sisters, Ida Mae Russ and Nettie Burleigh; and one great-granddaughter, Cori Renae Cortez.
      Visiting hours were observed from 10:30 a.m. until service time Saturday, Dec. 9,2006.

    6. [S370] Bellevue Memorial Cemetery (Opelousas, Louisiana), Grave Markers, photograph, gravestone for Gerald J. Dufilho (1921-2006), GPS (lat/lon): 30.464, -92.09983, photographed by Mark Edwin Hollier, 23 October 2011 (Reliability: 4).

    7. [S266] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Inc., Gerald Joseph Dufilho, Memorial# 81978722, created by Mark Hollier, 14 Dec 2011.

    8. [S279] Southwest Louisiana Records (1750-1900), CD-ROM database, Donald J. Hebert, (Name: Hebert Publications; Location: Rayne, Louisiana;).
      DUFILHO, John (Charles & Antoinette DEBAILLON) m. 21 March 1900 Anna HINKLEY (Opel. Ch.: v.3, p.245)

    9. [S354] "St. Landry Parish Marriage Licenses, 1807 - Present", (Location: Opelousas, Louisiana;), no. 27754, John Dufilho and Anna Catherine Hinckley, 1900, recorded license (with original signatures); Opelousas Court House (Reliability: 4).

    10. [S366] Daily World, Opelousas, Louisiana (print edition), (Location: Opelousas, Louisiana;), Sunday, March 19, 1950 edition.

    11. [S393] St. Landry Catholic Church (Opelousas, Louisiana), Marriage Certificates, (Location: Opelousas, Louisiana;), certificate for John Dufilho and Anna Hinkley, married 21 Mar 1900, volume M-3, page 245, number 12 (Reliability: 3).
      Witnesses:
      A. L. Hollier - Arthur Louis Hollier, Lilly Ann's grandfather.
      A. M. Hollier - Adolphe Marshall Hollier. Adolphe married Antoinia Dufilho, John Marie's sister.
      U. L. Hinckley - I think this may be Arthur L. Hinckley, Anna’s brother. It is possible the “U” was incorrectly transcribed. A. L. Hinckley appears as a witness on the marriage license I have from the court house.
      M. J. Dufilho – Maurice Joseph (Jean Marie’s brother).

    12. [S670] Newspapers.com, "John Dufilhos are Married 64 years," Daily World (Opelousas, Louisiana), 20 March 1964, p. 5 (https://www.newspapers.com/image/227891266: accessed 15 October 2017).
      John Dufilhos are Married 64 years
      Mr. and Mrs. John Dufilho, 332 S. Lombard St., are today observing their 64th wedding anniversary. The couple was married March 20. 1000, at St. Landry Catholic Church In Opelousas.
      The couple will observe the day quietly because Mr. Dufilho has been ill with pneumonia. He was moved last night from St. Landry Clinic to his home so he and Mrs. Dufilho could spend their anniversary together at their home.
      Mr. and Mrs. Dufilho are the parents of six sons and two daughters -- Johnny Dufilho, Louis Dufilho, Peyton Dufilho and Gerald Dufilho all of Opelousas, George Dufilho of Narwalk [Norwalk], Calif., Mrs. Havard Burleigh and Eugene Dufilho, both of Clermont Harbor, Miss., and Mrs. H. A. Russ of Houston, Tex.
      Another son, 1/Lt. [1st Lieutenant] Marlon Dufilho, lost his life In the war.


    13. [S366] Daily World, Opelousas, Louisiana (print edition), (Location: Opelousas, Louisiana;), "'Kidnapped,' Says He After Fifty Years," 19 March 1950, p. 4 (Reliability: 2).
      ‘Kidnapped,’ Says He After Fifty Years
      John M. Dufilho figures today it turned out great, even though his wife “just kidnapped” him into marrying her 50 years ago. “I was at a dance,” Mr. Dufilho explained “standing around when all of a sudden a pink rose bud hit me on the chest.
      “That was the beginning of a different courtship and 50 years of married life.”
      Well-known and beloved Mr. and Mrs. Dufilho, who have spent the greater part of their life right here in Opelousas, are celebrating today their anniversary.
      TELLS ALL
      The operating part of this apparent conspiracy admits, that maybe there is something with a twinkle In her eye, to it.
      “I knew he was the one for me the first moment I saw him, and so I set my hat for him,” Mrs. Dufilho confides.
      He was 23 years old and she only 13 when the courtship began.
      “I thought she was just a little girl and didn’t know what she wanted, so I started being nice to her –taking her to dances and all,” he relates.
      WAS HE FOOLED
      He tried to be a guardian to her, introducing her to nice boys, and in reality, trying to find a man for her. But he didn’t know how set she was, until, he didn’t see her for one year
      WRITES HIS MOTHER
      Undaunted, the pretty dark-haired dark-eyed girl, wrote his mother. “That’s when I gave up my idea of wanting to be a bachelor and started, to my amazement, thinking that perhaps married life wouldn’t be too bad.”
      WED IN 1900
      Their wedding was held in the Opelousas Catholic church on March 20. 1900. Mrs. Dufilho was the former Miss Catherine Ann Hinckley, and she had been born in Opelousas Mr. Dufilho. however was born in New Orleans and came to Opelousas in the year 1882, and it is considered a coincidence by the couple, for it was in this very year that Mrs. Dufilho was born.
      “IT WAS FAITH”
      “It was faith—he just had to come to me.” Mrs. Dufilho teased. as she smiled at her husband
      HAD 9 CHILDREN
      They had nine children, seven boys and two girls. One of their boys was killed at Pearl Harbor.
      Mrs. Dufilho on telling about her children, told of a very odd thing that has happened. Two of her children, the oldest and youngest have never seen each other. George, the oldest, went to California when he was about 29 years old; and the baby Gerald, was only a few months old.
      Since then, both have been busy and have never had a chance to visit each other. On this day. with their children, grandchildren (nine), and great-grandchildren (two); this scribe would like to take her hat off to them.
      MET LIFE BRAVELY
      They have met life bravely and hive received its reward of a happy life together. “We’ve always been very close to each other, sharing sorrow and joy alike; and to be truthful we have never stayed away from each other in vexation for even one-half hour, Mrs. Dufilho proudly said.
      CHILDREN
      Their children are: George Dufilho of California, Mrs. Havard Burleigh of Mississippi, John Dufilho, Mrs. Gayheart Shute of Houston. Tex., Louis, Eugene and Gerald Dufilho.


    14. [S361] "Dufilho Land Development" Articles of Partnership, (Name: Sandoz, Sandoz, & Schiff; Location: Opelousas, Louisiana; Date: 24 May 1982;) (Reliability: 4).

    15. [S424] USGenWeb Archives, "Acadia Parish Marriage License Index 1887 - 1999, Inclusive (Female Applicant [N - Q] Sequence)," submitted by A. P. "Red" Quebodeaux, entry for Gerald Dufilho and Mary Olivier; citing license no. 27346-A, 5 June 1953.
      OLIVIER, MARY - AKA 05-Jun-1953 27346-A DUFILHO, GERALD