Monday, April 9, 2012

Lena Mary Rockforte

Lena Mary Rockforte, the daughter of Giovanni "John" Roccaforte and Mary Francesca Roccaforte, grew up in West Baton Rouge parish, Louisiana.  Much of her family history remains unknown at present.  At some point, her family was in Baton Rouge.  I make that assumption due to the fact that Lena was baptized at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.  Lena is shown along with her family on the 1930 West Baton Rouge parish federal census.  Her father was 14 years old when he immigrated, along with his mother and sister, from the Palermo region of Italy to New Orleans.  The family joined others who had already made the journey to Louisiana.  The family, including Lena and her siblings, labored in the sugar cane fields on plantations in the area. Lena Mary Rockforte married John Claude Bourgoyne, the son of Henry Joseph Bourgoyne and Genevieve Lillie Smith, on 23 May 1949 in Port Allen, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.  They had three children together- John Claude Jr, Charles Raymond and Nannette Marie.  Lena and Claude resided in Iberville parish most of their married life.  The marriage dissolved in 1977.  Afterwards, Lena moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico where she resided for several years.  In 1998, she moved to Columbia, Mississippi where Charlie and I reside.  Lena lived in Columbia until about 2006 then moved back to Plaquemine, Louisiana where she currently resides.

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