The Zerla family has it's roots in northern Italy, in the villages of Ossimo,and Borno. The Zerla family in the U.S.( With the exception of the DRs. Zerla of Maryland) are the decendents of Antonio Zerla.(d.May 20,1873 ) He was 54. He was the son of Battista and Giacomina Zerla. Antonio married Margherita Canossi and had 5 sons and 1 daughter.Battista, who remained in Ossimo, Amos, To the U.S. then to Canada. Frank , To the U.S. Mc Donald PA. then to Detroit MI. Martin, To the U. S. then returned to Borno.And James to the U.S. VA. then to Dillonvale OH. James my Grand father was born in Ossimo on May 28, 1859 , Died in his 63 year in Piney Fork OH. following a car accident. James married Zelia Algrain ( b. 9/2/1869 Cuemes Belgium d.6/24/1948)in May 29 1889 Pocahontas, VA. and had 12 children.Antonio,Amos,Filbert d. at birth, Philbert, Josephine,James my father, Aberham,Zelia, Archie, Martin, Joseph, Margherita.