||Obituary, Louisiana Courier, 14 Sept. 1842:|
DIED - at New Iberia, La., at the age of 28 years, Mr. Octave Pitard. He was a good son, a kind brother, an affectionate husband and father, and sincere friend. His loss will long be regretted by his widowed mother, to whom he was a comfort and a support, a disconsolate widow and children, and a numerous circle of friends and acquaintances.
- His parish baptismal record gives the names of his parents (and where his parents were from) and his grandparents.
The 1832 City directory shows this entry: "Pitard, O. . . . accountant . . . 15 Bienville." He appears in the 1840 census, when he is living in Ward 2. He later moved, because died in 1842 in St. Landry Parish; he may have been living in New Orleans at the time, but I cannot find a record of his family to confirm this.
On 29 April 1835 he attested to the death of Pierre Hacker, the father of his brother Joseph's wife: ". . . appeared Octave Pitard, a native of this city, aged about twenty two years, a merchant, residing in St. Peter Street no. 15 between Levee and Chartres streets, who by these presents doth declare that Pierre Hacker, at native of the Island of St. Domingo, aged about fifty-two years, late a merchant, died in this City on the thirteenth instant, at ten o'clock A.M. in a house situated [in] Levee Street, between Toulouse and St. Louis Streets, that the said deceased was married and has left children."
In 1838 he was the sponsor at the baptism for his nephew Gustave Pitard.
In the 1840 Census Octave, Joseph, and Auguste Pitard all appear. Joseph and Auguste were living in the Faubourg Treme in "Faubourg Parish" (was this neighborhood of New Orleans then, or was it its own Parish?). It is well known now as one of the oldest African-American neighborhoods in the US. In 1809 it was a plantation purchased from the city from Claude Treme which lay between the Carondelet Canal and St. Bernard Avenue. Before about 1850, it was very mixed, with lots of immigrants, so it would have been a logical place for immigrants to travel to.
The 1842 New Orleans City Directory has the same three men:
Pitard, Auguste . . . coffee house . . . Basin b. St. Peter & Toulouse Sts.
Pitard, Octave . . . sugar broker . . . 15 St. Peter St. 1st Municipality
Pitard, Joseph . . . printer . . . St. Ann n. Claiborne St.
He died intestate; the probate court will was registered on Oct. 11, 1842. in New Orleans. He apparently lived in New Orleans, but died in New Iberia, LA.
Three of his daughters three (Olivia, Polymnia, and Rosa) were living in New Orleans until the next century, working as teachers. They appear living together on the census for 1900, and Rosa for 1910 and 1920. The months for these three daughters’ birthdays are recorded on the 1910 census. There it is also recorded that their mother was from Puerto Rico, and that her native language was Spanish. These three daughters never married. [3, 4]