||George Dunbar PITARD |
||13 Dec 1882
||New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana 
||3827 Canal St., 4th Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana
- aged 17 (born Dec. 1882); born in Louisiana as with both parents; at school
||126 N. Hagan, 4th Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana
- aged 27, HOH; born in Louisiana; married to Grace; retail merchant-Hardware. No children.
||5107 Chartres St., 9th Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana
- aged 38, born in Louisiana; works in hardware; wife named Mary and a son Robert
||18th Ward, Block 158, Lake Twp., Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
- aged 46 (31 at last marriage); born in New Orleans (as with both parents); salesman; value of home is $60.00
||21 Sep 1930
||New York City, New York 
- With his wife Beatrice, coming home from a trip to England a few months after being married, on the “Franconia” from Liverpool. They are living at 6337 S. Peoria St., Chicago.
||Obituary, Times-Picayune 6 Nov. 1936, p2|
PITARD - on Tuesday, November 3 1936 at Chicago, Ill, George D. Pitard, beloved husband of Beatrice de Frisk[ney], son of the late Cecilia Maupay and Gustave Pitard, brother of Mrs. Alexandre Ledoux, Daniel M., Gustave, and Clarence J. Pitard.
Funeral took place Thursday evening, November 5, 1936.
Interment was in Metairie Cemetery.
Obit. from an unrecorded paper in Chicago, preserved by family:
PITARD - George Pitard, 6947 S. Peoria St., Nov. 3, 1936, beloved husband of Beatrice Pitard. Funeral from chapel, 63d and Harvard, Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 9:30 a.m., to St. Bernard's church.
Interment, New Orleans, La.
||3 Nov 1936
||Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois [3, 4]
||4 Nov 1936
||Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana
- In 1915, his family was living at 2015 Esplanade, since note in the Times-Picayune on 29 July 1915 says that their house at that address was robbed.
In 1917, the note appears that "Mr. George Pitard and family are now occupying their new home, 526 North Olympia Street" (New Orleans States, 21 Dec. 1917, page 14).
He worked in Pitard's Hardware until some time in the 1920s. After this, he moved to Chicago and got a job there in a hardware store, where he was promoted to management.
He appears on the 1930 census in Chicago, aged 46, born in New Orleans. Both he and his wife are 46, and both were first married at age 31 (this is not the age of the most recent marriage).
At his death in Chicago, he is described as "sales manager, hardware."
1. He was first married to Grace Feahney in New Orleans in 1905. Since she didn't die until 1944, there seems to have been a divorce, though I can't find a record of it.
2. In 1920, George Pitard is living in the 9th Ward of New Orleans with a wife Mary and a son named Robert. Who was Mary on the 1920 census?
According to the 1930 census, she was married to Joseph Mayorga in abt. 1925; this name that comes from newspaper accounts of the family, as in this marriage notice on 22 Feb. 1942 in the Times-Picayune:
The marriage of Dr. Shelby James Faget, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward B. Faget, to Mr. Robert John Pitard, son of Mrs. J. D. Mayorga and the late Mr. George Pitard, was celebrated Saturday Morning, February 14, at 11 o'clock at St. Rose de Lima church. . . . The bride was given away by her father.
This matches George as "late," since he died in 1938 in Chicago.
There are number of other records of the Faget / Mayorga / Pitard family. In the 1930 census, Joseph and Mary Mayorga are with children Charlotte, Loleta, and William (all immigrated in 1923), and Robert, born in Louisiana--this would be Robert J. Pitard. Also in the house is "father-in-law" William Burns, who would be Mary's father.
3. George Dunbar appears on the 1930 census in Chicago, aged 46, born in New Orleans, married to Beatrice. Both he and his wife are 46, and both say they were first married at age 31: this would mean in 1915, which is incorrect for Robert since he was married in 1905 to Grace.
4. Robert John Pitard lived 31 July 1909-June 1983. According to his birthdate, he would seem to be Grace Feahney Pitard's son, since in 1910, George is living with Grace in New Orleans. But he's not named in her obituary in 1944, so I don't think this is likely.
Current theory, which is laid out below: George had a child, Robert, by Mary in 1909, when he was married to Grace. Then he left Grace--this presumably would have been grounds for divorce, even as Catholics--and lived with Mary until after 1920. Then, in the early 1920s he moved to Chicago and lived with Beatrice there, lying on the 1930 census about his age at his first marriage. (It's theoretically possible he was a bigamist, in the absence of divorce records, but I reckon it's more likely that I just can't find them.)
Mary, meanwhile, got (re-?)married in about 1925, and combined her family with Jose Mayorga's.
NOTE this possible confusion: there are other, unrelated George Pitards out there. There is a George Pitard, b. abt. 1847, the son of a Jacob Pitard who appears in the 1850 and later censuses for Ontario Twp., Knox Co., Illinois as born in England abt. 1815. In 1870, another George Pitard appears the same county as born in England abt. 1840, and is married to "Sarah." One looks at these and thinks that there is a confusion with George who married Beatrice born in England, but it's not so: George Dunbar was consistently born in New Orleans on the censuses.
||Lansdales and Pitards
||24 Mar 2016 |