||Obit., Times-Picayune, Monday, 3 Jan., 1887:|
WILTZ - Sunday morning, Jan. 2, 1887, at 5 o’clock, Widow Elizabeth Hermina Wiltz, nee St. Martin.
Her friends and acqaintances and those of the Wiltz-Bernard and St. Martin families are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will take place fom her late residence No. 405 North Rampart street between Batatelle and St. Anthony, at 4 o’clock This Evening.
Galveston, Tex., Selma, Ala., and West Baton Rouge papers will please copy.
- Her name appears on her son “Jean Baptiste Alisme [sic] Conrad Wiltz’s” baptismal record as “Elizabeth St. Martin.” She is “Elizabeth Françoise St. Martin” on her husband’s death record.
Arthur, in Old Families of Louisiana, describes a François Louis Bauchet St. Martin (b. 1766) “who married first a Miss St. Amant and second a Miss Roussell, widow Folse” (385). He continues later: “From the marriage of François Louis Bauchet St. Martin and Miss St. Amant, the following children were born: (1) François Bauchet St. Martin II who married Miss Bernoudy; (2) Hermina St. Martin who married Valsin Wiltz; (3) Celeste St. Martin who married Zénon Boudousquié” (388).
I don’t see how this can’t be this family—but, some questions need to be settled first, like: who is Valsin Wiltz?
In the 1840 census there is a J.B. Wiltz with 2 f.w. males under 5, 1 male between 5-10, 2 females under 5, 1 female between 5 and 10, and 1 female between 40 and 50. No “free” or “enslaved colored persons.”
This doesn’t match the 1850 family, listed next, without J.B. Wiltz her son, who would have been 19 at the time, unless he wasn’t living at home. Also, some children would have died in the mean time. She also would also have to have been listed as “J.B. Wiltz,” without “M” before it, and her husband would have died in 1839. That’s a lot of differences between the two censuses.
There is also a “Widow V. Wiltz” on the 1840 census.
(A Wm. Robertson appears kind of near the family in this and the next census, which may mean that its the same family as in 1850.)
She is is “J.B. Wiltz” on the 1850 census, female, aged 48. Also in this household in 1850 are A.C. Wiltz, aged 18, male; J.B. Wiltz aged 29, male; L. Wiltz, aged 22, female; H. Wiltz, male aged 5, and Ant. Wiltz, female aged 1 5/12. So, this seems to be her with her children.
Yet: in this census there is a big gap between Alcine (b. 1832) and Henry (b. 1845): Henry (and “Ant.”) may be the child of her oldest son Jean Baptiste b. 1821.
Why can’t I find her, though, on the census after 1850? I don’t see an Elizabeth or a Jean Baptiste Wiltz in the New Orleans directories around 1870; they may not have been living in the city.
(FYI, probate files for an Elizabeth Wiltz d. 1839 are available in the Louisiana, Parish Estate Files at familysearch.org; she was the wife of Valmont Deslondes).