- Also in his household in 1850 are F.G. Gousolin (aged 24, an innkeeper), Mme Gousolin (aged 20), and a child, Isabel Gousolin (aged 1). F.G. is a child of his wife's first husband, presumably.
According to Acadians in Gray, "René Jean Baptiste, son of Pierre Hacker and Marie Louise Mahe-Desportas of New Orleans, married Émile Léocade, daughter of Samuel Charles Meyer and widow of Ursin Gonsoulin, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in December 1835. They crossed the Atchafalaya Basin and moved to the New Iberia area, where they raised a large family. The New Iberia priests tended to call René Jean Baptiste an Achée or Haché, but he was neither." There is a Hacker St. in New Iberia, apparently.
He died, with his daughter Leocade, and a nephew un-named in newspaper reports, in the burning of the steamer "Gipsy”; see an image here: http://steamboattimes.com/images/artwork/giantsteamboats_hippolytesebron1600x1100.jpg. I assume that this nephew was his sister Amelie's son Octave Florian Pitard, who would be the same age as this nephew, described as a "lad of 13" in contemporary newspaper accounts. Newspapers says that the fire occurred on a wharf on the Mississippi at the “mouth of the New River” or at “New River Landing.” The New River doesn’t empty into the Mississippi any more; according to Wikipedia, “Before the levees were built to contain the Mississippi River, the New River was a distributary and a much larger river than it is today.” It entered a few miles south of Placquemine in Ascension Parish.
He appears in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are as the GGG Grandfather of actor Jim Parsons. The episode (Season 4, Ep. 8) mentions a tribute notice by the social group the “Cannoniers” appeared after his death in the Southern Sentinel. It’s not clear where the newspaper was published, though the tagline is “Plaquemine,” the county seat of Iberville Parish. Some discussion of the episode can be found on Ancestry.com’s blog, here: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/09/11/jim-parsons-finds-storied-ancestors-from-new-orleans-to-versailles/. Another is on the blog Ancestral Discoveries, here: http://ancestraldiscoveries.blogspot.com/2013/09/who-do-you-think-you-are-jim-parsons.html. [2, 3]