||Obituary, The Morning Star and Catholic Messenger, 22 June 1873, Morning, p5:|
PITARD—On Wednesday, June 18, 1873, at 3 o’clock a.m., Mrs. Joseph Pitard, born Amelia Hacker, aged fifty-seven years.
- On her birth certificate her name is "Maria Catarina Hacker y Mahee-Desportes." On her son Gustave's birth certificate she is "Marguerite Amelie Hacker."
The next record is Joseph and Amelie in Feb. 1833. This lists their names and their parents' names. After this appears the birth record for their son Gustave from 21 Jan 1838, which lists parents and grandparents' names on both sides.
"Mrs. J. Pitard" appears in the 1850 city directory at "347 Orleans."
The 1850 Census, the first to show complete families, opens some helpful puzzles.
Widow Pitard 33 F (W) Louisiana
Josephine Pitard 17 F (W) Louisiana
Arthur Pitard 15 M (W) Clerk Louisiana
Gustave Pitard 13 M (W) Louisiana
Octave Pitard 8 M (W) Louisiana
Norbert Pitard 6 M (W) Louisiana
Widow O. Pitard 34 F (W) W. Indies
Octavie Pitard 15 F (W) Louisiana
Olivia Pitard 13 F (W) Louisiana
Polymnia Pitard 11 F (W) Louisiana
Rosa Pitard 8 F (W) Louisiana
First, this shows again that Joseph had died by 1850.
A second thing this shows it that the family of "Widow [of] Octave Pitard," Eliza Busquet Pitard and her four children, were living with the other Pitards in 1850. This is some of the best solid evidence I've seen that connects Octave Pitard's family to Gustave Pitard's family--see more under Octave. It shows that the deceased Octave Pitard was a relation of Joseph Pitard, and that after Octave's death his family went to live with their relations for a while. This would also fit in with Eliza Busquet's ancestry. She is described as being born in the "West Indies" in the 1850 census, and later as being born in "Porto Rico." One possibility is that she married Octave and came to the NOLA with the family.
In 1851, the city directory shows these two Pitards. The second will be the widow of Octave Pitard.
Pitard, A. . . . St. John Great Rd. n. bridge
Pitard, O., Mrs. . . . 262 Ursulines
In 1855, the city directory shows these three Pitards, the widows of Auguste, Joseph, and Octave.
Pitard, A., Mrs. . . . St. John great route n. the bridge
Pitard, J., Mrs. . . . 347 Orleans
Pitard, O., Mrs. . . . 271 St.
In 1857, the city directory just shows one entry. 11 Rampart is the employer's address; the last is the residence. This must be Arthur Pitard. This is the first record of this occupation for the Pitards.
Pitard, Archer . . . hardware . . . 11 Rampart, n New Basin . . . d. Franklin n.
In the 1858 directory, these four Pitards appear:
Pistard [sic], A., Mrs. . . . St. John Great Route n. the bridge
Pitard, Gustave . . . 5 Magazine
Pitard, J., Mrs. . . . Franklin n. Erato
Pitard, O., Mrs. . . . 290 Trémé
In the 1860 census "Amanda" (who is clearly Amelie, aged 41) and "A" (Arthur) and Norbert live in Ward 3, and Gustave (aged 21) has moved out of the household to Ward 4 (to live with the Dunbar family). There are also two "Mary Pitards" in the household, one aged 20, and the other 2 months (as of the census date of July 12th). The race for Mary is "X," whereas the others are not marked; she may be a black servant. There is no sign of Josephine or Cecilia. "A. Pitard" here works in Hardware.
Her family seems to have been close to that of her half-brother-in-law (her half-sister Zulmee's husband) George Washington Dunbar. In the 1860 census, Gustave Pitard, Amelie's son, is living in the household of George Washington Dunbar and his wife Zulmé; he's listed as a clerk, and G.W. Hacker operates a shoe store. Her son Gustave Joseph also has a son whose middle name is Dunbar.
In 1861 city directory, the following six entries appear; only Gustave is given an address for his place of employment:
Pitard, Arthur . . . hardware . . . . . . . . . 323 Common
Pitard, A., Mrs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Joseph's Great Route
Pitard, Gustave . . . clerk . . . 5 Magazine . . . 312 Common
Pitard, M. . . . . . clerk . . . . . . . . . . . St. John's Great Route
Pitard, Mrs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Magnolia
Pitard, O., Mrs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 St. Bernard
In the 1870 census she is living in the household of "C.H. Fernandez," female aged 65, with her son Gustave, grandson Daniel, and three Maupay girls.
From this and the 1870 census her birth year can be deduced (she is "Emilia Pitard (52)" in her son's household). More precise is that Herritage uses her baptismal records from St. Louis Cathedral for a precise date.
She is recorded in the death records as "M. Joseph Pitard," which makes her look like her husband. Her death certificate clears up that confusion: "M." stands for "Mdme."