- Before Louis François, there is a very early reference to Pitards in New Orleans, but they are not related in any way that is evident: Pierre Pitard was the son of Jean Pitard and Anne Prise; he was married on 19 October 1718 to Louise Marhe Seguin. The certification for the marriage was made on 17 November 1727, and is in Marriage Book 1, St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans. Pierre Pitard "dit la France" is also recorded on the census for Louisiana between 1699 and 1732 as living on Rue Royal. I have not seen any connection between that Pitard and this family.
The earliest reference to Louis François's life comes from the baptismal record for his son J.B. Octave Pitard, which says that he was from "Les Trois Maries, parish of St. Pierre, dept. of Ille-et-Vilaine (i.e., Corps-Nuds, Ille-de-Vilaine)." This document also gives his parents' names. Corps-Nuds is in the Diocese of Rennes in Brittany.
No Pitard appears on the list of land-owners on Saint-Domingue. Among the "settlers not planters" appears an unconnected "Alexandre Pitard."
The first record of Louis François in New Orleans is when he sold a slave named Robert to a Victor Coulon on 21 September 1810 in Orleans Parish. The slave came from Santiago de Cuba. Robert would have been brought from Cuba with the family.
I can't find the family on the census from 1810-1830 in New Orleans. In the 1810 New Orleans census there is an "Ls Peter" that may be "Ls Pilie," with one f.w.m. from 16-25 and one from 26-44. In the 1830 census there is "L Pitter" on the 1830 New Orleans census that also looks like "Pillié." The entry includes 2 white males 10-15, 1 between 40-50; 1 white female 30-40, 1 between 40-50. It also includes 9 slaves. Neither of these would seem to match the family, since Louis was born in 1765, and the oldest white male in the 1830 household was much less than 65. Maybe they were living in another family’s household.
Louis first appears in the 1811 city directory as: Pitard, Louis François . . . marchand, shopkeeper . . . 36 Levee. This address also has two other tenants: "GENERT, PETER; tailleur, tailor"; and "ROGERS, JOSEPH; graissier, grocer."
In the War of 1812, an "Abner Pitard" is listed as serving in the Mississippi Militia. I have found no other record or connection to him. His name is also, however, spelled as "Pittard" and "Pitterd," which means that he is probably connected to the Pittards, an unrelated family of English ancestry who settled further east, especially in Georgia. In the 1830 census there also is a Samuel Pitard in New Orleans, who was living alone, a man between 20 and 30 years of age; I don't know how he might be related. He may be another Pittard who wandered in from the east.
Bet. 1813 and 1835, Louis F. Pitard is a plaintiff in a parish court case (defendant, Widow Merlet; case no. 599), and a defendant in another parish court case (plaintiff B. Marigny; case no. 1793).
In the 1822 Directory, Louis F. is living next to a Prados:
183 Bourbon; PITARD, LOUIS F.; trader
185 Bourbon; PRADOS, JOSEPH; victualler
In 1822 Louis and Augustine Pitard appear in the Indentures Index at nutrias.org:
PITARD AUGU vol. 3: no. 282 (June 1822) -- apprentice
PITARD LOUI vol. 3: no. 282 (June 1822) -- sponsor
Louis F. Pitard appears in the 1822 City Directory as "trader" at 183 Bourbon.
Louis F. Pitard appears in the 1823 City Directory as "trader, marchand" at 371 Bourbon. [5, 6, 7, 8, 9]