Theophile Rivette

#1, b. 1 Sep 1880, d. 12 Mar 1967
Last Edited:7 Nov 2017
FatherJoseph Numa Rivette1 b. 1 Sep 1848, d. 19 Jan 1892
MotherMarie Francoise Lanclos1 b. 3 Oct 1854, d. about 1885
Relationship5th great-grandson of Etienne Rivet
ChartsDescendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia (#1)
Descendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia (#2)

Children of Theophile Rivette and Emma Rivette

Children of Theophile Rivette and Sylvin Mayer

Research Notes:


     There was a family rumor that Theophile was married briefly before Emma, but for years we didn't think much of it since no evidence had ever turned up. However, while reviewing the 1930 census again, it was like a bolt of lightning when we realized that he states his first marriage was at age 18, which would put it around 1898. He married Emma in 1912. Maybe it is possible there is something to the early marriage rumor after all, but the evidence is still pretty slim. For now, we are considering his marriage to Emma to be his first, until we can find something more substantial.2

Outline of Life Events:

EventDescription
OccupationTheophile worked at several types of jobs.
In a 1902 Houston (TX) city directory, he is listed as working at a roundhouse for the Southern Pacific Railroad.3
In a 1918 New Orleans city directory, he is listed as working for a sawmill.
In September 1918, he was employed as a block setter for Otis Manufacturing Company, at Peters and Leak Avenues in New Orleans.4
In 1920, he was a foreman for a railroad track gang.
He ran a dry goods store for awhile, with Emma's help.
In 1930 he was a farmer.2
During the month of April 1930 he was a census enumerator for St. Landry parish enumeration district 49-6, which was the southeast part of Police Jury Ward 1 excluding Opelousas.
In the early 1930's, he drove a milk truck, delivering milk. He later drove a school bus (1930-40's).5
On his Social Security application in 1945, he gave his employer as Port Barre Lumber Co.1
BirthTheophile Rivette was born on 1 Sep 1880 at Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA.6,1
Census1900, nephewHe was enumerated as a nephew of Mara Doralide Hargroder (given age 53) on the 1900 Census at St. Landry Parish, LA. His grandfather, Joseph, was also living there with him.7
ResidenceAccording to a city directory in 1902, Theophile Rivette lived at 1703 Leona Street in Houston, Harris County, TX. He worked at the roundhouse for the Southern Pacific Railroad.3
Marriage LicenseHe and Emma Rivette obtained a marriage license on 16 Jan 1912 at Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, LA.8
MarriageTheophile Rivette married first Emma Rivette, daughter of Alexandre Rivette and Marie Louisa LaGrange, on 6 Jan 1912 at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church at Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA.8
ResidenceAccording to a city directory listing in 1918, Theophile Rivette lived at 321 Joseph in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA. He worked for a sawmill.3
DraftRegHe was required to register for the third draft of World War I, held on 12 Sep 1918. At that time, he was living at 403 Octavia in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA, with his wife, Emma. He was employed as a block setter by Otis Manufacturing Company at Peters and Leak Avenue. Theophile was described as being of medium height and build, with light brown eyes and dark brown hair.4
Census1920Theopile Rivette (given age 39) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1920 census, living at St. Martin Parish, LA. Also living in the house was his wife Emma Rivette (given age 29), son(s) Dennis Rivette (given age 7). Theophile was a foreman for a railroad track gang. They rented a home on the Magenta Plantation.9
Death, WidowHe was left a widower at age 47, when his wife, Emma, died of lobar pneumonia and general peritonitis, caused by extra-uterine pregnancy, on 14 Mar 1928 at Charity Hospital at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA.10
MarriageTheophile Rivette married second Sylvin Mayer, daughter of Andre Duprelon Mayer Jr. and Antoinette Mayer, between 28 Mar 1928 and 27 Nov 1928 at Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA.2,11
Census1930Theophile Rivette (given age 49) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1930 census, living at St. Landry Parish, LA. Also living in the house was his wife Sylvian Rivette (given age 30), his son(s) Dennis. They lived in a rented house on the Bayou Teche Road. He was a farmer, and was not a veteran.2
ResidenceAt the time of his brother Antoine's death in 1938, Theophile Rivette lived in Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA.12
Census1940Theophile Rivette (given age 59) was enumerated on the 1940 census as the head of a household, living at Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA. Also living with him was his wife, Celvine Rivette (given age 40), his son(s) Adam J., Thomas J. and Raymond J, his daughter(s) Emma. Theophile was a bus driver for the public school system. He reported working 48 hours during the week of March 24-30, 1940, and was paid $1300 for 36 weeks of work in 1939.13
DraftRegTheophile Rivette registered for the fourth draft for World War II on 27 Apr 1942. This registration was also known as the "old man's draft". At that time, his residence was in Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA. He gave his wife, Mrs. Theophile Rivette, as someone who would always know his address. Theophile was employed by the St. Landry School Board in Leonville. He was described as five feet five inches tall and 170 pounds, with brown eyes, gray hair, and ruddy complexion.14
ResidenceAt the time of his application for a Social Security account in 1945, Theophile Rivette lived at R#2 Box 1A in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, LA.1
ResidenceAccording to a city directory in 1958, Theophile Rivette lived at 629 Park Avenue in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, LA. He owned his home, and had a phone. This listing shows him as living with wife Josephine, but this apparently is an error. He was also listed as living on Opelousas rural route 1, box 302.3
ResidenceAccording to a city directory listing in 1960, Theophile Rivette and his wife, Silvan, lived at 635 Park Avenue in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, LA, with children Thomas.3
DeathTheophile Rivette died at age 86 on 12 Mar 1967 in Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA.15,16
BurialHe was buried at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church Cemetery in Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA.16

Citations:

  1. [S614] Social Security Administration. Applications for Account Numbers, Form SS-5. Baltimore, MD.
  2. [S417] 1930 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  3. [S793] Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.
  4. [S273] Ancestry.com. "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918."
  5. [S724] St. Landry Parish, LA. Birth certificate.
  6. [S19] Rev. Donald J Hebert. Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1909. Eunice, La.: Hebert Publications, 1974-.
  7. [S224] 1900 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  8. [S965] Rev. Donald J Hebert. Southwest Louisiana Records, 1912. Baton Rouge, LA: Claitor's Law Books and Publishing Division, 2009.
  9. [S223] 1920 U.S. Census. LA. St. Martin Parish. population schedule.
  10. [S1497] LA. Orleans Parish. "Louisiana death records/certificates, ca. 1850-1875, 1894-1954". Louisiana Secretary of State, Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.
  11. [S416] Deborah Rivette Davis. Family group sheets to Joyce B Rivette. June 1997.
  12. [S1064] Tara Gregory. E-mail message, Aug-Oct 2014.
  13. [S787] 1940 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  14. [S547] FamilySearch.org. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. Online http://www.familysearch.org
  15. [S163] Social Security Death Index, viewed on Ancestry.com.
  16. [S186] St. Leo the Great Catholic Church cemetery. Leonville, St. Landry, LA, USA. Headstone.
  17. [S195] Original Baptismal Record.
  18. [S615] Social Security Administration. Applications for Account Numbers, Form SS-5. Social Security Administration, Baltimore, MD.
  19. [S725] St. Landry Parish, LA. Baptismal certificate. Sacred Heart Church.