Jean Baptiste Rivette Sr.

#13, b. 4 Nov 1832, d. 8 Aug 1905
Last Edited:13 Oct 2017
FatherAlexandre Rule Rivette b. 29 Mar 1807, d. about 1837
MotherAnne Aspasie Hebert d. before Mar 1836
Relationship4th great-grandson of Etienne Rivet
ChartsDescendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia

Children of Jean Baptiste Rivette Sr. and Marie Sylvanie Lalonde

Research Notes:


     His burial place is uncertain due to conficting records. His wife stated he was buried in Arnaudville, but Hebert's SWLR (vol.37) states Port Barre. I tend to believe that the wife knows where her husband is buried, so that is entered here for now, but need to confirm with the cemetery.

Outline of Life Events:

EventDescription
BirthJean Baptiste Rivette Sr. was born on 4 Nov 1832 at Bayou Teche at near Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA.1,2
Marriage LicenseHe and Marie Sylvanie Salonee obtained a marriage license on 31 Dec 1851 at Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, LA.3,4
MarriageJean Baptiste Rivette Sr. married Marie Sylvanie Lalonde, daughter of Georges Lalonde and Ursule Boutin, on 20 Jan 1852 at Sacred Heart Church at Grand Coteau, St. Landry Parish, LA.3,1
Census1860Jean B. Rivet (given age 26) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1860 census at Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, LA, with his wife, Silvanie; Odilia Rivet (given age 6), Alce' Rivet (given age 5), Alexandre Rivet (given age 3) and Cicille Rivet (given age 2). Jean was a Laborer, with real estate valued at $800 and personal estate at $200..5
MilitaryJean Baptiste Rivette Sr. served in the military between 1862 and 1865 as a Private in the Confederacy during the Civil War. He enlisted at Iberville Parish near Donaldsonville, Louisiana, in Company B of the Yellow Jacket Battalion, Confederate Volunteer Infantry. At the end of the war he was with Company K of the Consolidated 18th Louisiana Regiment, and was discharged at Natchitoches, Louisiana. NOTE: There is some indication in his military records that he may have been a member of the Confederate States Zouave Battalion, was captured in November 1863, and was exchanged at New Iberia on December 23, 1863. However, none of this was mentioned by him or his wife in any pension applications.1,6
Census1870On the 1870 census, Jean Bte. Rivet (given age 38) was the head of a household, living in St. Landry Parish, LA, with his wife, Sylvanie Rivet (given age 40). Also living in this household was Adelie Rivet (given age 16), Alexander Rivet (given age 13), Jean Rivet (given age 6) and Eva Rivet (given age 1). Jean Baptiste Rivet was a Farmer..7
Census1880J. B. Rivet (given age 48) was enumerated on the 1880 census as the head of a household, living in St. Landry Parish, LA, with his wife T. Sylvanie Rivet (given age 49). He was a farmer.8
ApplicationJean Baptiste Rivette Sr. applied for pension 7 Oct 1898 St. Landry Parish, LA, at the age of 65. He stated he was married with four children. His wife was 70 years old, and he listed his children as Odilla (age 47), Alexandre (age 38), Jean Baptiste Jr. (age 33), and Evia (age 28). He stated that he owned 35 arpents of land valued at about $200, partly cleared, partly woodland, low and swampy. He supported himself the best he could, by doing some work in the field when his health allowed; his children helped him occasionally. He could not help himself much, being weak and sickly.1
Census1900He was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1900 census at NE of Bayou Teche, St. Landry Parish, LA. With him was his wife Marie Sylvani . Their home was owned free and clear of any mortgage. He was a farmer. His wife was the mother of 10 children, 4 still living. They were living next door to their daughter, Odilia.2
DeathJean Baptiste Rivette Sr. died at age 72 on 8 Aug 1905 in Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA.1
BurialHe was buried at St. Francis Regis Catholic Church Cemetery in Arnaudville, St. Landry Parish, LA. Note: Sources conflict; he could have been buried at the Sacred Heart Catholic cemetery in Port Barre.1,9

Citations:

  1. [S151] Louisiana Secretary of State. Baton Rouge, LA, USA. Louisiana Confederate Pension Applications.
  2. [S224] 1900 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  3. [S19] Rev. Donald J Hebert. Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1909. Eunice, La.: Hebert Publications, 1974-.
  4. [S216] Hunting for Bears. Louisiana Marriages, 1718-1925, by LA Marriages 1718-1925. Online http://www.ancestry.com
  5. [S328] 1860 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  6. [S287] Ancestry.com. Louisiana Confederate Soldiers. Online database.
  7. [S241] 1870 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  8. [S225] 1880 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  9. [S741] Rev. Donald J Hebert. Southwest Louisiana Records, 1905. Rayne, LA: Hebert Publications, 1992.