Pierre Isidore Esclapon

#1645, b. about 1822, d. 14 Aug 1868
Last Edited:20 Jan 2016
FatherJean Francois Esclapon b. about 1783
MotherMarie Gauthier b. about 1795
ChartsDescendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia

Child of Pierre Isidore Esclapon and Gertrude Rivet

Outline of Life Events:

BirthPierre Isidore Esclapon was born about 1822 at France, possibly in Libourne, department de la Gironde.1,2
MarriageHe married Gertrude Rivet, daughter of Isidore Rivet and Clothilde Morales, on 4 May 1842 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church at St. Gabriel, Iberville Parish, LA. Witnesses were T. Billon, L. Blanchard, Terence J. Landry.1
Census1860I. Esclapon (given age 38) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1860 census at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA, with his wife, Gertrarde; Ulysse Esclapon (given age 17) and Clothilde Rivet (given age 65). He had real estate valued at $3000 and personal estate at $1000..2
OccupationIsidore Esclapon gave his occupation as Broker on the 1860 census. A search of U.S. IRS excise tax records found I. Esclapon, a commercial broker, at 11 St. Louis Street in New Orleans, in June of 1863. By the end of the Civil War in 1865, he had become a partner with Dominique Paul Bouligney, in a firm known as Bouligney & Esclapon. This was a group of cotton factors and commission merchants, dealing wholesale in cotton, sugar and molasses. The firm had an office located on 43 Baronne at Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, just a few blocks from the river. It seems likely that at least some of the sugar came from a sugar plantation in Lake Charles Parish operated by other Bouligney firms.
Isidore made a minimum of three voyages between 1857 and 1865, in which he is listed on passenger manifests with an occupation of Merchant. It is interesting to note the location where he stayed on these ships for each successive voyage. In 1857, on the Philadelphia from Havana, Cuba, he occupied a place "aft the wheels". In 1859 on the Asia from Liverpool, he was in a cabin. By 1865, on the Europe from France, he was traveling First Class.2,3,4,5,6
ResidenceIn 1866, Pierre Isidore Esclapon lived at the corner of Esplanade and Dorgenois in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA.7
DeathHe died on 14 Aug 1868 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA.8
BurialHe was buried after 20 Oct 1870 at Paillette Cemetery in Libourne, Department de la Gironde, Aquitaine, France. His body was moved (probably from a burial site in the New Orleans area) sometime after his son, Ulysse, purchased the family vault in Libourne on 20 Oct 1870. The record does not mention the repatriation. On the vault is engraved, "Pierre Isidore Esclapon y repose. Mort à la nouvelle Orléans le 14 Aout 1868", which translates to, "Pierre Isidore Esclapon rests here. Died in New Orleans on August 14, 1868".9


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