Mary Anna Fischer

#1683, b. about 1857, d. 14 Apr 1939
Last Edited:22 Jul 2017
FatherJoseph Fischer1
MotherMary Anna Schoettgen b. about 1831
ChartsDescendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia

Children of Mary Anna Fischer and Joseph Omer Rivet

Research Notes:

     There are discrepancies regarding Joseph Omer Rivet's death and the birth of his last 3 children. He died 8 May 1884 and was buried in Plaquemine, according to his wife Mary in her application for pension. However, she had three children after this death date, all claiming him as their father. The first child was born in Nov 1884, 6 months after her husband's death. OK, this makes sense, but what about the next two, Josephine Olivia in 1888 and Dora Elizabeth in 1891. Who is really the father of these girls? Were they adopted from another Rivet relative?
     Or, it could be that Mary wrote down the wrong year for his death. Maybe it was really 1894. That would solve all questions regarding the children. (Note, I did take a close look at the pension application, and it clearly shows 1884.)
     We probably should try to get copies of the 3 children's birth records to confirm what was actually recorded. Also need to redouble my efforts to find Omer's death record, which we may be able to find at the church where he was buried. Nothing has been found in the BRDA or SWLR volumes.
     There are also discrepancies regarding her supposed second marriage to Wm. E. Hedger 19 Mar 1898 in Iberville parish. On the 1900 census in Iberville parish, she is the wife of William Hedges, and these 3 youngest children are living with them, shown as step-daughters to William. He was quite a few years older than her, and may have died between the 1900 and 1910 censuses, because in 1910 she is Mary Hedges, widowed, living with her son Edwin.
     Note: a William Hedges is also found in 1910 in Iberville parish, living with a wife of 10 years, Edorite, and children ages 7/12 to 11 yrs. Although he would have been the same age as Mary's William, I am currently assuming that this was not the same William. However, the age is a match and it is technically possible that he and Mary could have divorced immediately after the 1900 census. It would be a good idea to research William to verify whether or not there were two Williams of a similar age.
     In 1915 when Mary applied for confederate pension, she claimed she had never remarried. It is possible that she may have lied about it in order to collect the pension, since she would have been ineligible for it otherwise.
     Another item of note is in Mary's death record. The death index (index available on shows her spouse's name as Joseph Rivet. So, did the informant for her death (whoever that may have been) give Joseph Rivet as her spouse, even though she had been since remarried and divorced? This would make sense, especially considering it was probably one of her children who was the informant for the death certificate.
     All that said, there is another possibility that the the Mary Fisher/William Hedges marriage was for a different Mary. The BRDA extract for the Fisher-Hedges marriage shows Mary's parents as Joseph Fisher and Mary Matedan. Since Joseph and Mary were such common names, and Fisher is also common, this could be an entirely different Mary from ours. But one of the witnesses for the marriage was Edwin Rivet, which is the name of her oldest son, who would have been about 19 years of age at the time.
     So it's all a bit confusing, and needs more research to nail down what's going on with this family.

Outline of Life Events:

BirthMary Anna Fischer was born about 1857 at LA.2,1
MarriageShe married first Jos O. Rivet, son of Louis Rivet and Marie Henriette LeBlanc, on 25 Oct 1877 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, LA. Witnesses were Mariana Schlitzberger, T. Rivet, Sophie Kornmeyer, Edgar Marix, Christien Fischer, J. H. Shanks, L. M. Verbois, Dr. M. J. Lehman, Mrs. Dr. Lehman, and Pamelia Rivet.3,4
Census1880Mary Rivet (given age 23) was enumerated as the wife of Joseph Rivet (given age 33) on the 1880 Census, living in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, LA.2
Death, WidowShe was left a widow when her husband, Joseph Omer, died on 8 May 1884 at Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, LA.5,6
MarriageMary Anna Fischer married second William E. Hedger on 19 Mar 1898 at Iberville Parish, LA.4,6
Census1900Mary Hedges (given age 44) was enumerated as the wife of William Hedges (given age 61) on the 1900 Census at Iberville Parish, LA.6
Census1910, motherMary Hedges (given age 56) was enumerated as the mother of Edward Rivet (given age 31) on the 1910 Census, living at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA. She was widowed, and stated she was the mother of 4 children, all still living.7
ApplicationMary Anna Fischer applied for widow's pension 17 Feb 1915 Orleans Parish, LA.5
DeathShe died on 14 Apr 1939 in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, LA.1,5


  1. [S752] FamilySearch. Louisiana, Deaths Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1960. Online
  2. [S247] 1880 U.S. Census. LA. Iberville Parish. population schedule.
  3. [S18] Diocese of Baton Rouge, Catholic Church Records 1707-1900. BRDA : Baton Rouge, LA, 1978-2007.
  4. [S216] Hunting for Bears. Louisiana Marriages, 1718-1925, by LA Marriages 1718-1925. Online
  5. [S151] Louisiana Secretary of State. Baton Rouge, LA, USA. Louisiana Confederate Pension Applications.
  6. [S252] 1900 U.S. Census. LA. Iberville Parish. population schedule.
  7. [S493] 1910 U.S. Census. LA. Ascension Parish. population schedule.