Joseph Whitney Bernard1

#2859, b. 1 Jul 1878, d. 29 Nov 1942
Last Edited:10 Mar 2015
FatherEloi Bernard1 b. 1 Sep 1856, d. 2 Dec 1888
MotherGertrude McNamar1 b. 10 Aug 1857, d. 17 Dec 1954
ChartsDescendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia

Children of Joseph Whitney Bernard and Idolie Rivet

Outline of Life Events:

BirthJoseph Whitney Bernard was born on 1 Jul 1878 at Franklin, St. Mary Parish, LA.1,2,3
BaptismHe was baptized at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Lydia, Iberia Parish, LA.1
Census1880, sonWhitney Bernard (given age 2) was enumerated as a son of Eloi Bernard (given age 24) on the 1880 Census, living in St. Mary Parish, LA.4
Marriage LicenseJoseph Whitney Bernard and Idolie Rivet obtained a marriage license on 16 Feb 1897 at LA.5
MarriageJoseph Whitney Bernard married Idolie Rivet, daughter of Elphege Rivet and Marie Broussard, on 16 Feb 1897 at St. Helena Catholic Church at Louisa (near Franklin), St. Mary Parish, LA.1
Census1910Whitney Bernard (given age 32) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1910 census, living at St. Mary Parish, LA. Also living in the house was his wife Dolie Bernard (given age 30), son Eloi Bernard (given age 12), Robert Bernard (given age 7), Sidney Bernard (given age 7), Waldo Bernard (given age 4) and Alfred Bernard (given age 1 6/12), daughter Avie Bernard (given age 9). Their home was rented. Whitney worked as a bread salesman. He spoke English and could read and write, but Dolie spoke only French.6
DraftRegWhitney Joseph Bernard was required to register for the third draft of World War I, held on 12 Sep 1918. At that time, he was living in Baldwin, St. Mary Parish, LA, with his wife, Edolie. He was employed as a local bar clerk for C. Navarro. Whitney was described as being of medium height and build with brown eyes and black hair.2
ResidenceAccording to the 1940 census, in 1935, Joseph Whitney Bernard lived in rural St. Mary Parish, LA.7
Death, WidowHe was left a widower at age 60, when his wife died on 19 Apr 1939 at St. Josephs Infirmary in Houston, Harris County, TX.8
Census1940Whitney Bernard (given age 63) was enumerated on the 1940 Census as a lodger in the household of Malcom Fish (given age 28), living at Hockley, Harris County, TX. He was widowed. He had worked 60 hours during the week before the census was taken, as a farm foreman. In 1939, his income was $1700.7
DeathHe died at age 64 of coronary occlusion on 29 Nov 1942 at Waller Hospital in Waller, Harris County, TX.3
BurialHe was buried in Houston, Harris County, TX.3


  1. [S135] Rev. Donald J Hebert. Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900, CD-ROM. Rayne, La.: Hebert Publications.
  2. [S273] "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918."
  3. [S1180] Death certificate for Whitney Bernard. Online Harris.
  4. [S422] 1880 U.S. Census. LA. St. Mary Parish. population schedule.
  5. [S19] Rev. Donald J Hebert. Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1909. Eunice, La.: Hebert Publications, 1974-.
  6. [S457] 1910 U.S. Census. LA. St. Mary Parish. population schedule.
  7. [S1093] 1940 U.S. Census. TX. Harris County. population schedule.
  8. [S1169] Death certificate for Mrs Whitney Bernard. Online Harris.
  9. [S1176] Death certificate for Sidney Joseph Bernard. Online Harris.
  10. [S1173] Death certificate for Robert Bernard. Online Harris.
  11. [S1178] Death certificate for Waldo Bernard. Online Harris.