Charles Owen Rivet1,2

#3069, b. 31 Mar 1895, d. 28 Jul 1980
Last Edited:8 May 2017
FatherAmilcar Rivet2 b. 11 Dec 1867, d. 20 Jun 1922
MotherElla Mary Ruhnau2 b. 16 Jun 1873, d. 29 Nov 1964
Relationship5th great-grandson of Etienne Rivet
ChartsDescendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia

Outline of Life Events:

BirthCharles Owen Rivet was born on 31 Mar 1895 at Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, LA.2,3
BaptismHe was baptized on 12 May 1895 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, LA. Sponsors were Leonce Rivet and Regina Barbay.2
Census1900, sonHe was enumerated as the son of Amilcar Rivet (given age 30) on the 1900 Census at Bowie Street, White Castle, Iberville Parish, LA.4
Census1910, sonOwen Rivet (given age 15) was enumerated as the son of Albert Rivet (given age 42) on the 1910 Census, living at Beaumont, Jefferson County, TX. He worked for a paper company.5
MilitaryCharles Owen Rivet enlisted during World War I with the U.S. Navy, on 26 Jul 1917 at the recruiting station at Houston, Harris County, TX. He gave his home address as Beaumont, Texas. With the initial rate of Machinist Mate Second Class, he was received as a crew member aboard the USS Nebraska at Norfolk, VA. He soon was promoted to Machinist Mate First Class.6 The Nebraska served in the Atlantic as a convoy escort to Europe, and at the end of the war she made several trips to carry American soldiers back from France. In June 1919, she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet.7 Owen was discharged on 21 Oct 1919 at Mare Island, CA.6
Census1920, daughterOwen Rivet (given age 24) was enumerated as a daughter of A. Rivet (given age 52) on the 1920 Census, living at Beaumont, Jefferson County, TX. He was enumerated incorrectly and was actually a son. He worked as a mechanic at a shipyard.8
MarriageCharles Owen Rivet married an unknown person about 1922.9
DivorceHe and an unknown person were divorced before 1930.9
Census1930, sonCharles O. Rivet (given age 35) was enumerated as a son of Ella Rivet (given age 55) on the 1930 Census. They lived at 1092 Magnolia Avenue at Beaumont, Jefferson County, TX. He was divorced, and worked as a machinist in a machine shop, probably the one owned by his brother Ivran.9
MarriageCharles Owen Rivet married second Gertrude Coffey, daughter of Jesse Burton Yancey and Alice Belaire, after 1 Apr 1930.1,9
Census1940Charles Rivet (given age 45) was enumerated on the 1940 census as the head of a household, living at 1095 Grand Ave at Beaumont, Jefferson County, TX. Also living with him was his wife, Gertrude Rivet (given age 41). They owned their home, which was valued at $3,000. Charles had an eighth grade education. During the week before the census was taken, he worked 40 hours as a machinist in the Pipeline department of an oil company, and earned $1,800 in 1939. Gertrude had two years of high school, and worked in the home.10
DraftRegCharles Owen Rivet 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 at 1095 Grand Ave in Beaumont, Jefferson County, TX. He gave the name of Mrs. Charles O. Rivet, at the same address, as someone who would always know his address. Charles was employed by Gulf Refining Co., Houston Pipe Line Dep., in Houston, Texas. He was described as five feet eight inches tall and 160 pounds, with blue eyes, gray hair, and light complexion.3
ResidenceAccording to a city directory in 1943, Charles Owen Rivet and his wife, Gertrude, lived at 1095 Grand Ave in Beaumont, Jefferson County, TX. One child also lived with them. He was a machinist.11
Death, WidowHe was left a widower at age 81, when his wife, Gertrude, died on 5 Jan 1977 at TX.1
DeathCharles Owen Rivet died at age 85 on 28 Jul 1980 in TX.1,12
BurialHe was buried at Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont, Jefferson County, TX.1
ProbateApplication for probate of his estate was filed on 13 Aug 1980, at Houston, Harris County, TX. Eleanor Rivet was named as Executor of his estate.13


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  2. [S18] Diocese of Baton Rouge, Catholic Church Records 1707-1900. BRDA : Baton Rouge, LA, 1978-2007.
  3. [S547] World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. Online
  4. [S252] 1900 U.S. Census. LA. Iberville Parish. population schedule.
  5. [S695] 1910 U.S. Census. TX. Jefferson County. population schedule.
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  8. [S423] 1920 U.S. Census. TX. Jefferson County. population schedule.
  9. [S424] 1930 U.S. Census. TX. Jefferson County. population schedule.
  10. [S805] 1940 U.S. Census. TX. Jefferson County. population schedule.
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  13. [S563] TX. Harris County Clerk's Office online index. Probate records. Online…