Marie Vivian Whaley1

#7421, b. 20 Mar 1892, d. 14 May 1944
Last Edited:26 Jun 2012
FatherCharles Oswald Whaley1 b. 21 May 1862, d. 21 Sep 1918
MotherIda Dillon1 b. Feb 1862, d. 22 Aug 1911
Relationship6th great-granddaughter of Etienne Rivet
ChartsDescendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia

Research Notes:

     It has been assumed here that Vivian and Beatrice Whaley are the same person. Records found (birth, census, and marriage to Olano) relevant to this person, with the exception of a death record, all give her name as Vivian. A death certificate for Beatrice Whaley Olano gives the same age, spouse, and parents as Vivian.

It could very well be true that Vivian and Beatrice are the same person, but there is room for doubt in my mind. Beatrice could be a sibling born the year before, or even a twin. The death record gives her age as 52 (estimated birth year of 1892) which matches Vivian, but note that her mother (Ida Dillon Whaley) tended to have her children very close together. There is just enough room between Vivian and her brother Charles Oswald to squeeze in another child with a birth date that would be close to the age 52 requirement. It is possible that Vivan died and Beatrice married her widower, or maybe they married brothers or cousins with similar names.

One thing working against this theory is that the 1900 census states that Ida had 12 children, 5 still living. The 5 living children are accounted for in 1900, so this would not fit with a separate child Beatrice who would also have been alive in 1900 and lived until 1944.

So, for now I'm calling them the same person, but am considering the possibility that Vivian and Beatrice could be separate people. Anybody with additional information, please contact me!

Outline of Life Events:

BirthMarie Vivian Whaley was born on 20 Mar 1892 at Iberville Parish, LA.1
BaptismShe was baptized on 2 Apr 1892 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Bayou Goula, Iberville Parish, LA. Sponsors were E. L. Fortier and Aline Peltier.1
Census1900, sonShe was enumerated as the son of Oswell Whaley (given age 38) on the 1900 Census at Iberville Parish, LA.2
Census1910, daughterVivian Whaley (given age 17) was enumerated as the daughter of C. I. Whaley (given age 48) on the 1910 Census, living at Iberville Parish, LA.3
ResidenceAt the time of her mother's death in 1911, Marie Vivian Whaley lived in Iberville Parish, LA.4
MarriageShe married Oliver Odin Olano in 1918 at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church at White Castle, Iberville Parish, LA.5,6
DeathBeatrice Whaley Olano died at age 52 on 14 May 1944 in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, LA.5,6


  1. [S18] Diocese of Baton Rouge, Catholic Church Records 1707-1900. BRDA : Baton Rouge, LA, 1978-2007.
  2. [S252] 1900 U.S. Census. LA. Iberville Parish. population schedule.
  3. [S303] 1910 U.S. Census. LA. Iberville Parish. population schedule.
  4. [S749] The Daily Picayune. New Orleans, LA.
  5. [S750] Heidi Steeves. E-mail message, May-Jun 2012.
  6. [S169] Louisiana Statewide Death Index, 1900-1960. Website. Online…