Friday, July 22, 2011
Joseph was the 8th and the last know child of Jean Baptist and Luce. He was born in New Orleans on 22 June 1816, baptized at St. Louis Cathedral on 30 Sept 1816.
For several years it was believed that Joseph's middle name was Dayant. However, after careful examination of documents including the will of JB, his father, it was determined that Joseph did not have a middle name. Please see blog post and comments of 6 December 2010 under subcategory of wills, for a discussion of this subject.
The following document is from the Notarial Archives of New Orleans for Notary Theodore Seghers, January - March 1836. I believe it shows that Joseph purchased land from Charles Drouet. However, I can't read French so I don't know what it says for certain. It mentions Union Street, between Morales and Urguhart Street and I am not sure if is the piece of land he is buying or if that is where he is currently living, or both! I don't think the document has any other important information, but what do I know! It is difficult to decipher but I think the document is dated 26 April 1836.
Joseph married Julia Raby (Rabby) on 5 January 1837 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Mobile, AL. They had 8 known children from 1837 to 1860 and lost two young children to Scarlet Fever in 1860.
Luce died on 14 December 1838 at her son's home, Joseph. The death record states he was living on Union Street, between Morales and Urguhart Street, suburb Marigny 3rd municipality, in NOLA.
Joseph was listed in the early 1840's city directories in Mobile then beginning in the 1851 directory back in NOLA near Marais and Treme. The later part of the 1850's they were living on Gasquet and tax lists show he was a retailer and a cigar maker/tobacconist in the 1860's at Canal & Basin in NOLA.
He died 13 February 1867 at 165 Gasquet Street in New Orleans and is buried at St. Louis Cathedral Cemetery #2 in NOLA. Records show that his son Joseph was living at 165 Gasquet Street in 1869 so we can assume that Joseph, the father, died at his son's home. The death certificate states he died of liver problems, however, over three thousand people parished in New Orleans from Yellow Fever in 1867. Perhaps he also contracted Yellow Fever.