Louis Pitre at some point changed the family surname to Cayen. His sons both used the surname Cayen. He is buried at Notre Dame Church in Odgensburg, New York.
Joseph Rudolph Pitre was born Louis Rodolphe Pitre, as taken directly from birth record: Deschambault, Quebec Church Registers, St. Joseph 1713 - 1906, Pitre Extractions.
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE Marriage of Rudolphe Pitre and Philomene Robillard. Rudolphe is 27 years old, white and single. Occupation is navigator. Birthplace is Canada. Father is Jean Baptiste Pitre and mother is Marie Chenard. Pastor for wedding is Rev. P. LaRose. The bride is Philomena Robillard, 26 years old.
OGDENSBURG (N.Y.) CITY CLERK DEATH RECORD Rudolph Cayen died 6 Sep 1917 at 183 N. Water St., Ogdensburg, N.Y. He was born 20 June 1868 in Canada. His father was William Cayen (born in Canada) and his mother was Emma Dishaw (born in Canada)
DEATH CERTIFICATE OF RUDOLPH Cayen FROM New YORK BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS Death of Rudolph Cayen, 183 N. Water St. in Ogdensburg, N.Y. Date of death is 6 Sep 1917. Cause of death is something of the heart. Date of birth is given as 20 June 1868, in Canada. His father is William Cayen (born in Canada) and his mother is Emma Dishaw (born in Canada). His occupation is listed as fireman. The death certificate is signed by Eddie Cayen. Date of burial is given as 8 Sept 1917 in Notre Dame Cemetery.
DOROTHY WALLING Cayen'S BIBLE Joseph Rudolph Cayen, father of Edward & John died in 1916.
OBITUARY Joseph Cayen worked primarily as a fireman on board various ships that sailed the St. Lawrence. He came to the U.S. around 1887. He was a member of Notre Dame Church. His obituary mentions that he had a brother named Nelson living in lower Canada at the time of his death.
Church RECORDS OF NOTRE DAME Church (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) LDS tape #1450738 - Item #12 - Page 395 Gives marriage date of "Rudol. phum Pitre dit Cahien et Philomenam Robillard" as 2 January 1897. "Testes Emeliaus Robillard et Gumjius Lamoureuce" This shows that Rudolph's real name was Pitre and his dit name was Cayen
OGDENSBURG, N.Y. CITY DIRECTORIES No Cayens appear in the 1896 and earlier city directories 1898-99 Randolph Cayen, fireman, h. 6 Park 1900-01 Randolph (Delia) Cayen, fireman, h. 146 Knox
VITAL STATISTICS FROM OGDENSBURG ADVANCE - MARCH 1898 Joseph Cayen born to Mr. and Mrs. Adolphe Cayen, and died the same month.
COMMENTS Rudolphe should be buried in Notre Dame Cemetery since he was a member of the Notre Dame Church, but I have never seen a stone for him. Dad said that the current Notre Dame Cemetery was put in around 1930 and that prior to that the members of this Church were buried across the street in the old French Cemetery that is now overgrown with a small forest.
INTERNET RESEARCH Ted came into contact with firstname.lastname@example.org who is researching the Pitre line. She established our Pitre lineage given the information we already knew. She found that the parents of Joseph Pitre (Joseph Cayen) were Alexis Pitre and Marie-Josephine Chenard. They were married 8 Jan 1866 in Deschambault, Quebec.
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