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Elias Rivet (abt. 1790 - 1862)

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Elias Rivet
Born about in Louisiana, New Spainmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 13 Jan 1817 in Ascension, Louisiana, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Assumption Parish, Louisiana, USAmap
Profile last modified 24 Dec 2019 | Created 6 Apr 2017
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Elias Rivet was probably born about 1790 in Louisiana, New Spain.[1] He was the son of Blaise Rivet and Marie Magdalene Noel.[2]

During the War of 1812, he served as a Private in the 8th Regiment (Meriam's), Louisiana Militia.[3]

Elias married Magdeleine Lambert, daughter of Pedro Lambert and Maria Belleneuve, on 13 January 1817 at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana, USA. Witnesses were Gregoire LeBlanc and Edouard Landry.[2]

Elias and Magdeleine had twelve known children:

  1. Edmond Clement Rivet, b. 23 Nov 1817
  2. Marcellin Alside Rivet, b. 20 Apr 1819
  3. Isidore Helie Rivet, b. 2 Jul 1821
  4. Marie Justine Rivet, b. 20 Jan 1825, d. about 1826
  5. infant boy, b./d. about Apr 1825
  6. Pauline Rivet, b. 29 Jun 1827 (twin)
  7. Paul Rivet, b. 29 Jun 1827 (twin)
  8. Modeste Rivet, b. 1832
  9. Martin Rivet, b. about 1833
  10. Marie Claire Rivet, b. 9 Aug 1837
  11. Elmira Rivet, b. 1840
  12. Joseph Avelien Rivet, b. 2 Jul 1842

Elias was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1820 Federal Census in Assumption Parish. The early censuses did not give details about families, other than groupings of household members by age. Based on what is known about family members through other sources, the family appears to have included his wife and two oldest children. Two other women lived there, probably a sibling and/or parent.[4] By 1830, his family seems to consist of his wife and several children.[5] The family has not yet been found in the 1840 census.

During the 1850 census, the first census which enumerated all family members, they lived on a farm in Ascension Parish. Their real estate was valued at $2,000.[6] In 1860, their real estate was valued at $1,600,[7] and they owned one black male slave.[8]

Elias died on 27 October 1862, and was buried at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Cemetery in Paincourtville, Assumption Parish.[9]


  1. Various records indicate he could have been born in 1790 (age 60 in 1850); 1791 (age 69 in 1860); or 1792 (age 70 in 1862). The 1820 census offers an age range of 26-44 (1776-1794), and 1830 indicates a range of 30-40 (1790-1800). Of these choices, 1790 seems to fit best with births of siblings.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Diocese of Baton Rouge ("DOBR"), Catholic Church Records 1707-1900 (Baton Rouge, LA: Diocese of Baton Rouge Archives, 1978-2007), p.741; citing ASC-2, 241.
  3., Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812, database online (Provo, UT, USA : The Generations Network, Inc., 1998); Marion John Bennett Pierson, comp., Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812 (Baton Rouge, LA, USA: Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society, 1963); Eli Rivett, rank Private, company 8 Reg't. (Meriam's), La. Militia.
  4. 1820 U.S. Census, Assumption Parish, LA, population schedule (digital image), accessed 26 Oct 2007; p. 18-19, line 24, household of Elie Rivette; household consists of 2 FWM <10, 1 FWM 26-44, 1 FWF 16-25, 1 FWF 26-44, 1 FWF >45.
  5. 1830 U.S. Census, Assumption Ph., LA (Microcopy #M-19, Roll 43): shows Elie Rivette household with the following family members: 1 FWM <5, 1 FWM 5-10, 2 FWM 10-15, 1 FWM 30-40, 1 FWF <5, 1 FWF 30-40
  6. 1850 U.S. Census, Ascension Parish, LA, population schedule (digital image), accessed 26 Oct 2007; p.32, dw. 604, fa. 604, household of Elie Rivet; age 60, born La.
  7. 1860 U.S. Census, Ascension Parish, LA, population schedule (digital image), accessed 09 Oct 2009; Ward No. 2, p. 85, dw.#661, fam.#661, household of L. Revete, age 69.
  8. 1860 U.S. Census, Ascension Parish, LA, Slave Schedule (digital image), page number 17; right side, line 22, accessed 25 Oct 2014; slave owner L Revete.
  9. DOBR, vol. 9 (1858-1862), p.459; citing (SEZ-9, 84), age 70.

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