APPENDICES

Acadians Who Found Refuge in Louisiana, February 1764-early 1800s

RIVET

[rih-VET]

ACADIA

Étienne Rivet or Rivest, born in c1652, came to Acadia by c1676, the year he married Marie-Jeanne, or Marie-Anne, daughter of Pierre Comeau, at Port-Royal.  They settled on the Ste.-Famille side of the Pigiguit settlement in the Minas Basin, where Marie gave him five children, including a son who created a family of his own.  One of their daughters married into the Boudrot family.  In c1691, Étienne remarried to Catherine, whose surname has been lost to history, widow of Jean Labarre, but she gave him no more children.  In c1694, Étienne married a third time, to Cécile, daughter of François Joseph dit Lejeune, probably at Pigiguit.  She gave him three more children, including a son who created a family of his own.  Their two daughters married into the Toussaint dit Lajeunesse and Poupart families.  His older daughter settled in Canada.  Étienne died at Pigiguit before 1707, in his mid-50s.

Older son Étienne, fils, by his first wife, born at either Port-Royal or Minas in c1683, married Anne, daughter of Jacques Le Prince, probably at Pigiguit in c1708.  They had eight children at Pigiguit, including three sons who married into the Landry, Benoit, Forest, and Bonnière families.  Their three daughters married into the Landry and Forest families.  Étienne, fils and his two older sons remained at Pigiguit, but his two younger sons moved to Île St.-Jean, today's Prince Edward Island, by the mid-1750s. 

Younger son Jean-Baptiste, by his third wife, born probably at Pigiguit in c1704, married Madeleine, daughter of Mathurin Palin dit Dabonville, at Québec in July 1732.  Jean-Baptiste and Madeleine remained in Canada while his father and older half-brother remained at Pigiguit. 

In 1755, the descendants of Étienne Rivet, père  who were still in greater Acadia could be found at Pigiguit and on Île St.-Jean. 

LE GRAND DÉRANGEMENT

Le Grand Dérangement of the 1750s scattered this family even farther.  ...

LOUISIANA:  RIVER SETTLEMENTS

All of the Acadian Rivets who found refuge in Louisiana came from Maryland during the late 1760s:

Claire Rivet of Pigiguit age 42, and husband Bonaventure Forest, age 44, reached Louisiana in July 1767 with the second contingent of Acadians from Maryland.  With them were four daughters, ages 18 to 12.  They settled with the rest of the 1767 arrivals at St.-Gabriel d'Iberville, south of Baton Rouge.  Claire remarried to Abraham dit Petit Abram, son of fellow Acadian Abraham Landry and widower of Élisabeth LeBlanc and Marguerite Flan, probably at nearby Ascension in the 1770s.  Claire died at Ascension in March 1780; the priest who recorded her burial said that she was 62 years old when she died, but she was closer to 57. 

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Michel-Maxime Rivet of Pigiguit, age 28, Claire's nephew, and his siblings Marianne, age 28, Cyril, age 25, Blaise, age 21, and Marguerite, age 18, came to Louisiana in February 1768 with the third contingent of Acadian exiles from Maryland led by Alexis and Honoré Breau of Pigiguit.  Despite Acadian protests, Spanish Governor Ulloa forced the Breau party to go to the new Spanish post of San Luìs de Natchez, across from present-day Natchez, Mississippi, far from their kinsmen downriver.  While there, Michel-Maxime married a fellow exile.  In 1769, Ulloa's successor, General Alexandro O'Reilly, allowed the Breau party to leave Natchez and move downriver to other Acadian communities.  The Rivets chose St.-Gabriel, where their aunt had settled.  And there most of them remained:

Descendants of Michel-Maxime RIVET (c1740-?; Étienne, Étienne, fils)

Michel-Maxime, eldest son of Michel Rivet and his first wife Anne Landry, born at Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit in c1740, followed his family into exile in Maryland in 1755.  Colonial officials counted him with his orphaned siblings at Upper Marlborough in July 1763.  He came to Louisiana in 1768 with the large extended family led by the Breau brothers of Pigiguit and followed them to Fort San Luìs de Natchez, where he married Cécile, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Landry, in January 1769.  After Spanish authorities released them from Natchez, they moved downriver to St.-Gabriel d'Iberville.  His two sons remained at St. Gabriel, but two of his grandsons moved to the western prairies and started a western branch of the family. 

1

Older son Alexandre-Vital, called Vital and also Eustache, born at St.-Gabriel or New Orleans in August 1773, married Marie-Euphrosine, called Euphrosine, daughter of French Creole Antoine Lanclos, at St.-Gabriel in October 1802.  Their son Alexandre Rule was born near St. Gabriel in March 1807.  They also had a son named François.  Vital died near St. Gabriel, Iberville Parish, in September 1810; he was only 34 years old.  His two sons moved to the western prairies and settled near Grand Coteau. 

1a

François married Sidonise, daughter of French Creole Jean Baptiste Guidroz, at the Grand Coteau church, St. Landry Parish, in October 1823.  They remained in St. Landry Parish and created a western branch of the family there.

1b

Alexandre Rule married Aimée Asphasie, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste Hébert, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in July 1831.  They followed his older brother to the western prairies, where Alexandre remarried to a cousin. 

2

Younger son Michel-Marcel, called Marcel, baptized at St.-Gabriel, age unrecorded, in April 1778, married Madeleine, daughter of fellow Acadian François Babin, at St.-Gabriel in January 1799.  Their son Joseph Michel was born in Assumption Parish in March 1810 but died near St. Gabriel, age 1 1/2, in October 1811, and Marcellin Alcide was born in April 1819.  Their daughters married into the Bourgeois (French Creole, not Acadian), Guillory, and Toups families.

Cyrille RIVET (c1743-1792; Étienne, Étienne, fils)

Cyrille, second son of Michel Rivet and his first wife Anne Landry, born at Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit in c1743, followed his family into exile in Maryland in 1755.  Colonial officials counted him with his orphaned siblings at Upper Marlborough in July 1763.  He came to Louisiana in 1768 with the large extended family led by the Breau brothers of Pigiguit and followed them to Fort San Luìs de Natchez.  After Spanish authorities released them from Natchez, he followed his family to St.-Gabriel d'Iberville, where he married fellow Acadian Marguerite Richard, widow of Jean-Baptiste Forest, in May 1770.  Cyrille died at St.-Gabriel in October 1792; he was only 49 years old.  He fathered no sons, so this line of the family died with him. 

Descendants of Blaise RIVET (c1747-1797; Étienne, Étienne, fils)

Blaise, third and youngest son of Michel Rivet and his first wife Anne Landry, born at Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit in c1747, followed his family into exile in Maryland in 1755.  Colonial officials counted him with his orphaned siblings at Upper Marlborough in July 1763.  He came to Louisiana in 1768 with the large extended family led by the Breau brothers of Pigiguit and followed them to Fort San Luìs de Natchez.  After Spanish authorities released them from Natchez, he followed his family to St.-Gabriel d'Iberville, where he married Marie-Madeleine, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Noël of Minas, in April 1788.  Marie-Madeleine had come to Louisiana from France aboard La Bergère, the second of the Seven Ship, in 1785.  They lived near the boundary between St.-Gabriel and Ascension.  Their daughters married into the Badeaux and Charme families.  Blaise died at St.-Gabriel in September 1797; the priest who recorded his burial said that Blaise was 55 years old when he died, but he was only 50.  One of his sons settled on upper Bayou Lafourche, but the other one remained on the river. 

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Older son Vidal-Marcellin, called Marcellin, born at St.-Gabriel in October 1792, married Constance, daughter of French Creole Alexandre Dardenne, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in November 1823.  Their son Marcellin, fils was baptized at the St. Gabriel church, age 2 1/2 months, in September 1828, and Faustin in November 1830.  Their daughter married into the Braud family.

2

Younger son Élie, born probably at St.-Gabriel in the early 1790s, married Madeleine, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Lambert, fils, at the Donaldson church, Ascension Parish, in January 1817.  They settled on upper Bayou Lafourche. 

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In early 1769, Étienne Rivet III of Pigiguit, age 52, now a widower, older brother of Claire and uncle of the Rivet siblings, sailed to Louisiana from Port Tobacco, Maryland, in the fourth (and what proved to be the final) contingent of Acadian exiles from Maryland, aboard the ill-fated English vessel Britannia.  With him were four sons--Étienne, fils, age 21, François, age 18, Pierre, age 16, and Théodore, age 14.  After their harrowing adventures on the Texas coast and a long overland trek from La Bahía, Texas, Étienne and his sons arrived at Natchitoches on the Red River in October 1769.  The Spanish authorities in New Orleans allowed them to join their kinsmen at St.-Gabriel.  Étienne, père remarried to Élisabeth, or Isabelle, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Landry, at nearby Ascension in the early summer of 1774, but she gave him no more children.  Étienne, père died at Ascension in April 1779; he was 62 years old.  His four sons remained on the river, but only two of them created families of their own. 

Étienne RIVET, fils (c1748-?; Étienne, Étienne, fils)

Étienne, fils, eldest son of Étienne Rivet III and his first wife Claire Forest, born at Pigiguit in c1748, followed his family into exile in Maryland in 1755.  Colonial officials counted him with his widowed father and siblings at Upper Marlborough in July 1763.  He came to Louisiana in 1769 aboard the ill-fated ship Britannia.  After that, he disappears from South Louisiana church records.  Did he remain in Texas?  Did he remain at Natchitoches after his family arrived there from Texas in October 1769? 

François RIVET (c1751-?; Étienne, Étienne, fils)

François, second son of Étienne Rivet III and his first wife Claire Forest, born at Pigiguit in c1751, followed his family into exile in Maryland in 1755.  Colonial officials counted him with his widowed father and siblings at Upper Marlborough in July 1763.  He came to Louisiana in 1769 aboard the ill-fated ship Britannia and settled near relatives at St.-Gabriel d'Iberville.  Spanish officials counted him there, along the "left bank ascending," in 1777.  He was still a bachelor.  He may not have married. 

Descendants of Pierre RIVET (c1752-; Étienne, Étienne, fils)

Pierre, third son of Étienne Rivet III and his first wife Claire Forest, born at Pigiguit in c1752, followed his family into exile in Maryland in 1755.  Colonial officials counted him with his widowed father and siblings at Upper Marlborough in July 1763.  He came to Louisiana in 1769 aboard the ill-fated ship Britannia and settled near relatives on the Acadian Coast.  He married Marie-Anne, Marie-Josèphe, or Anne-Josèphe, called Josette, daughter of fellow Acadian Simon-Pierre Braud, at St.-Jacques in February 1777.  They settled at St.-Gabriel.  Their daughters married into the Hernandez family. 

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Oldest son Pierre, fils, also called Pierrette, born at St.-Gabriel in February 1783, married fellow Acadian Constance Hébert probably at St.-Gabriel early in the 1800s, and remarried to Marie Marthe, daughter of Spanish Creole Diego Hernandez and widow of Simon Hébert, at St.-Gabriel in April 1807; Marie's mother was a Babin.  Their son Pierre III was born near St.-Gabriel in March 1808 but died at age 18 months in August 1809, Louis was born in May 1810 but died at age 7 1/2 in October 1817, and Auguste Valmont, called Valmont, was born in August 1812.  Pierre, fils remarried again--his third marriage--to Héloise, also called Élisabeth, Élise, and Marie Françoise, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph LeBlanc, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in July 1815.  Their son Napoléon was born near St. Gabriel in March 1818, Jean Arvillien, called Arvillien, in January 1819, and Pierre Renard dit Enos in October 1824.  Pierre, fils died near St.-Gabriel in September 1824; he was only 41 years old. 

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Auguste Valmont, by his second wife, married Marie Virginie, called Virginie, daughter of Jean Danos, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in October 1833; Virginie's mother was a LeBlanc.  Their son Pierre Valmont was born near St. Gabriel in August 1834, Joseph Premila in November 1836, and Janvier died a newborn in January 1842.  Their daughter married into the Whaley family.  Auguste Valmont died near St. Gabriel in September 1845; he was only 33 years old. 

Pierre Valmont married Ophelia, daughter of fellow Acadian Narcisse Bujole, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in July 1860.  During the War Between the States, Pierre Valmont served probably as a conscript in Company I of the 2nd Regiment Louisiana Cavalry, raised in Iberville Parish, which fought in Louisiana.  He enlisted at Camp Thompson, False River, in September 1862 and spent much time on the sick roll over the next several months. 

1b

Jean Arvillien, by his third wife, married Marie Roseline, called Roseline, daughter of fellow Acadian David Landry, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in June 1839.  Their son Auguste Arvillien was born near St. Gabriel in October 1859.  Their daughters married into the Comeaux and Roth families.

1c

Pierre Renard dit Enos married Marie Lidori, called Lidori, daughter of fellow Acadian Étienne Comeaux, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in November 1846.  Their son Pierre Barnabé was born near St. Gabriel in June 1849, and Joseph was born near Plaquemine in August 1852.  Their daughter married into the Daigre family.  Pierre Renard dit Enos died near St. Gabriel in August 1853; he was only 28 years old. 

2

Auguste, born at St.-Gabriel in March 1784, probably died young. 

3

François Xavier, called Xavier, born at St.-Gabriel in May 1787, married Marie, daughter of fellow Acadian Xavier Robichaux and widow of Magloire Duplessis, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in September 1832.  Their daughter married into the Landry family.  Xavier died near St. Gabriel in January 1859; the priest who recorded his burial said that Xavier died at "age 67 years," but he was 71.  Did he father any sons? 

4

Louis, born at St.-Gabriel in September 1789, married Marie Françoise or Marie Henriette, called Henriette, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph LeBlanc, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in October 1821.  Their son Louis, fils was born near St. Gabriel in October 1826, a son, name unrecorded, died an infant in September 1828, Joseph Trasimond, called Trasimond, was born in July 1831, Gustave in August 1833 but died at age 6 in July 1840, Pierre Ernest, called Ernest, was born in July 1835, Pierre Cleopha, called Cleopha, in September 1841, and Omer in July 1844.  Their daughter married into the Chapoton family.  Louis died near St. Gabriel in February 1848; the priest who recorded the burial, and who did not bother to give any parents' names or even mention a wife, said that Louis died at "age 61 years," but he was 58. 

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Louis, fils married Augustine, daughter of Ulysse Chaboisseau, at the Plaquemine church, Iberville Parish, in September 1855.  They remained near Plaquemine on the west side of the river.  Their son Louis Ulysse was born in September 1857 but died at age 4 1/2 in June 1862, Engelbert was born in November 1859, Joseph Auguste  in March 1864, Amilcar in December 1867, and Jean Ives in June 1870.

4b

Ernest married Marie Melinda, called Melinda, daughter of Anglo-American John Ross, at the Plaquemine church, Iberville Parish, in September 1859.  Their son Joseph Ernest was born near Plaquemine in June 1861, Albert in October 1867, and Roger in March 1870.  During the War Between the States, Ernest served probably as a conscript in Companies D and I of the 30th Regiment/Battalion Louisiana Infantry, which fought in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.  Ernest was captured at Nashville, Tennessee, in December 1864, was sent to the military prison at Louisville, Kentucky, and then to the prisoner-of-war compound at Camp Douglas, Illinois.  The Federals did not release him until June 1865.  He returned to his family at Plaquemine. 

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Youngest son Jérôme, born at St.-Gabriel in March 1792, married Héloise, also called Marie Élisabeth and Félicité, daughter of fellow Acadian Grégoire Melançon, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in January 1817.  Their son Jérôme Rosémond was born near St. Gabriel in December 1817.  Their daughters married into the Babin and Melançon families.  Jérôme died near St. Gabriel in April 1826; the priest who recorded his burial said that Jérôme was 30 years old when he died, but he was 34. 

Jérôme Rosémond married Marie Émilie, daughter of fellow Acadian Valéry LeBlanc, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in February 1839.  Their son Jérôme Théodose Rosémond was born posthumously in Ascension Parish in January 1840.  Jérôme Rosémond died in Ascension Parish in September 1839; he was only 22 years old.

Descendants of Théodore RIVET (c1754-1792; Étienne, Étienne, fils)

Théodore, sometimes called François, fourth and youngest son of Étienne Rivet III and his first wife Claire Forest, born at Pigiguit in c1754, followed him family into exile in Maryland in 1755.  Colonial officials counted him with his widowed father and siblings at Upper Marlborough in July 1763.  He came to Louisiana in 1769 aboard the ill-fated ship Britannia and settled near his relatives at St.-Gabriel d'Iberville, where he married Esther, daughter of fellow Acadian Bonaventure LeBlanc, in December 1779.  Their daughters married into the Forbes, Hatch, and Pringle families.  Théodore died at St.-Gabriel in August 1792; he was only 37 years old.  One of this grandsons moved to the western prairies. 

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Oldest son Joseph-Théodore, born at St.-Gabriel in February in February 1782, married Marie Henriette, called Henriette, daughter of fellow Acadian Alexandre Landry, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in February 1813.  Their son Maxille was baptized at the St. Gabriel church, age 7 months, in May 1814, and Joseph, fils was born in February 1821.  Their daughters married into the Dupré, Lanclos, Mallet, and Rivet families and settled on the western prairies.  Joseph died near St. Gabriel in January 1825; the priest who recorded his burial said that Joseph was 40 years old when he died, but he was 43.  One of his sons moved to the western prairies. 

Joseph, fils married Émilie, daughter of fellow Acadian Élisée Cormier, at the Opelousas church, St. Landry Parish, in May 1843.  They remained in St. Landry Parish. 

2

Théodore, fils, born at St.-Gabriel in October 1787, died near St. Gabriel, Iberville Parish, in September 1817.  The priest who recorded his burial, and who did not give his parents' names or mention a wife, said that Théodore was 24 years old when he died, but he was closer to 30.  He probably did not marry. 

3

Youngest son Isidore, born at St.-Gabriel in March 1792, married Clothilde, daughter of Spanish Creole Jean Morales of Baton Rouge and widow of Pierre Cole, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in September 1820.  Their son Antoine was born probably near St. Gabriel in c1824, André in April 1827, and Simon Octave in August 1829.  Their daughter married into the Braud and Esclapon families.  Isidore died near St. Gabriel in November 1835; the priest who recorded his burial said that Isidore was 49 years old when he died, but he was only 43. 

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Antoine married Gertrude, daughter of French Creole Paul Rivière, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in February 1846; Gertrude's mother was a Landry.  Their son Juste Amant was born near St. Gabriel in August 1852.  Antoine died near St. Gabriel in October 1853; he was only 29 years old. 

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Simon Octave, called a resident of New Orleans by the recording priest, married Marguerite Joséphine, called Joséphine, daughter of fellow Acadian Narcisse Landry, at the Brusly church, West Baton Rouge Parish, in July 1860.  Their son Georges Samuel Henri was born near Brusly in March 1870.  During the War Between the States, Simon Octave served probably as a conscript in Company H of the 4th Regiment Louisiana Infantry, raised in West Baton Rouge Parish, which fought in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.  Simon's service, however, was marred by illness.  He enlisted in the company in September 1862, when he was 33 years old, and remained with his unit until he fell sick in camp at Dalton, Georgia, in late 1863.  According to his Confederate service record, he "Deserted at Dalton ..." in December 1863, but other entries in his file indicate that he probably went home on extended sick leave and did not return to the regiment.  Simon's war service did not wreck his health.  He worked in the Baton Rouge clerk of court's office after the war and died in West Baton Rouge Parish in January 1903; he was 73 years old.  He was buried in the church cemetery at Brusly. 

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Other RIVETs on the River

Area church and civil records make it difficult to link some Rivets on the river with known Acadian lines of the family there.  The priest at Donaldsonville was especially remiss in his record keeping:

Pierre Rivet died near St. Gabriel, Iberville Parish, in May 1830.  The priest who recorded Pierre's burial did not bother to give his parents' names, mention a wife, or even give his age at the time of his death. 

Modeste Rivet married Albert de Medina at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in April 1857.  The priest who recorded the marriage did not bother to give the couple's parents' names. 

Joseph Rivet died in Ascension Parish in April 1868.  The Donalsonville priest who recorded the burial, and who did not bother to give any parents' names, said that Joseph died at "age a few months." 

Joseph Rivet died in Ascension Parish in December 1870.  The Donalsonville priest who recorded the burial, and who did not bother to give any parents' names, said that Joseph died at "age 4 days." 

LOUISIANA:  LAFOURCHE VALLEY SETTLEMENTS

In the 1810s, an Acadian Rivet moved from the river to upper Bayou Lafourche and created a second center of family settlement:

Descendants of Élie RIVET (c1792-1862; Étienne, Étienne, fils, Michel)

Élie, younger son of Blaise Rivet and Marie-Madeleine Noël, born probably at St.-Gabriel in c1792, married Madeleine, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Lambert, fils, at the Donaldson church, Ascension Parish, in January 1817.  They settled on upper Bayou Lafourche.   Their daughter married into the Jeantrid family.  Élie died near Paincourtville, Assumption Parish, in October 1862; the priest who recorded his burial said that Élie died at "age 70 years."

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Oldest son Edmond Clément, born in Assumption Parish in November 1817, married Eurasie, daughter of French Creole Noël Cousin, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in November 1839.  They settled perhaps on the upper bayou.  Their son Joseph Marcellus, called Marcellus, was born in Ascension Parish in January 1844.

Marcellus married Rosalie, daughter of Francis Pastor, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in January 1870.  They, too, may have settled on the upper bayou. 

2

Isidore Élie, born in Assumption Parish in July 1821, married Carmelite, daughter of Spanish Creole Remon Bermeyo, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in February 1841.  Their son Joseph Nichols, perhaps called Nicaise, was born near Paincourtville, Assumption Parish, in May 1844, Joseph Lovinsky, called Lovinsky, in August 1848, Joseph Wilfred in October 1853, Elphége in October 1858, Joseph Léo in September 1860, and Joseph Felo in August 1864.  Their daughters married into the Landry family, one on lower Bayou Teche.   At least two of Isidore's sons settled on lower Bayou Teche after the War Between the States. 

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Lovinsky married Emma, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Landry, at the Paincourtville church, Assumption Parish, in February 1868, and settled near Patoutville, now Lydia, Iberia Parish, on lower Bayou Teche. 

2b

Joseph Nichols may have died near Patoutville, now Lydia, Iberia Parish, in August 1870.  The priest who recorded the burial, and who did not bother to give any parents' names or even mention a wife, said that Nicaise, as he called him, died "at age 26 yrs."; Joseph Nichols would have been exactly that age, so this probably was him.  Did he marry? 

3

Marcellin, born probably in Assumption Parish in the early 1820s, married cousin Marie Dulcine, called Dulcine, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Aubin LeBlanc, at the Paincourtville church, Assumption Parish, in February 1840; they had to secure a dispensation for third degree of consanguinity in order to marry.  Their son Joseph Valière, called Valière, was born in Assumption Parish in August 1842.  Their daughter married into the LeBlanc family. 

During the War Between the States, Valière served in Company H of the 29th (Thomas's) Regiment Louisiana Infantry, raised in Assumption Parish, which fought at Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Valière married Celima, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Marie Richard, at the Paincourtville church, Assumption Parish, in April 1864, while he was waiting for his regiment to be exchanged.  Their son Joseph Alcée was born near Paincourtville in March 1868. 

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A son, name unrecorded, died in Assumption Parish at age 5 months in September 1825.

5

Paul, a twin, born in Assumption Parish in June 1827, married Velleda, daughter of fellow Acadian Paul Pharon LeBlanc, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in February 1854, and remarried to Marceline or Marcellite, daughter of Spanish Creole André Morales, at the Paincourtville church, Assumption Parish, in February 1857.  Their son Adam Cenas was born in Ascension Parish in September 1858, Léocade Joachim in January 1860, a child, name and age unrecorded, perhaps a son, died near Brûlé St. Martin, Assumption Parish, in March 1862, and Paul Prosper was born near Paincourtville, Assumption Parish, in July 1869. 

6

Martin, born probably at Assumption in the 1830s, married Jeanette, daughter of Spanish Creole Laurence Montero, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in July 1858.  They may have settled on the upper bayou near the boundaries between Ascension and Assumption parishes.  Their son Armand Martin was born in December 1866.  During the War Between the States, Martin served in Company E of the 29th (Thomas's) Regiment Louisiana Infantry, raised in Ascension Parish, which fought at Vicksburg, Mississippi. 

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Youngest son Joseph Arvillien was born in Assumption Parish in July 1842.

Other RIVETs in the Lafourche Valley

Area church and civil records make it difficult to link some Rivets in the Bayou Lafourche valley with known Acadian lines of the family there:

Henry Rivet married Acadian Marie-Josèphe Breaux and settled in Lafourche Interior Parish by the early 1830s. 

Pierre Rivet married Acadian Céleste Hébert and settled in Lafourche Interior Parish by the early 1830s. 

Mathias Rivet married German Creole Mathilde Houfnaque or Oufnague.  Their son Florentin Gustave was born near Paincourtville, Assumption Parish, in October 1859.

LOUISIANA:  WESTERN SETTLEMENTS

Beginning in the early 1820s, Acadian Rivets from the river, including two brothers, moved to the western prairies, creating a third center of family settlement in St. Landry and St. Martin parishes: 

Descendants of François RIVET (c1805-; Étienne, Étienne, fils, Michel, Michel-Maxime)

François, elder son of Alexandre Vital Rivet and Marie Euphrosine Lanclos, born probably at St. Gabriel in c1805, married Sidonise, daughter of French Creole Jean Baptiste Guidroz, at the Grand Coteau church, St. Landry Parish, in October 1823.  Their daughter married into the Roy (French Creole, not Acadian) family.  François died near Grand Coteau in May 1827; he was only 22 years old; his estate records were filed at the Opelousas courthouse, St. Landry Parish, in January 1828 and March 1845.

François, fils, born in St. Landry Parish in August 1826, married Adeline Alexandra, daughter of French Creole Alexandre Delhomme, at the Breaux Bridge church, St. Martin Parish, in March 1850.  They settled near Breaux Bridge.  Their son François III was born in September 1851, Alexandre in December 1859, and Joseph Jean Baptiste in December 1863. 

Descendants of Alexandre Rule RIVET (1807-c1837; Étienne, Étienne, fils, Michel, Michel-Maxime)

Alexandre Rule, younger son of Alexandre Vital Rivet and Marie Euphrosine Lanclos, born at St. Gabriel in March 1807, married Aimée or Anne Aspasie, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste Hébert, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in July 1831.  They followed his older brother to the western prairies.  Alexandre remarried to cousin Marie Eugènie, called Eugènie, daughter of Joseph Rivet of St. Gabriel, at the Grand Coteau church, St. Landry Parish, in May 1836.  Alexandre's estate record was filed at the Opelousas courthouse, St. Landry Parish, in September 1837; he would have been 30 years old that year.  One of his sons settled near Arnaudville, St. Landry Parish. 

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Older son Jean Baptiste, by his first wife, married Marie Sylvanie, called Sylvanie, daughter of French Canadian Georges Lalonde, at the Grand Coteau church, St. Landry Parish, in January 1852; Sylvanie's mother was a Boutin.  They settled near Arnaudville.  Their son Joseph Alcée or Alexis, called Alexis, was born in October 1854 but died at age 7 1/2 in June 1862, Alexandre le jeune was born in September 1856, Jean Baptiste, fils in August 1862, Joseph Arthur in April 1866 but died in May, and a child, name unrecorded, perhaps a son, died "at age 3 days" in July 1867.  Their daughter married a Lanclos cousin. 

2

Younger son Alexandre, fils, by his first wife, was born in St. Landry Parish in May 1835. 

Descendants of Joseph RIVET (1821-?; Étienne, Étienne, fils, Étienne III, Théodore)

Joseph, fils, younger son of Joseph Théodore Rivet and Marie Henriette Landry, born near St. Gabriel, Iberville Parish, in February 1821, married Émilie or Émelia, daughter of fellow Acadian Élisée Cormier, at the Opelousas church, St. Landry Parish, in May 1843.  They settled near Arnaudville.  Their daughter married into the Hargroder family.  Joseph, fils remarried to Anaïs, another daughter of Élisée Cormier, in a civil ceremony in St. Landry Parish in July 1870; Joseph, fils was 49 years old at the time of the wedding. 

1

Oldest son Joseph Numa, by his first wife, born in St. Landry Parish in September 1848, married Marie Françoise Lanclos in a civil ceremony in St. Landry Parish in December 1870.   

2

Louis Félix, by his first wife, was born near Grand Coteau in March 1853. 

3

Adam, by his first wife, was born near Arnaudville, St. Landry Parish, in August 1862. 

Other RIVETs on the Western Prairies

Area church and civil records make it difficult to link at least one Rivet in the western parishes with Acadian lines of the family there:

Henry Rivet married Spanish Creole Aspasie Castille and settled near Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish, by the late 1850s. 

NON-ACADIAN FAMILIES in LOUISIANA

Not all of the Rivets who settled in South Louisiana were Acadians.  Some of them, from Canada and France, settled on the Acadian Coast and in the Bayou Lafourche valley during the late colonial and early antebellum periods: 

Iago, or Jago, son of Joseph Rivet and M. Methode of L'Assomption, Canada, died at Ascension in August 1799.  He was only 30 years old.  One wonders if he was a Canadian kinsman of the Acadian Rivets at nearby St.-Gabriel. 

Antoine, son of Halaya Rivet, "creole of London," was born near St.-Gabriel in July 1799. 

Jacque César, called César, caboteur en pirogue, son of Guillaume Rivette and Marie Anne Orent of Toulon, Department of Rhone, France, married Mélanie, daughter of Acadian Jean Baptiste Pitre, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in April 1826.  César died "at the home of Widow Violin" in Assumption Parish in December 1833; he was only 45 years old. 

Léon, age 4, and Lina, age 2, children of "Mr. Rivet of France," died near Baton Rouge in May 1850. 

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A Foreign-French Rivet family on Bayou Lafourche was especially prolific: 

Descendants of Pierre RIVET (?-)

Pierre, son of Michel Rivet and Jeanne LeBeaupain of St.-Nicolas, Nantes, France, married Marie Scholastique, called Scholastique, daughter of French Creole Joseph Maillet or Mayet, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in December 1832; Scholastique's mother was an Hébert.  One wonders if Pierre was an Acadian Rivet whose parents or grandparents had remained in France in 1785.  His daughters married into the Abadie, Authement, Grabert, and Theriot families.  Living in the Bayou Lafourche valley, it was inevitable that a number of Pierre's descendants married Acadians. 

1

Oldest son Pierre François, called François, born in Lafourche Interior Parish in September 1833, married Marie, daughter of Acadian Eugène Robichaux, at the Raceland church, Lafourche Parish, in May 1854.

2

Louis Treville, born in Assumption Parish in May 1839, married Estellina, daughter of Acadian Jean Baptiste Molaison, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in October 1866.  Their son Joseph Oliva was born near Lockport, Lafourche Parish, in January 1868. 

3

Pierre Serasime, born in Lafourche Interior Parish in December 1841, married German Creole Philomène Matherne probably in Lafourche Parish in the early 1860s.  Their son Antoine Toussaint was born near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in November 1865, and Pierre Joseph in October 1869. 

4

Youngest son Eugène was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in December 1846. 

CONCLUSION

Rivets settled early in Acadia, and they came fairly early to Louisiana.  All of them, natives of Pigiguit, came to Louisiana from Maryland in 1767, 1768, and 1769 and settled on the Acadian Coast.  During the antebellum period and immediate post-war periods, some of their descendants moved to Bayou Lafourche and to the western prairies, creating smaller centers of family settlement there.  But the majority of Acadian Rivets remained on river, especially in Iberville Parish, where their immigrant ancestors had gone. 

A few non-Acadian Rivets settled in predominantly-Acadian communities during the late colonial and early antebellum periods.  Pierre Rivet of St.-Nicolas, Nantes, France, created a substantial family line on Bayou Lafourche in the 1830s.  One wonders if Pierre was descended from an Acadian Rivet who remained in France in 1785, or if he was simply a Foreign Frenchman from Brittany.  ...

The family's name also is spelled Ribet, Rivais, Rivert, Rivete, Rivette, Riviere.

Sources:  Arsenault, Généalogie, 1430-32, 2380, 2581; BRDR, vols. 1a(rev.), 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5(rev.), 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; Hébert, D., Acadians in Exile, 385, 573; Hébert, D., South LA Records, vols. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, vols. 1-A, 1-B, 2-B, 2-C, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; Kinnaird, "The Revolutionary Period, 1765-81," 140-42; NOAR, vol. 3; <perso.orange.fr/froux/St_malo_arrivees/5bateaux.htm>, Family No. 160; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 704-05; White, DGFA-1, 1399-1402; White, DGFA-1 English, 182, 293; Mardell Sibley, descendant.  

Settlement Abbreviations 
(present-day parishes that existed during the War Between the States in parenthesis; hyperlinks on the abbreviations take you to brief histories of each settlement):

Asc

Ascension

Lf

Lafourche (Lafourche, Terrebonne)

PCP

Pointe Coupée

Asp

Assumption

Natc

Natchitoches (Natchitoches)

SB San Bernardo (St. Bernard)

Atk

Attakapas (St. Martin, St. Mary, Lafayette, Vermilion)

Natz

San Luìs de Natchez (Concordia)

StG

St.-Gabriel d'Iberville (Iberville)

BdE

Bayou des Écores (East Baton Rouge, West Feliciana)

NO

New Orleans (Orleans)

StJ

St.-Jacques de Cabanocé (St. James)

BR

Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge)

Op

Opelousas (St. Landry, Calcasieu)

For a chronology of Acadian Arrivals in Louisiana, 1764-early 1800s, see Appendix.

The hyperlink attached to an individual's name is connected to a list of Acadian immigrants for a particular settlement and provides a different perspective on the refugee's place in family and community. 

Name Arrived Settled Profile
Blaise RIVET 01 Feb 1768 Natz, StG born c1747, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son of Michel RIVET & his first wife Anne LANDRY; brother of Cyrille, Marguerite, Marianne, & Michel-Maxime; exiled to MD 1755, age 8; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Blaise RIVETTE, orphan, with siblings; arrived LA 1768, age 21; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Luìs de Natchez, 1768, called Blas, age 21, with siblings; moved to St.-Gabriel; in St.-Gabriel census, 1777, left bank ascending, called Blaise RIVETTE, age 25 [sic], bachelor, with 7 cattle, [0 horses?] 11 or 17 hogs, 12 fowl, 6 arpents; married, age 41, Marie-Madeleine, daughter of Pierre NOËL & Marie-Madeleine BARBE of Minas & England, 1 Apr 1788, St.-Gabriel; died [buried] St.-Gabriel 29 Sep 1797, age 55[sic]
Claire RIVET 02 Jul 1767 StG, Asc born c1723, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; daughter of Étienne RIVET & Anne LEPRINCE; sister of Étienne; married, age 18, (1)Bonaventure, son of Pierre FORET & Madeleine BABIN of Pigiguit, brother of her brother Étienne's wife Claire, c1745, Pigiguit; exiled to MD 1755, age 32; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, age 38, called Claire FORAY, with husband, 3 daughters, & orphan Joseph BOUDREAU; arrived LA 1767, age 44; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Clara, age 42, with husband, 4 daughters, & Josef PRENS; married (2)Abraham dit Petit Abram, son of Abraham LANDRY & Marie GUILBEAU, & widower of Élisabeth LEBLANC & Marguerite FLAN, 1770s, probably Ascension; in Ascension census, 1777, right [west] bank, called Clair, age 62[sic], with husband, daughter Anne[-Rose] BONNANT [FORET], & stepson Joseph LANDRY dit Dios; died [buried] Ascension, 22 Mar 1780, age 62[sic]
Cyrille RIVET 03 Feb 1768 Natz, StG born c1743, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son of Michel RIVET & his first wife Anne LANDRY; brother of Blaise, Marguerite, Marianne, & Michel-Maxime; exiled to MD 1755, age 12; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Sirille RIVETTE, orphan, with siblings; arrived LA 1768, age 25; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Luìs de Natchez, 1768, called Siril [called wife!], age 25, with siblings; moved to St.-Gabriel; married, age 27, Marguerite, daughter of Joseph RICHARD & Marie LEBLANC of Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit, & widow of Jean-Baptiste FORET, 7 May 1770, probably St.-Gabriel; in St.-Gabriel census, 1777, left bank ascending, called Sirille RIVETTE, age 42[sic], with wife [Marguerite] age 27, 1 [step-?]son [Moïse FORET?] age 13, 1 [step-?] daughter [Marie FORET?] age 10, 10 cattle, [0 horses?] 15 hogs, 20 fowl, 6 arpents; died [buried] St.-Gabriel 2 Oct 1792, age 49
Étienne RIVET, père 04 Oct 1769 Natc, StG, Asc born c1717, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son of Étienne RIVET & Anne LEPRINCE; brother of Claire; married, age 26, (1)Claire, daughter of Pierre FORET & Madeleine BABIN of Pigiguit, sister of his sister Claire's husband Bonaventure, c1743, Pigiguit; exiled to MD 1755, age 38; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Étienne RIVETTE, widower, with sons Étienne, Francois, Jean, Pierre, & Théodore; departed Port Tobacco, MD, 5 Jan 1769, aboard English schooner Britannia with 4 sons; lost in the Gulf of Mexico & held by Spanish at La Bahia, TX; arrived Natchitoches, LA, 24 Oct 1769, overland from TX, age 46[sic]; married, age 57, (2)Élisabeth/Isabelle, daughter of Pierre LANDRY & Claire BABIN, Jun or July 1774, Ascension, now Donaldsonville, but resident of "St. Gabriel at Manchac"; in St.-Gabriel census, 1777, left bank ascending, called Estiene RIVETTE, "père," age 43[sic], with unnamed wife [Isabelle] age 30[sic], 1 son [?] age 14, 12 cattle, 2 horses, 12 hogs, 14 fowl, 10 arpents; died [buried] Ascension 10 Apr 1779, age 62
Étienne RIVET, fils 05 Oct 1769 Natc born c1748, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son of Étienne RIVET & his first wife Claire FORET; brother of François, Pierre, & Théodore; exiled to MD 1755, age 7; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Etienne RIVETTE, with widowed father & brothers; departed Port Tobacco, MD, 5 Jan 1769 aboard English schooner Britannia with parents & siblings; lost in the Gulf of Mexico & held by Spanish at La Bahia, TX; arrived Natchitoches, LA, 24 Oct 1769, overland from TX, age 21?
François RIVET 06 Oct 1769 Natc, StG born c1751, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son of Étienne RIVET & his first wife Claire FORET; brother of Étienne, fils, Pierre, & Théodore; exiled to MD 1755, age 4; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, July 1763, called François RIVETTE, with widowed father & brothers; departed Port Tobacco, MD, 5 Jan 1769 aboard English schooner Britannia with parents & siblings; lost in the Gulf of Mexico & held by Spanish at La Bahia, TX; arrived Natchitoches, LA, 24 Oct 1769, overland from TX, age 18; in St.-Gabriel census, 1777, left bank ascending, called Fransois[sic] RIVETTE, fis garcon, age 20[sic; probably closer to 26], with no wife or children, 4 cattle, [0 horses?] 8 hogs, 12 fowl, 6 arpents
Marguerite RIVET 07 Feb 1768 Natz born c1750, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; daughter of Michel RIVET & his first wife Anne LANDRY; sister of Blaise, Cyrille, Marianne, & Michel-Maxime; exiled to MD 1755, age 5; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Pelagie RIVETTE, orphan, with siblings?; arrived LA 1768, 18; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Luìs de Natchez, 1768, called Margarita, age 18, with siblings
Marianne RIVET 08 Feb 1768 Natz born c1740, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; also called Anne; daughter of Michel RIVET & his first wife Anne LANDRY; sister of Blaise, Cyrille, Marguerite, & Michel-Maxime, who may have been her twin; exiled to MD 1755, age 15; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Anne RIVETTE, orphan, with siblings; arrived LA 1768, 28; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Luìs de Natchez, 1768, called Marianne, age 28, with siblings; married, age 28, Pierre, corporal of Spanish troops, son of Ferdinand RIBOLLE & Paule-Marie JESQUES of Fuente Vergona, Parish of Cordovan, Spain, 9 Aug 1768, San Luìs de Natchez
Michel-Maxime RIVET 09 Feb 1768 Natz, StG born c1740, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son of Michel RIVET & his first wife Anne LANDRY; brother of Blaise, Cyrille, Marguerite, & Marianne, who may have been his twin; exiled to MD 1755, age 15; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Michel-Maxime RIVETTE, orphan, with siblings; arrived LA 1768, age 28; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Luìs de Natchez, 1768, called Miguel RIBET, age 28, with brothers Siril [called his wife!] age 25, Blas age 21, sisters Marianne age 28, Margarita age 18, & 6 arpents; married, age 32, Cécile, daughter of Joseph LANDRY & Marie DUGAS, 23 Jan 1769, San Luìs de Natchez; moved to St.-Gabriel; in St.-Gabriel census, 1777, left bank ascending, called Macsime RIVETTE, age 40[sic], with unnamed wife [Cécile] age 37, 2 unnamed daughters ages 3 & 1, 1 unnamed twin son age 1, 9 cattle, [0 horses?] 7 hogs, 12 fowl, 6 arpents
Pierre RIVET 10 Oct 1769 Natc, StJ born c1752, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son of Étienne RIVET & his first wife Claire FORET; brother of Étienne, fils, François, & Théodore; exiled to MD 1755, age 3; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Pierre RIVETTE, with widowed father & brothers; departed Port Tobacco, MD, 5 Jan 1769 aboard English schooner Britannia with parents & siblings; lost in the Gulf of Mexico & held by Spanish at La Bahia, TX; arrived Natchitoches, LA, 24 Oct 1769, overland from TX, age 16; married, age 25, Marie-Anne, called Anne, daughter of Simon-Pierre BREAUX & Marguerite LANDRY, 3 Feb 1777, St.-Jacques
Théodore RIVET 11 Oct 1769 Natc, StG born c1754, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son of Étienne RIVET & his first wife Claire FORET; brother of Étienne, fils, François, & Pierre; exiled to MD 1755, age 1; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Theodore RIVETTE, with widowed father & brothers; departed Port Tobacco, MD, 5 Jan 1769 aboard English schooner Britannia with parents & siblings; lost in the Gulf of Mexico & held by Spanish at La Bahia, TX; arrived Natchitoches, LA, 24 Oct 1769, overland from TX, age 14; married, age 25, Esther, daughter of Bonaventure LEBLANC & Marie THÉRIOT, 1 Dec 1779, St.-Gabriel; died [buried] St.-Gabriel, 22 Aug 1792, age 37

NOTES

01.  Wall of Names, 24, calls him Blaise RIVET; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2581; BRDR, 2:565, 634 (SGA-14, 11), his marriage record, calls him Blas RIVET, calls his wife Maria-Magdalena NOËL, gives his & his wife's parents' names, calls his father Miguel, says his parents were "of Acadia" & hers were "of England," & that the witnesses to his marriage were Charle AUCOIN [her brother-in-law] & Siril RIVET [his brother]; BRDR, 2:634 (SGA-8, 21, #115), his death/burial record, calls him Blaze RIVET, age 55 years of Acadia & spouse of Maria NOEL, gives his parents' names, & calls his father Santiago.   See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 436; De Ville, St. Gabriel Census, 1777, 8. 

His estimated birth year is taken from the age given in the Spanish report of Feb 1768, not the St.-Gabriel census of 1777 or his burial record.

His wife's parents were "of England" in the sense that they were Minas Acadians who had been exiled to VA in 1755 & deported to England in 1756.  They married in England in c1756, probably soon after they got there.  Marie-Madeleine was born in England in c1757, & brother Jean-Baptiste in c1759.  The family was repatriated to St.-Malo, France, aboard L'Ambition in May 1763.  They lived at St.-Servan, near St.-Malo, from at 1763 to at least 1772; sister Marie-Marguerite, called Marguerite, was born at St.-Servan in Feb 1764.  See Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 640-41, Family No. 741.  For Marie-Madeleine & Marguerite's voyage from France to LA aboard La Bergère, the second of the 7 ships of 1785, see Hébert, D., Acadian Families in Exile 1785, 12-13.  Marie-Madeleine was age 28 in 1785 & Marguerite, though already a widow, was only 22.  Marguerite married middle-aged Charles AUCOIN at Lafourche in Jan 1786 & settled on the upper bayou.  Judging from a baptismal record, dated 19 May 1786, in BRDR, 2:565 (SJA-3, 2), Marguerite's brother Jean-Baptiste, called Baptiste, also must have come to LA in 1785, & married fellow Acadian Madeleine DUGAS. 

Why did the St.-Gabriel priest call Blaise's father Santiago, or Jacques, in his burial record?

02.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Claire RIVET; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2488; White, DGFA-1, 1401, calls her Claire [RIVET], gives her parents' names, says she was born at Pigiguit in 1723, details her marriages, including her husbands' parents' names & her second husband's pervious wives' names, says she was at Upper Marlboro, MD, in 1763, on the list of LA arrivals, 1767, age 42, at Ascension in 1777, age 62(sic), & says she died at Ascension on 22 Mar 1780, age 62(sic); BRDR, 2:634, her death/burial record, calls her Clara RIVET, age 62 years, spouse of Abraham LANDRY, but does not give her parents' names.  See also Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 155; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 434; Robichaux, Bayou Lafourche, 1770-98, 12. 

03.  Wall of Names, 24, calls him Cyrille RIVET; BRDR, 2:625, 634 (PCP-2, pt. 2, 93a; PCP-4, 55), his marriage record, calls him Cirille RIVETTE, calls his wife Marguerite RICHARD, "widow of Jean-Baptiste FOREST," gives his & her parents' names, says both sets of parents were "of Holy Family Parish in Acadia," that her father was deceased at the time of the wedding, & that the witnesses to his marriage were Paul RICHARD & Cyprien BABIN; BRDR, 2:635 (SGA-8, 17, #86), his death/burial record, calls him Zirilo RIVET, does not give his parents' names or mention a wife, & does not give his age at the time of his death.   See also Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 155; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 436; De Ville, St. Gabriel Census, 1777, 11-12. 

His estimated birth year is taken from the age given in the Spanish report of Feb 1768, not the St.-Gabriel census of 1777.  

"Holy Family Parish in Acadia" was Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit.  He & his wife were born there about the same year & may have known one another since childhood.  She came to LA from MD in 1767, hence her living at St.-Gabriel d'Iberville. 

His marriage was recorded at Pointe Coupée, upriver from St.-Gabriel, because St.-Gabriel did not have a church of its own until 1773.  They probably married at St.-Gabriel soon after Cyrille & his family left San Luìs de Natchez. 

04.  Wall of Names, 24, calls him Étienne RIVET; White, DGFA-1, 1401, calls him Étienne [RIVET], gives his parents' names, says he was born at Pigiguit in 1717, details his marriages, including his wives' parents' names, says he was at Upper Marlboro, MD, in 1763, on the list of LA arrivals, 1769, age 46(sic), & says he died at Ascension on 10 Apr 1779 but gives no age at the time of his death; BRDR, 2:422, 634 (ASC-1, 127), the record of his second marriage, calls him Estevan RIVERT (RIVET), "widower of Claire FORET, Acadian, res. at St. Gabriel at Manchac," does not gives his parents' names but gives his wife's parents' names, says he was married "between 6 June & 4 July 1774," & that the witnesses to his marriage were Abraham LANDRY & Athanas LANDRY; BRDR, 2:635 (ASC-1, 177e), his death/burial record, calls him Stephanus RIVET of St.-Gabriel, does not give his parents' names or mention a wife, & does not give his age at the time of his death.  See also De Ville, St. Gabriel Census, 1777, 9.

05.  Wall of Names, 24, calls him Étienne RIVET.

Where did he settle after his family reached Natchitoches, or, for some strange reason, did he remain in TX?  He may have remained at Natchitoches. 

06.  Wall of Names, 24, calls him François RIVET.  See also De Ville, St. Gabriel Census, 1777, 8. 

Did he marry?  Have a family of his own?

07.  Wall of Names, 24, calls her Marguerite RIVET.  

08.  Wall of Names, 24, calls her Marianne RIVET; BRDR, 1b:156, 162 (PCP-3, 259; PCP-4, 30), her marriage record, calls her Anne RIVET, "native Acadia," calls her husband Pierre RIBOLLE, "native of Fuente Vergona, Parish of Cordovan, Spain, Corporal of Spanish troops," gives her & his parents' names, says his father was deceased at the time of the wedding, & that the witnesses to her marriage were Geneviève LANDRY, Anne RIVET [herself?], Cirille ]RIVET, her brother], & Michel RIVET [her brother]. 

Her marriage was recorded at Pointe Coupée because there was no priest at the short-lived Acadian settlement at San-Luìs de Natchez & the closest church was downriver at Pointe Coupée.  After the Acadians abandoned Natchez in 1769, did she remain with her soldier-husband there?

09.  Wall of Names, 24, calls him Michel RIVET; BRDR, 1b:102, 162 (PCP-3, 270; PCP-4, 34), his marriage record, calls him Michel RIVAIS, "native of Acadia," gives his & his wife's parents' names, & says the witnesses to his marriage were Firmin BABIN, Catherine LANDRY, & Claire BABIN; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A:675 (BRDA: PCP: 3, p.270), a copy of his marriage record, calls him Michel RIVAIS "of Acadia," gives his & his wife's parents' names, says "Bride & Groom are residents of Fort St. Louis, Natchez," but gives no witnesses to his marriage.  See also Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 155; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 436; De Ville, St. Gabriel Census, 1777, 8.

His middle name is from the Jul 1763 British report in MD.  His estimated birth year is taken from the age given in the Spanish report of Feb 1768, not the St.-Gabriel census of 1777.   

His marriage was recorded at Pointe Coupée because there was no priest at the short-lived Acadian settlement at San Luìs de Natchez & the closest church was downriver at Pointe Coupée.

10.  Wall of Names, 24, calls him Pierre RIVET; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2581, calls his wife Marie-Josèphe; BRDR, 2:143, 635 (SJA-1, 39), his marriage record, calls him Pierre RIVETTE, calls his wife Anne BREAUX, says "both parties of Acadia," gives his & her parents' names, & says the witnesses to his marriage were Pierre BREAUX & Thédore RIVETTE [his brother].

11.  Wall of Names, 24, calls him Théodore RIVET; BRDR, 2:464, 635 (SGA-4a, 24), his marriage record, calls him Théodore RIVETTE, gives his & his wife's parents' names, & says the witnesses to his marriage were François RIVET [his brother] & Jean-Baptiste ALLAIN; BRDR, 2:635 (SGA-8, 16, #81), his death/burial record, calls him Théodoro RIVET, does not give his parents' names or mention a wife, & does not give his age at the time of his death.

He was sometimes called François, which may have been part of his name.  See, for example, the baptismal record of grandson Joseph RIVET, dated 10 Jun 1821, in BRDR, 4:480 (SGA-11, 354).

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