Henri Valery Pitre

1868 Labadieville, Louisiana 1920 Plaquemine, LA



Continuation of tree (1st child of Martin Leandre Douradou Pitre/Marie Odile Vicknair); all known surname descendants:

                    8        Henri Valery Pitre  b: 27 October 1868  St. Philomene, Labadieville, LA; d: 10 December 1920  Plaquemine, Iberville, LA

                                + Marie Lea Ayo  b: 18 December 1876  Our Lady of Peace, Vacherie, LA; m: 30 December 1891  St. Joseph, Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA [Gustave Toussaint/Philomene Eucelia Trosclair]; d: 28 February 1962  Plaquemine, Iberville, LA

                          9           twins Pitre  b: 1893  Lafourche, LA; d: 1893  Lafourche, LA

                          9           Cyrille Charleston Pitre  b: 2 December 1894  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 15 November 1945  Plaquemine, Iberville, LA

                                         + Jean Cecile Mable Leonard  b: 15 December 1898  Lafourche, LA; m: 27 August 1915  Lafourche, LA [Arthur Joseph/Oceana Marie Arcement]; d: 26 May 1994  Plaquemine, Iberville, LA

                          9           Agnes Carrie Pitre  b: 26 March 1896  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 15 January 1975  Port Arthur, Jefferson, TX

                                         + Abdon A. Martinez  b: 13 November 1892  Labadieville, Assumption, LA; m: 2 June 1919  St. Philomena, Labadieville, Assumption, LA; d: 30 July 1945  Atlantic Gardens, Port Arthur, Jefferson, TX

                          9           Henry Gabriel Pitre  b: 11 June 1900  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 26 July 1949  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                                         + Callie Elizabeth Bolnar  b: 2 January 1901  Plaucheville, Avoyelles, LA; m: 5 February 1922  Plaucheville, Avoyelles, LA [Charles/Elizabeth Turner]; d: 6 November 1991  New Orleans, LA

                          9           George Luke Pitre  b: 17 November 1902  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 25 May 1973  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                                         + Hortense Eunice Seely  b: 20 January 1899; m: 1924 [Robert C./Victoire Trosclair]; d: June 1976  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                          9           Clotilde Pitre  b: 18 January 1906  Lafourche, LA; d: 4 February 1994  Eunice, St. Landry, LA

                                         + Gustave Andrew Mire  b: 11 November 1904; m: Abt. 1928; d: 1 July 1981  Plaquemine, Iberville, LA

                          9           Bridget Estelle Pitre  b: 2 June 1908  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 10 February 1996  Port Arthur, Jefferson, TX

                                         + Jake P. Landry  b: 6 December 1908  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; m: Abt. 1927  St. Philomene, Labadieville, LA; d: 6 Februarty 1971  Port Arthur, Jefferson, TX

                          9           Elodie Pitre  b: 5 April 1911  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: October 2000  Port Arthur, Jefferson, TX

                                         + John Richard  b: 24 August 1908  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; m: Abt. 1929; d: 2 August 1989  Beaumont, Jefferson, TX



Notes for Henri Valery Pitre:

- 1900 Lafourche, Louisiana:  Henry Pitre 31 (farmer), wife of 8 years Lea 23 (2 of 4 children still living), Cyril 4, Agnes 3; in-laws Gustave Ayo 51 (farm laborer) & wife of 33 years Philomene 48.


- 1910 Lafourche, LA:  Henry Pitre 41 (overseer), wife of 13 years Leah A. 33 (6 of 8 children still living), Ceril 15, Agnes C. 13, Henry G. 9, George L. 7, Clotilde A. 4, Bridget E. 13 months; in-laws Gustave T. Ayo 64 (farm laborer) & wife of 41 years Philomene A. 57 (Pitre Road).


- 1920


- 1930 Lafourche, LA:  Widow Mrs. Henry Pitre 52, her parents Gustave Ayo 82 & Mrs. Gustave Ayo 74; grandson Preston Pitre 10.


 - 1940 rural Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA:  John Richard 35 merchant/retail grocery ['upkeep'], wife Elodie 29 saleslady/retail dry goods, Richard 10, mother-in-law Mrs. Henry Pitre 63 widow  [Greenwood Plantation]

- 1950 Lafourche, LA:  Widow Lea A. Pitre 73, widowed daughter-in-law Callie E. Pitre 49, granddaughter Dolores Pitre 18.

Obituary:  The Lafourche Comet (Thibodaux, LA), Thursday, 16 December 1920:  A Splendid Citizen claimed by death - In the sudden death of Hon. Henry Pitre, who expired last Friday evening at 6:30 o'clock, the parish of Lafourche loses another of its splendid citizens.  Mr. Pitre, whose age was 52 years, 1 month and 13 days, was one of the most influential citizens of the 5th ward, which section of the parish he represented, as a member of the School Board, for 14 years.  His excellent service as a member of that body commended him for the presidency in 1917, when Dr. Stark, the former president, resigned to become sheriff, and when death came to cut short Mr. Pitre's exemplary life, he had just been re-elected to serve as president for a term of six years more.  In referring to his public service, Supt. Lafargue declared Friday that the deceased was one of the most sincere, honest, and faithful public men that he has ever met.  "No obstacle," Sipt. Lafargue remarked to us, "hindered Mr. Pitre from coming from his home in the country to give attention to his official duties.  He was a devoted public servant.  Nothing seemed to afford him greater pleasure than to see an elegant school building being erected, he being particularly proud of the L.T. School."  Mr. Pitre is survived by his wife and seven children, three sons - Cyril, George and Henry; and four daughters - Mrs. A.A. Martinez, of Port Arthur, Texas; and Misses Clothilde, Brigitte and Elodie Pitre.  The funeral took place Saturday afternoon at St. Philomena Catholic church, Labadieville, where Rev. Father Ravoire, performed the last sad rites.

- Thibodaux Commercial Journal (LA), 18 December 1920:  School President Passes Away The community was surprised and shocked last Friday evening to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Henry Pitre resident of the fifth ward of this parish, President of the Parish School Board, thrifty and enterprising farmer and citizen.  He had been under the weather for some time, and to those intimate with him it was suspected, in fact known, that he had heart trouble.  His death was sudden, and with little or no warning.  He was 56 years of age, married, and is survived by his widow and several children.  Deceased was of a quiet and retiring disposition, given to attending to his own affairs, but always interested in anything affecting the public good.  He took an interest in local politics and was filling his second term on the school board.  He succeeded to the presidency of the board, on the election of Dr. Stark to the office of sheriff, and had recently been re-elected for a term of six years from his ward, without opposition.  The flags on the court house and all schools were at half mast until after the funeral.  Being affiliated with the St. Philomena Catholic Church at Labadieville, living near that church, his funeral was held there Saturday, with interment in the cemetery adjoining.  Despite the inclement weather there were a good number at the funeral.  The family have the sympathy of their many friends.  Deceased was always a friend of this paper, a frequent caller, and one of our earliest subscribers.  We had occasion to know him pretty well, getting his ideas on different matters, as they developed.  The vacancy in the school board caused by the death of Mr. Henry Pitre, member from the fifth ward, will be filled by appointment.  Governor Parker will fill the vacancy, we assume, as soon as recommendations are made him, the names of Mr. Ernest Roger Jr. and Mr. Robert Seely, have been prominently mentioned in connection therewith, either one of whom would make ideal members.  The appointment necessarily will be made on the recommendation of the Parker followers in this parish.  There are also other names mentioned.


Tombstone Inscription:  St. Philomena Cemetery. Labadieville, Assumption, LA:  Gustave Toussaint Ayo / 1847 - 1937 / Philomene Trosclair Ayo / 1854 - 1938 / Henri Valery Pitre / 1868 - 1920 / Lea Ayo Pitre / 1876 - 1962 / Gustave Andrew Mire / 1904 - 1981 / Clotilde Pitre Mire / 1906 - 1994 / Callie Bolnar Pitre / 1901 - 1991 / Henry Gabriel Pitre / 1900 - 1949 / Cyrille Charleston Pitre / 1894 - 1945 / Jennifer Pitre / 1924 - 1936 / Judith Pitre / 1945 - 1945


Notes for Marie Lea Ayo:

Misc.:  The Lafourche Comet (Thibodaux, LA), Thursday, 3 August 1922:  Mrs. Henry Pitre, of the 5th ward, had the pleasure of entertaining for a month's time her daughter, Mrs. A. Martinez and baby boy.  Mrs. Martinez and child left last week for their home in Port Arthur, Texas.


Obituary:  Times Picayune (New Orleans, LA), 3 March 1962 - At Plaquemine, La., on Wednesday, February 28, 1962, at 5:15 o'clock p.m., Mrs. Lea Ayo Pitre, wife of the late Henry Pitre, mother of George L. Pitre of Thibodaux, La., Mrs. Clotilde P. Mire of Plaquemine, Mrs. Agnes Martinez, Mrs. Bridget Landry and Mrs. Eloide Richard, all of Port Arthur, Texas, late Cyril and Henry Pitre, also survived by 21 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.  Age 85 years, a native of Vacherie, La., and a resident of Plaquemine, La.  Relatives and friends of the family, also officers and members of St. Philomine Altar Society, are invited to attend the funeral from the Landry's Funeral Home, Labadieville, La., on Saturday, March 3, 1962, at 10:15 o'clock a.m., with Requiem Mass at St. Philomene Catholic Church, at 10:30 o'clock a.m.  Interment St. Philomine Catholic cemetery, Labadieville.


Obituaries for the children:

Cyrille Charleston Pitre:  State Times Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), Friday, 16 November 1945:  Plaquemine, Nov. 16 - Services for Cyril Pitre, 51, who died of a heart attack at his residence here at 6 p.m. Thursday, will be held Saturday morning at St. Philomena Catholic church at Labadieville.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  The body is at Wilbert's Funeral home.  The hour for the services has not been set.  A native of Lafourche parish, Pitre had lived in Plaquemine for the past 16 years.  He is survived by his wife, the former Mabel Leonard of Plaquemine; eight sons, Chief Petty Officer Dibert E. Pitre, home on leave, Sgt. Preston Pitre, New Orleans, S 2/c Cyril Jr. in the Pacific, Freddie, William, Harold, Arthur B. and Curtis, of Plaquemine; four daughters, Cecile, Daisy and Muriel of Plaquemine, and Mrs. Earl Baron of Lutcher; his mother Mrs. Henry Pitre of Thibodaux; two brothers, Henry Pitre of Thibodaux and Lt. Col. George L. Pitre, in Europe; four sisters, Mrs. A.A. Martinez, Mrs. J.P. Landry and Mrs. John Richard of Port Arthur, Tex., and Mrs. G.A. Mire of Plaquemine; and three grandchildren.


Agnes Carrie Pitre:  Tombstone Inscription, Calvary Cemetery, Port Arthur, TX:  Mother / Agnes / Martinez / 1896 - 1975   ///   Abdon A. Martinez / Texas / PVT. 321 M.G.BN. 82 DIV. / Nov. 13, 1892 - July 30, 1945


Henry Gabriel Pitre:  Times Picayune (New Orleans, LA), 28 July 1949 - At his residence, R. F. D., Thibodaux, La., on Tuesday, July 26, 1949, at 6:15 o'clock p.m., Henry G. Pitre, beloved son of Lea Ayo Pitre and the late Henry Pitre; husband of Callie Bolnar; father of Henry R. Pitre of Port Arthur, Tex., Delores Pitre of Thidodaux, La.; brother of Mrs. A. A. Martinez, Mrs. J. P. Landry and Mrs. John Richard, all of Port Arthur, Tex., Mrs. G. A. Mire of Plaquemine, La., Lt. Col. George L. Pitre of Washington, D. C., and the late Cyril Pitre, Sr., aged 49 years.  Relatives and friends of the family, also officers and members of the Lafourche Council 1114, Knights of Columbus, Thibodaux, La., are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will take place from T. X. Landry & Sons Funeral Home, Labadieville, La., on Thursday, July 28, 1949, at 4 o'clock p.m., followed by religious services at the St. Philomena Catholic church, Labadieville, La.  Interment in the St. Philomena Catholic cemetery, Labadieville, La.  Arrangements by Landry's funeral home.


George Luke Pitre:  Times Picayune (New Orleans, LA), 27 May 1973:  Col. George L. Pitre, U.S. Army, Retired, on Friday, May 25, 1973 at 12:05 o'clock p.m.; husband of Hortense Seely Pitre; father of Mrs. Rhea P. Ledet, New Orleans, La.; Mrs. Donald C. (Bobbie) Stanton of Arlington, Va., and Lt. Col. George L. Pitre Jr., Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas; brother of Mrs. Abdon Martinez, Mrs. Jake Landry, Mrs. John Richard of Grove, Texas, and Mrs. G.A. Mire of Plaquemine, La., and the late Cyril and Henry Pitre; also survived by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; age 70 years.  Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral.  Services from Landry's Funeral Home, Thibodaux, La., on Monday, May 28, 1973, at 10:00 o'clock a.m., followed by religious services at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Interment St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation on Sunday from 10:30 o'clock a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Monday, 8:00 o'clock a.m. until funeral time.  Arrangements by Landry Funeral Home.


Clotilde Pitre:  Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), Monday, 7 February 1994 - Clotilde Pitre Mire, 88 of Eunice:  Died 5:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 1994, at her residence in Eunice.  She was 88 and a native of Labadieville.  She was a retired Louisiana Department of Employment Security employee with 27 years of service.  Visiting at Wilbert Funeral Home, Plaquemine, 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m., and 8 to 9:45 a.m. Monday.  Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Plaquemine, at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by Father Eugene Engels.  Entombment in St. Philomena Catholic Church Cemetery, Labadieville.  Survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, Gerald E. Sr., and Marilyn Stevens Mire; two sisters, Elodie Richard and Bridget Landry, both of Port Arthur, Texas; three sisters-in-law, Mabel Pitre, Plaquemine, Velma Mire and Gertrude Bergeron, both of Port Allen; six grandchildren, Mrs. S.J. (Chloe Lyn) Benandi, Mrs. Walter (Mary Dell) Herbert, Gerald E. Mire Jr., Mrs. Kevin (Lea) Quigley, Gustave Andrew "Andy" Mire II and Mrs. Glenn (Emma) Burge; and 13 great-grandchildren, Stacy, Andrea and Pia Benandi, Robin, Heidi, Nicole, Wendi and Jody Herbert and Kylie Mire, Mallori and Drew Mire, Glenn Jr. and Tiffiny Burge.  Preceded in death by a husband, Gustave Andrew Mire; a sister, Agnes Martinez; and three brothers, Cyril, George and Henry Pitre.  She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. John No. 1214.


Bridget Estelle Pitre:  Tombstone Inscription, Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves, TX:  Bridget / 1908 - 1996 / LANDRY / Jake P. / 1908 - 1971


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Items in RED verified from transcriptions in the following:

- Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records

- South Louisiana Records: Church and Civil Records of Lafourche-Terrebonne Parishes  (Rev. Hebert)

- Some Louisiana deaths in RED taken from obituaries or the Louisiana Deaths collection (which includes spouses/parents).

- St. Philomena Church Records & certificates.

- Some Louisiana deaths in RED taken from obituaries or the Louisiana Deaths collection (which includes spouses/parents).

- Some birthdates in RED taken from Social Security records based on obituary/tombstone inscription deathdate.


Last updated:  17 August 2022.