Octave Philippe Pitre

1881 Thibodaux, LA 1946 Port Arthur, Texas



Continuation of tree (8th child of Martin Leandre Douradou Pitre/Marie Odile Vicknair); all known surname descendants:

                    8        Octave Philippe Pitre  b: 23 December 1881  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 10 July 1946  Port Arthur, Jefferson, TX

                                     + Mary Richie (Rutledge)  b: 25 December 1898  Laredo, Webb, TX; m: 17 August 1918  Port Arthur, Jefferson, TX [Ciriaco/Herriet Rutledge]; d: 4 December 1965  Weslaco, Hidalgo, TX

                              9           Lillian Pitre  b: 28 January 1919  Port Arthur, Jefferson, TX; d: 6 December 1941  Beaumont, Jefferson, TX

                                              +Alvin James Silvers  b: 17 June 1917 Douglas, Coffee, GA; m: 25 February 1939  Hardin Co., TX (divorced 4 December 1940 Texas) [Sylvester/Pennie Trowell]; d: 1 November 1965 Houston, Harris, TX6 dec 1941

                                            *2nd Husband of Lillian Pitre:

                                              +--- Williamson



Notes for Octave Philippe Pitre:


- 1910 Port Arthur, Jefferson, Texas:  Phillip Petre 32 (oil refinery/tank worker).

- 1920 Port Arthur, Jefferson, TX:  Philip O. Pitre 38 (oil refinery worker), wife Mary R. 22, Lillian 1 year 1 month, stepson James Rutledge 5, sister Olive Pitre 40.

- 1930 Port Arthur, Jefferson, TX:  Philip O. Pitre 49 (farmer), wife Mary 30, Lillian 11, sister Olive 51.


- 1940 Jefferson, TX:  P.O. Pitre 58 [$3700 house value] farmer/idle farm, wife Mary R. 42, sister Olive 59.

WWI registration records:  Philip O. Pitre; Jefferson, TX; born 23 Dec 1881; Mrs. Mary Pitre; tall height, slender build; brown eyes & dark hair.

WWII Records:  Philip Octave Pitre, res. Beaumont, TX; b. 23 Dec 1881 Thibodaux, LA; contact Mrs. Mary Rechie Pitre (same address); 6', 225 lbs., brown eyes & gray hair, ruddy complexion; 27 Apr 1942 Beaumont, TX.

Obituary:  Beaumont Journal (TX), Thursday, 11 July 1946:  Port Arthur, July 11 - Philipe O. Pitre, 65, retired refinery employee, died Wednesday about 11:50 p.m. in a local hospital after a two-week illness.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Grammier's chapel, M.E. Davis of Jehovah Witnesses will officiate.  Burial will be at Greenlawn cemetery.  Born in Thibodeaux, La., Mr. Pitre had lived in Port Arthur for 40 years.  He was a veteran of World War I.  Survivors are his wife, Mary of Port Arthur; one granddaughter; one brother, Edgar Pitre of Thibodeaux; a sister, Miss Olive Pitre of Port Arthur.

Tombstone Inscriptions, Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves, Jefferson, TX:  Phillip O. Pitre / Texas / Pfc 143 Inf 36 Div / World War I / Dec. 23, 1881 - July 10, 1946

Notes for Mary Ritchie:

- WWII Record:  James Robert Rutledge, res. 602 Hidalgo St., Mercedes, TX; b. 22 Mar 1914 Kingsville, TX; contact mother Mrs. P. O. Pitre (Beaumont, TX) - parents named on 1976 death certificate: Luis Rutledge & Mary Thieler

- Death Certificate:  d. 4 December 1965 Weslaco, Beaumont, Jefferson, TX:  Mary R. Thieler, widow, b. 25 Dec 1898 Texas (parents: Ciriaco Richie & Herriet Rutledge); inf. James Robert Rutledge; burial Catholic Cemetery, Mercedes, TX 6 Dec 1965


Obituary for the daughter:

Lillian Pitre:  Tombstone Inscription, Calvary Cemetery, Port Arthur, TX:  Lillian Pitre / Williamson / Feb. 28, 1919 / Dec. 6, 1941 / gone but not forgotten

- MISC:  1938 Beaumont, TX Directory:  Silvers Alvin J (Lillian L) cook r858 Broadway

- Beaumont Journal (Beaumont, TX), Tuesday, 25 July 1939:  Ileta Katherine Silvers is the name given a daughter born last Friday afternoon to Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Silvers, 1492 Wall street.

- Beaumont Enterprise (Beaumont, TX), Saturday, 9 September 1939:  Lunch Box Packing Discussed at Meet of LaBelle Group - Meeting of the LaBelle Home Demonstration club Wednesday was featured by a discussion on "Packing the Lunch Box," by Mrs. Robert Smith, host.  Reports of various committees were heard and recipes for lunches were given members.  Those attending included Mesdames Gordon Griffith, P. O. Pitre, Henry Christ, T. L. Beasley, O. H. Cuniff, D. Ramos, Ector Smith, Ruby Ledoux, A. J. Silvers, Robert Smith and Misses Sue Cuniff, Virgie LaBoue and Marie Christ.

- Beaumont Journal (Beaumont, TX), Wednesday, 11 October 1939:  Divorce Suits Filed - Lillian Silvers vs. A. J. Silvers

- Beaumont Enterprise (Beaumont, TX), Sunday, 12 November 1939:  Among Us Beaumonters:  Stopped in at Hotel Dieu the other evening and noticed quite a few of the nurses on the fourth floor going around with woebegone expressions.  Asked why, they explained that "Inky" didn't live there any more.  Inky, dear reader, is the nickname given the dainty little daughter of the A. J. Silvers, 450 Langham.  Little Ileta was born July 21 at Hotel Dieu and since she weighed only two pounds and was such a "previous" young lady, of course she was placed in the incubator.  Here she stayed for 10 weeks and came to be known lovingly as "Inky."  Two weeks ago it was noted she had gained steadily on her very, very special diet, her cod liver oil, and her ultraviolet ray treatments, so she was allowed to stay a few minutes, then an hour, then two, etc., outside the incubator and finally this week her adoring parents took her home.  She now weighs five pounds, has soft-as-silk and like-spun-gold hair, large dark blue eyes and a bewitching little rosebud smile.  "Inky's" mother is the former Miss Lillian Pitre.  Besides her parents, "Inky" has two grandads to spoil her, P. O. Pitre of Hillebrant's bayou and S. S. Silvers.  We certainly wish the best of everything for this little lady and her parents.

- The Austin American (Austin, TX), Wednesday, 30 October 1940:  Lillian Pitre Silvers vs. Alvin Silvers, Jr., for divorce.

- Austin American Statesman (Austin, TX), Wednesday, 4 December 1940:  Lillian Petri Silvers vs. Alvin Silvers, Jr., for divorce; plaintiff granted divorce and custody of minor child, Katherine Silvers.

- Misc.:  Lillian had a daughter: Alita 'Inky' Katherine Pitre Landry, b. 21 July 1939 Port Arthur, d. 29 January 2013 Vidor; mar. 1st Jerry Wayne Childress 27 Feb 1957 Port Arthur; mar. 2nd Steven Adams 10 Dec 1969 Port Arthur.  Lillian died during surgery when Alita was only 2.  Alita was adopted and raised by Jake P. Landry & Bridget Estelle 'Bee' Pitre.  Bridget was Philippe's niece.  Alita was nicknamed 'Inky' because of her stay in the incubator following her premature birth weighing only 2 pounds.  Jake & Bee became estranged from Alita after her marriage, but stayed close to her children.  At Bee's death there were 5 pallbearers including Jake and Kenneth Childress (grandsons from Alita's 1st marriage); Andy Williams (husband of granddaughter Bridget Wayne Landry); Wayne Landry (Bee's adopted son, who was a grandson before adoption), and Ricky Ranch, family friend.  Bee's adopted daughter Inky Landry Childress Adams was not notified of her mother's death, and was not in attendance.  This was according to Bee's wishes.  In the casket were a color photo of Bee and a Catholic cross (given to Bridget after the service).


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Items in RED verified from transcriptions in the following:

- 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).

- Texas deaths in RED taken from death certificates.


Last updated:  18 August 2022.