Pierre Jacques Caire (1836-1885)
A Fresh Start #52Ancestors in 2015
This is my first attempt to complete Amy Johnson Crow’s “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to write about the ancestors I have rediscovered and to share them with those interested in a less technical format.
This is the first weekly post. Each week has a theme. This week’s theme is “a fresh start”. Who better than the nearest ancestor who immigrated to America?
Pierre Jacques Caire is my maternal 3x great-grandfather. He was born 15 April 1836 in the south of France in small town called Jausiers, near the Italian border. He was the son of a farmer Etienne Caire and Marianne Teissier. He was one of several children. At least two of his brothers: Jean Louis Caire (b. 1818) and Jean Baptiste Caire (b. 1823) moved to Louisiana.
Pierre Jacques Caire (aka PJ Caire) immigrated to America at age 18 in 1854. He settled with his brothers in Edgard, Saint John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. He became a merchant just like his brothers. He owned a store called Bruly Landing.
PJ had two children with Pélagie Mary Jean-Louis, a woman of color and former slave who was only sixteen when she gave birth to her first child. PJ did not own Pélagie. She was owned by his sister-in-law Felicie Burcard, daughter of Jean Frederic Burcard and wife of Jean Baptiste Caire.
Pierre Jacques and Pélagie's children were Louis and Louise. They both carried the Caire surname and knew their father was a Frenchman. It is unclear as to the extent of their relationship with their father. Pélagie and her children moved to New Orleans. PJ remained in Edgard.
At age 40, on 12 October 1876, PJ Caire married Marie Stella Jaume in St. Michael's Church in Covent, Saint James Parish, Louisiana. From their union brought forth one son, Eugene Francois Caire. Pierre Jacques Caire passed away 16 January 1885 and is buried in Saint John the Baptist Cemetery with his relatives.
I descend from Pierre Jacques Caire via: