Thursday, February 19, 2015

Shifting to New Orleans

While I wait on documents from Montgomery County, Indiana, I am taking a break from following the Booher, Hampton, Vail and Armstrong lines on my Gumpy's side of the tree, and shifting to my wife's side of the tree. Since Mardi Gras happened this week, I am going to start with her 3rd-great-grandfather, Joseph Francois Halter, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Source: NYPL Digital Collection. Postcard from 1908.

Joseph was born on 5 July 1841 in New Orleans to parents Francois Antoine Halter and Mary Weitmann. He was the first of six children. In 1850, Joseph and family were living in the 3rd Ward of New Orleans. From city directories and Joseph's birth certificate, I know that Joseph's parents lived on Bartholomew Street, not far from the French Quarter.
Source: David Rumsey Map Collection. 1891 Map of New Orleans.
1850 US Census. 3rd Ward, New Orleans.
By 1860, Joseph was working as a gardener (his father's profession) and living in the home of H. Lunna in Orleans Parish.
1860 US Census. Orleans Parish, New Orleans.
Joseph, his father and siblings appear in the 1861 Gardner's City Directory for New Orleans. Joseph is shown living at 258 Frenchman Street. This detail will be important, as I'll describe in the next post.
1861 City Directory for Archive.org

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