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Monday, January 10, 2011

Carlotta Nelson Marries Louis H. Fairchild

According to available records, Carlotta Nelson Andersen, 35 years old, married Louis Howes Fairchild, a 60-year old widowed father of six, on June 8, 1909, at Trinity Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was a second marriage for both.  Although I have been unable to locate the full name of Carlotta's first husband or details about the marriage, available records indicate that she was a childless widow at the time of her marriage to Mr. Fairchild.  Carlotta's new husband was a well-established New Orleans cotton broker, who had been married over 30 years to his first wife, Mary Winnamore Fairchild, before she died in 1905.

The U. S. Census recorded in 1900 in New Orleans, shows Louis and his first wife, Mary, living in a residence on the corner of Camp and Prytania Streets. The Fairchild household at the time included five children, Blanche, 20, Mary,18, Edmond A., 15, Hazel, 12, and Margaret, 9, three servants, and Mr. Fairchild's widowed mother and aunt. Servants' names and their listed occupations were Winnie Williams, "Cook," William Randall, "Butler," and Adaline Wilson, "Maid." In 1910, one year after Carlotta's marriage to Mr. Fairchild, the U. S. Census shows that she was living in a household headed by her husband, in a residence located on St. Charles Avenue, now the center of what is known as "The Garden District."  The Fairchild household in 1910 included three of Louis's adult children, Edmondo Fairchild, 25 years old and an automobile "merchant," Hazel Fairchild, 19, Margerite Fairchild, 22, and five individuals identified as "servants."  The names of these five servants were Mary Albert, 40, a "Dining Room Maid," Caroline Nelson, 27, a "Cook," Eleonor Bassford, a 20-year old "House Girl," Henry Righnes, 20, a "Chauffer," and Thomas Johnson, 33, a "Yard Man." Although Louis Fairchild's assets were not shown on either the 1900 or 1910 census records, it is evident that Carlotta had married a very wealthy man.

Next: Carlotta's Life in New Orleans
Sources: 1900; Census Place: New Orleans Ward 12, OrleansLouisiana; Roll: T623_575; Page: 26A; Enumeration District: 120. Accessed online January 9, 2011 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. Accessed online January 9, 2011.

Times-Picayune newspapers.  Digital Archives dated 1900 - 1910; accessed online on January 9, 2011

1 comment:

  1. Henry Righnes, the chauffer, is actually Henry Picquet. The Picquet family was a well to do family from Illinois and formerly of France. My husband is a Picquet descendant.