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Capt John W. Poitevent
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1840
Gainesville
Hancock County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Mar. 27, 1899
Abita Springs
St. Tammany Parish
Louisiana, USA

Born Gainesville, Mississippi; son of captain William J. Poitevent, who operated vessels on the Pearl River; originally followed his father into the riverboat business, and earned his license as a pilot and master, before the war; served on or commanded several vessels, including the RUBY, A.G. BROWN, W.J. POITEVENT (named after his father), VIRGINIA PEARL, W.G. HANCOCK, EARL and a number of others; at the outbreak of the war he was in the steamboat business, navigating the Pearl River and other tributaries of the Mississippi, and also on Lake Pontchartrain; volunteered for Confederate Naval service, and served as acting master, Jackson station, 1862; commanded the gunboat CARONDELET on Lake Pontchartrain, also at the naval action in defense of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip, April, 1862; after the fall of New Orleans he was assigned to shore duty in the artillery service; participated in the battle of Mansfield, Louisiana, and other engagements in the region; after the war he resumed steamboat service, and later extended his business enterprises; branched out into the lumber business, and was a member of the firm of Poitevent and Favre; later appointed president of the company; known as the "lumber king of the South"; his company supplied the lumber for the structures of the World's Fair and Cotton Exposition, at New Orleans, in 1884; also extensive exports to foreign countries; married three times, first to Emily Toomer, then to Mary Handsboro (whom he married on October 3, 1874, at New Orleans), and finally to a Miss Cenas, who survived him; died at Abita Springs, St. Tammany parish, Louisiana; remains sent to Pearlington, Mississippi, for interrment; aged 58 years at the time of his death. 
 
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 Parents:
  William James Poitevent (1814 - 1890)
  Mary Amelia Russ Poitevent (1819 - 1873)
 
 Spouses:
  Emily Isabel Toomer Poitevent (1843 - 1874)
  Mary Hansborough Poitevent (1854 - 1889)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Geneva Poitevent Orme (1865 - 1947)*
  William J. Poitevent (1868 - 1912)*
  Bennie Poitevent (1872 - 1872)*
  Emily Poitevent Hayne (1876 - 1957)*
  John W. Poitevent (1877 - 1937)*
  Esther Poitevent (1882 - 1882)*
  Junius Poitevent (1884 - 1965)*
  Calla Poitevent (1887 - 1973)*
  Heloise Poitevent Lelong (1889 - 1931)*
 
 Siblings:
  Junius Poitevent (1837 - 1919)*
  John W. Poitevent (1840 - 1899)
  Samuel Russ Poitevent (1852 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:

John Poitevent
BORN
JUNE 4, 1840
DIED
MAR 27, 1899
 
Burial:
Pearlington Cemetery
Pearlington
Hancock County
Mississippi, USA
 
Created by: Terry Foenander
Record added: Mar 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25117823
Capt John W. Poitevent
Added by: Jeff Lloyd 2004-2015
 
Capt John W. Poitevent
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Capt John W. Poitevent
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