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Capt John W. Poitevent
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1840
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. 
Family links: 
  William James Poitevent (1814 - 1890)
  Mary Amelia Russ Poitevent (1819 - 1873)
  Emily Isabel Toomer Poitevent (1843 - 1874)
  Mary Hansborough Poitevent (1854 - 1889)*
  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)*
  Junius Poitevent (1837 - 1919)*
  John W. Poitevent (1840 - 1899)
  Samuel Russ Poitevent (1852 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship

John Poitevent
JUNE 4, 1840
MAR 27, 1899
Pearlington Cemetery
Hancock County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Terry Foenander
Record added: Mar 07, 2008
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Capt John W. Poitevent
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Capt John W. Poitevent
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- Rubbings
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Capt. John W. Poitevent (b. Hancock County, MS, 1840-d. St. Tammany Parish, LA, 1899). CS Navy. Acting Master, Jackson Station, New Orleans, LA, in 1862. Commanded the gunboat CSS Carondelet on Lake Pontchartrain. Served at the battle for Forts Philip...(Read more)
- Jim Huffman
 Added: Jan. 11, 2017

- Rubbings
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