Monday, June 15, 2015 Armitar Ormmueth Alleman (about 1907-unknown)

Armitar Ormmueth Alleman was born about 1907 in Rayne, Louisiana, to Arrestide and Alice (Istre) Alleman. There are many possible spelling variations for Armitar's name but I have chosen the one her son wrote on his draft card in 1949. All other possibilities are census documents, which were written by the enumerator who went house to house and they are often incorrect.

Armitar's mother was a descendant of Islenos from the Canary Islands who settled in Louisiana in the late 1700s. Prior to 1778, Spanish settlements in Louisiana could only trade with ships owned by Spanish subjects. Don Carlos III eased those restrictions; and, at his own expense, sent a large number of farmers and soldiers to Louisiana. He offered each colonist a home, tools and subsistence on which to live for up to four years. As a result of those inducements, several families from the Canary Islands immigrated. They became known as Islenos. Armitar's four times great grandfather, Juan Gonzales Carbo, arrived in Louisiana on 26 July 1778 aboard the Sacramento. He was a soldier and a member of the Louisiana Regiment. Isleno soldiers fought against the English at Natchez, Manchoc, Baton Rouge, Mobile and Pensacola during the Revolutionary War.

I have been unable to locate the family in the 1910 census, but in 1920 they lived in Lafayette Parish. Armitar and her older sister attended school. Her father owned their house free and clear and worked in general merchandizing and her mother worked at a cotton gin. Armitar was enumerated as Armmueth.

On 24 February 1930 Armitar and Henry "Jack" got a marriage license in Acadia Parish. When the census was enumerated in April the couple lived in East Baton Rouge in home they rented for $30 a month. Armitar was enumerated as Armedi.

The couple had their first son in December of that year and between 1932 and 1944 had five more children.

In 1935 the family lived in Los Angeles County, California, but by 1940 they were back in Louisiana and lived in Rayne, the birthplace of Armitar.  They had lost their oldest son the previous year. Armitar was enumerated as Armita.

Some time after 1944 Henry "Jack" and Armitar divorced. The last record I have been able to locate is the World War II draft registration card for Armitar's son, Henry James, Jr. At that time he lived with his mother on Hammond Highway in New Orleans. He listed her name as Armitar Zeller, which indicates she had remarried. Henry filled out his draft card in November, 1949. Several public trees on indicate Armitar died in the 1970s, but I have no proof of this.

1920 US Federal Census, Census Place: Police Jury Ward 4, Lafayette, Louisiana; Roll: T625_615; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 36; Image: 504
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Police Jury War 7, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Roll: T792;  Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 29; Image: 716.0; FHL microfilm: 2340527
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Rayne, Acadia, Louisiana; Roll: T627_1377; Page: 23B; Enumeration District: 1-1
Alice (Muir) Jennings' Genealogy Notebook, page 9
US, Louisiana, Acadia Parish Marriage License Index, 1887-1999, 1930 Muir, Henry Jack - Alleman, Armitar
US, Louisiana, Second Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1948-1959, 1949 Muir, Henry James

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