Before 1943 — New Orleans
Al Levesque says she didn't speak French and he doesn't know if she spoke German but he thought of her as German. She was called "Feeny" by her friends. Her friends went to seances and she took Al to a few of them. He says she suffered from "brash" disease which he believes was heartburn or acid reflux.
In 1870 CENSUS OF SIXTH WARD, NEW ORLEANS (This is before Jospephine's birth in 1871)
Jaeger, Paul, 49, white, male, Works in Bakery, Switzerland.
Jaeger, Margaret, 36, female, white, Keeping House, Prussia.
Jaeger, John, 20, male, white, Tending Bar?, Louisiana
Jaeger, Louisa, 17, female, white, At House, Louisiana.
Jaeger, Willie, 12, male, white, Attending school, Lousiana
Jaeger, Maria, 5, female, white, Lousiana
Jaeger, Anna, 3, female, white, Louisiana
Evige, Elizabeth, 77, female, white, At Home, Prussia.
In 1880 CENSUS OF NEW ORLEANS taken on 1 June 1880:
Paul is listed as a confectioner. Also, as a non-reader and a non-writer. His birthplace and that of his mother and father are listed as Switzerland. His age is given as 50. He lived on St. Phillip's Street, north side. Family name on census is spelled Yeager. His son-in-law, Frank Hudson, is also listed as unable to read or write. He was a laborer.
YEAGER, Paul, Self, M, Mar, W, 50, Switz
YEAGER, Margaret, Wife, F, Mar, W, 45, Ger
YEAGER, John, Son, M, --, W, 27, Louisiana
YEAGER, Willis, Son, --, W, 17, Louisiana
HUDSON, Louisa, Dau, F, Mar, W, 25, Louisiana
HUDSON, Frank, Son-L, Mar, W, 32, Louisiana
YEAGER, Marie, Dau, Single, W, 15, Louisiana
YEAGER, Josephine, Dau, F, Single, W, 8, Louisiana
From the Baptisms of Holy Trinity Catholic Church of New Orleans:
1871--YEAGER, Josephina, page 120.
Listed in "Hunting for Bears" as married to John W. Bofill on 20 Feb 1892 in New Orleans, La.
In possession of Sherri Park: envelope addressed, "Mrs. J. W. Bofill, 1663 N. Villere St. City"
Josephine's mother was from Baden, Baden and her father is from Baden, unreadable, maybe Redico, according to one census.
1900 CENSUS OF NEW ORLEANS:
Name: John W Bofill
Home in 1900: New Orleans Ward 7, Orleans, Louisiana
Estimated birth year: abt 1869
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's name: Josephine
John W Bofill 31
Josephine Bofill 28
Alice J Bofill 8
Elizabeth F Bofill 6
Mary L Bofill 4
1910 CENSUS OF NEW ORLEANS, WARD 7, PRECINCT 6:
Bofill, John W., head, 40, M, W, 19 years in first marriage.
Bofill, Josephine, wife, 3-, F, W,19 years in first marriage.
Bofill, Alice, daughter, 17, F, W, single, works as milliner.
Bofill, Florence, daughter, 15, F, W.
Bofill, May, daughter, 14, F, W. (It looks like May, rather than Mary.)
1920 CENSUS OF NEW ORLEANS, WARD 7, PRECINCT 6:
BOFILL, John W., age 57, Male, White, Married, Louisiana, Louisiana, Louisiana, occupation is unreadable.
Josephine, wife, age 47, No occupation, Louisiana, Germany, Germany, no occupation.
Mary L., daughter, age 23, single, public school teacher.
LEVESQUE, Alston, grandson, age 3 11/12, Louisiana, Mississippi, Louisiana.
LEVESQUE, Gaston, grandson, age 1 ?/12, Louisiana, Mississippi, Louisiana.
Obituary in Times Picayune: "BOFILL--On Wednesday evening November 24, 1943, at 11:30 a.m. JOSEPHINE YEAGER BOFILL, in her 72nd year, of 4200 Franklin Ave, wife of the late John W. (Bob) Bofill, mother of Mrs. Ben E. Lane and Mrs. Gaston Levesque, grandmother of warrant officer, Rene A. Louapre, Jr., United States Army, Lieutenant Alston Levesque, United States Army, Gaston Levesque, United States Coast Guard, Cadet Wesley Levesque, United States Merchant Marine, and Shirley Levesque. Relatives and friends of the family also officers and members of the New Orleans Police Mutual Benevolent Association, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the P.J. McMahon & Sons Funeral Home, 4800 Canal Street, near cemeteries, at 9:30 Friday morning, November 26, 1943, followed by services at St James Major church with internment in Cypress Grove Cemetary."
According to Melba Cortes, Josephine's niece, Margaret Hudson, was Melba's grandmother and Elvira's mother.