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Re: François Boudrot and Marguerite Pitre
Posted by: Richard Saunders (ID *****9525) Date: November 06, 2010 at 05:23:25
In Reply to: François Boudrot and Marguerite Pitre by William Brunelle of 716

FRANÇOIS2 PITRE (JEAN1) was born Abt. 1682 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, and died 05 Dec 1725 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada. He married ANNE PREJEAN 27 Jul 1705 in St. Jean Baptiste, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, daughter of JEAN PREJEAN and ANDRÉE SAVOIE. She was born Abt. 1687 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, and died Aft. 1714.
Notes for FRANÇOIS PITRE:
François dit Nordest Pitre, Son of Jean Pitre and Marie Pesselet, François dit Nordest was born around 1682 in Port-Royal. He was still young in 1690 when Phipps and his Soldiers arrived in his region. At the age of 11, in 1693, he lost his father and his family lived through difficult times. By 1697, peace returns to Acadie with the Treaty of Ryswick , which makes Acadie French soil again and the New Englanders leave. François lived during the period considered as the Golden Age of Acadian History. At the age of twenty-three, François Pitre marries Anne Préjean in Port Royal on July 27th, 1705. The young couple settles in Port Royal where all their children are born. François Pitre and Anne Préjean are not found in the census of 1707 or 1710 but it is most likely that they lived with or near Anne's family. They are listed on the 1714 census as the immediate neighbours of Jean Préjean dit le Breton. After five years, this family finds itself in danger again when the New Englanders seized Port-Royal. Even with the resistance of 258 soldiers, the Fort was lost in mid-October of 1710. The 481 inhabitants again surrendered to the English. Three years later, by the Treaty of Utreck in 1713, Acadie becomes Nova Scotia but the surrounding Ile Royale (Cap Breton) & Ile St-Jean (Prince Edward Island) and part of what is now New Brunswick, remained part of France. Acadians were given the right to practice their religion, own and keep their properties, but they became British Subjects. As British Subjects, François Pitre and his family lived a relatively peaceful life for the next few years. However on December 6th, 1725, François passed away leaving his wife and ten children in mourning. Like his father before him, he died young, at only 43 years old.
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Details on François Pitre NB: Date: March 1, 1713, Location: Port-Royal, Surname: Pitre, Name: François, Comment: Wife: Anne Prijean, Type : baptism, Source : Baptisms, marriages and burial sites; parish register of St Jean Baptiste du Port Royal (for all this table)
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More About FRANÇOIS PITRE:
Burial: 06 Dec 1725, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada
Notes for ANNE PREJEAN:
Anne Préjean
Anne would have been 18 years old when she married François Pitre in that summer of 1705 in Port Royal. She was the daughter of Jean Préjean le Breton and Andrée Savoie.
Anne was 38 when her husband of 20 years died on December 6, 1725. He left her with ten children. Anne had just burried her twin babies, Théotiste and Anne who were born in August. Théotiste had died after one month and Anne after 2 months.
On April 16, 1732, a widow for seven years, Anne Préjean married a widower named Michel Boudreau, the son of Claude Boudreau & Marie Thibodeau. The previous year, one of Anne's daughters Marguerite had married François dit Lami Boudreau, son of the same Michel Boudreau. Later, one son and two other of Anne's daughters, married children of her second husband.
Marguerite Pitre married François dit Lami Boudreau around 1731.
Jean-Baptiste Pitre married Cecile Boudreau around 1733.
Agnès Pitre married Jean-Baptiste Boudreau around 1738.
The children of François Pitre dit Nordest and Anne Préjean:
Antoine Pitre born July 19, 1706, married around 1731 to Anne Comeau, daughter of Jean le jeune & Catherine Babin; Antoine Pitre died sometime between 1755 and 1763.
Marie Josephe Pitre born December 28, 1708, married (1) on February 12, 1730 in Port Royal, Charles Simon dit Boucher, (2) on June 16, 1744 in Port Royal - Charles Girouard, son of Jacques Girouard & Marguerite Gautrot and widower of Anne Bastarache (3) Sometime after 1751, Charles Bourgeois, son of Charles & Marguerite Cormier and widower of Anne Poirier; Marie Josephe died before January 19, 1767
Jean-Baptiste Pitre born in January of 1711 married around 1733 Cécile Boudreau, daughter of Michel & Cécile Leblanc.
Marie Madeleine Pitre born March 1, 1713, married Pierre Gaudet, son of Jean & Élisabeth Bourg on May 30, 1728 in Port Royal.
Marguerite Pitre born June 16, 1715, married around 1732 (1) François dit Lami Boudreau, son of Michel & Cécile Leblanc (2) on January 11, 1768 Simon Provencher dit Villebrun, son of Sébastien & Marie Massé, widower of Madeleine Lefabvre in Nicolet.
Simon Eustache Pitre born on May 20th 1717 in Port Royal, married around 1737 Anne-Marie Hébert.
Agnès Pitre born on June 10, 1719 married around 1738, Jean-Baptiste Boudreau, son of Michel & Cécile Leblanc. Died on June 2, 1781, Ile-aux-Coudres, Québec
Judith Pitre born October 13, 1721 in Port Royal, married around 1745 (1) Rene Boudreau son of Michel & Cécile Leblanc (2) on November 10, 1760 in St-Joachim, Joseph Lord le jeune, son of Alexandre & Marie Françoise Barriau; Died on May 1, 1790 in Ile aux Coudres, Québec.
François Joseph Pitre born July 31st, 1723.
Anne Pitre (twin) born August 30th, 1725, died October 7, 1725.
Théotiste Pitre (twin) born August 30th, 1725, died November 10, 1725.
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More About FRANÇOIS PITRE and ANNE PREJEAN:
Marriage: 27 Jul 1705, St. Jean Baptiste, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada
Children of FRANÇOIS PITRE and ANNE PREJEAN are:
2. i. ANTOINE3 PITRE, b. 19 Jul 1706, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. 30 Aug 1772, St. Servan, Bretagne, France.
ii. MARIE JOSEPHE PITRE, b. 28 Dec 1708, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. Abt. 1765; m. (1) CHARLES BOURGEOIS; b. 11 Jun 1719, Cumberland, Beaubassin, Acadie; d. Aft. 1751, Acadie; m. (2) CHARLES SIMON BOUCHER, 12 Feb 1729/30, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; b. Abt. 1712, Acadie; d. 18 Sep 1743, Louisbourg, Isle Royal, Acadie; m. (3) CHARLES GIROUARD, 16 Jun 1744, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; b. Abt. 1689, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada.
More About MARIE JOSEPHE PITRE:
Baptism: 29 Mar 1709, St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
More About CHARLES BOUCHER and MARIE PITRE:
Marriage: 12 Feb 1729/30, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada
More About CHARLES GIROUARD and MARIE PITRE:
Marriage: 16 Jun 1744, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada
3. iii. JEAN-BAPTISTE PITRE, b. Jan 1710/11, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. 08 Jun 1758, Québec City, Québec, Canada.
4. iv. MARIE MADELEINE PITRE, b. 01 Mar 1712/13, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. 21 Dec 1758, Riviere du Nord-Est, Ile Saint Jean, Canada.
5. v. MARGUERITE PITRE, b. 16 Jun 1715, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. Abt. 1806, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada.
6. vi. SIMON EUSTACHE PITRE, b. 20 May 1717, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada.
vii. AGNES PITRE, b. 10 Jun 1719, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. 02 Jun 1781, Ile aux Coudres, Québec, Canada; m. JEAN-BAPTISTE BOUDREAU, Abt. 1738, Acadie; b. Abt. 1715, Acadie; d. 09 Jan 1760, Québec, Canada.
More About AGNES PITRE:
Baptism: 11 Jun 1719, St. Jean-Bastiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
More About JEAN-BAPTISTE BOUDREAU and AGNES PITRE:
Marriage: Abt. 1738, Acadie
viii. JUDITH PITRE, b. 13 Oct 1721, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. 01 May 1790, Ile aux Coudres, Québec, Canada; m. (1) RENE PIERRE BOUDREAU, Abt. 1745, Acadie; b. 15 Aug 1717, Grande-Pre, Acadie; m. (2) JOSEPH LORD, 10 Nov 1760, St. Joachim, Québec, Canada; b. 28 Sep 1716, Grande-Pre, Acadie; d. 15 Apr 1775.
More About JUDITH PITRE:
Baptism: 13 Oct 1721, St. Jean-Bastiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
More About RENE BOUDREAU and JUDITH PITRE:
Marriage: Abt. 1745, Acadie
More About JOSEPH LORD and JUDITH PITRE:
Marriage: 10 Nov 1760, St. Joachim, Québec, Canada
ix. FRANÇOIS JOSEPH PITRE, b. 31 Jul 1723, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada.
More About FRANÇOIS JOSEPH PITRE:
Baptism: 01 Aug 1723, St. Jean-Bastiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
x. THEOTISTE PITRE, b. 30 Aug 1725, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. 07 Oct 1725, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada.
More About THEOTISTE PITRE:
Christening: 30 Aug 1725, Port Royal, Annapolis, N.S.
xi. ANNE PITRE, b. 30 Aug 1725, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. 10 Nov 1725, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada.

Generation No. 2
2. ANTOINE3 PITRE (FRANÇOIS2, JEAN1) was born 19 Jul 1706 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, and died 30 Aug 1772 in St. Servan, Bretagne, France. He married ANNE COMEAU Abt. 1731 in Grand-Pre, Acadie, Canada, daughter of JEAN COMEAU and CATHERINE BABIN. She was born 15 Nov 1708 in Grand-Pre, Acadie, Canada, and died 30 Aug 1772 in St. Servan, Bretagne, France.
More About ANTOINE PITRE:
Baptism: 19 Jul 1706, St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
More About ANTOINE PITRE and ANNE COMEAU:
Marriage: Abt. 1731, Grand-Pre, Acadie, Canada
Children of ANTOINE PITRE and ANNE COMEAU are:
i. NATALIE4 PITRE, b. Abt. 1732, St Joeph Parish, Riviere aux Acadie; d. Aft. 1785, Louisiana, U.S.A.; m. (1) PAUL BOUDREAU, Abt. 1757; b. Abt. 1734; m. (2) JEAN-JACQUES LEBLANC, 04 Feb 1766, St. Servan, Bretagne, France; b. 22 Jan 1722/23, St. Charles, Des-Mines, Acadie; d. Abt. 1776, France.
More About PAUL BOUDREAU and NATALIE PITRE:
Marriage: Abt. 1757
More About JEAN-JACQUES LEBLANC and NATALIE PITRE:
Marriage: 04 Feb 1766, St. Servan, Bretagne, France
ii. MARIE PITRE, b. Abt. 1736, Acadie; d. Aft. 1763.
iii. SIMON PITRE, b. Abt. 1740, Acadie; d. 10 Oct 1770, Pontorson, France; m. GENEVIÈVE RICHARD, 13 Jan 1767, St. Servan, Bretagne, France; b. 31 Mar 1746, Grande-Pre, Acadie; d. 22 Jun 1824, Thibodaux, Lafourche, Louisiana, USA.
More About SIMON PITRE and GENEVIÈVE RICHARD:
Marriage: 13 Jan 1767, St. Servan, Bretagne, France
iv. AGNES PITRE, b. Abt. 1743, Acadie; d. Aft. 1763.
v. ANTOINE PITRE, b. 07 Oct 1748, Grande-Pre, Acadie.
vi. JOSEPH PITRE, b. Abt. 1749, Grande-Pre, Acadie; d. Aft. 1763.
3. JEAN-BAPTISTE3 PITRE (FRANÇOIS2, JEAN1) was born Jan 1710/11 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, and died 08 Jun 1758 in Québec City, Québec, Canada. He married CÉCILE BOUDREAU Abt. 1733 in Grand Pre, Acadie, daughter of MICHEL BOUDREAU and MARIE LEBLANC. She was born Abt. 1712 in Grand-Pré, Kings , Acadie, and died 13 Jan 1811 in Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada.
Notes for JEAN-BAPTISTE PITRE:
Jean-Baptiste Pitre, Son of François dit Nordest Pitre and Anne Préjean le Breton, Jean-Baptiste was born in 1711 in Port-Royal. He was only 14 when he lost his father. He was married on October 28, 1733 to the nineteen year old Cécile Boudreaux. Although this marriage took place in Port-Royal, the following year the young couple lived in the Parish of Saint-Charles des Mines in Grand-Pré. It is there that their son Michel is born in 1735. By 1737, their young family is living in Beaubassin. The fact that Jean-Baptiste & Cécile moved farther inland with their families was a symptom of the times they were living in Acadie. The Acadian population was growing fast much to the concern of the British authorities, Acadians were forced to find new areas to settle. By the end of the 17th century, new settlements developed in Les Mines (Grand Pré) and later in Beaubassin. Like Jean-Baptiste's father, many acadians had taken the oath of allegeance to the King of England between 1719 and 1730. Because of this oath and the fact that they lived under British Authority, the Neutral Acadians were no longer trusted by France. Also at that time in history, Britain distrusted all catholics and felt that Acadians could ally themselves with France in a conflict. This left our ancestors in the precarious position of being mistrusted by both political powers. From 1749 to 1755, the increase of English settlers in Nova Scotia added tensions for the Acadians. The native Micmacs who conducted raids on the British settlements, were said to have close links with the Acadians. England wanted Nova Scotia as their territory because of its strategic military location. The Governor of Massachusetts coveted this area for its access to Québec and the French Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island. Louisbourg was the commercial and administrative centre of the French Colonies in Acadie at the time. These would become the decisive factors in the eventual Deportation Order. [Source: Centre Acadien, Université Sainte-Anne, N.S.]

*Escape from Deportation
Acadians in the areas of Memramcook, Chipoudy, and Petitcodiac rivers were hearing rumors of deportation in August of 1755 and on the advice of their Missionnary L'Abbé François Le Guerne, hundreds took refuge in the woods of what is now part of New Brunswick. They were forced to remain hidden in the forest as the British authorities had put a price on their heads. Some of these Acadians were successful in reaching their destinations but many died along the way from starvation & exhaustion. Jean-Baptiste Pitre and his family were among 200 Acadian families from the areas of Memramcook, Chipoudy, and Petitcodiac rivers who had followed this advice and hid in the forest. They were fortunate that Charles Deschamps de Boishébert, a captain in the French colonial regular troops, was nearby. Accompanied by a group of natives, the 125 French soldiers surprised about 200 English soldiers who were about to set fire to the 250 houses in Petitcoudiac. Both L'Abbé Le Guerne and Lieutenant Boishébert are credited for having ensured the survival of the Acadians. The acadians foresaw the second phase of the expulsion of 1758 and Jean-Baptiste Pitre's family accompanied others up the coast to Miramichi in 1757. Exhaustion and lack of provisions took its toll on the Acadians and many died of starvation. As a result, several decided to follow Boishébert's troops recalled to Québec for the winter of 1757-58. Unfortunately, the circumstances in Québec City were not much better. The war had brought on a lack of supplies and famine, the Acadian refugees became an extra burden and were fed cod and rotten meat. It is said that these unfortunate living conditions caused the death of many Acadians. There are approximately 1,500 Acadian refugees when the City is hit by a smallpox epidemic. Already weakened by their journey, hundreds succumbed to this illness. Jean-Baptiste Pitre and his family were among this ill-fated group and on June 9th, 1758, our ancestor passed away in Québec at the age of 47. The following are some of our ancestor Jean Baptiste Pitre's relatives who were deported, disappeared or died with their families during the deportation years of 1755 to 1763.
Charles-Modeste Pitre (son) His family is found later in Louisiana, Antoine Pitre, (Brother) died sometime between 1755 and 1763, Marie Josephe Pitre, (Sister) & Family deported to South Carolina, Joseph Pitre (Cousin) (of Claude & Anne Henry) deported alone on the ship Endeavour to South Carolina. His wife escaped to Québec where many descendants are alive today. Françoise Pitre & Family (Cousin) deported to Europe. Angélique Pitre & Family (Cousin) deported to Europe , died in France on August. 24, 1757. Marie Marguerite Pitre, (Cousin) & Family deported to Europe , died in France on December 28, 1758. Jean Pitre, (Cousin) & Family deported to Europe , died at sea during the crossing in 1758. Joseph Pitre (Cousin) (of Jean & Françoise Babin) & Family deported to Europe , died at sea during the crossing in 1758. Michel Pitre (Cousin) (of Jean & Françoise Babin) & Family, deported to Europe , died at sea during the crossing around December 13, 1758. Madeleine Pitre (Cousin) & Family deported to Europe , died at sea on the Duke William, during the crossing to France. CéciPitre (Cousin) & Family deported to Europe , died at sea on La Violet, during the crossing to France. Germain (Cousin) dit Germain-Jean Pitre, died in Le Mirebalais, St-Domingue, West Indies on October 20, 1764. Amand Pitre (Cousin) & family deported to Europe on list of passagers to Louisiana in 1785, Claude Pitre (Cousin) & family deported to Europe to England, died in Sauzon, France on March 7, 1775. His family later emigrated to Louisiana in 1785. Jean Pitre (Cousin) & Family deported to Europe , on list of passager to Louisiana in 1785. Jean (dit Jean Marc) Pitre (Cousin) died at Fort Edward in Nova Scotia, July/August 1762. Marie Pitre (Cousin) & Family, deported to France, died at sea during the crossing to France.
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Details on Jean Baptiste Pitre NB, Date: July 29, 1754, Location: Port-Royal, Surname: Pitre, Name: Jean Baptiste, Wife: Cecile Boudreau, Type : baptism, Source : Baptisms, marriages and burial sites; parish register of St Jean Baptiste du Port Royal (for all this table)
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More About JEAN-BAPTISTE PITRE:
Baptism: 28 Dec 1711, St. Jean-Bastiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
Burial: 09 Jun 1758, Québec, Canada
Notes for CÉCILE BOUDREAU:
On June 9th, 1758, Cécile Boudreau saw her husband of many years Jean-Baptiste Pitre pass away during the smallpox epidemic in Québec City. She had buried her son Jean-Baptiste, eight years old, the month before. Four days after her husband's funeral, her daughter Anne Pitre died at the age of 14. On December 21st of that same year, she lost her baby Isidore, who was only 4 years old. Cécile Boudreau still had five children with her when she moved to what is now Nicolet, Québec. This area is said to have been recommended by their missionaries and the Abenakis and became a good place to settle. Near the St. Lawrence, it permitted access to the gulf and Acadie where many hoped to return. Cécile would settle there with her family and in 1762, she married her second husband, Pierre Pellerin. Thirty years later, her husband passed away and she became a widow again. According to the Dictionary of Canadian Biographies : She apparently reached the age of 97, still strong, lucid, and courageous. An unfortunate fall then forced her to take to her bed. After 18 days during which she was willing to drink "only a little water and two shots of rum," she died. [Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biographies, Vol. V, 1801-1820]
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Cécile Boudreau was not the only one going through hard times between 1755 and 1763 and like many other acadians, members of her family were subject to deportation. In the Village de Michel, her brother, Michel Boudreau ‘fils' was on Colonel Winslow's list of Acadians who were deported. He died before May 21, 1763. Her brother Olivier and his family were later found in Louisiana. Her sister, Marguerite was deported to Connecticut and after making her way to St-Domingue, passed away there on October 20, 1764. Her sister Marie with her husband, disappeared sometime between March 19, 1757 and January 17, 1761. Her brother François dit Lami died in Québec City on November 24, 1757. Her brother Pierre died sometime before 1763. Her brother René died around 1756 or 1757. Her brother Jean-Baptiste also died from the smallpox epidemic in Québec City on January 9, 1760.
Jean-Baptiste Pitre & Cécile Boudreau had eleven children: Marie Josephe-Agathe Pitre, born 1734, Grand-Pré, married Jean-Baptiste Desfossés, October 28, 1760, Nicolet County, Québec, Michel Pitre, born October 2, 1735, Grand-Pré, married Marie Josephe Orillion on May 14, 1759 in Québec, Charles-Modeste Pitre, born 21 December 1737 in Beaubassin died Abt. 1769 married Madeleine Vincent b: Abt. 1739 m: Abt. 1759. His family was found in Louisiana. Marguerite-Anastasie Pitre, born 10 December 1739 in Beaubassin, Marie Louise Pitre, born 1740 in Beaubassin; married Gabriel Coltret on October 10, 1760, Rosalie Pitre, born 8 April 1742 in Beaubassin, Anne Pitre, born 15 February 1744 in Beaubassin, died on June 12, 1758 in Québec, Joseph Pitre, born 30 January 1746 in Beaubassin, married Marie Antoinette Lupien on June 07, 1770 in Nicolet County, Québec d: 5 May 1823 Nicolet, Québec
François-Mathurin Pitre, born 21 December 1747 in Beaubassin. d: 14 January 1830, Jean-Baptiste Pitre, 25 March 1750 in Beaubassin, died May 8, 1758 in Québec, Isidore Pitre born 30 July 1754 in Beaubassin, died on December 21, 1758 in Québec.
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BOUDREAU (Boudreault, Boudreaux, Boudreau), CÉCILE (Pitre; Pellerin), b. c. 1714 in Annapolis Royal, N.S., probably the daughter of Charles Boudreau and Marie Josephe Landry; m. there c. 1731 Jean-Baptiste Pitre, and they had 11 children; m. secondly October 1762 Pierre Pellerin in Nicolet (Que.); d. there 13 Jan. 1811. Having escaped the massive and cruel deportation of 1755 [see Charles Lawrence*], Cécile Boudreau, her husband, and her children joined about 200 Acadian families who scattered into the woods bordering the Memramcook, Shepody, and Petitcodiac rivers (N. B.). Fortunately these families were able to count on the aid of missionary François Le Guerne* and of Charles Deschamps* de Boishébert, a captain in the colonial regular troops. The two men worked together to ensure the survival of the Acadians, provide for their sustenance, and organize their resistance to the British.
Foreseeing the second phase of the expulsion, which would be carried out in 1758 [see Robert Monckton*] any of the families, including Cécile Boudreau’s, moved up the coast to Miramichi in 1757. They were exhausted, and suffered from starvation as a result of poor crops and from epidemics. Several of them then resigned themselves to following Boishébert’s troops, which had been recalled to Québec for the winter of 1757–58. The situation at Québec seemed little brighter. There was a dearth of supplies and a severe famine. The Acadians had to make do with cod and rotten meat. According to the testimony of several persons, these poor living conditions brought about the death of a number of Acadians. On 9 June 1758, amid the general gloom and inactivity, Cécile Boudreau had to bury her husband, who had fallen victim to the smallpox epidemic raging at the time. A month earlier she had done the same for her son Jean, barely eight years of age, and four days after her husband’s interment she buried one of her daughters. It was for such reasons that the Acadian refugees then sought to flee Québec. Some joined Le Guerne, who had become parish priest of Saint-François, on Île d’Orléans. Others settled in the Beauce or in the regions of Saint-Joachim and Bellechasse. In 1758 a large number went to Saint-Grégoire (Bécancour); others, including Cécile Boudreau’s family, chose Nicolet. This locality, which their missionaries and the Abenakis had drawn to their attention, turned out to be a good place for a settlement. It was situated near the St Lawrence, which gave access to the gulf and to Acadie, where everyone hoped to live once again. The region offered an abundance of woods and lakes that enabled them to ensure their subsistence; moreover it was remote and tranquillity was easily found. When along with other Pitres and Boudreaus, Orillon-Champagnes, Gaudets, Laurts, Melançons, Bastaraches, Commeaus, and Rouisse-Languedocs, Cécile Boudreau arrived in this new setting to find fresh hope and take root, she still had five children with her; one of them, François, would receive a commission later as captain in the militia. She married Pierre Pellerin in 1762 and was widowed 30 years later. She apparently reached the age of 97, still strong, lucid, and courageous. An unfortunate fall then forced her to take to her bed. After 18 days during which she was willing to drink "only a little water and two shots of rum," she died.A long way from Nicolet the Québec Gazette, a major paper of the province, printed a paragraph about this strong and incomparable woman which formed a longer and better tribute than any cold tombstone could offer. It told of the circumstances of her death and concluded: "This venerable Acadian constantly retained all her mental faculties with remarkable freshness and good health until the accident which brought her to the grave."
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More About JEAN-BAPTISTE PITRE and CÉCILE BOUDREAU:
Marriage: Abt. 1733, Grand Pre, Acadie
Children of JEAN-BAPTISTE PITRE and CÉCILE BOUDREAU are:
i. MARIE JOSEPHE AGATHE4 PITRE, b. 06 May 1734, Grande-Pre, Acadie; d. 06 Feb 1808, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada; m. JEAN-BAPTISTE DESFOSSES, 25 Sep 1760, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada; b. 20 Feb 1718/19, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada; d. 11 Sep 1796, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada.
More About JEAN-BAPTISTE DESFOSSES and MARIE PITRE:
Marriage: 25 Sep 1760, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada
ii. MICHEL PITRE, b. 02 Oct 1735, Grand Pre, Acadie; d. Bef. 1790, Bathurst, Gloucester County, New Brunswick, Canada; m. MARIE JOSEPHE ORILLON CHAMPAGNE, 14 May 1759, Notre Dame, Québec City, Québec, Canada; b. 15 Jun 1736, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. 24 Nov 1808, Bathurst, Gloucester County, New Brunswick, Canada.
Notes for MICHEL PITRE:
Michel Pitre, Bona Arsenault, author of the History of the Acadians names our ancestors Michel Pitre & Marie Josephe Orillion among the first acadian settlers of Nipisiguit, now Bathurst, New Brunswick.
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Born in Grand-Pré, Acadie, Michel Pitre was the son of Jean-Baptiste and Cécile Boudreau. A few years later, his family settled in Beaubassin. This move probably saved their family from deportation. The proximity of Beaubassin to the woods in New Brunswick allowed them to escape by reaching that area.
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*Dykelands of Grand Pré
Michel's parents came to Québec by sea vessel with L'Abbé Le Guerne. The Acadians who followed Le Guerne had to be hardy and have a little money. Once in Québec City, they had to negotiate passage again this time to go up the river to Nicolet. He was 23 when he arrived as a refugee in Québec with his parents sometime in the Spring of 1758. The following year, Michel Pitre married the Acadian Marie Josephe Orillion in the Church of Notre-Dame-de-Québec on May 14. This couple will settle in the Nicolet region of Québec where 13 children will be born between 1760 and 1779.
*Return from Exile
Athanase Boudreau was a close cousin of our ancestor Michel Pitre. That is because Michel Pitre's Mother, Cécile Boudreau was the sister of Anthanase's father, François Boudreau. As well, Michel's Father, Jean-Baptiste Pitre was the brother of Athanase's Mother, Marguerite Pitre. Furthermore, a week before, Michel Pitre's marriage to Marie Josephe Orillon, his cousin Athanase Boudreau , had married Félicité Orillon (Marie Josephe's sister) also in Québec City and this couple also settled in Nicolet. Michel's close relationship with his cousin and brother-in-law Athanase Boudreau could have been a decisive factor in his return to Nova Scotia. (Nipisiguit being part of Nova Scotia at that time). Athanase Boudreau was called upon for his expertise in building the dam for the first flour mill in Nicolet. The first flour mill of Soroist in Baie Ste-Antoine, Nicolet to which was later added an industrial complex, served the community until the beginning of the 20th century. (Hébert 205), In 1780, cousin Athanase was accused of helping the passage of emissaries from the American Congress. The following translates a letter sent to the Governor by Sieur de Tonnencour.
Michel Pitre and his family would have made their way down the St-Jean River and turned to the Baie des Chaleurs. Athanase Boudreau and his family also headed in the same direction, settled in Grande Rivière, Gaspé and later in Beresford, N.B. where Athanase became a successful miller. Michel Pitre and his family settled in Nipisiguit (now Bathurst, N.B.) where he became progenitor of most of the Pitre descendants in that area. Nipisiguit, N.S. (now Bathurst, N.B.), Nipisiguit is situated in the north-western region of New Brunswick. The coasts of the 'Baie des Chaleurs' were already known by the French and the Acadians for a long time. According to geographical surveys along that coast, there has been evidence of European fishermen there as far back as 1506. The colonization of this area only came later since neither the French nor the English showed interest in this region until 1755. It would stand to reason that this area was well-known to Acadians in Nova Scotia before deportation in 1755. Because it was secluded from the military and political centres, many Acadians who escaped deportation followed the coast or went through the woods to seek refuge in what is now northern New Brunswick. Before the ‘Great Upheaval', the French population of Acadie totaled approximately 12,000. When the war between France and England was finally over in 1763, there were only about 4,500 Acadians left in their country. Under the Treaty of Paris, France gave away their territory to England.
By 1768, the Acadians in exile were allowed to return without penalty if they swore allegiance to the King of England and dispersed into small groups.
Notes for MARIE JOSEPHE ORILLON CHAMPAGNE:
Children of Michel Pitre and Marie Josephe Orillon dit Champagne: Marie Josephe PITRE (twin) born February 13, 1760 in Bécancour, Québec - married 1783 to Jean-Baptiste CHAMBERLAND of Jean-Baptiste & Louise-Ursule LEMIEUX died November 10, 1824 in Petit-Rocher, N.B. Françoise Marie(twin) PITRE born February 13, 1760 in Bécancour, Québec, Marie PITRE born February 24 died March 5, 1762 in Nicolet, Québec, Michel dit Nordest PITRE born June 20, 1763 in Nicolet, Québec - married June 3, 1789 in Nipisiguit to Marguerite BOUDREAU of Joseph & M-Jeanne HACHÉ. died January 29 and was buried February 8, 1817 in Bathurst, Joseph PITRE born February 12 died February 23, 1765 in Nicolet, Québec, Marie Marguerite PITRE born March 19, 1769 in Nicolet, Québec - married on May 3, 1790 in Nipisiguit to Jean-Joseph BERTIN, widower of Charlotte DUBOIS & son of Gabriel Joseph & Marie Josèphe LEFEBVRE, Pierre PITRE born August 18, 1771 in Nicolet, Québec, Charles Olivier PITRE born November 27, 1772 in Nicolet, Québec, married 1- April 4, 1796 in Caraquet to Céleste COMEAU Daughter of François le jeune & Marie BEAUDRY 2- April 28, 1812 in Bathurst to Marie Rose THÉRIOT Daughter of Victor & Julie THIBODEAU, Joseph PITRE born April 10, 1767 in Nicolet, Québec, Jean-Baptiste PITRE born January 1, 1775 in Nicolet, Québec - married April 21, 1800 in Bathurst Marie HACHÉ widow of William MORRISON & daughter of Joseph & Madeleine DOUCET, Alexis PITRE born June 1, 1776 in Nicolet, Québec married 1797 Anne HÉBERT of Simon & Anne CAISSIE (He settled in Beresford, N.B.), CéciPitre born May 5 died May 18, 1778 in Nicolet, Québec, CéciPitre born May 28, 1779 in Nicolet, Québec married April 1, 1802 1 John YOUNG of Madeleine (indian) 2 François LE BRETON son of François & Marguerite GIONET. Died October 31st, 1859 in Tracadie
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Marie Josephe Orillion dit Champagne: Marie Josephe Orillon was born on June 15, 1736 in Port Royal. Marie Josephe grew up in one of the most difficult periods of Acadian History. She married Michel Pitre in Québec City while they were both refugees there in 1759. They had 13 children of which two, a girl named Marie and a boy named Joseph, died not long after birth. Marie Josephe was the daughter of Charles II Orillon and Marie Anne Richard. Charles Orillon dit Champagne the second was born on August 7, 1713. He married Anne Richard (daughter of François & Anne Comeau) in Port-Royal on September 22, 1734. Anne only lived until the age of forty-two. Charles Orillon II remarried a widow named Marie Doucet on June 27, 1763. According to Monsignor L. Richard of Trois-Rivières, among the Acadian settlers in Nicolet, three families (Pitre, Boudreau & Gaudet) were linked to Charles Orillon (Orion) dit Champagne through the marriage of his daughters. These families would have followed him to settle in the Nicolet region. Charles Orillon (Orion) dit Champagne left a progeny in that region that can be seen even today by the number of descendants bearing the names of Orillon, Orion and Champagne. Charles Orillon II dit Champagne passed away in Nicolet on March 19, 1790.
Marie Anne Richard was the daughter of François and Anne Comeau. Born around 1684 in Port Royal, she had the misfortune of dying young as she was only 42. Marie Josephe Orillon herself lived in Nipisiguit until the age of 72, when she was buried there on January 18, 1809 . Marie Josephe Orillon is a descendant of pioneer Charles Orillon dit Champagne.
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More About MARIE JOSEPHE ORILLON CHAMPAGNE:
Burial: 18 Jan 1809, Witness: Michel, Charles, and Jean-Baptiste (Her Children)
More About MICHEL PITRE and MARIE CHAMPAGNE:
Marriage: 14 May 1759, Notre Dame, Québec City, Québec, Canada
iii. CHARLES MODESTE PITRE, b. 21 Dec 1737, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. Abt. 1769; m. MADELEINE VINCENT, Abt. 1759, Acadie; b. Abt. 1739.
More About CHARLES MODESTE PITRE:
Baptism: 24 Dec 1737, St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
More About CHARLES PITRE and MADELEINE VINCENT:
Marriage: Abt. 1759, Acadie
iv. MARGUERITE ANASTASIE PITRE, b. 10 Dec 1739, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada.
v. MARIE LOUISE PITRE, b. Abt. 1740, Beaubassin, Acadie; d. 16 May 1791, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada; m. GABRIEL RENE COTTERET, 10 Oct 1760, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada; b. Abt. 1735.
More About GABRIEL COTTERET and MARIE PITRE:
Marriage: 10 Oct 1760, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada
vi. ROSALIE PITRE, b. 08 Apr 1742, St. Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal, Arcadia.
vii. ANNE PITRE, b. 15 Feb 1743/44, St. Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal, Arcadia.
viii. JOSEPH PITRE, b. 30 Jan 1745/46, St. Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; m. MARIE ANTOINETTE LUPIEN, 07 Jun 1770, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada; b. 07 Aug 1755, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada.
More About JOSEPH PITRE:
Baptism: 31 Jan 1745/46, St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
More About JOSEPH PITRE and MARIE LUPIEN:
Marriage: 07 Jun 1770, Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada
ix. FRANÇOIS MATHURIN PITRE, b. 21 Dec 1747, St. Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal, Arcadia; d. 14 Jan 1830, Canada.
x. JEAN-BAPTISTE PITRE, b. 24 Mar 1749/50, St. Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal, Arcadia; d. 08 May 1758, Beaubassin, Acadie.
More About JEAN-BAPTISTE PITRE:
Baptism: 25 Mar 1750, St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
xi. ISADORE PITRE, b. 29 Jul 1754, St. Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal, Arcadia; d. 21 Dec 1758, Beaubassin, Acadie.
More About ISADORE PITRE:
Baptism: 30 Jul 1754, St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
4. MARIE MADELEINE3 PITRE (FRANÇOIS2, JEAN1) was born 01 Mar 1712/13 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, and died 21 Dec 1758 in Riviere du Nord-Est, Ile Saint Jean, Canada. She married PIERRE GAUDET 30 May 1728 in St. Jean Baptiste, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, son of JEAN GAUDET and ÉLISABETH BOURG. He was born Abt. 1698 in Pisiquid, Acadie, Canada, and died 11 Aug 1752 in Port Lajoie, Íle-St-Jean, Canada.
Notes for MARIE MADELEINE PITRE:
1752 Census, Riviève-du Nord-Est, Íle-St-John
Marie Madeleine Pitre, 1752 Census, widow of Pierre Godet, poor, native of l'Acadie, aged 39 years, has been in the country two years. She has six sons and three daughters:- Etienne Godet, aged 23 years. Pierre, aged 23 years. Dominique, aged 19 years. François, aged 14 years. Cyprien, aged 12 years. Joseph, aged 6 years. Doratte, aged 16 years. Anne, aged 9 years. Marie, aged 12 years, Live Stock: She has two oxen, one cow, one ewe, one sow, and one hen. The land on which they are settled is situated as in the preceding case, and was given to them verbally by M. de Bonnaventure. They have made a clearing for sowing thirty-two bushels of wheat. [Marie Madeleine d/o Francois Pitre & Anne Prejean]
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More About MARIE MADELEINE PITRE:
Baptism: 01 Mar 1712/13, St. Jean-Bastiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
Notes for PIERRE GAUDET:
More About PIERRE GAUDET and MARIE PITRE:
Marriage: 30 May 1728, St. Jean Baptiste, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada
Children of MARIE PITRE and PIERRE GAUDET are:
i. ETIENNE4 GAUDET, b. Abt. 1729, Port Royal, l'Acadie, Canada.
ii. PIERRE GAUDET, b. Abt. 1729, Port Royal, l'Acadie, Canada.
iii. ANATASIE GAUDET, b. Abt. 1730, Port Royal, l'Acadie, Canada.
iv. DOMINIQUE GAUDET, b. Abt. 1733, Port Royal, l'Acadie, Canada.
v. DORATTE GAUDET, b. Abt. 1736, Port Royal, l'Acadie, Canada.
vi. FRANÇOIS GAUDET, b. Abt. 1738, Port Royal, l'Acadie, Canada.
vii. CYPRIEN GAUDET, b. Abt. 1740, Port Royal, l'Acadie, Canada.
viii. MARIE GAUDET, b. Abt. 1740, Port Royal, l'Acadie, Canada.
ix. ANNE GAUDET, b. Abt. 1742, Port Royal, l'Acadie, Canada.
x. JOSEPH GAUDET, b. Abt. 1746, Port Royal, l'Acadie, Canada.
5. MARGUERITE3 PITRE (FRANÇOIS2, JEAN1) was born 16 Jun 1715 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, and died Abt. 1806 in Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada. She married FRANÇOIS OSIAS BOUDREAU Abt. 1733 in Rivierre Hebert, Grand-Pre, Acadie, Canada. He was born Abt. 1710 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, and died Abt. 1764 in Nicolet, Yamaska, Québec, Canada.
More About MARGUERITE PITRE:
Baptism: 16 Jun 1715, St. Jean-Bastiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
More About FRANÇOIS BOUDREAU and MARGUERITE PITRE:
Marriage: Abt. 1733, Rivierre Hebert, Grand-Pre, Acadie, Canada
Children of MARGUERITE PITRE and FRANÇOIS BOUDREAU are:
i. CHARLES4 BOUDREAU, b. Abt. 1734; m. MADELEINE COULATRE, Abt. 1754, Rivierre Hebert, Grand-Pre, Acadie, Canada; b. Abt. 1735.
More About CHARLES BOUDREAU and MADELEINE COULATRE:
Marriage: Abt. 1754, Rivierre Hebert, Grand-Pre, Acadie, Canada
ii. MARGUERITE NATALIE BOUDREAU, b. Abt. 1735, Mines, Acadie.
6. SIMON EUSTACHE3 PITRE (FRANÇOIS2, JEAN1) was born 20 May 1717 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada. He married ANNE-MARIE HÉBERT Abt. 1737 in Acadie. She was born Abt. 1717 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada.
More About SIMON EUSTACHE PITRE:
Baptism: 10 Aug 1717, St. Jean-Bastiste, Annapolis Royal, Arcadia
More About SIMON PITRE and ANNE-MARIE HÉBERT:
Marriage: Abt. 1737, Acadie
Children of SIMON PITRE and ANNE-MARIE HÉBERT are:
i. MARGUERITE4 PITRE, b. Abt. 1738, Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; d. 13 Apr 1770, Domingue, West Indies.
ii. CECILLE PITRE, b. 09 Nov 1746, Grande-Pre, Acadie.
iii. CECILLE PITRE, b. 09 Nov 1748, Grande-Pre, Acadie.


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