Pierre Bissonette was a French-speaking, Roman Catholic farmer who was born on August 7, 1815 in Saint Polycarpe Township, Vaudreuil District, Quebec or "Bas (Lower) Canada," then part of the British Empire in North America. His parents were Germain Bissonnette and his wife, Genevieve (Ranger) Bissonnette, farmers in St. Polycarpe. This area is on the north bank of the St. Lawrence River, west of Montreal and borders on Ontario or "Upper Canada," as it was known in the early 19th Century.
Pierre Bissonette had 2 families and was twice a widower. He first married Josephte Daoust in St. Polycarpe, Bas-Canada (Quebec), on November 13, 1838. They had a farm in Saint Polycarpe where they had 4 children:
Josephte (Daoust) Bissonette died in 1855, likely due to complications after the birth of her 4th child, Napoleon Bissonnette, who survived.
Pierre Bissonnette married his 2nd wife, Sophie Raby, b: 1816 in Vaudreuil, Quebec, on January 22, 1856 at Saint Clet, Vaudreuil District, Quebec. The couple then moved about 80 miles north-west to Alfred (North Plantagenet) Township in Prescott County, Ontario. They had one son there:
By 1871, all of Pierre's children by his 1st marriage had left home except for 16-year-old Napoleon Bissonette.
On October 3, 1894, Leonidas Bissonette, 34 and a widower, remarried to 19-year-old Zepherine Pitre in Curran, Prescott Co., Ontario, Canada. Pierre and Sophie (Raby) Bissonette were present.
At present, it's not known exactly when Pierre Bissonette passed away but likely shortly after 1894 and doubtlessly in North Plantagenet Twp., Alfred, Prescott, Ontario, Canada.
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