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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:
Olivier Bissonnette b: 14 January 1840 in St. Polycarpe, Quebec
Evariste Bissonnette b: 14 Sep 1846 in St. Polycarpe, Quebec
Caroline Bissonnette b: March 1849 in St. Polycarpe, Quebec
Emery Bissonnette b: ?? died as an infant in St. Polycarpe, Que
Napoleon Bissonnette b: ca. 1855 in St. Polycarpe, Quebec
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:
"Canada Census, 1871," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M47W-CR4 : 2 April 2016), Pierre Bissonette, Alfred, Prescott, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 30, line 1; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10011, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,628.
"Canada Census, 1881," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVX4-5HK : 30 June 2017), Pierre Bissonette, Alfred, Prescott, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 45; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13228, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,864.
"Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMKW-XQY : 10 April 2015), Sophie Raby in entry for Leonidas Bissonnet* and Zephirine Pitre, 03 Oct 1894; citing registration , Curran, Prescott, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,706.