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Pierre Bissonette (1815 - aft. 1894)

Pierre Bissonette aka Bissonnette
Born in Saint Polycarpe, Vaudreuil Dist., Bas Canada (Quebec)map
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 22 Jan 1856 in Saint Clet, Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died after after age 79 in North Plantagenet Twp., Prescott, Ontario, Canadamap
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Profile last modified | Created 31 Aug 2009 | Last significant change: 19 Feb 2023
00:34: Irene LaPrairie added Genevieve Ranger (1791-1872) as mother of Pierre Bissonette (1815-aft.1894). [Thank Irene for this]
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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.[1][2]

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:

  1. Olivier Bissonnette b: 14 January 1840 in St. Polycarpe, Quebec
  2. Evariste Bissonnette b: 14 Sep 1846 in St. Polycarpe, Quebec
  3. Caroline Bissonnette b: March 1849 in St. Polycarpe, Quebec
  4. Emery Bissonnette b: ?? died as an infant in St. Polycarpe, Que
  5. 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:

  1. Leonidas Bissonette, b: 15 July 1859 in Alfred, Prescott, Ontario, Canada

By 1871, all of Pierre's children by his 1st marriage had left home except for 16-year-old Napoleon Bissonette.

Canada Census, 1871:
Location: Alfred, Prescott, Ontario, Canada
Household... Role... Sex ... Age ... Birthplace
Pierre Bissonette..... M...... 55...... Quebec
Napoleon Bissonette...M...15...... Quebec
Leonidase Bissonette ..M..11........Ontario
Canada Census, 1881:
Location: Alfred, Prescott, Ontario, Canada
Household... Role... Sex ... Age ... Birthplace
Pierre Bissonette...... M..... 67..... Quebec
Sophie Bissonette......F.......65..... Quebec
Leonidase Bissonette...M...21.... Quebec
Marie Bissonette........F.......24.....Quebec
Arthur Bissonette.......M.....5mo..Ontario

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.


  1. Julia's Bissonnette Tree on RootsWeb - Pierre Bissonnette. A family genealogy by his great-granddaughter, based on family documents.
  2. The genealogy of this family in Quebec is given in great detail on the following web site: Auguste OUELLETTE m. Emma BISSONNETTE by christinefuller06 (View posts) Posted: 04 Feb 2011 08:29AM.
  • "Canada Census, 1871," database, FamilySearch ( : 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 ( : 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 ( : 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.

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