Pierre Cyr, son of Pierre Cyre and Marie Bourgeois, was born about 1677. He married Claire Cormier, daughter of Thomas & Marie-Madeleine Girouard) after the 1701 census. Pierre's father died when he was two years old. His mother remarried, and he was raised by his mother's second husband Germain Girouard.
Sometime after the Census of 1701, Pierre married Claire Cormier, daughter of Thomas Cormier and Marie Madeleine Girouard. Their growing family continued to be listed in subsequent censuses of 1703, 1707, and 1714 in the parish of Beaubassin, Acadia (Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada).
By the middle of 1720s, his wife Claire, had given birth to 11 children: Marie (a 1702), unknown son (b 1703), Anne (a 1703), Marquerite (a 1703), Pierre (b 1713), Jean-Jacques (c 1713), Françoise (a 1714), Joseph (1718), Honoré (1720) Agnès (1723), and another Marie (a 1723).
Beside their own children, the couple also took care of Claire's older sister’s son, Claude Boudrot, who was left orphaned after the death of his parents. Claude was about 5 years old when he joined the Cyr family.
Large families were very common in Acadian communities. The couple raised their children during the ‘Golden Age of Acadia’, the years between 1710 and 1744. This meant that food was plentiful and there was neither famine nor war nor epidemics to take its toll on the community. “The collective experience was of low infant mortality and of a community of multiple generations.” And Naomi Griffiths explains further, “The majority of children lived to become parents themselves. The contrast with the survival rate of contemporary Europe was remarkable.” Claire lived to see 10 of her 11 children survive to adulthood, who then married and started families of their own.
The date of Pierre's death is unknown but it was after 3 Mar 1741. [posted by Karen Theriot Reader, Rootsweb.com]
c1677 birth in Acadia
1687 War of the League of Augsburg (King William’s War) starts between England and France
1686 Residence, in Beaubassin
1693 Residence, in Beaubassin
1698 Residence, in Beaubassin
1696 Benjamin Church raids Beaubassin. Once the English ships were seen, the inhabitants fled, carrying their more valuable possessions. Church “…stayed nine days and in his own account …admitted that the settlers’ ”cattle sheep, hogs, and dogs” were left ”lying dead about their houses, chopped and hacked with hatches". The church and some of the houses were also burnt.
1700 Residence, in Beaubassin
a1701 married Claire Cormier
1702 War of the Spanish Succession (Queen Anne’s War) starts between England and France
a1702 birth, daughter Marie
b1703 birth, unknown son
1703 Residence, in Beaubassin
a1703 birth, daughter Anne
a1703 birth, daughter Marguerite
1704 Church raids Beaubassin again: “The Acadians were in arms and an indecisive skirmish ensued. After the Acadians retreated into the woods, Church and his men found that the inhabitants had removed as much of their household and farm goods as possible. Church set the buildings on fire and killed about 100 cattle before leaving to return to Boston
1707 Residence, in Beaubassin
b1713 birth, son Pierre
c1713, birth son Jean-Jacques
1714-15: A new English king requires oaths of allegiance. Delegates from Beaubassin sign a conditional oath of allegiance, promising to stay true to the King of Great Britain for as long as they stayed in Nova Scotia, and to remain neutral in the event of a conflict between France and Great Britain
1714 Residence, in Beaubassin
a1714 Birth, daughter Françoise
1718 Birth, son Joseph
1720 Birth, daughter Honoré
1720 and onward: Acadians refuse to sign an unconditional oath of allegiance. This is tolerated by the British as they lack military means to enforce the oath.
1713-1744: Golden Age of Acadian Growth and Prosperity. Beaubassin is productive in raising cattle, growing grain, and trading fur with the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet. Surpluses are traded with both the English (Bay of Fundy) and the French (Baie Vert).
1723 birth, daughter Agnès
a1725 birth, daughter Marie
Aft 3 Mar 1741 death [posted by Karen Theriot Reader, Rootsweb.com]
↑ Stephen A. White, DICTIONNAIRE GENEALOGIQUE DES FAMILLES ACADIENNES; 1636-1714; Moncton, New Brunswick, Centre d'Etudes Acadiennes, 1999, 2 vols.; pp. 433 & 435; own copy.
1686 Acadian Census at Beaubassin: Germain GIROUARD 30, Marie BOURGEOIS 34; children of Marie BOURGEOIS and Pierre CIRE (her first husband): Jean 15, Pierre 8, Guillaume 6; (and by her second husband:) Germain Girouer 4, Agnes 7 months; 1 gun, 4 arpents, 8 cattle, 3 sheep, 4 hogs.
1693 Acadian Census at Beaubassin: Marie GIROUARD (sic Bourgeois) widow (of Pierre SIRE and Germain GIROUARD) 41, Jean SIRE 22, Piere SIRE 16, Guillaume SIRE 14, Germain GIROUARD 12, Agnes GIROUARD 8; 20 cattle, 23 sheep, 11 hogs, 8 arpents, 2 guns.
1698 Acadian census at Beaubassin: Marie BOURGEOIS widow (of Pierre SIRE and Germain GIROUARD) 47; Jean SIRE her son 26; Francoise MELLANSON his wife 14; children of widow BOURGEOIS; Pierre SIRE 22; Guillaume (SIRE) 19; Germain (GIROUARD) 15; Agnes (GIROUARD) 13; 9 cattle, 2 sheep, 6 hogs, 21 arpents, 3 guns 1 servant
1700 Acadian census at Beaubassin: The widow of GIROUARD (Marie BOURGEOIS) 49; Pierre 24; Guillaume 21; Germain 19; Agnes 15; 15 cattle, 6 sheep, 15 hogs, 21 arpents, 3 guns.
1703 Acadian census at Beaubassin: Pierre SIRE, his wife, one boy, one girl, one arms bearer.
1707 Acadian census at Beaubassin: Pierre Sire and Anne [sic] Cormier, 2 girls less than 12; 8 arpents (CHECK as SW cites 4 arpents en valeur), 12 cattle, 8 sheep, 5 hogs.
1714 Acadian census at Beaubassin: Pierre SIRE and Claire CORMIER his spouse; children: Marie, Anne, Margueritte, Pierre, Jean-Jacques, Claude BOUDROT, orphan.
White, Stephen A., Patrice Gallant, and Hector-J Hébert. Dictionnaire Généalogique Des Familles Acadiennes. Moncton, N.-B.: Centre D'études Acadiennes, Université De Moncton, 1999, Print, p195-196 (Boudrot); p401,402 (Cormier); 433,435-436, (Cyr).
Surette, Paul. Atlas of the Acadian Settlement of the Beaubassin 1660 to 1755. Tintamarre and Le Lac. Tantramar Heritage Trust. 2005, p 44-45 (parents' Ouesqoque homestead at Amherst Point); p9(dispute with the Poiriers); p ? (Cormier marital homestead location); p 16 (adoption of sister Marie-Madeleine Cormier Boudrot’s orphans)
Griffiths, Naomi E.S., From migrant to Acadian : a North-American border people, 1604-1755, Montreal (Québec), McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005, p147-151 (King William’s War); p 164 (1696 Church raid of Beaubassin); p173 (survival to maturity relative to Europe); p 208 (1704 Church’s Raid on Beaubassin)); p 267-268 (oaths of allegiance)
Dunn, Brenda. A History of Port Royal / Annapolis Royal 1605-1800. Nimbus Publishing, p44-45 (1697 Treaty of Ryswick); p52-53(1702 Queen Anne’s War); p82-85(1710 Siege of PR).
The Neutrality: Political Context, 1755 Histoire et Les Histoires, University of Moncton
Griffiths, Naomie E.S. The Contexts of Acadian History 1686-1784.Published for the Center for Canadian Studies Mount Allison University, Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 1992, p60 (low infant mortality, multiple generation); p61 (golden age);
Brun, Régis with contributions by AJB Johnston and E Clarke, Fort Beauséjour/Fort Cumberland: Une Histoire/A History, Société du Monument Lefebvre in Collaboration with Parks Canada, Accessed November 2013; Second Site v5.0.9.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Pierre by comparing test results with other
carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA test-takers in his direct paternal line.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: