Pierre Pitre 1821 Les Cedres, Quebec – after 1866
Continuation of tree (16th child of Pierre Pitre/Julie 'Angelique' Leduc); all known surname descendants: 6 Pierre Pitre b: 21 May 1821 St. Joseph de Soulanges, Les Cedres, Quebec; d: Bet. 1866-1880 +Marcelline Hainault b: 7 February 1823 St. Clement, Beauharnois, Quebec; m: 27 October 1846 St. Timothee, Beauharnois, Quebec [Etienne/Josephe Peron]; d: 23 May 1900 Eureka, Lincoln, MT 7 Pierre Pitre b: 30 November 1847 St. Timothee, Beauharnois, Quebec; d: 8 April 1920 Anaconda, Deer Lodge, MT +Elizabeth Marceline Henault b: April 1856 Missouri; m: 3 November 1873 Buchanan, MO [Francois/Mary ---]; d: 4 July 1936 Anaconda, Deer Lodge, MT 7 Aglae Pitre b: 15 April 1850 St. Timothee, Beauharnois, Quebec; d: Aft. 1851 7 Joseph Napoleon Pitre b: 9 September 1852 St. Timothee, Beauharnois, Quebec; d: 1899 Eureka, Lincoln, MT +Elizabeth Kibler m: 7 November 1878 Butte, Deer Lodge, MT 7 Philomene Elise Pitre b: 6 November 1854 St. Louis de Gonzague, Beauharnois, Quebec; d: 17 September 1855 St. Timothee, Beauharnois, Quebec 7 Mary J. Peters b: Abt. 1855 Canada; d: Aft. 1870 7 Emily Peters b: Abt. 1859 Canada; d: Aft. 1870 7 Thomas Peters b: Abt. 1863 Canada; d: Aft. 1880 Montana 7 Louisa Peters b: Abt. 1867 Canada; d: Aft. 1880 Montana
Notes for Pierre Pitre: Census - 1851 St. Timothee, Beauharnois, Quebec: Pierre Pitre 32 (day laborer), wife Marceline Heneau 29, Pierre 5, Aglae 2.
- 1860/61: In a later census it was noted that the family emigrated in 1861.
- 1870 St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri: Marcelline Hainault's Canadian-born brother Narcisse Henault 48, his 2nd wife Louisa 39, Hortense 17, Ezias 12, plus Canadian-born Peters children: Mary J. 15, Emily 11, Thomas 7, & Louisa 3.
- 1880 Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, MT: Marceline 57 (now remarried), husband Silva Vitano 62 (farmer), adopted David Cantoe 10, 3 lodgers. Peter Peters (the son) 37 (farmer), wife Lizzie 24, Charles Lee 7, Emma 5, Alexander 2, and laborer Nelson Norman 22 [Also in Upper Deer Lodge Valley: Narcisse Hanna 59, wife Louisa 50, Joseph 8, plus Missouri-born Thomas Peters 17 & Louisa Peters 15.]
Notes for Marcelline Hainault: - Information from descendant 'Louise' Lyle Weeks (Laine): Widow Marcelline (aka Marie Louise) Hainault's family emigrated with a group to St. Joseph, Missouri about 1866. This was followed by a trek onward to Montana. Her Hainault family (father Francois) followed onto Montana after her son Peter had taken Elizabeth Marceline Henault (aka Mary Elizabeth) west. Already a widow by the time Peter was 12, she apprenticed Peter to a wagon-master as a bull-whacker. Though he was an early pioneer he never used a gun, but he could take the head off a small varmint with the whip. - Tombstone inscription: Tobacco Valley Cemetery, Eureka, Lincoln, MT: Maccilen Vitona / Born Sept. 22, 1825 / Died May 23, 1900 / Age 74 yrs 8 mos 1 dy / Napoleon Peters / Born 1852 / Died 1899 / Age 47 yrs
Obituaries for the children: Pierre Pitre: Butte Paper: 8 April 1920 - Montana Pioneer Answers Call: Peter Peters, Who Settled in Lower Deer Lodge Valley in 1863, Is Dead: Peter Peters died shortly after 3 o'clock yesterday in his home, 616 West Park avenue. He had been in poor health for the past several years. A year ago his condition became such his life was despaired of, but he rallied and for a while appeared to have -------. Last winter the old malady again made its appearance and his death was not unexpected. ***Adventurous Nature** Mr. Peters was 73 years of age and a native of Boharnois, province of Quebec, Canada. He inherited the adventuresome nature of his French ancestors, and while still a youth started for the West of which he had many tales from the French voyageurs. He arrived in the Deer Lodge valley in 1863, but instead of devoting his energies to gold mining like the majority of his companions, he took up a ranch in the vicinity of French Crossing. In 1873 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Henault, oldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Francis Henault, pioneer residents of the lower valley. Their home at French Crossing was one of the best known in the early days, and a favorite stopping place for stage passengers en route between Butte, Deer Lodge and other western camps. In 1893 Mr. Peters disposed of his ranchhouse and moved his family to Eureka. His heart, however, was centered in the Deer Lodge valley and after several years' residence in Eureka he returned to engage in ranching on the old Henault place. Owing to failing health, the family moved to Anaconda about two years ago to make his home. During his long residence in Montana Mr. Peters refused to take any part in politics, although his friends approached him to run for office on several occasions. Although taking a deep interest in the interests of the community in which he lived, he seldom mingled in public affairs. His greatest pleasure was to be with his wife and children, and with the latter he was considered as much in the light of a chum as a father. Besides his wife he is survived by four children, George of Eureka, Walter and Mrs. John Weeks of Pocatello, Idaho, and Miss Elizabeth Peters of this city. A brother, George Peters, when last heard from, was in South America. Funeral arrangements have not been made, awaiting the arrival of the children, who are expected to arrive today.
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Last updated: 3 October 2010
First, I googled Pierre Pitre and got the website below. Thought I'd just need to check the 1880 US Federal Census for Deer Lodge Valley, Montana, but they were not on the census for either township listed. Maybe the township lines were redrawn. The earliest available was for 1900. I had success with the Montana Death Index on Ancestry for some of the family, and hints started appearing for everyone one but Emma and Alexander under the name Peters. Now I have changed the name on Ancestry to Pitre to see if that name was used in their early life together.
I only adopted these profiles to take my time to find correct sources. They are not close relatives as my Peters relatives trace to Germany. If anyone is related and would like to become the manager of Emma, Alexander or Charles, just contact me. Beverly.
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