This biography was copied in full from Wendy Pitre Roostan's website "The Pitre Trail from Acadia".
In 1686, at Port Royal, Mare (sic) aged 12, was living with his parents, Jean PITRE, aged 61 (sic), and Marie PESELET (sic), aged 45, and his six siblings: Claude, aged 16, Pierre, aged 9, Jean, aged 6, Francois, aged 4, an unnamed girl, aged 2, and an unnamed girl, aged 1 month. By this time his two oldest sisters had married and were settled nearby with their husbands.
"His father died when he was about sixteen but a stepfather fairly quickly appeared. With continuing attacks on Port Royal from New England, perhaps Marc delayed settling down as he did not marry until he was about 26.
In 1693, at Port Royal, Marie (sic), aged 18, was living with his stepfather, Francoise (sic) ROBIN, aged 50, and his mother, Marie PESSELET (sic), aged 48, and his five siblings: Claude, aged 22, Pierre, aged 13, Francois, aged 11, Marguerie (sic), aged 10, and Jeanne, aged 7. No land or livestock was listed.
Around 1699 he married Jeanne Brun, the eldest child of native Acadians, Sebastien Brun and Huguette Bourg, and who was about three years his junior. In the 1701 census of Port-Royal the newly married couple is listed with their son Claude, age 1. It's certainly possible that they had more than four surviving children, but at this point only the four listed have been traced back to this couple.
They seemed to have settled initially in Port Royal, where two sons were born. Port Royal was again attacked in 1704 so that may have prompted the move south to Cap Sable, as there are no other children of theirs in the Port Royal baptism registers and they next appeared in the 1708 census for Cap Sable. In the 1714 census of Acadia that lay within English control, the couple was listed with two sons and two daughters. This accounts for the four traceable offspring.
According to his declaration at Belle-Ile-en-Mer, their eldest child Claude Marc married at Cobequit in 1724, but it is unknown whether Marc and Jeanne were still alive. Possibly the family moved up to Cobequit in an attempt to escape English-controlled Acadia. The children seemed to have married either in Cobequit or Beaubassin. This would be a path of exile leading eventually to Ile St. Jean for a son and a daughter, and to Miramichi for another son. Their youngest daughter died in Beaubassin at the age of 33. It has been suggested that Marc’s widow Jeanne Brun was a refugee, with their son Jean Marc and his wife Judth Theriot, at Miramichi in 1760."
Marc passed away after 1714 since he does not appear in any censuses after that year.
In the original 1686 Census, Marc is listed correctly but transcribed as Mare.
In the original 1693 census at Port Royal, Francois Robin was listed correctly but transcribed as Francoise Robin, Marguerite was listed correctly but transcribed as Marguerie, Marc was listed correctly but transcribed as Marie, and Pesseley was listed as Pesselet.
at Port Royal: Jean PITRE 61, Marie PESELET 45; children: Claude 16, Mare 12, Pierre 9, Jean 6, Francois 4, one girl 2, one girl 1 month.
at Port Royal: Francoise ROBIN 50, Marie PESSELET 48, Claude 22, Marie 18, Pierre 13, Francois 11, Marguerie 10, Jeanne 7
Marc PITRE 29, Jeanne BOURG (wife); Claude 1; 1 gun, 7 cattle, 4 sheep, 2 hogs.
Marc PITRE and wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters.
BIRTH-MARRIAGE-CHILDREN: Bona Arsenault, HISTOIRE ET GENEALOGIE DES ACADIENS, vols. 1-6; 1630-1775; Quebec, Le Conseil de la Vie Francaise en Amerique, 1965; p. 727 (Port Royal); Univ. of Calif., Berkeley Library, CS31 A77 MAIN. Married around 1700 to Jeanne BRUN. Three children are listed.
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