Notes for Ignace Pitre:
This family presents quite a few challenges, not least because of the different surname usages/spellings. After finally accessing all years of Canadian census, I believe Ignace is most probably the son of Jean Marie 'Jean Baptiste' Pitre and his first wife Julie Leduc.
The 1825 census of St. Regis lists the household of Ignace Pitre as a married couple (husband 25-39 & wife 14-44). By the 1842 census of Dundee he is listed as having a household of 10 people. Using a birth rate of one child every 2 years, that would mean 8 children + the parents. The 1851 St. Regis census lists him as Ignace Lajambe 42, wife Marie 39 and 9 children. There is a gap in the children's ages between Pierre & Thomas, possibly indicating 3 deceased children, and another gap between Thomas & John, possibly indicating 2 more. This would total the 8 supposed children from the 1842 census.
The 1861 census of Dundee then lists him as Angus Pitts 66 (anglicized version of Ignace Pitre), wife Polly 52, & 6 children. Son Thomas Pitts is also in Dundee but still single. Sometime before the 1870 census Ignace dies, as the 1870 Franklin, NY census has his widow Mary Petes 69 living with 3 of their children, while son Thomas Lashombe is now married with 6 children and living with his maternal grandparents.
The 1881 Dundee census shows son Thomas Peets 47, with wife Lucy, their 7 children, his widowed mother Mary 68, and brother Etienne. Then lastly the 1891 Dundee census has Thomas Peets, his children, and mother Mary 78. Marie Maher, Ignace's widow, dies in December 1891 at St. Regis aged 81 years.
Other than the children whose births/deaths were listed in the St. Regis registers, the rest of the family is open to question. Son Thomas' birth and marriage identifies his parents, but I have not found this definitive tie for sons Pierre, Joseph or Francois Xavier. And of the other children whose birth records were found or who appear in the census listing, I have yet to find what became of them.
Obituaries for the children:
Thomas Lajambe: Adirondack News, Saturday, 12 February 1916: Moira: Thomas Peets, a former resident of Moira, died at his home at Hopkins Point last Thursday, aged 81 years. He was a most highly respected man. The burial was at Brushton. He is survived by his wife and four sons, John, David, Will and Albert and three daughters, Mrs. John McCullough, Mrs. Agnes Walsh, of Moira and Mary of Hopkins Point.
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