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Marie Pitre is the ancestral matriarch of the Acadian Amirault family.
Around 1683 Marie married François Amireau, called Tourangeau, a native of Tours or Touraine. Between 1684 and 1709 Marie gave birth to 11 children: Marie (dit Tourangeau), François (dit Tourangeau), Joseph, Anne, Jeanne, Madeleine, Pierre, Charles, Jacques, Marguerite, and Elisabeth (Isabelle). All but the first two and last children were baptised privately at birth. The full religious ceremony was provided on May 22 and 23 1705 at Port-Royal, and recorded in the register on October 23 1705.
According to the censuses, the family lived in a few locations in Acadia: 1686 Port-Royal, 1693 Port-Razoir, and 1708 Cape Sable. François and Marie are both listed as inhabitants of the East Coast of Acadie in 1714 on the marriage registration for François (son) and Magdelaine Laure. They are still on the East Coast of Acadie in 1718 according to the marriage registration of Joseph and Marguerite Laure. In 1719 they are simply referred to as habitants of the coast in the marriage registration of Magdaleine and Jean Comeau. In the 1723 marriage registration of Marguerite and Jacques Mius de Pobomcoup, François and Marie are said to be living in Cape Sable. By November 1725, they are both listed as living in Cobequid (present day Truro), in the marriage register for Jeanne and Jacques Giroard. In 1726, they are still listed as living in Cobequid in the July marriage registration of Pierre and Anne Brun, and on both the August marriage registrations of Jacques and Jeanne Lord, and Charles and Claire Dugas.
After 1726, Marie Pitre disappears from records, age 60 years. François would live another 11 years.
DNA. Marie's mother was Marie Pessely, whose mother was Barbe Bajolet. The Mothers of Acadia Maternal DNA project is conducting ongoing research to verify their origins. In 2010, Stephen White reported Barbe Bajolet had an X2b haplogroup. I don't know the details re how many of her descendants were tested to support this report. Lucie Leblanc Constantino reported one result here, interpreting the result as of European origin. Ongoing test results are also reported here. As of May 2014, 3 descendants have reported a haplogroup X, one reporting a haplogroup X2b7. Most of the time, X haplogroup indicates European origins. Acadian haplogroup X belongs in Native American haplogroup X when mutations 8913G, 12397G, and 14502C are present. To date, these mutations are not found in the four samples.
Jean PITRE, edge tool maker, 35, wife Marie PESELET 26; Children: Marie 5, Catherine 3, Claude 9 months; cattle 1.
Jean Pitre & Marie Pesselet, 2 acres & 2 cows, 4 boys: age 10-born 1668, 5-1673, 3-1675, 1-1677; 2 girls: 14-1664, 11-1667
Francois TOURANGEAU 42, Marie PITRE 22; child: Jeanne 2.
Francois TOURANJEAU 38, Marie PITRE his wife 26, 4 children.
4th Family Francois Tourangeau 66, Marie Pitre 42, Francois his son 21, Joseph 19, Pierre 10, Charles 8, Jacques 6, Anne 17, Jeanne 14, Madelaine 12, Marguerite 4.
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