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Marie Pitre (abt. 1666 - aft. 1726)

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Marie Pitre aka Amirault, Amireau dit Tourangeau
Born about in Port-Royal, Acadiemap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and
Wife of — married about 1683 in Port Royal, Acadiemap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Port-Royal, Acadiemap
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Marie Pitre is the ancestral matriarch of the Acadian Amirault family.

Marie was born around 1666. She was the daughter of Jean Pitre and Marie Pesseley.[1]

Marie was enumerated in her parents’ household in Port-Royal at the age of 5 (census of 1671)[2] and 14 (census of 1678) [3]

Around 1683 Marie married François Amireau, called Tourangeau, a native of Tours or Touraine.[1] 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).[1] 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[4], 1693 Port-Razoir[5], and 1708 Cape Sable[6]. 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.[7]

After 1726, Marie Pitre disappears from records, age 60 years. François would live another 11 years.[8]

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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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, 17-19.
  2. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1671 Acadian Census, at Port-Royal, Acadie. 1671 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752” Images 3-14.
    Jean PITRE, edge tool maker, 35, wife Marie PESELET 26; Children: Marie 5, Catherine 3, Claude 9 months; cattle 1.
  3. Tim Hebert; 1678 Port Royal Acadian Census noting that the correlations for this census were done by Rev. Clarence J. d'Entremont, Fairhaven, Massachusetts.1678 Census
    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
  4. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1686 Acadian Census, at Port-Royal, Acadie 1686 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 15-60.
    Francois TOURANGEAU 42, Marie PITRE 22; child: Jeanne 2.
  5. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1693 Acadian Census, at Port-Royal, Acadie 1693 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 62-108
    Francois TOURANJEAU 38, Marie PITRE his wife 26, 4 children.
  6. "Acadian Ancestral Home", hosted by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino; Acadia 1708 Census. Lucie’s note: ”Archives Publiques du Canada. Extrait F.1, 466-1. Copy of part of a manuscript in the possession of Mr. Edward E. Ayer of Chicago.” Note here: Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Image 238 containing only text which says that this census can be found “dans le cartable indiqué Vol 466 Pt. 2”. Note here: 1708 Census MG 18, F 18, 31 pages; Recensement nominatif des Français de Cap-Sable, Port-Razoir et La Have; recensement nominatif des Indiens en Acadie: Port Royal, Cap-Sable, La Have, Les Mines, Cap-Breton, Chignectou, Pentagouet, rivière Saint-Jean et autres lieux. Transcript available on-site, not on microfilm.
    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.
  7. Nova Scotia Archives, "An Acadian Parish Remembered - The Registers of St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, 1702-1755," register RG 1 volume 26 page 246-247; online database with images, Jacques Amiraut and Jeanne Lor - Marriage Record
  8. François Amirault dit Tourangeau
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see note on her husband.

merge into this one

posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Pitre-2547 and Pitre-1963 appear to represent the same person because: Please review these
posted by Philip Smith

Marie is 17 degrees from Frederick Douglass, 14 degrees from Margaret Summitt and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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