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Francois Pitre (1774 - 1817)

Francois "Pouponne" Pitre
Born in Opelousas Post, Louisiana, Viceroyalty of New Spainmap
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Husband of — married 23 Nov 1795 (to 11 Oct 1817) in Opelousas, St. Landry, Louisianamap
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Died at age 43 in Grand Prairie, St. Landry, Louisiana, United Statesmap
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Francois Pitre was born on June 20, 1774 [citation needed] in the Opelousas Post, Louisiana, Viceroyalty of New Spain, a son of François Pitre (c.1748–>1819) and Marie Josephe Thibodeau (1754–1817).[1][2] In 1777 he was six years old when he was counted on the census with his parents and two sisters.[3]

Francois (21) married Eugenie Guillory (18) (born on March 4, 1777 in Opelousas, St. Landry, Louisiana, New Spain; daughter of Jean Louis Belaire Guillory and Marie Jeanne Belaire Fontenot) on November 23, 1795 in Opelousas, Louisiana.[4]

Their known children were:

He bought land in Grand Prairie, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.[5]

Francois died on October 11, 1817 in Grand Prairie, St. Landry, Louisiana, United States, and was buried the next day.[6]


Notes for Francois Pouponne Pitre:

According to the Afro-Louisiana History & Genealogy site, Francois Pitre bought the following slaves:

18 March 1801 – Jenny (23, b. Jamaica) and a Creole girl b. Jamaica aged 1 (her daughter?), from Theophile Collins for 800 piastres

16 Sep 1803 – a boy (b. Brut, Africa) who arrived on the ship La Sally from west central Africa, from Juan Francisco Merieult for 430 piastres

11 Jun 1804 – Job (22, b. British Mainland Creole), from William Marson & George Grey (slavetraders from Tennessee) for 575 piastres

30 Jul 1807 – Dick (10), from Jesse Benton (from Tennessee) for $362

26 Mar 1808 – Caroline 13 (LA Creole) & Lilie 12, from Widow Jacques Puech for 1000 piastres

5 Feb 1810 – Ben (16), from Isaac Williams for $600

6 Jul 1810 – James (22, b. Africa), from Samuel Mitchell (from Mississippi) for $525.

2 Nov 1810 – Cisimir (15, b. Africa) from Francois Oyon for $600

27 Oct 1815 – Stevan (18), from Thomas Hardy for $600

12 Feb 1818 - Marie Louise (11), from Larose Fontenot for $400

1 Jun 1818 - Mona (8), from Eugene Ledoux for $550

23 Aug 1819 - James (12), from Daniel Winn for $825

(Many of these slaves are named in his mother's succession, so Francois Jr. may have purchased these slaves on behalf of his mother. Some or all may actually have been purchased by his father as the later dates are after his death.)

Francois Pouponne Pitre died on his 42nd birthday.

The estate of Francois Pitre (28 November 1817) on 14 December 1818 sold:

To the Widow Pitre: Julie (20), her children Dorote, 3 & Dominique, 3 months ($2020); Jim (35, b. Africa) $1230; Augustin (25, b. Africa) $1380; and To Charles Simon: Jean Louis (30, African) $1250.


  1. Winston De Ville, Southwest Louisiana Families in 1777: Census Records of Attakapas and Opelousas Posts (Ville Platte, Louisiana, 1987) citing Papeles Procedentes de Cuba, at the General Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain; legajo 2358, folios 258 -300.
  2. Winston De Ville, Mississippi Valley Mélange, vol. 1, (Baton Rouge, LA: Provincial Press, Claitor’s Publishing Division) p. 41;
    On the census with parents and 2 siblings 8 Nov 1774 in St. Landry, Louisiana.
  3. 1777 Census, Opelousas Post: De Ville, Southwest Louisiana Families in 1777, p.__.
    Family 42:
    - Francois Pitre, age 30; 50 cattle, 12 horses, 15 hogs, 0 sheep
    - Marguerite Thibodaut, wife, 25
    - Francois, son, 6
    - Louise, daughter, 4
    - Mannon, daughter, 2
  4. Donald J. Hébert, Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900, compact disk #101 ("SWLR CD"), (Rayne, LA: Hébert Publications, 2001; reprints by Claitor's Publications);
    • PITRE, Francois (Francois & ----) m. Monday, 23 Nov. 1795 Eugenie GUILLORY (Louis & Marie Jeane FONTENOT) Wits: P. DUPLECHIN, Francisco LARRAMENDI, Louis GUILLORY. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.60).
    • GUILLORY, Eugenie (Louis & Marie Jeane FONTENOT) m. 23 Nov. 1795 Francois PITRE (Francois & ---) Wits: P. DUPELCHIN, Francisco LARRAMENDI, Louis GUILLORY. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.60).
  5. Land 1800 Opelousas, St. Landry, LA: Attakapas Gazette Online; vol. IX, no. 1 (Mar 1974), p. 19;
    At Grande Prairie, Francois PITRE Junior, on 750 acres, worth $1000, with 2 slaves.
  6. Hébert, SWLR CD;
    Death: 11 Oct 1817:
    • PITRE, Francois - inhabitant at la grand prairie (dec. Francois & dec. Marie THIBEAUDEAU) died 11 Oct. 1817 at his home at age 42 years; bur. 12 Oct. 1817 in the parish cemetery. For Fr. ISABEY, the pastor of Atakapas. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (Opel. Ch.: v.1, p.163).
    Probate: 22 Dec 1818 Opelousas, St. Landry, LA.
    • (Opel.Ct.Hse.: Succ. #98).
    • PITRE, Francois Jr. widr. of Eugenie GUILLORY Succ. dated 22 Dec. 1818 (Opel. Ct.Hse.: Succ.#121)
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