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Pierre Pitre (1814 - 1876)

Pierre Pitre
Born in Opelousas, St. Landry, Louisianamap
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Husband of — married 22 Dec 1834 in Opelousas, St. Landry, Louisianamap
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Died at age 61 in Opelousas, St. Landry, Louisianamap
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PITRE, Pierre (Pierre & Symphrose VIGE - natives of this parish) b. 13 Nov. 1814, bt. 11 Dec. 1814 Pats: Pierre PITRE & Marie FONTENAU - from here; Mats: Charles VIGE - from Canada & Catherine CATOIRE - of New Orleans; Spons: Charles VIGE fils [Jr.] - represented by Jean Baptiste JEANSON & Marie FONTENAU, widow of Pierre FORE - grandparents of the child. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (Opel. Ch.: v.2, p.43)
PITRE, Pierre (Pierre & Symphorose VIGE) m. 22 Dec. 1834 Emeline LEDOUX (Opel. Ch.: v. 2, p. 67)
PITRE, Pierre fils m. 18 Dec. 1834 Meline LEDOUX (Opel. Ct. Hse.: Mar. #90)
PITRE, Pierre (Pierre & Symphorose VIGE) m. 22 Dec. 1834 Emeline LEDOUX (Opel. Ch.: v. 2, p. 67)
LEDOUX, Meline m. 18 Dec. 1834 Pierre PITRE, fils (Opel. Ct. Hse.: Mar. #90)
LEDOUX, Emeline (Eugene & Alesie PITRE) m. 22 Dec. 1834 Pierre PITRE (Opel. Ch.: v. 2, p. 67)
  1. PITRE, Nolle (Pierre & Emilien LEDOUX) m. 14 June 1860 Estette PITRE (Opel. Ch.: v. C-2, #243)
  2. PITRE, Amelia (Pierre, fils & Emelie Eugene LEDOUX) b. 29 June 1838 (Opel. Ch.: v. 4, p. 126); PITRE, Amelie (Pierre & Emeline LEDOUX) m. 14 Feb. 1855 Felix CHACHERE (Opel. Ch.: v. B, #67)
  3. PITRE, Elodie Marie (Pierre, fils & Emeline Louis LEDOUX) b. 28 Sept. 1842 (Opel. Ch.: v.4, p. 189); PITRE, Elodie (Pierre & Emeline LEDOUX) m. 18 Sept. 1861 Joseph CHACHERE (Opel. Ch.: v. D, # 53)
  4. PITRE, Marie Louise (Pierre & Meline LEDOUX) b. 7 August 1844 (Opel. Ch.: v.4, p.237)
  5. PITRE, Pierre (Pierre, fils & Emilie Eugenie LEDOUX) b. 31 Jan. 1837 (Opel. Ch.: v. 4, p. 33)
United States Census, 1850[1]
Pierre Pitre M 36 Louisiana
Melene Pitre F 32 Louisiana
Noll Pitre M 15 Louisiana
Emelia Pitre F 13 Louisiana
Eulodie Pitre F 10 Louisiana
Louise Pitre F 7 Louisiana
Léon Pitre M 6 Louisiana

Notes for Pierre Pitre:

Pierre Pitre was one of numerous great-grandchildren of Francois Pitre, the progenitor of the St. Landry branches of the Louisiana Pitres. He was born in 1814 as the eldest of 5 boys and 3 girls. Shortly after his 20th birthday he married Emelie Eugenie Ledoux. He was listed in the 1840 St. Landry census with his wife, 2 small children, and a slave (probably a teenage boy). By the 1850 census he was listed as a planter, with real estate worth $2000 and a family extending to 5 children. By the 1860 census he now had property worth $4000, and a personal estate of $15,000. His daughter Amelia has married Felix Veilland Chachere and son Nolle Pierre has married his 2nd cousin Estelle Pitre. Nolle has a personal estate worth $300. Daughter Elodie was still with the family but would marry Joseph Chachere (brother to Felix) a year later. If son Leon and daughter Marie Louise survived past the 1850 census I have no record of them.

There are many Pitre families missing from the 1870 census, and Pierre and son Nolle are two I cannot locate. Pierre's wife died in 1868, and he died in 1876 at the age of 61. Both of his married daughters preceded him, Amelia in 1866 about 2 months shy of her 28th birthday and Elodie in 1873 at the age of 30.

During the Civil War Nolle enlisted as a private in Co. B, 8th Louisiana Cavalry. He was eventually taken prisoner, but was paroled on 19th June 1865. Nolle appeared in the 1880 census with wife Estelle listed as partially blind, and 5 children, having lost 3 other children as infants. Two more children were born before Estelle died in 1885 at the age of 42. Nolle followed her 5 years later in 1890 at the age of 53. Pierre and Estelle are buried together in the old Opelousas Cemetery, where the tombstone included his military service and their birth/death dates.

Many of the remaining children died early as well: Martha in 1886, age 21, Laura in 1887, age 15, and Joseph in 1895, age 17. Lelia married Benjamin Franklin Roberts in 1891 but died 5 years later at the age of 29. Sons Michel and Adam were the only offspring to carry the Pitre surname in the 20th century. Rosa was living with her brother Michel in the 1900 census, but I do not know what became of her.


  • Title: Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900: compact disk #101; Author: Donald J. Hébert; Publication: Rayne, LA: Hébert Publications, 2001; CD 101; Personal Copy.
  1. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 November 2014), Pierre Pitre, St. Landry parish, St. Landry, Louisiana, United States; citing family 1612, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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