Joseph Pitre, son of Claude Jean Pitre and Anne Henry, was born and baptized on 27 December 1718 in Port-Royal, Acadie. Joseph was the fifth of eight children born to Claude Pitre and his second wife Anne "Jeanne" Henry. Because of his father’s first marriage he actually had a total of seven siblings at the time of his birth. Three more were to follow after Joseph.
Over the next twenty years the Acadians increased rapidly in population and expanded into new settlements. On the 3rd of July 1741, at Beaubassin, Joseph married 20-year-old Catherine Josephe Thibodeau, the eighth child of Pierre Thibodeau and Anne Marie Aucoin. Three years later war broke out again in Europe. The French hoped the Acadians would support them and the English were worried about the same thing. Most Acadians remained neutral but that did not ease England's anxiety.
By 1752 Joseph and his family were at Chipoudy. He is listed with a wife, two boys and three girls. The boys are Flavien, 6 and Louis, 2; the girls' names and fates are unknown, but their ages would likely have been 10, 8 and 4.) His widowed mother, Anne Henry, was there as well with Joseph’s brother Charles and a sister, probably Therese. Also listed is his half-brother Pierre with his wife and seven children.
As the situation worsened, staying in Acadia no longer seemed an option. The family escaped to St. François du Lac in Quebec, where eleven-year-old Flavien died in July of 1757. Joseph, however, did not escape. Records show that on 20 November 1755 Joseph arrived alone in South Carolina on the Endeavour, having been arrested and deported from Beaubassin at the time of the great deportation of the residents of Acadia by the British.
Eight long years later, with the release of all Acadian prisoners of war by the Treaty of Paris in 1863, Joseph made his way back to his family. Not long after his return, circa 1765, Joseph Pitre, not yet fifty, died.
Ted came into contact with [a genealogist] who is researching the Pitre line. She established our Pitre lineage given the information we already knew. She gave the lineage as Joseph (Cayen) Pitre - Alexis Pitre - Alexis Pitre (Sr) - Joseph Pitre - Joseph Pitre (Sr) - Claude Pitre - Jean Pitre. She gives two wives to Joseph Pitre, fils. He married Madeleine Frenet on 8 Feb 1779, then Francoise Langlois 27 Oct 1788.
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