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Antoine Pitre (1706 - bef. 1763)

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Antoine Pitre
Born in Port Royal, Acadiamap
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Biography

Antoine Pitre was born on the 19th of July 1706 at Port Royal, Acadia,[1] the eldest child of Francois Pitre and Anne Prejean. Ten siblings were to follow. Antoine’s father died at the age of 48, leaving Antoine at nineteen as the eldest male in the household. They remained at Port Royal where his mother married a second time to widower Michel Boudrot in 1732. (His brother Jean Baptiste and three sisters would all marry Boudrot offspring of Michel and first wife Cecile Leblanc.)[2]

Antoine himself married about the same time as his mother’s remarriage. Around 1731, he married Anne Comeau,[3] the 12th of 15 children born to Jean Augustin Comeau and Catherine Babin. They settled in the Riviere aux Canards and Grand Pre area where they spent the next twenty years.[4]

In 1755 included on the list of prisoners held at Grand Pre to be deported were the names of Antoine Pitre, Dominique Pitre and two Simon Pitres. (I believe these to be Antoine and his 15-year-old son Simon, Antoine’s brother Simon Eustache and probably a son of Simon Eustache.)[5]

Early in 1756 Antoine’s family along with hundreds of others were removed from the Grand Pre area. They were probably put on the Virginia Packet, Ball, which arrived in Bristol, England on 23rd June 1756, arriving with 299 neutral French on board. The prisoners were held at Stapleton, just north of the city. Daughter Nathalie may have already married Paul Boudrot by then as their son was born in England.[6]

Antoine may have survived the journey but not the deprivations experienced in England. Seven years after their arrival the survivors (175 Acadians) were taken overland to Southampton and sailed to St. Malo on the king’s frigate La Dorothee (21 May 1763). They were listed as Pierre not Pitre on the manifest and included Antoine’s widow, Anne Comeau now almost 55, sons Simon and Joseph, daughters Marie and Agnes, and widowed Nathalie and her 5-year-old son Cesar Pierre Boudrot.[7] [8]

They settled in St. Servan, where Anne Comeau died on the 30th of August 1772. Of their children: Nathalie had remarried to Jean Jacques Leblanc in 1766 but she arrived as a widow in Louisiana in 1785 with two children; Simon married Genevieve Richard in 1767 but died in hospital in France three years later (his widow and daughter left for Louisiana in 1785).[9] I have no further records for Marie, Agnes or Joseph.

Sources

  1. 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, p. 1325 (cites Rg PR).
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  3. 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, p. 1325.
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  8. 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, p. 1325 ("entre 1755 and 1763").
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