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Simon Eustache Pitre (1717)

Simon Eustache Pitre
Born in Port-Royal, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
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Simon Eustache Pitre was born on the 20th of May 1717 at Port Royal, Acadia, the 6th child and 3rd son of Francois Pitre and Anne Prejean. He was baptized 10 Aug 1717 at Port Royal. His godparents were Simon Le Blanc and Jeanne Dupius, wife of Guillaume Blanchard.[1] [2]

When Simon was eight his father died. His mother remarried to widower Michel Boudrot in 1732. Simon, one brother and two of his sisters were still single at this time, out of eleven siblings altogether.

About five years later, 20-year-old Simon married Anne Marie Hebert. The family was probably settled in Grand Pre by this time. I have been able to definitively trace only three daughters to this couple thus far. There was Marguerite born about 1738, who married Joseph Furne c1759. Then there were two Ceciles, the first born in 1746, the second in 1748. Neither, if both survived, married that I can find.

In 1755, there was a group of Acadians held in the St. Charles des Mines Church at Grand Pre awaiting deportation. Amongst the men and boys listed there were two Simon Pitres, an Antoine and a Dominique. Possibly one of those was Simon Eustache age 38, two others may have been his brother Antoine age 49 and Antoine’s son Simon age 15. Maybe Dominique was Simon’s son.

If they survived their imprisonment long enough to be deported they may have perished at sea. Antoine Pitre certainly died between 1755 and 1763, but his widow (with some of her children including son Simon) disembarked at St. Malo from England on 23rd May 1763 from the ship La Dorothee. I have no other record of Simon Eustache Pitre, his wife Anne Marie Hebert, or Dominique Pitre.

Simon’s daughter Marguerite and her husband Joseph Furne were initially deported to New England, and then made their way to Mirebalais, St. Dominigue in the West Indies. By 1770 Marguerite and her five children were dead at Mirebalais.

Sources

  1. Library and Archives Canada, Fonds de la paroisse catholique Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Port-Royal, N.-É.)-1870 C-1870 (image 06) http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c1869/6?r=0&s=5
  2. An Acadian Parish Remembered The Registers of St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, 1702-1755 Simon Eustache Pitre baptism 20 May 1717 RG 1 volume 26 page 152 https://novascotia.ca/archives/acadian/archives.asp?ID=675
  • BIRTH: Arsenault, H&G, p. 727 (Port Royal). Settled at Grand Pré.
  • BIRTH-BAPTISM-MARRIAGE: Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Acadiennes - Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Acadiennes, Première Partie 1636-1714 - Stephen A. White - 2 vols., Moncton, New Brunswick: Centre d'Études Acadiennes, 1999 - p. 1325


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