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Pierre Savoy (1741 - 1788)

Pierre Savoy aka Savoye
Born in Chipoudy, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
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Husband of — married 11 Jul 1772 in Point-Coupee,
Descendants descendants
Died in Opelousas, ST. Landry, Louisianamap
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Pierre Savoye was born 28 Feb 1741 to Paul Savoie and Judith Michel. He was baptized 26 June 1741 at Beaubassin. His godparents were Joseph Savoye and Marie Roy, all inhabitants of Chipoudy.[1] Both parents were natives of Acadia and both were deceased by the time Paul was married. [2] His birth year was estimated from the age given in the 1777 census. [3]

1765: At age 24, he traveled from Halifax to New Orleans via Cap-Français either with or soon after the Broussard party (Feb) with his sister Anastasie Savoie and her husband. In late April, they likely accompanied the Broussard party to the lower Teche in Attakapas and then retreated back up the Teche towards the Opelousas post during the epidemic that hit the Têche Acadians that summer & fall. [4]

1766: He is identified in the Census of the Opelousas post as a resident of the Acadian settlement. [5]

1771: He is listed in the in Opelousas census as age 26[sic], living with the family of his brother-in-law Charles Comeaux (and his sister Anastasie Savoie).[6]

11 July 1772: He married Louise Bourg, daughter of Charles Bourg and Anne Bodrot in Point-Coupee, Louisiana. [2]

25 October 1774: The census of the Opelousas District indicates that his household consisted of Pierre Savoie and his wife. The couple owned 30 cattle, 6 horses or mules, and 15 pigs. [7]

1774/1775: Daughter Scholastique is born.

1777: Pierre (age 36) and Louise (age 20) are listed with their daughter Scolastie (age 3) in the Census of Opeousas, along with 60 cattle, 12 horses, and 20 hogs.[3]

8 June 8 1777: He is listed as a fuselier in the Opelousas District militia, . [8]

30 May 1779: Daughter Louise is baptized. She died shortly after in 1780.[9].

5 Aug 1781: Son Pierre Placide is baptized when 5 months old. [10]

Dec 1782: Daughter Silesie dit Celeste was born. [11]

30 July 1785: He is identified as a fusilier (i.e., a private) in the muster roll of the Opelousas militia unit.[12]

1785: Son Hypolite is born.

18 Dec 1786: Daughter Eugenie is born.[13]

23 March 1788: Died. He was buried the next day by Father Bernardo de Deva, priest of St. Gabriel Parish at Iberville on the Mississippi River. [14]

10 May 1788: His succession was opened in the Opelousas post . [15]


Scholastique, b. after Nov 1774, m. Jean Baptiste David
Louise, b. May 1779
Pierre Placide, b. Mar 1781, m. Adelaide Babin
Silesie dit Celeste, b. Dec 1782, m. Louis Guidry
Hypolite, b. 1785, m. Marie Comeau
Eugenie, b. 18 Dec 1786, m. Antoine Dupre and Jean Fabien Richard


  1. Library and Archives Canada Fonds des Archives départementales de la Charente-Maritime [La Rochelle, France] : C-1207 Registres de Beaubassin - reel_c1207 MG 6 A 2 (Image 84)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol 2, pp.124 & 667. "BOURG, Louise (Charles & Anne BODROT, of St. Louis Parish, Acadia) m. 11 July 1772, Pierre SAVOIE (Paul & Judith MICHEL, both decd. & natives of St. Ann Parish, Acadia) wit: Donal Bello, Jean Dubrodes, J. Chevalier (PCP-2, part 2, 137) "
  3. 3.0 3.1 Southwest Louisiana Families in 1777: Census Records of Attakapas and Opelousas Posts; Winston De Ville, Publication: Claitor's Publishing; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1987, Reprinted June 2010; (Source: Papeles Procedentes de Cuba, at the General Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain; legajo 2358, folios 258 -300); p. copy in possession of Jacqueline Girouard; p. 25
    111. Pierre SÇAVOIE, 36;
    Louise BOURG, wife, 20.
    Filles: Scolastie, 3.
    There were 60 cattle, 12 horses, and 20 hogs.
  4. Steven A. Cormier, "Acadians in Gray", online, (citing Brasseaux, "Founding of New Acadia")
  5. Census of the Opelousas District, April 4, 1766, AGI, ASD 2595;
  6. De Ville, "Opelousas Post Census, 1771", 10
  7. General Census of the Opelousas District, October 25, 1774, AGI, PPC, 189A:106-110;
  8. Muster Roll of the Opelousas Militia, June 8, 1777, AGI, PPC, legajo 161
  9. Donald J. Hebert, Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1800; vol. 1-A, rev. ed., Rayne, LA, Hebert Publications, 1996; p. 699; "SAVOIE, Louise (Pierre and Louise BOURQUE) bt. 30 May 1779. (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A p.16)"
  10. Southwest Louisiana Records, Vol 1 (1756-1810). Father Donald J Hebert. p. 510 "SAVOIE, Pierre Placide (Pierre & Louise BOURG) bt. 5 Aug 1781 at age 5 mths. Spons: Jean BUILBAUT & Marie SONIE. Fr. L. M. Grumeau. (Opelousas Ch: Vol. 1-A, p. 24) "
  11. Rev. Donald J. Hebert, Southwest Louisiana Records, CD#101. "SAVOIE, Silesie (Pierre & Louise BOURG) bt. 29 June 1783 at age 6 mths. Spons: Simon SOSIER? & Dorothee COMOT. Fr. L.M. GRUMEAU (Opel. Ch.: Folio OA, p.43)"
  12. Muster Roll of the Opelousas Militia Unit, July 30, 1785, AGI, PPC, 187A:non-paginated
  13. Miller, Murphy "Dominique Martel Family of Louisiana", 2016, p. 379;
    - SAVOIE, Eugenie (Pierre & Louise BOURQUE) b. 18 Dec. 1786, bt. 15 July 1787 Spons: Silvain SAUNIER & Emelie COMO - all of this parish. Fr. Joseph de ARAZENA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p. 70)
  14. Hebert, Rev. Donald J., "Southwest Louisiana Records (1750 - 1900)". Rayne, LA: Hebert Publications, 1999-2000. CD 101.
    • SAVOIE, Pierre - inhabitant of this parish. d. 23 March 1788, bur. 24 March 1788 Buried by Fr. Bernardo de DEVA, priest of St. Gabriel Parish at Iberville on the Mississippi River. This act is certified by Fr. Joseph de ARAZENA on 3 June 1788. Fr. Joseph de ARAZENA (Opel. Ch.: v.1, p.5)
  15. Southwest Louisiana Records CD. Hebert, Donald J, vol 1 (1756-1810), p.510. "BOURG, Louise m. Pierre SAVOY. In Succ. of Pierre SAVOY dated 10 May 1788. (LSAR: Opel.: 1788)"

See also:

  • Vidrine, comp., Opelousas Post, 1764-1789, 47;
  • Voorhies, Some Late Eighteenth Century Louisianians, 128;

Research Notes

Unsourced information:
- Born 28 FEB 1740/41 in Beaubassin, Acadia, Canada
- daughter Scholastique Savoie was born ABT 1774.
- daughter Louise Savoie was born ABT FEB 1779.
- son Placide Savoie was born ABT MAR 1781, and died BEF DEC 1833.
- daughter Silesie dite Celeste Savoie was born ABT DEC 1782. She married Louis Guedry 15 JAN 1805 in Opelousas, St Landry parish, Louisiana. He was born 27 DEC 1784 in Opelousas, St Landry parish, Louisiana, and died BEF NOV 1846.
- son Hypolite Savoie was born ABT 1784, and died 7 NOV 1827 in Lafayette, Lafayette parish, Louisiana.
- daughter Eugenie Savoie was born 18 DEC 1786 in Opelousas, St Landry parish, Louisiana. She married Charles Antoine Dupre 8 NOV 1807 in Opelousas, St Landry parish, Louisiana. He was born FEB 1780 in Opelousas, St Landry parish, Louisiana, and died 11 MAY 1810 in age 30, Opelousas, St Landry parish, Louisiana. She married Jean Fabien Richard 15 OCT 1816 in St Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, St Landry parish, Louisiana. He was born 14 MAY 1782 in St Landry parish, Louisiana, and died 12 DEC 1859 in age 65, Bellevue, (Opelousas) St Landry parish, Louisiana.
"Pierre, younger son of Paul Savoie and Judith Michel, born probably at Chepoudy in c1741, escaped the British roundup at Chignecto in 1755 and found refuge on the Gulf of St. Lawrence shore. He ended up a prisoner of war in Nova Scotia in the early 1760s and came to Louisiana in 1765 with several of his siblings. He married Louise, daughter of fellow Acadian Charles Bourg, at Opelousas in July 1772. Their daughters married into the David, Dupré, Guidry, and Richard families. In 1785, Pierre owned four slaves, 60 head of cattle, 12 horses, and 20 hogs. Although still a resident of the Opelousas District, he died at St.-Gabriel in the river in March 1788; he was only 47 years old; his succession record was filed at what became the Opelousas courthouse the following May; one wonders what he was doing at St.-Gabriel on the Mississippi at the time of his death. Only his older son had sons of his own, and only one of his grandsons lived long enough to marry, but the grandson had several sons of his own. Pierre and his older son settled far out on the northwestern prairies in present-day Evangeline Parish, where the line survived. Pierre's younger son settled in what became Lafayette Parish, but, except for its blood, the line died out. "


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