Descendants of Marc-Isaac Pitre-dit-Petipas
Compiled by Janet Manseau Donaldson
Use as a guide
Generation No. 1
1.Marc-Isaac2 Pitre-dit-Petipas(Jean1 Pitre) was born about 1590 in France.He married Unknown.
Child of Marc-Isaac Pitre-dit-Petipas and Unknown is:
+ 2 i. Claude3 Petitpas, Sieur de LaFleur, born about 1626 in Sieur de LaFleur, France; died about 1690 in Port Royal, Acadie.
Generation No. 2
2.Claude3 Petitpas, Sieur de LaFleur (Marc-Isaac2 Pitre-dit-Petipas, Jean1 Pitre) was born about 1626 in Sieur de LaFleur, France, and died about 1690 in Port Royal, Acadie.He married Catherine Bagard/Bugaret-dit-St.Martin 02 Jan 1658 in Port Royal, Acadie, daughter of Bernard Bugaret and Unknown.She was born about 1637 in Ville France du Queyra, Gascogne, France, and died about 1695 in Port Royal, Acadie.
Notes for Claude Petitpas, Sieur de LaFleur:
He moved to Arcadia in 1645.In 1658 Claude was appointed court recorder with the title of Sieur de LaFleur.He is listed with his wife, 7 children, 26 cattle and 11 sheep.
Notes for Catherine Bagard/Bugaret-dit-St.Martin:
She is listed in the 1693 Acadien census with her second husband and 5 of her children from her first marriage.
Children of Claude Petitpas and Catherine Bagard/Bugaret-dit-St.Martin are:
3 i. Benard4 Petitpas, born about 1659 in Port Royal, Acadie.
4 ii. Marguerite Petitpas, born about 1660 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; died about 1726 in Acadie, Canada.She married Claude Guidry-dit-Grivois about 1677 in Port Royal, Acadie; born about 1648; died about 1723 in Acadie, Canada.
Notes for Marguerite Petitpas:
She was 10 years old in the 1671 Acadien census.
This is a story about Marguerite Petipas' brother Jacques' in-laws, Jean Serreau and Marguerite Boileau.Their neighbor, Jean Terme, from the town of Soleure in Switzerland, owned a land grant with three arpents of frontage in the seigniory of Argentenay.As a bachelor, Jean Terme lodged with Jacques Delaunay and his wife Catherine Bénard.They were neighbors of Jean Serreau and Marguerite Boileau. It seems that Jean Terme developed an attraction for Marguerite Boileau and Jean Serreau warned him on several occasions to focus his attention elsewhere, but Terme apparently did not heed his warnings and the flirtations continued for about a year, with threats passed between Serreau and Terme.
On 25 July 1665, Marguerite and Terme were walking together along the shore of the Île d'Orléans. Her husbandsurprised them on their walk and Terme allegedly reached for his sword. Serreau then struck Terme with a stick, killing him. Terme's body was brought to Québec City the next day by Jean Godefroy and Jacques L'Hoste and was examined by surgeons Jean Madry and Anet Gomin, who concluded that the cause of death was homicide. Suspecting Jean Serreau of the crime, Terme's fellow Swiss colonists François Rime, François Miville and Jean Gueuchard called for Serreau's arrest.
Though Jean Serreau apparently acted in self-defense, he feared the consequences of his actions and fled to France. In February 1666, he was given a letter of pardon by King Louis XIV, which he had registered at Québec City by the Sovereign Council on 10 January 1667. The members of the Sovereign Council felt that Serreau had gone over their heads and looked upon the letter of pardon as an attack on their prestige and authority, but were forced to accept it, though they dragged out their deliberations on the matter out of spite. The letters were accepted on 14 February 1667, and the Council formally restored the reputation of Jean Serreau aka Saint-Aubin and forbade anyone from "doing or speaking ill against the said Saint-Aubin because of the said homicide.As a means of saving face, the Council declared that Jean should pay alms of 10 livres to the Hôtel Dieu de Québec and ten more to a priest to say Masses for the repose of the victim's soul.
During Jean's absence, Marguerite acted as procurator on his behalf, placing her children under the guardianship of Jean Milloir, husband of "Filles à Marier", Jeanne Roy.One more child was born to Marguerite and Jean after he returned from France. Daughter Genevieve was baptized 09 August 1667 in Québec City.
Despite the letter of pardon from the King, Jean was apparently still persecuted after his return. He was suspected of selling alcohol to the Natives in 1667 and the Sovereign Council ordered an inquiry into this matter. Also, on 02 April 1667, Jean and his family were ordered to leave the land that they occupied in the seigniory of Argentenay. Jean appealed, but on 28 April the Sovereign Council upheld the order. To make matters worse, when Jean attempted to settle the matter amicably, he allegedly was disrespectful to the seigneuresse of Argentenay (Barbe de Boulogne, Madame d'Ailleboust) and blasphemed God, for which he was fined 5 sols, to be paid to the poor of the Hôtel Dieu. His hope of farming on the Île d'Orléans were lost.Jean turned to the fur trade for his livelihood. He then operated a tar-making enterprise at Baie-Saint-Paul. On 03 September 1676, notary Becquet drew up an act whereby Jean Serreau aka Saint-Aubin sold his operation at la Baie Saint Paul to Monsignor Laval for 1,100 livres. Jean then moved to Acadie with his family, settling on the Rivière Sainte Croix. In June 1684, Jean received a land grant and became seigneur of Pesmoncadie or Passamaquoddy on the Rivière Sainte Croix. The family then settled on the Island of Archimagnan, near the present day town of Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, where Jean became an influential citizen.
In 1692, Major Benjamin Church, sent out by Governor William Phipps of Massachusetts to fortify the coast of Maine, captured Marguerite and her family. They were taken to Boston as prisoners. Jean and his son-in-law Jacques Petitpas were allowed to leave with two deserters from Québec who had defected to the English side, under the condition that the four men capture or assassinate Baron Jean-Vincent d'Abbadie de Saint Castin, a former French officer and Abenaki chief in Acadie. If they accomplished this task, their families would be released. However, when they reached Penobscot Bay, Jean and his son-in-law surprised their companions, tied up the two traitors and brought them to Governor Robinau De Villebon, who had them executed. In return, the two were given enough money to ransom their families from the English. Jean may not have been able to ransom his whole family, however, for in a 1695 letter to the governor of Massachusetts, he mentions a 30-livre ransom for his daughter.
After this incident, Jean accompanied Le Moyne d'Iberville in his expeditions to Newfoundland in 1696-97. In 1703, Jacques-Francois de Mombeton de Brouillan, governor of Acadie, gave Jean a certificate attesting to his service loyalty and bravery. Jean then returned to France for a brief time to regain possession of his land, and then returned to Port-Royal (Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia), where he died in 1705 at age 84.
Marguerite Boileau's fate after 1692 is unknown. She may have returned to France in 1692 or may have possibly gone to Acadie. Robert Lam claims she died some time after 1692 at Saint-Jean, Île d'Oriéans.
5 iii. Claude Petitpas, born about 1662 in Port Royal, Acadie.He married (1) Marie-Therese a-Micmac-girl 1685 in Port Royal, Acadie; born about 1663.He married (2) Francoise Lavergne 07 Jan 1721 in Port Royal, Acadie; born about 1663.
Notes for Claude Petitpas:
He was well known for his facility of speaking many languages and for cooperating with the people of Boston.He was a schooner captain.
His first wife was a full blooded Micmac Indian (one of the Algonquin tribes).
6 iv. Jean Petitpas, born about 1664 in Port Royal, Acadie.
7 v. Jacques Petitpas, born about 1666 in Port Royal, Acadie.He married Genevieve Serreau-dit-St.Aubin about 1684 in Port Royal, Acadie; born 09 Aug 1667 in Québec City, QC.
8 vi. Marie Petitpas, born about 1669 in Port Royal, Acadie.She married Michel Forest about 1689 in Port Royal Acadie, Canada; born about 1667 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada.
9 vii. Elisabeth/Isabelle Petitpas, born about 1670 in Port Royal, Acadie.
10 viii. Paul Petitpas, born about 1671 in Port Royal, Acadie.
11 ix. Henriette Petitpas, born about 1672 in Port Royal, Acadie.
12 x. Charles Petitpas, born about 1675 in Port Royal, Acadie.
13 xi. Martin Petitpas, born about 1678 in Port Royal, Acadie.
14 xii. Pierre Petitpas, born about 1683 in Port Royal, Acadie.
15 xiii. Anne Petitpas, born about 1684 in Port Royal, Acadie.
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