Francis Pitre

1860 Bloomfield, PEI 1941 Duvar, PEI



Continuation of tree (4th child of Sylvain Pitre/Barbe Gallant); all known surname descendants:

              8       Francis Pitre  b: 20 May 1860  St. Anthony, Bloomfield, PEI; d: 9 November 1941  Duvar, PEI

                               +Marie Arseneau  b: 3 December 1860  St. Anthony, Bloomfield, PEI; m: 30 January 1883  St. Anthony, Bloomfield, PEI [Dominique/Judith Gaudet]; d: 12 November 1921  Duvar, PEI

                         9          Joseph 'Emanuel' Pitre  b: 5 March 1886  St. Anthony, Bloomfield, PEI; d: 28 May 1970  Reading, Middlesex, MA

                                        +Emily Doucette  b: 12 June 1888  Tignish, PEI; m: 9 January 1911  Chelsea, Suffolk, MA [Fabien/Annie Perry]; d: 25 March 1967  Reading, Middlesex, MA

                         9          Agnes Pitre  b: 5 December 1888  St. Anthony, Bloomfield, PEI; d: 1934  Egmont Bay, PEI

                                        +Philbert Gallant  b: 25 March 1877; m: 12 October 1908  St. Anthony, Bloomfield, PEI; d: 1954  Egmont Bay, PEI

                         9          Mary Judique Pitre  b: 24 March 1891  St. Anthony, Bloomfield, PEI; d: 19 July 1974  Winchester, Middlesex, MA

                                        +William Arthur Nowell  b: 28 March 1893  Winchester, Middlesex, MA; m: 26 August 1913  Winchester, Middlesex, MA [Frank M./Margaret Connors]; d: 13 April 1953  Winchester, Middlesex, MA

                         9          Dominique 'Thomas D.' Pitre   b: 9 December 1893  St. Anthony, Bloomfield, PEI; d: 3 April 1981  Passaic, Passaic, NJ

                                        +Margaret Ellen Morrison  b: 27 June 1896  East Boston, Suffolk, MA; m: 22 July 1917  Revere, Suffolk, MA [John J./Margaret Godson]; d: 19 January 1923  Revere, Suffolk, MA

                                      *2nd Wife of Dominique 'Thomas D.' Pitre:

                                        +Marie Albina Leclair  b: 26 October 1893  Egmont Bay, PEI; m: 2 March 1924  Chelsea, Suffolk, MA [Philias/Luce Desroches]; d: 24 August 1986  Clifton, Passaic, NJ

                         9          Laurent Pitre  b: 15 March 1896  St. Anthony, Bloomfield, PEI; d: 24 December 1983  Newburyport, Essex, MA

                                        +Josephine Butler  b: 27 April 1900  West Newbury, Essex, MA; m: Abt. 1921 [Grant/Nellie Maud Hull]; d: November 1968  Newburyport, Essex, MA

                         9          Rufine 'Josephine' Pitre  b: 3 July 1899  St. Anthony, Bloomfield, PEI; d: 18 October 1993  Hamilton, ONT

                                        +Pierre Augustin 'Gus' Pitre  b: 1 April 1897  Bloomfield, PEI; m: Abt. 1917 [Joseph A./Catherine Buote]; d: Aft. 1956  Hamilton, ONT

                         9          Arture Pitre  b: 3 May 1902  Bloomfield, PEI; d: 23 May 1987  Providence, Providence, RI

                                        +'Aldona' Emelie Eldona Yvonne Leclerc (aka Leclair)  b: 4 December 1906  Egmont Bay, PEI; m: Abt. 1929 [Philias/Luce Desroches]; d: 25 May 2002  Port Charlotte, Charlotte, FL


                         *2nd Wife of Francis Pitre:

                                +Marie Marceline Buote  b: Abt. 1862; m: 15 October 1922  St. Anthony, Bloomfield, PEI; d: Aft. 1931



Notes for Francis Pitre:


- 1891 PEI, Lot 5F:  Francois Pitre 30 (farmer), wife Marie 30, Emmanuel 5, Agnes 2, Judith infant.

- 1901 PEI, Lot 5E2:  Francois Pitre 40, wife Marie 40, Joseph 15, Agnes 12, Judith 10, Dominic 7, Laurent 5, Ruffine 2.

- 1911 PEI, Lot 5 Duvar:  Francois Pitre 51 (farmer), wife Marie 51, Emanl 25, Dominique 18, Lorance 16, Atur 9, Judith 10, Ryfione 12, Agnes 22.


- 1921 PEI, Bloomfield, Lot 5:  Francis Peters 60 farmer, wife Mary 60, Arthur 19 laborer.


- 1931 Duvar, Bloomfield, Prince, PEI:  Francois Pitre 71 farmer, wife Mary 69.

Misc:  "Frank Peters was undoubtedly a 'colorful character.'   On a trip to 'PI' in 1983, the author (great-grandson Tom Peters), spoke to many of the older members of the Duvar community.  Dorice Gallant spoke with Tom at length telling many stories about Frank.  One story in particular seemed typical of the Peters' sense of humor.  It seems that the local citizens took turns at being game wardens for the area.  One year it was Frank's turn.  It seems that he knew Dorice's family had caught some fish out of season and were getting ready to prepare the catch for dinner.  On some pretext, he went to their home and decided to engage them in neighborly chit-chat.  He knew they wanted to cook their illegal contraband and he was enjoying their discomfort in trying to cajole him to leave.  He finally did leave and I'm sure laughed all the way home.  Robert Gallant, blacksmith of Howlan, also related a funny story about Frank.  He told me that Frank had asked him to fashion a cross made of iron for the grave of one of his wives.  He said that Frank picked up the cross when he had finished it.  He said that it was a very ominous day.  It was very overcast as if a storm was brewing.  He said that Frank had on a cape to protect himself from the coming storm.  He wrapped the cape over his head, held the cross out in front of him as if in a procession and proceeded to walk down the middle of the road.  It must have been quite a sight!  Dorice Gallant in his article about the Community of Duvar in History of Saint Anthony Parish, l803-l980, has a brief paragraph about Frank Peters.  I quote it here: 'One of these skilled workmen was Frank Peters who made such good ladders that he could sell them to the retail stores in Alberton, O'Leary and other centres.  He would accept cash, groceries and feed for his stock: a good horse, a cow or two, laying hens and a pig or two.  He was a good gardener, and his garden produced much food and it was beautiful to behold.'  What Dorice didn't mention was that he could be such an accomplished carpenter building well-made ladders with his obvious handicap; he had some type of Palsy.  Family tradition passed down to me states that he had the shakes so bad that he always had to have a wife to prepare his meals and to wait on him.  I was told that he had 3 wives but I could only find evidence of 2 marriages: one to my great-grandmother, Marie Arsenault and a second marriage to Marcelline Buote in l924.  A Mary Peters, wife of Frank Peters, died in August l94l, a few months before Frank's passing.  It is not known by the author whether or not this wife is Marcelline Buote or not.  Frank had a 3 acre plot of land located at the western intersection of Duvar and Jerry Roads.  His home is no longer there.  The plot of land is vacant.  It seems that Frank died in Falconwood Hospital in l94l and had the nerve to owe them $65.00.  The hospital sued for their money and Frank's land was sold to an Elizabeth Peters (no relation) to satisfy the debt.  I was told that when Frank died, there was some type of squabble about his property among his children."

WWI registration records (sons):

Joseph 'Emanuel' Pitre:  Joseph Emanuel Peters; Chelsea, MA; b. 5 Mar 1886 Can; rubber worker; wife Emily Peters; medium height, medium build; brown eyes & black hair.

Dominique 'Thomas D.' Pitre:  Thomas Dominick Peters; Winthrop, Suffolk, MA; born 8 Dec 1893 (Bloomfield, PEI); single; tall height, medium build; brown eyes & brown hair; shipping clerk.

Obituaries for the children:

Joseph 'Emanuel' Pitre:  The Boston Globe (MA), Sunday, 31 May 1970:  Peters - In Reading, May 28, Joseph E. (Mike), beloved husband of the late Emily Doucette and father of Emily Thornton, Evelyn Muise of Reading, Dora Eurbin and Isabel Duquette of Northfield, Vt.  Funeral from the Joseph Doherty Funeral Home, 11 Linden st., Monday at 8:15.  Requiem High Mass in St. Athanasius Church at 9.  Calling hours, Saturday 7-9, Sunday 2-4 and 7-9.


Mary Judique Pitre:  The Boston Globe (Boston, MA), Saturday, 20 July 1974:  Nowell - Of Winchester, July 19, Julia M. (Peters), beloved wife of the late William A. Nowell.  Residence 52 Middlesex St., mother of Mrs. Alfred W. (Dorothy) Barnard, of Winchester.  Also survived by six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  Sister of Lawrence of Salisbury, Arthur of Providence, R.I., Thomas of Passaic, N.J., and Mrs. Josephine Peters of Hamilton, Ontario.  Funeral from the Lane Funeral Home, Winchester, Monday, July 22, at 9:15 a.m.  Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m.  Visiting hours Sunday 2-4, 7-9.


Dominique 'Thomas D.' Pitre:  The Herald News (Passaic, NJ), Saturday, 4 April 1981:  Peters - In Passaic on Friday, April 3, Thomas D., beloved husband of Mrs. Albina Peters (nee LeClare) in his 88th year.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral from the MC Bride Kassai, Rosolen Funeral Home, Passaic on Monday April 6 at 8:45 a.m.  Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Nicholas R.C. Church, Passaic, at 9:00 a.m.  Interment St. Nicholas Cemetery, Lodi.  Friends may call Saturday 7-9, Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.


Arture Pitre:  Providence Journal (RI), Sunday, 24 May 1987:  Arthur Peters, 85, of 314 Academy Ave., a retired receiving room foreman for the former U.S. Rubber Co., for 42 years, died yesterday in Rhode Island Hospital after an illness.  He was the husband of Aldona (LeClair) Peters.  Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Arsenault) Peters.  He had been a Providence resident for many years.  He leaves a son, Donald J. Peters of Providence; and a sister, Josephine Peters of Hamilton, Ontario.  His funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:15 from the Hoey Home, 168 Academy Ave., with a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Academy Avenue.  Burial will be in Risen Christ Mausoleum of St. Ann's Cemetery, Cranston.



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