Martin Benoni Pitre

1767 France – 1851 Lafourche, Louisiana



Continuation of tree (2nd child of Paul Hypolite Pitre/Marguerite Louise Valet); all known surname descendants:

          5   Martin Benoni Pitre  b: 6 May 1767  St. Suliac, Bretagne, France; d: 21 November 1851  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                  + Jeanne Dantin  b: 4 August 1768  St. Andre-des-Eaux, Cotes du Nord, France; m: 21 January 1786  St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, LA [Louis/Jeanne Gesmier]; d: 7 April 1825  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

            6          Marie Madeleine Pitre  b: 4 October 1789  Donaldsonville, Ascension, LA; d: Bef. 1795         

            6          Julie Felicite Pitre  b: 30 October 1792  Plattenville, Assumption, LA

                                    +Louis Jean Hebert  b: 9 June 1779  Nantes, France; m: 22 November 1812  Plattenville, Assumption, LA [Joseph/Jeanne Forest]  [The 2 children listed below were found in church records, listed as Pitre, with only Felicite listed as parent.]

                        7          Marie Hestor Pitre  b: 8 September 1818  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; d: Aft. 1830

                        7          Virginie Rosalie Clementine Pitre  b: 15 December 1820  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: Aft. 1830

            6          Joseph Elinore Pitre  b: Abt. 25 December 1796  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; d: 30 July 1854  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                                    +Ursule Delphine Molaison  b: 5 November 1798  New Orleans, LA; m: 7 July 1818  Plattenville, Assumption, LA [Joseph/Marie Gautrot]; d: Aft. 1860  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA  

            6          Jean Pierre Louis Pitre  b: 3 January 1798  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; d: 13 February 1855  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                                    +Rosalie Hache  b: 2 May 1800  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; m: 4 May 1819  Plattenville, Assumption, LA [Pierre Alexis/Anne Annette Dantin]; d: 24 May 1848  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA           

            6           Louis Auguste Pitre  b: 31 August 1799  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; d: 15 December 1850  Cheniere Caminada, Jefferson, LA

                                    + Marie Clotilde Lefort  b: 26 September 1805  Donaldsonville, Ascension, LA; m: 19 June 1826  St. Joseph, Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA [Alexis/Marie Hipolite Frelot]; d: Aft. 1880  Cheniere Caminada, Jefferson, LA

            6          Louis Achille Pitre  b: 8 May 1801  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; d: 30 September 1854  Houma, Terrebonne, LA

                                    +Marie Clotilde Clouatre  b: 21 January 1792  St. Gabriel, Iberville, LA; m: 8 September 1828  St. Joseph, Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA [Joseph/Marie Elisabeth Thibodeau]; d: Aft. 1850

            6           Mathurin Pitre  b: 14 June 1802  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; d: 11 December 1852  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                                    + Felicite Esther Thibodeaux  b: 6 April 1817  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; m: 11 July 1831  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA [Aubin Benoni/Eugenie Hebert]; d: 8 March 1870  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

            6          Francois Basile Pitre  b: 28 June 1804  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; d: 28 August 1876  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                                    +Scholastique Boutary  b: Abt. 1808  Lafourche, LA; m: 30 August 1830  St. Joseph, Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA [Antoine/Marie Madeleine Hebert]; d: Bet. 1860-1870  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA   

            6          Hypolite Paul Pitre  b: 31 January 1809  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; d: 2 March 1867  Houma, Terrebonne, LA

                                    +Marie Virginie Clouatre  b: 20 June 1802  St. Gabriel, Iberville, LA; m: 14 February 1831  St. Joseph, Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA [Joseph/Marie Elisabeth Thibodeau]; d: Aft. 1860  Houma, Terrebonne, LA

            6          Arthemise Pitre  b: Abt. 1810  Lafourche, LA; d: 17 May 1823  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA




Martin Benoni Pitre was born in France to Acadian exile Paul Hypolite Pitre and his wife Marguerite Louise Valet.  His birth in May of 1767 occurred a few months after his father's death and that of his 3 1/2-year-old sister Genevieve.  His mother remarried 2 ½ years later to another Acadian Charles Hebert

The family joined the convoy to Nantes in 1775 and remained there until the Acadian exodus in 1785.  By this time, it seems likely that the only surviving members of the family were the three who made the journey to Louisiana. 

Martin Pitre, carpenter, 22 (really 18), his half-brother Joseph Hebert 15 (really 12), and his half-sister Marie Hebert 17 (actually 10) arrived at Balize from France on La Caroline after 64 days at sea, having missed L'Amitie which actually took 80 days to make the crossing.  They took on a pilot there and sailed up the Mississippi for five days, presumably arriving at New Orleans on 17th of December 1785.

One month later Martin married Jeanne Dantin at St. Louis Church (now Cathedral) in N.O.  Jeanne, the daughter of Louis Dantin and Jeanne Gesmier, had crossed with her family on L'Amitie so it is possible they had known each other in Nantes.  He was 18 and she was 17. 

Martin received a hatchet, knife and meat cleaver, two axes, two hoes and two shovels as assistance.  Seventy-five percent of the families who arrived on La Caroline were sent on to the Lafourche area, around Plattenville and the Lafourche census two years later shows Martin and his wife Jeanne on their land at Bayou Lafourche with a frontage on the bayou of 6 arpents.  Joseph Hebert and Marie Hebert were still living with them.  They now had a horse and four pigs and 30 quarts of corn to see them through the winter.

In the census three years later (1 January 1791) they had a daughter Marie who was now two.  (Neither Joseph nor Marie was listed, though Marie did not marry until 1793; and I can find no further trace of Joseph.)  By the 1st January 1798 census they are down to 3 arpents frontage by only 25 arpents in depth.  This is a rather small plot, so possibly Martin was earning some income from his carpentry work. 

On 17 April 1828, Martin Pitre appeared before Pierre Daspit (Judge of the Parish of Lafourche Interior performing the duties of Notary Public).  Martin is selling to Severin Forest for $500 (in payments) a tract of land (2 arpents front x 40 deep) on the right bank of Bayou Lafourche about 5 miles below Thibodauxville.  Reservations are that the wing of the fence on the upper boundary cannot be changed within the present year in a manner which would disturb the neighbors; also, that the flour mill, small store, and debris from the cotton mill will be removed by Martin.  This tract had been purchased at auction by Martin on 22 March 1828.  Paul Foret stands as security for Severin Forest.  The land is currently affected with a legal mortgage in favor of the minor Hippolyte Pitre.  Martin Pitre will procure its release upon final payment from the purchaser.  At the same time Martin is selling to Firmin Guedry for $300 another tract of land (2 arpents front x 40 arpents deep) on the right bank of Bayou Lafourche about 5 miles below Thibodauxville.  Same reservations & same mortgage in favor of Hippolyte Pitre.  Joseph Dantin Paul Foret stands as security for Firmin Guedry.  [Martin Pitre was able to sign his name.]

Over the years Martin and Jeanne had at least ten children, and Jeanne died in 1825 at the age of 57.  In the 1830 Lafourche census Martin is listed next to properties of his sons Joseph, Jean Pierre and AugusteMartin Benoni Pitre died in 1851 at the remarkable age of 84 years.


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Items in RED verified from transcriptions in the following:

- The Acadian Exiles in Saint Malo  (Robichaux)

- Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans

- South Louisiana Records: Church and Civil Records of Lafourche-Terrebonne Parishes  (Rev. Hebert)

- Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records

- Acadian in Exile  (Rev. Hebert)


Last updated:  22 October 2022.