Pierre Pitre

1821 Les Cedres, Quebec about 1858   



Continuation of tree (16th child of Pierre Pitre/Julie 'Angelique' Leduc); all known surname descendants:

            6          Pierre Pitre  b: 21 May 1821  St. Joseph de Soulanges, Les Cedres, QUE; d: Abt. 1858

                              +Marcelline Hainault  b: 7 February 1823  St. Clement, Beauharnois, QUE; m: 27 October 1846  St. Timothee, Beauharnois, QUE [Etienne/Josephe Peron]; d: 13 May 1900  Tobacco, Flathead, MT

                        7          Pierre Pitre  b: 30 November 1847  St. Timothee, Beauharnois, QUE; d: 8 April 1920  Anaconda, Deer Lodge, MT

                                       +Elizabeth Marceline Henault  b: 14 April 1856  St. Joseph, Buchanan, MO; m: 3 November 1878  St. Joseph, Buchanan, MO [Francois/Mary Louise Elliot]; d: 4 July 1936  Anaconda, Deer Lodge, MT

                        7          Aglae Pitre  b: 15 April 1850  St. Timothee, Beauharnois, QUE; d: Aft. 1851

                        7          Joseph Napoleon Pitre  b: 9 September 1852  St. Timothee, Beauharnois, QUE; d: 1899  Eureka, Lincoln, MT

                                       +Elizabeth Alice Belles (Kibler)  b: 16 June 1860  St. Joseph, Buchanan, MO; m: 7 November 1878  Butte, Silver Bow, MT [Aquilla/Sarah Ann Rutledge] (divorced 21 May 1880); d: 11 April 1942  Centralia, Lewis, WA

                        7          Philomene Elise Pitre  b: 6 November 1854  St. Louis de Gonzague, Beauharnois, QUE; d: 17 September 1855  St. Timothee, Beauharnois, QUE



Notes for Pierre Pitre:


- 1851 St. Timothee, Beauharnois, Quebec:  Pierre Pitre 32 (day laborer), wife Marceline Heneau 29, Pierre 5, Aglae 2.

- 1860/61:  In a later census it was noted that the family emigrated in 1861.

- 1870 St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri:  Marcelline Hainault's Canadian-born brother Narcisse Henault 48 retired liquor business, his 2nd wife Louisa 39, Hortense 17, Ezias 12, plus Canadian-born Peters children: Mary J. 15, Emily 11, Thomas 7, & Louisa 3.

- 1880 Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, Montana:  Marceline 57 (now remarried), husband Silva Vitano 62 (farmer), adopted David Cantoe 10, 3 lodgers.  Peter Peters (the son) 37 (farmer), wife Lizzie 24, and laborer Nelson Norman 22  [Also in Upper Deer Lodge Valley: Narcisse Hanna 59, wife Louisa 50, Joseph 8, plus Missouri-born Thomas Peters 17 & Louisa Peters 15.]

Notes for Marcelline Hainault:
- Information from descendant 'Louise' Lyle Weeks (Laine):  Widow Marcelline (aka Marie Louise) Hainault's family emigrated with a group to St. Joseph, Missouri about 1866.  This was followed by a trek onward to Montana.  Her Hainault family (father Francois) followed onto Montana after her son Peter had taken Elizabeth Marceline Henault (aka Mary Elizabeth) west.  Already a widow by the time Peter was 12, she apprenticed Peter to a wagon-master as a bull-whacker.  Though he was an early pioneer he never used a gun, but he could take the head off a small varmint with the whip.

- New North-west (Deer Lodge, MT), Friday, 11 February 1876:  A Social Ball will be held at the house of Silvano Vitano, Upper Crossing of the Deer Lodge River, on Friday evening, February 18th.  A general invitation is extended.  The amplest preparations are made for a pleasant party and the proprietor hopes to see all the folks in attendance.

- 2nd Husband Silvano Vitano died 23 July 1881 at Deer Lodge Crossing (age 68).  Application to have will proved dated 25 July 1881 by Marcelline Vitano to be administratrix.

- New North-west (Deer Lodge, MT), Friday, 22 August 1884:  Mrs. M. Vitano, of the Deer Lodge crossing, was thrown from a wagon a couple of weeks ago and one of her legs broken below the knee.  Dr. Mitchell is attending her.  Although well advanced in years, she is getting along finely.

- New North-west (Deer Lodge, MT), Friday, 5 June 1885:  Mr. Peter Peters has leased from Mrs. M. Vitano the station at Upper Deer Lodge crossing, and will hereafter conduct it.

- The last Will and Testament of Mercilene Vitano:  Know all men by these presents, that I, Mercilene Vitano, being of sound mind and knowing the uncertainty of life, do hereby make and declare this to be my last will and testament.  1st - I hereby give, and bequeath and devise to Mrs. Lizzie Peters all my real estate situated in Deer Lodge, Deer Lodge County, Montana.  2nd - I also give and bequeath my government claims to said Mrs. Lizzie Peters, consisting of Homestead Entry No. 1653, NW4 NW.4 Sec15. W2 SW4 Sec10. S.E4 S.E.4, and Desert Claim No. 20, viz: W2 NW4. S.E4 N.W.4 and N.E.4 S.W4 of Section No. 12, Township No. 36 North, Range No. 27 West 16.16. situated on Tobacco Plains.  I hereby declare the foregoing to be my last Will and Testament.  Mercilene Vitano  Signed in presence of William S. Mills, Peter Peters, Theora Mills.  Dated this 30th day of June, 1899 William S. Mills, Justice of the Peace.  (Will was admitted to probate on 29 October 1900.  Court finds that Mercilene Vitano died on or about the 13th day of May 1900 at Tobacco, Flathead, Montana.  Will executed when deceased was aged 75 years and upwards.

- *Marcelline's brother Narcisse's family


- Tombstone inscription, Tobacco Valley Cemetery, Eureka, MT:  Maccilen Vitona / Born Sept. 22, 1825 / Died May 23, 1900 / Age 74 yrs 8 mos 1 dy / Napoleon Peters / Born 1852 / Died 1899 / Age 47 yrs

- Tombstone inscription, Hillcrest Cemetery, Deer Lodge, MT:  Silven Viteno / died / July 22, 1881 / aged / 64 years

Obituaries for the children:

Pierre Pitre:  Butte Paper: 8 April 1920 - Montana Pioneer Answers Call: Peter Peters, Who Settled in Lower Deer Lodge Valley in 1863, Is Dead: Peter Peters died shortly after 3 o'clock yesterday in his home, 616 West Park avenue.  He had been in poor health for the past several years.  A year ago his condition became such his life was despaired of, but he rallied and for a while appeared to have -------.  Last winter the old malady again made its appearance and his death was not unexpected.  ***Adventurous Nature** Mr. Peters was 73 years of age and a native of Boharnois, province of Quebec, Canada.  He inherited the adventuresome nature of his French ancestors, and while still a youth started for the West of which he had many tales from the French voyageurs.  He arrived in the Deer Lodge valley in 1863, but instead of devoting his energies to gold mining like the majority of his companions, he took up a ranch in the vicinity of French Crossing.  In 1873 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Henault, oldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Francis Henault, pioneer residents of the lower valley.  Their home at French Crossing was one of the best known in the early days, and a favorite stopping place for stage passengers en route between Butte, Deer Lodge and other western camps.  In 1893 Mr. Peters disposed of his ranchhouse and moved his family to Eureka.  His heart, however, was centered in the Deer Lodge valley and after several years' residence in Eureka he returned to engage in ranching on the old Henault place.  Owing to failing health, the family moved to Anaconda about two years ago to make his home.  During his long residence in Montana Mr. Peters refused to take any part in politics, although his friends approached him to run for office on several occasions.  Although taking a deep interest in the interests of the community in which he lived, he seldom mingled in public affairs.  His greatest pleasure was to be with his wife and children, and with the latter he was considered as much in the light of a chum as a father.  Besides his wife he is survived by four children, George of Eureka, Walter and Mrs. John Weeks of Pocatello, Idaho, and Miss Elizabeth Peters of this city.  A brother, George Peters, when last heard from, was in South America.  Funeral arrangements have not been made, awaiting the arrival of the children, who are expected to arrive today.


Joseph Napoleon Pitre:  Tombstone inscription, Tobacco Valley Cemetery, Eureka, Lincoln, MT:  Maccilen Vitona / Born Sept. 22, 1825 / Died May 23, 1900 / Age 74 yrs 8 mos 1 dy / Napoleon Peters / Born 1852 / Died 1899 / Age 47 yrs


Emily Peters:  The Montana Standard (Butte, MT), Thursday, 14 February 1935:  Mrs. Emily Tyson, 76, Butte resident for 54 years, died last evening at the family home, 14 West Front street.  She was born at St. Louis, Mo., and came to Butte in 1881.  She made her home with a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Tyson.  She was the widow of Basil Tyson.  Other relatives include a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Graham of Anaconda; a sister, Mrs. Louise Grondon; three grandchildren, Robert, Charles and Edward Netterberg, all of Butte; a nephew, W. E. Purnett, of Great Falls; three nieces, Mrs. Emmet Cantlon, Mrs. R. E. Netterberg and Mrs. Edward Netterberg, all of Butte.  The body is at the Sherman & Reed mortuary.

Tombstone Inscription, Mountain View Cemetery, Butte, MT:  Bazil Tyson / 1858 - 1922  //  Emily Tyson / 1858 - 1935


Thomas Peters:  The Butte Miner (Butte, MT), Monday, 17 September 1894:  Thomas Peters, a son of Mrs. Nelson Henault, died last evening at 5:35 p.m. from injuries received by his team running away about a week.  The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 p.m. from the family residence, 410 East Park street.

- The Butte Daily Post (Butte, MT), Monday, 17 September 1894:  Thomas Peters, aged 32, a son of Mrs. Narcisse Henault, died last evening from injuries sustained in a runaway accident one week ago Saturday.  Mr. Peters lived at Divide, and while returning from Butte his team became unmanageable and ran away, throwing him between the wheels and the body of the wood wagon, crushing him severely.  He was several hours in this position before he was discovered.  The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 o'clock from 410 East Park street.


Louise Peters:  Tombstone Inscription, Mountain View Cemetery, Butte, MT:  Louise Gondron / 1865 - 1947



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Last updated:  17 February 2022.