Toussaint Pitre

1826 Detroit, Michigan - 1887 Grosse Pointe, Michigan



Continuation of tree (6th child of Francois Pitre/Veronique Rivard); all known surname descendants:

            6          Toussaint Pitre  b: 22 May 1826  Ste. Anne, Detroit, Wayne, MI; d: 22 April 1887  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI

                               +Rose Sedilo dite Montreuil  b: 28 February 1838  Sandwich, Essex, ONT; m: 22 April 1857  St. Anne, Detroit, Wayne, MI [Joseph Sedilot dit Montreuil/Marie Beaubien]; d: 20 June 1903  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI

                        7          Francis Louis Pitre  b: 29 January 1858  Detroit, Wayne, MI; d: 20 October 1928  Rochester, Oakland, MI

                                        +Emma Taylor (Casey)  b: 1877  Avon, Oakland, MI; m: Bet. 1910-1920 [William/Martha J. Miller]; d: 1970  Rochester, Oakland, MI

                        7          Eustache R. Pitre  b: 19 January 1860  Detroit, Wayne, MI; d: 16 July 1954  Portland, Multnomah, OR

                                       +Mary Anne Forcier  b: 12 December 1870  Detroit, Wayne, MI; m: 1 November 1889  Assumption, Greinerville, Wayne, MI [Joseph/Philomene Leblanc]; d: 2 December 1948  Portland, Multnomah, OR  

                        7          Ida Mary Adele Pitre  b: 24 February 1862  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI; d: 22 February 1957  Macomb, MI

                                       +Frederick George Parrott  b: 12 February 1857  Clinton, Macomb, MI; m: 12 February 1885  Assumption, Greinerville, Wayne, MI [Abraham/Elizabeth Dawson]; d: 15 October 1926  Troy, Oakland, MI

                        7          Anthony Pitre  b: 22 October 1864  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI; d: 28 February 1936  Portland, Multnomah, OR

                        7          Edmund Silvester Pitre  b: 27 June 1867  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI; d: 9 May 1953  Troy, Oakland, MI

                                      +Clara 'Carrie' Clemons  b: 4 April 1868 Wayne Co., MI; m: 27 September 1888  Troy, Oakland, MI [John/Mary Houghtelling]; d: 10 October 1932  Rochester, Oakland, MI

                        7          Victor Francis Pitre  b: 28 September 1869  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI; d: 15 July 1963  Detroit, Wayne, MI

                                       +Minnie Burke  b: April 1876  Algona, Michigan; m: 31 March 1891  Detroit, Wayne, MI [Jesse/Edith Small] (divorced 11 September 1900; wife claimed non-support & cruelty)

                                    *2nd Wife of Victor Francis Pitre:

                                       +Anna Wallace  b: 13 November 1873  Galway, Ireland; m: 30 September 1903  Detroit, Wayne, MI [Patrick/Mary Aggie Kelly]; d: 18 May 1959  Ferndale, Oakland, MI

                        7          David Honorius Pitre  b: 24 April 1872  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI; d: 19 July 1941  Seattle, King, WA

                        7          Silvestre Thomas Pitre  b: 15 March 1875  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI; d: 29 August 1950  Seattle, King, WA

                        7          George Celestin Pitre  b: 15 March 1875  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI; d: Aft. 1880

                        7          Clara Virginia Pitre  b: 25 August 1877  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI; d: 9 November 1947  Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, MI

                                       +Henry Albert Soullier  b: 1 June 1882  Tecumseh, Essex, ONT; m: 11 November 1902  Detroit, Wayne, MI [Joseph/Leonore Lauzon]; d: 16 April 1948  Pontiac, Oakland, MI

                        7          Rose Julia 'Lillie' Pitre  b: 19 March 1881  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI; d: 13 December 1928  Seattle, King, WA

                                       +Edward Nelson Champine  b: 23 June 1883  Detroit, Wayne, MI; m: 11 November 1902  Detroit, Wayne, MI [Isadore/Florence Soullier]; d: 29 August 1955  Bremerton, Kitsap, WA

                        7          Albert Eugene Peters  b: 22 October 1883  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI; d: 11 October 1964  Seattle, King, WA



Notes for Toussaint Pitre:


- 1860 Grosse Pointe, Wayne, Michigan:  Toussaint Petre 33 (farmer), wife Rose 22, Louis 2, Eustachius 5 months; his parents Francis Petre 84 (farmer), wife Veronica 72, and his brother Charles 17 (farm laborer).

- 1870 Connors Creek, Grosse Pointe, MI:  Tausant Peters 44 (farmer), wife Rose 33, Louis 12, Eutach 10, Adeline 8, Anthony 5, Edmond 3, Francis 1, and parents Francis 97, wife Varranick 82.

- 1880 Grosse Pointe, Wayne, MI:  Toussat Peters 52 (farmer), wife Rose 42, Louis 22 (farm laborer), Eustache 20 (farm laborer), Ida 18, Antoine 15, Edmund 13, Francis 10, David 8, twins Sylvester & Celeste 5, Clara 3.

- 1900 Gratiot, Wayne, MI:  Widow Rose Peters 62 (farmer), 10 of 11 children still living, Davies 28 (farm laborer), Selester 25 (farm laborer), Claria 22, Jullie 19, Albert 17.


- Detroit Free Press (MI), Friday, 16 December 1881:  real estate transactions – Touissant Petre to Louis Petre, three-quarters of an acre in Connor’s Creek, for $15.


Probate for Tousant Peters:  petition for administration filed 4 May 1887 - Rose Peters as principal and Louis Peters as surety, 10 January 1891, witness Anthony PetersLouis Peters is son of the deceased, Rose Peters the widow, only $200 of personal property belonging to the estate which was used toward paying the expenses of the last sickness, funeral charges, etc.  The balance and all debts were paid by the heirs.  Rose Peters died 20 June 1903.  Requests that the real estate be assigned in equal shares to Louis Peters, Eustach Peters, Ida Parret, Antoine Peters, Edmund Peters, Franklin Peters, David Peters, Celeste Peters, Clara (Peters) Soulier, Lillie (Peters) Champayne and Albert Peters, children & the only heirs of deceased.  Filed 28 July 1903


Misc.:  Detroit Free Press, Sunday, 29 January 1905:  One Brother is Missing - Toussaint Petre's other heirs want land divided - property covers 21 acres in Gratiot township - Miscellany of week end doings in Superior Courts:  Louis Peters, of Detroit; David and Mary Trombley, of Grosse Pointe, and seven other complainants have begun suit for a partition of the estate of Toussaint Petre, who died in 1887.  The property covers about twenty-one acres of land lying along Connor's creek, in Gratiot township, and complainants are all sons and daughters of Petre.  Antoine Petre, another son, whose residence is unknown, is made the defendant.  He has not been heard from since 1895 and, at that time, was somewhere in the state of Washington.


WWI Registration Records (sons):  

Albert Eugene Peters:  Albert Eugene Peters, res. Bremerton, WA; b. 22 Oct 1883 (age 35), carpenter; rel. Louie Peters 226 So. St., Rochester, MI; short height/medium build, brown eyes, dark hair; Port Orchard, WA 12 Sep 1918.


Obituaries for the children:

Eustache R. Pitre:  Oregonian (Portland, OR), Sunday, 18 July 1954:  Eustache R. Peters, 94, a retired carpenter, died Friday at his residence, 3555 N. E. Bryce street.  Born January 19, 1860, in Detroit, he came to Oregon 54 years ago.  He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Irene L. Brown, Portland, and Mrs. Lillian Kerkoss; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  The services will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. at Church of the Madeleine, with concluding services at Mount Calvary cemetery.  Recitation of the rosary will be in Zeller's Chapel of the Roses, Sunday, at 8 p.m.


Ida Mary Adele Pitre:  Tombstone Inscription, Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton, MI:  Adeline M. Parrott / 1862 - 1957


Francis Louis Pitre:  Tombstone Inscription, Mount Avon Cemetery, Rochester:  Louis Peters / 1858 - 1928  //  Emma M. Peters /wife of Louis / 1877 - 1970


Anthony Pitre:  Oregonian (Portland, OR), Saturday, 29 February 1936:  Peters - In this city, Feb. 28, Anton Peters.  Arrangements in charge of Holman & Lutz, 3d and Salmon.  Notice of funeral later.

Tombstone Inscription, Multnomah Park Cemetery, Portland, OR:  A. Peters


David Honorius Pitre:  Seattle Daily Times (WA), Thursday, 24 July 1941:  Deaths - Peters, David - 513 Maynard Ave., 68, July 19.


Silvestre Thomas Pitre:  Seattle Daily Times (WA), Thursday, 31 August 1950:  Peters - Selvester.  Brother of Albert Peters.  Announcement by Harpst Funeral Home, 1605 Harvard Ave.

- Seattle Daily Times, Saturday, 2 September 1950:  Deaths - Peters, Selvester - 75, 414 Tenth Av., Aug. 29.


Rose Julia Pitre:  Tombstone Inscription, Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, WA:  Lillie Rose Champine / 1882 - 1928


Albert Peters:  Seattle Daily Times, 12 October 1964 - PETERS - Albert E., October 11, age 81 years.  Beloved Uncle of Mrs. Achiel Kerkof and Mr. E.L. Champine. Rosary, Tuesday, 7 p.m. Chapel of Georgetown Funeral Home.  Requiem Mass Wednesday, 9 a.m. St. George's Church.


online photo: Ida Mary Adele Pitre:

online photo:  Rose Sedilot dite Montreuil:



- Kindly provided by Marleen Roggow, Toussaint & Rose's  2x great-granddaughter.  There was virtually no punctuation and spelling  was sometimes erratic.  I have added some punctuation to aid reading.

Letters to Mrs. Carrie Peters (Coleraine P.O., Oakland Co., MI) from her mother-in-law Rose Sedilot dite Montreuil:


May the 11, 1894 - My Dear Children, I have received your letter and was glad to hear that you are all well as it found us all the same.  I am glad that you have got work.  The boys down here have got through their job and am afraid it will be a long time before they get another.  We are getting along well with the planting.  Fred and Ida were down here not long and we bought a pig from Fred but if we could get two more we would be glad for we have plenty of milk from Corgy (?).  I am very glad to hear that Mr. Clemens has got an increase in his pension.  It will be a good help to them.  It must be nice to have Hazell playing outside but be carefull she don't runaway.  A little boy down here got out of the yard and has been lost for three weeks.  They have not found him yet he his two years old.  Clara has had a pelon (?) on her thumb it is getting better now.  I am that Anettie is maried.  Tell her that I wish her much joy.  It is to bad about Mattie.  She don't get no better.  Well I will have to close my letter my paper is to small.  So good by.  My love to you all.  Write soon.  From your loving mother, Rose Peters

Detroit, Nov 9th 1895 - My Dear Children, I now write to let you know that I have received your kind letter and was glad to hear that you are all well as it found us all the same.  Well Ed I think you have done well in husking so much corn but you will have to stop now for the snow is on the ground. The boys are all working except Dave and Selester.  Dave was up to Fred a week husking corn.  I, Fred and Ida is coming for Thanksgiving I wish you all could come allso if the weather well.  Carie I think you would enjoy a good ride on thos elictric cars and Hazell would to.  I sure so try and come I would like to see you all.  Tell Hazell Granma Pete would like to see her, Lillie had so much to say about her.  Well I will have to close my letter.  Clara is working out she is very sory she can't go this fall.  Give my regars to all your folks and my love to you all from your mother to Ed, Carie and Hazell Pete. Good by, Rose Peters

April the 21, 1897 - Dear Children, I now write you a few lines to let you know that we are all well and hope this will find you all the same.  We are once more in our old home and hope we will be able to stay.  If the boys gets work we will do well. There is only Frank and Louis who has a few days work.  Just now the rest has none.  David talks of going out in the country to work if he can get a place.  Selester wants to know if you have lot of painting to do and you need any help.  Give him a job if you can do so without any trouble to you or Carie.  Fred and Ada were down here Sunday and told us you had a rig now so I shall expect to see you all soon.  Well this is all for the present.  My love to you all.  Write soon but come sooner.  Good by from your mother to Ed and Carie and the babies.  Rose Peters



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