William Pitre

1836 Bathurst, New Brunswick 1912 Orono, Maine



Continuation of tree (4th child of Lazare Pitre/Marguerite Melanson); all known surname descendants:

                   7     William Pitre  b: September 1836  Bathurst, Gloucester, NB; d: 14 August 1912  Orono, Penobscot, ME

                               +Marie Hache  b: Abt. 1837  New Brunswick; m: 5 August 1857  Ste. Famille, Bathurst, Gloucester, NB [Pierre/Marguerite Doucet]; d: 24 July 1910  Orono, Penobscot, ME

                         8        Stephen Pitre  b: 15 June 1858  Ste. Famille, Bathurst, Gloucester, NB; d: Bet. 1912-1930  Van Buren, Aroostook, ME

                                     +Marguerite Anne Poirier  b: Abt. 1857  Kent Co., NB; m: 24 October 1881  St. Michel, Chatham, Northumberland, NB [Charles/Julia Poirier]; d: 30 March 1931  Van Buren, Aroostook, ME

                         8        Francis Pitre  b: July 1860  Ste. Famille, Bathurst, Gloucester, NB; d: Bef. 1861  Bathurst, Gloucester, NB

                         8        Theodore Pitre  b: 10 February 1862  Ste. Famille, Bathurst, Gloucester, NB; d: 5 September 1894  Orono, Penobscot, ME

                                     +Georgia A. Turcotte  b: July 1863  Orono, Penobscot, ME; m: 22 August 1886  Orono, Penobscot, ME [Joseph/Harriet Pooler]; d: 22 October 1936  Bar Harbor, Hancock, ME

                         8        Mary Jane Pitre  b: 15 June 1864  Ste. Famille, Bathurst, Gloucester, NB; d: 19 August 1938  Orono, Penobscot, ME

                                     +John Joseph Goggin  b: Abt. 1848  Co. Cork, Ireland; m: 1 November 1892  Orono, Penobscot, ME [Patrick/Johanna Cronin]; d: 1 June 1927  Orono, Penobscot, ME

                         8        Margaret Ann Pitre  b: Abt. 1868  Weldford, Kent, NB; d: 11 June 1953  Bangor, Penobscot, ME

                                     +James Jones  b: 17 June 1868(5)  Shippagan, Gloucester, NB; m: Abt. 1889 [William/Henriette Duguay]; d: 25 December 1931  Orono, Penobscot, ME

                         8        Alexander Pitre  b: June 1870  Weldford, Kent, NB; d: Aft. 1881          

                         8        Elizabeth Pitre  b: 18 April 1875  St. Michel, Chatham, Northumberland, NB; d: 13 August 1898  Orono, Penobscot, ME



Notes for William Pitre:

31 March 1859 (v16, #355) William Petre shoemaker & wife Mary of Bathurst sold to Alexander Morrison of Salmon Beach, for 47 2 shillings, land which William bought from Lazare Petre.



- 1861 Bathurst, Gloucester, New Brunswick:  William Pitre 27 (shoemaker), wife Mary 27, Stephen 3.

- 1871 Beresford, Gloucester, NB:  William Pete 36 (shoemaker), wife Mary 33, Steven 12, Dorense 7, Mary 5, Margaret 3, Alexander 10 months.

- 1881 Chatham, Northumberland, NB:  William Petrie 45 (shoemaker), wife Mary 45, Stephen 23, Doran 18, Mary Jane 16, Margaret 12, Alexander 10, Elizabeth 6.


- Emigrated to Maine before 1886.

- 1900 Orono, Penobscot, Maine:  William Petrie 54 (shoemaker), wife of 45 years Mary 65, adopted son Lawrence Petrie 8; daughter Maggie 31 & husband of 11 years James Jones 34 (sawyer), their 5 children.

- 1910 Orono, Penobscot, ME:  William Petrie 80 (shoemaker), wife Mary 84, daughter Maggie 39 & husband of 19 years James Jones 44 (pulp mill/laborer), 8 Jones children.


Obituary:  The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Thursday, 15 August 1912:  Orono: The death of William Petrie occurred Wednesday forenoon at his home on Broadway after an illness of two months at the age of 81 years.  Mr. Petrie was a shoemaker and repairer and for many years had a shop in the basement of the Katahdin block.  He is survived by two sons and two daughters, Stephen Petrie of Van Buren and Corp. Allie Petrie, U. S. A., Mrs. Mary Goggin and Mrs. Maggie Jones of Orono.  The time of the funeral will be announced.

Obituaries for the children:

Mary Jane Pitre:  The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Tuesday, 23 August 1938:  Orono, Aug. 22 - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary J. Goggin, former resident, were in St. Mary's church this morning with requiem mass by Rev. Thomas J. O'Dowd.  Many relatives and friends attended and flowers were in profusion.  The bearers were John Goggan, Francis Goggan, Douglass Parent, Wilbur Littlefield, Fred Gardiner and Bernard Jacobs.  Interment was in Riverside cemetery.


Margaret Ann Pitre:  The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Friday, 12 June 1953:  Mrs. Margaret Anne Jones.  Orono, June 11 - Mrs. Margaret Anne Jones, wife of the late James Jones, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Seth Littlefield, 1 Broadway, late Thursday afternoon.  She was born in Canada, daughter of the late William and Mary (Hachey) Petrie.  She had resided in Orono most of her lifetime.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic church.  She is survived by a son, Leo Petrie of Randolph, Mass.; three daughters, Mrs. Seth Littlefield, Orono; Mrs. George Stone, South Berwick, and Mrs. Jack Thornton, Wichita, Kansas; several great-grandchildren, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  A Requiem High Mass will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock in St. Mary's Catholic church.  The Very Rev. Thomas M. Nelligan will officiate.  Burial will be in Riverside cemetery in Orono.  The remains are at the Joseph R. LaBeau funeral home, where friends may call after noon Friday.


Misc.:  The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Wednesday, 19 April 1905:  Orono, April 18 - Laurence Petrie, a lad of 14 years and a member of the Fifth grade, Grammar school, was arraigned before Judge Dunn on Tuesday morning and sentenced to a term at the State school for boys.  Deputy Sheriff A. A. Powers immediately left with the boy for the school.  Young Petrie is a bright, active, clever lad of considerable ability, but he is an inveterate truant and warnings and advice have gone unheeded.  The boy's father is in the Philippines.

- The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Thursday, 20 April 1905:  Old Town, April 19 - Alexander J. Petrie of Orono, a youth of 14 years, appeared in the Old Town municipal court on Tuesday afternoon on a charge of truancy.  He was committed to the State Reform school for the remainder of his minority.

- The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Friday, 7 January 1910:  Attempted Suicide of Artillery Man - Alexander Peary of Orono Shot Himself in Head - Condition Critical:  Alexander J. Perry or Lawrence Petrie as he was better known, a soldier in the United States Artillery, stationed at Fort Warren, Mass., who was at his home in Orono on a furlough, attempted suicide by sending a cartridge into his brain from a .22 caliber rifle at 10:15 o'clock Thursday morning at Irving Craney's shooting gallery, 93 Exchange street, in Bangor.  It was reported at the Eastern Maine General Hospital in the afternoon that Perry had not regained consciousness, a condition which he had been in since the shooting, and that his condition was critical.  The soldier is only 20 years of age.  He is five feet and seven inches in height, is dark complexioned, has light brown hair and brown eyes.  The surgeon in charge of the case said last night that the slug had penetrated the skull of the brain and that an operation to remove it would be performed as soon as the man had recovered from the shock.  The cartridge was of the smallest kind used and driven by a small charge of fulminate but was fired from a rifle which gave it considerable penetration.  Perry called Thursday morning at the army recruiting office in lower Exchange street and according to Sergt. Robinson and his aids appeared to be in good spirits.  His furlough of 10 days had expired on Wednesday noon and he explained that he was going to wire his station at Fort Warren, Mass., that he would return soon.  The soldier had not been drinking and in fact people who knew him say that he was not in the habit of indulging in intoxicants.  From the office Perry went to Irving Craney's shooting gallery at 93 Exchange street, a short distance up the street, and informed the proprietor that he wished to make a few shots.  When the soldier entered, there were present beside the proprietor, Mr. Craney, Patrolman Mackie, Irving Jordan, George Williams and a small boy.  Nothing out of the ordinary was noticed about the man, who, although he was not an expert shot, had fair success in hitting the targets.  Even when Perry asked Proprietor Carney if a bullet from the 22 caliber rifle, which he was using, would inflict a mortal injury, no astonishment was manifested.  The shooting gallery man replied that it depended whether or not a vital part should be reached.  Then Perry placed the muzzle of the rifle against his right temple nearly above the ear.  Simultaneously, the proprietor warned him that the weapon was cocked but the harm had been done, Perry sending the slug into his head.  He fell to the floor and Mr. Craney hastened out in the street for Patrolman Mackie, who had left a few minutes previously.  Dr. J. A. Lethiecq of Brewer, who by chance was passing, was called in.  Because of the nature of the wound, the physician merely bound up the injury and the authorities were notified.  Chief Bowen and Inspector Knaide of the police department arrived in the patrol wagon but as the ambulance of the Eastern Maine General Hospital was on its way, the police vehicle was not used.  Through the large crowd of spectators, Perry was taken to the ambulance and thence to the hospital.  According to Perry's actions on Wednesday it is thought that his act was premeditated but the cause cannot be ascertained.  On Wednesday night between 6 and 7 o'clock, Station Agent Crane of the M.C.R.R. station at Orono received a telephone message from someone in the Bangor district to the effect that Lawrence Petrie, a soldier, living in Orono, had been shot through the heart and was in the hospital.  The informant requested the agent to notify Petrie's family.  The one doing the telephoning was loath to give his name but finally said Brown.  Immediately a relative of Petrie came to Bangor and found Petrie enjoying the performance at the Gem Theatre, the soldier saying that he knew nothing of any shooting.  Anson A. Powers, night watchman of Orono, with whom Perry talked on Tuesday night, throws more light upon the matter.  To the officer Perry said that he had been riding in the train from Orono to Northern Maine Junction that he might reach Boston in time to report at Fort Warren on Wednesday, when he had met three other soldiers.  There had been a dispute over a seat and one of the soldiers had tried to shoot Perry.  However, the revolver would not work and instead Perry had been struck over the knee with the butt end of the weapon.  No credence was placed in Perry's story.  On Thursday, Deputy Sheriff Percy J. Chaplin of Orono, who had learned Station Agent Crane's and Night Watchman Powers's stories investigated and learned that the telephone call in regard to Perry's injury had come from Barker's drug store in Brewer.  At the store it was learned that a soldier answering Perry's description, had used the public pay station on Wednesday night.  Other actions of Perry seemed to establish why he did not attempt suicide on Wednesday night.  He asked the officers at the recruiting station, these soldiers having been told by Perry of the alleged attack in the train, for some 35 calibre cartridges.  At that time Perry had a holster, which he said he had taken from one of his assailants and it was thought he had a revolver, in which to place the 35 calibre cartridges.  Failing to get any cartridges, he had given up the idea, it is thought.  He did not get the cartridges at a store as he did not want to buy a box.  The witnesses to the shooting in the gallery say that the act, without question was deliberate and could not be looked upon as an accident.  In Orono, the young man was known as Lonnie or Lawrence Petrie and had made his home part of the time with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Petrie, and his mother in South Brewer.  About five years ago, he was sent to the State School for Boys for some boyish misdemeanor.  On June 8, 1908, he was accepted in the United States Artillery at the recruiting office in Bangor, in charge of Sergt. Robinson and gave the name of Alexander J. Perry, the latter being his mother's maiden name.  His age was given as 18 years and one month.  He was assigned to Fort Warren, Mass., and had been home once before upon a furlough.  When he enlisted he gave his residence as Brewer.  For about 15 years his father, Allie Petrie, has been a musician in the United States army.  Perry came to Bangor from Orono Thursday morning and those who saw him say that he bore no indications of being in an unhappy frame of mind.  Sergt. Robinson of the recruiting office notified the Fort Warren station of Perry's deed.  Perry was a member of the 96th company.

[Could Alexander Pitre (June 1870) have married a Poirier/Perry woman c1890 and this Alexander is their son?  That would explain the reference to a Corp Allie Petrie in William's obituary.]



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