Mathurin Pitre

1802 Assumption, LA 1852 Lafourche, LA



Continuation of tree (7th child of Martin Benoni Pitre/Jeanne Dantin); all known surname descendants:

           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

                        7           Eugenie Elodie Pitre  b: 16 September 1833  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                                       + James K. Polk  b: Abt. 1832; m: 26 December 1854  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: September 1857  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                        7           Jeanne Ophelia Pitre  b: 28 May 1835  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: Aft. 1880

                                       + Onezime Cleofar Leblanc  b: 27 February 1830  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; m: 5 May 1849  St. Joseph, Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA [Joseph Rosemond/Carmelite Bergeron]; d: Aft. 1880

                        7           Elmire Josephine Pitre  b: 6 March 1838  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: Aft. 1880  New Orleans, LA

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                                       + William Powell  b: Abt. 1816  New Brunswick; m: 8 July 1871  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: Aft. 1880  New Orleans, LA

                        7           Luma Faustin Pitre  b: 6 January 1839  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 28 February 1858  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                        7           Martin Leandre Douradou Pitre  b: 30 April 1841  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 24 January 1917  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                                       + Marie Odile Vicknair  b: 4 July 1849  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; m: 11 January 1868  St. Joseph, Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA [Valery/Adele Marie Adeline Vicknair]; d: Abt. 1919  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                        7           Henry Johnson Pitre  b: 7 April 1844  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 12 October 1908  Lafourche Crossing, Lafourche, LA

                                       + Pauline Lea Boutary  b: 9 February 1847  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; m: 6 June 1868  St. Joseph, Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA [Hypolite Frederic/Marie Elisa Dejean]; d: 18 March 1875  Lafourche, LA

                                    *2nd Wife of Henry Johnson Pitre:                         

                                       + Marie Rosa Pitre  b: 2 February 1857  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; m: 28 October 1875  St. Joseph, Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA [Henri Francois/Celesie Rose Legendre]; d: 26 August 1922  Lafourche, LA

                        7           Jean Pitre  b: 17 February 1845  Lafourche, LA; d: Bef. 1850  Lafourche, LA

                        7           Banon Pitre  b: March 1851  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 23 April 1851  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                        7           Mathurin 'Scott' Pitre  b: 13 September 1852  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 25 May 1906  New Orleans, LA

                                       + Clara Elizabeth Scott  b: November 1853  Pittsburgh, PA; m: 31 May 1873  New Orleans, LA [Alexander/Eliza Greenfield]; d: 27 December 1907  New Orleans, LA



Mathurin Pitre was born in America, in what was at that time the Louisiana territory.  His birth and baptism in 1802 were recorded in Spanish as the Spaniards held the territory.  (Louisiana became a state in 1812.)


As the fifth of six sons born to Martin Benonie Pitre and Jeanne Dantin, life was probably difficult.  He was 29 when he eventually married Felicite Thibodeau (daughter of Aubin Benoni Thibodeau and Eugenie Hebert), who was actually only three months past her 14th birthday.  They were issued a marriage license, though they gave their ages as 21 and 15 respectively.  They went on to have nine children over their twenty-year marriage.


Two years before his death the Lafourche census showed him as a farmer owning $3000 worth of land.  He was illiterate, as were many of the Acadian descendants, but his children attended school.  Mathurin died at the age of 50 in 1852. 


Three months after Mathurin's death his widow Felicite filed a claim to be appointed tutor to their seven remaining children, Jean and Banon had both died as infants.  She was granted tutorship (a form of legal guardianship) and her father was appointed under tutor.


Obituaries for the children:

Henry Johnson Pitre:  The Lafourche Comet (Thibodaux), Thursday, 15 October 1908:  Mr. John Pitre, of Lafourche Crossing, died suddenly last Monday.  His remains were interred in St. Joseph's Catholic cemetery.  The deceased is survived by his wife and other relatives.



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Items in RED verified from transcriptions in the following:

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

- Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records


Last updated:  17 November 2019.