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About Claude Petitpas

Letter from Stephen White, dated 1984 Claude was about forty years older than Francoise. He was a schooner captain and merchant, who also served as an interpreter for the Indians. He had apparently learned the Indian language at a young age and had taken an Indian bride around 1686. He settled with her at Musquodoboit, and their marriage produced at least seven children.

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Born at Port-Royal in 1663, he was the third child of Claude and Catherine Bugaret. His father was Claude Petitpas, Sieur de Lafleur and was born in France in 1626, arriving in acadia circa 1640. Claude senior was appointed Notary of the Tribunal at Port-Royal. Claude junior married about 1686 to Marie-Thérèse Amérindienne who was a Mik'maq woman. They moved to the Mouskoudabouet and by 1706 they had raised seven children.

After the death of Claude Petitpas' wife, he moved his family to the safety of Port-Toulouse (now St. Peter's), Cape Breton. On January 7, 1721, he married for a second time to Françoise Lavergne, daughter of Pierre and Anne Bernon, who had been the domestics of Father de Breslay at Port-Royal but who had also decided to move to the safety of Cape Breton because of the unrest existing in Acadia at this time. Acadia was now under British rule but Cape Breton (then Ile Royale) still belonged to France. Claude and Françoise raised four more boys, three of whom eventually came to Chezzetcook and two of these three settled there permanently.

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Claude Petitpas's Timeline

1663
1663
L'Acadie, QC, Canada
1686
1686
Age 23
Port Royal, NS, Canada
1687
1687
Age 24
1693
1693
Age 30
1695
1695
Age 32
1701
1701
Age 38
1706
1706
Age 43
1721
January 7, 1721
Age 58
Port Royal, NS, Canada
1722
1722
Age 59
1722
Age 59