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Pierre Cyr dit Miquelon (Cyr)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bourgiel, Anjou, Touraine, France
Death: Died in Beaubassin, Acadia
Place of Burial: Beaubassin, Acadia, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean Christophe Cyr; Jean Christophe Cyr; Suzanne Thiebaud and Suzanne Cyr
Husband of Marie Bourgeois and Marguerite Cyr
Father of Jean-Baptiste (Jehan) Cyr I; Jean-Pierre Peter Cyr dit Sire and Guillaume Cyr

Occupation: Gunsmith, munitions maker, Armorer, Gunsmith; Arrived Acadia 1668, Armurier
Managed by: Charles Boudreau
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About Pierre Cyr dit Miquelon

Gunsmith

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http://members.tripod.com/~Scott_Michaud/Cyr-history.html

The first member of the Cyr family in the New World was probably Pierre Sire/Sirre/Cyr, born in France around 1644, perhaps in Tourraine-en-Loire. A gunsmith by profession, we know he was in Acadia around 1668, living in Port Royal.

Pierre married Marie Bourgeois on April 10, 1670, in Port Royal. She was the daughter of Jacques Bourgeois, who had been a military surgeon and who had become by that time a merchant and trader along “La Baie Française,” now called the Bay of Fundy. Her mother was Jeanne Trahan.

On June 18, 1670, Pierre “Sirre” signed an agreement with the parishioners of Port-Royal concerning the construction of the new church and the guidelines for “official weights and measures” in the colony. We also know from the 1671 Port Royal census that Pierre, a 27-year-old arms manufacturer and his wife, Marie Bourgeois, 18 years old, have a three-month-old son, Jean. They have 11 cattle, 6 sheep and do not have any land in cultivation.

Some time around 1672, Pierre’s father-in-law Jacques Bourgeois decided to establish a new colony -- the Bourgeois colony (Beaubassin, in Chignectou). The settlement was at the lower end of “La Baie Française” near the modern border of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and its name meant "beautiful bay". The first dwellings were built on a height of land along the southern bank of the Missaguash River. The new colony prospered, and Bourgeois quickly build a flour mill and sawmill (with the equipment shipped from Boston in pieces).

In 1676, their second son, Pierre, is born in Beaubassin. Three years later, a third son, Guillaume, is born there as well.

Later that same year, in 1679, Pierre died and was buried at Beaubassin. His young widow remarries the following year, to Germain Girouard, and has three more children. In 1686, Marie again becomes a widow. She spends her final years living with her son Guillaume. She dies in Beaubassin, on March 3, 1741, with her sons, Jean-Baptiste (I) and Pierre, present at her burial. Her death certificate lists her as 88 years old.

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The origins of Pierre Cyr are somewhat obscure. Unverified references point to Touraine-en-Loire, France. An equally unsubstantiated source makes mention of St. Germaine de Bourgeuil near Orleans in the French province of Touraine. It remains for French genealogists to work this out. In any case, records of 1668 indicate the presence of the young Pierre Cyr in Acadia on the Bay of Fundy. The Cyr name is now on the North American Continent.

Pierre Cyr is listed as a munitions maker. In 1670, Pierre Cyr married the 17-year old Marie Bourgeois at Port Royal, Acadia (Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia today). The population of Acadia now consisted of 441 souls. Marie Bourgeois was the daughter of the former post surgeon under Governor d'Aulnay. Jacques Bourgeois, her father, appears to have developed a sizeable estate. Laurant Molin's census of Acadia in 1671 begins with the Bourgeois family. His holdings at the time were said to include 33 head of cattle, two dozen sheep, a pair of oxen and five acres of land under tillage. The livestock holdings of 27-year old Pierre Cyr, on the other hand were considerably smaller. He is listed as owning but one cow, two sows and six sheep. (Massignon, p.944) Shortly after 1671,

Jacques Bourgeois, who also engaged in fur trading, moved his family up the Bay of Fundy to Cumberland Basin, which the Indians called Chignecto. With the move, Bourgeois was accompanied by his three sons-in-law, Pierre Cyr, Germaine Girouard, and Jean Boudrot. Shortly thereafter, Michel Le Neuf, a Quebecois aristocrate, was granted a seigneurie in the area. It was he who renamed the Bourgeois settlement, Beaubassin. (Clarke, p.141)

We might surmise, Pierre Cyr may well have worked in his father-in-law's grist mill and saw mill which he later erected at Beaubassin. The Cyrs became the parents of three sons. Jean the eldest, born in 1671, later married Francoise Melanson whose father is said to have been of Scotish origin. It appears the Melansons may have arrived in Acadia during the English interregnum which saw Robert Sedgwick take over the country in 1654, or Thomas Temple's arrival in 1657. (Arsenault p.57) Jean, through his grandsons, became the grand patriarch of the Cyr's of Madawaska.

The other two sons were Pierre b. 1677, and Guillaume b. 1679. Pierre's descedants ended up at St. Sevran de St. Malo, France during the era of Le Grand Derangement though later we find some family members in the province of Quebec. Guillaume's family on the other hand, ended up in Boston; and after the war, we find his widow at Miquelon, a French island off the coast of northern Quebec.

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1920. Pierre (CYR) SIRE was born about 1644 in Tourainne-en-Loire, France. Pierre Cyr, the family progenitor, allegedly died at Beaubassin, Acadia circa 1678-1679.

He was married to Marie BOURGEOIS on 10 Apr 1670 in Port-Royal, New France, Acadia.

There is good reason to believe that Pierre SIRE arrived in Acadia after the signing of the Treaty of Breda (July 11, 1667) and before the arrival of Hector d'ANDIGNE, Sieur de Grandfontaine (August 5, 1670). Pierre SIRE was the first of the SIRE (CYR) line to arrive in Acadia. Pere Laurent MOLINS made an entry in the census of 1671 regarding Pierre SIRE, his wife Marie BOURGEOIS and their son, Jehan.

The origins of Pierre Cyr are somewhat obscure. Unverified references point to Touraine-en-Loire, France. An equally unsubstantiated source makes mention of St. Germaine de Bourgeuil near Orleans in the French province of Touraine. It remains for French genealogists to work this out. In any case, records of 1668 indicate the presence of the young Pierre Cyr in Acadia on the Bay of Fundy. The Cyr name is now on the North American Continent. Pierre Cyr is listed as a munitions maker. In 1670, Pierre Cyr married the 17-year old Marie Bourgeois at Port Royal, Acadia (Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia today). The population of Acadia now consisted of 441 souls. Marie Bourgeois was the daughter of the former post surgeon under Governor d'Aulnay. Jacques Bourgeois, her father, appears to have developed a sizeable estate. Laurant Molin's census of Acadia in 1671 begins with the Bourgeois family. His holdings at the time were said to include 33 head of cattle, two dozen sheep, a pair of oxen and five acres of land under tillage. The livestock holdings of 27-year old Pierre Cyr, on the other hand were considerably smaller. He is listed as owning but one cow, two sows and six sheep. (Massignon, p.944) Shortly after 1671, Jacques Bourgeois, who also engaged in fur trading, moved his family up the Bay of Fundy to Cumberland Basin, which the Indians called Chignecto. With the move, Bourgeois was accompanied by his three sons-in-law, Pierre Cyr, Germaine Girouard, and Jean Boudrot. Shortly thereafter, Michel Le Neuf, a Quebecois aristocrate, was granted a seigneurie in the area. It was he who renamed the Bourgeois settlement, Beaubassin. (Clarke, p.141) We might surmise, Pierre Cyr may well have worked in his father-in-law's grist mill and saw mill which he later erected at Beaubassin. The Cyrs became the parents of three sons. Jean the eldest, born in 1671, later married Francoise Melanson whose father is said to have been of Scotish origin. It appears the Melansons may have arrived in Acadia during the English interregnum which saw Robert Sedgwick take over the country in 1654, or Thomas Temple's arrival in 1657. (Arsenault p.57) Jean, through his grandsons, became the grand patriarch of the Cyr's of Madawaska. The other two sons were Pierre b. 1677, and Guillaume b. 1679. Pierre's descedants ended up at St. Sevran de St. Malo, France during the era of Le Grand Derangement though later we find some family members in the province of Quebec. Guillaume's family on the other hand, ended up in Boston; and after the war, we find his widow at Miquelon, a French island off the coast of northern Quebec. -------------------- Pierre Sire arrived in Port Royal, Acadia from France in the late 1660's.

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   There is good reason to believe that Pierre SIRE arrived in Acadia after
   the signing of the Treaty of Breda (July 11, 1667) and before the arrival
   of Hector d'ANDIGNE, Sieur de Grandfontaine (August 5, 1670).
   Pierre SIRE was the first of the SIRE (CYR) line to arrive in Acadia.
   Pere
   Laurent MOLINS made the following entry in the all-important census of
   1671:
   Gunsmith - Pierre SIRE 27 years of age, his wife Marie BOURGEOIS 18 years
   of age, their child a boy named Jehan 3 months. Their livestock eleven
   cattle and six sheep, no land under cultivation.
   The Center of Acadian Studies in Moncton has in its custody a file of
   Placide GAUDET's papers on the SIRE (CYR) family. Two rough notes made
   by
   the eminent genealogist caught my eye:
   Pierre CYR - gunsmith - native of France, where he was born in 1644,
   married at Port Royal, in 1669, Marie BOURGEOIS, born in 1652, daughter
   of
   Jacques BOURGEOIS, surgeon, and of Jeanne TRAHAN. He died in Beaubassin
   where, in 1680, his widow married a second time Germain GIROUARD, sonof
   Francois and of Jeanne AUCOIN.
   The date of Marie's second marriage is in church records, but the restof
   GAUDET's note consists of deductions indubitably based on the 1671
   census.
   For example, simple subtraction produces 1644 as the year of Pierre's
   birth. The year of his marriage could be said to be 1669 or 1670, since
   his son was three months old at the time the census was taken, which was
   in the early spring. How do we know? Because young lambs are mentioned
   in the census! Jean was probably born in January 1671 or even December
   1670.
   GAUDET's second note read:
   Pierre CYR - armurier - ne 1644 en France, vint en Acadie vers 1668 -il
   est mort en 1679 a Beaubassin.
   He may not have intended that these notes be considered definitive and
   taken for gospel but, along with the census, they constitute our best
   information concerning Pierre SIRE, and they have been widely accepted.
   It
   can be argued that Pierre arrrived in Acadia about 1668, since his wife
   was a local girl and he already had a son three months old in early 1671.
   He could not have been in this situation had he arrived in August of 1670
   with Grandfontaine. It is unlikely that he came before 1668, because
   Frenchmen were not coming to English-occupied Acadia between 1654 and
   1667. It can also be argued that he died in 1679, because his son
   Guillaume was born in 1680. His widow remarried June 9, 1680.
   Pierre's occupation as a gunsmith suggests a connection with the
   military,
   although this is hardly conclusive. Was his arrival in Acadia relatedto
   the dismantling of the Carignan regiment in Quebec in 1667-68? De TRACY
   and TALON had returned to France during thos years with many officersand
   men of the regiment, to say nothing of the 403 veterans who had optedto
   stay in the new world. Pierre may or may not have been a veteran of the
   Carignan regiment; he may or may not have had any connection with
   Grandfontaine or his fellow officers; he may have come direct from France
   as a military man or as a civilian; or he may have come to Acadia as a
   military man or as an identured employee, with Morillon du BOURG or
   otherwise, via the West Indies. The scope of the search is that open.
   My search of Pierre's place of origan in France has been long, though
   admittedly intermittent and superficial. The Public Archives of Canada
   informed me December 13, 1976 that 'a search of the various indexes and
   logical sources in our custody has failed to reveal the place of birthof
   your ancestor Pierre SIRE in France.' It has been claimed that Pierre
   came from the parish of St. Germain de Bourgueil, in Anjou, but the
   appropriate archival authorities in Tours (Bourgueil is now in the
   Departement d'Indre-et-Loire) informed me in writing on November 10, 1976
   that a qualified person had searched those parish records as far backas
   1638, finding neither the baptismal record of Pierre SIRE nor any
   reference to the family name.
   The origins of Pierre Cyr are somewhat obscure. Unverified references
   point to Touraine-en-Loire, France. An equally unsubstantiated source
   makes mention of St. Germaine de Bourgeuil near Orleans in the French
   province of Touraine. It remains for French genealogists to work this
   out.
   In any case, records of 1668 indicate the presence of the young Pierre
   Cyr
   in Acadia on the Bay of Fundy. The Cyr name is now on the North American
   Continent. Pierre Cyr is listed as a munitions maker. In 1670, Pierre
   Cyr married the 17 year old Marie
   In 1670, Pierre Cyr married the 17-year old Marie Bourgeois at Port
   Royal,
   Acadia (Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia today), and the couple started the
   line of Cyrs which can be traced down to our present-day Cyrs. The
   population of Acadia now consists of 441 souls.
   Marie Bourgeois was the daughter of the former post surgeon under
   Governor
   d'Aulnay. Jacques Bourgeois, her father, appears to have developed a
   sizeable estate. Laurant Molin's census of Acadia in 1671 begins with
   the
   Bourgeois family. His holdings at the time were said to include 33 head
   of cattle, two dozen sheep, a pair of oxen and five acres of land under
   tillage. The live- stock holdings of 27-year old Pierre Cyr, on the
   other
   hand were considerably smaller. He is listed as owning but one cow, two
   sows and six sheep. (Massignon, p.944)
   Shortly after 1671, Jacques Bourgeois, who also engaged in fur trading,
   moved his family up the Bay of Fundy to Cumberland Basin, which the
   Indians called Chignecto. With the move, Bourgeois was accompanied by
   his
   three sons-in-law, Pierre Cyr, Germaine Girouard, and Jean Boudrot.
   Shortly thereafter, Michel Le Neuf, a Quebecois aristocrate, was granted
   a
   seigneurie in the area. It was he who renamed the Bourgeois settlement,
   Beaubassin. (Clarke, p.141) We might surmise, Pierre Cyr may well have
   worked in his father-in-law's grist mill and saw mill which he later
   erected at Beaubassin.
   The Cyrs became the parents of three sons. Jean the eldest, born in
   1671,
   later married Francoise Melanson whose father is said to have been of
   Scotish origin. It appears the Melansons maya have arrived in Acadia
   during the En- glish interregnum which saw Robert Sedgwick take over the
   country in 1654, or Thomas Temple's arrival in 1657. (Arsenault p.57)
   Jean, through his grandsons, became the grand patriarch of the Cyrs' of
   Madawaska.
   The other two sons were Pierre b. 1677, and Guillaume b. 1679. Pierre's
   des- cedants ended up at St. Sevran de St. Malo, France during the eraof
   Le Grand Derangement though later we find some family members in the
   province of Quebec. Guillaume's family on the other hand, ended up in
   Boston; and after the war, we find his widow at Miquelon, a French island
   off the coast of northern Quebec.
   Pierre Cyr, the family progenitor, allegedly died at Beaubassin, Acadia
   circa 1678-1679. At the census of 1680, we find his young widow to have
   remarried to Germain Girouard, who as noted, was among Jacques
   Bourgeois's
   sons-in-law. Pierre's widow gave birth to three other children with her
   husband, Girouard, whom she had married at Beaubassin on June 9, 1680.
   In
   1686, she was a widow again and left with five children, the oldest being
   15.
   At the census of 1680, her three sons by first marriage were listed under
   the name 'Cire'. Old documents use several spellings for the family
   name,
   includ- ing: Cire, Cyre, Sir, Sire, Syre, and Cyr. (Massignon, p.50)
   Marie Bourgeois, the mother of the Cyr family of North America, livedto
   a
   ripe old age. Her death certificate, registered at Beaubassin, March3,
   1741, gives her as being then 88-years old. The aging document notesthe
   presence of her sons Jean Cyre and Pierre at the burial.
  1. Birth: 1644 in Bourgueil, Anjou, France
  2. Death: APR 1679 in Beaubassin (Amherst),Acadia (Nova Scotia
  3. Burial: 1679 Beaubassin (Amherst),Acadia (Nova Scotia

-------------------- Pierre Sire arrived in Port Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1668

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Pierre Cyr dit Miquelon's Timeline

1644
1644
Bourgiel, Anjou, Touraine, France
1670
June 9, 1670
Age 26
Port Royal
1671
August 1671
Age 27
Port-Royal, Acadia, Canada
1677
1677
Age 33
Beaubassin, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada
1679
April 1679
Age 35
Beaubassin, Acadia
1679
Age 35
Port Royal, Richmond County, Nova Scotia, Canada
1679
Age 35
Beaubassin, Acadia, Canada
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