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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.
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.
From "Petitpas of D'Escousse"
Claude Petitpas, schooner captain, interpreter, known particularity for his collaboration with the English. He was closely associated in his voyages and activities with the MIcmacs in the neighborhood of Port-Royal, where he lived in his fathers home until he married Marie-Therese - an indian girl from that tribe. They had at least 7 children, according to the 1708 census. He remarried on Jan 7 1721 after his wife's death, at Port-Royal, Francoise Lavernge, daughter of Pierre Lavergne - Father Breslay's servant. She was only 17, he was about 57.
There's more I'll upload it at some point soon. He did own 5 schooners as far as I can find. He was appreciated by the English and upon his death his widow was given a sum of money by the King for services rendered as an interpreter. In 1747 Governor Shirley of Massachusetts called Petitpas "a faithful subject of the crown of Great Britain... who had received marks of favor from this government for his services."
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L'Acadie, QC, Canada
Port Royal, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia, Canada