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Pierre Sire was born 1644 in Tourraine, France, and died 1679 in Beaubassin, N.S. (L'Acadie). He married Marie Bourgeois on October 04, 1670 in Port Royal, daughter of Jacques Bourgeois and Jeanne Trahan.

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Pierre (Sire) Cyr (b. 1644, d. 1679)

Pierre (Sire) Cyr was born 1644 in Tourraine, France, and died 1679 in Beaubasin N.S. He married Marie Bourgeois on 1670.

He was a munitions maker. He was the first known in the Cyr family in the new world. He was born in Tourraine, France.

Migrated to Port Royal, Nova Scotia (Acadia) in 1668.

Of all the descendants of Pierre Cyr who left St.Germain De Bourgeuil in Tourraine,France for Port Royal in 1668, only nine sons of his grandsons Jean Baptiste (Crock) Cyr emigrated to the upper St.John valley in the late 1700's after having been chased out of Nova Scotia in 1755 by the english then away from Fredericton again by english loyalist after the American Revolution.


S: MADAWASKAN HERITAGE:

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, son of
Francois and of Jeanne AUCOIN. The date of Marie's second marriage is in church records,
but the rest of 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 related to the dismantling of the Carignan regiment
in Quebec in 1667-68? De TRACY and TALON had returned to France during those
years with many officers and men of the regiment, to say nothing of the 403 veterans
who had opted to 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 birth of
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 back as
1638, finding neither the baptismal record of Pierre SIRE nor any
reference to the family name.
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----- S: Cyr Family Reunion booklet (1981) & The Cyr Legacy O: Munitions maker

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), 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 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 Cyrs' 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 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, including: Cire, Cyre, Sir, Sire, Syre, and Cyr. (Massignon, p.50)

Marie Bourgeois, the mother of the Cyr family of North America, lived to
a ripe old age. Her death certificate, registered at Beaubassin, March 3,
1741, gives her as being then 88-years old. The aging document notes the
presence of her sons Jean Cyre and Pierre at the burial.




More About Pierre Sire:
Burial: Unknown, Beaubassin, N.S. (L'Acadie).

More About Pierre Sire and Marie Bourgeois:
Marriage: October 04, 1670, Port Royal.

Children of Pierre Sire and Marie Bourgeois are:
  1. +Jean Sire, b. 1671, Port Royal N.S. (L' Acadie), d. June 12, 1720, Beaubasin N.S. (L'Acadie).
  2. Pierre Sire, b. 1677, d. date unknown.
  3. Guillaume Sire, b. 1679, d. date unknown.
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