Pierre Cormier dit Palette1

M, (circa 1704 - before 1752)
Father-Biological*Pierre Cormier1 b. 25 Mar 1682, d. c 17 Jul 1730
Mother-Biological*Catherine LeBlanc1 b. c 1683, d. b 14 Nov 1740
Family Lines
Boudreau Line
Last Edited=26 Oct 2023
     Pierre Cormier dit Palette was born circa 1704 at Ouescoque, Acadia, New France.1 He was the son of Pierre Cormier and Catherine LeBlanc.1 In the 1707 Census, Pierre was recorded living in Beaubassin, Acadia, New France.1

Pierre Cormier dit Palette married Cécile Thibodeau, age 17 , daughter of Jean Thibodeau and Marguerite Hébert, on 17 July 1730 at Grand-Pré, Colony of Nova Scotia, British North America, They settled on a farm at Ouescoque, as his father was able to provide land for all of his children.

1. Jean-Baptiste Cormier
2. Pierre Cormier
3. Marie Cormier
4. Étienne Cormier
5. François Cormier
6. Joseph Cormier
7. Michel Cormier
8. Marie-Joseph Cormier
9. Charles Cormier
10. Marie-Cécile Cormier
11. Jacques Cormier
12. Amand-Charles Cormier.1

In 1750, Beaubassin was the center of a boundary dispute between the French and English. French soldiers erected small forts on the north side of the Mesagoueche River (the border between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) including one at Beauséjour ridge. When the British Commander Lawrence tried to gain a foothold on the river, the priests LeLoutre and Germain burned the Beaubassin church and forced the villagers to burn their houses. The British retreated but eventually built fortifications on the south side (Fort Lawrence). The French soldiers ordered the Acadian families in the southern villages to move to the north side for their protection. Virtually no one complied with the order, including Pierre's family, whose Ouescoque homestead was located south. To force them to move, the soldiers and Mi'kmaq warriors (of the fanatical priest Jean-Louis Le Loutre burned the southern villages, including Ouescoque, where the Cormiers had lived for three generations. The attitudes of the southern villagers are described below:
The missionary Le Loutre thought that they were ready to abandon their land, and even to take up arms against the British... They were, however, perhaps not as determined to emigrate as Le Loutre maintained. Since 1713 the Acadians had always accommodated themselves to the British régime, and it was difficult for them to leave fertile lands that they had cleared and settle in French territory without being assured that sooner or later it would not become British. On behalf of the French government Le Loutre promised to establish and feed them for three years, and even to compensate them for their losses. They were not easily convinced, and the missionary apparently used questionable means to force them to emigrate – threatening them, among other things, with reprisals from the Indians. The Acadians who moved, whether of their own free will or not, found themselves in an unenviable situation. Both on Île Saint-Jean and in the Fort Beauséjour region it was difficult to produce sufficient food to meet the needs of the new arrivals

After the destruction of their home, Pierre's family sought refuge with relatives who lived on the French side at Le Lac (Aulac) across from Jolicoeur (Jolicure NB). At Le Lac, several refugees died "from the shock of their upheaval or from the ill treatment they endured." This included 46-year-old Pierre Cormier.1,2,3 Pierre Cormier dit Palette died before 1752 at Acadia, New France.1

Compeller's Notes:
All these men were cousins, lived in the Beaubassin area and were born around the same time. They all have nicknames. Two of them married women with surname Cyr. There continues to be confusion with their children, parents and spouses.

Pierre Cormier dit Rossignol Cormier; married Marie Anne Cyr
Pierre Cormier dit de la Cote; married Marguerite Cyr
Pierre dit Palette Cormier; married Cecile Thibodeau
Pierre Cormier dit le Grand; married Anne Marie Pitre & Jeanne Thibodeau.1

Children of Pierre Cormier dit Palette and Cécile Thibodeau


  1. WikiTree. Online https://www.wikitree.com/
  2. Finn, Gérard. "LE LOUTRE, JEAN-LOUIS", Dictionary of Canadian Biography volume 4 (2005).
  3. Surette, Paul. Atlas of the Acadian Settlement of the Beaubassin 1660 to 1755. Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada: (Tintamarre and Le Lac: Tantramar Heritage Trust, 2005.
  4. Moore, Keith. "The Consanguinity of the Empress Matilda and Geoffrey of Anjou", Foundations: Journal of the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy volume 8 (2016).