- /Blette, dit Sorelle Pierre, was the grantee of Park lot 24, the patent
having been issued in 1834. He died in Owen Sound./
The earliest record concerning Pierre, is the appearance of his name on
the Surveyor General’s map of 8 June 1830. Later in August of that year,
he, and other recipients of land grants in return for service to the
Crown in the War of 1812, signed a petition objecting to the price they
were required to pay to obtain title to the lots.
Pierre and Louis Blette Sorel received land grants in the Military
Reserve on 23 August 1834; Pierre - Park Lot 26 and Louis Park Lot 24.
By 1843, Pierre had ownership of both lots.
/Blette, Louis, was the grantee of Park lot 26, the patent having been
issued in 1834./
There are no other local records pertaining to Louis other than the land
records. It does not appear he ever settled on his lot.
/Blette, Francois. Descendants of his are living in Parry Sound./
There are no records of a Francois living in this area other than a St.
Ann’s baptismal entry where he appears as a sponsor for Marie Blette’s
child in 1841, a time when Marie was known to be living in Owen Sound.
A “Sorelle” appears in the 1820 US census, Michilimackinac, Territory of
Michigan. He is living with an “unnaturalized citizen”. Is this Pierre?
There are other Blette Sorels who appear in the church registers after
1835 but none of them appears to have settled in the area.
Pierre BLETTE DIT PIEROT / SOREL was born about 1810 in Fort William,
Ontario. He lived in Parry Sound, although he was enumerated in the 1861
census in Penetanguishene, Simcoe County, Ontario.
Pierre BLETTE DIT PIEROT / SOREL and Louise LABATTE were married on 23
July 1832 in Simcoe County, Ontario in a civil marriage. The witnesses
were Francois Sicard and Dedine Revol. They were married in a religious
ceremony February 1836 recorded in St. Ann's Church register,
Penetanguishene, Ontario. Louise LABATTE (daughter of Louis Georges
LABATTE and Louise/ Louisa CADOTTE) was buried on 3 September 1848 in
St. Ann's Cemetery, Penetanguishene, Ontario. Pierre BLETTE DIT PIEROT /
SOREL and Louise LABATTE had the following children:
i. Pierre BLETTE DIT SOREL was buried on 11 September 1844 in St. Ann's
Cemetery, Penetanguishene, Ontario.
ii. Henri BLETTE DIT SOREL / PERRAULT, born in 1833, Mackinac County,
Michigan; married Catherine DESMARAIS, on 5 May 1856, St. Ann's Church,
Penetanguishene, Ontario; died on 7 July 1902, Parry Sound, Ontario.
iii. Henry SOREL was born on 2 September 1835 in Penetanguishene, Simcoe
iv. Louise BLETTE, born on 13 October 1838; married Michael BOUCHER, on
21 February 1854, died before 1875.
v. Louis SOREL was born on 16 February 1841.
vi. Philomene SOREL was born on 1 March 1844. She died in February 1846.
vii. Angelique SOREL was born on 15 November 1846.
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