Following the passing of Claude Jr’s first wife around 1717, he moved to Port Toulouse, Isle Royale, with his family. Claude’s daughter Francois married Jacques Coste around 1727 in Port Toulouse.
Claude and his first wife Marie Therese are ancestors of the DeCoste and Fougere families of Havre Boucher through their daughter Francoise who married Jacques Coste and through Francoise’s daughter Marguerite Coste who married Joseph Fougere.
On January 7, 1721 Claude married for a second time to Francoise Lavergne, daughter of Pierre Lavergne and Anne Bernon, formerly of Port Royal. Claude and Francoise raised four more boys; Jean-Baptiste, Jacques, Louis and Joseph. These four brothers are the progenitors of most of the Petitpas ancestors in Tracadie.
Claude Petitpas died about 1731 and his widow, Francoise Lavergne married Antoine Lavandier
at Port Toulouse and subsequently gave birth to two children, Abraham (born 1834 and Marguerite born 1735). Antoine Lavandier and Francoise relocated to Chezzetcook about 1760 along with the four Petitpas brothers and returned to Isle Madame in the 1770’s.
In 1787, by Governor’s orders, 200 acres of land was surveyed in Tracadie for Louis Petitpas, 200 acres was surveyed for his nephew Jean Petitpas and 100 acres was surveyed for his nephew Michel Petitpas. Jean and Michel were sons of Joseph Petitpas who died in Tracadie about 1819. Louis died about 1788. His oldest daughter married in Chezzetcook and two younger daughters married in Cape Breton.
Jean, Michel and their half-brother Boniface Petitpas all appeared on the 1794 Poll Tax Rolls of Tracadie. A number of their daughters married into the nearby Acadian families in Harbour au Bouche.
The Petitpas surname has taken on several variations over the years with Pettipas now being most prominent. Like many other Acadian surnames, the outmigration to the Boston states in the latter part of the 19th century resulted in Petitpas being shortened and anglicized as Pitts