Our Acadian Ancestors

The information pertaining to the First Acadian Ancestors is my translation of Stephen White's 37 Families that he prepared for the 1994 Acadian Congress that was held in New Brunswick. (The french version may be accessed on his web site through the Links page at the sidebar.) You will find that Stephen is often quoted on this web site. That is because I believe his Acadian research is the most accurate to date. He is the Genealogist at Moncton University, Moncton, New Brunswick and the first two volumes of his Dictionnaire des Familles Acadiennes may now be purchased. Please see my main page or my links page which may be accessed at the sidebar.

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Scupture of an Acadian Family
This photo taken at the LeFebvre Museum at Memramcook

Daniel LeBlanc

The largest Acadian family began with one man, Daniel LeBlanc, who was born in France about 1626. Arriving in Acadia before 1650, sometime that year, he married Françoise Gaudet, widow of an unknown Mercier, daughter of Jean Gaudet and his first wife whose name is unknown.

Of their six sons, five had large families. Among them, they had 35 sons among whom 31 married. Thus, the LeBlanc family grew very rapidly which explains its predominance among Acadian families.

According to Stephen White:

The place of origin and the ancestors of Daniel LeBlanc are unknown. Some have wanted to believe that Daniel descended from a noble family of Dauphiné, based on research by d'Entremont (J. Alfred LeBlanc - the Origins of the LeBlanc Family, "Footprints of the Exiled: A LeBlanc Family Newsletter", vol I, 1986, p. 7), but the family proposed (to René to Alphonse to Pierre) is a Blanc or deBlanc family, rather than LeBlanc (see MM. de La Chenaye-Desbois & Badier, "Dictionnaire de la noblesse, 3e édition, Paris, 1863, vol. III, p. 314-317).

The jointly-owned land mentioned below, leads researchers to believe that there existed a bond of some kind between Antoine Gougeon and his son-in-law Guillaume Blanchard on one side of the family and with Daniel LeBlanc on the other. The nature of the connection is yet unknown.

Historical Notes:

Daniel LeBlanc settled on the north banks of the Port-Royal River (today clled Annopolis River), to the northeast of the marsh lands of Bélisle, about nine miles further up than fort at Port-Royal, and a half mille further down than Saint-Laurent chapel, where he died between the years of 1695-1698 (Placide Gaudet "Arbre généalogique de Mgr Edouard LeBlanc, évêque de Saint-Jean, N.B. (First Acadian Bishop), BRH vol XVIII, 1912, p. 357).

October 5, 1687: State of executed works in Acadia by Sir d'Aulnay; among those who made their mark: Daniel LeBlanc. Therefore, Daniel came to Acadia before the death of d'Aulnay in 1650 (ANF, Col, C11D, vo II, fol 85).

May 24, 1690: Daniel LeBlanc is one of six members of the Council demanded by Phipps and responsible for maintain the peace and to render justice (BRH vol SVIII, p. 357).

August 1695: Daniel LeBlanc promises fidelity to the king of England at Port-Royal; if made his mark (Massachusetts Archive, Vol II, fol 540).

1734: Schedule of the Seignorial Rents payable yearly by the Inhabitants of Annapolis Royal...

The names of the Several Plantations: 1. Paradis Terrestre 2. Do La Grave or Point LeChesne

The first Grantees: 1. Daniel LeBlanc & Guillaume Blanchard 2. Daniel LeBlanc and Antoine Goujon pay one Den par Arpent (per acre)

The Present Possessors: 1. John Prince and Pierre Godet 2. Guillaume Blanchard, Joseph LeBlanc and his brethren.

(GB, PRO, CO 217, vol VII, fol 90)


JEAN DOIRON was born Abt. 1649 in France, and died Bet. 28 April 1735 - 03 June 1736 at Ste-Famille de Pisiguit, Acadia according to the Déclarations de Belle-Ile-en-Mer. He married (1) MARIE-ANNE CANOL Abt. 1671. She was born Abt. 1651 and died Aft. the census of 1693. He married (2) MARIE TRAHAN Abt. 1693, daughter of GUILLAUME TRAHAN and MADELEINE BRUN. She was born 1672 at Port-Royal.

The Doiron family traces its roots back to Jean Doiron, born in France about 1649. He died between 28 April 1735 - 03 June 1736 at Ste-Famille de Pisiguit, Acadia according to the Déclarations de Belle-Ile-en-Mer. He married (1) MARIE-ANNE CANOL Abt. 1671. She was born Abt. 1651 and died Aft. the census of 1693. He married (2) MARIE TRAHAN Abt. 1693, daughter of GUILLAUME TRAHAN and MADELEINE BRUN. She was born 1672 at Port-Royal.

Jean's parentage is unknown. Placide Gaudet cites his birthplace as Saint-Martin de l'île de Ré though other genealogists have not been able to find this link.

He married Marie-Anne Canol and in a second marriage, he wed Marie Trahan.

Jean's name first appears on the Census of 1686. Married twice, he was the father of at least nineteen children. When he appears in the census of 1686, he is called Jean Douaron, aged 37 and married to Marianne Cannol, aged 35. At this time, he had seven children, which means they would have married about 1671. At the time of this census, it is also noted that Jean Doiron was certainly not a farmer. He had no land cultivated though he had seven horned animals and a sheep. This could in- dicate that he was newly arrived in Port-Royal. Could it be that he had another profession/trade - perhaps that of a soldier or navigator?

Very few details are available about his life in Port-Royal. His wife Marie-Anne Canol died about 1690. He married Marie Trahan in 1671 when he was 42 and she was 20. In 1693, he had settled his family in the colony of Mines (Les Mines).

By 1693 he was a well established farmer with eight acres of cultivated land, 8 horned animals, 9 lambs and 5 hogs.

Source: Dictionnaire genealogique des familles acadiennes by Stephen A. White; La Famille Doiron by Allen Doiron - Fidèle Thériault


Louis Allain, entrepreneur and blacksmith arrived in Acadia abt 1686. He married Marguerite Bourque , daughter of Antoine Bourque and Antoinette Landry. Their only son, Pierre Allain moved to Grand-Pré following his marriage to Marguerite Leblanc, daughter of Antoine and Marie Bourgeois. The Allain families of New Brunswick descend from Louis Allain, eldest son of Pierre, who married Anne Leger, daughter of Jacques Leger and Anne Amirault, June 24, 1748 at Beaubassin.


Pierre Arsenault married twice. Abt 1675, he married Marguerite Dugas, d/o Abraham and Marguerite Doucet. They had 2 sons. Abt 1685, he married Marie Guerin, d/o Francois Guerin and Anne Blanchard. Together, they had six more sons and one daughter. Pierre, the eldest of all of the children had 10 children from his marriage to Marie-Anne Boudrot, d/o Jean Boudrot and Marguerite Bourgeois. Joseph, born abt 1716 married his cousin of 3rd degree, Marguerite Boudrot, one of the nine daughters of François Boudrot and Jeanne Landry, at Port-Jolie, Ile St-Jean, on July 28, 1739.

BABIN, Antoine

Antoine Babin lived in Port-Royal where he married Marie Mercier, d/o unknown Mercier and Françoise Gaudet [who married Daniel LeBlanc, abt 1650]. Abt 1662, their son Charles settled in Pisiguit following his marriage to Madeleine Richard about 1686. She was the d/o Michel Richard and Madeleine Blanchard. Two of their six sons are the ancestors of all of the Babin families of New Brunswick. René, the eldest, married Isabelle Gaudrot, d/o Claude Gaudrot and Marie Thériot, and they had a large family. Among their chidren, Pierre, born May 26, 1735 at Grand-Pré. He married Madeleine Bourque February 22, 1759. She was the d/o Jean Bourque and Marie Thériault. They settled at Menoudie where he died June 1790.


Nicolas Babineau was enumerated in the census for Penobscot, Maine in 1693. It is possible that he came to Canada as a soldier given his dit name of Deslauriers. He married Marie-Marguerite Granger abt 1687, d/o Laurent Granger and Marie Landry. In 1701, Nicolas and Marie-Marguerite moved to Port-Royal, where their son Jean was born on February 10, 1709. He married Isabelle Breau abt 1730. She was the d/o Pierre Breau and Anne LeBlanc. With his spouse, Jean settled at Terre-Rouge, on the Petitcoudiac River, within the limits of what is now the city of Moncton. This family escaped the Deportation by going to Cocagne. When the Acadians signed their submission/allegiance in 1759 and 1760, they returned to the Petitcodiac. Members of this family were imprisoned at Fort Beauséjour in 1763.


The very fact that Jean Bastarache was enumerated at Port-Royal in 1703 as Joannis LeBasque clearly attests to his place of origin. He was born abt 1658 and came to Acadia before 1685, at which time he married Huguette Vincent, daughter of Pierre Vincent and Anne Gaudet. Jean Bastarache died at Port-Royal September 5, 1733. The youngest of his five children was named Pierre. He was born at Port-Royal on July 18, 1702 and married there on January 19, 1724 to Marguerite Forest, daughter of René Forest and Françoise Dugas. Pierre Bastarache died at Port-Royal on May 7, 1751.


Antoine Belliveau's date of arrival in Acadia is unknown but he does seem to have arrived with the first settlers before 1650. He married Andrée Guyon about 1651 who was the young widow of an unknown Bernard. Andrée already had two daughters from her first marriage. Antoine and Andrée had a son named Jean who was born abt 1652. Jean Belliveau married twice. Abt 1671, he married Jeanne Bourque, daughter of Antoine Bourque and Antoinette Landry, and abt 1703, he married Cécile Melanson, daughter of Charles Melanson and Marie Dugas and widow of Abraham Boudrot. The Belliveau families of New Brunswick go back to a second Jean Belliveau, who was the eldest son of the first marriage of Jean and Jeanne Bourque. This second Jean was born abt 1674. Abt 1696, he married Madeleine Melanson, sister of she who died seven years later become the spouse of his father. Jean Belliveau, son, died after being wounded in the invasion of the British in September 1707, leaving his widow with three sons and one daughter. Charles, the eldest of these three sons, was about ten years old when his father died. Some ten years later, on November 3, 1717, he married Marguerite Granger, d/o of Rene Granger and Marguerite Thériault at Grand-Pre. The youngest of the three sons of Charles was named Pierre. He was born at Port-Royal on May 16, 1734. Abt 1760, Pierre married Anne Girouard, daughter of Joseph Girouard and Anne Doucet. He died at Memramcook on February 16, 1820.


Some genealogists have repeated the supposition of Placide Gaudet that Raymond Bordages, who was a surgeon, was the son of Pierre Bordages and Marie-Anne Chevalier, who were married at Port-Lajoie(today Keppoch, near Charlottetown), Ile St-Jean(Prince Edward Island), on August 11, 1721. The discovery by Bona Arsenault of a purchase by Raymond Bordages in favor of l'Abbé Pierre Bordages, pastor of Estancarbon, in the diocese of Comminges (today the department of Haute-Garonne) offers another possibility. According to B. Arsenault, Father (l'Abbé) Pierre Bordages would have been the brother of Raymond and consequently the place of origin of this person would be found in the province of Languedoc rather than in l'Angoumois. Whatever may be the case, it is known tht Raymond Bordages was born abt 1731. At the Deportation of 1755, he went to Québec, marrying on his way Esther LeBlanc, daughter of René LeBlanc, notary, and Marguerite Thébeau. Abt 1772, he left with his family for Bonaventure where he died July 17, 1787.


Joseph Boucher and his spouse Isabelle Martin settled in the Pays-Bas, on the Saint-Jean River, abt 1769. It is believed that this was the same Joseph Boucher, widower of Marguerite Roy of the parish of Ste-Anne-de-Hocquepasque of the St-Jean River, who on January 2, 1753, sold land that had been left him by his parents, Joseph Boucher and Genevieve Hayot and consequently descending from Marin Boucher de Mortagne en Perche (actually in the department of Orne), who came to settle in New France in 1634. Upon the arrival of the Loyalists in New Brunswick, Joseph Boucher and Isabelle Martin had to leave the land they occupied in the Pays-Bas. It would seem that they went toward Cocagne before going to live in Caraquet but they finally settled in Bouctouche, where Joseph died September 19, 1799 at the age of 72.


Michel Boudrot was born abt 1601, arriving in Acadia before 1639. The 1671 census for Port-royal, he was a laborer and was also a civil and criminal lieutenant general (judge) according to the 1686 census. He married Michelle Aucoin who gave him eleven children. The youngest names François was born abt 1666. He married Madeleine Belliveau, d/o Jean Belliveau and Jeanne Bourque abt 1692. Their sixth son, Pierre, nicknamed Grand Pierre, was born at Port-Royal on June 30, 1712, and became the ancestor of the Boudreau families of southeast New Brunswick. Pierre married twice. First at Port-Royal on January 31, 1735 to Madeleine Melanson d/o Ambroise Melanson and Françoise Bourque and his second marriage was to Madeleine Belliveau, daughter of Charles Belliveau and Marguerite Granger.


The Bourgeois ancestors of Acadia go back to one person. Their ancestor Jacques, born in France abt 1619, arrived in the colony as a surgeon abt 1641 on the ship Le Francois About two years later, he married Jeanne Trahan, daughter of Guillaume Trahan and Françoise Corbineau. He settled in Port-Royal. In 1672, he sent some settlers to Beaubassin and is thus considered the founder of that area. His son Charles, born abt 1646, married Anne Dugas, d/o Abraham Dugas and Marguerite Doucet abt 1668. Charles and Anne settled at Beaubassin. Charles Bourgeois son, born abt 1672, married abt 1692 to Marie Blanchard, d/o Guillaume Blanchard and Huguette Gougeon. Pierre Bourgeois, born abt 1699, was the second son of Charles and Marie. He married August 18, 1722 Marie-Françoise Cormier at Beaubassin. She was the d/o Pierre Cormier and Catherine LeBlanc. The sixth of their eight sons, Joseph Bourgeois dit Calotte, was born at Beaubassin on March 10, 1741. Abt 1764, he married Félicité Belliveau, daugther of Pierre Belliveau and Jeanne Gaudet. They settled at Pisiguit and then at Memramcook where Joseph died November 20, 1833.

All of the other Bourgeois families of southeast New Brunswick, descend from Germain Bourgeois, second son of the first ancestor. (For more information, please contact me….)

BOURQUE, Antoine

Antoine Bourque, is the father of the Bourque family in Acadia. He was born in France about 1609. There is no actual proof of birth place but it is assumed that he was born in Martaizé, in the province of Poitou (today, Vienna). In any event, it is known that Antoine came to Acadia at the beginning of the years of 1640, or perhaps sooner. About 1642, he married Antoinette Landry and they had at least 11 children together.


The deposition of witchcraft/sorcery of Jean Campagna tells us that Roger Kessy was of Irish descent. He married in Port-Royal about 1668 to Marie-Françoise Poirier, daughter of Jean Poirier and of Jeanne Chebrat. One of the first settlers of Beaubassin, this ancestor of the Caissie family, gave his name to a hill known since as Roger's Butte. It is here that he lived.

COLLET, Julien

The birth place of Julien Collet is unknown. Having lived in Nova Scotia at Crapaud(Frog)Forks, he settled in Bouctouche, New Brunswick where he died October 9, 1802 at the age of 50.


On January 8, 1644, Robert Cormier, master ship's carpenter at La Rochelle, his wife Marie Péraud and their son Thomas, signed to sail aboard the ship Le Petit Saint-Pierre, so as to come work at Fort Saint-Pierre, at Cape Breton Island.Thus began the family history of the Cormier ancestors in America. About 1668, Thomas Cormier, about 32 years old, married Marie-Madeleine Girouard, daughter of François Girouard and Jeanne Aucoin. Once established at Port-Royal, Thomas and Marie-Madeleine were among the first colonists/settlers at Beaubassin, where their son Pierre was born March 25, 1682. Pierre married Catherine LeBlanc about 1702, the daughter of Jacques LeBlanc and Catherine Hébert. The eldest of their children was named after his father. Pierre married Cécile Thibodeau, daughter of Jean and Marguerite Hébert on July 17, 1730 at Grand-Pré. This last couple are the ancestors of all of the Cormier families of southeastern New Brunswick.

DAIGLE, Olivier

The Daigle family in Acadia is rooted in Olivier Daigre, born in France about 1643. He married in Port-Royal about 1666 to Marie Gaudet, daughter of Denis Gaudet and Martine Gauthier. Of their seven sons, only two became founders of families.


Jean Gaudet has been considered the "Abraham of Acadia", so numerous are his descendants. According to the Census of 1671, Jean Gaudet would have been born about 1575. The name of his first spouse is unknown. About 1652, he married Nicole Colleson. From the first marriage was born his son Denis about 1625 who married Martine Gauthier about 1645. Jean Gaudet is the father of Françoise Gaudet who married Daniel LeBlanc. Thus, they are the first ancestors of all of the LeBlanc families of Acadia.

GAUTREAU, François

François Gautrot was among the first settlers/colonists of Acadia. Born in France about 1613, he married twice: his first marriage, about 1635, to Marie... surname unknown, and his second marriage to Edmée Lejeune about 1644. Eleven children issued from both marriages.

GIROUARD, François

The first ancestor of the Girouard family was named François. He was born in France about 1621 and he arrived in Acadia during the 1640's. François marrried Jeanne Aucoin in 1647. They had five children.

GOGUEN, Joseph

Joseph Guéguen was a remarkable man in his lifetime because of his superior intelligence and because of the schooling he had received. Born in Morlaix, in Britanny (now in the Finistère Department), on May 2, 1741, son of Jacques Guéguen and Anne Hamonez. On his mother's side, he was related to Abbé Jean-Louis LeLoutre, with whom he came to Acadia at the end of April 1753. Destined first to the priesthood, Joseph had to give up his religious vocation because of an injury. He married at Baie des Ouines (Baie-Ste-Anne), during the summer of 1760, to Anne Arsenault, daughter of François Arsenault and Anne Bourgeois. Later, they were prisoners at Fort Beauséjour. In 1765, they passed through Miquelon on their return in 1767 to settle at Cocagne. After the death of Anne Arsenault about 1770, Joseph contracted into a very unhappy marriage with Marie Caissie, daughter of Joseph Caissie and Marie-Josèphe Lapierre, and widow of Pierre Lambourt. After the death of Marie in November 1807, Joseph married a third time, at Cogagne, on February 19, 1808, to Anne Surette, daughter of Joseph Surette and Isabelle Babineau, and widow of Casimir Melanson. Joseph Guéguen died February 28, 1825 at Cocagne.


The first Gosselin of North America was named Gabriel, son of Nicolas Gosselin and Marguerite Dubréal, of Combray, diocese of Bayeux, Normandy (today the department of Calvados), who married at Sillery, on 18 August 1653, to Françoise Lelièvre, daughter of Christophe Lelièvre and Georgette Clément. Their eldest son, Ignace, born abt 1655, married at Saint-Pierre, Ile d'Orléans, on November 23, 1683, to Marie-Anne Raté, daughter of Jacques Raté and Anne Martin. Gabriel Gosselin, son of Ignace, married three times: first at Sainte-Famille, Ile d'Orléans, august 10, 1716, to Marie-Anne Renaud, daughter of Joseph Renaud and Marie Lehoux; the second marriage was at Saint-Laurent, Ile d'Orléans, onNovember 21, 1718, to Marguerite Lemelin, daughter of Louis Lemelin and Marie-anne Delomay; third marriage also at Saint-Laurent, on August 26, 1732, to Marguerite Couture, daughter of Guillaume Couture and of Nicole Bouffard. Laurent Gosselin, son of the third spouse, married at Saint-Charles de Bellechasse, February 16, 1757, with Marie-Louise Côté. She was the daughter of Jean-Baptiste Côté and Marie Bouffard, who was a cousin of the 3rd degree. Louis Gosselin, son of this couple, born in april 1805, became with his family in Kent County having married in Memramcook on May 5, 1840 to Madeleine Léger, daughter of Charles Léger and of Scholastique Girouard. Charles Gosselin died at Bouctouche, September 23, 1875. He was a teacher.


According to Father Patrice Gallant, his ancestor Michel Haché (or Larcher) dit Gallant was the natural son of Pierre Larcher, originally of Saint-Pierre parish of the city of Montdidier, in Picardie (now the department of Somme). Michel had settled at Beaubassin as of 1682. About 1690, he married Anne Cormier, daughter of Thomas Cormier and of Marie-Madeleine Girouard. In 1720, they were the first family to setle at Ile St-Jean (now Prince Edward Island). Michel Haché dit Gallant drowned at the mouth of the North River on April 10, 1737. The Haché families of the southeast of New Brunswick descend from Michel Haché, son, born abt 1691, who married at Grand-Pré on October 12, 1711 to Madeleine LeBlanc, daughter of Jacques LeBlanc and of Catherine Hébert. Michel Haché, the eldest of this couple, married twice. His first marriage, about 1737, was to Marie-Anne Gravois, daughter of Joseph Gravois and Marie Cyr, and his second marriage, at Port-Royal, June 2, 1749, was to Marie-Madeleine Blanchard, daughter of René Blanchard and Marie Savoie.


Landry descendants go back to two ancestors ironically bearing the same name of René. René le jeune, i.e., the younger, was born abt 1634 and by his marriage abt 1659 with Marie Bernard, became the progenitor of the Landry families of the Maritimes. Four of his eight sons are the ancestors of the Landry descendants of southeast New Brunswick.


According to research done by Placide Gaudet, Jacques Léger dit Larozette was a soldier in the Marines in garrison at Fort Naxouat. Having taken leave, Jacques married about 1693 at the age of 30, Madeleine Trahan, daughter of Guillaume Trahan and Madeleine Brun. He settled at Port-Royal where his 11 children were born. The Légers of New Brunswick descend from two of his sons. The eldest named after his father, was born abt 1695. He married Anne Amirault on January 12, 1717. She was the daughter of François Amirault and Marie Pitre. François Léger, the youngest of the sons of Jacques Léger and Madeleine Trahan, was the ancesotr of the other Léger descedants of southeast New Brunswick. He was born at Port-Royal on October 14, 1714, and he had married at the same place, on May 25, 1739, Madelein Comeau, daughter of Abraham Comeau and Marguerite Pitre. He was deported from Acadia to Connecticut with his whole family except for his son Charles that his godmother, Marguerite Grosvalet had taken with her.


Jacques Maillet, son of Antoine Maillet and François Choppart, of Parish, married at Port-Royal, Novemer 25, 1720, Madeleine Hébert daughter of Antoine Hébert and Jeanne Corporon. The thirteen children of this marriage, as well as the parents themselves were dispersed in 1755, some being sent to New York and others to South Carolina and to Massachusetts. The sons of Antoine-Salomon, born September 12, 1723 and Charles, born April 17, 1726, were not expulsed from Acadia. Antoine-Salomon had settled in Trahan Village, at Grand-Pré, following his marriage about 1751 to Marie Saulnier, daughter of René Saulnier and Marie-Josèphe Trahan. These displacements are unknown beginning from 1755 until 1768 when we find him with his second wife, Marguerite Blanchard at Pisiguit.


The Martin descendants of New Brunswick are the descendants of Barnabé Martin. The exact place of origin is unknown but it does seem certain that he was born in France about 1636. He arrived in Acadia before 1666, when he married, at Port-Royal, Jeanne Pelletret, daugher of Simon Pelletret and Perrine Bourque. Barnabé died between 1678 and 1686, leaving seven children. His son René was born about March 1671. He married just before the census of 1693 to Marie Mignier, widow of Joseph Gravois. The fifth of the eight sons of René Martin was Jean-Baptiste. He was born at Port-Royal on March 15, 1704 and married at the same place, on November 24, 1732, Marie Brun, daughter of Claude Brun and Cécile Dugas. The family of Jean-Baptiste Martin consisted of fourteen children. Joseph, born at Port-Royal on November 4, 1740, and Amand, born in the same parish on May 20, 1742 married at Ekoupahag (today known as Kingsclear), on June 29 1768 to Marie-Josèphe and Agathe Lejeune dit Briard, both daughters of Eustache Lejeune and Marie-Anne Barrieu. After the arrival of the Loyalists at the Saint-Jean (St. John) River, Joseph and Amand left the region of Ekoupahag. Eventually, they settled at Baie Sainte-Anne, where Joseph and Amand died on the first during the winter of 1814-1815 and the second on March 3, 1815.


Pierre Melanson dit Laverdure was a french Protestant who married in exile in England to an english woman named Priscilla. Brought to Acadia with his family by Thomas Temple in the spring of 1657, Pierre, his spouse and their youngest son went to Boston after the Treaty of Breda in 1667. Their two other sons, already married to Acadian women, remained in Acadia. The eldest of these sons was Charles who was born about 1643. He had married Marie Dugas, daughter of Abraham Dugas and Marguerite Doucet. This couple had nine daughters and five sons, among which two, Charles and Jean, became the ancestors of the Melanson families of southeast New Brunswick.


Claude Petitpas was a trustee at Port-Royal in 1639. The connection between him and his name is unknown. Born about 1626, he became Town Clerk of Port-Royal. Jacques Petitpas, son of Claude and Catherine Bugaret, became by his marriage to Geneviève Serreau, the father of Nicolas who went from Port-Royal to Port-Toulouse and then to Louisbourg. Having become widower of Madeleine Simon, Nicolas married a second time at Louisbourg on March 19, 1756, Osite-Blanche Benoit, daughter of Jean Benoit and Marie -Josèphe Thériot, of Cobeguit.


A sailor named Jean Poirier arrived in Acadia in 1641 on the ship Saint François. There is no proof to conclude that this Jean became the spouse of Jeanne Chebrat about 1647 though certain genealogists believe that he is the ancestor of the New Brunswick Poirier descendants. Having said that, Michel Poirier, son of Jean was born at Port-Royal abt 1650. He married Marie Boudrot about 1673 at his place of birth. Marie was the daughter of Michel Boudrot and Michelle Aucoin. Michel Poirier was among the first settlers of Beaubassin where he died. His son Michel, born about 1674, married Madeleine Bourgeois about 1698. She was the daughter of Germain Bourgeois and Madeleine Dugas. Michel and Madeleine had thirteen children. their son Ambroise married Marie Gaudet abt 1732. She was the daughter of Augustin Gaudet and Agnès Chiasson.


Michel Richard was born about 1630. His place of birth is unknown but it is probable that he came to Acadia as a soldier, from when comes his dit name of Sansoucy. He married first to Madeleine Blanchard about 1656 at Port-Royal. She was the daughter of Jean Blanchard and Radegonde Lambert. They had ten children. After the premature death of Madeleine, Michel married a second time to Jeanne Babin about 1683. She was a young girl of fifteen whose mother and father, Antoine Babin and Marie Mercier, were neighbors of Michel. Two other children were born of this second union.


Cyprien Tanguay states in his Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes, that Louis *Robichau* died January 3, 1649 in Québec. according to Placide Gaudet, he would have been the father of Étienne Robichaud who was in Port-Royal, Acadia at the 1671 Census. Étienne was born about 1640. At about twenty-three years of age, he married Françoise Boudrot, daughter of magistrate Michel Boudrot and Michelle Aucoin, who gave him six children.


Born in France about 1621, François Savoie arrived in Acadia before 1651, at which time he married Catherine Lejeune. Nine children were born of this marriage, among which, Germain, born about 1654, who married Marie Breau about 1678. She was the daughter of Vincent Breau and Marie Bourque.


Pierre Surette married Jeanne Pellerine on February 4, 1709 at Port-Royal. She was the daughter of Étienne Pellerin and Jeanne Savoie. At his marriage, Pierre declared that he was the son of Noël Surette and Françoise Colarde from the parish of Mauset in the diocese of LaRochelle. One would believe that this is the Mauze-sur-le-Mignon, in the actual department of Deux-Sevres, that Pierre Surette was born though recent research found neither Surette nor Colard in those parish registers. Whatever the case may be, Pierre Surette settled his family in Port-Royal where he died on October 30, 1749, at about 76 years of age. Three of his nine children were sons and these three became the Surette ancestors of New Brunswick.


The first Thibodeau Acadian ancestor was the miller Pierre, who was born in France about 1631. His exact place of birth is unknown, nor is his date of arrival in Acadia known. About 1660, he married Jeanne Thériot, daughter of Jean Thériot and Perrine Reau, who gave him sixteen children comprising of seven sons and nine daughters. A colonist, he founded Chipoudy. He died at Port-Royal on December 26, 1704.


André de Vautour, son of Léonard de Vautour and Marie Codbac, from Exideuil in Angoumois (today the department of Charente), married in Montreal on January 7, 1688 to Chatherine Cherlot, daughter of Jean Chelot and Jeanne Mansion. The Vautour families of North American descend from this marriage.

Source: A translation from Thirty-Seven Families by Stephen A. White - prepared for the 1994 Congress held in New Brunswick

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