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Jacques Jacob Bourgeois (1620-1699)

Jacques Jacob Bourgeois, son of Nicolas Grandjean and Marguerite Bourgeois, was born January 8, 1620/21 in La-Ferét-Gaucher, France. He married Jeanne Trahan in 1643 in Port Royal, Acadia. By his own account, Jacques Bourgeois, the pioneer of the Bourgeois family in Acadia, came to Acadia as a surgeon in 1642, during the governorship of Charles d'Aulnay. 

Jacques Jacob Bourgeois is my ninth great grandfather.

There are several databases of the descendants of Nicolas Grandjean and Marguerite Bourgeois

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Etienne Hébert (1623-1676)

Etienne Hébert, born in Touraine, France in 1623, came to Acadia with his brother Antoine. In 1650, he married Marie Gaudet in Port Royal. 

However, the names of their parents are not known. Arsenault says, in the Port-Royal volume of Histoire et généalogie des Acadiens, that Antoine and Étienne Hébert were the sons of Jacques and Marie Juneau. However, the Corrections to Arsenault states that they are not the sons of this couple, giving no further information. Steve White also says that these were not their parents.

Etienne Hébert is my eight great grandfather.

There are several databases of the descendants of Etienne Hébert and Marie Gaudet

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René Landry (1618-)

René Landry, born in La Ventrouze, Tourouvre, Perche, France in 1618. He married Perrine Bourg in 1645 in Port-Royal. They had six children. René is the son of Jean-Claude Landry with his first wife (4 children) who remarried and had two more. All six children appear to have been born in France and moved to Acadia later on. Two sons propagated the Landry name in the new world from Québec to Louisiana.

René Landry is my eight great grandfather.

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Charles Mélanson (Mélançon) (1643-1700)

The Arrival : The two Mélanson brothers, Pierre Mélanson dit Laverdure, a stonemason, born in 1632, the spouse of Marie Marguerite Muis d'Entremont, the daughter of the Lord of Pomcoup, Philippe Mius d 'Entremont, and Charles Mélanson dit Laverdure, born in 1643, the husband of Marie Dugas, daughter of Armourer Abraham Dugas and Marguerite Doucet of Port Royal, arrived in Port Royal in 1657 accompanied their parents aboard the ship the Satisfaction, with Sir Thomas Temple, the new English Governor of Acadia . 

The Mélanson Settlement: For almost a century, until the deportation of the Acadians in 1755, the settlement was the place of residence of Charles Mélanson, his wife Marie Dugas, and their descendants and associates. The Melanson Settlement is one of the principal Canadian archeological sites illustrating the way of rural life in Acadia in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a mirror of the various aspects of the daily life, their homes, material culture and their prosperity. 

1755: Deportation:  In the Autumn of 1755, 1660 Acadians of the  region of Port Royal embarked on the ships towards exile. Charles and his son Ambroise took refuge in Quebec, while Jean Mélanson and his family were refugees in France with a group of Acadians from Cape Sable.

Others were deported to Maryland and other States. The Mélanson like hundreds of other Acadians were imprisoned in the military fortresses which were neither more or less than concentration camps. At gun point, English soldiers forced them to work for them. The Mélansons were imprisoned at Forts Cumberland and  Edward.

 Today, this large Acadian family the name of [MELANSON] MELANSON - MELANCON - MALANSON - MALONSON can be found in all of Canada, the United States and in France. These Acadians all descendants of Pierre and Charles Mélanson arrived in Acadia 3 ½ centuries ago. The majority of Charles' descendants returned to the former Acadia, resettling in Nova Scotia and Southern New Brunswick, and in the USA in the States of Maine and Massachusetts, most continuing to spell their name Mélanson, but some have changed to Malanson and Malonson. The majority of Pierre's descendants however did not return, resettling in Louisiana, Québec, and Northern New Brunswick, in the Bathurst region. It is this branch of the family that today predominately spells their name MELANCON. The only descendent of Pierre known to have returned to Nova Scotia was Charles Marie who settled in Pomquet after returning with his mother from exile in France. 

Charles Mélanson is my seventh great grandfather.

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Jehan (Jean) Poirier (1621-1654)

Jehan Poirier, born around 1621 in La Chaussée, Poitou France arrived in Port-Royal around 1649, having married Jeanne Chabrol (Chabrat), daughter of  Antoine and Françoise Chaumeret, in 1648. His descendants are quite numerous, especially in New Brunswick and the Gaspé Peninsula. 

Jehan Poirier is my ninth great grandfather.

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Guillaume Trahan (1611-1682)

Guillaume Trahan, born in Bourgueil, Anjou, France in 1611 married Francoise Corbineau on 17 Jul 1627 in Touraine, France and came to Acadia with their daughter in 1636. He later married Magdeleine Brun in 1666 in Port-Royal. I am connected via both his wifes, but closer to Magdeleine Brun (eight vs tenth).

Guillaume Trahan is my eight great grandfather.

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Pierre Thibodeau (Thibaudeau) (1631-1708)

Pierre Thibodeau arrived from France aboard the ship Châteaufort, and settles in 1654 in Acadia at La Pré-Ronde (also called the Village des Thibodeau), close to Port-Royal (renamed Annapolis-Royal by the English). In 1659, he marries Jeanne Theriot (daughter of Jehan and Perrine Brault from Poitou, France). His descendants live in the area for over a century.

 Pierre Thibodeau is the founder of the village of Chipoudie. Several of his children settle there and also in the area of Grand-Pré, in Pigiguit, la Rivière aux Vieux Habitants et la Rivière aux Canards. 

 Pierre Thibodeau is not a hero or a historical character of great scale. He is one of those which contributed to their way, to build Acadia and America. 

 Pierre and Jeanne had at least 18 children. The Deportation of 1755 is the cause of the descendants being spread everywhere in the world, especially in North America, as well in Canada as in the United States, mainly in Quebec, in New Brunswick, in Maine and in Louisiana.

Pierre Thibodeau is my eight great-grandfather.

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