My Best 9th Cousin Three Times Removed

Who is my best 9th cousin three times removed?

Pam.

She is the reader who wrote this comment last week on this blog.

Hi Pierre,
I just came across this while working on my family tree. According to ancestry.com I’m a direct descendant of Jacques Archambault, too. He’s my 11th great grandfather. I’m finding some interesting information on him.

Pam Connors

I replied online and she was quick to react…

Hi distant cousin! :)

I look forward to seeing the relationship. In the meantime here is my connection to Jacques. By the way, I google names while doing my tree and found such interesting things about him and his family. A person never knows what they’ll find! I just wish I could find my Bourgeois side. My 2 x’s great grandfather was David Bourgeois according to familysearch.org and his wife was either Celia or Ledia, no maiden name.

Frustrating.

I love reading your comments.

Feel free to send them even though you leave only one then disappear.

Pam is glad to have found her best 9th cousin three times removed because after he found the link to our common ancestor…,

jacques-archambault

I found her Bourgeois lineage

BOURGEOIS, JACQUES (Jacob), surgeon, colonizer, founder of Beaubassin; b. sometime between 1618 and 1621 in France, probably at Couperans-en-Brie (department of Seine-et-Marne); d. 1701 at Port-Royal (Annapolis Royal, N.S.); founder of the Bourgeois family in Acadia.

Before leaving France, Bourgeois had entered the medical profession. He came to Port-Royal in 1642 with 18 families that Governor Menou* d’Aulnay brought with him on one of his voyages. Bourgeois’ father, also named Jacques, was an army officer at Port-Royal and was the brother-in-law of Germain Doucet, Sieur de La Verdure, Aulnay’s assistant. In 1654 Sedgwick* seized Port-Royal, and as by the terms of the capitulation soldiers were to be repatriated, Jacques Bourgeois senior returned to France; his son remained in Acadia, where he became the ancestor of a large number of descendants. In 1643 Bourgeois had married Jeanne, Guillaume Trahan’s daughter, who was born in France in 1631; they had ten children, seven girls and three boys.

At Port-Royal, Jacques Bourgeois became a farmer and shipbuilder. He traded with the Bostonians, particularly with John Nelson and William Phips*; he learned their language, and was the interpreter for the French in their dealings with the English. In 1672 he sold a partof his holdings at Port-Royal in order to settle, with his sons Charles and Germain and two of his sons-in-law, in the Chignecto Basin, thus becoming the first promoter of settlement in this region; he built a flour-mill and a saw-mill there. A few years later, in 1676, the region was made into a seigneury, the holder of which was Michel Leneuf de La Vallière (the elder), a nobleman born at Trois-Rivières; the new fief, 100 square leagues in extent, was named Beaubassin. As La Vallière brought in settlers and indentured employees from Canada, two distinct establishments adjoined each other at Beaubassin; but a clause in the title to the land grant protected the interests of Jacques Bourgeois and the other Acadian settlers established on the domain; it was not long before the two elements of the population merged into one.

The Chignecto region provided Jacques Bourgeois and the whole settlement with fertile marshes, and high ground suitable for farming. The Shediac portage was an important relay station in the sea communications between Acadia and Canada and a strategic position commanding the isthmus and Baie Française (Bay of Fundy). By the time of the expulsion of the Acadians, Beaubassin had become one of the most prosperous places in Acadia.

The distinguished colonist had settled at Port-Royal again before 1699; he died there, an octogenarian, in 1701. The family name was perpetuated by two of his three sons: Charles, born in 1646, who married Anne Dugas in 1668; and Germain, born about 1650, who married his first wife, Marguerite Belliveau, in 1673 and his second wife, Madeleine Dugas, in 1682; the third son, Guillaume, left only a daughter.

Clément Cormier

AN, Col., C11D 3, f.191. Coll. de manuscrits relatifs à la N.-F., I, 149. Recensement de l’Acadie, 1686 (BRH), 681. Placide Gaudet, “Acadian genealogy and notes,” PAC Report, 1905, II, pt.iii, 1; App. A, 1; see also his Notes généalogiques (preserved in PAC and the Archives de l’université de Moncton), and his studies in the Évangéline (Moncton), 5 Feb. and 10 Dec. 1942. Arsenault, Hist. et généal. des Acadiens, 61–63, 361. Rameau de Saint-Père, Une colonie féodale, I, 167–69, 171–72, 175; II, 335.

Well I think I did because we had little to go on.

When I am certain, I am sure the floodgates should open wide like my search for Edwina Newcity… the mother of Robert Lagasse.

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4 thoughts on “My Best 9th Cousin Three Times Removed

  1. Jacques Archambault is the ancestor of many descendants in the U.S. who don’t know about it.
    I am always happy when people find their French-Canadian roots through this blog.
    I did the same thing with the Bourgeois lineage.
    What is difficult is finding the missing links.
    Stay tuned for the sequel.

  2. Hi Pierre,
    What a surprise to find that you wrote about me and my Bourgeois side! Thank you. I still can’t believe you went to all that trouble. So nice of you. I’m going to send an email to your personal address about that.
    Pam

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