APPENDICES

Acadians Who Found Refuge in Louisiana, February 1764-early 1800s

BOURGEOIS

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ACADIA

According to Acadian historian Père Clément Cormier, Jacques Bourgeois was an army officer who served at Port-Royal in the 1650s and evidently was the brother-in-law of Germain Doucet, sieur de La Verdure, an associate of Acadian Governor Charles d'Aulnay.  When the English seized Acadia in 1654, four years after d'Aulnay's death, Robert Sedgwick, leader of the English expedition, held Jacques Bourgeois as "hostage" to insure that Doucet, in command at Port-Royal, would fulfill the terms of surrender.  Père Cormier says that Jacques was repatriated to France along with other French officers and never returned to Acadia.  According to Cormier, it was Jacques's son, Jacques dit Jacob, not Jacques, père the soldier, who was progenitor of the family in Acadia.  More recent studies devoted to this important family, however, including that of Acadian genealogist Stephen A. White, tell a different story: 

Jacques dit Jacob or Jacobus Bourgeois was born in France, perhaps at La Ferté-Gaucher, on Rivière Le Grand-Morin, east of Paris, in c1619, parents unknown.   A young surgeon, trained perhaps by members of l'Ordre de Malte, Jacques was recruited by Claude Launay-Rasilly, brother of Isaac de Razilly, after the French re-established control of Acadia in the 1630s.  Jacques came to Acadia in 1641 aboard the St.-François and established one of the first families in the colony.  He married Jeanne, daughter of prominent settler Guillaume Trahan, at Port-Royal in c1643Jeanne had come to Acadia even earlier than Jacques--in 1636 aboard the St.-Jehan, with her father, mother, and a sister.  In February 1653, Jacques stood as a witness to the marriage of Governor Charles La Tour and Jeanne Motin de Reux, the widow of former Governor Charles d'Aulnay.  Like his putative father, Jacques was involved in the English capture of Port-Royal in 1654.  Jacques remained at Port-Royal with his wife and children and became a farmer and a shipbuilder.  He also worked as a merchant, trading regularly with the New Englanders of Boston; having learned to speak English fluently, he served as the King's interpreter in dealings with the English.  Jacques also became a successful fur trader among the Indians and ventured to every corner of the colony.  In 1672, he sold a part of his holdings at Port-Royal and, with his two older sons and two of his sons-in-law, pioneered the major Acadian settlement on the isthmus of Chignecto, "the first swarming of the Acadians to establish their hive," as one historian describes it.  He built a flour mill and a saw mill at Chignecto to encourage settlement beside the wide salt marshes that were perfect for cattle raising.  In 1676, part of Chignecto became the seigneurie of Canadian-born French nobleman Michel LeNeuf de La Vallière, père, who named his 100-league holding Beaubassin.  La Vallière brought in settlers and indentured employees from Canada, in direct competition with the earlier, adjacent Bourgeois settlement.  According to Acadian tradition, a clause in La Vallière's land grant title "protected the interests of Jacques Bourgeois and the other Acadian settlers established on the domain," and "it was not long before the two elements of the population merged into one."  

Jacques and Jeanne had 10 children.  Six of their daughters married into the Cyr, Girouard, Boudrot, Mirande dit Tavare, Maisonnat dit Baptiste, Dugas, LeBlanc, and Comeau le jeune dit Des Loups-Marins families.  A French census taker found Jacques living with one of his sons at Chignecto in 1698, but otherwise he spent his final days at Port-Royal.  He died at Port-Royal in c1701, in his early 80s.  All three of his sons, born at Port-Royal, created families of their own, but only two of them had sons:

Oldest son Charles, born in c1646, married Anne, daughter of Abraham Dugas, at Port-Royal in c1668.  Charles and Anne had four children, including two sons who married into the Blanchard family.  One of their daughters married into the Caissie family.  One of Charles's grandsons, Honoré, who married twice into the Richard family, moved from Chignecto to Île St.-Jean, today's Prince Edward Island, in the late 1740s or early 1750s probably to escape British authority in Nova Scotia.  

Germain, born in c1650, married Madeleine, daughter of Antoine Belliveau, probably at Chignecto in c1673.  They had three children, including a son who married into the Mius de Pleinmarais and Thibodeau families.  Their daughter married into the Breau family.  Germain remarried to Madeleine, daughter of Abraham Dugas and sister of brother Charles's wife Anne, probably at Chignecto in c1682.  They had 10 children, including two sons who married into the LeBlanc family.  Their eight daughters married into the Poirier, Richard dit Lafond and dit Beaupré, Girouard, LeBlanc, and Robichaud dit Prudent families.  In 1696, during King William's War, Germain commanded a ship in Pierre Le Moyne, sieur d'Iberville's attack on the New England fort at Pemaquid, Maine.  Later that year, Germain confronted Massachusetts Colonel Benjamin Church when the Englishman attacked Chignecto.  Germaine died in 1711, in his early 60s, from the rigors of being held hostage by British Colonel Samuel Vetch in the dungeon at Port-Royal during Queen Anne's War.  

Youngest son Guillaume, born in c1655, married Marie-Anne, daughter of Martin d'Aprendestiguy, sieur de Martignon, a Basque fur trader and seigneur of the lower Rivière St.-Jean, and Jeanne de Saint-Étienne de La Tour, daughter of former governor Charles La Tour, probably at Port-Royal in c1686.  Guillaume did not follow his older brothers to Chignecto but remained with his father at Port-Royal, where he became a merchant like his father.  In September 1727, he was one of the delegates from Port-Royal representing Acadian interests before the Nova Scotia Council at Port-Royal.  Along with two other Acadian leaders, Charles Landry and Abraham Bourg, Guillaume refused to take the oath of allegiance to British King George II and was imprisoned for his opposition.  Guillaume and his wife had only a single child, a daughter, who married into the LeBlanc family.  

In 1755, descendants of Jacques Bourgeois could be found at Annapolis Royal and on Île St.-Jean, but they were especially numerous at Chignecto, which Jacques had founded. 

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A Guillaume Bourgeois dit Beaupré, serving as a soldier in the garrison of Port-Royal, stood as godfather to Marie-Marguerite Comeau in 1710.  He should not be confused with the Guillaume, son of Jacques dit Jacob Bourgeois, who became a merchant at Port-Royal.  There is no evidence that Guillaume the soldier started a family in Acadia or that he was kin to the other Bourgeoiss there.  

LE GRAND DÉRANGEMENT

Le Grand Dérangement of the 1750s scattered this large family to the winds. ...

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Typical of most, if not all, Acadian families, the Acadiennes of Canada lost touch with their Cadien cousins hundreds of miles away, and until the Acadian reunions of the twentieth century, they may even have forgotten the others existed. 

LOUISIANA:  WESTERN SETTLEMENTS

Bourgeoiss were among the earliest Acadians to seek refuge in Louisiana.  A family that included three brothers, and two wives--five members of the family in all--reached New Orleans from Halifax via Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, in February 1765 with the Broussard dit Beausoleil party.  After a brief respite in the city, they followed the Broussards across the Atchafalaya Basin to the Attakapas District and helped created La Nouvelle-Acadie on the banks of Bayou Teche:  

Marie Bourgeois, age 30, sister of Joseph, Michel, and Pierre, came with husband Pierre Darois, age 28, and an infant son.  They blessed their marriage at the New Orleans church in April before they left for Bayou Teche.  

Joseph Bourgeois, age 29, brother of Marie, came with wife Marie Girouard, age 27, daughter Marie, age 2, and younger brothers Michel, age 24, and Pierre, age 19.  

Anne-Marie Bourgeois, age unrecorded, perhaps a sister of Joseph et al., came with husband Timothée-Athanase, called Athanase, an older son of Acadian resistance fighter Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil, and their daughter Isabelle.  Anne may have been pregnant on the voyage from Halifax and given birth to daughter Marie at New Orleans soon after they reached the colony.   Either she or her husband, or both, died at Attakapas by September 1769, when their daughter Marie was listed in a Louisiana census as an orphan. 

Not all of them remained in the New Acadia.  An epidemic swept through the Teche valley settlements in the spring and summer of 1765 and killed dozens of Acadians.  Taking counsel of their fears, Joseph Bourgeois and his family, including his brothers, fled with dozens of other Teche valley Acadians to Cabanocé/St.-Jacques on the river above New Orleans, where more Acadian immigrants from Halifax had settled that summer.  Among the new Cabanocé settlers, in fact, were Joseph, Michel, and Pierre's older brother Paul and their cousins Jean-Baptiste and Michel.  Joseph, Pierre, and Paul, and cousins Jean-Baptiste and Michel remained at Cabanocé, but brother Michel moved on to upper Bayou Lafourche. 

Sister Marie's infant son Michel Darois probably was one of the victims of the Teche epidemic.  She and her husband Pierre were still living on the Teche in early 1766, but by the late 1770s they, too, had moved to St.-Jacques.  Anne Bourgeois and her family, being Broussards, remained on the Teche, where she may have died later in the decade.  

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Not until the early antebellum period did an Acadian Bourgeois "return" to the prairies and create a western branch of the family:  

Descendants of Louis BOURGEOIS (c1783-1856; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul)

Louis, fourth and youngest son of Michel Bourgeois, père and Anne-Osite Landry, was born at St.-Jacques on the river in c1783.  When he came of age, instead of following his parents and older brothers to upper Bayou Lafourche, he crossed the Atchafalaya Basin to the Atakapas District, where he married Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadian René LeBlanc, in February 1806.  They settled near her parents on the upper Vermilion near present-day Lafayette.  Their daughters married into the Baudoin and Frederick families.  Three of his sons and a daughter settled on upper Bayou Lafourche, but his other two married sons remained in Lafayette Parish; one line there, however, died out early.  Louis died probably in Terrebonne Parish in March 1856, in his early 70s, so he evidently had followed three of his sons to the Lafourche/Terrebonne valley; a petition for succession inventory was filed in his name at the Houma courthouse the month of his death.  Two of his sons died young, one son's line, except for its blood, did not survive, and three sons moved to Bayou Lafourche.  Only one of his seven sons remained in Lafayette Parish. 

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Oldest son Adélard, born on the upper Vermilion in November 1806, married Adeline, called Divine, daughter of French Creole Alphonse Baudoin, at the Vermilionville church, Lafayette Parish, in March 1834; Adélard's sister Eulalie married Divine's brother Pierre Benini.  Adélard and Divine moved to upper Bayou Lafourche by the early 1840s.

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Urbain, born on the upper Vermilion in April 1809, married Olive, daughter of fellow Acadian Éloi Landry, at the Vermilionville church, Lafayette Parish, in April 1833.  Their son Justilien was born in Lafayette Parish in September 1835 but died at age 2 in September 1837, Urbain Marcillien was baptized at the Vermilionville church, age 40 days, in January 1838, and Onésime was born in March 1842.  Their daughters married into the Bellocq and Joret family in Terrebonne and Assumption parishes. 

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Maximilien, born on the upper Vermilion in August 1811, died in Lafayette Parish in September 1834.  He was only 23 years old and did not marry.  

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Benjamin Carmilien, born on the upper Vermilion in February 1814, married Anatalie or Nathalie Fecile, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Florentin Bourque, at the Vermilionville church, Lafayette Parish, in April 1837.  Their daughter married into the Hébert family.  Benjamin's succession record was filed at the Vermilionville courthouse in February 1842; he would have been 28 years old that year; another succession record for Benjamin Bourgeois was filed at the Franklin courthouse, St. Mary Parish, in October 1850.  Was this him, too?  In March 1856, he was listed as deceased in his father's succession record.  Benjamin fathered no sons, or at least none who appear in local church records, so his line of the family, except for its blood, died with him. 

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Édouard, born on the upper Vermilion in March 1817, married Julienne or Juliana Adelina, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Boudreaux, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in February 1841.  They remained on upper Bayou Lafourche. 

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Sosthène, born on the upper Vermilion in September 1821, died in Lafayette Parish, age 12, in August 1834.  

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Youngest son Léonard, born on the upper Vermilion in July 1827, married Mathilde, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste F. Bourg, at the Paincourtville church, Assumption Parish, in July 1848.  They remained on upper Bayou Lafourche. 

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Later in the antebellum period, several Acadian Bourgeoiss, including two brothers, left the river and settled on the western prairies.  One brother settled on lower Bayou Teche, the other on the upper bayou, and a cousin settled at Carencro, at the northern edge of the old Attakapas District, before moving to St. Landry Parish:

Descendants of Joseph BOURGEOIS (1771-1836; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul)

Joseph, second son of Pierre Bourgeois and Marie Bergeron and brother of Étienne, born at New Orleans in November 1771, married Marie-Jeanne, daughter of French Creole Jean Langlinais or Langlinois and widow of Joseph Boudreaux, at St.-Jacques in May 1796.  In the 1810s, they crossed the Atchafalaya Basin and settled at La Grand Pointe on upper Bayou Teche before moving down bayou to Fausse Pointe near present-day New Iberia.  Their daughters married into the Bonin, Gatt, and Gonsoulin families.  Joseph died in St. Martin Parish in July 1836; the priest who recorded his burial said that Joseph was 62 years old when he died, but he was 64.  Half of his six sons died young, and aother committed suicide in his middle age.  Two of his married sons settled in Lafayette and St. Landry parishes, and another in St. Mary Parish.  

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Oldest son Joseph, fils, born at St.-Jacques in December 1796, may have died young.    

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Jérôme-Zenon, born at St.-Jacques in October 1799, married Marcellite, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste Breaux, the 1820s.  Jérôme died in Lafayette Parish in April 1825; the priest who recorded his burial said that Jérôme was 30 years old when he died, but he was only 25.  His son Zenon, fils was born posthumously in September 1825.  

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A son, name and age unrecorded, died at St.-Jacques in June 1801.

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Valéry, born at St. Jacques in October 1805, married fellow Acadian Marie Marguerite Arceneaux in a civil ceremony in St. Mary Parish in April 1840.  Their son Alexandre was born near New Iberia, then in St. Martin but now in Iberia Parish, in March 1841, Alcide in August 1843, Joseph near Charenton, St. Mary Parish, in March 1844, Ernest in February 1848, Alfred in June 1850, and Rosémond in April 1856.

Alexandre died near Charenton, St. Mary Parish, in January 1859.  He was only 17 years old. 

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Rosémond, also called Joseph, born in St. James Parish in December 1807, married Céleste, daughter of French Creole Jacques Guilbert, at the Vermilionville church, Lafayette Parish, in May 1844; Céleste's mother was a Sonnier; Rosémond was 37 years old at the time of the wedding.  Their son Pierre was born near Grand Coteau, St. Landry Parish, in April 1846,  Alcide in October 1849, a child, name and age unrecorded, perhaps a son, perhaps Alcide, died in Lafayette Parish in August 1850, and Paul was born near Church Point, then in St. Landry but now in Acadia Parish, in September 1854.  Rosémond, "a suicide," died in Lafayette Parish in October 1855; he was only 47 years old; his succession record was filed at the Opelousas courthouse, St. Landry Parish, the following April. 

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Youngest son Eugène Sylvère, called Sylvère, born in St. James Parish in January 1810, died at Fausse Pointe, then in St. Martin but now in Iberia Parish, in October 1826.  He was only 16 years old.  

Descendants of Étienne BOURGEOIS (c1784-1833; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul)

Étienne, fifth son of Pierre Bourgeois and Marie Bergeron and brother of Joseph, born at St.-Jacques on the river in the early or mid-1780s, married Marie Céleste, called Céleste or Célesie, daughter of fellow Acadian Valentin Landry, at the St. James church, St. James Parish, in April 1812.   Soon after their marriage, they crossed the Atchafalaya Basin and settled at La Grand Pointe on upper Bayou Teche near present-day Breaux Bridge.  Their daughters married into the Bonin, Constantin, Dauphinois, LeBlanc, Melançon, and Patin families.  Étienne died in St. Martin Parish in July 1833; he was only 49 years old; his succession record was filed at the St. Martinville courthouse the following month.  Only one of his sons created a family of his own, near Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish. 

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Their oldest son, name unrecorded, died at La Pointe, St. Martin Parish, 3 weeks after his birth in October 1814.  

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Pierre, born at La Pointe, St. Martin Parish, in February 1816, also may have died young, unless he was the Pierre Bourgeois who died in Lafayette Parish in March 1867.  The Vermilionville priest who recorded his burial said that Pierre died "at age 40 yrs.," but this Pierre would have been 51. 

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Adélard, born at La Pointe, St. Martin Parish, in January 1818, may have died young.

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Youngest son Hippolyte, born at La Pointe, St. Martin Parish, in May 1823, married Marie Fanelie, called Fanelie, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Guidry, at the St. Martinville church, St. Martin Parish, in February 1856.  Their son Étienne was born near Breaux Bridge in October 1858, and Adam in November 1862.  During the War Between the States, Hippolyte was a conscript from St. Martin Parish, but Confederate records place him in no units, probably due to his age.  Hippolyte died near Breaux Bridge in June 1863; the priest who recorded his burial said that "Hypolite" died "at age 42 yrs.," but he was only 40; his succession record was filed at the St. Martinville courthouse in March 1864.  One wonders if his death was war-related. 

Descendants of Arthur Lucien or Lucien Arthur BOURGEOIS (1820-1863; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul, Joseph)

Arthur Lucien or Lucien Arthur, fourth and youngest son of Joseph Simon Bourgeois and Marcellite Judice, was born in St. James Parish on the river in January 1820, a year before his father died.  Arthur followed his older sister Hortense to the western prairies, where she married into the Arceneaux family.  Arthur married Azélie Marie, called Marie, daughter of fellow Acadian Maximilien Prejean, at the Vermilionville church, Lafayette Parish, in April 1842.  They settled probably near Carencro, Lafayette Parish, before moving to Bois Mallet, farther out on the prairies of St. Landry Parish, by the early 1860s.  Their daughters married into the Cary, Lavergne (French Canadian, not Acadian), and Leger families.  Arthur, called Orter by the Opelousas priest who recorded his burial, died probably at Bois Mallet in July 1863, "age 43 yrs."  Bois Mallet was the hangout of the notorious band of Jayhawkers led by Ozémé Carrière, so one wonders if Arthur's death was war-related.  His youngest son was born seven months after his death.  Arthur's succession record was filed at the Opelousas courthouse in August 1866.  His descendants settled in present-day St. Landry and Acadia parishes. 

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During the War Between the States, oldest son Simon le jeune, born probably near Carencro in December 1844, served in Company K of the 18th Regiment Louisiana Infantry, raised in St. Landry Parish, which fought in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and in Company C of  the Consolidated 18th Regiment and Yellow Jackets Battalion Louisiana Infantry, which fought in Louisiana.  He was captured at the Battle of Pleasant Hill in April 1864 but was exchanged a few days later and rejoined his unit.  Simon married Onesia, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste Benoit, fils, at the Church Point church, then in St. Landry but now in Acadia Parish, in April 1866.  Their son Joseph Armand was born near Church Point in January 1867, and Joseph in January 1868. 

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Joseph Homer, called Homer or Omere, born probably near Carencro in November 1848, married cousin Constance, daughter of fellow Acadian Gérard Prejean, at the Opelousas church, St. Landry Parish, in July 1868.  Their son Arthur le jeune was born in St. Landry Parish in September 1869. 

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Lucien Arthur, fils, was born probably near Carencro in August 1854. 

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Joseph Séraphin, called Séraphin, was born probably near Carencro in January 1858, died at Bois Mallet, age 4, in April 1862.

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Paul Desthe was born probably at Bois Mallet in July 1862. 

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Youngest son Clarvi was born posthumously probably at Bois Mallet in February 1864. 

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Other BOURGEOISs on the Western Prairies

Local church and civil records make it difficult to link some Bourgeoiss in the western parishes to known Acadian lines of the family there:  

Valéry Bourgeois married Marcellite Bouet.  Their son Drosin was born in Lafayette Parish in March 1839.  Was Valéry Acadian?

Eugènie Bourgeois gave birth to son Alfred near Charenton, St. Mary Parish, in September 1844.  The priest who recorded the boy's baptism did not give the father's name or the mother's parents' names. 

A succession record for Camille C. Bourgeois, wife of Anglo-American Thomas C. Larkin, was filed at the Opelousas courthouse, St. Landry Parish, in February 1856.  Who were her parents?

Jeanvier Bourgeois married Gustine ____.  Their son Antoine was born near Charenton, St. Mary Parish, in March 1862.  Was Jeanvier, probably Janvier, a son of Joseph? 

Gustave Bourgeois married Élisabeth Rodrigue in a civil ceremony in St. Mary Parish in November 1866.  Their son Gustave, fils was born near Charenton in September 1867, and a second Gustave, fils in August 1869.  Was Gustave, père Acadian?

LOUISIANA:  RIVER SETTLEMENTS

Two families, several individuals, and several wives--14 Bourgeoiss in all--came to Louisiana from Halifax in 1765 but not as a part of the Broussard dit Beausoleil party.  They settled, instead, at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques on the river above New Orleans where 20 Acadians from Georgia had settled the year before.  These Bourgeoiss created the first center of family settlement that survived.  In the decades that followed, responding to economic pressures from the growth of the sugar industry along the river, a number of their sons and grandsons drifted down to Bayou Lafourche, while others crossed the Atchafalaya Basin to the western prairies, but most of them remained on the river, where some competed successfully in the new plantation economy and even became planters themselves:  

Marie Bourgeois, age 35, came with husband Pierre Doiron, age 32, and a son and daughter, one of them an infant.  

Marie-Rose, called Rose, Bourgeois, age 34, widow of Pierre Gravois, came with three sons, ages 14, 13, and 11.  She remarried to surgeon Philippe Saint-Julien de Lachaussée, widower of Marguerite Belliveau and Françoise Godin, in October 1766, and died at St.-Jacques in October 1780, in her late 40s.  

Paul Bourgeois, age 33, came with wife Rosalie LeBlanc, age 20, and no children.

Jean-Baptiste, called Baptiste, Bourgeois, age 32, Paul's cousin, came with wife Marie-Madeleine Bourg, age unrecorded, and two sons--Jean-Baptiste, fils, age 4, and Joseph-Marie, age 2.  Marie-Madeleine was pregnant when they reached the colony.  Son Claude was born at New Orleans in December 1765.  

Michel Bourgeois, age 31, Baptiste's brother, perhaps a widower, came alone.

Jean Bourgeois, age 26, came with a wife whose name has been lost to history.  

Marguerite Bourgeois, age 21, came with husband Joseph Gaudet, age 26, and their 1-year-old daughter.  They blessed their marriage at the New Orleans church in December 1765.  

Madeleine Bourgeois, Baptiste and Michel's sister, age unrecorded, came with husband Joseph Thériot, age 35, and two daughters, ages 6 and 1.  She remarried to Pierre, son of François Berteau of Nantes, France, and widower of Rose Savoie, at St.-Jacques in November 1796.  

Marie-Anne, called Anne, Bourgeois, age 15, came with husband Joseph Poirier, age 25, and no children.  She died in St. James Parish in November 1809, age 59.  

Anne-Esther Bourgeois and Rosalie Bourgeois, both age 14 in 1765, also may have come from Halifax in 1765 with their kinsmen.  Rosalie married fellow Acadian Jean-Marie Richard at Cabanocé in November 1767.  She died in St. James Parish, a widow, June 1821; she 70 years old.  Anne-Esther married fellow Acadian Joseph Blanchard at Cabanocé in c1769 and was counted there in 1777.  

Descendants of Paul BOURGEOIS (c1732-1797; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude)

Paul, fils, eldest son of Paul Bourgeois and his first wife Marie-Josèphe Brun, born probably at Chignecto in c1732, escaped the British round up in the fall of 1755 and followed his family into exile on the Gulf of St. Lawrence shore.  He married Rosalie LeBlanc in c1760 during Le Grand Dérangement.  Soon after their marriage, they, along with hundreds of other Acadians on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, surrendered to the British and were held in confinement at Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the rest of the war.  In late 1764 or early 1765, they pooled their resources with other Acadians at Halifax, chartered a ship to Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, today's Haiti, and sailed on to New Orleans, which they reached sometime in 1765.  Paul's younger brothers Joseph, Michel, and Pierre and his sister Marie had followed the Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil party from Halifax to Louisiana.  His younger siblings settled on Bayou Teche soon after they reached the colony, but Paul and Rosalie did not come to Louisiana with the Broussard party.  They settled, instead, at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques on the river above New Orleans where four Acadian families had settled in early 1764.  Paul and Rosalie were childless when they reached the colony, so all of their children, including a number of sons, were born at St.-Jacques, where Spanish officials counted them in 1769 and 1777 on the left, or east, bank of the river.  Their daughters married into the Bergeron, Breaux, LeBlanc, and Part families.  In 1779, Paul owned a single slave on his farm at St.-Jacques.  Paul died at St.-Jacques in March 1797; he was 66 years old.  In the early 1800s, three of his four sons became part of the family exodus to upper Bayou Lafourche.  Paul's other son remained on the river, in St. James Parish.  One of Paul's great-grandsons settled in Livingston Parish, where few other Acadians lived. 

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Jean-Baptiste-Paul, called Baptiste, a twin, born at St.-Jacques in c1772, married Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Babin, at St.-Jacques in April 1792.  Six sons were born to them at St.-Jacques and Ascension.  They moved to upper Bayou Lafourche during the early antebellum period and had more children there, including sons. 

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Joseph-Paul, Baptiste's twin, born at St.-Jacques in c1772, married Marie-Rose, called Rose, daughter of fellow Acadian Charles Henry, at St.-Jacques in February 1794.  They had two sons at St.-Jacques before they moved to upper Bayou Lafourche during the early antebellum period.  Joseph-Paul remarried on the Lafourche and had more children there. 

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Pierre-Paul, also called Paul, fils, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in April 1774, married Scholastique, another daughter of Joseph Babin, at St.-Jacques in February 1803.  Their son Pierre-Paul, fils, also called Paul III, was born at St.-Jacques in December 1803.  They also had a son named Zenon.  Their daughters married into the Guidry, Melançon, and Rouillier families.  Pierre Paul remarried to Marie-Esther, called Esther, daughter of fellow Acadian Louis Gautreaux, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in September 1816.  Their son Paul Victorin was born near Convent in December 1816, Jean Simon in Assumption Parish in November 1819, Louis Isidore, called Isidore, near Convent in February 1826, and Antoine Privat, called Privat, in January 1829.  Their daughters married into the Poirier family and perhaps into the Templet family as well.  One of his sons settled on upper Bayou Lafourche, but the others remained on or near the river in Ascension Parish.  A grandson settled near French Settlement, Livingston Parish, north of the Amite River. 

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Pierre Paul, fils, by his first wife, married Marie Delphine, called Delphine, daughter of fellow Acadian Étienne Melançon, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in June 1823.  They lived near the boundary of Ascension and Assumption parishes.  Their son Pierre Vileor, called Vileor, was born in June 1836, Joseph in March 1843, and Étienne Bélisaire, called Bélisaire, in July 1845.  They also had a son named Désiré Camille, called Camille.  Their daughter married into the Villard family.  Pierre Paul, fils died in Ascension Parish in July 1862; the priest who recorded his burial said that Paul died at "age 48 or 58 years"; he was 59.  His sons settled in Ascension Parish. 

Pierre Vileor married Mary Olivia, daughter of fellow Acadian Raphaël Babin, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in August 1858.  Their son Jean Mervillain was born in Ascension Parish in March 1860. 

Désiré Camille married Félicité, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste Guidry, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in July 1860.  Their son Étienne was born in Ascension Parish in February 1863, Pierre Edmond near Gonzales in March 1867, and Paul Désiré in August 1869. 

Bélisaire married Zéolide, daughter of fellow Acadian Gabriel Guidry, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in December 1865.  Their son Étienne Ulgère was born near Gonzales in January 1867, and Joseph Adam near Gonzales in February 1870.

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Zenon, by his first wife, married Eurasie or Erasie, also called Marie Rose, daughter of French Creole Damaze Lessard or Lessart, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in November 1835.  They, too, lived near the boundary of Ascension and Assumption parishes.  Their son Paul Telesphore, called Telesphore, was born in August 1838, Joseph Justilien, called Justilien, in November 1847, Pierre Césaire in August 1853, and Zenon, fils in April 1859.  Their daughter married into the Arceneaux family.  Two of their sons settled away from the river in Ascension and Livingston parishes. 

Justilien married Élisabeth, daughter of François Lobdell, at the French Settlement church, Livingston Parish, in September 1867.

Telesphore married Élizabeth, daughter of Spanish Creole Francis Sanchez, at the Gonzales church, Ascension Parish, in January 1870.

3c

Louis Isidore, by his second wife, married Zéolide, daughter of French Creole Joseph Friou, at the Paincourtville church, Assumption Parish, in January 1849; Zéolide's mother was a Trahan.  They settled near the boundary of Assumption and Ascension parishes before moving to near Gonzales, Ascension Parish, in the early 1860s.  Isidore and his wife had daughters, but one wonders if he fathered any sons. 

3d

Privat married Spanish Creole Joséphine Sanchez.  Their son Pierre Léonard was born in Ascension Parish in October 1860.

4

Youngest son Simon-Paul, born at St.-Jacques in August 1782, married Anastasie, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Part III, at St.-Jacques in June 1802.  Their son Étienne was born in St. James Parish in December 1805, Simon Félicien in December 1809, and Pierre in Assumption Parish in October 1816.  As the birth of their youngest son reveals, by the 1810s Simon and Anastasie had followed his older twin brothers to upper Bayou Lafourche.  

Descendants of Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS (c1733-1816; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Charles, fils)

Jean-Baptiste, elder son of Pierre Bourgeois and Marie-Françoise Cormier, born probably at Chignecto in c1733, married Marie-Madeleine, called Madeleine, daughter of Joseph Bourg and Anne Cormier, at Port-Lajoie, Île St.-Jean, in February 1757.  When the British captured the French fortress of Louisbourg in July 1758 and rounded up most of the Acadian habitants on Île St.-Jean later in the year, Jean-Baptiste and his family were among the relatively few who eluded the British and escaped to the Gulf of St. Lawrence shore.  A few years later, British forces confined them as prisoners in Nova Scotia, where two sons were born to them.  In late 1764 or early 1765, after the French and Indian War finally ended, they pooled their resources with other Acadian refugees in Nova Scotia, chartered a ship to Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, today's Haiti, and sailed on to New Orleans, which they reached sometime in 1765.  After a brief respite in the city, they followed other Acadians to Cabanocé/St.-Jacques above the city, where 20 Acadians from Georgia had settled in early 1764.  Jean-Baptiste and Madeleine had more children at Cabanocé.  Jean-Baptiste remarried to Osite, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean-Baptiste Melançon of Grand-Pré and widow of Jean-Pierre LeBlanc, at St.-Jacques in February 1776.  She gave him more children.  In 1779, Jean-Baptiste held 6 slaves on his farm at St.-Jacques, an impressive number for an Acadian living on the river at that time.  Jean Baptiste remarried again--his third marriage--to fellow Acadian Rosalie LeBlanc, widow of Paul Bourgeois, at St.-Jacques in January 1804; Jean Baptiste was in his early 70s, she in her late 50s, at the time of the wedding.  Jean Baptiste died near Convent, St. James Parish, in March 1816, in his early 80s.  No line of the Bourgeois family in South Louisiana was larger than this one.  Jean Baptiste's many sons and grandsons remained on the old Acadian Coast.  Most of them remained on the left, or east, bank of the river near Convent, but others lived on the west bank in St. James Parish and on both sides of the river in nearby Ascension and Iberville parishes.  At least two of his great-grandsons left the river and settled in Terrebonne Parish.  Interestingly, an amazing number of Jean-Baptiste's descendants, especially those around Convent, married their cousins. 

1

Oldest son Jean-Baptiste, fils, by his first wife, born in Acadia in c1761 during Le Grand Dérangement, married Marie-Marguerite, called Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Sonnier, at St.-Jacques in September 1792.  They lived near the boundary of what became St. James and Ascension parishes.  Their son Jean-Baptiste III was born at St.-Jacques in July 1793, Benjamin in October 1796, Pierre Ursin, called Ursin, at Ascension in September 1805, and Pierre Drosin in August 1808 but died at age 4 in May 1812.  Their daughters married into the Bourg, LeBlanc (French Canadian, not Acadian), and Mire families.  Jean Baptiste, fils died near Convent, St. James Parish, in April 1824; the priest who recorded his burial said that Jean Baptiste was 70 years old when he died, but he was "only" in his early 60s.  

1a

Jean Baptiste III married Marie Angèle, called Angèle, daughter of fellow Acadian Louis Gautreaux, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in October 1815.  They lived near the boundary of St. James and Ascension parishes.  Their son Arsène was born in Ascension Parish in October 1819, Louis Ervin, perhaps a triplet, near Convent in July 1825, Jean Baptiste IV, perhaps a triplet, died in Ascension Parish, age 1, in September 1826, Joseph Lucien, called Lucien, was born in September 1827, Drosin or Derosin in March 1830, Pierre Dauffel in June 1832, Étienne Timothée in August 1834, Delphin, called Dauphin, in May 1837, and Jean Valsin, called Valsin, in October 1839.  Their daughters married into the Dugas and Duhon families.   Jean Baptiste III died in Ascension Parish in June 1864; the priest who recorded his burial said that Jean Baptiste died at "age 73 years," but he was "only" 70. 

Arsène married Augustine, daughter of fellow Acadian Augustin Arceneaux, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in July 1839.  They lived near the boundary of St. James and Ascension parishes.  Their son Aimable was born in September 1842, Bruno in January 1849 but died at age 3 1/2 in August 1852, Augustin was born in July 1854, Joseph Armand, called Armand, in January 1860 but died at age 3 1/2 in August 1863, and Étienne was born August 1863 but died at age 5 in October 1868.  Their daughters married into the Boudreaux and Lanoux families.  

Derosin married cousin Marie Odalie, called Odalie, daughter of fellow Acadian Casimir Gaudin, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in September 1848; Odalie's mother, also, was a Gautreaux.  Their daughter married into the Landry family.  Derosin died in Ascension Parish in December 1869; the priest who recorded his burial said that Drosin, as he called him, died at "age 38 years," but he was 39.  Did Derosin father any sons? 

Joseph Lucien married Émilie, daughter of Anglo American John Terrell, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in June 1851.  Their son Joseph Edwin was born near Plaquemine on the west side of the river in September 1856, and Jean Baptiste in September 1858.

Étienne Timothée may have been the Étienne Bourjois who died in Ascension Parish in November 1855.  If so, he was only 21 years old and did not marry. 

Valsin married cousin Marie Ethelvine or Ethelvina, called Telvina, daughter of French Creole Valmont Villeneuve, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in April 1863; Marie's mother, also, was a Gautreaux.  Their son Joseph Morel or Maurile was born in Ascension Parish in June 1864 but died at age 5 in August 1869, Jean Morin was born in February 1866, and Arthur Vincent in May 1869. 

Delphin, called Dauphin by the recording priest, married Eliza, daughter of Anglo American Thomas Wall, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in December 1863.  Dauphin died in Ascension Parish in January 1869; the Donaldsonville priest who recorded his burial said that Dauphin died at "age 34 years," but he was only 31.  His line of the family died with him. 

1b

Benjamin died near Convent, St. James Parish, in April 1826.  He was only 29 years old and probably did not marry.  

1c

Pierre Ursin married Marie, daughter of fellow Acadian Simon Lanoux, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in April 1828.  Their daughter married a Gassen first cousin.  Pierre Ursin died in Ascension Parish in November 1831; he was only 26 years old.  His line of the family, except for its blood, died with him. 

2

Joseph-Marie, by his first wife, born probably at Halifax in March 1763 and baptized at New Orleans in December 1765, married stepsister Hélène, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean-Pierre LeBlanc, at St.-Jacques in March 1786; Hélène's mother was Joseph-Marie's father's second wife.  Joseph-Marie and Hélène's son Jean-Baptiste le jeune was born at St.-Jacques in August 1787, Joseph-Michel in February 1789, Jean-Pierre in 1789 or 1790, Jean-Sylvestre, called Sylvestre, in December 1790, Amand-Thadée in August 1795, Auguste or Augustin Marcellin or Marcillien, in July 1800, and Fabien in March 1802.  Their daughter married into the Comeaux, Grégoire, and LeBlanc families.  Joseph Marie died at St. James in June 1806; the priest who recorded his burial said that Joseph died at "age 45 yrs.," but he was only 43.  Two of his sons also died young.  

2a

Jean Baptiste le jeune may have married French Creole Élisabeth Blouin in St. James Parish by 1810.  If so, one wonders if they had any children. 

2b

Jean Pierre married cousin Marie Madeleine, daughter of Paul Bourgeois, at the St. James church, St. James Parish, in February 1808.  Their son Élie Livain, called Livain, was born in St. James Parish in November 1808.  Their daughter married into the Migaud family.  Jean Pierre remarried to Marie Charlotte, daughter of German Creole Noël Matherne, at the St. James church in February 1813.  Their son Joseph was born near Convent, St. James Parish, in February 1814.  Jean Pierre died near Convent in November 1815; he was only 25 years old. 

Livain, by his first wife, married Agnès, daughter of German Creole Adam Schexnayder, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in October 1828.  Their son Adam Livain was born near Convent in March 1831, Étienne in December 1832, Edmond was baptized at the Convent church, age 5 months, in May 1835, Jean at age 7 months in June 1837 but may have died at age 16 in October 1852, Jacob was born in November 1838 but died at age 15 1/2 in May 1854, Pierre Lovency was born in October 1840, Paul was baptized at age 2 1/2 months in October 1842, and Joseph was born in January 1848 but died the following October.  Their daughters married Bourgeois and Laiche cousins.  Livain died near Convent in October 1854; he was only 45 years old. 

Adam Livain married cousin Suzanne Azema, called Azema, daughter of French Creole Célestin Chenet, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1853; Azema's mother was a Bourgeois.  Their son Joseph Livain was born near Convent in November 1853, Paul Célestin in April 1855, Pierre Forestan Neubourg in May 1858, François Beauregard in May 1862, and Adam Amilcar in January 1866. 

Étienne married cousin Marie Caliste or Calixte, another daughter of Célestin Chenet, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1858; they had to secure a dispensation for third degree of consanguinity in order to marry.  Their son St. Paul Beauregard was born near Convent in August 1861 but died at age 2 in July 1863, Joseph Émile was born in September 1864, and Joseph Edmond in November 1869. 

Paul died near Convent, St. James Parish, in May 1859.  He was only 17 years old. 

Edmond may have married Henriette Laudeur.  Their son Joseph Edgar was baptized at the Convent church, St. James Parish, age unrecorded, in April 1865.

2c

Sylvestre died near Convent, St. James Parish, in August 1811.  He was only 20 years old and did not marry.  

2d

Joseph Michel married cousin Marie Clémence Eulalie, another daughter of Paul Bourgeois, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1812.  Their son Marcellin or Arvillien was born near Convent in March 1816, Augustin Hervillien, called Hervillien, in October 1818, and Joseph Florentin in Lafourche Interior Parish in October 1820.  Their daughter married into the Laiche family.  Joseph moved his family to Bayou Lafourche in the late 1810s and died in Lafourche Interior Parish in May 1824; the priest who recorded his burial said that Joseph died at age 32, but he was 35; a petition for inventory of his estate was filed at the Thibodauxville courthouse a few days after his death.  His children did not remain on Bayou Lafourche but returned to St. James Parish, evidently with their mother.  Marie Clémence Eulalie died near Convent in December 1843; she was only 48 years old. 

Marcellin married Pélagie Mélissaire, another daughter of Adam Schexnayder, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1838.  Their son Louis Marcillien was born near Convent in October 1839.  Marcellin died near Convent in June 1864; he was only 48 years old. 

Louis Marcillien married Marie Mirza, called Mirza, daughter of Ludger Rome, at the Vacherie church, St. James Parish, in January 1861.  Their son Élique Elphége was born near Vacherie in April 1866, and Jean Lorent Amilka in January 1868. 

Joseph Florentin married Rosine, daughter of Joseph Laiche, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in April 1841; Joseph Florentin's sister Marie Calliste married Rosine's brother Eugène.  Joseph Florestin and Rosine's son Joseph Gustave, called Gustave, was born near Convent in February 1842, and Michel Octave in September 1843.  Joseph Florentin remarried to Adèle Marie, daughter of Jean Charles Vaudry or Vaudrily, at the Convent church in August 1847.  Their son Joseph Florentin, fils was born near St. James in December 1852 but died near Convent, age 1 1/2, in October 1854.  Their daughters married Bourgeois cousins.  They were living near Vacherie, on the west bank of the river in St. James Parish, in the late 1860s. 

Gustave, by his first wife, married Cecilia, adopted daughter of Augustin Olive, at the Vacherie church, St. James Parish, in March 1868; Cecilia's adopted mother was a Comeaux.

Augustin Hervillien married cousin Marie Adorestine or Adolestine, daughter of Amand Bourgeois, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1843; they had to secure a dispensation for third degree of consanguinity in order to marry.  Their daughters married into the Gaudet, Melançon, and Schexnayder families.  Marie Adolestine died near Convent in July 1850; she was only 24 years old.  Augustin Hervillien remarried to Marie Clothilde Eve Reine, widow of his cousin Joseph Théovide Bourgeois, at the Convent church in March 1859; they had to secure a dispensation for second degree of affinity in order to marry.  Their son Joseph Augustin was born near Convent in August 1861. 

2e

Amand Thadée died near Convent, St. James Parish, in March 1816.  He, too, was only 20 years old and does not seem to have married.  

2f

Auguste Marcellin married cousin Marie Scholastique, called Scholastique, daughter of fellow Acadian François Duhon, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in December 1826; Marie's mother was a Bourgeois, so they had to secure a dispensation for third degree of consanguinity in order to marry.  Their son Jean Auguste or Justin was born near Convent in March 1827 but died at age 7 1/2 in October 1834, Joseph Cyprien, called Cyprien, was born in October 1828, François Théosin in April 1830, Pierre Jules in August 1831, Gervais in May 1833 but died at age 16 months in August 1834, and Victor Marcellin was born in June 1844.  They were living near Vacherie, on the west bank of the river, later in the decade.  Their daughters married into the LeBlanc, Oubre, Rome, Scionneaux, and Tores families. 

Cyprien married Amelie, daughter of fellow Acadian Douradou Landry, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in June 1848.  Their son Joseph Augustin was born near Convent in February 1853.  Their daughter married a Boudreaux cousin. 

François Théosin may have married cousin Rose Bourgeois.  Their son François Ernest was born near Convent, St. James Parish, in February 1853.  François may have remarried to fellow Acadian Marie Carmelite Arceneaux and settled near Convent in the late 1850s.  Their son Jean Beauregard was born near Convent in December 1861. 

Victor Marcellin married cousin Joséphine, daughter of his cousin Joseph Florentin Bourgeois, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in October 1869; they had to secure a dispensation for second[sic] degree of consanguinity in order to marry.  They settled near Vacherie, on the west bank of the river. 

2g

Fabien married Adèle Marguerite or Marguerite Adèle, daughter of German Creole André Bernard III, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in June 1829; Adele's mother was a Richard.  Their son Bernard was baptized at the Convent church, age 3 months, 12 days, in November 1835 but died at age 8 in December 1843, and Jules Adrien was baptized at age 9 months in December 1838. 

Daughter Elvina's son Auguste le jeune was baptized at the Convent church, St. James Parish, age unrecorded, in December 1847; the priest who recorded the boy's baptism did not give the father's name. 

3

Claude, by his first wife, born at New Orleans in December 1765, died at St.-Jacques in February 1773.   He was only 7 years old.  

4

Pierre-Victorin, by his first wife, born at St.-Jacques in c1769, married Marie-Geneviève, called Geneviève, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean-Jacques LeBlanc, at St.-Jacques in April 1795.  Geneviève, born at St.-Servan, France, had come to Louisiana aboard La Bergère, the second of the Seven Ships, in 1785.  She and Pierre were counted at Valenzuéla, on upper Bayou Lafourche, in January 1798, but they returned to St.-Jacques.  Their son Pierre-Marie-Simon or -Timon or -Thomas, called Simon and Simon-Pierre-Marie, was born at St.-Jacques in April 1796, Drosin in c1803, and Lucien in c1809.  Their daughters married into the Poché and Schexnayder families. 

4a

Simon dit Timon married Augustine, called Justine, daughter of German Creole Adam Schexnayder, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in May 1817.  Their son Simon dit Timon, fils, born posthumously in April 1823, was baptized at the Convent church the following June.  Their daughter married into the Cambre family.  Simon dit Timon, père died in St. James Parish in August 1822; the priest who recorded his burial said that Simon was 28 years old when he died, but he was only 26. 

Simon dit Timon, fils married first cousin Marie Alphonsine, called Alphonsine, daughter of German Creole Alphonse Schexnayder, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in August 1844; Alphonsine's mother was a Bourgeois; they had to secure a dispensation for second degree of consanguinity in order to marry.  Their son Alphonse Théodore, called Théodore, was born near Convent in May 1845, Timon III in September 1848, Honoror in August 1853, Alphonse in February 1855, Jacob Augustin in August 1858, Théodule Michel, called Michel, in July 1862 but died at age 2 in August 1864, and Louis Joseph was born in July 1868. 

Théodore married cousin Marie Eugènie, called Eugènie, daughter of Eugène Laiche, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in August 1866; Marie's mother was a Bourgeois; they had to secure double dispensations for fourth degree of consanguinity in order to marry.  Their son Michel Théodore was born near Convent in December 1868, and a son, name unrecorded, died a day after his birth in May 1870. 

4b

Lucien married Marie Célestine, called Célestine, daughter of Joseph Laiche, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1836.  Their son Lucien Jules, called Jules, was baptized at the Convent church, age 3 months, in October 1836, Louis Bernard was born in August 1839, André in February 1849, Pierre in May 1851, and Joseph, a twin, in October 1853.  Their daughters married into the Cambre, Ory, and Roussel families.  Lucien may have been the Lucien Bourgeois who died near Convent in December 1856; the priest who recorded the burial, but who did not bother to give any parents' names or mention a wife, said that Lucien died at "age 47 yrs."  

Lucien Jules married first cousin Marie Louise, called Niza, daughter of French Creole Joseph Cambre, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in October 1866; Niza's mother was a Bourgeois; they had to secure a dispensation for second and third degrees of consanguinity in order to marry; Jules's sister Joséphine married Niza's brother Joseph Clidemont.  Jules and Niza's son Joseph Jules was born near Convent in November 1867. 

André died near Convent, St. James Parish, in December 1869.  He was only 20 years old and probably did not marry. 

4c

Drosin married Marie, daughter of Louis Cureaux, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1836.  Their son, name unrecorded, had died near Convent 8 days after his birth in September 1833, Jus, also called Yves or Ives, was born in December 1834, Victorin in c1836, and Drosin Théophile, called Théophile, in March 1839.  Drosin, père died near Convent in October 1853; the priest who recorded his burial said that Drosin died at "age 50 yrs." 

Victorin died near Convent, St. James Parish, in September 1859.  He was only 23 years old and does not seem to have married. 

Théophile married cousin Marie Eulalie Clémence, called Clémence, daughter of Joseph Florestin Bourgeois, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in September 1865.  Their son Joseph Théophile was born near Convent in June 1867, and Henri Oscar in March 1869. 

Ives married Julie or Julia, daughter of French Creole Valéry Roussel, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1866; Julie's mother was a Michel.  Their son Joseph Drosin Ives was born near Convent in February 1867.  Ives died near Convent in November 1869; he was only 34 years old. 

5

Amand-Alcide, by his first wife, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in March 1772, married Scholastique, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Arceneaux, at St.-Jacques in November 1792.  Their son Amand, fils was born at St.-Jacques in July 1794, Jean Estival, called Estival, in December 1797, and François Neville or Neuville, called Neuville, was baptized at St.-Jacques, age 6 months, in December 1803.  Their daughters married into the Clouâtre family.  Amand, père died in St. James Parish in November 1805; the priest who recorded his burial said that Amand was 30 years old when he died, but he was 33.  His three sons settled in St. James Parish. 

5a

Jean Estival married Véronique, daughter of German Creole Nicolas Keller, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1817.  Their son Jean Pierre le jeune was born near Convent in January 1818, Saint Claire in July 1824, Joseph Théodule in August 1833 but died at age 18 months in February 1835, and Fulgence was born in June 1837.  Their daughters married into the Clouâtre, Dicharry, Gaudin, and Guidry families.  Estival died near Convent in April 1838; he was only 40 years old.  

Jean Pierre le jeune married Hortense, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste LeBlanc, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1839.  Did Jean Pierre le jeune father any sons?

Fulgence married first cousin Rosalie Myrza or Myrza Rosalie, daughter of fellow Acadian Clouâtre, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1858; Rosalie's mother was Fulgence's paternal aunt Melite Bourgeois, so they had to secure a dispensation for second degree of consanguinity in order to marry.  Their son Septime Alphonse was born in Ascension Parish in August 1868 but died near Convent in November. 

5b

Amand, fils married Hortense, also called Françoise, daughter of fellow Acadian Bonaventure Gaudin dit Bellefontaine, fils, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in April 1817.  Their son Jean Baptiste Edmond was born near Convent in August 1818, Amand III in February 1820, Lucien le jeune in December 1822, Pierre in July 1832, Louis in August 1839, and a newborn, name unrecorded, perhaps a son, died in June 1841.  They also had sons named Jean Baptiste or Raphaël, Émile, and Ovide.  Their daughters married into the Boucry, Bourgeois, Guidry, Melançon, Mire, and Webre families.  Amand, fils died near Convent in November 1853; he was 59 years old. 

Jean Baptiste Edmond died near Convent in November 1837.  He was only 19 years old and did not marry.

Jean Baptiste married cousin Pauline or Apolline, daughter of French Canadian Andrés LeBlanc, fils, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in May 1840; Pauline's mother was a Bourgeois.  Their son Jean Baptiste Alcée, called Alcée, was born near St. Gabriel in September 1843, André, also called Bélisaire, in Ascension Parish in July 1845 but died near Convent, St. James Parish, age 2 1/2, in January 1848, Amand Carville was born near Convent in February 1848, and Augustin Ludger in November 1855.  Their daughter married into the Rome family. 

Alcée married first cousin Eliska, daughter of Théodule Mire, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1870; Eliska's mother was Alcée's paternal aunt, Célestine Bourgeois, so they had to secure a dispensation for second degree of consanguinity in order to marry.

Amand III married Juliette, daughter of French Creole Joseph Huguet, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1845.  Their son Michel Louis Stanislas was born near Convent in January 1861.  Their daughter married into the Jourdan family. 

Émile married Lesida, daughter of French Creole Eugène Bertaud, at the St. James church, St. James Parish, in January 1854; Lesida's mother was a Melançon.  Their son Paul Émile was born near Convent in January 1863, François Eugène in September 1866, and Louis Camille in August 1868. 

Lucien le jeune died near Convent, St. James Parish, in April 1856.  The priest who recorded his burial, but who did not bother to give any parents' names or mention a wife, said that Lucien died at "age 35 yrs.," but he was only 33.  Did Lucien le jeune have a wife to mention? 

Ovide married Marie Émelie, called Émelie, daughter of Mathurin Boucry, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1862.  Their son Joseph Ovide was born near Convent in March 1863, Armand Adolphe in May 1864, Stanislas Edwin in January 1866, and Joseph Fernand in September 1867. 

5c

François Neuville married Marie Rose Antoinette or Marie Antoinette Rose, called Rose, daughter of French Creole François Huguet, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1828.  Their son Denis died near Convent 3 days after his birth in October 1828, a son, name unrecorded, died the day of his birth in November 1829, François Agenon was born in August 1830 but died at age 8 1/2 in February 1839, François Amiliar was born in February 1833 but died at age 11 months in January 1834, Étienne Estive was baptized at the Convent church, age 4 months, in September 1834 but died at age 10 in October 1844, Florien or Florian, perhaps Joseph Florian, was born in February 1836, François, fils in September 1841 but died at age 5 in December 1846, and Joseph Théogène, called Théogène, was born in February 1845.  Their daughters married into the Gaudin, Huguet, LeBlanc, Letulle, and Mainvielle or Minvielle families.  François remarried to cousin Marie Carmelite, daughter of fellow Acadian Abraham Arceneaux and widow of Ulger Duhon, at the Convent church in May 1857; they had to secure a dispensation for first degree of affinity in order to marry; François was 54 years old at the time of the wedding.  Their son Amand Neuville had been born near Convent in September 1856 but died at age 11 in October 1867, and Ambroise Renaud was born in December 1864.  François Neuville died near Convent in September 1866; he was 63 years old. 

Florian, by his first wife, may have married fellow Acadian Mathilde Guidry and settled in Ascension Parish by the early 1860s.  Their son Joseph was born in Ascension Parish in October 1865, and Joseph Paul near Gonzales in December 1867. .

Théogène, by his first wife, died near Convent, St. James Parish, in November 1867.  He was only 22 years old and probably did not marry. 

6

Youngest son Paul-Benjamin, by his first wife, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in May 1775, married Anne, daughter of French Canadian Michel Godin, at St.-Jacques in October 1794.  Their son Paul-Amand or Amand-Paul was born at St.-Jacques in November 1796, Pierre-Marie-Valéry, called Valéry, in February 1799, Thomas-Aquinas or -d'Aquin in March 1802, Jean Justinien or Justilien in September 1804, Henri Hilaire, called Hilaire, in January 1807, and a son, name and age unrecorded, died in May 1809, and Jacques Sylvère or Sylvère Jacques in c1810.  Theirs daughters married Bourgeois cousins. 

6a

Paul Amand married cousin Marie Marguerite, called Marguerite, daughter of Paul Bourgeois, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in November 1816; they had to secure a dispensation for third degree of relationship in order to marry.  Their son Jean Baptiste was born near Convent in January 1832.  Their daughters married into the Claudet, Gaudet, and Schexnayder families.  Amand Paul died near Convent in June 1833; he was only 36 years old.  

Jean Baptiste married Marie Jumelia or Jumilia, daughter of French Creole Pierre Brignac, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in April 1856.

6b

Valéry married cousin Marie Anastasie, called Anastasie, another daughter of Paul Bourgeois, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1824; they had to secure a dispensation for third degree of relationship in order to marry.  Their son Joseph Valéry Théoville or Théovide, also called Théovide Bernard, was born near Convent in November 1824.  Valéry died near Convent in October 1854; the priest who recorded his burial said that Valère, as he called him, died at "age 65 yrs.," but Valéry would have been only 55.  Anastasie, only recently a widow, died near Convent the following November; the priest who recorded her burial said that she died at age 58.

Théovide married Marie Clothilde Eve, daughter of French Creole Antoine Reine, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in October 1850.  Their son Jean Baptiste Théovide was born near Convent in June 1851 but died at age 4 1/2 in December 1855, and Louis Joseph was born in March 1853.  Théovide died near Convent in October 1854; he was only 30 years old. 

6c

Thomas d'Aquin married Marie Céleste or Célestine, daughter of German Creole Noël Matherne, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1831.  They lived near the boundary of St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes.  Their son Thomas d'Aquin, fils was born in February 1831, Paul Jules, called Jules, in March 1838, Joseph in February 1844 but died at age 10 1/2 in November 1854, Augustave was born in January 1846, and James in April 1855.  Their daughter married a Bourgeois cousin.  Thomas d'Aquin died near Convent in August 1868; he was 66 years old. 

Thomas d'Aquin, fils married French Creole Marie Melasie Picou probably in St. James Parish by the early 1850s.  Their son George was born near Convent, St. James Parish, in March 1855, and Joseph Thomas in October 1859.  ...

6d

Jean Justinien married Joséphine Lauentiaux, daughter of French Creole Casimir Cantrelle, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in August 1832.  Their son Jean Justinien, fils, called Justinien and also Hermogène, was born near Convent in December 1834, Prudent in April 1842, Victor in October 1843, and Théodore in June 1845.  Their daughters married into the Delatte, Poché, and Schexnayder families.  Jean Justinien, père died near Convent in August 1855; he was only 51 years old. 

Jean Justinien, fils married Marie Euphémie, called Euphémie, daughter of French Creole Charles Zéphirin Ledoux, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in March 1856.  Their son Charles was born near Convent in May 1864, Fortunat Hermogène in May 1866, and Joseph Argus was baptized at the Convent church, age indecipherable, in February 1869. 

Prudent married Marie Emma, daughter of French Creole Telesphore Poché, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1862.  Prudent remarried to Odile, another daughter of Telesphore Poché, at the Convent church in June  1869; they had to secure a dispensation for first degree of affinity in order to marry.

Théodore married Anaïs, yet another daughter of Telesphore Poché, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in November 1866.

Victor married Marie Marcelline, called Marcelline, daughter of German Creole Marcellin Oubre, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1867; Marie's mother was a Gaudin.

6e

Henri Hilaire married Catherine Éloise, Héloise, or Louise, daughter of German Creole Adam Schexnayder, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1835.  Their son Aristide Henri was born near Convent in March 1839, and Philogène perhaps posthumously in December 1840.  Their daughter married into the Poché family.  Hilaire may have died near Convent in August 1840; the priest who recorded the burial, and who did not bother to give the parents' names or mention a wife, said that Hilaire died at "age 27 yrs.," but this Hilaire would have been 33. 

Aristide Henri married double cousin Marie Olive, called Olive, daughter of his cousin Livain Bourgeois, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1866; Olive's mother, also, was a Schexnayder; they had to secure a dispensation for second and third degrees of consanguinity in order to marry.  Their son Joseph Henri was born near Convent in February 1868 but died in March, and Joseph Aristide was born in January 1869. 

6f

Sylvère Jacques married Eveline, daughter of French Creole Zenon Roussel, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in May 1835.  Their son Florian was born near Convent in February 1836, Jacques in May 1838, and Florent in January 1842.  Sylvère Jacques died near Convent in June 1843; he was only 33 years old.  Two of his sons moved to Terrebonne Parish, and one remained on the river.  They all married first cousins. 

Florian married first cousin Adorestine, daughter of Zenon Roussel, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in November 1857; they had to secure a dispensation for second degree of consanguinity in order to marry.  They settled near Chacahoula in Terrebonne Parish. 

Florent married first cousin Florestine or Florestide, another daughter of Zenon Roussel, at the Chacahoula church, Terrebonne Parish, in November 1863.  They settled in Terrebonne Parish. 

Jacques married cousin Victorine, daughter of French Creole Rosémond St. Pierre, at the Covent church, St. James Parish, in April 1864; Victorine's mother was a Michel; they had to secure a dispensation for second and third degrees of consanguinity in order to marry.  Their son Paul was born near Convent in August 1864 but died at age 1 in October 1865, and François Xavier was baptized at the Convent church, age unrecorded, in January 1870. 

Descendants of Michel BOURGEOIS (c1734-?; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Charles, fils)

Michel, younger son of Pierre Bourgeois and Marie-Françoise Cormier, born probably at Chignecto in c1734, married Marie Le____, who probably died during Le Grand Dérangement.  Michel, like his older brother Jean-Baptiste, fell into British hands on the Gulf of St. Lawrence shore and ended up as a prisoner at Halifax, Nova Scotia.  In late 1764 or early 1765, after the French and Indian War finally ended, he and his brother were among the Acadians in Nova Scotia who pooled their resources, chartered a ship to Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, and sailed on to New Orleans, which they reached sometime in 1765.  After a brief respite in the city, they followed other Acadians to Cabanocé, also called St.-Jacques, on the river above New Orleans, later St. James Parish, where 20 Acadians from Georgia had settled in early 1764.  Michel remarried to fellow Acadian Rose-Osite, called Osite, Gautreaux of Grand-Pré, widow of Olivier Foret, at New Orleans in May 1767.  They returned to Cabanocé, where their children were born.  Their daughters married into the Duhon and Michel families.  In 1779, Michel owned 3 slaves on his farm at St.-Jacques.  His older son was the only one who married; he and his sons and grandsons remained on the river in what became St. James Parish.  

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Older son Paul, by his second wife, born at St.-Jacques in c1768, married Marie-Madeleine, called Madeleine, daughter of fellow Acadian Charles Thibodeaux, probably at St.-Jacques in the late 1780s.  Their son Eugène-Paul-Marin was born at St.-Jacques in November 1792, Pierre Marie Marcellin in April 1805, Michel Germain Maximilien in May 1807, Joseph Marie Philippe in March 1809, Jean Baptiste Edmond near Convent, St. James Parish, in January 1813, and François Simon in August 1815 but died at age 4 in September 1819.  Their daughters married into the Bourgeois, Chenet, and Martin families.  Paul died near Convent in July 1849; the priest who recorded his burial said that Paul died at "age 82 yrs." 

1a

Pierre Marcellin married cousin Marie Séraphine, called Séraphine, daughter of Paul Benjamin Bourgeois, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in November 1824; they had to secure a dispensation for third degree of relationship in order to marry.  Their son Adolphe Florian, called Florian, was born near Convent in December 1827, and Thomas St. Pierre, called Thomassin, in February 1829.  Their daughters married into the Poché family.  Pierre Marcellin died near Convent in July 1833; the priest who recorded his burial said that Pierre Marcellin was 30 years old when he died, but he was only 28.  

Adolphe Florian married M. L. Sephalie or Stephanie, daughter of French Creole Alfred Narcisse Druilhet, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in June 1848.  Their son Paul Florian, called Florian and perhaps Florent, was born near Convent in August 1849.  Adolphe Florian died near Convent in August 1863; he was only 35 years old. 

Paul Florian may have been the Florent Bourgeois who died near Convent, St. James Parish, in September 1867.  The priest who recorded the burial, and who did not bother to give the parents' names, said that Florent died at "age 18 years." 

Thomassin married Marie Armantine or Armentine, daughter of German Creole Ludgère Matherne, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in December 1852.  Their son Joseph Wuilles or Wilson, called Wilson, was born near Convent in November 1853 but died at age 12 1/2 in September 1866, Joseph was born in March 1855, and Pierre Wilkins, called Wilkins, in March 1857 but died at age 9 1/2 in September 1866.  Thomassin died near Convent in September 1866; the priest who recorded his burial said that Thomassin died at "age 39 years," but he was only 37. 

1b

Joseph Marie Philippe died near Convent, St. James Parish, in November 1830.  He was only 21 years old and probably did not marry.  

1c

Jean Baptiste Edmond married Marie Félicie, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Louis Part, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in August 1837.  Did Jean Baptiste Edmond father any sons?

2

Younger son Joseph, by his second wife, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in December 1771, may have died young.  

Descendants of Jean BOURGEOIS (c1739-?; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude)

Jean, son of probably Joseph Bourgeois and Marie Cyr, born probably at Chignecto in c1739, ended up as a prisoner at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the early 1760s.  He married his first wife, whose name has been lost to history, probably during Le Grand Dérangement.  They came to Louisiana from Halifax via Cap-Français, St.-Dominique, in 1765 and settled with dozens of other Halifax refugees at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques.  They had no children.  Jean remarried to fellow Acadian Louise-Ludivine, called Ludivine, Granger at Cabanocé in January 1768.  She gave him all of his children.  Their daughter married into the Arceneaux family.  In 1779, Jean owned 2 slaves on his farm at St.-Jacques.  All four of his sons married, but only two of their lines survived.  They remained on the left, or east, bank of the river in St. James Parish.  However, two of his great-grandsons settled in Pointe Coupee Parish, where few Acadians settled. 

1

Oldest son Jean, fils, by his second wife, born probably at St.-Jacques in the late 1760s or early 1770s, married Félicité, daughter of fellow Acadian Joachim dit Bénoni Mire, at St.-Jacques in July 1790.  Did Jean, fils father any children?

2

Jean-Louis, by his second wife, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in May 1775, married Marie, daughter of fellow Acadian Charles Thibodeaux, at St.-Jacques in August 1795.  Their son Louis-Dominique was born at St.-Jacques in June 1796 but died at age 3 1/2 in September 1799, Louis-Pierre-Célestin, called Pierre-Célestin and Célestin, was born in May 1803, Eugène in May 1805, and Damien in December 1806.  Their daughters married into the Schexnayder and Trudeau families.  Jean Louis remarried to Marie, daughter of French Creole Jean Baptiste Cambre of St. John the Baptist Parish and widow of Jean Luquet, at the St. James church, St. James Parish, in August 1822; Jean Louis was 48 years old at the time of the wedding, his wife 45.  Jean Louis died near Convent, St. James Parish, in April 1845; the priest who recorded his burial said that Jean Louis died at "age 73." 

2a

Célestin, by his first wife, married Gertrude Félix, daughter of Raymond Causeans, Coussalt, Coussat, Cousseau, Cruse, Cruso, Philippe, Philippes, Philips, or Phillips, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1827.  Their son Pierre Félicien, called Félicien, was born near Convent in January 1831, Louis Cledaman, Cledemand, Cledomont, Clidaman, Clidamant, or Clidamont in May 1834, Jean Aurestile or Aristide, called Aristide, in January 1836, Jean Baptiste Edmond in November 1837 but died at age 3 in November 1840, Joseph was born in November 1842, Paul Camille, called Camille, in September 1844, Michel Albert, called Albert, was baptized at age 8 months in April 1847, Émilien was born in June 1848, and Joseph Édouard in April 1852.  Their daughters married into the Gaudin, Lambert, and Vicknair families.  Célestin died near Convent in September 1870; the priest who recorded his burial said that Célestin died at "age 65 years," but he was 67.  Two of his sons settled upriver in Pointe Coupee Parish, but most of them remained near Convent. 

Pierre Félicien married Antoinette Victoria, daughter of French Creole François Bouis or Bouix, at the Pointe Coupee church, Pointe Coupee Parish, in October 1853.  They lived near Convent, St. James Parish, before settling in Pointe Coupee.  Their son François Vincent Félicien was born in Pointe Coupee Parish in November 1858, Pierre Amédée in April 1862, and Clovis Hildebert in November 18[6]8 but died at age 9 months in August 1869. 

Louis Cledaman married Martha Lavinia, called Lavinia, daughter of French Creole Joseph Mathieu Vavasseur, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in April 1856.  Their son Henry Clément was born near Convent in April 1857 but may have died at age 8 1/2 in December 1865, and Joseph was baptized at the Convent church, age indecipherable, in January 1870. 

Jean Aristide married Marie Pamela, called Pamela, another daughter of Joseph Mathieu Vavasseur, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1861.  Their son Joseph Aristide was born near Convent in May 1862 but died at age 1 1/2 in November 1863, Jean Septime was born in February 1866, and Sylvère in June 1869. 

Paul Camille married Marie Léonie, called Léonie, daughter of French Creole Jules F. Porché of Fort d'Mache, at the Pointe Coupee church, Pointe Coupee Parish, in January 1866.  Their son Jules Léo was born in Pointe Coupee Parish in December 1867, and Paul Eraste, called Eraste, near Convent in May 1869 but died at age 1 in July 1870. 

Michel Albert married Philomène Eveline, called Eveline, daughter of French Creole Caillouet, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in October 1866.

Joseph married Eugènia, daughter of Anglo American Gustave Smith, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in November 1866.

2b

Eugène, by his first wife, married cousin Séraphine, daughter of Paul Bourgeois and widow of Pierre Marcellin Bourgeois, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in August 1836.  Their son Eugène Vinzule, called Vinzule, was born near Convent in October 1837.  Eugène died near Convent in September 1854; he was only 49 years old. 

Eugène Vinzule married cousin Marie Adèle or Odile, daughter of Thomas d'Aquin Bourgeois, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1856.  Their son Vinzule René was born near Convent in March 1857, Victor Ernest in April 1859, Joseph died at age 20 months in November 1863, and Cyrille Vinzule was born in December 1868. 

3

Jean-Baptiste, by his second wife, born at St.-Jacques in c1783, married Rosalie, daughter of fellow Acadian Josime LeBlanc of Atakapas, at St.-Jacques in November 1802, and died at St.-Jacques the following April; he was only 20 years old.  His line of the family died with him. 

4

Youngest son Édouard, by his second wife, born at St.-Jacques in November 1787, married Madeleine, another daughter of Joachim dit Bénoni Mire, at St.-Jacques in January 1805.  Their son Édouard, fils was born near Convent, St. James Parish, in January 1812, Jean Marcellin, called Marcellin, in April 1815, Jean Baptiste Théodule, called Théodule, in September 1819, and a twin son, name unrecorded, died an infant in June 1827.  Their daughters married into the Haydel, Jolly, and Tassin families.  Édouard died near Convent in October 1854; he was 66 years old. 

4a

Marcellin married Marie Marcellite, called Marcellite, daughter of fellow Acadian Louis Part, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1841; they had to secure a dispensation for third degree of affinity in order to marry.  Their son Charles Adolphe was born near Convent in November 1844. 

Charles Adolphe married double cousin Marie Louise Ophelia, daughter of his uncle Édouard Bourgeois, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in December 1867; they had to secure a dispensation for second and third degrees of consanguinity in order to marry.

4b

Jean Baptiste Théodule married Honorine, also called Aurelie, another daughter of Louis Part, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in June 1845.  Their son Joseph Félix, called Félix, was born near Convent April 1850 but died at age 2 in July 1852.  Théodule remarried to cousin Marie Émilie, called Émilie, daughter of German Creole Alphonse Schexnayder, at the Convent church in May 1852; Émilie's mother was a Bourgeois.  Their son Joseph Alphonse Théodule was born near Convent in December 1853, Joseph Eugène in August 1855, and Jean Baptiste Florian was baptized at the Convent church, age unrecorded, in June 1864. 

4c

Édouard, fils married Marie Gertrude Lodoiska or Doriska, daughter of Henri Baudet or Bauder, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1848.  Their son Athanase Édouard was born near Convent in May 1852, and Louis Arthur in January 1854.  Their daughter married a Bourgeois double cousin.  Édouard, fils died near Convent in September 1859; he was only 47 years old. 

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Most of the Bourgeoiss who went to Bayou Teche with the Broussards in the spring of 1765 retreated to Cabanocé on the river that autumn to escape an epidemic that devastated the Teche community.  They included three brothers whose kinsmen had already settled at Cabanocé: 

Joseph Bourgeois, his wife Marie-Madeleine Girouard, their daughter Marie, and his younger brothers Michel and Pierre remained on the river.  Michel, however, in the late 1780s or early 1790s, moved on to upper Bayou Lafourche, where he and his sons created a new center of family settlement. 

Marie Bourgeois, sister of Joseph et al., and her husband Pierre Darois, lost their son Michel to the Teche valley epidemic.  They were counted on the Teche in the spring of 1766 but by the late 1770s had moved to St.-Jacques.  Marie died a widow at St.-Jacques in July 1805; the priest who recorded her burial said that she was 74 years old when she died, but she was closer to 70.  

Descendants of Joseph BOURGEOIS (c1736-1812; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude)

Joseph, second son of Paul Bourgeois and his first wife Marie-Josèphe Brun and younger brother of Paul, fils, was born probably at Chignecto in c1736.  He escaped the British round up in the fall of 1755 and followed his family into exile on the Gulf of St. Lawrence shore.  He married Marie Girouard of Chignecto at Restigouche, at the head of the Baie des Chaleurs, in November 1759.  In 1760, the British attacked Restigouche, the last French stronghold in North America, and transported the Acadians captured there to prison compounds in Nova Scotia.  After the French and Indian War finally ended, Joseph, his younger brothers and a married sister pooled their resources, joined the Broussard dit Beausoleil party, chartered a ship, left Halifax in late 1764, and sailed to New Orleans via St.-Domingue.  They reached Louisiana in February 1765.  After a brief respite, they crossed the formidable Atchafalaya Basin and settled in the Attakapas District on upper Bayou Teche.  With Joseph and his wife was their 2-year-old daughter Marie.  A mysterious epidemic struck the Teche valley Acadians soon after they settled on the bayou.  Though no member of his family perished from the sickness, Joseph and his kinsmen retreated with dozens of other Teche valley Acadians to Cabanocé on the river, where his older brother Paul had settled.  Joseph and Marie-Madeleine remained on the river, where more children, including sons, were born to them.  Their daughters married into the Landry, Melançon, and Picou families.  In 1779, Joseph held 4 slaves on his farm at St.-Jacques, an impressive number for an Acadian living on the river at that time.  Joseph died in St. James Parish in December 1812; the priest who recorded his burial said that Joseph was 80 years old when he died, but he was "only" in his late 70s.  Neither of his sons' lines seems to have survived.  One of his daughters settled on the western prairies; one of her daughters, Scholastique Marie Picou, widow of Agricole Breaux, founded the village of Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish, in the early 1830s--apropos for a descendant of Jacques dit Jacob Bourgeois.  

1

Older son Pierre-Paul le jeune, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in May 1780, may have married fellow Acadian Madeleine Pitre and settled on Bayou Darbonne.  Their son Pierre, fils was born at Ascension in November 1805.  Or he may have been the Paul Bourgeois who died near Convent, St. James Parish, in 1811; the priest who recorded Paul's burial said that he was 35 years old when he died, but Pierre-Paul le jeune would have been only 31 years old that year.  Did his line of the family die with him? 

2

Younger son Joseph-Simon, called Simon, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in February 1781, married Marcellite, daughter of French Creole Michel Judice, at Ascension, below St.-Jacques, in October 1803; Marcellite's paternal grandfather, Louis Judice, had once been commander of the St.-Jacques and Ascension districts.  Their son Ovide was born in St. James Parish in August 1804, Séraphin Valcour, called Valcour, in March 1813, Simon, fils in October 1817, and Lucien Arthur or Arthur Lucien in January 1820.  Their daughters married into the Arceneaux, Coquille, Dongieux, and Webre families.  Simon, père died in St. James Parish in January 1821; the priest who recorded his burial said that Simon died at "age 44 yrs."  One of his sons moved to Bayou Lafourche but produced no new family line there.  One of Simon's younger sons and a daughter settled on the western prairies.  His other sons remained on the river, though none of them seems to have created a family of his own.  This line of the family did survive, but only on the western prairies. 

Descendants of Michel BOURGEOIS (c1741-c1811; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude)

Michel, third son of Paul Bourgeois and his first wife Marie-Josèphe Brun, born probably at Chignecto in c1741, escaped the British round up in the fall of 1755 and followed his family into exile on the Gulf of St. Lawrence shore.  Like his older married brothers, Michel ended up a prisoner in Nova Scotia by the early 1760s.  He, his older brother Joseph, his younger brother Pierre, and their married sister Marie, hooked up with the Broussard dit Beausoleil party, and sailed to New Orleans via Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, in 1764-65.  They reached Louisiana in February 1765.  After a brief respite, they crossed the Atchafalaya Basin and settled in the Attakapas District on upper Bayou Teche.  That autumn, while a mysterious epidemic devastated the Teche valley settlements, Michel joined his brothers and dozens of other Acadians in a retreat to Cabanocé on the river.  He married Anne-Osite, daughter of fellow Acadian Abraham dit Petit Abram Landry, at Cabanocé in May 1768.  Their children were born at Cabanocé.  Their daughters married into the Arceneaux, Foret, Haché, Louviere, Pitre, and Savoie families.  In 1779, Michel owned a single slave on his farm at St.-Jacques.  By the early 1790s, Michel and Anne had joined the Acadian exodus from the river to upper Bayou Lafourche.  In June 1811, Michel's succession inventory was filed at the Thibodauxville courthouse, Lafourche Interior Parish; he would have been about 70 years old that year.  Two of his sons remained on Bayou Lafourche.  His youngest son and a daughter moved to the western prairies.  

1

Oldest son Jean-Baptiste le jeune, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in July 1774, married Marie-Madeleine, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Theriot, at St.-Jacques in April 1795.  Their son Pierre-Cyprien was born at St.-Jacques in February 1796, Valéry in February 1798, Jean-Baptiste-Ursin in c1800, and Eugène Joseph at Ascension in May 1807.  They followed his parents to upper Bayou Lafourche in the early 1800s.  

2

Jacques, born at St.-Jacques in August 1778, may have died young, either at St.-Jacques or on the Lafourche.  

3

Michel, fils, born at St.-Jacques in c1781, followed his parents to upper Bayou Lafourche, where he married Marie, daughter of French Creole Louis Stiven of Nantes, France, at Assumption in July 1800.  They remained on Bayou Lafourche.    

4

Youngest son Louis, born at St.-Jacques in c1783, followed his parents to upper Bayou Lafourche.  When he came of age, he crossed the Atchafalaya Basin, married in St. Martin Parish, and settled on the upper Vermilion near his in-laws.  He was the first Acadian Bourgeois male to "return" to the western prairies.   

Descendants of Pierre BOURGEOIS (c1746-1815; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude)

Pierre, fourth and youngest son of Paul Bourgeois and his first wife Marie-Josèphe Brun, born probably at Chignecto in c1746, escaped the British round up at Chignecto in the fall of 1755 and followed his family into exile in present-day eastern New Brunswick.  Like his older brothers, he ended up a prisoner in Nova Scotia by the early 1760s.  He and his older brothers Joseph and Michel and their married sister Marie hooked up with the Broussard dit Beausoleil party and sailed to New Orleans via Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, in 1764-65.  They reached Louisiana in February 1765.  After a brief respite, they crossed the Atchafalaya Basin and settled in the Attakapas District on upper Bayou Teche.  That autumn, while a mysterious epidemic devastated the Teche valley settlements, Pierre joined his brothers and dozens of other Acadians in a retreat to Cabanocé on the river.  He married Marie, daughter of fellow Acadian Michel Bergeron, at Cabanocé in November 1767.  Most of their children were born at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques.  Their daughters married into the Chole or Jolie, Gaudet, Gravois, LeBlanc, and Moulard families.  In 1779, Pierre owned a single slave on his farm at St.-Jacques.  Pierre died in St. James Parish in January 1815; he was 69 years old.  One of his sons moved to upper Bayou Lafourche.  Two of his sons and a daughter moved to the western prairies in the 1810s.  

1

Oldest son Pierre, fils, born at Cabanocé in c1769, married Marie-Modeste, called Modeste, daughter of fellow Acadian Charles Savoie, at St.-Jacques in April 1795.  Their son Alexandre was born at St.-Jacques in April 1799, Eugène in April 1804, Joseph Hermogène in December 1806, and Désiré in October 1815.  They also had a son named Simon, who followed them to upper Bayou Lafourche in the 1810s.  

2

Joseph, born at New Orleans in November 1771, married Marie-Jeanne, daughter of French Creole Jean Langlinais and widow of Joseph Boudreaux, at St.-Jacques in May 1796.  Their son Joseph, fils was born at St.-Jacques in December 1796, Jérôme-Zenon in October 1799, a son, name and age unrecorded, died at St.-Jacques in June 1801, Valéry in October 1805, Rosémond in December 1807, and Eugène Sylvère in January 1810.  In the 1810s, they crossed the Atchafalaya Basin and settled at La Grand Pointe on upper Bayou Teche in St. Martin Parish.  

3

Olivier, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in November 1777, married cousin Marie Justine, called Justine, daughter of fellow Acadian Mathurin Bergeron, at Ascension in May 1807.  They lived near the boundary of St. James and Ascension parishes.  Their son François Marcellin, called Marcellin, was born in St. James Parish in April 1808 but died at age 12 in February 1820, Joseph was born in Ascension Parish in December 1809, Urbin Lessin, called Lessin, in St. James Parish in February 1813, and Michel Vital in October 1815.  Their daughter married into the Bryant family.  Olivier remarried to Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadian Joachim dit Bénoni Mire and widow of Henri Melançon, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1825. 

Lessin, by his first wife, married Marie Victorine, called Victorine, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Pierre Richard, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in February 1838.  They settled on the west bank of the river near St. James.  Their son Jean was born in February 1842, Joseph Ernest in March 1851, and Sylvestre Michel, called Michel, in July 1856 but died at age 1 in July 1857.  Their daughter married into the Scionnaux family. 

4

François-Xavier, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in November 1779, may have died young.  

5

Étienne, born at St.-Jacques in the early or mid-1780s, married Céleste, called Silesie, daughter of fellow Acadian Valentin Landry, at the St. James church, St. James Parish, in April 1812.   Soon after their marriage, they crossed the Atchafalaya Basin and settled at La Pointe or Grand Pointe on upper Bayou Teche near present-day Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish.  

6

Alexandre-Urbin, called Urbin, born at St.-Jacques in February 1794, died in St. James Parish in October 1822.  He was only 28 years old and probably did not marry.  

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Other BOURGEOISs on the River

Local church and civil records make it difficult to link some Bourgeois on the river with known Acadian lines of the family there:

Barbe Bourgeois married François Dupuis or Dupré and settled at St.-Jacques by the early 1780s.  Was Barbe an Acadian?

Pierre dit Sanpierre Bourgeois married Marie Comeaux.  Their son Joseph-Sanpierre was born at St.-Jacques in September 1795.  Was Pierre dit Sanpierre an Acadian?  What happened to Joseph-Sanpierre? 

Simon Bourgeois died near St. Gabriel, Iberville Parish, in August 1834; he was 44 years old.  The priest who recorded his burial said that Simon was a native of St. James Parish but did not give his parents' names or mention a wife.  Was he an Acadian? 

Alphonse Bourgeois married Joséphine Matilion and settled in Ascension Parish by the late 1830s.  Was he Acadian?

Basiline Bourgeois had at least two sons in the late 1830s and early 1840s.  Joseph, age 23, and Lovinski, age 17, were baptized at the Plaquemine church, Iberville Parish, in August 1860.  The priest who recorded the young men's baptisms did not give the father's, or fathers', names, nor did he give Basiline's parents' names.  Was Basiline an Acadian?

Auguste Bourgeois died near Convent, St. James Parish, in December 1841 at "age 30 yrs."  Was he Acadian?

Zulma Bourgeois married Drosin, called Therosine, son of fellow Acadian Joseph Orillion III, at the Plaquemine church, Iberville Parish, in March 1851.  The priest who recorded the marriage did not give the couple's parents' names.  Was Zulma an Acadian, too, or was she a French Creole Bourgeois, some of whom lived in that part of Iberville Parish?

Jean Bourgeois died near Convent, St. James Parish, in October 1852.  He was only 16 years old.  The priest who recorded Jean's burial did not bother to give his parents' names, so one wonders which Jean he was. 

Jules Bourgeois died near Convent, St. James Parish, in September 1853.  He was only 20 years old.  The priest who recorded Jules's burial did not bother to give his parents' names. 

Adrien Bourgeois died near Convent, St. James Parish, in November 1853.  He was only 25 years old.  The priest who recorded Adrien's burial did not bother to give his parents' names or mention a wife. 

Joseph Florian Bourgeois died near Convent, St. James Parish, in November 1854.  The priest who recorded his burial, and who did not bother to give any parents'  names or mention a wife, said that Joseph Florian died at "age 26 yrs." 

Joseph Florian Bourgeois married Adèle Bourgeois and settled near Convent, St. James Parish, by the late 1850s, so he could not have been the Joseph Florian Bourgeois who died near Convent in November 1854.  Was he the same Joseph Florian Bourgeois who married, or, in this case, remarried to fellow Acadian Mathilde Guidry and settled in Ascension Parish by the early 1860s?  Who were his parents? 

Jules Bourgeois died near Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, in August 1862.  He was only 36 years old.  The priest who recorded Jules's burial did not bother to give his parents' names or mention a wife.  Was Jules an Acadian?

Henriette Bourgeois married Jacques Remis at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in June 1865.  The priest who recorded the marriage did not bother to give the couple's parents' names. 

Sidney Bourgeois died near Convent, St. James Parish, in January 1866.  He was only 15 months old.  The priest who recorded the boy's burial did not bother to give the parents' names. 

Hulinn Bourgeois died near Convent, St. James Parish, in February 1869.  The priest who recorded his burial, and who did not bother to give the parents' names or mention a wife, said that Hulinn died at "age 26 years." 

LOUISIANA:  LAFOURCHE VALLEY SETTLEMENTS

Michel Bourgeois of Chignecto came to Louisiana in 1765 and lived on Bayou Teche and at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques on the river, where he married, before moving on to upper Bayou Lafourche by the early 1790s.  There, he and his children settled amongst the hundreds of their fellow Acadians who had arrived from France in 1785.  Michel and two of his sons created a new center of family settlement that eventually stretched down bayou as far as Lockport in what became Lafourche Interior Parish:

Descendants of Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS le jeune (1774-?; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul)

Jean-Baptiste le jeune, called Baptiste, eldest son of Michel Bourgeois, père and Anne-Osite Landry, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in July 1774, married Marie-Madeleine, called Madeleine and Nanon, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Theriot, at St.-Jacques in April 1795.  They followed his parents to upper Bayou Lafourche and lived near the boundary of what became Ascension and Assumption parishes.  Their daughters married Landry cousins.  Their six sons settled in Assumption and Lafourche Interior parishes. 

1

Oldest son Pierre-Cyprien, called Cyprien, born at St.-Jacques in February 1796, married distant cousin Marie Céleste or Célesie, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Landry, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in July 1819.  Their son Lessin was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in February 1822, Pierre Evelien in September 1830, Cyprien Théophile, called Théophile, in February 1835, and Félix Théodore in October 1839.  They also had a son named Marcillien.  Their daughters married into the Foret and Waguespack families.  Paul Cyprien died probably in Lafourche Interior Parish in October 1851; he was 55 years old; a petition for succession inventory in his name was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse in February 1852. 

1a

Pierre Evelien married Froselie, Frozelie, Phroisilie, or Roselie Mélanie, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Deterville Foret, at the Raceland church, Lafourche Parish, in August 1853.  Their son Pierre Joseph was born near Raceland in December 1856, Paul Ernest in December 1859, Arthur Adam in July 1865, and Léo Cyprien in December 1870. 

1b

Marcillien married Emma, daughter of John Brom or Bronn, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in October 1865.  They settled near Raceland. 

1c

Théophile married Eléonore or Léonore, daughter of French Creole Fergus Bourgeois, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in April 1867.  Their son Joseph Walene was born near Raceland in December 1869. 

2

Valéry, born at St.-Jacques in February 1798, married Théotiste, 18-year-old daughter of fellow Acadian Blaise Julien Boudreaux, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in June 1829.  They lived near the boundary of Assumption and Lafourche Interior parishes.  Their son Armogène or Hermogène Valéry was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in September 1830, Arsène Marcillien, called Marcillien, in November 1839, François Blaise or Blaise François, in February 1842, and André Désiré, called Désiré, near Labadieville, Assumption Parish, in November 1847.  They also had a son named Onésippe, who died before September 1856.  Their daughters married into the Berthelot, Coursier, Estempelle, Stempel or Stemple, Lejeune, and Tailleux families.  Valéry died in Lafourche Interior Parish in October 1851; the Thibodeaux priest who recorded his burial said that Valéry died "at age 55 yrs.," but he was only 53; a petition for succession inventory in his name was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse in September 1856. 

2a

Hermogène died in Lafourche Interior Parish in November 1852.  He was only 22 years old and probably did not marry. 

2b

Arsène Marcillien married Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadian Adrien Thibodeaux, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in July 1859.  They settled near the boundary of Lafourche and Assumption parishes.  Their son Joseph Émile was born in July 1863, Alfred Jean in April 1866, Louis Perry Clay in June 1867, and Philippe Étienne in August 1870. 

2c

Blaise François married Valentine Marie, daughter of French Creole Drosin Triche, at the Labadieville church, Assumption Parish, in December 1866.  Their son Joseph Edgard Aristide was born near Labadieville in August 1867. 

3

Jean-Baptiste-Ursin, born at St.-Jacques in c1800, married distant cousin Julienne Marie, Marcelline, or Marcellite, daughter of fellow Acadian Donat Landry, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in July 1824.  Their son Justilien was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in October 1825, Ursin Ulysse, called Ulysse, in December 1829, Paul Théogène in July 1832, Adolphe Edmond, called Edmond, in May 1836, Jean Pierre Alidore in March 1840, and Pierre Édouard in June 1842.  Their daughter married into the Baudoin family.  Jean Baptiste Ursin died near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in June 1870; he was 70 years old; a petition for succession administration in his name was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse two days after his death. 

3a

Justilien married cousin Mélissaire, daughter of fellow Acadian Benjamin Landry, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in May 1849.  Their son Pierre Ernest was born near Raceland in February 1856 but died in March.  During the War Between the States, Justilien, called Justilene in Confederate records, may have served in the Lafourche Parish Regiment Militia.  In October 1862, he was captured along with most of his regiment at the Battle of Labadieville in nearby Assumption Parish and paroled by the Federals in early November.  He died near Raceland in March 1863; the priest who recorded his burial said that Justilien died "at age 36 yrs.," but he was 37; a petition for family meeting in his name was filed at the Thibodeaux courthouse in December 1870.  Was Justilien's death war-related?  His only son died an infant, so this line of the family, except perhaps for its blood, died with him. 

3b

Adolphe Edmond married cousin Adilia or Adelia Bourgeois in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in March 1863.  Their son Adolphe, fils was born near Raceland in December 1864, Alphonse in July 1866, and Joseph Arthur, called Arthur, in February 1868.  Adolphe Edmond died near Raceland in November 1868; the priest who recorded his burial said that Adolphe died "at age 28 yrs.," but he was 32; a daughter was born posthumously in June 1869; a petition in his name for tutorship of his children was filed at the Thibodeaux courthouse in December 1870.

3c

Ulysse married Charlotte, daughter of French Creole Valéry Barras, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in June 1865; Charlotte's mother was a Pitre.

3d

Pierre Édouard married Marie Eugènie, daughter of French Creole Eugène Richoux, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in January 1866; Marie's mother was a Melançon.

4

Hilaire, born either at St.-Jacques or on the upper Lafourche in c1806, married Marie Sylvanie Dupré, called Sylvanie, 15-year-old daughter of French Creole Paul Dupré Terrebonne, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in March 1832; Sylvanie's mother was a LeBlanc.  Their son Hippolyte was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in August 1842.  They also had a son named Paul, unless he was Hippolyte.  Their daughter married into the Breaux and Champagne families.  Hilaire remarried to Emeranthe Anaïs, daughter of fellow Acadian Gilbert Melançon, at the Thibodaux church in February 1844.  Their son Hilaire Apollinaire, called Pollinaire, was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in December 1844, and Pierre Hippolyte in January 1855.  Hilaire died near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in February 1864; the priest who recorded his burial said that Hilaire died "at age 64 yrs.," but he probably was in his late 50s; an "oath of tutrix" for his two sons was filed in his name at the Thibodeaux courthouse in February 1865. 

Paul, by his first wife, married Marguerite, daughter of French Creole Fergus Bourgeois, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in June 1870.

5

Eugène Joseph, born at Ascension in May 1807, married Melasie, 19-year-old daughter of fellow Acadian Louis Robichaux, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in February 1831.  Their son Eugène Onésime, called Onésime, was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in June 1832 but died at age 4 in September 1836, Louis was born in August 1834, Joseph Adam, called J. Adam and Adam, in January 1840, and Pierre Cyprien, called Cyprien, le jeune in January 1851.  Their daughter married into the Lejeune family.  Eugène died "during [a] yellow fever epidemic" in Lafourche Interior Parish in October 1853; the Thibodaux priest who recorded his burial, and who did not bother to give his parents' names or mention a wife, said that Eugène died "at age 45 yrs.," but he was 46.  

5a

Louis married Célestine, daughter of fellow Acadian Victorin Breaux, at the Raceland church, Lafourche Parish, in April 1856.  Their son Louis Ernest was born in Lafourche Parish in April 1862, Joseph Argus near Raceland in September 1866, and Eugène Armand in December 1867. 

5b

Adam married Marguerite, daughter of French Creole Jean Valéry Barras, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in July 1859; Marguerite's mother was a Pitre.  Their son Joseph Franklin was born in Lafourche Parish in October 1865.  Adam remarried to Elmire, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Adrien LeBlanc, at the Houma church, Terrebonne Parish, in January 1870.

5c

Cyprien le jeune received his legal emancipation in Lafourche Parish in January 1870; he was 19 years old. 

6

Youngest son Paul Sosthène, called Sosthène, born in c1813, married Marie Adèle, daughter of French Creole Jacques Grabert of St. James Parish, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in March 1837; Marie's mother was a Gaudin.  Their son Paul Oleus, called Oleus, was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in November 1837, Jean Baptiste in October 1839, and Pierre Théogène in June 1845.  Their daughter married into the Theriot family. 

Paul Oleus married Joséphine, daughter of fellow Acadian Célestin Guidry, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in September 1863.  Their son Pierre Clovis was born near Raceland in July 1866, and Joseph in November 1867. 

Descendants of Michel BOURGEOIS, fils (c1781-1865; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul)

Michel, fils, third son of Michel Bourgeois, père and Anne-Osite Landry, born at St.-Jacques in c1781, followed his parents to upper Bayou Lafourche, where he married Marie, daughter of French Creole Louis Stiven of Nantes, France, at Assumption in July 1800.  They remained on the upper Lafourche, living near the boundary of what became Ascension and Assumption parishes before moving to the Raceland area of Lafourche Interior Parish.  Their daughters married into the Cross, Norris, Sevin, and Shaffer families.  Michel died near Raceland in February 1865, a widower; the priest who recorded his marriage said that Michel died "at age 85 yrs."; "Letters and bonds of administration" were filed in his name at the Thibodeaux courthouse in March 1866.  Six of his seven sons created families of their own and settled in Lafourche Interior Parish, but at least one line did not survive. 

1

Oldest son Michel III, born at Assumption in July 1801, may have died young.  

2

Maximilien, born at Ascension in September 1805, married Mathilde, daughter of Aubin Bénoni Thibodaux, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in October 1835; Mathilde was a granddaughter of former Louisiana governor Henry Schuyler Thibodaux.  Maximilien and Mathilde's son Aubin Onésippe, called Onésippe, was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in June 1839 but died at age 10 in May 1849, and twins Henry Alfred, called Alfred, and Michel Alceste or Alceste Michel were born in June 1841.  ...

2a

Alceste Michel married Henriette Noble, daughter of Anglo-American Joseph William Tucker, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in August 1867; Henriette's mother was a Gaudet.

2b

Alfred married Sarah Louisa, daughter of Anglo-American Willington Evans, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in August 1868; Sarah's mother was a Gaudet.  Their son Louis was born in Lafourche Parish in October 1869. 

3

Lucien, born in either Ascension or Assumption Parish in c1814, married Élizabeth, 18-year-old daughter of German Creole Joseph Stoufflet, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in September 1836.  One wonders if they had any children. 

4

Leufroi, born probably in Assumption Parish in c1815, married Marie Virginie, called Virginie, daughter of French Creole Jean Baptiste Montet, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in June 1836; Marie's mother was a Michel.  Their son Leufroi, fils was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in April 1837, and Michel Valfroi, called Valfroi, in June 1838.  Their daughters married into the Folse and Rossy families.  Leufroi died near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in October 1854; the priest who recorded his marriage said that Leufroi died "at age 40 yrs."; a petition for tutorship for two of his daughters was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse in April 1866.  

4a

Leufroi, fils may have married fellow Acadian Désirée, also called Madeleine, Robichaux.  Their son Leufroi Albert was born near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in January 1866.  They were living near Lockport later in the decade. 

4b

Valfroi married Joséphine, daughter of Jean McClellan McKnight, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in June 1867; the marriage also was registered in Terrebonne Parish.

5

Eugène, born in Assumption Parish in September 1816, married Céleste or Célestine, 20-year-old daughter of German Creole Simon Hotard, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in April 1836, and sanctified the marriage at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in January 1851.  Their son Eugène Prosper was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in March 1839, Pierre Timoléon in May 1840, Adam Cornelius died at age 4 months in February 1842, Adam Eugène Maximilien, called Maximilien, was born in February 1846, and Joseph Lucien in October 1847.  Their daughters married into the Fauche or Touche, Folse, and Price families.  A petition for tutelage for his children was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse in Eugène's name in April 1859; he would have been 48 years old that year. 

5a

Maximilien married Mathilde, daughter of fellow Acadian Chrejustin Martin, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in June 1865.  Their son Adam was born near Raceland in March 1869, and Pierre Albert in November 1870. 

5b

Joseph Lucien married Julie, daughter of Alexis Folse, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in March 1869.

6

Valéry Rosémond, born in Lafourche Interior Parish in July 1819, married Céleste, daughter of French Creole Joseph Dufrene, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in July 1845; Céleste's mother was an Arceneaux.  Their son Joseph Lucien le jeune was born near Lockport in January 1850.  Valéry Rosémond died near Raceland in July 1854; the priest who recorded his burial said that Valéry Rosémond died "at age 30 yrs.," but he was 35; a petition for tutorship for his son Joseph was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse, Lafourche Parish, the following September. 

7

Youngest son Joseph Napoléon, called Napoléon, born in Lafourche Interior Parish in August 1821, married German Creole Clementine Matherne in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in January 1843, and sanctified the marriage at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in March 1844.  They had a son named Joseph

Joseph married Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadian Charles LeBlanc, at the Lockport church, Lafourche Parish, in April 1864.  Their son Joseph Napoléon le jeune was born near Raceland in March 1865. 

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Throughout the antebellum period, more Acadian Bourgeoiss, including two sets of brothers, joined the family exodus from the Acadian Coast to the Bayou Lafourche valley.  Some of them settled as far down bayou as Terrebonne Parish, but most of them remained on the upper bayou in Assumption and Lafourche Interior parishes: 

Descendants of Pierre BOURGEOIS (c1769-1825; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul)

Pierre, fils, eldest son of Pierre Bourgeois and Marie Bergeron, born at Cabanocé in c1769, married Marie-Modeste, called Modeste, daughter of fellow Acadian Charles Savoie, at St.-Jacques in April 1795.  They moved to upper Bayou Lafourche by the late 1810s.  Their daughters married into the Dufrene, Matherne, and Rossi families.  Pierre died near Convent, St. James Parish, in June 1825; he was 56 years old.  

1

Oldest son Alexandre, born at St.-Jacques in April 1799, married Marie Clémence, called Clémence, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste Bertrand, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in August 1836; Alexandre was 37 years old at the time of the wedding.  Their daughter married into the Vognet family.  Alexandre remarried to Marie Armelise, called Armelise, daughter of French Creole Narcisse Fremin, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in May 1846; Marie's mother was a Gautreaux.  Their daughter married into the Landry family.  Alexandre's succession inventory record was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse, Lafourche Interior Parish, in September 1851; he would have been 52 years old that year.  He and his two wives had daughters but no sons, so this line of the family, except for its blood, died with him. 

2

Simon, born at St.-Jacques in c1800, married Marie Louise, called Léonise, daughter of fellow Acadian Amand Breaux, at the St. James church, St. James Parish, in August 1818 and followed his parents to upper Bayou Lafourche.  They settled near the boundary between Ascension and Assumption parishes.  Their son Simon Massere was born in April 1819, Auguste Valcour in June 1822, and Justus in November 1826.  Their daughter married into the Daigle family.

2a

Justus may have been the Juste Bourgois, probably Bourgeois, who died near Plattenville, Assumption Parish, in January 1848.  The priest who recorded the burial said that Juste died at "age 20 yrs.," so this probably was him.  He did not marry. 

2b

Simon married Adeline, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Daigle, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in February 1855.  Their son Polycarpe Maier was born near Plattenville in January 1856. 

3

Eugène, born at St.-Jacques in April 1804, married Angélique, daughter of Spanish Creole Manuel Barrios, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in December 1823, and sanctified the marriage at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in April 1829.  Their son Michel Eugène, called Eugène, was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in September 1831, Julien Evelina in October 1835, Oculi Désiré in February 1837, Joseph Valmond, called Valmond, in August 1839, Victor Adam in March 1848, and Jules Pierre near Lockport in May 1852.  Their daughters married into the Bourgeois, Daigle, Dufrene, Levron, Robichaux, Roger, and Thibodeaux families. 

3a

Michel Eugène married Marguerite, daughter of French Creole Pierre Ledet, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in December 1852; Marguerite's mother was a Molaison.  Michel Eugène died in Lafourche Parish in May 1854; the Thibodaux priest who recorded his burial said that Michel died "at age 24 yrs.," but he was only 22.  His line of the family probably died with  him. 

3b

Valmond married Thérèse, daughter of Jean Maxie Fonseca, also called Consua, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in October 1861.  They settled near Lockport.  Valmond may have remarried to fellow Acadian Louise Trahan.  Their son Victor Jérôme was born near Lockport in September 1865. 

3c

Oculi Désiré, called Désiré by the recording priest, may have married Céline, also called Lela, daughter of French Creole Hermogène Cantrelle, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in January 1863; Céline's mother was a Landry.  Their son Joseph was born near Lockport in August 1866, Paul Constant in October 1867, and Séraphin Dominique in March 1869. 

4

Joseph Hermogène, born at St.-Jacques in December 1806, may have married Marie Gross in the late 1820s.  Did they have any children?

5

Désiré, born at St.-Jacques in October 1815, married Anastasie Marie, 18-year-old daughter of French Creole Augustin Matherne, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in March 1836.  Their son Ildefond was born Lafourche Interior Parish in January 1840, Octave in December 1840, Désiré Benjamin in December 1841, and Pierre Ulysse, called Ulysse, in December 1843.   

5a

During the War Between the States, Ildefond served in Company E of the 4th Regiment Louisiana Infantry, a front-line unit raised in Lafourche Parish that fought in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and Alabama.  For most of the war, his service record was a good one.  He enlisted in Company E at the beginning of the war, was reported present with his unit for the next three years except for a month of detached duty at Port Hudson, Louisiana, in the spring of 1863, and was captured at Nashville, Tennessee, in December 1864 with other members of his regiment.  From Nashville, the Federals sent him to Louisville, Kentucky, and then on to the prisoner-of-war compound at Camp Chase, Ohio.  The prisoner-of-war experience was too much for him.  Two and half months after he arrived at Camp Chase, he took the oath of allegiance to the United States government, enlisted in Federal service, and reported for duty at Chicago; he was now a "galvanized Yankee!"  One wonders if he had the nerve to return to Lafourche Parish after the war.  

5b

During the War Between the States, Octave served in Company B of the 30th Battalion/Regiment Louisiana Infantry, raised in Orleans and St. James parishes, which contained recruits from a number of other parishes.  The 30th Infantry, known originally as the Sumter Regiment, fought in Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.  Octave enlisted in March 1862, was reported present for the next two years, and, like his older brother Ildefond, was captured in the debacle at Nashville in December 1864.  Like his brother, he was sent to Louisville, Kentucky, and then on to Camp Chase, Ohio.  And, like his brother, he took the oath of allegiance to the United States government months before the war ended, enlisted in Federal service in March 1865, and became a "galvanized Yankee."  Amazingly, he returned to Lafourche Parish, where he married Laurentia or Lovincia, daughter of Jean Fonseca, in a civil ceremony in April 1867, and sanctified the marriage at the Lockport church, Lafourche Parish, in May 1870.  Their son Charles Octave was born near Lockport in January 1870.  Considering Octave's war record, one doubts that he was welcome at any of the local functions of the United Confederate Veterans.  

5c

Ulysse married Leóntine or Clementine Angélique, daughter of fellow Acadian François Gaudet, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in October 1866.  Their son Joseph Thomas was born in Lafourche Parish in October 1870. 

6

Youngest son Eugène Émile, born in Assumption Parish in June 1820, may have died young. 

Descendants of Jean-Baptiste-Paul BOURGEOIS (c1772-1847; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul)

Jean-Baptiste-Paul, called Baptiste, son of Paul Bourgeois, fils and Rosalie LeBlanc and Joseph-Paul's twin, born at St.-Jacques in c1772, married Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Babin, at St.-Jacques in April 1792.  They lived near the boundary of what became St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes before moving to upper Bayou Lafourche by 1810.  Their daughters married into the Aysene, Babin, Boudreaux, Laine or Laisne, Lopez, and Richard families.  Baptiste died in Lafourche Interior Parish in February 1847; he was 75 years old.  He fathered at least eight sons, five of whom created families of their own and settled in Lafourche Interior Parish. 

1

Oldest son Paul le jeune, born at St.-Jacques in April 1793, probably died young.

2

Valéry, born at St.-Jacques in December 1796, married Rosalie Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadian Basile Richard, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in May 1816.  Their son Zenon, also called Zeno, was born in Assumption Parish in May 1818, Magloire Léon in Lafourche Interior Parish in September 1823, Marcellin Valéry in March 1825, François in October 1827, Jean Baptiste in June 1831, and Onésime or Olésime in February 1839.  Their daughters married into the Cardaillac, Chiasson, Dantin, Laine, Molaison, and Toups families, and perhaps into the Dugas family in St. Landry Parish as well.  Valéry died "during [a] yellow fever epidemic" in Lafourche Parish in October 1853; the Thibodaux priest who recorded his burial said that Valéry died "at age 50 yrs.," but he was 56.  His six sons settled in Lafourche Parish; five of them married sisters, including first cousins.  One of his grandsons moved to the Brashear City, today's Morgan City, area on the lower Atchafalaya after the War Between the States. 

2a

Zenon married Louise Elina or Helena, also called Elisca, 17-year-old daughter of fellow Acadian Louis Gaudet, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in June 1840.  Their son Marcellin Justilien, called Justilien, was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in November 1844, Clément Sylvain in November 1848, Oscar in December 1850, and Alexandre in March 1857 but died at age 7 in June 1864.  Their daughters married into the Boudreaux and Bourgeois families. 

Justilien married Adeline Euphrosine, also called Mirtilia, daughter of fellow Acadian Basile T. Boudreaux and widow of Eugène Peltier, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in June 1865.  Their son Joseph was born in Lafourche Parish in September 1865, and Justilien Aurelien near Brashear, today's Morgan, City, St. Mary Parish, on the lower Atchafalaya, in June 1869. 

2b

Magloire married Azélie, daughter of German Creole François Himel, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in January 1844.  They lived near the boundary of Lafourche Interior and Assumption parishes.  Their son Léon Servian was born in March 1847, Anatole in September 1852, and Émile Arthur in November 1855 but died at age 1 1/2 in June 1857.  Their daughters married into the Carmouche and Delaune families. 

2c

Marcellin married Julia, another daughter of Louis Gaudet, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in January 1847.  Their son Edmond was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in October 1847.  Marcellin died in Lafourche Interior Parish in August 1848; he was only 23 years old; a petition for tutorship for his son Edmond was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse a week later.  Julia remarried to Marcellin's uncle, Urbain Bourgeois

2d

Jean Baptiste married first cousin Odile, daughter of his uncle Urbin Bourgeois, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in June 1855.  Their son Jean Félix was born in Lafourche Parish in October 1860. 

2e

François married Clémence Élodie, called Élodie, yet another daughter of Louis Gaudet, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in August 1855.  Their son Arthur was born in Lafourche Parish in September 1856, Clément Arthur in September 1856, Charles Clebert in February 1858, and Louis in February 1860 but died 20 days after his birth. 

2f

Onésime married first cousin Adèle, another daughter of his uncle Urbin Bourgeois, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in June 1859.  Their son Joseph Paul was born in Lafourche Parish in March 1860, Jean Albert in August 1864, Louis in April 1867, and Pierre Alexis in March 1868. 

3

Narcisse, born at St.-Jacques in February 1800, married Marie Caroline, called Caroline, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste Louviere, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in July 1824.  Their son Jean Baptiste Narcisse was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in March 1832, Isidore Norbert, called Norbert, in May 1834, Joseph Amédée in April 1837 but died at age 11 1/2 in December 1848, Vasseur was born in September 1840, and Joseph died a day after his birth in August 1847.  Their daughters married into the Guillot, Morvant, and Toups families.  An "oath of tutrix" was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse, Lafourche Parish, in Narcisse's name in March 1854; he would have been 54 years old that year. 

3a

Norbert married Marie Odile, called Odile, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste Guillot, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in June 1854; Norbert's sister Marie Melasie married Odile's brother Théophile.  Norbert and Odile's son Joseph Augustin was born in Lafourche Parish in October 1855, Joseph in April 1866, and Joseph Oscar in February 1868. 

3b

Vasseur married Marie Laurenza or Lorenza, daughter of fellow Acadian Lange Guillot, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in April 1864.  Their son Lange Leufroi was born in Lafourche Parish in August 1867. 

4

Rémi, born at St.-Jacques in January 1802, married Marie Delphine, called Delphine, daughter of fellow Acadian Louis Foret, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in September 1821.  Their son Joseph Rémi was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in June 1822, Séverin Godefroi in January 1825, Esteval Louis in October 1826, Apollinaire in February 1829, Narcisse Amédée in May 1836 but died at age 11 months in April 1837, and Adam Pomephile was born in May 1843. 

4a

Apollinaire married Asilda, Alesida, Alexilda, or Alezilda, 17-year-old daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Thomas Babin, at the Houma church, Terrebonne Parish, in October 1848.  They lived near the boundary of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.  Their son Siméon Aurelien was born in January 1852, Marcel Justinien in November 1853, Louis Émilien, called Émilien, in October 1855 but died at  age 2 1/2 in July 1858, and Cigus Alcide was born in November 1859.  Their daughter married into the Petros family. 

4b

Esteval "of Terrebonne Parish" married cousin Marie Laure or Louise, daughter of Spanish Creole Joseph Barrios, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in September 1850; Laure's mother, also, was a Foret.  Their son Louis Félicien was born near Lockport in July 1851.  Esteval died probably in Lafourche Interior Parish in November 1852; he was only 26 years old; a petition for a succession inventory in his name was filed at the Thibodeaux courthouse the following April. 

4c

Adam married Rosella, daughter of French Creole Furcy Porché, at the Houma church, Terrebonne Parish, in January 1867; Rosella's mother was an Aucoin.  Their son André Alfred was born in Terrebonne Parish in November 1869. 

5

Jean Destival or Estival, born in ___ 1806 and baptized at Ascension, age unrecorded, in August 1806, died in Lafourche Interior Parish in March 1841.  The Thibodeaux priest who recorded his burial said that Jean Estival died "at age 32 yrs.," but he was 35.  He probably did not marry. 

6

Martial, born in Ascension Parish in July 1808, may have died young. 

7

Paul Urbain, called Urbain, born on upper Bayou Lafourche in c1813, married Mathilde, 16-year-old daughter of French Creole Louis Chauvin, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in February 1832; the priest who recorded the marriage said that Urbain was 19 years old at the time of the wedding; Mathilde's mother was a Robichaux.  Their son Louis Urbain was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in February 1833, Luma or Numa in November 1835, and Félix Camire or Camere in May 1846.  Their daughters married into the Bourgeois, Laine, Poché, and Toups families.  Paul Urbain remarried to Julia, daughter of fellow Acadian Louis Gaudet and widow of Marcellin Bourgeois and Joseph Léon Richard, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in March 1860; Paul Urbain was in his late 40s at the time of the wedding; Julia's first husband was one of Urbain's nephews.  Urbain and Julia had daughters but no sons.  Paul Urbain died in Lafourche Parish in October 1867; the Thibodaux priest who recorded his burial said that Urbain died "at age 58 yrs.", but he probably was in his mid-50s; a petition for his succession inventory was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse in November. 

Numa, by his first wife, married cousin Émelie, daughter of his first cousin Zenon Bourgeois, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in January 1859.  Their son Joseph Désiré was born in Lafourche Parish in September 1866, and Paul Urbain le jeune in January 1869.  Their daughter married into the Aupied family. 

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Youngest son Trasimond Norbert, born in Assumption Parish in July 1815, married Eulalie Élisabeth, daughter of Alexandre Stiven, Estiven, or Estivennes, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in February 1840.  Their son Louis Norbert, called Norbert, was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in April 1842, Paul Joseph in January 1849, and Charles Joseph in February 1856. 

Louis Norbert married Marie Joséphine, daughter of Pierre Napoléon Lefort, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in June 1868; Marie's mother was a Pitre.

Descendants of Joseph-Paul BOURGEOIS (c1772-1831; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul)

Joseph-Paul, son of Paul Bourgeois, fils and Rosalie LeBlanc and Baptiste's twin, born at St.-Jacques in c1772, married Marie-Rose, called Rose, daughter of fellow Acadian Charles Henry, at St.-Jacques in February 1794.  They moved to the upper Lafourche by the 1810s and lived near the boundary between Ascension and Assumption parishes.  Their daughters married into the Bourg, Darbois, Dugas, Mannot, and Porché families. Joseph Paul remarried to Eugènie, daughter of Henry Schuyler Thibodaux, future governor of Louisiana, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in November 1816, and sanctified the marriage at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in July 1817; Joseph Paul was in his 40s at the time of the wedding.  She gave him more sons.  Their daughters married into the Davis and Matte families.  Joseph Paul died in Assumption Parish in September 1831; the priest who recorded his burial said that Joseph Paul was 60 years old when he died.  His youngest son was born posthumously a month after his death.    

1

Older son Evariste, by his first wife, born at St.-Jacques in November 1799, died in September 1805.  He was only 6 years old.  

2

Dominique, by his first wife, born in St. James Parish in January 1809, married fellow Acadian Clarisse Aucoin.  Their son Charles was born in Assumption Parish in July 1831, and Joseph Cleopha near Plattenville in September 1840.  Their daughter married into the Terrebonne family.  Dominique died near Plattenville in December 1865; he was 56 years old. 

3

Henry Schuyler, by his second wife, born in Assumption Parish in September 1817, while a resident of Terrebonne Parish, married Manon Louisiane, daughter of French Creole Louis Riche of Assumption and Terrebonne parishes, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in July 1841.  Their son Henry Schuyler, fils was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in August 1842 and baptized at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in December 1843.  Henry Schuyler, père died probably in Terrebonne Parish by October 1844, when his wife remarried there.  A probate sale in Henry Schuyler, père's name was filed at the Houma courthouse in March 1845. 

4

Léandre Douradou, called Douradou, from his second wife, born in Lafourche Interior Parish in August 1821, married Marie Melasie, called Melasie, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Roger III, probably in Lafourche Interior Parish in the early 1840s.  Their son Henry Honoré was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in June 1845, and Joseph in December 1846.  Their daughter married into the Hardy family.  A "petition for property Sale" in Léandre's name was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse, Lafourche Interior Parish, in August 1849; he would have been 28 years old that year.  His wife remarried to an Anglo American in Lafourche Interior Parish the following February, so the 1849 property sale evidently was postmortem. 

5

Jacques Claiborne, called Claiborne, from his second wife, born in Lafourche Interior Parish in January 1828, died in September 1845.  He was only 17 years old. 

6

Youngest son Aubin Sinsar, by his second wife, born posthumously in Assumption Parish in October 1831, may have married French Creole Émelia Duplantis in a civil ceremony in Terrebonne Parish in November 1867. 

Descendants of Simon-Paul BOURGEOIS (1782-c1816; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul)

Simon-Paul, fourth and youngest son of Paul Bourgeois, fils and Rosalie LeBlanc, born at St.-Jacques in August 1782, married Anastasie, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Part III, at St.-Jacques in June 1802.  By the 1810s, they had followed his older brothers to Bayou Lafourche.  Their daughters married into the Robichaux and Toups families. Pierre Paul's succession inventory record was filed at the Thibodauxville courthouse, Lafourche Interior Parish, in December 1816; he would have been 34 years old that year; a second succession inventory was filed at the Thibodauxville courthouse in October 1832.  Two of his three sons created families of their own and settled in Lafourche Interior Parish.  A grandson moved to Terrebonne Parish. 

1

Oldest son Étienne, born at St. Jacques in December 1805, married Marie Osite or Osite Marie, 15-year-old daughter of fellow Acadian Jacques Babin, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in August 1828.  Their son Étienne Valfroi or Valfroi Étienne was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in November 1829, Simon Ursin in November 1831, Pierre Oleus, called Oleus, in May 1833, Julien Sassin in February 1840, Pierre Aubert in April 1842, and Auguste Valéry in April 1848[sic].  They also had a son named Onésime, unless he was Pierre Oleus.  Their daughters married into the Bouvier, Guidroz, Plaisance, and Roger families. 

1a

Valfroi Étienne married Marie Émelie, called Émelie, daughter of French Creole Valéry Badeaux, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in July 1850.  Their son Étienne, fils was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in September 1851, Augustave near Lockport in July 1856, Marcellin Pierre near Raceland in August 1862, and Eugène Félicien near Lockport in February 1868. 

1b

Simon married cousin Eveline or Evelina, daughter of Eugène Bourgeois, at the Raceland church, Lafourche Parish, in March 1856.  Their son Eugène Sabas was born near Raceland in December 1858, Ursin Edmond in December 1861, and Narcisse Oleus near Lockport in January 1865. 

1c

Oleus married Estelle, daughter of French Creole Séverin François Lapeyrouse, at the Raceland church, Lafourche Parish, in May 1857; Estelle's mother was an Henry.  An "oath of under tutor" was filed in Oleus's name at the Thibodeux courthouse, Lafourche Parish, in January 1860; he would have been 27 years old that year. 

1d

Pierre Aubert married Marie, daughter of French Creole Evariste Badeaux, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in May 1863.

1e

Auguste married Azélie, daughter of Thimothe Ashley, at the Lockport church, Lafourche Parish, in December 1865.  Their child, name and age unrecorded, perhaps a son, died near Lockport in August 1869. 

2

Simon Félicien, born near Convent, St. James Parish, in December 1809, died in Lafourche Interior Parish in May 1833.  He was only 23 years old and did not marry.  

3

Youngest son Pierre Valéry, called Valéry, born in Assumption Parish in October 1816, two months before his father died, married Marie Joséphine, called Joséphine, 17-year-old daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Gaudet, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in September 1836, and sanctified the marriage at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in June 1838.  Their son Émile Eucher was born in March 1844, Léon Théophile, called Théophile, in October 1848, and Charles Ernest in October 1851.  They also had a son named Joseph.  Their daughters married into the Earnest or Ernest and White families.  Pierre Valéry remarried to cousin Joséphine, daughter of fellow Acadian François Luc Part, at the Thibodaux church in July 1850.  Their son Joseph Valéry was born in Lafourche Parish in December 1851, François Léon in April 1854, and Louis Ernest near Lockport in November 1858.  Pierre Valéry's succession inventory was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse, Lafourche Parish, in March 1861; he would have been 45 years old that year. 

3a

Joseph, by his first wife, married Eulalie Agladie, daughter of fellow Acadian Étienne Hébert, at the Chacahoula church, Terrebonne Parish, in September 1859.  They were living between Chacahoula and Brashear City, now Morgan City, by the early 1860s. 

3b

Théophile, by his first wife, married Euphrosine, another daughter of Étienne Hébert, in a civil ceremony in Terrebonne Parish in March 1870.

Séraphin Valcour BOURGEOIS (1813-1846; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul, Joseph)

Séraphin Valcour, called Valcour, second son of Joseph Simon Bourgeois and Marcellite Judice, was born in St. James Parish in March 1813.  Probably after he came of age, he moved to upper Bayou Lafourche, where he married Clementine, daughter of French Creole Joseph Simoneaux, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in September 1835; Clementine's mother was a Bergeron.  Valcour may have died near Plattenville in September 1846; the priest who recorded his burial said that Valcour died at age "23 yrs.," but Séraphine Valcour would have been 33.  One wonders if he and his wife had any children. 

Descendants of Florian BOURGEOIS (1836-; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Charles, fils, Pierre, Jean-Baptiste, Paul-Benjamin)

Florian, eldest son of Sylvère Jacques Bourgeois and Eveline Roussel, and older brother of Florent, married first cousin Adorestine, daughter of Zenon Roussel, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in November 1857; they had to secure a dispensation for second degree of consanguinity in order to marry.  They settled near Chacahoula in Terrebonne Parish, though one of their daughters was baptized in Lafourche Parish in the early 1860s. 

1

Oldest son George Florien was born near Houma, Terrebonne Parish, in March 1861.

2

Joseph was born near Chacahoula, Terrebonne Parish, in August 1864. 

3

Hilaire Alcide was born near Chacahoula, Terrebonne Parish, in December 1865. 

4

Henri Clet was born near Chacahoula, Terrebonne Parish, in May 1868. 

5

Noë Anatole was born near Chacahoula, Terrebonne Parish, in July 1870. 

Descendants of Florent BOURGEOIS (1842-; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Charles, fils, Pierre, Jean-Baptiste, Paul-Benjamin)

Florent, third and youngest son of Sylvère Jacques Bourgeois and Eveline Roussel, and younger brother of Florian, married first cousin Florestine or Florestide, another daughter of Zenon Roussel, at the Chacahoula church, Terrebonne Parish, in November 1863.  They remained near the boundary between Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.

1

Oldest son Charles Florence was baptized at the Chacahoula church, Terrebonne Parish, in September 1864. 

2

Joseph Odressi, called Odressi, was born near Chacahoula, Terrebonne Parish, in December 1865 but died in Lafourche Parish, age 1 1/2, in October 1867. 

3

Adam Luc was born in Lafourche Parish in February 1868. 

4

Pierre Stelly was born near Chacahoula, Terrebonne Parish, in November 1869. 

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In a reversal of the typical Acadian settlement pattern, likely the result of family influences rather than economics, three Bourgeois brothers from the western prairies moved to upper Bayou Lafourche during the late antebellum period:

Descendants of Adélard BOURGEOIS (1806-; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul, Michel)

Adélard, eldest son of Louis Bourgeois and Marguerite LeBlanc, born on the upper Vermilion in November 1806, married Adeline or Radivine, called Divine, daughter of French Creole Alphonse Baudoin, at the Vermilionville church, Lafayette Parish, in March 1834; Adélard's sister Eulalie married Divine's brother Pierre Benini.  They moved to upper Bayou Lafourche by the early 1840s.  Their daughter married into the Boudreaux family. 

1

Older son Eugène, a first-born twin, was born near Plattenville, Assumption Parish, in April 1846. 

2

Camille Adrien was Eugène's twin. 

Descendants of Édouard BOURGEOIS (1817-; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul, Michel)

Édouard, fifth son of Louis Bourgeois and Marguerite LeBlanc, born on upper Bayou Vermilion in March 1817, married Julienne Adeline, called Adeline, daughter of fellow Acadian Joseph Boudreaux, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in February 1841.  They remained in Assumption Parish until the late 1850s, by which time they had moved down bayou into Lafourche Parish.  They were living in Terrebonne Parish in the early 1860s.  

1

Older son Alcide Adam, called Adam, born near Plattenville, Assumption Parish, in May 1845, married cousin Alvina or Elvina, daughter of Zenon Bourgeois, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in June 1869. 

2

Étienne Joseph was born near Plattenville, Assumption Parish, in March 1854. 

Descendants of Léonard BOURGEOIS (1827-; Jacques dit Jacob, Charles, Claude, Paul, Michel)

Léonard, seventh and youngest son of Louis Bourgeois and Marguerite LeBlanc, born on the upper Vermilion in July 1827, married Mathilde, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste F. Bourg, at the Paincourtville church, Assumption Parish, in July 1848.  They remained on upper Bayou Lafourche.  Their daughter married into the Gallet family at Abbeville, Vermilion Parish. 

1

Older son Joseph Emilcar was born near Paincourtville, Assumption Parish, in August 1849. 

2

Augustin was born near Plattenville, Assumption Parish, in September 1852.

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Other BOURGEOISs in the Lafourche/Terrebonne Valley

Local church and civil records make it difficult to link some Bourgeoiss in the Bayou Lafourche/Bayou Terrebonne valley with known Acadian lines of the family there:

Louis Bourgeois married Mathilde Dronet.  Their son Joseph was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in March 1824.  A succession inventory record for Louis Bourgeois was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse, Lafourche Interior Parish, in May 1846.  Was this the same Louis?  Was he an Acadian?

Marie Agnès Bourgeois, widow of German Creole David Himel, died in Lafourche Interior Parish in August 1832.  The Thibodauxville priest who recorded her burial said that she died "at age 78 yrs."  Where was she born in c1754?  Who were her parents?  Was she even Acadian?  A public sale notice in her name was filed at the Thibodauxville courthouse in March 1833. 

Émile Bourgeois married Marie Delphine, called Delphine, Rodrigue and settled near Raceland and Lockport, Lafourche Interior Parish, by the early 1850s.  Their daughters married into the Champagne and St. Pais or Saint Pe families.  Was Émile an Acadian?

Louis Bourgeois died in Lafourche Parish "during [a] yellow fever epidemic" in October 1853.  The Thibodaux priest who recorded his burial did not bother to give Louis's parents' names, mention a wife, or even give his age at the time of his death, so one wonders which Louis this might have been. 

A petition for succession inventory in the name of Jean Baptiste Bourgeois was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse, Lafourche Parish, in November 1856.  Which Jean Baptiste was this? 

Simon Bourgeois died near Plattenville, Assumption Parish, in June 1857.  The priest who recorded his burial did not bother to give Simon's parents' names, mention a wife, or even give his age at the time of his death, so one wonders which Simon this was. 

Mrs. Valéry Bourgeois, a widow, married German Creole Étienne Toups in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in November 1857.  The parish clerk who recorded the marriage not only did not give the couple's parents' names, but he did not name Mrs. Bourgeois's deceased husband, so one wonders which Valéry Bourgeois he may have been, and who she was.  She could have been Théotiste Boudreaux, who lost her husband Valéry Bourgeois in October 1851; or Rosalie Marguerite Richard, who lost her husband Valéry Bourgeois in October 1853 during a yellow fever epidemic; or Céleste Dufrene, who lost her husband Valéry Rosémond Bourgeois in July 1854--all three of the widows residents of Lafourche Parish.  Just pick one and get back to me. 

Marie Malvina, called Malvina, Bourgeois married Ulysse C. Bru, probably a Foreign Frenchman, at the Chacahoula church, Terrebonne Parish, in May 1860.  The priest who recorded the marriage did not bother to give the couple's parents' names.  Was Malvina an Acadian? 

Julien Bourgeois married Marcellite or Marcelline, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Dugas, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in November 1860.  The parish clerk who recorded the marriage gave the bride's but not the groom's parents' names.  Their son Pierre Augustin was born near Raceland in February 1863, and François Adam near Lockport in October 1865.  Which Julien Bourgeois was this--son of Eugène, or son of Étienne?

Marie Bourgeois married Jake Mossman in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in May 1861.  The parish clerk who recorded the marriage did not give the couple's parents' names. 

Séraphin Bourgeois died near Paincourtville, Assumption Parish, in April 1863.  The priest who recorded his burial, and who did not bother to give any parents' names or mention a wife, said that Séraphin died at "age 50 years."  A Séraphin Valcour, called Valcour, Bourgeois, born in St. James Parish in March 1813, lived in the parish, but another church record buried him under the name Valcour back in September 1846.  Was the Séraphin who died in 1863 an Acadian? 

Prozin Bourgeois married Marie Lephire Roderig, probably Rodrigue.  Their son Thomas was born near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in October 1865. 

A petition and "final account" in the name of Louis Bourgeois was filed at the Houma courthouse, Terrebonne Parish, in December 1866.  The petition listed only one child for Louis--Urbain "of Assumption."  Who were they?

Mary Bourgeois married D. Folse in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in May 1869.  The parish clerk who recorded the marriage did not give the couple's parents' names. 

Neuville Bourgeois married Eliza Bourgeois, perhaps a cousin, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in February 1870.  The parish clerk who recorded the marriage did not give the couple's parents' names.  Were they Acadians? 

Joseph, son of Michel Bourgeois and Céleste Bourgeois, filed a petition for emancipation at the Thibodaux courthouse, Lafourche Parish, in March 1870?  Who were they? 

Madeleine Bourgeois married Alexander Ogeron in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in July 1870.  The parish clerk who recorded the marriage did not give the couple's parents' names. 

Théogène Bourgeois married Aimée Robichaux in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in July 1870.  The parish clerk who recorded the marriage did not give the couple's parents' names.  Which Théogène Bourgeois was this--son of Jean Baptiste Ursin, or son of Paul Sosthène? 

Mélissaire, widowed daughter of Benjamin Bourgeois and Delphine Braud, remarried to Louis, son of German Creole Jean L. Waguespack, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in August 1870.  Were Benjamin and Mélissaire Acadians? 

NON-ACADIAN FAMILIES in LOUISIANA

Bourgeois is a common surname in France, so non-Acadian Bourgeoiss came early to Louisiana and were still arriving, as Foreign French, during the late antebellum period.  One Bourgeois came to New Orleans about the time the city was founded and settled on a Law Company concession.  Other Bourgeois families came to the city directly from France or from other parts of the colony, especially the present-day Mississippi Gulf coast.  Several French Creole Bourgeois families left New Orleans and settled on the German and Acadian coasts above the city, at St.-Charles des Allemands, St.-Jean-Baptiste des Allemands, and St.-Jacques.  One French Creole family from the German Coast moved to lower Bayou Teche:   

Jean-Baptiste Bourgeois of the village of Paliseau, near Paris, came to Louisiana in 1718 as an engagé contracted to the Demeuves Concession, originally intended for the Red River valley.  The concession was established, instead, at Taensa, near present-day Norco, St. Charles Parish, which the settlers reached in January 1719.  After the concession failed, Jean-Baptiste remained in the colony, married Marie-Anne Chevalier, and settled at nearby St.-Charles des Allemands on the Lower German Coast.  Their son Jean-Louis was born at St.-Charles des Allemands in December 1740.  They also had older sons named Dominique, Joseph, and Jacques who left the German Coast in the late 1700s and settled in other parts of South Louisiana.  

Nicolas-Charles, son of Louis-Alexandre Bourgeois and Françoise Gratien of Paris, married Anne, daughter of Charles Le Vasseur, at old Biloxi, present-day Mississippi but then part of French Louisiana, in June 1721.  They settled on the river across from New Orleans in present-day Orleans Parish.  Their son Nicolas-Jean-Baptiste died at New Orleans, age 16 months, in March 1725.  They also had sons named Laurent and Georges.  Nicolas-Charles remarried to Marie-Josèphe, daughter of Joseph Tarare and Thérèse Delsine of Grausin, Diocese of Cambrai, France, at New Orleans in October 1830.  Their son Nicolas, born at New Orleans in October 1731, died at age 2  in September 1733.  

Jeanne, daughter of Antoine Bourgeois of Marans, Diocese of La Rochelle, France, and widow of Jacques LaForme dit Coquelin, married Antoine, son of Nicolas Drigny of Commercy, Lorraine, a cutler, at New Orleans in May 1728.  

Marie-Anne Bourgeois, widow of Jean-Baptiste Lanclot, married Jean-Jacques Mayer, widower of Catherine Frederick, at St.-Charles des Allemands in February 1749.  

André, son of Joseph Bourgeois and Marie Schneiderine of Strasbourg, married Marie-Jacobine Munich, widow of Pierre Berterant, at St.-Charles des Allemands in April 1751.  Their son André, fils was born at St.-Charles des Allemands in January 1753.  Their daughter Marie, born at St.-Charles des Allemands, married Sauveur, son of Acadian Abraham Roy, at St.-Jacques on the Acadian Coast in May 1780.  

François Bourgeois married Marie-Anne Fayard probably at New Orleans; both were natives of the city.  Their son Louis-François, called François, fils, was born at New Orleans in March 1767, and Bernard was baptized at the New Orleans church, age 2 or 3 months, in November 1779.  Their daughter married into the Lacavanne family.  François, fils married Marie-Louise, daughter of Jean-Baptiste Ladner of Baie St.-Louis, present-day Mississippi but once part of French Louisiana, at New Orleans in August 1803.  

Marguerite Bourgeois died at St.-Jean-Baptiste on the Upper German Coast in September 1777.  

Françoise-Cataline Bourgeois gave birth to daughter Jeanne-Julienne at New Orleans in December 1795.  The priest who recorded the girl's baptism did not give the father's name.  

Valentin Bourgeois married Marie-Louise Christian; both were natives of Baie St.-Louis, present-day Mississippi but once part of French Louisiana.  Their son Bernard-Valentin was born at New Orleans in April 1800.  

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During the late colonial period, three Bourgeois brothers from the German Coast settled among their Acadian namesakes on the Acadian Coast, on upper Bayou Lafourche, and along Bayou Teche, complicating the family's genealogical picture in those communities:  

Descendants of Dominique BOURGEOIS (c1730-?)

Dominique, son of Jean-Baptiste Bourgeois of Paliseau, France, near Paris, and Marie-Anne Chevalier, and brother of Joseph and Jacques, born probably at St.-Charles des Allemands on the Lower German Coast in c1730, married Geneviève-Beronique Huval of New Orleans either in the city or at St.-Charles probably in the 1750s.  In 1763, he was a member of the Sieur Boisclair's company of German Coast militia, and he and his wife, a young son, and two daughters were living at St.-Charles with no slaves.  Three years later, in 1766, he was a member of the same militia company, had one son, age six months, and three daughters, and still owned no slaves.  Four years later, in 1770, he and his family of seven were living on the right, or west, bank of the river at St.-Charles, and he owned an astonishing 40 slaves.  A daughter was born at New Orleans in October 1774, so the family probably spent time in the city.  Dominique and Geneviève moved upriver to Ascension on the Acadian Coast by the 1790s.  Their daughters married into the Himel, Mollere, and Vives families.  Geneviève-Beronique died a widow at Ascension in October 1797.  

1

A son, name unrecorded, born at St.-Charles des Allemands in the late 1750s or early 1760s, probably died young.  

2

A son, name unrecorded, born at St-Charles des Allemands in c1765, probably died young.  

3

André, born at St.-Charles des Allemands or New Orleans probably in the 1770s, married Françoise, daughter of French Canadian Joseph Roy, at Ascension in June 1799.  Their son André, fils, was born at Ascension in March 1802.  Their daughters married into the Dardenne, Glavier, and Petit families.  Their son settled in Iberville Parish. 

André, fils married Euphrosine Arthémise or Hortense, daughter of Acadian Marcel Rivet, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, upriver from Ascension, in April 1826.  Their son Alfred was born near St. Gabriel in September 1828, André III in 1832, and Jules in April 1839. 

Alfred married Marie Eléonore Le Page, widow of B. Glavier, at the Plaquemine church, Iberville Parish, in May 1851.  Their son Lucien was born near Plaquemine in April 1852.  In November 1856, Mary Élodie Lambremont gave birth to son Amédée Alfred Bourgeois near Plaquemine; the priest who recorded the boy's baptism the following May did not give the father's name, but it probably was Alfred, who likely remarried to Marie Élodie Lambremont in the early or mid-1850s at Plaquemine.  A daughter was born to them near Plaquemine in December 1858. 

Jules may have married Marie Victorine Fayou.  Their son Maximilian was born near Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, in November 1868.

Descendants of Joseph BOURGEOIS (c1737-?)

Joseph, son of Jean-Baptiste Bourgeois of Paliseau, France, near Paris, and Marie-Anne Chevalier, and brother of Dominique and Jacques, born probably at St.-Charles des Allemands in c1737, married German Creole Marie-Madeleine Haydel probably on the German Coast in the late 1850s or early 1760s.  In 1766, Joseph was a member of the Sieur Boisclair's company of German Coast militia with his older brother Dominique, and he and his wife had two sons, ages 5 and 1, and a daughter, age 3.  Four years later, in 1770, he and his family of five also were living on the right, or west, bank of the river at St.-Charles, where he owned 5 slaves.  Joseph and Marie-Madeleine moved to upper Bayou Lafourche, where one of their sons established a vigorous line.  

1

A son, name unrecorded, born likely at St.-Charles des Allemands in c1761, probably died young.

2

A son, name unrecorded, born at St.-Charles des Allemands in c1761, probably died young.

3

Abraham, born probably at St.-Charles des Allemands in c1791, married French Creole Marie Anne Champagne probably on upper Bayou Lafourche in the late 1810s; strangely, their marriage was recorded at the Houma courthouse, Terrebonne Parish, in January 1863, decades after Abraham died.  Their son Abraham, fils was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in October 1819, Alfred in May 1822, and Alceste in October 1824.  They also had sons named Edmond or Édouard and Fergus.  Their daughters married into the Baudoin, Besson, and Close families.  Abraham, père died in Lafourche Interior Parish in October 1838; he was only 47 years old; a petition for his succession inventory was filed at the Thibodeaux courthouse in September 1845.  Four of his sons settled near Raceland in Lafourche Interior Parish and also in Terrebonne Parish.  One of his sons and several of his grandchildren married Acadians, including Bourgeoiss. 

3a

Edmond married Marie Adèle, called Adèle, 20-year-old daughter of French Creole Sylvain Baudoin, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in March 1836.  Their son Eugène was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in July 1837, Edmond, fils in February 1841, Onésippe in January 1844, Jean Alidor in April 1848, and Alceste Hippolyte near Raceland in August 1850.  Their daughters married into the Babin and Dufrene families. 

Edmond, fils married Dorestile, daughter of Acadian Joseph Marin Robichaux, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in March 1864.  Their son Edmond III was born near Raceland in October 1870.

Onésippe married Émilie, daughter of Acadian Lésime Babin, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in January 1865.  Onésippe died near Raceland in January 1870; he was only 26 years old.  He fathered daughters but no sons, so his line of the family, except perhaps for its blood, died with him. 

3b

Fergus married 18-year-old Eugènie, another daughter of Sylvain Baudoin, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in February 1838.  Their son Fergus, fils was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in January 1841, Faustin in February 1844, Joseph in March 1846, and Justin near Raceland in June 1855.  Their daughters married into the Bourgeois (Acadian) and Foret families. 

Faustin married Mary, daughter of Acadian François Hubert Hébert, in a civil ceremony in Terrebonne Parish in June 1867, and sanctified the marriage at the Montegut church, Terrebonne Parish, in July 1868.

3c

Abraham, fils married Marie Elisca, 16-year-old daughter of French Creole Louis Picou, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in April 1840.  Their son Abraham III was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in March 1846, Blame near Raceland in December 1852, and Ubald in Terrebonne Parish in May 1860.  Their daughters married into the Danos, Duplantis, and Martin families. 

Abraham III may have married Acadian Rosela Melançon and settled in Terrebonne Parish.  Their son Joseph was born near Montegut in September 1864, and Pierre Alces in July 1867.

3d

Alfred married Evalia, Evelia, or Evelina, also called Geneviève, daughter of Acadian Jean Adrien Thibodeaux, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in April 1847, and sanctified that marriage at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in August 1849.  Their son Richard was born near Raceland in November 1856, and Robert Alfred in August 1860. 

Descendants of Jacques BOURGEOIS (?-?)

Jacques, son of Jean-Baptiste Bourgeois of Paliseau, France, near Paris, and Marie-Anne Chevalier, and brother of Dominique and Joseph, born probably at St.-Charles des Allemands on the Lower German Coast, married Marie-Anne Sauvagin of Bordeaux, France, probably on the German Coast.  They moved to lower Bayou Teche, where some of their Acadian namesakes eventually settled.  Their daughters married into the Ringuet and Roy families there.  

Jean-Baptiste, born probably on the German Coast in c1756, married Marie, daughter of French Creole Pierre Borel of Dinan, France, and widow of ____ Doucet, at Attakapas in February 1794.  Marie also was a native of St.-Charles des Allemands.  They settled at La Côte aux Puces, or the Flea Coast, on lower Bayou Teche near present-day New Iberia.  Their son Ursin was born in May 1798, Hilaire in September 1800 but died at age 9 in July 1809, and Zenon was born in February 1806.  They may have had a son named Joachim, born in c1804.  Their daughters married into the Borel and Hébert families.  Jean Baptiste died near Charenton, St. Mary Parish, in May 1851; the priest who recorded his burial said that Jean Baptiste was 95 years old when he died; his succession record was filed at the Franklin courthouse the day after his death.  

Ursin married Marie, daughter of German Creole Jean Teller or Taylor, in a civil ceremony in St. Mary Parish in November 1826; Marie's mother was an Hébert.  Their son Louis Valcour was born in St. Mary Parish in October 1828, and Pierre Dazincourt, called Dazincourt, in August 1829. 

Dazincourt married cousin Eléonore or Léonore Borel in the late 1840s.  They lived near New Iberia, then in St. Martin but now in Iberia Parish, and near Charenton in St. Mary Parish.  Their son Désiré was born near Charenton in November 1860, and Joseph in September 1865.  Their daughter married into the Legnon family.

Zenon married cousin Hyacinthe, daughter of French Creole François Prevost, in a civil ceremony in St. Mary Parish in February 1833; Hyacinthe's mother was a Borel.  Their son Hyacinthe was baptized at the Charenton church, St. Mary Parish, age 3, in April 1847.  Their daughters married into the Clark, Dumesnil, and Durochi families.  Zenon's succession record was filed at the Franklin courthouse in September 1857; he would have been 51 years old that year. 

Joachim died near Charenton, St. Mary Parish, in August 1857.  The priest who recorded the burial, and who did not bother to give any parents' names or mention a wife, said that "Joacin" died "at age 53 yrs." 

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During the late colonial period, LeBourgeoiss, who were French Creoles from New Orleans, settled on the Acadian Coast at St.-Jacques near Acadian Bourgeoiss, complicating the genealogical picture there: 

Descendants of Pierre LE BOURGEOIS (1753-1823)

Pierre, son of Gabriel LeBourgeois and Eléonore LeBoeuf, born in Calvados, Lower Normandy, France, in 1753, married Marguerite, daughter of Étienne Renne or Reine of Caen, Normandy, at New Orleans in May 1784; Marguerite was a native of New Orleans.  They moved to St.-Jacques on the Acadian Coast by the early 1790s.  Their daughter married into the Armant family.  Pierre died near Convent, St. James Parish, in January 1823; he was 70 years old.  At least five of his sons created families if their own in St. James Parish.  One son moved to French Settlement, Livingston Parish, north of the Amite River. 

1

Oldest son Louis, born at New Orleans in January 1785, married German Creole Erasie, or Rosie, Haydel.  Their son Louis, fils was born near Convent, St. James Parish, in May 1816.  Louis, père died near Convent in December 1837; he was only 52 years old. 

2

Guillaume-Henri, born at either St.-Jacques or New Orleans in December 1791, may have died young.

3

Dumesnil, born at either New Orleans or St.-Jacques in c1792, married Jeanne Julie, daughter of French Creole Jean Brouet of St.-Domingue, today's Haiti, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in June 1826, and remarried to cousin Louise, daughter of Jean Baptiste Carraby, at the Convent church in September 1833; Louise's mother, also, was a Reine.  Their daughter married into the Boucry family.  Dumesneil died near Convent in August 1835; he was only 43 years old. 

4

A son, name unrecorded, died at St. Jacques, age 10 months, in November 1795.  

5

Dominique married Céleste Lalande, probably a fellow French Creole.  Their son Louis Dominique was born near St. James, St. James Parish, in September 1818.  Dominique Bourgeois died in Ascension Parish in January 1828; the priest who recorded Dominique's burial did not bother to give his parents' names, mention a wife, or even give his age at the time of his death; this may have been Dominique LeBourgeois.  

6

Arnaud, born at New Orleans in December 1797, married Catherine Aimée, daughter of Jean Baptiste Boucry, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in May 1825.  Their son Jean Baptiste Arnaud was born near Convent in May 1826, and Louis Florian in June 1835.  Their daughters married into the Deneufbourg and Overton families. 

7

Pierre Étienne, called Étienne, married Louise Arthémise, called Arthémise, daughter of German Creole Pierre Matherne of St. John the Baptist Parish, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in January 1826.  By the late 1830s, they were living near French Settlement, Livingston Parish, just north of the Amite River and across from Ascension Parish.  Their son Pierre, fils was born near Convent in January 1827 but died at age 4 in April 1831, another Pierre, fils was born in August 1832, Louis le jeune in March 1836, and Étienne in February 1840.  They also had a son named François Aristide

François Aristide "of Livingston Parish" married Marie Emma, daughter of French Creole François Delatte, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in April 1852.

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During the antebellum period, a number of Bourgeoiss and at least one LeBourgeois, called Foreign French by native Louisianians, emigrated to New Orleans from France.  Those who remained in Louisiana probably settled at New Orleans: 

____ Bourgeois, an 18-year-old actor from France, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Cecilia out of Le Havre, France, in November 1822. 

J. D. Bourgeois, a 20-year-old merchant from France, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Mississippi out of Le Havre in December 1826. 

____ Bourgeois, a 23-year-old merchant from France, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Ceres out of Le Havre in November 1829.  With him was Madame Bourgeois, age 22, probably his wife, and a child, name and age unrecorded.

Julie Bourgeois, a 28-year-old milliner from France, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Cardinal de Cheveruse out of Bordeaux, France, in February 1839. 

Philippe Bourgeois, a 34-year-old native of France, occupation unrecorded, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Marengo out of Le Havre in July 1839.  With him was Élisabeth Bourgeois, age 32, probably his wife, and their children Marie, age 11, Jean, age 10, Catherine, age 8, Adé[l]aïde, age 5, and another Marie, age 3. 

Leop. Bourgeois, a native of the Department of Seine, France, age and occupation unrecorded, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Andelle out of Le Havre in November 1839.  On the same ship was Mme. Bourgeois, name, age, and occupation unrecorded, who may have been Leop.'s daughter. 

Bon. Bourgois, a 41-year-old farmer from France, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Ancona out of Le Havre in May 1846.  Aboard the same ship was ____ Bourgois, a 38-year-old French farmer, probably Bon.'s younger brother.  They were heading for Missouri. 

Hélène Bourgeois, widow of Louis Hutchinson, died in Pointe Coupee Parish in October 1847.  The priest who recorded her burial said that Hélène died at "age 76 yrs."  He did not give her parents' names.  She probably was not Acadian. 

Luc Bourgeois, a 31-year-old farmer from France, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Rome out of Le Havre in March 1848.  He was going on to Texas. 

Miss Bourgeois, a 21-year-old journeywoman from France, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Vesta out of Le Havre in November 1848. 

Armand Bourgbeois[sic], a 49-year-old farmer from France, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Louella out of Le Havre in April 1851.  Also aboard the same ship was François Bourgeois, a 46-year-old French farmer, and Théodore Bourgeois, a 17-year-old French farmer, all probably kin to one another. 

Lazare Le Bourgeois, a 32-year-old French farmer from France, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Lemuel Dyer out of Le Havre in May 1851. 

Tranquille Bourgois, a 30-year-old farmer from France, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Elizabety Hamilton out of Le Havre in January 1852.  With him was his wife Flore Bourgeois, age 28, and their children Tranquille, fils, age 6, and Félix, age 5. 

Louis André, son of François Bourgeois and Joséphine Véronique Duillon of Romans, Department of Drôme, France, and widower of Marie Algre, married Aimée, daughter of Acadian Arsène Braud and widow of Victorin Allain, at the St. Gabriel church, Iberville Parish, in September 1852.  The priest who recorded the marriage said that the groom's and the bride's parents were deceased at the time of the wedding.  Their son Eugène Paul was born near St. Gabriel in July 1853.

François Gabriel, son of Bertrand Bourgeois and Mariette Bouillon, married Eugènie, called Jeny, daughter of Denis Carrege, Corege, or Correge, at the Houma church, Terrebonne Parish, in January 1855.  The priest who recorded the marriage did not give the birthplaces of the bride or the groom, nor the couple's parents' names, but François Gabriel probably was not an Acadian Bourgeois.  His son Bernard Jean Pierre Calliste was born in Terrebonne Parish in October 1855, and Patrick Denis in February 1861. 

Jules Harien, also called Jules Adrien, son of Louis Adrian Bourgeois and Mary Josèphe Thibault, married Lucile Theresa or Thérèse Lucille, daughter of Peter Chaudoir, Chadour, or Chaudoin, at the Plaquemine church, Iberville Parish, in June 1857.  Their son Jules Alexi was born near Plaquemine in March 1858, and George Charles in January 1860.  Was Jules French Creole or Foreign French? 

Jacques Poché Bourgeois, "native of Virginia," married Joséphine, daughter of Joseph Narcisse, at the Paincourtville church, Assumption Parish, in May 1868.  What was the couple's ethnicity? 

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During the late antebellum period, slaves owned by Acadian Bourgeoiss on the river and along Bayou Lafourche appeared in church parish records.  During the immediate postwar period, freedmen named Bourgeois lived near Convent, St. James Parish:

Wilson Édouard, slave of Édouard Bourgeois, was baptized at the Convent church, St. James Parish, age 26, in July 1852. 

Joseph Clairville Bourgeois, son of Melitte and "slave of Mr. Jean Bourgeois," was born near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in August 1854. 

Joseph Neville Bourgeois, son of Émilie and "slave of Mr. Jean Bourgeois," was born near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in October 1856. 

Joseph Bourgeois was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in September 1859 and baptized two years later.  The Thibodaux priest who recorded the boy's baptism, and who did not bother to give the parents' names, noted that Joseph was "Born at plantation of Urbain Bourgeois," so one wonders if Joseph was a slave of the Acadian. 

John Bourgeois, son of Martha, married Victoria Gabriel, daughter of Azélia, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in July 1869.  Two of the witnesses to the marriage were Louis Prince, "Legitimized," and John Joseph, who was only 18 months old.  Were these children of the married couple? 

André Bourgeois, son of Mary, married Calixte Ory, daughter of Joséphine, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in March 1870.  Although the recording priest did not reveal their ethnicity, the couple's parents' names, and the names of the marriage witnesses, hint strongly that André and Joséphine were freed persons.   

CONCLUSION

Bourgeoiss were among the first families of Acadia and some of the earliest Acadians to find refuge in Louisiana.  Most, if not all, came to the colony before 1770.  The first of them reached Louisiana in February 1765 with the Broussard dit Beausoleil party from Halifax via Cap-Français, St.-Domingue.  They followed the Broussards to Bayou Teche, but a devastating epidemic compelled them to retreat to the river that autumn.  They settled at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques, where other Bourgeoiss from Halifax via St.-Domingue were settling in 1765.  Cabanocé/St.-Jacques thus became the first center of Bourgeois family settlement in Louisiana.  In the 1790s, a Bourgeois from St.-Jacques began a family exodus to upper Bayou Lafourche, where, during the antebellum period, a significant new center of family settlement emerged up and down the bayou.  Meanwhile, in the early antebellum period, a Bourgeois from the river "returned" to the prairies and started a western branch of the family.  He was joined by several cousins in subsequent decades, but, despite their impressive fecundity, the Bourgeoiss west of the Atchafalaya Basin never came close to the numbers of their kinsmen on the river or along the Lafourche. 

By the late antebellum period, descendants of Jacques dit Jacob Bourgeois of Port-Royal and Chignecto could be found in three distinct centers of family settlement across South Louisiana.  The oldest, and largest, center was the original one along the old Acadian Coast, on both sides of the river in St. James, Ascension, and Iberville parishes (two even settled upriver in Pointe Coupee Parish, where few Acadians lived).  These river Bourgeoiss were especially numerous around Convent on the east bank of St. James Parish, where they were exceedingly fond of marrying their cousins.  Some of the Ascension Parish Bourgeoiss left the east bank of the river and settled inland at Gonzales and even at French Settlement, north of the Amite River in Livingston Parish.  Many Bourgeoiss also could be found in the Bayou Lafourche valley from the Ascension/Assumption parish line down into the Terrebonne country, and near Brashear City, now Morgan City, on the lower Atchafalaya.  Most of them, however, settled along the middle bayou in what became Lafourche Parish.  The smallest center of family settlement lay west of the Atchafalaya Basin, where Bourgeoiss lived on Bayou Teche from Grand Pointe near present-day Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish, all the way down into St. Mary Parish, and also out on the prairies of present-day Lafayette, St. Landry, and Acadia parishes. 

Bourgeois and LeBourgeois are common surnames in France, so it should be no surprise that non-Acadian members of those families came to the colony during the French and Spanish periods.  The first of them arrived in the 1710s, and Foreign-French Bourgeoiss and LeBourgeoiss were still coming to Louisiana in the early 1850s.  By the late colonial period, three Bourgeois brothers from the German Coast had settled among their Acadian namesakes in Iberville Parish on the Acadian Coast, on Bayou Lafourche, and along lower Bayou Teche, complicating the family's genealogical picture in those areas.  Their numbers, however, never came close to those of their Acadian namesakes.  A few of their descendants chose Acadian spouses, but, like most French Creoles of South Louisiana, even in districts where Acadians were numerous, they tended to marry their own kind.  The same held true for a large LeBourgeois family from New Orleans who settled on the Acadian Coast during the late colonial period but married mostly fellow Creoles.  One branch of this family settled near French Settlement, Livingston Parish, north of the Amite River, where an Acadian Bourgeois also settled; the town of Coteau Bourgeois in Livingston Parish a few miles southeast of French Settlement attests to the commonality of the name there.  ...

The Acadian family's name also is spelled Bourgois, Bourjois, Burgeois, Bursua.  

Sources:  AGE, May 2005, 9; Arsenault, Généalogie, 456-66, 875-84, 1655-56, 2214-16, 2270-71, 2434-37; BRDR, vols. 1a(rev.), 2, 3, 4, 5(rev.), 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; Brasseaux, Foreign French, 1:71-72, 2:45, 3:38, 184; Clément Cormier, "BOURGEOIS, Jacques (Jacob)," DCB, 2:94, source of second quote; U. J. Bourgeois, "APRENDESTIGUY (Daprandesteguy, Arpentigny), MARTIN D', Sieur de Martingnon," DCB, 1:66-67; Erskine, Nova Scotia, 30, source of first quote; Faragher, A Great & Noble Scheme, 46, 71-72, 73, 95, 100-01, 104, 129, 133, 169, 171, 379; Hébert, D., South LA Records, vols. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, vols. 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, 2-B, 2-C, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; Marshall, Acadian Resistance, 8, 11; NOAR, vols. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; Oubre, Vacherie, 29; <perso.orange.fr/froux/St_malo_arrivees/Duc_Guillaume.htm>, Family No. 13; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 77, 112, 169, 264, 265; West, Atlas of LA Surnames, 36-38, 155; White, DGFA-1, 251-63; White, DGFA-1 English, 56-57, 113; François Bourgeois, descendant.

Settlement Abbreviations 
(present-day parishes that existed during the War Between the States in parenthesis; hyperlinks on the abbreviations take you to brief histories of each settlement):

Asc

Ascension

Lf

Lafourche (Lafourche, Terrebonne)

PCP

Pointe Coupée

Asp

Assumption

Natc

Natchitoches (Natchitoches)

SB San Bernardo (St. Bernard)

Atk

Attakapas (St. Martin, St. Mary, Lafayette, Vermilion)

Natz

San Luìs de Natchez (Concordia)

StG

St.-Gabriel d'Iberville (Iberville)

BdE

Bayou des Écores (East Baton Rouge, West Feliciana)

NO

New Orleans (Orleans)

StJ

St.-Jacques de Cabanocé (St. James)

BR

Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge)

Op

Opelousas (St. Landry, Calcasieu)

For a chronology of Acadian Arrivals in Louisiana, 1764-early 1800s, see Appendix.

The hyperlink attached to an individual's name is connected to a list of Acadian immigrants for a particular settlement and provides a different perspective on the refugee's place in family and community. 

Name Arrived Settled Profile
*Anne-Esther BOURGEOIS 02 176? StJ born c1751; married, age 18, Joseph, son of probably Pierre BLANCHARD & Anne ROBICHAUX of Port-Royal, c1769, probably Cabanocé; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 38, with husband, 3 sons, & 1 daughter; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, unnamed, with husband & 6 others?
Anne-Marie BOURGEOIS 01 Feb 1765 Atk born Acadia; married Timothée-Athanase, called Athanase, son of Joseph BROUSSARD dit Beausoleil and Agnès THIBODEAUX of Petitcoudiac; held as prisoner of war at Georges Island, Halifax, 1760-64; on list of Acadian prisoners at Halifax, Aug 1763, unnamed, with husband & 3 children; arrived LA Feb 1765 with party from Halifax via St.-Domingue led by her father-in-law; in Atakapas census, 1766, Bayou Queue[sic] de Tortue, unnamed, probably the woman in the household of Athanais BROUSSARD; died by 1769, when a daughter was listed as an orphan in the Cabanocé census
Claude BOURGEOIS 03 1765 StJ arrived LA 1765 in utero; born 19 Dec 1765, baptized 21 Dec 1765, New Orleans; son of Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS & his first wife Marie-Madeleine BOURG; brother of Jean-Baptiste, fils & Joseph-Marie; not in Cabanocé census of 1766; died [buried] St.-Jacques 23 Feb 1773, age 7
Jean BOURGEOIS 04 1765 StJ born c1739, probably Chignecto; son of probably Joseph BOURGEOIS & Marie CYR; married (1)_______?; arrived LA 1765, age 26; in Cabanocé census, 1766, VERRET's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Juan, with 1 woman & 2 slaves in his household; married, age 29, (2?)Louise-Ludivine, called Ludivine, GRANGER, 30 Jan 1768, Cabanocé; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 38, with wife Ludivine age 27, sons Dominique age 7, Jean-Louis age 2, & daughter Félicitée age 4; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, with 5 unnamed whites, 2 slaves, 5 qts. rice, 30 qts. corn
Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS, père 05 1765 StJ born c1733; probably Chignecto; called Baptiste; son of Pierre BOURGEOIS & Marie-Françoise CORMIER; brother of Madeleine & Michel; married, age 24, (1)Marie-Madeleine, called Madeleine, daughter of Joseph BOURG & Anne CORMIER, 15 Feb 1757, Port-Lajoie, Île St.-Jean; arrived LA 1765, age 32; in Cabanocé census, 1766, VERRET's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Baptista, with 1 woman in his household; married, age 43, (2)Osite, daughter of Jean-Baptiste MELANÇON & Madeleine LEBLANC of Grand-Pré, & widow of Jean-Pierre LEBLANC, 20 Feb 1776, St.-Jacques; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, called Baptiste, age 44, with wife Ozitte, sons Jean-Baptiste age 16, Joseph age 12, Pierre age 8, [Th]adée age 6, Paul age 2, stepsons Izaac LEBLANC age 16, Jozime LEBLANC age 14, Simon LEBLANC age 9, daughters Marie age 5, Margueritte age 4, & stepdaughter Helaine LEBLANC age 11; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, called Baptiste, with 12 unnamed whites, 6 slaves, 2 qts. rice, 20 qts. corn; married, age 71, (3)Rosalie LEBLANC, widow Paul BOURGEOIS, 23 Jan 1804, St.-Jacques; died [buried] St. James Parish 31 Mar 1816, age 89[sic]
Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS, fils 06 1765 StJ born c1761, probably Halifax; son of Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS & his first wife Marie-Madeleine BOURG; brother of Claude & Joseph-Marie; arrived LA 1765, age 4; not in Cabanocé census, 1766; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 16, with father, stepmother, full siblings, half siblings, & step-siblings; married, age 31, Marguerite, daughter of Joseph SONNIER & Marie LANDRY, 17 Sep 1792, St.-Jacques; died [buried] St. James Parish 29 Apr 1824, age 70[sic]
Joseph BOURGEOIS 07 Feb 1765 Atk, StJ born c1736, probably Chignecto; son of Paul BOURGEOIS & his first wife Marie-Josèphe BRUN; brother of Marie, Michel, Paul, & Pierre; married, age 23, Marie GIROUARD, 5 Nov 1759, Restigouche; arrived LA Feb 1765, age 29, with party from Halifax via St.-Domingue led by Joseph BROUSSARD dit Beausoleil; on list of Acadians who exchanged card money in New Orleans, Apr 1765; moved to Cabanocé fall 1765 probably to escape an epidemic; in Cabanocé census, 1766, left [east] bank, JUDICE's Company, Cabanocé Militia, age 30, with wife Marie age 28, daughter Marie age 14[sic], 0 slaves, 6 arpents between brothers Michel & Paul, 1 cattle, 0 sheep, 0 hogs, 1 gun; in Cabanocé census, 1769, occupying lost number 96, left [east] bank, age 33, with wife Marie TIROIZE age 32, & orphan Marie BROUSSARD age 2; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 41, with wife Marie age 40, daughters Scolastie age 7, & Céleste age 2, orphan girl Marie BROUSSARD age 10 & orphan boy Jean RABIER age 13; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, with 5 unnamed whites, 4 slaves, 25 qts. rice, 30 qts. corn; died [buried] St. James Parish 29 Dec 1812, age 80[sic]
Joseph-Marie BOURGEOIS 08 1765 StJ born 10 Mar 1763, probably Halifax; baptized 5 Dec 1765, New Orleans; son of Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS & his first wife Marie-Madeleine BOURG; brother of Claude & Jean-Baptiste, fils; arrived LA 1765, age 2; not in Cabanocé census, 1766; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 12[sic], with father, stepmother, full siblings, half siblings, & step-siblings; married, age 23, Hélène, daughter of Jean-Pierre LEBLANC & Osite MELANÇON, & his stepsister, 4 Mar 1786, St.-Jacques; died [buried] St. James 10 Jun 1806, age 45[sic]
Madeleine BOURGEOIS 09 1765 StJ born c1740, probably Chignecto; daughter of Pierre BOURGEOIS & Marie-Françoise CORMIER; sister of Jean-Baptiste & Michel; married, age 18, (1)Joseph THÉRIOT, c1758; arrived LA 1765, age 25; in Cabanocé census, 1766, probably the woman in the household of Joseph TÉRIO; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 37, with husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters, & engagé Paul DOUCET; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, unnamed, with husband & 5 unnamed others; married, age 56, (2)Pierre, son of François BERTEAU & Louise ERNAUDINE of Nantes, France, & widower of Rose SAVOIE, 22 Nov 1796, St.-Jacques
Marguerite BOURGEOIS 10 1765 StJ, Asp? born c1744, probably Port-Royal; daughter of Claude BOURGEOIS & Marguerite LE BLANC; exiled to MA 1755, age 11; married Joseph, son of Claude GAUDET & Catherine FORET of Port-Royal, probably early 1760s, Boston, MA; moved to Nova Scotia by 1764?; arrived LA 1765, age 21; marriage blessed 10 Dec 1765, New Orleans; in Cabanocé census, 1766, probably the woman in the household of Joseph GODET; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 33, with husband, 2 sons, & 2 daughters; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, unnamed, with husband & 7 unnamed others; died before Nov 1796, when her husband remarried at Assumption
Marie BOURGEOIS 11 Feb 1765 Atk, StJ born c1735, Chignecto; daughter of Paul BOURGEOIS & his first wife Marie-Josèphe BRUN; sister of Joseph, Michel, Paul, & Pierre; married Pierre, son of Jean DAROIS & Marguerite BREAUX of Petitcoudiac, probably Halifax; arrived LA Feb 1765, age 30, with party from Halifax via St.-Domingue led by Joseph BROUSSARD dit Beausoleil; marriage blessed 8 Apr 1765, New Orleans, one of the earliest Acadian marriage ceremonies in LA; in Attakapas census, 1766, Bayou Queue[sic] de Tortue, unnamed, probably the woman in the household of Pedro D'ARROIS; moved to St.-Jacques; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, right [west] bank, age 42, with husband & no children; died [buried] St. James Parish 7 Jul 1805, age 74[sic]
Marie BOURGEOIS 12 Feb 1765 Atk, StJ born c1763; daughter of Joseph BOURGEOIS & Marie GIROUARD; arrived LA Feb 1765, age 2, with party from Halifax via St.-Domingue led by Joseph BROUSSARD dit Beausoleil; moved to Cabanocé fall 1765 probably to escape an epidemic; in Cabanocé census, 1766, left [east] bank, age 14[sic, probably 4], with parents; married Bonaventure, fils, son of Bonaventure GODIN dit Bellefontaine & Marguerite BERGERON?
Marie BOURGEOIS 13 1765 StJ born c1730; married Pierre DOIRON; arrived LA 1765, age 35; in Cabanocé census, 1766, probably the woman in the household of Pedro DOIRON; in Cabanocé census, 1769, left [east] bank, age 35, with husband & 1 son
Marie-Anne BOURGEOIS 14 1765 StJ born c1750; called Anne; married Joseph, son of Michel POIRIER & Marie-Madeleine LEBLANC; arrived LA 1765, age 15; in Cabanocé census, 1766, unnamed, probably the woman in the household of Joseph POIRIE; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, called Marie, age 27, with husband, 2 sons, & 2 daughters; in St.-Jacques, 1779, unnamed, with husband & 4 unnamed others; died [buried] St. James Parish 25 Nov 1809, age 59
Marie-Rose BOURGEOIS 15 1765 StJ born c1731; called Rose; married, age 19, (1)Pierre, son of Joseph GRAVOIS, fils & Marie CYR of Chignecto, c1750, probably Chignecto; on list of Acadian prisoners at Halifax, Aug 1763, unnamed, with husband & 5 unnamed children; arrived LA 1765, age 34; married, age 35, (2)surgeon Philippe Saint-Julien de LACHAUSSÉE, widower of Marguerite BELLIVEAU & Françoise GODIN, 5 Oct 1766, Cabanocé; in Cabanocé census, 1769, right [west] bank, called Roze BERGERON[sic], age 37, with husband, 1 stepdaughter, & 3 GRAVOIS sons; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, right [west] bank, called Marie BOURGEOIS, age 46, with husband, 1 LACHAUSSÉE son, 2 GRAVOIS sons, 1 LACHAUSSÉE daughter, & 1 LACHAUSSÉE stepdaughter [soon to be daughter-in-law]; died [buried] St.-Jacques 27 Oct 1780, age 49
Michel BOURGEOIS 16 Feb 1765 Atk, StJ, Asp, Lf born c1741, probably Chignecto; son of Paul BOURGEOIS & his first wife Marie-Josèphe BRUN; brother of Joseph, Marie, Paul, & Pierre; arrived Feb LA 1765, age 24, with party from Halifax via St.-Domingue led by Joseph BROUSSARD dit Beausoleil; moved to Cabanocé fall 1765 probably to escape an epidemic; in Cabanocé census, 1766, left [east] bank, JUDICE's Company, Cabanoce Militia, called Miguel, age 25, listed singly so probably a bachelor, with 0 slaves, 6 arpents between brothers Pierre & Joseph, 0 cattle, 0 sheep, 0 hogs, 1 gun; married, age 27, Anne-Osite, daughter of Abraham dit Petit Abram LANDRY & probably his first wife Élisabeth LEBLANC, 2 May 1768, Cabanocé; in Cabanocé census, 1769, occupying lot number 95, left [east] bank, age 23[sic], with wife Ozitte age 26, & no children; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 36, with wife Anne age 33, son Jean-Baptiste age 2, daughters Soffie age 7, Angélique age 5, & Victoire age 4; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, with 7 unnamed whites, 1 black, 15 qts. rice, 10 qts. corn; moved to Lafourche valley, 1780s or early 1790s; in Assumption census, 1795, called Angel, age 57[sic], with wife Ana age 54, sons Santiago age 17, Miguel age 14, Luis age 12, & daughter Maria age 16, next to son-in-law Pedro ARSENAUX; in Assumption census, 1797, called Michel BOURGOIS, age 58[sic], with wife Anne age 55, sons Jacques age 18, Michelle[sic] age 15, Louis age 13, & daughter Marie age 17, 0 slaves, between son-in-law Pierre ARCENEAUX & son Jean-Baptiste; in Lafourche census, 1798, called Michel BOURGOIS, age 59[sic], with wife Anne age 50, sons Michel age 16, Louis age 13, & engagé Alexis no surname given age 56, 30/5 arpents, 4 slaves
Michel BOURGEOIS 17 1765 StJ born c1734, Chignecto; son of probably Pierre BOURGEOIS & Marie-Françoise CORMIER; brother of Jean-Baptiste & Madeleine; married (1)Marie LE______; arrived LA 1765, age 31, probably a widower; in Cabanocé census, 1766, VERRET's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Miguel, with 1 slave in his household; married, age 33, (2)Rose-Osite GAUTREAUX of Grand-Pré, widow of Olivier FORET, 20 May 1767, New Orleans; in Cabanocé census, 1769, occupying lot number 95, left [east] bank, age 23[sic], with wife Ozitte age 26, & no children; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 42, with wife Ozitte age 42, son Paul age 8, daughters Margueritte & Magdelaine age 2; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, with 5 unnamed whites, 3 slaves, 10 qts. rice, 20 qts. corn
Paul BOURGEOIS 18 1765 StJ born c1732, probably Chignecto; son of Paul BOURGEOIS & his first wife Marie-Josèphe BRUN; brother of Joseph, Marie, Michel, & Pierre; married, age 28, Rosalie LEBLANC, c1760; arrived LA 1765, age 33; in Cabanocé census, 1766, left [east] bank, JUDICE's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Pablo, age 34, with wife Rosalie age 21, no children, 0 slaves, 6 arpents next to brother Joseph, 1 cattle, 0 sheep, 0 hogs, 1 gun; in Cabanocé census, 1769, occupying lot number 97, left [east] bank, age 38, with wife Rosalie age 25, & daughter [Marie-]Magdelaine age 2; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 45, with wife Rozallie age 31, sons Jean-Baptiste & Joseph age 4, daughters Magdelaine age 10, Marie age 6, & Rozallie age 1; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, with 8 unnamed whites, 1 black, 12 qts. rice, 25 qts. corn; died [buried] St.-Jacques 6 Mar 1797, age 66
Pierre BOURGEOIS 19 Feb 1765 Atk, StJ born c1746, probably Chignecto; son of Paul BOURGEOIS & his first wife Marie-Josèphe BRUN; brother of Joseph, Marie, Michel, & Paul; arrived LA Feb 1765, age 19, with party from Halifax via St.-Domingue led by Joseph BROUSSARD dit Beausoleil; moved to Cabanocé fall 1765 probably to escape an epidemic; in Cabanocé census, 1766, left [east] bank, JUDICE's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Pedro, age 20, listed singly so probably a bachelor, with 0 slaves, 6 arpents next to brother Michel, 0 cattle, 0 sheep, 0 hogs, 1 gun; married, age 21, Marie, daughter of Michel BERGERON & Marie HÉBERT of Port-Royal & Rivière St.-Jean, 6 Nov 1767, Cabanocé; in Cabanocé census, 1769, occupying lot number 94, left [east] bank, age 29[sic], with wife Marie age 19, & son Pierre age 1 mo.; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, with 9 unnamed whites, 1 black, 40 qts. rice, 40 qts. corn; died [buried] St. James Parish 1 Jan 1815, age 69
*Rosalie BOURGEOIS 20 176? StJ born c1751; married, age 16, Jean-Marie, son of Jean-Baptiste RICHARD & Marie-Catherine CORMIER, 7 Nov 1767, Cabanocé; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 26, with husband, 3 sons, & 1 daughter; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, unnamed, with husband & 5 unnamed others; died [buried] St. James Parish 16 Jun 1821, age 72[sic]

NOTES

01.  Wall of Names, 14, calls her Anne BOURGEOIS; Marshall, Acadian Resistance, 186, calls her Anne-Marie BOURGEOIS, calls her husband Timothée-Athanase, says he was son of Joseph dit Beausoleil, & mentions the birth of daughter Élisabeth/Isabelle in the prison compound on Georges Island, Halifax. 

02.  Not in Wall of Names.  There was an Anne-Esther BOURGEOIS listed with the family of Charles MOUTON at Champflore, Martinique, in Jan 1766, the child of Charles's wife's first marriage.  See Hébert, D., Acadians in Exile, 600.  If so, she certainly should not be on this list because the person who made the Champflore list notes that this Anne-Esther died on 16 Aug 1766, 7 months after the list was made.  Arsenault, Généalogie, 2424, calls Joseph BLANCHARD's wife Anne-Esther BOURGEOIS, says she was born in 1751 but gives no birthplace, says they married in c1769 but gives no place of marriage, & does not give her parents' names.  So who was the Ester BOURGEOIS, age 26, wife of Joseph BLANCHARD, at St.-Jacques in 1777?  See De Ville, St. James Census, 1777, 19.  Was she a Creole, not an Acadian?  Until I find the parents of the St.-Jacques Anne-Esther & prove her ethnicity, I will keep her on this list.

03.  Wall of Names, 12, calls him Claude BOURGEOIS, & lists him with his parents & 2 siblings; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2435, calls him Claude BOURGEOIS, & says he was born in 1773; NOAR, 2:31 (SLC, B5, 111), his birth/baptismal record, calls him Claude BOURGEOIS, gives his parents' names, calls his father an Acadian, & says his godparents were Claude TRIERE & Marie BERGERON; BRDR, 2:131 (SJA-1, 67), his death/burial record, calls him Claude BOURGEOIS, gives his parents' names as Baptiste BOURGEOIS & Magdelaine BOURG, & says that he was buried in Feb 1773.  

Although he was born in LA, he was in utero when his mother came to the colony, so he will remain on this list.  Why were he & his siblings not listed in the Cabanocé census of 1766 with their parents?  See Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth Century Louisianians, 115.  

04.  Wall of Names, 12, calls him Jean BOURGEOIS, & lists him with Ludivine GRANGER; Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 171, & Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 424, his marriage record, call him Jean BOURGEOIS, calls his wife Ludivine GRANGÉ, but gives no witnesses to his marriage.  See also Voorhies, J., 115.  

Arsenault, Généalogie, 2435, says they were married in c1768, but the Cabanocé census of 1766 shows that he already was married, hence, I assume, the Wall of Names listing him with a wife.  This time Arsenault is correct.  Jean evidently was a widower when he married Ludivine.  So who was his first wife?  Or was his marriage to Louise-Ludivine at Cabanocé in Jan 1768 the blessing of a marriage that already existed?  If so, it had existed for quite a few years because Jean, & perhaps Louise-Ludivine as well, had lived in the colony since 1765. 

05.  Wall of Names, 12, calls him Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2435, calls him Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS, calls his parents Pierre BOURGEOIS & Marie CORMIER of Beaubassin, says he was born in 1733 but gives no birthplace, details his marriage to Madeleine BOURG, including her parents' names, & lists his children as Amand-Alcide, born in 1772, Claude born in 1773, Paul born in 1775, but gives no birthplaces; BRDR, 2:132, 538 (SJA-1, 55a), the record of his second marriage, calls him Jean-Baptiste BOURGOIS, "widower of Magdelaine BOURGUE," calls his wife Osite MELANZON, "widow of Jean-Pierre LEBLANC," gives no parents' names, & says the witnesses to his marriage were Joseph BOURG, François LANDRY, Pierre FORET, Olivier PART, & Joseph FORET; BRDR, 3:143, 555 (SJA-2, 70), the record of his third marriage, calls him Jean Baptiste BOURGEOIS, "a widower," calls his wife Rosalie LEBLANC, "a widow," says they both were natives of Acadia, does not give any parents' or earlier spouses' names, & says the witnesses to his marriage were Daniel BLOUIN, Juan Baptista BOURGEOIS [probably his son], & Louis BRAUN; BRDR, 3:143 (SMI-8, 35), his death/burial record, calls him Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS, "age 89, nat. Acadia," but does not give his parents' names nor mention a wife.  See also Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 177; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 115; De Ville, St. James Census, 1777, 16.  

Arsenault, cited above, lists a Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS, born in c1748, probablement son of Paul BOURGEOIS & Marie-Josèphe BRUN of Beaubassin, as married to Osite MELANÇON, widow of Pierre LEBLANC, in c1760.  Wall of Names, 22, lists Osite MELANÇON with her first husband & their 4 children as though Jean-Pierre LEBLANC was still alive when they reached LA in Sep 1766 & says nothing of Baptiste BOURGEOIS & his children by her.  Yet she is recorded in Arsenault as having married Baptiste BOURGEOIS in c1760 & borne him sons in 1761 & 1765.  This would mean that Jean-Pierre LEBLANC had died before 1760, years before the couple reached LA.  Arsenault contradicts himself, however, when he says on p. 2538 that Jean-Pierre LEBLANC, husband of Osite MELANCON, was at St.-Jacques in 1769, occupying lot number 115, on the east side of the Mississippi, & that he décédé avant 1777, which could have been anytime between 1769 & 1777, not in the late 1750s!  The Cabanocé census of 1769, cited above, shows that Pierre LEBLANC, husband of Ozitte MELANCON, was still very much alive in 1769.  

Where were Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS's 3 sons by his first wife in the Cabanocé census of 1766?  They were still alive, even Claude, who died young.   

06.  Wall of Names, 12, calls him Jean-Baptiste BOURGEOIS; BRDR, 2:133, 679 (SJA-2, 16 & 17), his marriage record, calls him Juan Baptista BURSUA (BOURGEOIS), calls his wife Margarita SONIE (SONNIER), gives his & his her parents' names, says his parents were "of Acadia," & that the witnesses to his marriage were Baptista LEBLAN, Escolastica ARSENO, & Henrrique TIBODO; BRDR, 4:84 (SMI-8, 58), his death/burial record, calls him Jean Baptiste BOURGEOIS, "age 70 yrs., but does not give his parents' names or mention a wife.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 115; De V"ille, St. James Census, 1777, 16.

Why is he not in the Cabanocé census of 1766 with his parents?  His age in the St.-Jacques census of 1777 indicates that he would have been 5 years old in 1766.  

07.  Wall of Names, 12, calls him Joseph BOURGEOIS; BRDR, 3:144 (SJA-4, 36a), his death/burial record, calls him Joseph BOURGEOIS, age about 80 yrs., nat. Acadia, but does not give his parents' names or mention a wife.  See also <thecajuns.com/cardmoney.htm>.

Since he appears on a list of Acadians who attempted to exchange card money in New Orleans in Apr 1765, this means that he reached LA in Feb 1765 with the party led by Joseph BROUSSARD dit Beausoleil & moved to Cabanocé in the fall of 1765 to escape an epidemic along the Teche.  A chronology based on primary sources in Brasseaux, ed., Quest for the Promised Land (see Appendix), leads me to assume that the card money exchange list of 30 Apr 1765 includes only the heads of household in the BROUSSARD dit Beausoleil party, which arrived in Feb.  The next party of Acadians who reached New Orleans, in Mar or Apr, went to the Opelousas District, not to Cabanocé.  The first party of Halifax refugees that went directly to Cabanocé from New Orleans did not reach the city until early May, so no one in that expedition would have been on the late Apr card money exchange list.  Note that his sister Marie's "wedding"--actually, the blessing of a marriage that already existed--took place at New Orleans in early Apr, so it would be no surprise that Marie's unmarried younger brothers--Joseph, Michel, & Pierre--would have joined her & her husband in the BROUSSARD party at Halifax.  Most likely the entire BROUSSARD party, except perhaps for Jean-Baptiste CORMIER, fils, whose parents had settled at Cabanocé in Feb 1764, followed the BROUSSARDs to the Teche valley in Apr.  

08.  Wall of Names, 12, calls him Joseph-Marie BOURGEOIS; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2542, calls him Joseph LEBLANC, says he was born in 1775, son of Jean-Pierre LEBLANC & Osite MELANÇON; NOAR, 2:31 (SLC, B5, 109), his baptismal record, calls him Joseph-Marie BOURGEOIS, says his parents were _____ [BOURGEOIS], Acadian, & _____ BOURUE, that he was born on 10 (March?) 1763, & his godparents were Jean-Baptiste (COURSANE?) & Rose LA PORTE; BRDR, 2:132, 463 (SJA-2, 2), the record of his first marriage, calls him Josef BURSUA, calls his wife Elena LE BLANC, gives his & her parents' names, & says the witnesses to his marriage were Simon BLANC & Rosa LIGUA "of this Parish"; BRDR, 3:144 (SJA-4, 28), his death/burial record, calls him Joseph BOURGEOIS, "age 45 yrs., husband of Hélène LEBLANC, & gives his parents' names.  See also De Ville, St. James Census, 1777, 16.  

Why was he not in the 1766 Cabanocé census with his family?  See Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 115.  

His wife was a daughter of his father's second wife, hence she was his stepsister. 

Why is he called Joseph dit L'Habitant in his wife's burial record, dated 6 Nov 1847?  See BRDR, 6:408 (SMI-4, 194).

09.  Wall of Names, 25, calls her Madeleine BOURGEOIS; BRDR, 2:86, 134 (SJA-2, 36), the record of her second marriage, calls her Magdalena BOURGEOIS, "widow of Josef TERRIOT," calls her husband Pedro BERTEAU, gives her & her his parents' names, does not mention his first wife, & says the witnesses to her marriage were Pedro MICHEL, Josef CORNIER, & Josef BERTEAU. 

10.  Wall of Names, 17 (pl. 3L), calls her Marguerite BOURGEOIS, & lists her with her husband & a daughter; NOAR, 2:31, 134 (SLC, B2, 189, M2, 20), her marriage record, calls her Marguerite BOURGEOIS, "native of Port-Royal," calls her husband Joseph GODAIT, "native of Port-Royal," gives her & his parents' names, & says the witnesses to her marriage were Joseph TERRIO & Simon GOTTEREAUX.  

Wall of Names lists her with her husband evidently because the New Orleans ceremony was simply a blessing of a marriage that already existed.  The date of the wedding ceremony/blessing gives one an idea of when they reached the colony.  Her family probably went back to Nova Scotia, not to Canada with the majority of the exiles in MA, after the French & Indian War ended in 1763 & joined up with the Acadians who were held at Halifax, Fort Cumberland, & Fort Edward during the war, but they probably were "married" in MA before they went to Nova Scotia.  Or they could have been among the MA exiles who went to French-held St.-Domingue, today's Haiti, & hooked up with one of the parties from Halifax coming thru Cap-Français in 1765.  Daughter Rosalie-Victoire GAUDET was born at Boston on 25 Feb 1764, so they could have gone either way.  See the footnote to her husband's profile for a more detailed discussion of their possible movements in the early 1760s.

11.  Wall of Names, 15 (pl. 2R), calls her Marie BOURGEOIS, & lists her with her husband & a son; NOAR, 2:31, 66 (SLC, B5, 185, M2, 16), her marriage record, calls her Marie BOURGEOIS, "native of Beaubassin in Acadia," calls her husband Pierre DAROY, "native of Pelaudiaque in Acadia," gives her & his parents' names, says both her parents were deceased at the time of the wedding, & gives no witnesses to her marriage; BRDR, 3:145 (SJA-4, 26), her death/burial record, calls her Marie BOURGEOIS, age 74 yrs., widow DAROIS, but does not give her parents' names.

Wall of Names lists her with her husband evidently because the New Orleans ceremony was simply a blessing of a marriage that already existed.  Their blessing ceremony was one of the first recorded Acadian marriages in LA; it, along with the birth & baptism of their son at New Orleans in Feb 1765, verifies that they reached the colony with the BROUSSARD dit Beausoleil party; the BROUSSARDs did not reach the Teche valley until the end of Apr, so this marriage blessing occurred just before they left the city.  "Pelaudiaque" is Petitcoudiac. 

Her newborn son Michel DAROIS may have been one of the victims of the Teche valley epidemic of 1765, his death perhaps the reason why they retreated to Cabanocé on the river that autumn & did not return to Atakapas. 

12.  Wall of Names, 12, calls her Marie BOURGEOIS.  

Her age in the Cabanoce census of 1766 makes no sense in light of her parents' marriage date of 1759.  See Arsenault, Généalogie, 2434, which also says that she was born in 1763, used here; Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 167.  Why does she not appear with her parents in subsequent Cabanoce/St.-Jacques censuses?

13.  Wall of Names, 15, calls her Marie BOURGEOIS.

14.  Wall of Names, 24 (pl. 5R), calls her Anne BOURGEOIS, & lists her with her husband & no children; BRDR, 3:140 (SMI-1, 3; SMI-8, 4), her death/burial record, calls her Anne BOURGEOIS, spouse Joseph POIRIER, but does not give her parents' names.   See also De Ville, St. James Census, 1777, 16.

The St.-Jacques census of 1777 hints that her full name was Marie-Anne.  Wall of Names seems to be saying that she came to LA with her husband, whom she must have married young.  

15.  Wall of Names, 17, calls her Rose BOURGEOIS veuve Pierre GRAVOIS; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2520, calls her Marie-Rosalie BOURGEOIS; Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 171, & Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 424, the record of her second marriage, calls her Rose BOURGEOIS, calls her husband Philippe LACHAUSSÉ, but does not give any witnesses to her marriage; BRDR, 2:138 (SJA-1, 63), her death/burial record, calls her Rose BOURGEOIS, wife of LACHAUSSÉ, but does not give her parents' names or her age when she died.  See also Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 251; Voorhies, J., p. 445; Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 173; De Ville, St. James Census, 1777, 8.

Arsenault, cited above, says that Surgeon Philippe Saint-Julien de LACHAUSSÉE married Rose BERGERON, not BOURGEOIS, in c1765.  Interestingly, the Cabanocé census of 1769, the first one in which we find Philippe in LA, calls his wife Rose BERGERON, not Rose BOURGEOIS.  Was this an error on the part of the census taker?  This is likely the basis of Arsenault's assertion that Philippe's second wife was Rose BERGERON.  His marriage to Rose BOURGEOIS can be found in Bourgeois, p. 171, & Voorhies, J., p. 424, secondary sources citing a primary French source that sets the record straight on her true surname & the date of the marriage.  Baptismal records for their children in BRDR, 2:404-05, call her BOURGOIS & BURSUA, not BERGERON.  The St.-Jacques census of 1777 calls her Marie BOURGEOIS.  So the census taker in 1769--& Arsenault--were flat out wrong.  

16.  Wall of Names, 12, calls him Michel BOURGEOIS frère [of Joseph]; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2434-35, the LA section, calls him Michel BOURGEOIS, says he was born in 1741 but gives no birthplace, gives his parents' names, says they were "de Beaubassin, Acadie," that he married Osite LANDRY "et vraisemblablement en secondes noces à" Anne LANDRY, but gives no dates or places of marriage, lists his children, all from his supposed second marriage, as Louis, born in c1769, Sophie in 1770, Angélique in 1771, Victoire in 1773, Jean-Baptiste in 1774, & Marie, no year given & no birthplaces given, & says the family occupied lot number 95 on the east side of the Mississippi at St.-Jacques in 1769 & 1777; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 425, says Michel BOURGEOIS married Ositte LANDRIE at New Orleans sometime in 1768; Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 172, & Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 425, his marriage record, calls him Michel BOURGEOIS, calls his wife Anne LAUDRIE/LANDRIE, says they marred at Cabanocé on May 2, 1768, but gives no witnesses to his marriage.   

There were 2 Michel BOURGEOISs at Cabanocé in the late 1760s--one who came to LA from Halifax via St.-Domingue with the BROUSSARD party in Feb 1765 (this one), & an older one who came from Halifax via St.-Domingue later in 1765.  The older one, a widower, married Rose-Osite GAUTREAUX, a widow, at New Orleans in May 1767, & the younger one (this one), married Anne-Osite LANDRY at Cabanocé in May 1768.  Contrary to Arsenault's assertion, Anne LANDRY & Ositte LANDRY were the same person.  And, contrary to what one finds in Voorhies, J., p. 425, Michel BOURGEOIS married her at Cabanocé, not New Orleans. 

17.  Wall of Names, 12, calls him Michel BOURGEOIS 2, & lists him singly; NOAR, 2:31, 135 (SLC, M2, 29), the record of his second marriage, dated 29 May 1767, calls him Michel BOURGEOIS, "native of Beaubassin in A(cad)ia, widower of Marie LE (?)," calls his wife Rose GAUTEROT, "native of Grand-Pré, widow of (?)," does not give any parents' names, & says the witness to his marriage was Chevalier LOUVIGNY; Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 171, & Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 425, another record of his second marriage, calls him Michel BOURGEOIS, calls his wife Ositte GOTROS/GAUTHREAUX in Bourgeois & Ositte LANDRIE in Voorhies, J., Bourgeois says the marriage was "presumably 1768," & gives no witnesses to his marriage.  

The marriage date given in NOAR is followed here.

Was his first wife Marie LEBERT?  Marie LEBLANC?  Marie LEGENDRE?  Marie LEGER?  Marie LEJEUNE?  Marie LEVRON?  So many Acadian names begin with LE.

18.  Wall of Names, 12, calls him Paul BOURGEOIS; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2434; BRDR, 2:137 (SJA-4, 8), his death/burial record, calls him Pablo BOURGEOIS, age 66 years, husband of Rosa LEBLANC, & gives his parents' names.  See also Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 167.

The marriage date in Arsenault may be too early because, according to the Cabanocé census of 1766, Rosalie was born in c1745, which would have made her 15 at the time of their marriage.  

19.  Wall of Names, 12, calls him Pierre BOURGEOIS, frere [of Joseph]; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2435; Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 171, Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 424, his marriage record, calls him Pierre BOURGEOIS, calls his wife Marie BERGERON, but gives no witnesses to his marriage; BRDR, 3:148 (SJA-4, 39a), his death/burial record, calls him Pierre BOURGEOIS, "age about 69 yrs., nat. Acadia," but does not give his parents' names or mention a wife.  .

Arsenault says that he married on 9 Nov 1767, but Bourgeois & Voorhies, J., citied above, say 6 Nov.

20.  Not in Wall of Names.  Arsenault, Généalogie, 2577, profile of her husband in the LA section, calls her Rosalie BOURGEOIS, does not give her parents' names, says she married Jean, probablement fils de Jean-Baptiste [RICHARD] & Marie-Catherine CORMIER, in 1767 but gives no place of marriage, & lists their RICHARD children as Pierre, born in 1769, Paul in 1770, Pélagie in 1773, Michel in 1775, & Natalie in 1777 but gives no birthplaces, & says the family was living on the east side of the Mississippi at St.-Jacques in 1777; Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 171, & Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 424, her marriage record, calls her Rosalie BOURGEOIS, calls her husband Jean RICHARD, & gives no witnesses to her marriage; BRDR, 4:88 (SJA-4, 49), her death/burial record, calls her Rose BOURGEOIS, "age about 72 yrs., wid. of Jean Marie RICHARD," but does not give her parents' names.  See also De Ville, St. James Census, 1777, 20.

So who were her parents?  Did she come to LA in 1765 from Halifax, or from MD in 1766 or 1767?  Most of the BOURGEOISs who went to LA were from Chignecto & reached the colony from Halifax via St.-Domingue in 1765.  That would be my guess for her arrival date.  Her husband's family were among the very first Acadians who reached LA, in early 1764.  Only the 1766 arrivals from MD went to Cabanocé.  The 1767 arrivals were sent to St.-Gabriel de Iberville, farther upriver. 

Why is such a well-documented Acadian immigrant not on the Acadian Memorial's Wall of Names? 

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