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




According to the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, Louisiana, Paul Josset was Acadian.  He came to Louisiana in February 1765 with the Broussard dit Beausoleil party from Halifax via Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, and followed the Broussards to the Attakapas District, but he did not live there long.  He died in late August 1765, a victim of the epidemic that took the lives of dozens of his fellow Teche valley denizens.  The priest who recorded his burial did not give Paul's parents' names or his age at the time of his death.  Church and civil records give no hint that he married and fathered any children. 


A French-Canadian family with a similar-sounding name settled in Louisiana during the early colonial period:

Claude, son of Jean-Baptiste Jousset or Jousette de la Noire of Montréal and Marianne Nadot, married Marianne, daughter of Henry LeBlanc, former custodian of the colonial magazine, at New Orleans in February 1725.  The list of witnesses to the marriage reads like a who's-who of 1720s Louisiana aristocracy.  Claude served as a lieutenant of militia and the coastal guard in the colony.  His daughter married into the Corbin Bachemain family. 


Paul Josset left no heirs--he may not even have married--so his branch of the Josset family did not take root in the Bayou State.  [See also Book Ten]

Sources:  Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A:443; NOAR, vols. 1, 2, 4; Wall of Names, 19.

Settlement Abbreviations 
(present-day civil parishes that existed in 1861 are in parenthesis; hyperlinks on the abbreviations take you to brief histories of each settlement):




Lafourche (Lafourche, Terrebonne)


Pointe Coupée




Natchitoches (Natchitoches)

SB San Bernardo (St. Bernard)


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


San Luìs de Natchez (Concordia)


St.-Gabriel d'Iberville (Iberville)


Bayou des Écores (East Baton Rouge, West Feliciana)


New Orleans (Orleans)


St.-Jacques de Cabanocé (St. James)


Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge)


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
Paul JOSSET 01 Feb 1765 Atk arrived LA Feb 1765 with party from Halifax via St.-Domingue led by Joseph BROUSSARD dit Beausoleil; died & buried Attakapas 24 Aug 1765


01.  Wall of Names, 19, calls him Paul JOSSET, & lists him singly; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A:443 (SM Ch.: v.1, p.10; SM Ch.: Slave Funeral Register v.1, #15), his death/burial record.

I must assume that the researchers at the Acadian Memorial have found an Acadian origin for him.  I have not.  White, DGFA-1, 877, lists a female JOSSET married to a SANTIER in La Baleine & Lorembec, Île Royale, now Cape Breton Island, but no male line.  Arsenault, Généalogie, does not list a JOSSET anywhere.  So who was this "Acadian" who died soon after he reached La Nouvelle-Acadie?  Sad for us, Fr. Jean-François CIVERY, who ministered to the Attakapas Acadians in 1765, did not bother to include the parents or mention a wife in Paul JOSSET's burial record.

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