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




Guillaume, son of Louis Patry and Mathurine Mahez of St.-Cloud, St.-Malo, France, born at Thiou, France, in c1714, married Françoise, daughter of Acadians Gabriel Chiasson and Marie Savoie and widow of Guillaume Gallet, at St.-Pierre-du-Nord, Île St.-Jean, today's Prince Edward Island, in October 1741.  Guillaume and Françoise had four children, all born on the island:  Georges in July 1742, Angélique in June 1744, and twins Paul and Françoise in c1747.  Daughter Françoise probably died in childhood.  A French official counted them at Havre-St.-Pierre, Île St.-Jean, in August 1752. 


[For the family's travails during the Great Upheaval, see Book Six]


Anne-Perrine Patry, called Anne Hébert on the passenger list of Le Beaumont, the third of the Seven Ships from France, emigrated to Louisiana with her mother, stepfather, stepbrother, and a step uncle in the summer of 1785.  She was 12 years old.  Their ship reached New Orleans in late August.  After a few weeks in the city recuperating from the long voyage, her mother and stepfather did not follow the majority of fellow passengers to the Baton Rouge area but chose to settle in one of the prairie districts west of the Atchafalaya Basin. 

Anne married Pierre-Grégoire, son of fellow Acadians Mathurin Richard and Élisabeth Landry of Grand Coteau, at Opelousas in October 1794.  Pierre-Grégoire was a native of San Gabriel on the river, his family having come to Louisiana from Maryland in 1767.  He and Anne settled at Beaubassin on upper Bayou Vermilion, near Carencro, at the northern edge of the Attakapas District.  Anne died suddenly at Beaubassin in August 1817; she was only 44 years old.  Her husband did not remarry. 


A family with a similar-sounding name emigrated to Louisiana during the antebellum period.  Native Louisianans would have called them Foreign French:

Jean Party, a 45-year-old farmer from France, reached New Orleans aboard the ship Oregon out of Le Havre, France, in May 1843.  With him was his wife Delphine, age 32, and children Séverin, age 14, Lucine, age 10, Auguste and Joseph or Josèphe, age 8, and Félicien or Félicienne, age 6.  Jean told the port clerk that their destination was "United States."  One wonders if they remained at New Orleans or settled elsewhere. 


Anne-Perrine Patry was the only member of her family to emigrate to Louisiana, so the Acadian line of the family did not take root in the Bayou State.  Its blood, however, did survive in a line of the Richard family. 

The family's name also is spelled Patin, Patri, Patricio, Patrick, Patrie, Patrique, Patris, Patrise.  [See also Book Ten]

Sources:  Arsenault, Généalogie, 2133-34; Brasseaux, Foreign French, 2:262; De La Roque, "Tour of Inspection," Canadian Archives 1905, 2A:134-35; Hébert, D., Acadians in Exile, 346; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, vols. 1-A, 1-B, 2-A; <>; <>, Family No. 152; Robichaux, Acadians in Châtellerault, 27; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 139-40, 200; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 214-16, 644-46, 1054, 1057.

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
Anne-Perrine PATRY 01 Aug 1785 Op, Atk born & baptized 31 Aug 1773, St.-Servan, France; daughter of Paul PATRY & Charlotte POTIER; stepdaughter of Pierre HÉBERT, half-sister of Pierre-Joseph HÉBERT; in Poitou, France, 1774-75; in Second Convoy from Châtellerault, France, to Nantes, France, Nov 1775; not on list of Acadians at Nantes, Sep 1784, with the rest of her family; sailed to LA on Le Beaumont, called Anne HÉBERT, age 11, traveled with mother & stepfather; married, age 20, Pierre-Grégoire, son of Mathurin RICHARD & Élisabeth LANDRY of Grand Coteau, 18 Oct 1794, Opelousas; settled Beaubassin, near Carencro, Attakapas District; died probably Beaubassin without benefit of sacraments, buried 24 Dec 1817 "in the parish cemetery," age "about 45[sic] years"


01.  Wall of Names, 33 (pl. 8L), calls her Anne [HÉBERT], & lists her with her parents, brother, & an uncle; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 645-46, Family No. 750, her birth/baptismal record, calls her Anne-Perrine PATRY, gives her parents' names, says her godparents were Pierre KIMINE & Anne JOANE, & that her family resided at St.-Servan from 1768-72; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 139-140, Family No. 255, calls her Anne PATRY, gives her parents' names, & details the family's participation in the Poitou settlement of the early 1770s as well as their voyage to LA in 1785; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 94, Family No. 174, calls her Anne with no surname but implies HÉBERT & details her family's voyage to LA in 1785; Hébert, D., Acadian Families in Exile 1785, 34-35, calls her Anne, sa [Pierre HÉBERT's] fille, age 11, on the embarkation list, Ana, su [Pedro ÉBERT's] hija, on the debarkation list, & Anne HÉBERT, his [Pierre HÉBERT's] daughter, age 11, on the complete listing, & says she was in the 22nd Family aboard Le Beaumont with her parents, brother, & an uncle; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A:608, 666 (Opel.Ch.: v.1-A, p.52), her marriage record, calls her Anne PATIN[sic] "of Atakapas," gives her parents' names, calls her father Paul [PATIN], & says the witnesses to her marriage were Pierre HÉBERT [her stepfather], Francisco MILANI, & Mathurin RICHARD [her father-in-law]; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 2-A:740 (Opel. Ch.: v.1, p.164), her death/burial record, calls her Anne PATRIE, "inhabitant of Bayou Carancros, spouse of Pierre-Grégoire RICHARD," gives her parents' names, says she was buried "in the parish cemetery at the age of about 45 years," & contains the priest's note--"she could not receive the sacraments for such a short illness and for failure to notify me."   See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 499.  

Her mother did not marry Pierre HÉBERT until Nov 1783, when Anne was 10 years old, so she was not an HÉBERT but a PATRY.  Why was she not listed with her stepfather's family in the Sep 1784 report in Nantes?  Where was she? 

What happened to Anne's sisters, Jeanne-Charlotte-Rosalie & Marie-Modeste, both found in Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 645-46, Family No. 750, & Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 139, Family No. 255, which include their birth/baptismal records?  Neither of them went to LA with the rest of the family.  Jeanne-Charlotte-Rosalie was born at St.-Servan in Nov 1770, & Marie-Modeste was baptized at Chantenay in Jun 1777.  Neither appear with their mother & stepfather in the Sep 1784 report at Nantes.  Both were too young to marry, so they probably died young in France, leaving only Anne-Perrine the surviving child of Paul PATRY & Charlotte POTIER.  

Needless to say, Anne was not a PATIN but a PATRY.  The baptismal record of daughter Euphroisine RICHARD, dated 25 Apr 1799, in Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A: 659 (SM Ch.: v.5, #141), calls her Anne PATRI, "of St.-Servan, diocese of Nantes, France" [St.-Servan actually was in the Diocese of St.-Malo]; Euphroisine was born earlier that month & her baptism was recorded at the Attakapas church, so her parents evidently lived in the Attakapas, not in the Opelousas, District at the time.  The record says that Euphroisine's godparents were Pierre HÉBERT & Anne HÉBERT, & that she was baptized "during a 'Salida [during a missionary trip] to Carencro, at the place of Jean MOUTON, uncle."  The baptismal record of daughter Marie-Josèphe RICHARD, dated 26 Jan 1797, in Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A:664 (SM Ch.: v.4, #831), calls her Marie PATIN (who knows where the priest got Marie, much less PATIN?).  The baptismal record of son Pierre-Sylvère RICHARD, dated 26 Jan 1797, in Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A:667 (SM Ch.: v.4, #830), calls her Anne PATRI, with the parenthetical note "probably PATIN."  The priest who recorded Pierre-Sylvère's baptism even included the grandparents' names; the maternal grandparents he called Paul PATRI & Charlotte POITIER, "all Acadians," but the editor added "[or PATIN]" after PATRI, such was the rarity of the surname in LA.

Anne could not have been buried in the "parish cemetery" at Carencro because there was no parish church & cemetery there until 1874, over half a century after she died.  Since her burial was recorded at the Opelousas church, she may have been buried there or at nearby Grand Coteau, where her husband's family had settled.   She was only 44 years old when she died. 

Her father, called Paul PATRI, spouse of Charlotte POTIER, is on Father Michel Bernard BARRIERE's list of Acadians who emigrated to Attakapas, dated 1805-09.  Fr. BARRIERE doubtlessly meant that Paul had simply been the spouse of Charlotte POTIER, not that Paul had come to Attakapas.  See Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-B:755.  

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