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Descendants of Pierre Lejeune dit Briard I

Generation No. 2

2. PIERRE LEJEUNE DIT BRIARD2 II. (PIERRE LEJEUNE DIT1 BRIARD I) was born 1625 in Poitou Province France5, and died Aft. 1661 in Acadie, N.E.. He married DAUGHTER DOUCET 1650 in Port Royal, Acadia, daughter of GERMAIN DOUCET and MARIE LANDRY. She was born Bet. 1625 - 1633 in Acadie, Nouvelle Ecose, and died Aft. 1661 in Acadie, Nouvelle Ecose.

Notes for P
      According to Rameau de Saint Pere, a Feudal Colony in America, Acadia 1604-1881, Vol 2, p. 318-320, the LeJeune-Briard family was part Metis Native American, and part French. It was a very old family according to the author. The Eastern shores of Acadie have always been a favorite gathering place for the Metis families, where the first one assuredly goes back to the time of the companions of Biencourt and de LaTour, the early French explorer/settlers. Some of these families were already well into their first or second generation by the time of the 1671 census.
      The LeJeune Metis family had settled at Merligouesh (Indian and Metis village located between Cap-de-Sable and La-Heve), because two men from Port Royal had married two of the LeJeune women between 1638 and 1650. In fact, in 1650, Catherine LeJeune, at 17 years of age, married Francois Savoie. Sixteen years earlier, in 1636, her oldest sister, born in 1623, had married Francois Gautherot.
      Three of their sons appear to have become "coureurs de bois" with the Indians and Metis: Jean, Francois and Germain Gautherot... These marriages will later be blessed by the Recollets when they come back to Acadia. Jeane Lambert, a woman named LeJeune and perhaps a man named Guildry would have been among them. We will find many of their descendants in the Metis and indian villages.     
      The LeJeunes will use the surname of Briard: sometimes the surname of their true ancestor, LeJeune; at other times they will assume his surname of Briard which would seem to indicate that their ancestor came from Brie, a region east of Paris.
      The consanguinity of the LeJeunes, (called) dit Briard, is sometimes difficult to establish for the reason that many of them will continue to live in Indian and Metis villages; others will settle in Piziauid, south of the Bassin des Mines. This being said, little remains of the registers from the two parishes of this settlement: Sainte-Famille and l'Assumption. The Acadian ancestor of the LeJeune-Briards had at least three children who reached adulthood: Emdee, Pierre, and Catherine.
      N.B. Pierre Lejeune dit Briard married a daughter of Germain Doucet at Port Royal c.1650 The older son, also named Pierre Lejeune dit Briard, married Marie, a daughter of Pierre Thibodeaux, in 1678. The Lejeunes moved several times in subsequent years, first to La Heve in 1686, back to Port Royal in 1698, Petite-Rivere, near La Heve, in 1704, then finally to Pigiguit in 1712. Pierre's younger brother, Martin dit Briard (Labriere), married an Indian woman, Marie-Jeanne Kagijonais, in 1684, then Marie, a granddaughter of Jean Gaudet, at Pigiguit in 1699, where his family settled.
      N.B. " A briard is a person which is from Brie, Brie is an area at the east of Paris with the departments (Provinces) of 'Seine et Marne,' 'Val de Marne', 'Essonne', 'Aisne', 'Aube'." This area is the same for not only the Lejeunes, but for Jacob Bourgeois and perhaps Germain Doucet. Often when the name is followed with "dit Briard" or another word which is the name of a town, a region, or an area, it is because the origin of this person." Comments from Francois Roux, Sene, France.

Source: Acadians in Gray: Appendice A: Pioneers of Acadian Families Who Migrated to Louisiana. And a Rootsweb contribution by Gregory Sampson: Re: translation LeJeune-Briard by Francois Roux.
Children of P
5. i.   MARTIN LEJEUNE DIT3 BRIARD, b. 1661, Acadie, Nouvelle Ecose; d. 1719, Pisiguit, Acadia, Canada.
  ii.   PIERRE LEJEUNE,DIT BRIARD III, b. 1656, Mirligoueche, Acadie; d. 1745; m. MARIE THIBODEAU LA CADETTE, Bef. 1678, La Heve Port Royal, La Heve Pisiquit Acadia; b. 1663, Pree Ronde de Port Royale6; d. Bef. Jun 1703.
  iii.   JEANNE LEJEUNE DIT BRIARD, d. Unknown; m. FRANCOIS JOSEPH; d. Unknown.
Her name does not appear in the 1686 Census, but does appear later in other documentation. It is not generally known if she is in fact Pierre, Sr.'s daughter.

The 1693 census lists Francois as having Mi'kmaw American Indian ancestry

3. EDMEE LEJEUNE DIT2 BRIARD (PIERRE LEJEUNE DIT1) was born 1624 in Pt Royale, Acadie (Annapolis Royal) N.E.7, and died 1698 in Port Royal, Acadie8. She married FRANCOIS GAUTHEROT 1646 in Pt Royal, Aacadie Nouvelle Acose. He was born 1613 in Martaize, Loudun, Poitou, France8, and died 1693 in Port Royal, NS, Canada8.

Notes for E
      Stephen White, noted Acadian historian, does not believe that Edmee is a daughter of Pierre Lejeune I, nor is Catherine Lejeune, her sister. Others argue that this the only possible family which could have produced these women.
      Father Clarence-Joseph D;Entremont, in his book, " Le Canada-Francais Documents sur l'Acadie," asserts that Pierre II who arrived in Acadia as a child married a MicMac woman. The census of 1686 listed Pierre Lejeune III as being married to Marie Thibodeau and Martin Lejeune as being married to Marie-Jeanne Kagijonias, a member of the MicMac tribe. After Marie-Jeanne's death, census lists a sister to Pierre III and Martin named Jeanne, who was married to Francois Joseph, a member of the MicMac tribe.

Children of E
6. i.   CLAUDE3 GAUDREAU, b. 1659, Port Royal, Acadie; d. 24 Mar 1733, Grand Pre, Acadie.
  ii.   MARIE MARGUERITE GAUTROT8, b. 1655, Port Royal8; d. 02 Aug 1727, Port Royal, Acadie8.

4. CATHERINE LE JEUNE2 BRIARD (PIERRE LEJEUNE DIT1)8 was born 1633 in Cap-au-Sable, and died 1672 in Port Royal Rich8. She married FRANCOIS SAVOIE 1654 in Pt Royal, Aacadie Nouvelle Acose. He was born 1631 in La Chaussee, France9, and died 1669 in Port Royal, Rich, NS, Canada10.
Children of C
  i.   FRAN OISE3 SAVOIE10, b. 1653, Port Royal Acadie, NE, USA10; d. 1696, Port Royal Acadie, NE, USA10.
  ii.   JOSEPH GERMAIN SAVOIE10, b. 1654, Port Royal, NS, Canada10; d. 1696, Port Royal Acadie10.
  iii.   CATHERINE SAVOYE10, b. 1656, Port Royal, Richmond, Lacadie10; d. Unknown.
  iv.   MARIE L AIME SAVOIE10, b. 1657, Port Royal, Acadia, NS, Canada10; d. 10 Mar 1741, Louisbourg, Isle Royal, Acadia, Canada10.
  v.   JEANNE DE SAVOIE10, b. 1658, Port Royal, Acadia, NS, Canada10; d. 03 Nov 1735, Port Royal, Acadia, NS, Canada10.
  vi.   MARIE SAVOIE10, b. 1669, Port Royal, Annapolis, NS, Canada10; d. 1714, NS, Canada10.

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