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Laurent Granger

French: Pierre Melanson dit Laverdure, père
Also Known As: "Lawrence", "Lawrence (Laurent) GRANGER", "Laurent Granger", "Grange"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Death: March 01, 1703 (61-70)
Port Royal, Acadia, Canada, New France
Place of Burial: Annapolis Royal, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown Granger and Unknown
Husband of Marie Landry
Father of Marie-Marguerite Granger; Pierre Granger; Jacques Louis Granger; René Joseph Granger, I; Claude Granger and 4 others

Occupation: Sailor
Immigration: Arrived Acadia ca 1657 in British occupation
Label: arrived in Acadie in 1657, was a native of Plymouth England
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About Laurent Granger

Moved to Port Royal, Canada 1667.

Parents are not Jean (John) Granger & Grace Micmac.


Life Sketch translated into English Laurent Granger (Lawrence Granger), a young Englishman from Plymouth, arrived in Acadia in 1657 on one of Thomas Temple's ships, probably at the same time as the Melanson brothers. He converted to Catholicism and married Marie Landry, daughter of René Landry From Port Royal. Sailor at the Census of Acadia in 1671. ref. The Acadie des Ancetres, Bona Arsenault, c.1955


Laurent was born in Plymouth, England. He was married and died in Port Royal, Acadia.

Laurent Granger arrived in Acadia as a sailor on the English vessel Satisfaction with Sir Thomas Temple on May 1, 1657.

1671 Census

Laurent GRANGER, 34, wife, Marie LANDRY 24; Children: Pierre 9 months and 1 daughter; cattle 5 sheep 6.

1678 Census

Laurans GRANGER Marie LANDRY

4 acres 6 cattle 1 gun

4 boys 9 1669

6 1672

4 1674

2 1676

1 girl 11 1667

1686 Census

Laurens GRANGER 46, Marie LANDRY 36; children: Marguerite 18, Pierre 16, Jacques 14, Rene 10,

Claude 8, Marie 6, Anne 2; 1 gun, 3 arpents, 8 cattle, 6 sheep, 6 hogs.

1698 Census

Marie LANDRY (widow of Laurens GRANGER) 42, Claude Granger 20; Marie 17; Anne 13; Laurens 10; 8 cattle, 15 sheep, 6 hogs, 20 arpents, 50 fruit trees, 1 gun.

1700

Laurens GRANGER 57; Marie LANDRY (wife) 50; Claude 21; Laurens 12; Anne 16; 12 cattle, 21 sheep, 12 arpents, 1 gun.


LAWRENCE GRANGER

L'ancetre des Granger, se nomme Lawrence Granger, nee en 1637, a Plymouth, en Angleterre. Jus qu'a ce jour, nous ignorons les noms de sesparents.

Lawrence Granger a probablement pris part en temps que "mousse" ou de "matelot", a la pris e du Port-Royal par la flotte Bostonnaise, sur l'undes quatre navires de guerre, de Robert Se dgewich.

Lawrence Granger, conquerant pour sa part du Port-Royal, est plus etre conquis par l'Acadie e t surtout, par l'Acadienne qu'il rencontre, Marie-Henriette Landry nee en 1647, fille de l'a ncetre Rene Landry , dit l'aine nee, et de Perrine Bourg (Breau), Marie-Henriette Landry .L'a ncetre Lawrence Granger l'epouse entre 1659 et 1666, au Port-Royal,en Acadie.

Au recensement de Port Royal, en 1671, Laurent ou Lawrence Granger est matelot, avec de trent e-quatre ans, et Marie Landri, son epouse a vingt-quatre ans. Ils possedent cinq betes a cor nes, six moutons et quatre arpents de terre la bourables.

Pas moins de neuf enfants Granger naissent au couple et tous fondent des foyers a leur tours . Deux fils tissent des liens de genealogie de l'ancetre Lawrence Granger.

Pierre Granger, nee en 1670, tisse un lien jusqu'at ma mere Pierrette Boisvert , en Epousan t vers 1691, Isabelle Guillebault nee en 1675,fille de l'ancestre Pierre Guillebault et d e Catherine Therriot . et la troisieme generation, leur fille Elisabeth Granger, devient l'ep ouse en 1719, de Jean-Baptiste Hebert , nee en 1692, a Grand-Pre, fils de Etienne Hebert e t de Jeanne Comeau .

Le deuxieme, cinquiant me de la famille, Rene Granger, nee en 1676, tissele lien jusqu'at mo n pere Roger Rochon . Rene Granger a epouse en 1702, a Port-Royal, Marguerite Therriot , fil le de Bonaventure Therriot et de Jeanne B. De cette union naissent aussi neuf enfants. Le ur fille, Marie-Marguerite Granger, devient l'epouse le 3 novembre 1717, de Germain Dupui s , nee en 1689, a la Riviere Gaspareaux, fils de Martin Dupuis et de Marie Landry . La fam ille de Germain est deporte a Boston au Massachusetts.

En, 1714, Rene Granger est installait dans les environs du fort, avec cinq fils et trois fill es. Sur un plan de 1710, on retrouve son habitation situe de l'autre ca-----de la riviere, e n face du fort de Port-Royal.

Rene Granger decede en novembre 1740, a la riviere aux Canards, dansl a paroisse St-Joseph , en Acadie.

Plusieurs enfants de Rene Granger et de Marguerite Therriot sont mortait en Falmouth, en Ang leterre, suite au grand d'Erangement acadien des annes 1755.

L'ancetre Lawrence Granger decede peu de temps apres le traite de Ryswick, signe en 1697, ent re la France et l'Angleterre. Marie Landry, son epouse decede en 1719, a l'age de 70 ans.

"Lawrence Granger, naquit en 1637, à Plymouth, Angleterre. II vient en Acadie entre 1659 et 1 664. Peut-être avait-il d'abord émigré dans les colonies de la Nouvelle-Angleterre? En 1662 , Sir Thomas Temple avait été créé baronet de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, nom que les Anglais avait d onné à l'Acadie, dont ils s'étaient emparés en 1654, sans y laisser de garnison, toutefois. T emple, qui demeure à Boston, y recrute des colons pour sa nouvelle baronnie. Lawrence Granger , que le recensement de 1671 qualifiera de matelot, vint peut-être sur le navire de Temple, q ui mènera des colons anglais, écossais et hollandais à Port-Royal en 1664. Sur ce navire vien nent également Geyrets (Michel) de Forest, Jan Pietr (Jehan Pître) et Roger Kessy (Caissy).E n 1666, à Port-Royal, il épouse Marie Landry, fille de René Landry, l'Aisné, et de Perrine Bo urg. A cette occasion, Lawrence, qui devait être protestant, comme tous les colons de la Nouv elle-Angleterre, dut se convertir au catholicisme. Son prénom de Lawrence est francisé en Lau rent. Marie Landry était âgée de 18 ans: elle était née à Port-Royal en 1648. De l'union d e Laurent GRANGER et Marie LANDRY naquirent 9 enfants: Marie Marguerite, Pierre, Jacques, Jos eph, René, Claude, Marie, Anne et Laurent. L'un des premiers recensements de Port-Royal en 1 671 indique que Laurent Granger est matelot et âgé de trente-quatre ans. Marie Landry, son ép ouse a vingt-quatre ans. Ils ont alors deux enfants: Marguerite, trois ans et Pierre 9 mois . Ils possèdent cinq bêtes à cornes, six brebis et ont quatre arpents labourables. Cette anné e-là, Colbert envoie en Acadie une cinquantaine de nouveaux colons et on assiste à la fondati on de Beaubassin, Grand-pré, la Rivière aux Canards, Pisiguit et Cobéquid qui sont des lieu x que l'on retrouve encore actuellement en Nouvelle- Ecosse. En 1693, le recensement de Port- Royal précise que cinq enfants de ce couple GRANGER / LANDRY vivent encore au foyer. Ils poss èdent alors 15 bêtes à cornes, 20 brebis, 12 cochons, 12 arpents et 2 fusils.La guerre entr e la France et l'Angleterre continue, et l'Acadie est rendue à la France par le traité de Rys wick (1697). C'est durant cette période que décède Laurent GRANGER. Son épouse décède en 171 9 à l'âge de 70 ans".


"Laurent Granger, a young sailor from Plymouth, England, or perhaps New England, came to Acadia in the late 1650s during the English occupation. He married Marie, 17-year-old daughter of René Landry, l'âiné, at Port-Royal in c1667. Laurent had to convert to Catholicism, of course, to marry his Acadian girl. She gave him nine children, including five sons, all born in Port-Royal, who created families of their own. Their three daughters married into the Babineau dit Deslauriers, Lanoue, and Melanson families. Laurent died at Port-Royal in the early 1700s, in his 60s.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6141015/laurent-granger. Laurent Granger actually married Marie Landry not Marie-Marguerite Landry. Marie-Marguerite Landry b. 1646 married 1. Germain Doucet in 1664 and Etienne Comeau in 1698. Marie Landry b 1650 married Laurent Granger. Laurent died in Port Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada

Left by Debbie Reichert on 19 Jan 2018

https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=katherio... !BIRTH: Rene Perron, "Sur la trace du pionnier Acadien Laurent Granger," in LES CAHIER DE LA SOCIETE HISTORIQUE ACADIENNE; ; vol. 15, nos. 2 & 3 (1984); pp. 40-56; copy sent by Gisele Gregoire-Rustenburg in Jun 1995. Makes a provisional conclusion that Laurent came not from France, but from Plymouth in MA, near Boston and Cape Cod.

http://www.nosorigines.qc.ca/biography.aspx?name=Granger_Laurent&id... Biographie Granger Laurent

GRANGER LAWRENCE

"Lawrence Granger, naquit en 1637, à Plymouth, Angleterre. II vient en Acadie entre 1659 et 1664. Peut-être avait-il d'abord émigré dans les colonies de la Nouvelle-Angleterre? En 1662, Sir Thomas Temple avait été créé baronet de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, nom que les Anglais avait donné à l'Acadie, dont ils s'étaient emparés en 1654, sans y laisser de garnison, toutefois. Temple, qui demeure à Boston, y recrute des colons pour sa nouvelle baronnie. Lawrence Granger, que le recensement de 1671 qualifiera de matelot, vint peut-être sur le navire de Temple, qui mènera des colons anglais, écossais et hollandais à Port-Royal en 1664. Sur ce navire viennent également Geyrets (Michel) de Forest, Jan Pietr (Jehan Pître) et Roger Kessy (Quessy).

En 1666, à Port-Royal, il épouse Marie Landry, fille de René Landry, l'Aisné, et de Perrine Bourg. A cette occasion, Lawrence, qui devait être protestant, comme tous les colons de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, dut se convertir au catholicisme. Son prénom de Lawrence est francisé en Laurent. Marie Landry était âgée de 18 ans: elle était née à Port-Royal en 1648.

De l'union de Laurent GRANGER et Marie LANDRY naquirent 9 enfants: Marie Marguerite, Pierre, Jacques, Joseph, René, Claude, Marie, Anne et Laurent.

L'un des premiers recensements de Port-Royal en 1671 indique que Laurent Granger est matelot et âgé de trente-quatre ans. Marie Landry, son épouse a vingt-quatre ans. Ils ont alors deux enfants: Marguerite, trois ans et Pierre 9 mois. Ils possèdent cinq bêtes à cornes, six brebis et ont quatre arpents labourables. Cette année-là, Colbert envoie en Acadie une cinquantaine de nouveaux colons et on assiste à la fondation de Beaubassin, Grand-pré, la Rivière aux Canards, Pisiguit et Cobéquid qui sont des lieux que l'on retrouve encore actuellement en Nouvelle- Ecosse. En 1693, le recensement de Port-Royal précise que cinq enfants de ce couple GRANGER / LANDRY vivent encore au foyer. Ils possèdent alors 15 bêtes à cornes, 20 brebis, 12 cochons, 12 arpents et 2 fusils.La guerre entre la France et l'Angleterre continue, et l'Acadie est rendue à la France par le traité de Ryswick (1697). C'est durant cette période que décède Laurent GRANGER. Son épouse décède en 1719 à l'âge de 70 ans".

(source Léopold Lanctôt o.m.i.)

Ginette Arpin 2008, Contrecoeur

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cenotaph is here at Maternity Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery
Bourbonnais Kankakee County Illinois, USA

As research shows that Laurent died in Port Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada it is believed that he is not actually buried in this cemetery. It is believed that this stone is a family tree of the person actually buried in this grave.

Discussion

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Please Do Not add parents for Laurent as much as we would like for him to have them! If you discover his birth document, please post here. Thank you!
DNA. The French Heritage DNA project is conducting ongoing research to verify their origins. According to the descendants tested, Laurent Granger has a haplogroup R. Ongoing test results are also reported here. As of June 2019, 3 descendants have reported a R haplogroup, indicating European origins. Parents Parents were added to this profile in a merge. I'm guessing they're wrong, since someone born in England probably wouldn't have a Mi'kmaq mother! Does anyone know if there are any theories about Laurent's parents? Any more info we could add here? Update: Removed Grace Mi Kmaq (1600-1640) as the mother from Laurent Granger (abt.1637-aft.1703). 13:31: Removed John Granger (1600-1696) as the father from Laurent Granger (abt.1637-aft.1703). No sources provided. gravestone for a Laurent Granger Conflicting information on this memorial and may be the source of who some believe to be his parents: John Granger & an unknown Mi'kmaq woman.

Biography

Laurent Granger was born around 1643, possibly in Plymouth, England, according to the depositions of his descendants at Belle-Ile-en-Mer in 1767.<ref name=Declarations>Declarations de Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Acadian-Home.org Laurent Granger; Brother Jerôme Lepré, S.C., accessed date February 2020

On 10 February 1767, there appeared Honore, Olivier and Paul Daigre, brothers, living at Chubiguer, Palais Parish, who in presence ofHonore LeBLANC, Joseph Simon GRANGER, Arman GRANGER and Jean BaptisteGRANGER, all Acadians living on this island, witnesses, state: Laurent GRANGER; born at Plymouth, England, married at Port Royal, abjuration made, to Marie Landry and both died there.

</ref> Someresearchers speculate that it could have been Plymouth in New England. <ref name=Perron>René Perron, "Sur la trace du pionnier Acadien Laurent Granger," in Les cahiers de la société historique acadienne, vol. 15, nos. 2 & 3 (1984); pp. 40-56 accessed at https://societehistoriqueacadienne.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/1502...</ref> It is believed that the young sailor came to Acadia in the late 1650s.Some have even suggested that he left New England on Temple's ship and arrived at Port-Royal in 1664.<ref name=Lanctot>Léopold Lanctôt, via Nos Origines. Note: Lanctôt's work is often unreliable, soit should only be used in conjunction with primary sources and/or thework of Stephen White.</ref> He married Marie Landry, 17 or 18-year-old daughter of René Landry l'âiné and Perrine Bourg, at Port-Royal around 1667. A Protestant, Laurent had to convert to Catholicism to marry his Acadian girl. <ref name=DGFA>Stephen A. White, Patrice Gallant, and Hector-J Hébert, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles acadiennes (Moncton, N.-B.: Centre d'études acadiennes, Université de Moncton, 1999) p.761-763</ref> They had nine children, including five sons, all born in Port-Royal, who created families of their own. <ref name=DGFA/> The young couple was listed in the first Acadian census in 1671 at Port-Royal with 2 young children. They owned 5 head of cattle, 6 sheep and 4 arpents of cultivable land.<ref>Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1671 Acadian Census, at Port-Royal, Acadie. 1671 Census Transcribed. Theoriginal census can be found at Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752” Images 3-14.

at Port Royal: Laurent GRANGER, 34, wife Marie LANDRY 24; Children: Marguerite 3, Pierre 9 months; cattle 5 sheep 6. Marie is also listed in parents' entry as married, age 23, name given asMarie, just like her married sister, age 25.

</ref> By 1678, there were 5 children in total in the household, and a woman named widow Joffreau was living with the family.<ref>Tim Hebert; 1678Port Royal Acadian Census noting that the correlations for this census were done by Rev. Clarence J. d'Entremont, Fairhaven, Massachusetts.1678 Census

The Widow Joffreau, Laurans Granger & Marie Landry. 4 acres 6 cattle 1 gun. 4 boys: Pierre 9, Jacques 6, boy 4, René 2, Marguerite 11.

</ref> The family was counted again in the censuses of 1686 and 1693. <ref>Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1686 Acadian Census, at Port-Royal, Acadie 1686 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of theNational Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”,Images 15-60.

Laurens GRANGER 46, Marie LANDRY 36; children: Marguerite 18, Pierre 16, Jacques 14, Rene 10, Claude 8, Marie 6, Anne 2; 1 gun, 3 arpents, 8 cattle, 6 sheep, 6 hogs.

</ref><ref>Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1693 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie 1693 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 62-108

Laurens GRANGE 50, Marie LANDRY 43, Jacques 21, Rene 18, Claude 14, Anne 9, Laurens 5; 15 cattle, 20 sheep, 12 pigs, 2 guns

</ref> In the 1698 census, Marie, age 42, was listed as a widow with 4 children living at home, and an impressive amount of possessions such as 20 arpents of land and 50 fruit trees. <ref> Tim Hebert; Transcription ofthe 1698 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie1698 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 110-150

Marie LANDRY (widow of Laurens GRANGER) [sic he apparently didn't die until after 1700 census] 42, Claude Granger 20; Marie 17; Anne 13; Laurens 10; 8 cattle, 15 sheep, 6 hogs, 20 arpents, 50 fruit trees, 1 gun.

</ref> However, Laurent apparently did not die until after the 1700 census since he was enumerated in that one.<ref name=census1700>Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1700 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie 1700 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 151-173.

Laurens GRANGER 57; Marie LANDRY (wife) 50; Claude 21; Laurens 12; Anne 16; 12 cattle, 21 sheep, 12 arpents, 1 gun.

</ref> Marie was again named a widow on the censuses of 1703 , 1707 and 1710.<ref name=census1703>Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1703 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie 1703 Census Transcription. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 212-220.

Widow GRANGER, 2 boys, 2 arms bearers.

</ref><ref>Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1707 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie 1707 Census Transcription. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 221-237.

Widow of GRANGER, 1 boy 14 or older, 1 girl 12 or older; 2 arpents, 7 cattle, 10 sheep, 12 hogs, 1 gun.

</ref><ref>1710 Census: The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-9119 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements1671 – 1752”, Images 1315-1318.

Widow Granger, 1 boy,1 girl.

</ref> His death date is uncertain. He passed away between the censuses of 1700 and 1703.

Biographie

Laurent Granger est né vers 1643 possiblement à Plymouth en Angleterre, selon les témoignages de ses descendants à Belle-Isle-en-Mer en 1767.<ref name=Declarations/> Certains chercheurs ont même émis l'hypothèse qu'il pourrait s'agir de Plymouth en Nouvelle Angleterre. <ref name=Perron/> Ce jeune matelot serait arrivé en Acadie vers la fin des années 1650. Selon certains, il serait parti de la Nouvelle-Angleterre sur le bateau de Temple et aurait atteint Port-Royal en 1664.<ref name=Lanctot/> Il a épousé Marie Landry, fille de René Landry et de Perrine Bourg,vers 1667 à Port-Royal. Étant protestant, Laurent a dû se convertir au catholicisme pour marier son Acadienne.

Ils ont eu neuf enfants.<ref name=DGFA/> La date exacte du décès de Laurent est inconnue. Il est décédé entre le recensement de 1700 et celui de 1703 à Port-Royal.<ref name=census1700/><ref name=census1703/><ref name=DGFA/>

Sources

<references/> See also:*Karen Theriot Reader Laurent Granger at Geneanet citing Adrien Bergeron, LE GRAND ARRANGE MENT DES ACADIENSAU QUEBEC; 1600-1889; vol. 1; p. 47 & 51 ; copy sent by Gisele Gregoire-Rustenburg in Jun 1995.

Lawrence [Laurent on p. 51] GRANGER was born in 1637 in Plymouth, England; married around 1659 [1666 on p. 51] at Port Royal to Marie LANDRY, daughter of Rene' & Perrine BOURG. Eight children are listed.

Acknowledgments ===*Thank you to Donaldson-788 | Liza Miller for creating WikiTree profile Granger-990 through the import of Liza_s Family Tree.ged on Dec 1, 2013.



Profile photo comes from Page 100 of The Legere Family of Nova Scotia and France
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Laurent Granger
Birth  25 June 1637 • Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Death  3 September 1689 • Port Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada
Parents  Grace Indienne Membertou , Micmac • Johannes or John Granger II
Spouse  Marie Landry
Children  Claude Granger • Granger • Jacques Granger • Laurent Granger II • Marie Anne Granger • Marie Jeanne Granger • Marie Marguerite Granger • Pierre Granger • René Granger

Lead confidence: 5
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Laurent Granger
Birth  25 June 1637 • Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Death  1 March 1739 • Port Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada

Lead confidence: 3
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Life Sketch
Occupation: Matelot

From Ancêtres famille Fontaine-Bernard:
BIOGRAPHY: He was an English sailor when Port-Royal was taken by the "Bostoian" flotilla (four war ships of Robert Sedgewick. For his part, he captured part of Port Royal, but was himself later "captured" by his love for Acadia itself but especially by the Acadian woman, Marie Landry. He arrived in Acadia in 1659. Ref: for him and family, Bona Arsenault, Histoier et Genealogies des Acadiens. Englishman, employed by Sir Thomas Temple who resided in Acadia when it was restored to the French under the Terms of the Treaty of Breda. Thomas established a trading post in Acadia in 1659. Ref: James Hannay. Converted to Catholicism so that he could marry Marie Landry. Ref: 1671 Acadian Census with wife. Ref: 1686 Acadian census with wife and children.The Registers of Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France afterthe deportation of Acadians.(by relatives telling of their ancestors and relatives.

http://www.acadian-home.org/mothers.html
A young Englishman from Plymouth, Laurent GRANGER, came to Acadia on Thomas Temple's ship in 1657. He converted to Catholicism so that he could marry Marie LANDRY, daughter of René and Perrine BOURG(BOURQUE). They had two children in 1671.
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Biography

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Granger-39

Laurent Granger was born around 1643, possibly in Plymouth, England, according to the depositions of his descendants at Belle-Ile-en-Mer in 1767.[1] Some researchers speculate that it could have been Plymouth in New England. [2]

It is believed that the young sailor came to Acadia in the late 1650s. Some have even suggested that he left New England on Temple's ship and arrived at Port-Royal in 1664.[3]

He married Marie Landry, 17 or 18-year-old daughter of René Landry l'âiné and Perrine Bourg, at Port-Royal around 1667. A Protestant, Laurent had to convert to Catholicism to marry his Acadian girl. [4]

They had nine children, including five sons, all born in Port-Royal, who created families of their own. [4]

The young couple was listed in the first Acadian census in 1671 at Port-Royal with 2 young children. They owned 5 head of cattle, 6 sheep and 4 arpents of cultivable land.[5]

By 1678, there were 5 children in total in the household, and a woman named widow Joffreau was living with the family.[6]

In 1686 at Port Royal, Laurens (sic) GRANGER age 46 (sic) was living with his wife Marie LANDRY age 36 and their 7 children: Marguerite age 18, Pierre age 16, Jacques age 14, Rene age 10, Claude age 8, Marie age 6 and Anne age 2. The family owned 1 gun and was living on 3 arpents of cultivable land with 8 cattle, 6 sheep and 6 hogs. [7]

The family was counted again in the census of 1693.[8]

In the 1698 census, Marie, age 42, was listed as a widow with 4 children living at home, and an impressive amount of possessions such as 20 arpents of land and 50 fruit trees. [9] However, Laurent apparently did not die until after the 1700 census since he was enumerated in that one.[10] Marie was again named a widow on the censuses of 1703 , 1707 and 1710.[11][12][13]

His death date is uncertain. He passed away between the censuses of 1700 and 1703.

Biographie

Laurent Granger est né vers 1643 possiblement à Plymouth en Angleterre, selon les témoignages de ses descendants à Belle-Isle-en-Mer en 1767.[1] Certains chercheurs ont même émis l'hypothèse qu'il pourrait s'agir de Plymouth en Nouvelle Angleterre. [2]

Ce jeune matelot serait arrivé en Acadie vers la fin des années 1650. Selon certains, il serait parti de la Nouvelle-Angleterre sur le bateau de Temple et aurait atteint Port-Royal en 1664.[3]

Il a épousé Marie Landry, fille de René Landry et de Perrine Bourg, vers 1667 à Port-Royal. Étant protestant, Laurent a dû se convertir au catholicisme pour marier son Acadienne.

Ils ont eu neuf enfants.[4]

La date exacte du décès de Laurent est inconnue. Il est décédé entre le recensement de 1700 et celui de 1703 à Port-Royal.[10][11][4]

Discussion

Parents Someone born in England probably wouldn't have a Mi'kmaq mother. Does anyone know if there are any theories about Laurent's parents? Any more info we could add here? Update: Removed Grace Mi Kmaq (1600-1640) as the mother from Laurent Granger (abt.1637-aft.1703). 13:31: Removed John Granger (1600-1696) as the father from Laurent Granger (abt.1637-aft.1703). No sources provided.

gravestone for a Laurent Granger Conflicting information on this memorial and may be the source of who some believe to be his parents: John Granger & an unknown Mi'kmaq woman.

DNA. The French Heritage DNA project is conducting ongoing research to verify their origins. According to the descendants tested, Laurent Granger has a haplogroup R. Ongoing test results are also reported here. As of June 2019, 3 descendants have reported a R haplogroup, indicating European origins.

References

  1. ↑Declarations de Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Acadian-Home.org Laurent Granger; Brother Jerôme Lepré, S.C., accessed date February 2020
  2. On 10 February 1767, there appeared Honore, Olivier and Paul Daigre, brothers, living at Chubiguer, Palais Parish, who in presence of Honore LeBLANC, Joseph Simon GRANGER, Arman GRANGER and Jean Baptiste GRANGER, all Acadians living on this island, witnesses, state: Laurent GRANGER; born at Plymouth, England, married at Port Royal, abjuration made, to Marie Landry and both died there.
  3. René Perron, "Sur la trace du pionnier Acadien Laurent Granger," in Les cahiers de la société historique acadienne, vol. 15, nos. 2 & 3 (1984); pp. 40-56 accessed at https://societehistoriqueacadienne.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/1502...
  4. Léopold Lanctôt, via Nos Origines. Note: Lanctôt's work is often unreliable, so it should only be used in conjunction with primary sources and/or the work of Stephen White.
  5. Stephen A. White, Patrice Gallant, and Hector-J Hébert, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles acadiennes (Moncton, N.-B.: Centre d'études acadiennes, Université de Moncton, 1999) p.761-763
  6. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1671 Acadian Census, at Port-Royal, Acadie. 1671 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752” Images 3-14.
  7. at Port Royal: Laurent GRANGER, 34, wife Marie LANDRY 24; Children: Marguerite 3, Pierre 9 months; cattle 5 sheep 6. Marie is also listed in parents' entry as married, age 23, name given as Marie, just like her married sister, age 25.
  8. Tim Hebert; 1678 Port Royal Acadian Census noting that the correlations for this census were done by Rev. Clarence J. d'Entremont, Fairhaven, Massachusetts.1678 Census
  9. The Widow Joffreau, Laurans Granger & Marie Landry. 4 acres 6 cattle 1 gun. 4 boys: Pierre 9, Jacques 6, boy 4, René 2, Marguerite 11.
  10. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1686 Acadian Census, at Port-Royal, Acadie 1686 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 15-60.
  11. at Port Royal: Laurens GRANGER 46, Marie LANDRY 36; children: Marguerite 18, Pierre 16, Jacques 14, Rene 10, Claude 8, Marie 6, Anne 2; 1 gun, 3 arpents, 8 cattle, 6 sheep, 6 hogs.
  12. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1693 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie 1693 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 62-108
  13. Laurens GRANGE 50, Marie LANDRY 43, Jacques 21, Rene 18, Claude 14, Anne 9, Laurens 5; 15 cattle, 20 sheep, 12 pigs, 2 guns
  14. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1698 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie1698 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 110-150
  15. Marie LANDRY (widow of Laurens GRANGER) [sic he apparently didn't die until after 1700 census] 42, Claude Granger 20; Marie 17; Anne 13; Laurens 10; 8 cattle, 15 sheep, 6 hogs, 20 arpents, 50 fruit trees, 1 gun.
  16. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1700 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie 1700 Census Transcribed. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 151-173.
  17. Laurens GRANGER 57; Marie LANDRY (wife) 50; Claude 21; Laurens 12; Anne 16; 12 cattle, 21 sheep, 12 arpents, 1 gun.
  18. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1703 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie 1703 Census Transcription. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 212-220.
  19. Widow GRANGER, 2 boys, 2 arms bearers.
  20. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1707 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie 1707 Census Transcription. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 221-237.
  21. Widow of GRANGER, 1 boy 14 or older, 1 girl 12 or older; 2 arpents, 7 cattle, 10 sheep, 12 hogs, 1 gun.
  22. 1710 Census: The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-9119 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 1315-1318.
  23. Widow Granger, 1 boy, 1 girl. See also:
  24. Karen Theriot Reader Laurent Granger at Geneanet citing Adrien Bergeron, LE GRAND ARRANGE MENT DES ACADIENS AU QUEBEC; 1600-1889; vol. 1; p. 47 & 51 ; copy sent by Gisele Gregoire-Rustenburg in Jun 1995.
  25. Lawrence [Laurent on p. 51] GRANGER was born in 1637 in Plymouth, England; married around 1659 [1666 on p. 51] at Port Royal to Marie LANDRY, daughter of Rene' & Perrine BOURG. Eight children are listed.
  26. Marcel Walter Landry, Page for Laurent Granger and More information on Laurent Granger Généalogie des Landry à travers le monde, accessed Oct 2022 (login required)
  27. 1671 Acadie Census - shown to be 34 years old which estimates birth c.1637
  28. Reference: Find-A-Grave
  29. GEDCOM Note Category:Y-DNA Haplogroup R

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Granger-39


  • Sources:
    • 1671 Acadie Census - translations of entry: Pierre Melanson refused to give his age and the number of his cattle and lands and his wife answered that I was so mad to run the streets for things of measure

The following is from http://gregors-gathering.ca/Acadia/Melanson/melansons-intro-gen1.ht... which is a great website by Greg Melanson. Click the link to read much more.

The Melanson family surname is quite unique in the fact that it is one of the only surnames that's use can be traced to originating with one particular generation.

Melanson family crest: designed by Margaret C. Melanson

The progenitors of all Melansons, Pierre Laverdure and his wife Priscilla, were not known by the Melanson surname but rather by the name, or title, of Laverdure. However, two of their sons, Pierre and Charles, appear to be the first to have begun using "Mellanson" - in well documented, written form.

Pierre Laverdure

The reason behind the use of Laverdure as an apparent surname for Pierre is not known for certain. It is likely that the name was not actually his surname but rather a title or nickname that may have referred to an area of France that he came from, families ties in France or property that he may have owned in France. Since two of his sons went by the Mellanson surname, societal logic would dictate that this was their father's surname. However, no record has been found to put the Mellanson surname with Pierre senior.

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The family of Pierre LAVERDURE and Priscilla MELANÇON

[85578] LAVERDURE, Pierre (..), died au cours de l'hiver 1676-1677

  • married before 1632, from .. (England)

MELANÇON, Priscilla (.. & .. [109600]), born about 1602

     1) Pierre, stone mason (tailleur de pierres), born about 1632 (rec. 1686) or 1633 (rec. 1693), married about 1665 Marguerite MIUS d'ENTREMONT

2) Charles, ploughman (laboureur), born about 1643 (rec. 1671), 1642 (rec. 1686) or 1646 (rec. 1699), died between 1699 and 1701, married about 1663 Marie DUGAS
3) John, married about 1680 Sarah ..
Bibliographie : Dictionnaire généalogique des familles acadiennes (White); http://www.umoncton.ca/etudeacadiennes/centre/cea.html; Dictionnaire des Acadiens d'Archange Godbout; New England Marriages Prior to 1700

http://www.francogene.com/quebec--genealogy/085/085578.php


French Huguenot. Came to Acadia with Sir Thomas Temple onboard Satisfaction.



dit LAVERDURE. He was a French Protestant who exiled himself to England.


I was born in France (date unknown) and died in Boston, New England in either 1676 or 1677. I married Priscilla (maiden name unknown) in England in 1631 and we had 3 children; Pierre Melanson (dit Laverdure born - around 1632, Charles Melanson (dit La Ramee) born around 1643, and Jean Melanson (dit Laverdure) date of birth unknown.

The Melanson Family

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Introduction to the Melansons

The Melanson family surname is quite unique in the fact that it is one of the only surnames that's use can be traced to originating with one particular generation.

The progenitors of all Melansons, Pierre Laverdure and his wife Priscilla, were not known by the Melanson surname but rather by the name, or title, of Laverdure. However, two of their sons, Pierre and Charles, appear to be the first to have begun using "Mellanson" - in well documented, written form.

Pierre Laverdure

The reason behind the use of Laverdure as an apparent surname for Pierre is not known for certain. It is likely that the name was not actually his surname but rather a title or nickname that may have referred to an area of France that he came from, families ties in France or property that he may have owned in France. Since two of his sons went by the Mellanson surname, societal logic would dictate that this was their father's surname. However, no record has been found to put the Mellanson surname with Pierre senior.

Of the Laverdure name, Pierre was not alone in using it in Acadia. There were several men of French origin who also used the Laverdure/La Verdure name, although in these cases the name was clearly a title. A good example is that of Germain Doucet, once the Commander-in-Chief at Port Royal, who was known as "Germain Doucet dit La Verdure". Coincidentally, Germain was the father of Pierre Mellanson's wife's mother, Marguerite Doucet.

In the case of the Mellanson brothers, Pierre Mellanson would become known as "La Verdure" while Charles Mellanson would become known as "La Ramée".

The French recorded such titles and nicknames by using the French word "dit" before the title, i.e.: "dit La Verdure", or in English, "called La Verdure". When referring to a female, the French would use the word "dite". Both "dit" and "dite" are pronounced "dee".

During their time in Boston, Pierre Laverdure, his wife Priscilla and their son John were known by the name "Laverdure". This name was also to be consistently used as a surname for Pierre and Priscilla's granddaughter, Marie Melanson (first child and eldest daughter of Charles dit La Ramée Mellanson and Marie Dugas) who went to Boston to live with her grandmother at a young age. Marie became known as Mary Laverdure until later marrying David Basset.

http://www.gregors-gathering.ca/Acadia/Melanson/melansons-intro-gen...

Family Arrival in Acadia

Of the family's arrival in Acadia, it is widely accepted that Pierre and Priscilla landed in 1657 after sailing from England with their sons onboard the ship Satisfaction. It is also generally accepted that the family disembarked at St. John's fort at the mouth of the St. John River. The family had sailed to Acadia with the newly appointed English Governor of Acadia, Sir Thomas Temple and a group of other settlers. Pierre and Priscilla, however, were to reside in Acadia for only 10 years.

A Boston court document from 1677 (Priscilla's petition of May 3, 1677) recorded Priscilla's late husband, "Peter Leverdure", as being a Frenchman and a Protestant and "Priscilla Leverdure" as being an Englishwoman. This document helped early researchers, such as Father Clarence d'Éntremont, establish a connection between Pierre Laverdure, his wife Priscilla and sons Pierre and Charles. The document also served to clear up the persistent claim that the origins of the Melanson family were Scottish. On the same note, about refuting the claims of Scottish birth (this time for Pierre and Charles Mellanson), a second document, written by John Adams in 1720, decisively describes Pierre Laverdure's son Pierre as being "an aged English Gentleman...".

The petition goes on to state that Priscilla's husband had left "[St.] John's fort to escape the wrath of his countrymen Papists". This latter statement clearly suggests that Pierre was a French Huguenot who might have left France as the Catholic government's tolerance for the Protestant Huguenots began to rapidly deteriorate during the 1620's. Either due to the problems unwinding in France or for some other reason, Pierre ended up in England were he and his Priscilla were married about 1630 (SW).

Ten years before Priscilla's petition the 1667 Treaty of Breda between the English and the French had ceded Acadia back to France. Pierre and Priscilla, both Protestants, were probably unable to fathom the idea of living under a French Catholic government and thus departed for Protestant ruled Boston, Massachusetts, sometime between 1667 and 1770 (Sir Thomas Temple had managed to delay the actual handing over of Acadia to French until 1670).

http://www.gregors-gathering.ca/Acadia/Melanson/melansons-intro-gen...

Pierre and Charles Mellanson

Two of Pierre and Priscilla's sons, Pierre dit Laverdure Mellanson and Charles dit La Ramée Mellanson, having already converted to Catholicism and married Acadian girls, remained in Acadia to raise their families. Pierre and Priscilla's third known son, John Laverdure, either accompanied his parents when they departed for Boston or joined them there at a later date.

Eldest son Pierre dit Laverdure married Marie-Marguerite Muis d'Éntremont, daughter of Philippe Muis d'Éntremont & Madeleine Hélie while his younger brother Charles dit La Ramée married Marie Dugas, daughter of Abraham Dugas & Marguerite-Louise Doucet.

Pierre and his wife Marie-Marguerite would eventually go on to found Grand Pré at Les Mines (Minas), along with Pierre Terriot, where they would raise their family. Grand Pré became a favorite site for many young Acadians to relocate to as it was abundant in prime marshland and it was a good distance away from the central English authorities at Annapolis Royal. Very soon, the population would be thrice that as the population at Port Royal/Annapolis Royal.

Pierre would later be designated the Captain of the Militia, while Acadia was under French control, and was also to be named a seigneurial agent (collecting rents) which placed him in a position of authority in the Minas Basin region. Pierre it seems, was also to become a spy for the French.

Charles dit La Ramée and his wife Marie would establish their family near the old Port Royal habitation in the Port Royal basin at what is today known as the Melanson Settlement (sometimes referred to as the "Melanson Village" in old records and maps). The settlement grew quite large over the years with a total of nine households being located on the land during its peak times.

Charles and his wife Marie seem to have done reasonably well as the census' show their cleared land expanding and their livestock increasing. They also had a large section of dyked marshland along the Rivière Daupin (the Annapolis River) adjacent to their property. It was from this dyke that archaeologists recently retrieved two intact aboiteax, one of which is the largest and oldest aboiteau found to date.

Other archaeological digs at the Melanson Settlement discovered the foundations of many of the homes and buildings that once stood on the site, including the structure that housed Charles Melanson (son of Charles dit La Ramée) and his wife Anne Bourg. The digs within these stone foundations have produced numerous artifacts that include an earthen cooking pot, a sword hand guard, beads, musket shot, and a variety of utensils, all of which are on display at the Memorial Chapel at Grand Pré.

Besides farming, in his elder years on the opposing side of his brother Pierre, Charles became a spy for the English.

Pierre and Charles' descendants would remain on the lands of the Melansons Settlement and Grand Pré until the fateful year of 1755 that saw the Melansons and their families dispersed, along with an estimated 9,000 of their fellow Acadians, to various parts of England, France and the British colonies of New England during the Expulsions.

Of the Melanson Acadians that were deported to or remained in English territories after the Expulsions, the original spelling of the "Melanson" surname was, for the most part, retained. For those that were deported to or otherwise ended up in French territories, the name was widely frenchinized with the "s" in "son" being replaced with a "c" or cedilla according to the french pronunciation of the soft "s" on the word "son".



Arrive en Acadie en 1657 avec Thomas Temple sur le bateau "Satisfaction". Stephen White, p. 1146, donne un peu plus d'historique sur l'arrivée des Melanson en Acadie. Margaret Melanson, dans son livre, mentionne que Pierre et son frère Charles sont les deux premiers Melanson en Acadie. Elle mentionne que leur mère est d'origine de l'Angleterre mais que leur père est d'origine française et qu'il s'appelait Pierre Laverdure. Également, elle avance l'hypothèse que le père de ce Pierre Laverdure pourrait être un écossais du nom de McMellan. Mc signifie "fils" en écosse et avec l'influence anglaise, il aurait laissé tombé le Mc pour le "son" à la fin (format anglais).

Added by Roxanne Landry: Found this on the net:

Notes for Pierre Melanson: - The ancestor in Acadia, Pierre Laverdure, was a French Huguenot who went to England where he married an Englishwoman named Prescila Melanson. Pierre Laverdure came to Acadia with Sir Thomas Temple during the English occupation. Two of his sons adopted their mother's surname, Melanson, and stayed in Acadia while a third, John, kept the surname Laverdure and moved to Boston. After Acadia was returned to France following the treaty of Bréda, in 1667, the family settled in Boston with the exception of his two sons, Pierre and Charles Melanson who had married Acadians and converted to Roman Catholicism. Pierre Melanson married Marie Mius d'Entremont and, along with Pierre Thériault, helped to found the settlement of Grand- Pré. The 1671 census describes him as a tailor but he refused to give his age and the number of his cattle. Charles Melanson married Marie Dugas and settled at Port-Royal. The site of his establishment is well known and was studied by archeologists, during the 1980s. Charles Melanson was fairly well educated. In 1695, he wrote to the governor of Massachussets giving him information on French activities in Acadia. He also went regularly to Boston, possibly to visit his daughter, Marie, who lived there where she had married a French Huguenot, David Basset. Three of Charles' letters to governor Stoughton are preserved in the Massachusetts archives. Despite the family connections and collaboration with the Boston colonists, the British authorities deported the families of his grandsons and their descendants. They were shipped to several New England colonies as well as to prisons in the south of England. After the 1764 peace treaty, several of the family members found a home in France (Belle-Île-en-mer) and in Louisiana. A certain number of Melanson families managed to escape their persecutors and found refuge in Quebec, particularly in the Trois-Rivières region. Several returned to Acadia and settled in northern New Brunswick and in the Baie-Sainte-Marie area of Nova Scotia. Several descendants of the family left their mark in Acadian history, notably the Most Reverend Arthur Melanson who became the first archbishop of Moncton and who founded the teaching order of the Filles de Marie-de-l'Assomption. [Fidele Theriault of Fredericton, New Brunswick]



Notes for Pierre Melanson (found this on the net):

- The ancestor in Acadia, Pierre Laverdure, was a French Huguenot who went to England where he married an Englishwoman named Priscilla Melanson. Pierre Laverdure came to Acadia with Sir Thomas Temple during the English occupation. Two of his sons adopted their mother's surname, Melanson, and stayed in Acadia while a third, John, kept the surname Laverdure and moved to Boston. After Acadia was returned to France following the treaty of Bréda, in 1667, the family settled in Boston with the exception of his two sons, Pierre and Charles Melanson who had married Acadians and converted to Roman Catholicism. Pierre Melanson married Marie Mius d'Entremont and, along with Pierre Thériault, helped to found the settlement of Grand-Pré. The 1671 census describes him as a tailor but he refused to give his age and the number of his cattle. Charles Melanson married Marie Dugas and settled at Port-Royal. The site of his establishment is well known and was studied by archeologists, during the 1980s. Charles Melanson was fairly well educated. In 1695, he wrote to the governor of Massachussets giving him information on French activities in Acadia. He also went regularly to Boston, possibly to visit his daughter, Marie, who lived there where she had married a French Huguenot, David Basset. Three of Charles' letters to governor Stoughton are preserved in the Massachusetts archives. Despite the family connections and collaboration with the Boston colonists, the British authorities deported the families of his grandsons and their descendants. They were shipped to several New England colonies as well as to prisons in the south of England. After the 1764 peace treaty, several of the family members found a home in France (Belle-Île-en-mer) and in Louisiana. A certain number of Melanson families managed to escape their persecutors and found refuge in Quebec, particularly in the Trois-Rivières region. Several returned to Acadia and settled in northern New Brunswick and in the Baie-Sainte-Marie area of Nova Scotia. Several descendants of the family left their mark in Acadian history, notably the Most Reverend Arthur Melanson who became the first archbishop of Moncton and who founded the teaching order of the Filles de Marie-de-l'Assomption. [Fidele Theriault of Fredericton, New Brunswick]



https://familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/10014664 Biography of Pierre Laverdure and Priscilla · 10 September 2014 ·

         Pierre was born in France approximately in 1605.   He was a French Protestant, known as a Huguenot, and probably left France about 1628 when the Protestant city of La Rochelle was captured by Catholic forces.  He fled to England because of the religious persecution in France.  There he met and married Priscilla, an English woman around 1631.  It is believed that her maiden name may have been Melanson, however, there is no concrete proof of that.  They lived in England, raising three sons, Pierre, Charles, and John, during the turbulent years of the English Civil War and its aftermath. 	In the summer of 1657 Pierre and his family left England, boarding the sailing vessel Satisfaction in company of Sir Thomas Temple, the new governor of English controlled Acadia.  They traveled to North America and settled at Fort St. John and later moved to Port Royal (present day Annapolis, Nova Scotia).   	In 1667 the English ruled Acadia went back to the Catholic France.  Fearing religious persecution again Pierre, Priscilla, and John sought refuge at Boston.   Their other two sons, Pierre and Charles stayed in Nova Scotia with their Catholic wives, and chose to use the last name of Mellanson.   Pierre and Priscilla had very little and were supported by their son John, a mariner.  John disappeared in September 1676, and Pierre went in search of his son, convinced that the most logical place to find him was with his brothers in Acadia.  He traveled to Port-Royal.  The trip was a grueling one, and not finding or hearing any news of John and being very aged he died during the trip sometime before May 1677.  
      He left Priscilla a widow not knowing where their son John was, and having no means of support.   She married a second time at Boston, 8 April 1680 to Captain William Wright, an innkeeper, who was born about 1611.  Priscilla is believed to have died in January 1692.

See also http://www.nosorigines.qc.ca/GenealogieQuebec.aspx?genealogy=Pierre...



Pierre Laverdure était calviniste et se réfugiait des répression fait aux calvinistes en Angleterre ou il mariait Priscilla Melanson ou Malleson.

Il arrive en Acadie (1651 - 1667 britannique) avec le futur gouverneur Thomas Temple le 1 mai 1657 (source université Laval et Toronto, Huida Ryder)

Quand l'Acadie redevient français en 1677 il va avec sa femme et leur plus jeune enfant à Boston, où il semble être décèdé.

http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/melancon/586Melancon... pioneers By Janet Manseau October 10, 2009 at 02:01:55 Hi, I am posting the notes that I have for some of my pioneer ancestors, in hopes that they may be of interest to some of you that are doing research on your ancestors.Enjoy, Janet

Descendants of Philippe/Pierre Laverdure, (pre Melancon)

Generation No. 1

      1.Philippe/Pierre1 Laverdure, (pre Melancon) was born about 1608 in Charente Maritime, La Rochelle, France, and died about 1676 in Boston, Mass..He married Priscilla Mallanson about 1630 in Yorkshire, England.She was born about 1610 in Bradford, York, England, and died about 1691 in Boston, Mass..

Notes for Philippe/Pierre Laverdure, (pre Melancon): He is referred to as Philippe in the notes that come with the 1678 census of Acadien. During this time period (as well as before and after this) surnames were not known as we know them today.When an individual became an adult, he took on a "dit" name that suited him. There were referred to as "so & so the son of ".As a result brothers from the same family often had different names.Leblond if he was blond, LePetit if he was little, Boucher if he was a butcher, etc.In the case of the sons of Pierre, Philippe took one of the names of both parents and Charles took his mother'sname and another dit name.As a result the descendants of this family are now known as "Melancon" a spelling variation of Mallanson.During this period before surnames were established a wife never changed her name to take on that of her husband's.She was always referred to by name and as the daughter of "so & so" or the wife of "so & so". Pierre La Verdure was born 1608 in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France, and died 1676 in Boston, MA.He married Priscilla Mallanson Abt. 1630 in Yorkshire, England. Notes for Pierre La Verdure: C.T. Breaux, UNE LIGNEE NOBLE EN FRANCE, QUBEC, ACADIA, LOUSIANE, Revised 2 Jun 1986. "As a result of the fall of La Rochelle in 1628, when the death blow was delivered to the Calvinists in France, Pierre went to England where he married. He and Priscilla had three sons at least, all born in England. In the spring of 1657 the family embarked in England on board the vessel Satisfaction, under the command of Captain Peter Butler, forming part of the company which Thomas Temple was transporting to Acadie, over which he had been named Governor after its capture by the English. Having first stopped at Boston, Captain Butler next went to the fort on the St. John River, where a group of his passengers disembarked, and finally to Port Royal. It appears the LAVERDURE (or Melanson, as they were also known) family stopped at Fort St. John. After the Treaty of Breda, under which in 1667 England ceded Acadie to France, Pierre and Priscilla went to seek refuge under the Protestant government at Boston, leaving behind in Acadie two of his sons, Pierre and Charles, with their young children."

Children of Philippe/Pierre Laverdure and Priscilla Mallanson are:

      2       i.       Philippe-Pierre2 Melancon-dit-LaVerdure, born about 1633 in Stirling County, Aberdeen, Scotland; died Aft. 1714 in St. Charles des Mines, Acadie, Canada.He married Marie-Marguerite Mius-dit-d'Entremont about 1664 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; born about 1649 in Cherbourg, Manche, Normandie, France; died about 1737 in Acadie, Canada.

Notes for Philippe-Pierre Melancon-dit-LaVerdure: He must be the Pierre Melancon age 28 with a wife and 7 children.If so he refused to answer any census questions. He is referred to as LaVerdure in the 1678 Acadien census. From Bona Arsenault's "Histoire et Genealotie des Acadiens", Volume 3, Page 1262: Pierre MELANSON, Sieur de La Verdure, born in 1632, a stone mason, came to Acadie from Scotland by way of Boston about 1657.That same year he was noted as being a Stone Cutter residing at St. Charles des Mines, Acadie. He married about 1664 to Marie Marguerite MIUS d'ENTREMONT, daughter of Philippe MIUS d'ENTREMONT of Pobomcoup (Pubnico, Nova Scotia) and Madeleine HELIE. Children: Philippe, b 1666; Cecile, b 1668; Pierre, b 1670; Marie, b 1673; Marguerite, b 1676; Isabelle, b 1679; Jean, b 1681; Madeleine, b 1684; Anne, b 1686; and Paul, b 1691. He lived at St. Charles de Mines Parish at Grand Pre, Nova Scotia. FRENCH CANADIAN AND ACADIAN GENEALOGICAL REVIEW, Volume II, #4, Page 221. Pierre abjured and became Catholic. NOGR, 1996, Page 113 - Pierre was the pioneer settler in 1680 of Grand Pre area of Bassin des Mines, north of Port Royal. He was named Major-in-Charge of the Militia Post. From the Canadian Archives, MG 18, H20: "I certify that Sieur Melancon, chief of the nation of Indians of all Acadie, as well as of French of that county, has rendered to me all sorts of services for the establishment of this colony, and that this establishment would not have been made without his help, and that I have retained for him, as his reward for his services which he rendered to my master, the King, the title of Colonel General of the Militia and Chief of the Indian nation. By misfortune, M. de Carillon, commanding the King's vessel, La Francoise, was taken by the English in the port of Le Have (sic), that Sieur de Melancon defrayed the expenses of all the crew and kept them at his house for six weeks without ever wishing any compensation more than to be useful to His Majesty. I certify further that after having made his abjuration and embraced the Catholic religion, he, by his example and exhortation, charged the inhabitants and Indians to be loyal to the King, to live and die in the faith of the Roman Religion. Done at Port Royal in Acadie, the first of March, 1704 and signed by: DeBrouillan [Acadien Governor Jacques Francois de Brouillan.] I certify that Mademoiselle Melancon, wife of Sieur le Poupet de la Boularderie, is the daughter of Sieur Melancon, chief of the inhabitants of Acadie, and that during the space of five years that I governed in that country, I always used him to command the Militia as he had done in the time of governors who were my predecessors, that he has served with all zeal possible. I certify further that after having made his abjuration and embraced the Catholic religion, he charged the inhabitants to be loyal to the King, to live and die in the Roman Catholic and Apostolic Religion. Done at Paris, the third of August, 1727 and signed by: De Subercase, former governor of Acadie [ Daniel Auger, Sieur de Subercase.]"

+ 3 ii. Charles Melancon, born about 1646 in Yorkshire, England.

      4       iii.       John Melancon, born about 1651 in Yorkshire, England.He married Sarah about 1680; born about 1651.

Notes for John Melancon: He went to Boston with his parents to seek refuge.

Generation No. 2

      3.Charles2 Melancon (Philippe/Pierre1 Laverdure, (pre Melancon)) was born about 1646 in Yorkshire, England.He married Marie Dugas Bef. 31 Dec 1687 in Acadie, Canada, daughter of Abraham Dugas(Dugast) and Marie-Judith-Marguerite Doucet-dit-LaVerdure.She was born about 1648 in Port Royal, Acadie,Canada.

Notes for Charles Melancon: In the 1678 Acadien Census, he is listed as La Ramee on line 3 of folio 17.His brother Pierre-Philippe is listed as La Verdure on line 6. Charles Melanson (Pierre La Verdure) was born 1643 in Yorkshire, England, and died Abt. 1700 in Port Royal, Acadie.He married Marie Dugas about 1664 in in Port Royal, Acadie, daughter of Abraham Dugas and Marguerite Doucet. Research Bulletin 250, The Melancon Settlement (1664-1755), Canadian Minister of the Environment. "Charles Melanson, age 14, and his parents arrived in Acadie from England in 1657. His father, Pierre LaVerdure, was a Huguenot who had moved to England from France before 1632. His mother, Priscilla, was English, a fact that is well accepted by historians, although generations of die-hard descendants, who will not admit an ounce of English blood, continue to insist that she was Scottish.The family, which included at least two other children, Pierre and John, sailed from England on the Satisfaction with Thomas Temple, the newly appointed Governor of Acadie. The family is thought to have settled originally on the Saint James River. Then in 1667, when Acadie was returned to France by the Treaty of Breda, Charles' parents and brother John moved to Boston. Charles and Pierre remained in Acadie. Charles had renounced Protestantism in 1664 and married Marie Dugas, daughter of Port Royal armorer, Abraham Dugas and Marguerite Douchet. Following their marriage, they probably settled on the land which we now know as the Melanson Settlement in the Port Royal area. Although no concession has been found, a British document of 1734 states that this land was granted originally to Charles Melanson and "honest" Marie Dugas. By 1671, the Melancon were majors landholders at Port Royal. The first census, taken that year listed 20 arpents of workable land, not all of it under cultivation, 40 head of cattle and 6 sheep. Charles was described as a "labourer", and the family had 4 daughters at the time.In total, 5 sons and 9 daughters were born ca. 1664 - ca. 1693. The eldest, Marie, was brought up in Boston by her grandmother, strengthening Charles' ties with that colony. Of the other children, 8 established households in the Melancon settlement, where they remained for their adult lives. One daughter settled elsewhere in the Port Royal are, one settled at Beaubassin, and one apparently died." The next two generations of Melancons were not as fortunate.On Sept. 5, 1755 the British summoned all the boys over 10 and all the men to the local church for a town meeting.Once there, they were all made prisoners and sent by ship in exile all over the the eastern coast of what is now the USA.In Grand Pre alone, 12 men were recorded as having been shipped out.This entire event makes for great history reading.

Children of Charles Melancon and Marie Dugas are: + 5 i. Ambroise3 Melancon, born about 1687 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; died 07 Aug 1757 in Québec City, QC.

      6       ii.       Claude Melancon, born about 1688 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; died 30 Jun 1737 in Port Royal, Acadie.He married Marguerite Babineau, (Jean &Marguerite Boudreau) 22 Jan 1713 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; born about 1694 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; died 12 Dec 1757 in Québec City, QC.
      7       iii.       Jean Melancon, born about 1690 in Acadie, Canada; died about 1760 in Cherbourg, Manche, France.He married Marguerite Petitot-dit-Saincenne 22 Jan 1714 in Acadie, Canada; born about 1694 in Unknown, QC; died 28 Jan 1760 in Cherbourg, France.
      8       iv.       Marguerite Melancon, born about 1692 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; died 12 Feb 1758 in Québec City, QC.She married Jean-Baptiste Landry, (Pierre & Mad. Robichaud) 22 Jan 1714 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; born about 1686 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada; died 24 Dec 1757 in Québec City, QC.

Generation No. 3

      5.Ambroise3 Melancon (Charles2, Philippe/Pierre1 Laverdure, (pre Melancon)) was born about 1687 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, and died 07 Aug 1757 in Québec City, QC.He married (1) Francoise Bourg 10 Nov 1705 in Port Royal, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Acadie, Canada.She was born about 1683 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, and died 15 Dec 1715 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada.He married (2) Marguerite Comeau 23 Jan 1719 in Port Royal, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Acadie, Canada, daughter of Jean-Claude Comeau and Francoise Hebert.She was born about 1700 in Port Royal, Acadie, Canada, and died 29 Aug 1757 in Québec City, QC.

Notes for Ambroise Melancon: Originally I was given 13 children for Ambroise Melancon and Marguerite Comeau.Later when I confirmed my files with PRDH (a University of Montreal program), I found out that only 3 had been confirmed.The parents of the others did not show up in the marriage records.

Child of Ambroise Melancon and Francoise Bourg is:

      9       i.       Elizabeth4 Melancon, born 15 Nov 1715 in Acadie, Canada.She married Olivier Thibodeau 14 Oct 1734 in Grand Pre, Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada; born about 1715 in Acadie, Canada.

Children of Ambroise Melancon and Marguerite Comeau are:

      10       i.       Francoise4 Melancon, born 15 Jan 1725 in Acadie, Canada.She married Yvon-Yves Thibault, (Louis & A.M. Jeanne Picote) 18 Jan 1747 in Acadie, Canada; born about 1725 in Acadie, Canada.
      11       ii.       Marguerite Melancon, born about 1743 in Acadie, Canada; died 08 Sep 1780 in Yamachiche, QC.She married Jean-Francois Morisset, (Pierre & M. Gen. Godin) 21 Feb 1775 in Yamachiche, QC; born about 1731 in Unknown, QC; died 17 Apr 1791 in Cap Santé, QC.
      12       iii.       Marie-Felicite Melancon, born 07 Apr 1745 in Port Royal, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Canada; died 31 Mar 1768 in Yamachiche, QC.She married Michel Rivard-dit-Lavigne-Laglanderie-Dufresne 01 Feb 1761 in Yamachiche, Maskinonge County, QC; born 31 Mar 1738 in Yamachiche, QC; died 21 Apr 1802 in Trois Rivières, QC.

http://www.acadian-cajun.com/colorig.htm One family that has been surrounded by confusion has been the Melancon/Melanson family. Melancon is an English name, so early researchers believe they were English or Scottish. Further research has found that the Acadian Melancons were sons of Pierre La Verdure. He married Priscilla Mellanson around 1630 in England or Scotland. He and his family arrived in Acadia with Sir Thomas Temple on the Satisfaction in 1657. One son is thought to have stayed in New England. One son, Pierre, a stonemason, was born in 1632 and married Marguerite Mius d'Entremont around 1664 in Port Royal. One son, Charles, was born in 1642 and married Marie Dugas in 1663 at Port Royal. The Melancons were some of the first settlers of the Grand Pre region.

    While the name is English (or Scottish), it is now thought that their father was a French Huguenot.  The 2 Melancons who settled in Acadia took their mother's surname. Check out Mike Melanson's website for more information on the Melancons.  NOTE: Archaeologists in Nova Scotia having been working on excavating the Melanson Settlement in recent years.  It is now a national historic site.


http://www.gregors-gathering.ca/Acadia/Melanson/melansons-intro-gen... The Melanson Family

Introduction to the Melansons

The Melanson family surname is quite unique in the fact that it is one of the only surnames that's use can be traced to originating with one particular generation.

Melanson family crest: designed by Margaret C. Melanson The progenitors of all Melansons, Pierre Laverdure and his wife Priscilla, were not known by the Melanson surname but rather by the name, or title, of Laverdure. However, two of their sons, Pierre and Charles, appear to be the first to have begun using "Mellanson" - in well documented, written form.

Pierre Laverdure

The reason behind the use of Laverdure as an apparent surname for Pierre is not known for certain. It is likely that the name was not actually his surname but rather a title or nickname that may have referred to an area of France that he came from, families ties in France or property that he may have owned in France. Since two of his sons went by the Mellanson surname, societal logic would dictate that this was their father's surname. However, no record has been found to put the Mellanson surname with Pierre senior.

Of the Laverdure name, Pierre was not alone in using it in Acadia. There were several men of French origin who also used the Laverdure/La Verdure name, although in these cases the name was clearly a title. A good example is that of Germain Doucet, once the Commander-in-Chief at Port Royal, who was known as "Germain Doucet dit La Verdure". Coincidentally, Germain was the father of Pierre Mellanson's wife's mother, Marguerite Doucet.

In the case of the Mellanson brothers, Pierre Mellanson would become known as "La Verdure" while Charles Mellanson would become known as "La Ramée".

The French recorded such titles and nicknames by using the French word "dit" before the title, i.e.: "dit La Verdure", or in English, "called La Verdure". When referring to a female, the French would use the word "dite". Both "dit" and "dite" are pronounced "dee".

During their time in Boston, Pierre Laverdure, his wife Priscilla and their son John were known by the name "Laverdure". This name was also to be consistently used as a surname for Pierre and Priscilla's granddaughter, Marie Melanson (first child and eldest daughter of Charles dit La Ramée Mellanson and Marie Dugas) who went to Boston to live with her grandmother at a young age. Marie became known as Mary Laverdure until later marrying David Basset.

Priscilla

In regards to Pierre Laverdure's wife Priscilla, we simply do not know for certain what her maiden name was. Many have suggested that it was Mallinson (or a variation thereof) but there are no records to indicate this in any official sense that would serve to accurately enhance any historical or genealogical research. In an effort to present the most factual data available, most professional researchers and genealogists omit any suggestion of a maiden name for Priscilla from their work.

Many spelling variations resembling the Mellanson name did exist in England during the 1500's and 1600's but it seems unlikely that Pierre and Charles, both apparently well educated and obviously literate, would go on to consistently misspell their surname when they settled in the New World. This and other details surrounding the origin of the name has gone on to create many theories and possibilities, but it is not known for certain why or from where Pierre and Charles started to use the Mellanson surname.

Of interesting note is that the Mellanson/Melanson name is not found in England prior to the year 1755. It is only after the 1755 expulsions of the Acadian people from Nova Scotia that the name begins to show up on records in England, where some of Pierre and Charles' descendants had been deported to.

Family Arrival in Acadia

Lands of the Melanson Settlement A portion of dykeland adjacent to the Melanson Settlement Of the family's arrival in Acadia, it is widely accepted that Pierre and Priscilla landed in 1657 after sailing from England with their sons onboard the ship Satisfaction. It is also generally accepted that the family disembarked at St. John's fort at the mouth of the St. John River. The family had sailed to Acadia with the newly appointed English Governor of Acadia, Sir Thomas Temple and a group of other settlers. Pierre and Priscilla, however, were to reside in Acadia for only 10 years.

A Boston court document from 1677 (Priscilla's petition of May 3, 1677) recorded Priscilla's late husband, "Peter Leverdure", as being a Frenchman and a Protestant and "Priscilla Leverdure" as being an Englishwoman. This document helped early researchers, such as Father Clarence d'Éntremont, establish a connection between Pierre Laverdure, his wife Priscilla and sons Pierre and Charles. The document also served to clear up the persistent claim that the origins of the Melanson family were Scottish. On the same note, about refuting the claims of Scottish birth (this time for Pierre and Charles Mellanson), a second document, written by John Adams in 1720, decisively describes Pierre Laverdure's son Pierre as being "an aged English Gentleman...".

The petition goes on to state that Priscilla's husband had left "[St.] John's fort to escape the wrath of his countrymen Papists". This latter statement clearly suggests that Pierre was a French Huguenot who might have left France as the Catholic government's tolerance for the Protestant Huguenots began to rapidly deteriorate during the 1620's. Either due to the problems unwinding in France or for some other reason, Pierre ended up in England were he and his Priscilla were married about 1630 (SW).

Ten years before Priscilla's petition the 1667 Treaty of Breda between the English and the French had ceded Acadia back to France. Pierre and Priscilla, both Protestants, were probably unable to fathom the idea of living under a French Catholic government and thus departed for Protestant ruled Boston, Massachusetts, sometime between 1667 and 1770 (Sir Thomas Temple had managed to delay the actual handing over of Acadia to French until 1670).

Pierre and Charles Mellanson

Memorial Chapel at Grand Pré Memorial Chapel at Grand Prè built on or near the site of the original St. Charles des Mines church Two of Pierre and Priscilla's sons, Pierre dit Laverdure Mellanson and Charles dit La Ramée Mellanson, having already converted to Catholicism and married Acadian girls, remained in Acadia to raise their families. Pierre and Priscilla's third known son, John Laverdure, either accompanied his parents when they departed for Boston or joined them there at a later date.

Eldest son Pierre dit Laverdure married Marie-Marguerite Muis d'Éntremont, daughter of Philippe Muis d'Éntremont & Madeleine Hélie while his younger brother Charles dit La Ramée married Marie Dugas, daughter of Abraham Dugas & Marguerite-Louise Doucet.

Pierre and his wife Marie-Marguerite would eventually go on to found Grand Pré at Les Mines (Minas), along with Pierre Terriot, where they would raise their family. Grand Pré became a favorite site for many young Acadians to relocate to as it was abundant in prime marshland and it was a good distance away from the central English authorities at Annapolis Royal. Very soon, the population would be thrice that as the population at Port Royal/Annapolis Royal.

Pierre would later be designated the Captain of the Militia, while Acadia was under French control, and was also to be named a seigneurial agent (collecting rents) which placed him in a position of authority in the Minas Basin region. Pierre it seems, was also to become a spy for the French.

Charles dit La Ramée and his wife Marie would establish their family near the old Port Royal habitation in the Port Royal basin at what is today known as the Melanson Settlement (sometimes referred to as the "Melanson Village" in old records and maps). The settlement grew quite large over the years with a total of nine households being located on the land during its peak times.

Charles and his wife Marie seem to have done reasonably well as the census' show their cleared land expanding and their livestock increasing. They also had a large section of dyked marshland along the Rivière Daupin (the Annapolis River) adjacent to their property. It was from this dyke that archaeologists recently retrieved two intact aboiteax, one of which is the largest and oldest aboiteau found to date.

Other archaeological digs at the Melanson Settlement discovered the foundations of many of the homes and buildings that once stood on the site, including the structure that housed Charles Melanson (son of Charles dit La Ramée) and his wife Anne Bourg. The digs within these stone foundations have produced numerous artifacts that include an earthen cooking pot, a sword hand guard, beads, musket shot, and a variety of utensils, all of which are on display at the Memorial Chapel at Grand Pré.

Besides farming, in his elder years on the opposing side of his brother Pierre, Charles became a spy for the English.

Pierre and Charles' descendants would remain on the lands of the Melansons Settlement and Grand Pré until the fateful year of 1755 that saw the Melansons and their families dispersed, along with an estimated 9,000 of their fellow Acadians, to various parts of England, France and the British colonies of New England during the Expulsions.

Of the Melanson Acadians that were deported to or remained in English territories after the Expulsions, the original spelling of the "Melanson" surname was, for the most part, retained. For those that were deported to or otherwise ended up in French territories, the name was widely frenchinized with the "s" in "son" being replaced with a "c" or cedilla according to the french pronunciation of the soft "s" on the word "son".

To continue from here to the first generation of this family to settle in Acadia, please click here.

http://www.emptynestancestry.com/pierre-dit-laverdure-and-priscilla... Pierre dit Laverdure and Priscilla Mellanson – A Family Mystery 9 Comments / Culture, Family Genealogies, Location, Records, Surnames / By Christine Blythe Update: New Melanson genealogy information was found by a fellow researcher in 2012 and may have cleared up this family mystery. I learned about it during December 2014 and the new information is detailed in the post “A breakthrough in the mysterious Melanson genealogy?”

If you’re using this research, be sure to use the information in both posts as the new discoveries negate or resolve some of the information and speculations in this post.

Melanson Family Crest Melanson Family Crest My family on my mother’s side originates with Pierre dit Laverdure and his wife Priscilla (Mellanson), who immigrated with their family to America by ship with a group under the leadership of the newly appointed Governor of Acadia, Thomas Temple in 1657. They landed first in Boston, Massachusetts and then travelled to Acadia to settle.

Poitou-Charentes region of France Poitou-Charentes region of France After some consideration of the scant documentary evidence available for this couple, weighed against the political and religious circumstances of the time, it is widely believed Pierre was a French Huguenot who emigrated to England to escape the persecution of the Huguenots. It is most likely he emigrated from La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes, as his departure coincides with the capture of that protestant city by Papist forces.

There is a fair quantity of documentary evidence regarding Pierre, Priscilla and their three sons Pierre, Charles and Jean once they arrive in Acadia. What little we know of their original location and circumstances is gleaned from the documentation in Acadia and Boston, Massachusetts.

In one document found in the archives of Boston, Massachusetts, Priscilla states that she and her family had immigrated to Acadia in 1657 on the ship ‘Satisfaction’ with the newly appointed Governor and had settled in the region that is now St. John, New Brunswick.

Grand Temple of Rochelle Protestant “Grand Temple” of La Rochelle, built on the Place du Château, modern Place de Verdun, in 1600–1603. Accidentally burned down in 1687. A petition submitted by Priscilla Mellanson to the Governor of Massachusetts and his counsel was also found. In this petition, she requests that 100 pounds she had submitted for bail on behalf of her son Jean, who had skipped bail, be returned to her. She states that she was an English woman and her husband ‘Peter Laverdure’ was of French protestant origin.

Much of the documentation from the Acadian settlement refers to Pierre as Pierre dit Laverdure. A common practice in France at the time was to adopt nicknames or titles denoted by the word ‘dit’ before it. This title or nickname could have referred to any number of things including a descriptive term, location, family or property in France. I was unable to find any references to titles, locations or property in my research. However, I did locate a definition for the word ‘verdure’ in The Free Dictionary, and it indicates:

ver·dure a. The lush greenness of flourishing vegetation. b. Vigorous greenery. 2. A fresh or flourishing condition: the verdure of childhood.

[Middle English, from Old French, from verd, green, from Latin viridis.]

My reasoning (and this is total speculation) is that, based on this definition, there are several possibilities, including:

He was from a lush, green, fertile area of France. He was involved in forest management or forestry. He was in a profession concerned with vegetation such as farming. The ‘fresh or flourishing condition’ referred to in the definition above could allude to his being ‘young’, ‘youthful’, ‘vigorous’, or ‘junior’ to someone. In most English documents, the ‘dit’ is dropped from Pierre’s name and he is referred to simply as Pierre Laverdure. In no written record does the patriarch Pierre have the surname Mellanson, despite the fact that his wife and sons are all known by that surname. Further support for the Laverdure portion of his surname being a title or nickname is the fact that his son Pierre is noted in documents as Pierre ‘dit la Verdure’ Mellanson and his brother as Charles ‘dit la Ramée’ Mellanson.

Although difficult to find, research into the ‘dit la Ramée’ nickname for Charles also indicates a definition surrounding vegetation and foliage.

Cardinal Richilieu at the Siege of La Rochelle Cardinal Richelieu at the Siege of La Rochelle (1627-1628), Henri Motte, 1881. Another document written in 1720 by John Adams actually provides quite a bit of evidence to support these conclusions. It refers to the son of Pierre Laverdure as ‘an aged English gentleman’. It also states that Priscilla’s husband had left to “escape the wrath of his countrymen Papists.” At the time of the Treaty of Breda, by which Acadia came under control of France, Pierre and Priscilla moved to Boston, Massachusetts, supposedly in fear of further persecution at the hands of the French. Their sons Pierre and Charles, having previously converted to the Catholic religion, remained in Acadia.

It is impossible to tell what Priscilla’s maiden name was. It is widely assumed it was Mellanson although there is little to support this in the documentation of the time. The belief that Mellanson had been her surname is supported by her mark on a document while in Boston, in which she simply uses the initials ‘PM’, and also by the fact that her sons Pierre and Charles adopted ‘Mellanson’ as their surname.

Houses of Huguenot weavers at Canterbury Some Huguenot refugees settled at Canterbury where these Huguenot weavers’ houses still stand. While conducting research into the circumstances of the Huguenot migration I learned that they emigrated to numerous locations including England, Wales and Ireland in the United Kingdom. The Huguenot immigrants to England arrived on the coastline of Kent. Although a small portion relocated to Ireland, the majority moved on to Canterbury; Sandwich, Faversham and Maidstone in Kent; Shoreditch, Spitalfields, and Wandsworth, London; Cranfield, Bedford and Luton in Bedfordshire; and Norwich in Norfolk.

One common thread between information we know from Acadian census records for Pierre and his sons and the Huguenots who migrated to Canterbury, is an involvement in the handling or creation of textiles. A large proportion of the Huguenot refugees in Canterbury were weavers, and there is at least one Acadian census indicating that Pierre, the son, was a tailor.

The migration of Huguenots to England does not seem to have extended to Yorkshire. Therefore, I’m inclined to assume that since it’s unlikely for Pierre to have been in Yorkshire, it is possible Priscilla had lived – whether permanently or temporarily – and if indeed she came from Yorkshire, in one of the areas of Huguenot settlement listed above.

Recently, I decided to do a broad search for anything I can find of the names ‘Mellanson’ and ‘Laverdure’ in England, hopefully to find documentary evidence of their arrival, residency, marriage or birth of their sons. There is very little to be found. As others have stated in the past, the Mallinson surname and all of its variations appear most frequently in Yorkshire, England. However, it does appear in varying concentrations throughout the rest of England and I have been unable to find records of any Priscilla of that surname with any Peter or Pierre.

Due to the widespread belief of her origin being Yorkshire, based on the frequency of the ‘Mellanson’ and other variants of the surname in Yorkshire, I proceeded to search for references to ‘Pierre Laverdure’ or ‘Pierre dit Laverdure’ in combination with ‘Priscilla Mellanson’ or just ‘Priscilla’ on its own. I used soundex searches, hoping to find obscure references to the names or variants in spelling and combinations I may otherwise have missed. Nothing was found. I then searched for Priscilla with Pierre, or possibly Priscilla with Peter. Although there were some results, in none of them was the surname even close to that of Pierre Laverdure.

Not finding any close possibilities in Yorkshire, I decided to conduct the same search for all of England. The following were the results of my search, again using soundex for the broadest results:

A marriage record for a Peter Mailes to a Presilla Browne on February 28, 1619 in Bottisham, Cambridge, England. A birth record for Prisella Mellen on March 30, 1605 in Hothfield, Kent, England. Both of these are possibilities, but rather vague ones at best. Is it not possible that Prisella’s maiden name was Mellen and her sons Pierrre and Charles subsequently added the ‘son’ and went by Mellenson?

I was amazed to find a birth record for Peter Verdere on May 21, 1631 at Saint George Collegiate, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Could this be a misspelling or anglicized version of La Verdure? We already know from the documents found in Boston, Priscilla did refer to Pierre as ‘Peter’. This birth date is definitely at the right time, considering the Acadian censuses showing the first Pierre’s son with a birth date of 1631/32. The father’s name is also noted on the record as Peter Verdere. Cambridge is close enough to Kent where Prisella Mellen was born that it’s not unlikely that they could have met and married.

Other Verdere records I located include:

James Verdere, married to Elisabeth on September 1, 1651 in Heigham, Norfolk, England. Anne Verdeer, baptised September 19, 1665 in St. John Timberhill, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Deborah Verdeere, baptised September 10, 1666 in St. John Timberhill, Norwich, Norfolk, England to Peter Verdeere and Jude. Judith Virdeer, baptised April 2, 1668 in St. Gregoryes, Norwich, Norfolk, England, showing parents to be Peter Virdeer and Judith. Peter Verdere, buried December 26, 1668 in St. Gregoryes, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Elizabeth Verdier, baptised March 5, 1672 in St. Gregory, Norwich, Norfolk, England, showing Peter and Judith as her parents. James Verdier, baptised March 19, 1676 in St. Gregory, Norwich, Norfolk, England. James Verdere, buried on February 16, 1681 in St. Johns of Maddermarket, Norwich, Norfok, England, showing his father as Peter Verdere. The burial of Peter Verdere in 1668 could be that of his father, who was also named Peter. Or, less likely is the possibility that this was a brother or other relative. Although at first glance the burial of Peter Verdere in 1668 after the births of several children may seem to eliminate this Peter as our Pierre dit Laverdure, it is important to note that the common practice at the time among the French was to reuse given names several times – even among siblings. I could speculate that the Peter who immigrated to Amercica in 1657 with his father, also Peter, may have been a brother to another son with the name of Peter as a middle name. Upon the death or removal of one son by a given name like our Pierre, it was quite common to either name a second son (and brother to the deceased) born later with the same name, or for an existing son to adopt the name.

My own extensive French heritage through the Acadians on my mother’s side and the French Canadians in Quebec on my father’s side, provide numerous examples of this practice. If this were indeed the case, this Pierre Verdere having fathered the children after 1657 and his dying in 1668 would not necessarily preclude him from being a son to our Pierre Laverdure and a brother to the Pierre Laverdure who immigrated with his father in 1657. It is unfortunate that none of these records name the wife and/or mother.

Considering the distance from Norwich to Cambridge is only about 75 kilometers, and Cambridge having been a main center for the settlement of Huguenots, this appears to be a more likely place for Pierre Laverdure to have been than Yorkshire.

If anyone else has found anything that may be evidence of our Pierre Laverdure and Priscilla Mellanson and their family in England, please get in touch with me. I would greatly appreciate any help I can get to solve this family mystery.

http://www.emptynestancestry.com/640/ Melansons in Acadia 6 Comments / Culture, Family Genealogies, Location, Records, Religion, Surnames / By Christine Blythe Melanson-Crest-150x1501.jpgPierre ‘dit Laverdure and his wife Priscilla Mellanson (my eighth great grandparents on my mother’s side) were known by the name, nickname or title of Laverdure. We are descended from the second of their three sons, Charles ‘dit la Ramee’ Mellanson, (my seventh great grandfather).

The origin of the name ‘Laverdure’ is not known, but it is believed that this was actually a title or nickname referring to the area of France from which Pierre came. This is supported by the fact that he was not the only one to use the Laverdure name. The common practice of the day in the French culture was to signify a title or nickname with the use of the preceding word ‘dit’, such as ‘dit Laverdure’ in this case.Two of their sons, Pierre (of the nickname ‘Laverdure’ as well) and Charles (nickname La Ramee), appear to be the first to have begun using “Mellanson” and were both well educated and literate in English and French. The origin of this surname is unclear as their father was not known to have used it. There is speculation that ‘Mellanson’ originated from Priscilla’s last name, which is believed by some to have been Mallinson. This belief is supported by the fact that there is a document containing Priscilla’s signature as the initials ‘PM’, since neither of her married names began with the letter ‘M’.

Pierre and Priscilla had another son named John, who was also known by the name ‘Laverdure’, as was Charles dit La Ramée Mellanson’s daughter Marie (later known as Mary Laverdure), who lived with her grandmother Priscilla in Boston from a young age.

Pierre and Priscilla immigrated to Acadia (see image at left) from England on the ship ‘Satisfaction’ with the English Governor of Acadia, Sir Thomas Temple and several other settlers. They disembarked at St. John’s Fort on the St. John River. Pierre and Priscilla remained in Acadia for ten years.

About 1667, the Treaty of Breda between the English and French resulted in control of Acadia reverting back to France.

Being Protestants, Pierre and Priscilla most likely moved to Boston, Massachusetts to avoid living under a French Catholic government. A petition on file in Boston refers to ‘Peter Laverdure’ as a French Protestant and ‘Priscilla Laverdure’ as an English woman. It also states that Priscilla’s husband left St. John’s Fort to escape the Catholics, supporting the theory that Pierre may have been an Huguenot who left France in the 1620’s to escape Catholic intolerance of Protestants. Pierre is later shown in England where he married Priscilla about 1630.

Having both converted to Catholicism, eldest son Pierre dit Laverdure married Marie-Marguerite Muis d’Entremont, daughter of Philippe Muis d’Entremont and Madeleine Hélie; and Charles dit La Ramée married Marie Dugas, daughter of Abraham Dugas and Marie-Marguerite-Louise Doucet. Pierre and his wife Marie-Marguerite founded Grand Pré at Les Mines (Minas). Later becoming the Captain of the Militia while Acadia was under French control, he held a position of authority and some power in the Les Mines. He was also known to have become a French spy.

Charles became a spy for the English – the opposing side of his own brother, Pierre. In 1695, he signed his name to an oath of allegiance to the King of England at Port Royal. PAUL MELANSON OCTOBER 24, 2013 AT 5:01 PM Hello, I’ve been working on the Origin’s of Mellanson, Melanson, Melançon, Mélançon for over 20 years. When Peter Mellanson arrive at Port Royal in 1657 on the English ship Satisfaction he was revered to as An English Gentleman, this very ship was bringing English provision to Port Royla after the English take over. Both of his older son’s were born in Scotland in Aberdeen. His wife Priscilla last name is not mention which caused and still is causing many arguments to the name of Peter. When they arrived in Port Royal there was a French Person named Louis Doucet Dit Laverdure, this I believe strengthen that dit Laverdure and dit La Ramée where nicknames, and not true family Names. While researching I did contact a 25 yr Genealogist who was adamant the Mellanson are not of Scottish descent even if they were born in Aberdeen. So how to we prove a Family name.

CHRISTINE BLYTHE OCTOBER 24, 2013 AT 5:27 PM I am aware of the rumoured possibility of their origin being Scotland. I do, however, think it’s more likely that he originated from La Rochelle, France since he is referred to in at least one document by Priscilla herself in Massachusetts as being of French origin. All mentions of possible English / Scottish origins I’m aware of are third hand with no proof available. In my research, I learned that there was a considerable influx of Huguenot refugees to England prior to and during the immigration to Acadia. It is likely that Pierre (and his presently unknown family, possibly) had emigrated to England prior to travelling to Acadia. It is in England where he would have met and married Priscilla.

In another post, I have gone into much more detail about the research, my findings and my theories and conclusions.

By the way, I have been unable to find sources for the births of Pierre, Priscilla or their sons. I would be very interested in where you found the birth records for the sons in Scotland.

http://www.emptynestancestry.com/a-breakthrough-in-the-mysterious-m... A breakthrough in the mysterious Melanson genealogy? 2 Comments / Culture, Documents, Helpful Information, Location, Records, Religion, Sources, Stories, Surnames, Tips, Tips, Tools, Tools / By Christine Blythe A while ago, I learned a valuable lesson after reading an email about a breakthrough in the research on the mysterious Melanson genealogy. I should not read emails on my tablet just before turning off the bedroom light. This email contained some exciting information that was essentially a breakthrough in the mysterious Melanson genealogy.

The ruins of Fort Beausejour where numerous Acadians, including our Melansons, were held prisoner by the British prior to the expulsion. The ruins of Fort Beausejour where numerous Acadians, including our Melansons, were held prisoner by the British prior to the expulsion. Once I read the following email informing me of a discovery made by Paul Delaney in 2012 of baptismal records for the children of Pierre and Priscilla Melanson, I lost all hope of sleeping. I was just too excited and my mind was racing.

The email reads:

Hi,

Through some internet research on Melanson name I found your website, more specifically this page:

http://www.emptynestancestry.com/pierre-dit-laverdure-and-priscilla...

Just in case you were not aware, you might be interested to know that a few documents were found in London that relates to Pierre Melanson (father) and his family. Here’s a nice article in English (from the Facebook page of Michael B. Melanson) that talks about what was found.

Through his diligence and dedication, Paul Delaney has made some very exciting and important discoveries – including the baptismal records of brothers Pierre (Peter) and Charles Mellanson, ancestors of the Melanson/Melançon family.

In 2012, he published an article titled “Les Melanson en Angleterre” [%E2%80%9CThe Melansons in England”] with the results of his research. In the parish register of St. Martin in the Fields Church in London, he found four baptismal records for the children of Pierre and Priscilla:

Petrus [Peter] Meranson baptized August 15, 1637 Petrus [Peter] Meronzo baptized October 29, 1637 Katherina [Catherine] Meranzo baptized April 19, 1640 Caroly [Charles] Meranzon baptized December 14, 1642

These entries were recorded in Latin and did not include dates of birth. As the first two baptisms took place two and a half months apart, the first Peter could not have been an infant. It is possible his parents were new members of the congregation and had him baptized there as a toddler. Their marriage record was not found in the parish registers. As for the second Peter, this may have been John. Occasionally, a recording priest or minster would mistakenly inscribe the father’s name in place of the child’s – a simple clerical error. It’s also possible that the first Peter died shortly after baptism (as a toddler) and the next newborn child was given his name. No burial records for this family were found. However, clergymen tended to be less diligent in recording these events.

As these children were baptized with variations of the “Meranson” surname, it would not have been Priscilla’s maiden name, as once theorized. Also, Laverdure would appear to be an alternate or nickname for Mellanson and not the other way around. When Pierre Mellanson’s daughter Madeleine was baptized at Rivière-aux-Mines, Acadia, June 25, 1684, he was recorded as “Pierre Melanson, Sieur de la Verdure.” Laverdure may have been a title or designation once used in France.

Michael B. Melanson

Source: Paul Delaney, “Les Melanson en Angleterre,” Cahiers de la Société historique acadienne, vol. 43, no. 3 (September 2012), pp. 44-60.

So there is still more to discover about that family…

Best regards,

Martin Roy (descendant of Charles Melanson)

I am prone to anxiety attacks, but this was the first time I ever experienced an anxiety attack brought on by good news, and the only way to deal with it was to get up and try to see if I could find more information for this family using the misspellings in the baptismal records.

I didn’t find anything new, but I did find the transcribed baptism index records on ancestry.com and familysearch.org.

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Records for Catherine Melanson (Katherina Meranzo) Meranzo, Katherina; baptism record; London, England; Ancestry

Meranzo, Katherina; baptism record; London, England; Family Search

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Records for Pierre Melanson (Petrus Meranson) Meranson, Petrus; Baptism Record; London, England

Meranson, Petrus; bap. 1637; London, England

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Records for Pierre Melanson (Petri Meronzo) Meronzo, Petri, bap. Oct 1637; England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Meronzo, Petri, bap. Oct 1637; England Births and Christenings

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Records for Charles Melanson (Carol Meranzon) Meranzon, Carol, bap. 1642; England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975; Family Search

Meranzon, Carol, bap. 1642; England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975; Ancestry

I also checked out the Melanson Facebook page and I’ve placed a screenshot below.

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Melanson Facebook Page Article Melanson Baptisms; London, England; Melanson-Melancon- The Genealogy of an Acadian and Cajun Family; Facebook

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Conclusions I was a little perplexed about why the misspellings were so similar throughout the years in London. Then I realized that it was most likely a result of different phonetic sounds for letters in French and English. When you hear ‘Melanson’ with a French accent, it could easily sound phonetically like ‘Meranzo’ to English ears.

I’ve always been in the habit of using soundex searches for unusual names or as a last resort when I’m not finding anything else. This is an example where the differences can be too great to be picked up via soundex.

Based on the information in the baptism records, the variations and misspellings of the surname due to speaking it with a French accent, I have come to new conclusions for the origins of this family.

I still do believe Pierre came from France, but that the Melanson surname belonged to him and not his wife Priscilla, whom he most likely met and married in England sometime prior to 1630. The ‘dit Laverdure’ suffix was probably a title or designation of some sort and I’v

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