Leger Family Genealogy

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  • ID: I15027
  • Sex: M
  • Name: Pierre (*) ARCENEAUX
  • Birth: in Acadia, (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Birth: 1731 in Beaubassin, Acadia (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Death: ABT 1793 in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, (USA)
  • Death: 1793 in Attakapas District, Louisiana (USA)
  • Note:
    REF: "SW Louisiana Records CD" by Donald Hebert, succession dated 1793 (St. Martinville Courthouse: PA-14-2)---lists parents, wife and children. Louis, Pierre, Alexandre, Francois, Cyprien, Rosalie, Marie and Francoise. Also says he was a from La Pointe de Beausejour, de l'Acadie.

    REF: "SW Louisiana Records CD" by Donald Hebert, as parent of Alexandre and grandparent of Alexandre ARCENEAUX at his birth.

    REF: From La Pointe de Beausjour, de L'Acadie. He was in the 1766 Louisiana Census.

    Succession dated 1793. St. Martinville, Louisiana Court House, Louisiana: OA-14-2----REF: : Donald Hebert's, "SW Louisiana Records".

    It is believed (by some) that Louis was the man Gabriel in Longfellows poem "Evangeline". In St. James, La. on the land owned by Louis Pierre, his son Louis built a home that is still standing and has this
    End of Acadian Odyssey from Beaubassin,
    Nova Scotia via St. James and Atchafalaya
    Swamps, to the Attakapas prairies. Here
    Louis Pierre Arceneaux, prototype of Longfellow's
    Gabriel, established his ranch in 1765.
    The above is on a plaque on Louis Pierre's property and the home ( still standing) built by his son, Louis and still owned by an Arceneaux family.

    The poet Longfellow wrote and impressive and sad poem "Evangeline" She checked for her loved one along the first Acadian Coast, where "Gabriel" (Louis Pierre Arceneaux) had a farm (Hymel, La. now St. James) and family. However, like so many other Acadians, he moved on and established a vast ranch in the Attakapas. Dr. Arceneaux quoted from the poet Longfellow's "Evangeline," stating that the Acadians searched for their kin among the farmers on the Acadian Coast and in the the prairies of the Opelousas. "The Acadian Coast mentioned by Longfellow can mean no other place but St. James." (Quote from Dr. Thomas Arceneaux, retired Dean, College of Agriculture, University of SW Louisiana, Lafayette.) "Evangeline" is credited with having been "Emmeline Labiche," aged fifteen at the time of the deportation, in 1755, while "Gabriel," Louis Pierre Arceneaux, her fiance, was twent-three years old. They were separated when disaster befell the Acadians. "Gabriel" and companions wandered eight
    years before he gave up the hope of seeing, again, "Evangeline." In 1763 he was married to a young Acadian girl, Anne Bergeron, and, by 1765, the couple had settled on the First Acadian Coast in St. James, Louisiana, in the area known formerly as Hymel (now St. James), La. about l mile above the St. James Church. His farm consisted of 10 arpents front along the river with the usual depth. Shortly after 1777, "Gabriel" and his family moved to the Attakapas.
    REF: "Nostalgic Notes on St. James Parish Then and Now" by Marie Pilkington Cambell.
    Sometimes called the Cajun Evangeline.

    REF: Parents: Stephen White

    REF: Donald Hebert's, "SW La. Records", Vol. l p 19

    REF: In the 4-9-1766 Census of the Acadian Coast, Louisiana with wife Anne Bergeron

    He and his family were in the St. James Parish, Louisiana census of 1776. One of these Arceneaux men, Pierre (m. Anne Bergeron) was among the group of several Acadian men who
    signed an agreement with cattleman, Antoine Bernard D'Autrive, to raise cattle in the Attakapas country. This Pierre Arceneaux moved his family to the the vicinity of Carencro in 1787. This Arceneaux line, consisting of Pierre and his five sons (Louis, Cyprien, Alexandre, Pierre II and François) were among the leading cattleman and farmers in the Lafayette/Carencro region at the end of the 18th century, and many of his descendants still live in the area.
    REF: Denis Savard <djsavard@nbnet.nb.ca> he quotes Stephen White.

    In a contract dated April 4, 1765: (New Orleans Commissioner, Nicolas Foucault wrote)
    "A retired army captain, Antoine Bernard d'Hauterive, agreed to supply them with cattle for breeding purposes. The signatures included those of Pierre Arcenaud, Joseph Broussard, Jean-Baptiste Broussard, Victor Broussard, Jean Dugas, Joseph Guillebeau and Olivier Tibaudau.

    REF: On the list of 321 Acadians who were in Louisiana April 30, 1765. This list consists of those Acadians who wanted to exchange Canadian card money for Spanish money when they arrived in Louisiana. A copy of the document containg these names may be found at the Erath Museum in Louisiana. It seem that it was found in the Archives in France by Rene Babineau and they donated a copy of it to the Museum.

    REF: "SW Louisiana Records" by Donald Hebert----ARCENEAUX, Alexandre (Alexandre ARSONNEAU - of here & Helene CARMOUCHE - of St. James on the Mississippi) b. 26 June 1803, bt. 2 Aug. 1803 at place of Widow ARSONNEAU. Pats: Pierre ARSONNEAU & Anne BERGERON - of acadia; Mats: Pierre CARAMOUCHE & Genevieve ROUSSEAU; Spons: Francois CARAMOUCHE & Rosalie ARSONNEAU, wife of Joseph Athanase BRO. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (SM Ch.: v.6, #47)

    Mother: UNKNOWN

    Marriage 1 ANNE BERGERON b: 1735 in Port Royal, Acadia (Anapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada)
    • Married: ABT 1757 in Riviere St. Jean, Acadia
    • Note:
      Marceline CARMOUCHE was the daughter of Francois CARMOUCHE [s/o Pierre
      CARMOUCHE & Genevieve ROUSSEAU, possibly of Quebec] & Francoise ARCENEAU
      [d/o Pierre ARCENEAU & Anne Marie BERGERON who were married 1757 Riviere St.
      Jean, Acadia]. Thank you Andy Scott for your research.
    2. Has No Children Louis ARSENEAUX
    3. Has Children Alexandre ARSENEAUX
    4. Has No Children Francois ARSENEAUX
    5. Has Children CYPRIEN ARSENEAUX b: 1762
    6. Has No Children Rosalie ARSENEAUX
    7. Has No Children Marie ARSENEAUX
    8. Has Children Louis ARSENEAUX
    9. Has Children Marie Jeane ARSENEAUX
    10. Has No Children Pierre ARSENEAUX
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