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Antoine (Belliveau) Béliveau (abt. 1621 - aft. 1686)

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Antoine Béliveau formerly Belliveau
Born about in La Chaussée, Orne, Basse-Normandie, Francemap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Port Royal Acadiemap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Port-Royal, Acadiamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 23 Dec 2011
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(English version below)

Antoine Béliveau est né vers 1621[1][2] "Nous ignorons le lieu d'origine... Comme les noms Belliveau et Guyon... figurent à plusieurs reprises dans les registres paroissiaux de La Chaussée (Poitou), il est possible qu'Antoine soit venu de cette région".[3]

"Nous ignorons ... la date d'arrivée d'Antoine Belliveau en Acadie, mais il semble bien être venu parmi les premiers colons, avant 1650."[3] Vers 1651, Antoine épousa Andrée Guyon, veuve de M. Bernard. Le couple a eu 2 enfants: Jean et Madeleine.[2]

Lorsque Port-Royal a été capturé par les Britanniques le 16 Août 1654, le commandant de Port-Royal, a quitté pour la France. Antoine est resté à Port-Royal comme la plupart des Acadiens. Ils ont été autorisés à conserver leurs terres et leurs biens et ont été garantis la liberté religieuse.[4]

Antoine est nommé au recensement en 1671 habitant à Port-Royal, occupation laboureur.[1] Il est nommé au recensement en 1686 habitant à Port-Royal.[5] Leur ferme était située a l'ouest du fort (Ste-Anne), sur la rive nord de la rivière du Dauphin (Annapolis), au-dessus des marais de Queen Anne.[6]

Antoine est mort entre 1686 et 1693.[7]


(version française ci-dessus)

Antoine Belliveau was born around 1621 in France. He made his way to Acadia and was among the first settlers there before 1650. Around 1651 he married Andrée Guyon, a young widow of M. Bernard, who already had two children. Antoine and Andrée had two children: Jean born around 1652 and Madeleine, born around 1654.

At the time of Madeleine's birth, the British captured Port-Royal. Although the commander of Port Royal left for France, most Acadians, including Antoine's family, remained in Acadia. They were permitted to retain their land and belongings and were guaranteed religious freedom. Dunn[4] describes life in Acadia during the 16 years of nominal British rule:

"During the years of British rule, most of the Port-Royal population moved upriver away from the town. Using the agricultural practices initiated under D'Aulnay, the Acadians dyked and cultivated extensive salt marshes along the river and raised livestock. Through necessity, residents had reached an accommodation with New England traders who had become their sole source for the goods that they could not produce themselves... New England traders exchanged their goods for Acadian produce and furs... There were seventy to eighty families in the Port Royal area in 1665."

By 1686, their married daughter Madeleine had died leaving three small children. Their son-in law Gernmain Bourgeois had re-married. Antoine and Andrée were living with their son Jean and his family. Jean's homestead was located on the north side of the Dauphin (Annapolis) River east of the Fort (Fort Anne NS) above the Queen Anne Marsh[6]

Antoine died sometime between 1686 and 1693.[7]


Children. Nos origines[8] lists another child of Antoine and Andrée that is not listed by Stephen White's DGFA: Marguerite Béliveau (de Andrée Guyon). Is there evidence to support this name?


  • 1671 Acadian Census at Port Royal: Antoine BELLIVEAU, 50, wife Andree GUION 56; Children: Jean 19, Magdeleine 17; cattle 11, sheep 8.
  • 1686 Acadian Census at Port-Royal: Antoine BELLIVEAU (BELLINEAULT) 70 [sic], Andree GUION 70; Jean BELLIVEAU, son, 34; Jeanne BOURRE (BOURQUE) his wife 28; children: Jean 14, Madeleine 12, Charles 8, Antoine
  1. 1.0 1.1 Recensement 1671 Acadie
  2. 2.0 2.1 White, Stephen A., Patrice Gallant, and Hector-J Hébert. Dictionnaire Généalogique Des Familles Acadiennes. Moncton, N.-B.: Centre D'études Acadiennes, Université De Moncton, 1999, Print, p96.
  3. 3.0 3.1 White, Stephen A. La généalogie des trente-sept familles hôtesses des "Retrouvailles 94", Les Cahiers de la Société historique acadienne, vol. 25, nos 2 et 3 (1994). (Belliveau)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dunn, Brenda. A History of Port Royal / Annapolis Royal 1605-1800. Nimbus Publishing, p 23-24(1654 Capture of Port-Royal); p25-27;29 (the English period 1654-1670).
  5. Recensement 1686 Acadie
  6. 6.0 6.1 Location of Jean Belliveau (Antoine lived with him before he died). In Au Coeur de l'Acadie Acadian Settlement on the Annapolis River 1707 Map Parks Canada
  7. 7.0 7.1 Based on the fact that he listed as living with his son in the 1686 census, but was not listed with his son or elsewhere in the 1693 Census.
  8. Généalogie Québec

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On 12 Mar 2016 at 16:15 GMT Tom Patin wrote:

Belliveau-144 and Belliveau-17 appear to represent the same person because: Identical persons

Antoine is 20 degrees from Chet Atkins, 18 degrees from Edie Kohutek and 17 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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