Jacques  Bourgeois

Jacques Bourgeois (abt. 1621 - bef. 1700)

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Jacques "dit Jacob" Bourgeois
Born about in La Ferté-Gaucher, Seine et Marne, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about in Acadiamap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Port-Royal, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
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Jacques dit Jacob BOURGEOIS (1621 - <1700)

Jacques Bourgeois was born in France on January 7, 1621 in La Ferté-Gaucher commune's Saint-Romain parish. He was a surgeon and may have learned this profession from the Order of Malta, near his home in France. He arrived at Port-Royal in Acadia on July 6, 1641[1] having sailed aboard the Saint-François from the port of La Rochelle. He was travelling with the governor of Acadia, Charles de Menou d'Aulnay, who was leading a convoy of four ships.[2][3]

He married Jeanne Trahan at Port-Royal in 1643. She was born about 1629 at Bourgueil in ancient Anjou province and arrived in Acadia in 1636 with her father Guillaume Trahan, her mother Francoise Corbineau and a sister.

At Port-Royal, Jacques became a farmer, shipbuilder, and trader. He traded with Bostonians; learning their language and becoming an interpreter for French and English. By 1670, Jacques was believed to be the wealthiest citizen in Port-Royal.

In 1646, Jacques and Jeanne were granted an island called île aux Cochons, situated in the Dauphin River (today Annapolis River) upstream from Port-Royal.[4][5]

In 1671, Jacques, founded the "Bourgeois colony" with his two sons (Charles & Germain) and established the colony with several other European families.

In 1672, he sold a part of his land in Port-Royal to settle in Chignecto isthmus, where he built a flour-mill and saw-mill. This region had fertile marshes and high ground for farming. The northeast coast of the isthmus (Shediac) was a relay station in sea communications between Acadia and Canada for strategic commanding the isthmus and Bay of Fundy. Later, the Beaubassin region (south of Shediac and west of Chigneto) became the most prosperous place in Acadia.

The Bourgeois colony became Beaubassin, when Michel Leneuf de la Vallière de Beaubassin, was in 1676 granted the seigneurie de Beaubassin. The settlement was near the border separating present day New Brunswick from Nova Scotia. Jacques and his son, Guillaume, returned to live at Port Royal after the establishment at Beaubassin, although they kept farms at the new settlement. Jacques' other two sons, Charles and Germain, stay in Beaubassin with their families. A clause in the title to the seigneurie's land grant protected the interests of Jacques Bourgeois and the other Acadian settlers established on the domain so that competition between adjacent factions soon merged into one.[6]

He had 10 children with Jeanne; seven girls and three boys.

Jacques maintained a presence in Port-Royal as he is listed in the census for the years 1671, 1686, and 1693. His sons are living in Beaubassin in 1686 and 1693. In 1698 Jacques is listed as living at Beaubassin with son Germain, but he returned to Port-Royal before his death before 1700.[3][7]

Jacques died before 1700 at Port Royal, Acadia, New-France, an octogenarian.


Jacques dit Jacob BOURGEOIS (1621 - <1700)

Jacques (Jacob) Bourgeois est un chirurgien militaire considéré comme l’ancêtre des Bourgeois acadiens. Arrivé en Acadie le 6 juillet 1641 sur le navire Saint-François, il épousera vers 1643, Jeanne Trahan , venue en Acadie vers 1636 avec ses parents. Le couple aura une dizaine d’enfants. Si Jacques exerce sa profession, il est aussi cultivateur et marchand, profitant du commerce auquel il s’adonne avec les Micmacs dans la baie de Fundy. En 1672, il fonde la « colonie Bourgeois » qui devient Beaubassin. Tout au long de sa vie, le pionnier, entreprenant et prospère, sera au service de la colonie . Jacques et sa femme décède avant 1700.[8]


Enfants / Children

Union avec / with Jeanne Trahan:[9]

  1. Jeanne b ~1644 Port-Royal
  2. Charles b ~1646 Port-Royal; m 1668 Anne Dugas; + 1677-1679.
  3. Germain b ~1650 Port-Royal; m 1e 1673 Marguerite Belliveau 2e 1682 Madeleine Dugas
  4. Marie b ~1652 Port-Royal; m 1e 1670 Pierre Cyr 2e 1680 Guillaume Girouard
  5. Guillaume b ~1655 Port-Royal; m 1686 Marie-Anne d'Aprendestiguy de Martignon
  6. Marguerite b ~1658 Port-Royal; m 1e 1676 Jean Boudrot, 2e 1679 Emmanuel Mirande dit Tavare, 3e 1707 Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste
  7. Françoise b ~1659 Port-Royal; m 1673 Claude Dugas
  8. Anne b ~1661 Port-Royal; m 1678 René LeBlanc
  9. Marie b ~1665 Port-Royal; m 1681 Antoine Leblanc
  10. Jeanne b ~1667 Port-Royal; m 1689 Pierre Comeau.

Timeline of Acadia

1632 Treaty Saint-Germain-en-Laye cedes Acadia to France; Isaac de Razilly brings ~300 elite men.[10]
1636 Arrival of the first French families to settle permanently.[11]
1654 British capture Port-Royal; French settlement ceases.[12]
1667-70 Treaty of Breda cedes Acadia to the French; settlement resumes.[13]
1670’s-1690’s Available farmland decreases; some leave Port-Royal to establish new villages: Beaubassin (1671); Grand-Pré and Pigiguit (1680); Chipoudie (1698), and Cobeguit and Petcoudiac (1699).[14]
1687 War of the League of Augsburg (King William’s War) starts between England and France.[15]
1690 Sir William Phips captures and sacks Port-Royal, coerces inhabitants' oaths of allegiance to English Crown, sets up local Peacekeeping Council and leaves within 12 days.[16][17][18] Seaman from two ships later loot and burn between 28 and 35 homes/habitations including the parish church.[5]
1697 Treaty of Ryswick restores Acadia to France; Port-Royal is its capital.[5]
Voir aussi chronologie au lien Acadie ou L'Acadie, région du Canada (touristique).

Étymologie / Etymology

A « bourgeois » originally meant someone who lived in a "bourg" or town.[19][20][21] Starting in the XIIth century, a « bourgeois » designates a social class, which with the march of time becomes increasingly more influential through commerce, land ownership and family alliances.[19] During Louis XIV's reign, the influence of the « bourgeois » penetrates on a par with blood-line royalty into the most important public and ministerial roles. Whether a merchant, a seigneur or a high-rank military officer in the service of the King, the good fortune of the sons of the « bourgeois » are generally better with each new generation.[19] In modern times, the term morphs into a family name.[19]

In the days of the voyageurs, the fur trading barons, mostly of Scottish origins and operating from a Montreal base, are known as les « bourgeois ».[22]

The family name Bourgeois is the 87th most popular in France[19] and the 254th most popular in Québec.[23] The Bourgeois family is one of the 12 most important Acadian families.[9] Jacques dit Jacob Bougeois is the ancestor of the great majority of Bourgeois descendants in Quebec.[9]

Most of the grandchildren of Jacques Bourgeois were deported in 1755 to the New England colonies. Many of these deportees returned to Canada and the Bourgeois name is now common in south-eastern New Brunswick, in Quebec in Lanaudiere region, along the shores of the Richelieu River and in the Magdeleine Islands, and in eastern Ontario. Other deportees made their way to Louisiana and in St-Pierre-et-Miquelon.[24]

Bourgeois Family Crest

The three colored sails and the star represent the Acadian flag The Franciscan cord and the ship represent the Saint-Francois that brought Jacques Bourgeois to Acadia. Ten waves represent the ten children of Jacques Jacob Bourgeois and Jeanne Trahan.

Bourgeois Coat of Arms

The colors represent Acadia. The horizontal wavy band represents the sea, which linked France to New France. It also alludes to Beaubassin, which was founded by the first ancestor, Jacques Bourgeois. The symbolism of the Acadian star requires no explanation. The Franciscan cord refers to the Saint-Francois ship on which Jacques Bourgeois crossed the sea to settle at Port-Royal in 1641. The fleam identifies his profession of surgeon. The Maltese cross represents the Coutran Commandery of the Order of Malta at La Ferté-Gaucher. It is possible that Jacques Bourgeois received his surgeon training at the school of the Commandery. The motto is “Attaining the ideal together”


Origins and Parentage. There are three differing accounts on the year if birth, origins and parentage of Jacques Bourgeois:

1.In 1994 and 1999, Stephen White stated that Jacques Bourgeois' parents are unknown. He indicates that Jacques was born around 1619, showing the years of birth derived from the censuses ranging from 1616 to 1621 as follows:

1671 census, at Port-Royal - 50 years old, i.e. b. ~1621
1686 census, at Port-Royal - 67 years old, i.e. b. ~1619
1693 census, at Port-Royal - 74 years old, i.e. b. ~1619
1698 census, at Beaubassin - 82 years old, i.e. b. ~1616.

White has made no corrections to this information as of May 2014.[3][2]

2. It is stated in Rootsweb ID 1585 (citing Perron 1997) that Jacques was born at La Ferté-Gaucher, baptized on 8 Jan 1621 at St-Romain Catholic Church. Perron cites own articles in Les Cahiers de la Société historique acadienne. vol. 22, no. 4 (199 1) and vol. 23, no. 1 (1992). Here is the baptism record referred to:

Baptism Entry for Jacob Bourgeois

3. In 1969 Clément Cormier[6] asserted that there were two Jacques (father and son), who immigrated to Acadia. The father later returned to France.[25]


Census sources

  • 1671 Acadian Census at Port-Royal: Jacob Bourgeois, Surgeon, 50; his wife Jeanne Trahan 40; Children: (one son and one daughter are married): Jeanne 27, and Charles 25; then Germain 21, Marie 19, Guillaume 16, Marguerite 13, Francoise 12, Anne 10, Marie 7, Jeanne 4; cattle 33, sheep 24, more or less 20 arpents of cultivated land at two different locations.
  • 1678 Acadian Census at Port-Royal (Only his wife and two youngest daughters are still living with him.): Jacques Bourgeois & Jeanne Trahan, 20 acres, 15 cattle, 2 girls, age 15- born 1663, age 12 born 1666.
  • 1686 Acadian Census at Port-Royal: (Living with his wife and his 31 year old son Guillaume.): Jacob Bourgeois 67, Jeanne Trahan 57; child: Guillaume 31; 20 arpents.
  • 1693 Acadian Census (Living with his wife and his granddaughter, Jeanne.) at Port-Royal: Jacob Bourgeois 74, Jeanne Trahan his wife 64, Jeanne his granddaughter 3; 15 cattle, 20 sheep, 15 hogs, 40 arpents, 1 gun.
  • 1698 Acadian Census (Living in Beaubassin with his wife and their son Germain and his family.) at Beaubassin: Sieur Jacques Bourgeois 82; Jeanne Trahan his wife 72; Germain Bourgeois 48; Madeleine Dugas his wife 34; Guillaume 24; Agnes 12; 22 cattle, 15 hogs, 21 arpents, 3 guns, 1 servant.

General bibliography

- ABDA / ABAD Histoire de Bourgeois - Bulletin / Newsletter de l'Association des Bourgeois de Descendance Acadien (ABDA) / Association of Bourgeois of Acadian Descent (ABAD)
- DCB/DBC - Dictionary of Canadian Biography / Dictionnaire Biographique du Canada, University of Toronto/Université de Laval, 2003–Present
- DGFA - Dictionnaire généalogique des familles acadiennes
- LMDQ - La Mémoire du Québec
General bibliography
- 1755, L'Histoire et les Histoires website. Pioneer Families
- Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com, tid 0= 89229671, pid=482, (subscription required for access)
- ABDA / ABAD histoire-de-bourgeois.ca website. Jacques (Jacob) Bourgeois History
- Archives Départmentales de Seine-et-Marne, baptism registry record for Jacob Bourgeois, dated 8 Jan 1621 at La Ferté-Gaucher, France.
- Anon DBC / DCB, in collaboration (1966, 1979). "Bourg du Morillon” in DBC / DCB
- Arsenault, Bona (1955). L' Acadie des ancêtres : avec la généalogie des premières familles acadiennes, Le Conseil de la Vie Française en Amérique, Université Laval: Québec
- Bourgeois, Marc (ABDA / ABAD President, Printemps / Spring 2016). "L'Importance historique de Jacques Jacob Bourgeois et de la colonie Bourgeois, ultérieurement Beaubassin" / "The Historic Importance of Jacques Jacob Bourgeois and of the Bourgeois Colony, later Beaubassin", Le Bourgeois, No. 37, pp. 11-20, ISBN 1205-7045
- Bourgeois, Paul-Pierre (1994). À la Recherche Des Bourgeois D'Acadie (1641 À 1800), 2ième édition, 159 pp., ISBN 0919488544, ISBN 978091948854
- CBC radio-canada.ca website. Les Acadiens du Québec - La famille Bourgeois
- crc-canada.net website, Études spéciales, Les Canadiens-français de l’extérieur, Acadie
- Cormier, Clément (1969, 2017), “Jacques (Jacob) Bourgeois”, in DCB / DBC
- Dunn, Brenda (2004). A History of Port-Royal / Annapolis Royal 1605-1800. Nimbus Publishing
- Fergusson, C. Bruce, in collaboration with (1966, 1979). "Charles La Tourasse”, in DBC / DCB
- Griffiths, Naomi E.S (2005). From migrant to Acadian : a North-American border people, 1604-1755, McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
- Labelle-Martin, Suzanne; Lignée Bourgeois, Village d'antan franco-canadien
- MacBeath, George (1966, 1979). "Isaac de Razilly" in DBC / DCB
- LMDQ, Acadie ou L'Acadie, région du Canada (touristique)
- LMDQ, Bourgeois (Jacob)
- LMDQ, Bourgeois, Bourgeoys (étymologie)
- LMDQ, Beaubassin (agglomération de Nouvelle-Écosse-NE)
- Massignon, Geneviève. "Les parlers français d'Acadie, enquête linguistique", Librairie Klincksieck, Paris, 1962, 2 tomes, p32 first French families in Acadia.
- pc.gc.ca website. Les bourgeois, Parks Canada
- Perron, René (Feb 1997). Le Réveil Acadien, vol. XIII, no. 1, Feb 1997; p. 11
- Perron, F. René ( 6 Mars 2007). Lettre de F. René Perron, généalogiste français renommé, en réponse à l’enquête de Michele Doucette sur les origines de Germain Doucet, Sieur de La Verdure in doucetfamily.org website
- stat.gouv.qc.ca website. Les noms de familles au Québec
- Rameau de Saint-Père, Edme (1877). Une colonie féodale en Amérique (L'Acadie, 1604-1710), Didier & Cie: Paris
- Roberts, William I. 3rd (1966, 1979). “Robert Sedgwick” in DBC / DCB
- Stacey, C. P. (1966, 1979). “Sir William Phips” in DBC / DCB
- 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). (Bourgeois)
- 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, p251.
- Jacques (Jacob) Bourgeois, Wikipédia, article
- William Phips, Wikipedia, article
- Bourgeois, Wiktionary entry


  1. There are two dates documented: 1) Account of the payments to the crew (Including Bourgeois) which departed May 7 1641 on the Saint-François; and 2) A deposition dated July 31, 1699 states Jacques Bourgeois had come to Canada during 1642. Stephen White uses the date closest to the time of the event
  2. 2.0 2.1 White 1994.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 White 1999. p. 251
  4. Rameau 1877, see e,g, p. 157
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Dunn 2004
    pp. vii, ix,1-12; early European settlement
    p. 18; land grant to Jacques Bourgeois
    pp. 40,43; 1693, Port-Royal raid
    pp. 44-45; 1697, Treaty of Ryswick
    pp. 52-53; 1702, Queen Anne’s War
    pp. 61-62; 1704, Blockade of Port-Royal
    pp. 71-73; 1707, Attack on Port-Royal
    pp. 82-85; 1710, Siege of Port-Royal.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Cormier 1969, accessed March 26, 2017.
  7. Déclarations de Belle-Isle-en-Mer
  8. Texte de ce paragraphe est tiré de Labelle-Martin.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 radio-canada.ca
  10. MacBeath 1966, accessed March 18, 2017
  11. Massignon 1962, p. 32
  12. Roberts 1966, accessed November 20, 2013
  13. Anon DBC / DCB in collaboration 1966, accessed November 20, 2013
  14. Pioneer Families
  15. Griffiths 2005, pp. 147-151 (King William’s War); pp. 267-268 (oaths of allegiance).
  16. Stacey 1966, accessed November 20, 2013
  17. William Phips, Wikipedia article
  18. Fergusson 1966, accessed November 20, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Labelle-Martin, p. 1
  20. LMDQ, étymologie
  21. Bourgeois, Wiktionary entry
  22. Les bourgeois, Parks Canada
  23. stat.gouv.qc.ca, Annexe 1, Les 1 000 premiers noms de famille selon le rang, Québec
  24. ABDA / ABAD histoire-de-bourgeois.ca
  25. To do: I have not yet obtained the article. Follow up article René Perron, in Le Réveil Acadien; vol. XIII, no. 1 (Feb 1997); p. 11.

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Baptism Entry for Jacob Bourgeois
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On 27 Feb 2016 at 10:13 GMT Maryann (Thompson) Hurt wrote:


Do his parents need to be marked as uncertain or detached?


On 25 Feb 2016 at 06:50 GMT Maryann (Thompson) Hurt wrote:

Bourgeois-820 and Bourgeois-8 appear to represent the same person because: These appear to be duplicates as both cite sources:

See WikiTree's Help: What if the data or parents for the two profiles don't exactly match?

This is often true. It shouldn't stop you from doing the merge if the two profiles represent the same person. Please read the rest of the merging FAQ.

On 25 Feb 2016 at 00:37 GMT Tom Patin wrote:

Bourgeois-8 and Bourgeois-820 are not ready to be merged because: Need evidence of parents shown in Bourgeois-8

On 24 Feb 2016 at 21:39 GMT Danielle Liard wrote:

Bourgeois-8 and Bourgeois-820 appear to represent the same person because: same man and wife, the father's actual first name needs to be sorted out, mother's name is identical (also needs checking though, was she truly a Bourgeois or is that 'marital' name?)

On 18 Feb 2016 at 18:13 GMT Jeannette (Martin) Saladino wrote:

I also have the Baptism document image in my Ancestry tree and have had it for quite some time now. Jacques Bourgeois is my 7th Great Grandfather!


On 26 Jun 2015 at 18:49 GMT Donna (Friebel) Storz wrote:

cont'd response from SAW:

"...that provides any solid indication that he might have been the same Jacques Bourgeois who emigrated to Acadia. That is why my Dictionnaire généalogique des familles acadiennes shows no origine for our ancestor Jacques Bourgeois. There must be at least a degree of probability of identity, in addition to a mere possibility, before such can be included in a publication like mine, particularly where, as here, the ancestor’s name was such a common one."

It seems we may want to revise the parental links (and perhaps make them so people can't reinsert the parents.)

On 26 Jun 2015 at 18:47 GMT Donna (Friebel) Storz wrote:

In March I wrote Stephen A. White regarding the baptism record and this is his response:

"Regarding the baptismal record of which you forwarded me a copy, I see nothing in it that indicates that the child in question was subsequently known as Jacques Bourgeois, and even if he did come to be so known, there is nothing in the articles of René Perron (« De Germain Doucet à Jacques Bourgeois », Cahiers de la Société historique acadienne, vol. XXII (1991), p. 86-114; « Bourgeois & Doucet : à Bassevelle, des suites suprenantes », ibidem, vol. XXIII (1992), p. 27-46; et « Découverte d’un Jacob Bourgeois à La Ferté-Gaucher, critiques et commentaires», ibidem, vol. XXIII (1992), p. 95-103) ... cont'd

On 10 Apr 2015 at 21:22 GMT Monica (Bourgeois) Johnston wrote:

Bourgeois-820 and Bourgeois-8 do not represent the same person because: Jacques Jacob Bourgeois was the father of Jacques. Look at the years. Are you proposing Nicholas married someone 51 years younger? Marguerite would be 1 year old when she had Jacques.

Jacques Jacob (Sr.) was a soldier from France. Since he was a soldier, he was awarded land circa 1654 in Port Royal. His son had joined him in Port Royal as a medical surgeon (trained in France). After his dad returned to France, he assumed the land and farmed on it.

I did not mean to duplicate Jeanne and yes, I always search before adding anyone. That tends to pop up auto-magically. Same with his parents. I have fixed Marguerite's name, thank you. I am dyslexic and when typed, the q and g look similar. I do agree that the Marguerites could be merged.

On 10 Apr 2015 at 20:11 GMT Van Landry wrote:

Bourgeois-820 and Bourgeois-8 appear to represent the same person because: Looks it looks like you have duplicated Jacques Bourgeois, one of the founders of Acadie. There was only one. You also duplicated his wife Jeanne Trahan (same name). That would be prevented with a search before adding profiles. You also duplicated his parents, though you spelled her name with a Q instead of a G and that may have prevented a search from finding the correct person. And the last copy I'll mention (and hope it is all) is their son Charles Bourgeois.

On 22 Jun 2014 at 23:52 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Bourgeois-273 and Bourgeois-8 appear to represent the same person because: Note same death info, same spouse, and close birth info. Please support Wikitree's effort to achieve one profile per individual. Thank you.

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