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Marie Dugas was born about 1648 in Port-Royal, Acadie. Her parents were Abraham Dugas and Marguerite Doucet. Marie was the eldest of eight children. Around 1663, at the age of about 15, she married Charles Melanson, son of Pierre Melanson and Priscilla (unknown last name).
Between about 1664 and 1693, Marie Dugas and Pierre Melanson had these known children:
They raised their children in Port-Royal where they were enumerated in the first Acadian census in 1671. There were 4 children in the household age 6 months to 7 years. Charles, a ploughman age 28 and Marie age 23 owned 40 cattle , 6 sheep, and 20 arpents of land.
The growing Melanson family, which now included twins, was counted again in the 1686 and 1693 censuses. 
By 1698, their family was complete and there were only seven children left in the household. Six of the eldest daughters had married and were no longer in the family home. Marie and Charles owned an impressive amount of cultivable land (35 arpents) and fruit trees (76), as well as farm animals and 2 guns. Two years later they were still doing well as shown in the 1700 census.
At the time of the 1701 census, Marie, about 53 years of age, was counted as a widow with 5 children in the home, age 8 to 15, and her possessions listed were 8 sheep, 10 arpents, 9 cattle, 8 hogs and 2 guns. Widowed Marie was enumerated again in 1703, 1707, 1710.  In 1714, Marie was living alone near the fort at Annapolis Royal (formerly Port-Royal).
Marie passed away on 7 July 1737 at the age of about 91, and was buried the next day. 
Marie, born around 1648, daughter of Abraham DUGAS & Marguerite DOUCET. [Another Marie was born in this family around 1667.]
Charles (dit La Ramée), son of Pierre MELANSON dit Laverdure & Priscilla ---, married around 1663 to Marie DUGAS, daughter of Abraham & Marguerite DOUCET.
Marie died/was buried (Port Royal Register) on 7/8 Jul 1737 at age around 91 years. Present were Charles MELANSON, Jean MELANSON, & Ambroise MELANSON, her sons; Denis SAINT-SEINE; Francois ROBICHAUD; and others.
Port Royal, Acadia, age 23, name spelled DUGAST. Mentioned on parents' entry [p. 12] too, as married, age 23. Charles MELANCON, 28, wife Marie DUGAST 23; Children: Marie 7, Marguerite 5, Anne 3, Cecille 6 months; cattle 40, sheep 6, 20 arpents.
at Port Royal : Charles MELANSON 44, Marie DUGAS 38; children: Isabelle 13, Charles 11, Madeleine 9, Marie 7, Francoise 4, twins Pierre and Ambroise 10 month; 1 gun, 6 arpents, 20 cattle, 12 sheep, 6 hogs.
at Port-Royal : Charles MELLANSON 57; Marie DUGAST (wife) 52; Charles 23; Marie 18; Ambroise and Pierre, twins, 13; Claude 11; Jean 8; Marguerite 5; 15 cattle, 9 sheep 9 hogs, 35 arpents, 76 fruit trees, 2 guns.
↑Nova Scotia Archives, "An Acadian Parish Remembered - The Registers of St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, 1702-1755," register RG 1 volume 26a page 164; online database with images, Marie Dugas burial 8 July 1737, accessed February 2020
Priest De St. Poncy de La Vernède
Registration Date 8 July 1737
Name Marie Dugas, died 7 July 1737 , about ninety-one years old, widow of the late Charles Melençon
Witnesses Charles Melençon son of the deceased, Jean Melençon
son of the deceased, Ambroise Melençon son of the deceased, Denis St. Seine, François Robichaux
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Marie by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: