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Marie Dugas (abt. 1648 - 1737)

Marie Dugas
Born about in Port-Royal, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
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Wife of — married 1663 in Port Royal, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
Descendants descendants
Died in Annapolis Royal, Acadie, Colony of Nova Scotiamap
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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).[1]
Between about 1664 and 1693, Marie Dugas and Pierre Melanson had these known children:[2]
  1. Marie Melanson
  2. Marguerite Melanson
  3. Marie-Anne Melanson
  4. Cécile Melanson
  5. Élisabeth (Isabelle) Melanson
  6. Charles Melanson
  7. Madeleine Melanson
  8. Marie Melanson
  9. Françoise Melanson
  10. Ambroise (twin) Melanson
  11. Pierre (twin) Melanson
  12. Claude Melanson
  13. Jean Melanson
  14. Marguerite Melanson


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.[3]
The growing Melanson family, which now included twins, was counted again in the 1686 and 1693 censuses. [4][5]
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.[6] Two years later they were still doing well as shown in the 1700 census.[7]
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.[8] Widowed Marie was enumerated again in 1703, 1707, 1710. [9] [10][11] In 1714, Marie was living alone near the fort at Annapolis Royal (formerly Port-Royal).[12]

Marie passed away on 7 July 1737 at the age of about 91, and was buried the next day. [13]

Sources

  1. Stephen A. White, Patrice Gallant, Hector-J. Hébert, Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Acadiennes (Moncton, N.-B.: Centre D'études Acadiennes, Université De Moncton, 1999) pp. 562 & 1146
    • 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.
  2. Karen Theriot Reader Marie Dugas at Geneanet
  3. 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.
    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.
  4. 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.
    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.
  5. 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
    at Port-Royal : Charles MELANCON 46, Marie DUGAS 42, Charles 18, Madeleine 16, Marie 12, Francoise 10, Pierre & Ambroise (twins) 8, Claude 5, Jeanne 3; 20 cattle, 25 sheep, 12 pigs, 35 arpents, 4 guns
  6. 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
    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.
  7. 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.
    Charles MELANSON 53; Marie DUGAST (wife) 49; Pierre and Ambroise, twins, 15; Claude 12; Jeanne 10; 30 cattle, 22 sheep, 35 arpents, 2 guns.
  8. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1701 Acadian Census, at Port-Royal, Acadie 1701 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 174-211.
    Marie DUGAS widow of Charles MELANSON 50; Ambroise and Pierre (twins) 15, Claude 12, Jean 10, Marguerite 8; 2 guns, 9 cattle, 8 sheep. 8 hogs, 10 arpents.
  9. 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 of Charles MELANSON. 4 boys, 1 girl, 2 arms bearers.
  10. 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 MELANSON, 3 boys 14 or older, 1 girl 12 or older; 6 arpents, 18 cattle, 15 sheep, 12 hogs, 2 guns.
  11. . 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. Image 1315
    Widow Melanson, 3 sons, 1 girl.
  12. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1714 Acadian Census, at Port-Royal, Acadie 1714 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 239-261.
    Widow MELANSON.
  13. 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
    Event Burial
    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


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