Denis Gaudet
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Denis Gaudet (abt. 1625 - 1709)

Denis Gaudet
Born about in Francemap [uncertain]
Husband of — married about 1645 in Port-Royal, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 84 in Port-Royal, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
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"Du premier lit naquit vers 1625 son fils Denis, qui a convolé, vers 1645, avec Martine Gauthier. Denis et Martine ont mis au monde cinq enfants, dont deux fils qui portaient le prénom Pierre."[1]

Denis is estimated to have been born in France in 1625, his father is Jean Gaudet and his mother is unknown.[2]

Note: While his potential place of birth in France had been suggested to be Martaizé (which was near Loudun in Poitou), this was based on information from 2009 family tree notes without sources (see notes referenced below) - and is considered to be uncertain without documents or supporting citations. Neither White DGFA nor any other reference cited appears to identify his birth as being at Martaizé. Without further information or a source being identified, his birth is noted as being in France with the particular locality being unknown.

While it isn't known exactly when the family arrived in Acadie (see father Jean), Denis married Martine Gauthier in Port-Royal probably in 1645[2]. They had five children between 1646 and 1657, all of whom married into well-known first families.[2].

"Jean Gaudet's son Denis Gaudet, with help from his two sons, carved a large domain for himself along the banks of the Port-Royal river. The community was known as "Village des Gaudet" and is now the town of Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. Denis Gaudet's son, Pierre dit le Jeune (the younger), became the owner of one of the largest establishments in the valley. His property included 23 acres of land, 20 cattle, 32 ewes and 15 hogs. After the brutal expulsion of the Acadiens, the Gaudets settled chiefly in the Memramcook area of New Brunswick, at Baie-Sainte-Marie in Nova Scotia (New Scotland) and in Saint-Jacques-de-l'Achigan in Québec."[3]

In the census of the Port Royal river valley in 1671, Denis Gaudet gives his age as 46 years old, his wife Martine Gauthier was 52 years old. They had five children, two were married: Anne Gaudet was 25 years old (married to Pierre Vincent); Marie Gaudet was 21 years old (married to Olivier Daigre, who lived opposite Gaudet Village on the south bank); Pierre Gaudet l'Ainé, aged 20; Pierre Gaudet le Jeune, aged 17; Marie Gaudet, aged 14. All were farmers. Denis had six arpents of cultivated land, nine horned cattle and 13 sheep, some large, some small.[4] By 1678 Martine had died[5] and Denis lived either with or next to his son PIerre and Marie Blanchard.

In the census of Port Royal in 1693, Denis Gaudet was a widower aged 70 years. He was head of the household, living with his son Pierre le Jeune who married Marie Blanchard. He had a sizeable piece of property at 29 arpents. [6] He was still living in 1698 next to his son Pierre the younger although now all the property was listed as Pierre's. [7]

Denis is not listed in any further census reports and apparently died in Port-Royal in October 1709, aged 97 years and was buried there 11 October 1709.[8][9]


  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). English translationGaudet
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 White, Stephen A. Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Acadiennes” 2 vols., Moncton, New Brunswick: Centre d'Études Acadiennes, 1999. p, 668
  3. "Gaudet Pioneers", Janet Manseau posted October 10, 2009 at 02:24:38
  4. 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.
    Denis GAUDET, 46, wife, Martine GAUTHIER 62; Children (the first 2 married): Anne 25, Marie 21, Pierre 20, Pierre 17, Marie 14; cattle 9, sheep 13.
  5. Tim Hebert; 1678 Port Royal Acadian Census noting that the correlations for this census were done by Rev. Clarence J. d'Entremont, Fairhaven, Massachusetts.1678 Census
    Onis Godet Widower
  6. 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
    Denis GODET (widower) 70, Pierre GODET 39, Marie BLANCHARD (Pierre's wife) 37, Pierre 16, Anthoine 13, Germain 11, Guillaume 9, Denis 7, Marie 5, Jean 3; 20 cattle, 32 sheep, 15 pigs, 29 arpents, 2 guns
  7. 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
    Denis GODET widower 82
  8. Library and Archives Canada, Fonds de la paroisse catholique Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Port-Royal, N.-É.)-1870 C-1870 (image 198)
  9. Nova Scotia Archives, "An Acadian Parish Remembered - The Registers of St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, 1702-1755," register RG 1 volume 26 page 222; online database with images, Burial

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Achord-20 and Gaudet-16 do not represent the same person because: We can only merge duplicate profiles of the same person. You can always ask to be on the trusted list of Gaudet-16 since he is one of your ancestors.
posted by Gisèle Cormier
The paragraph in the biography linked to source 3 indicates "town of Bridgewater". What is likely meant here is "town of Bridgetown" which is upriver from Annapolis Royal. Bridgewater, N.S. Is on the Lahave River on the Atlantic Coast.
posted by George MacLean
Gaudet-836 and Gaudet-16 appear to represent the same person because: same name, spouse, child, dates
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
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Denis at 20 & Martine at 26 1645 Port-Royal, Acadie Canada

posted by [Living Gauvin]

Rejected matches › Patricia A. Achord