Pierre Gaudet
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Pierre Gaudet (abt. 1652 - aft. 1714)

Pierre "l'Aîné" Gaudet aka Godet
Born about in Port-Royal, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
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Husband of — married about 1672 in Port-Royal, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
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Died after in Acadiemap
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Pierre 'the younger' Gaudet and Pierre 'the elder' Gaudet are both listed on the 1671 Census. They were brothers and both married women named Blanchard. Each had a son named Jean or Jean Baptiste. Anne born about 1645 married the elder Pierre and Marie born about 1656, married the younger Pierre.
There is confusion about which Pierre Gaudet died in 1741. There is a record which states a Pierre Gaudet died on 8 Dec. 1741, age 89 which would give a birth year of about 1652, consistent with the older brother, however their birth dates are only about 2 years apart and age at death in a record is very unreliable. Both brothers had the same death date.

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Pierre Gaudet the elder was born around 1652. He is listed in the 1671 census of Port-Royal at age 22, living with his parents and four siblings.[1] Pierre was married about 1672 to Anne Blanchard, daughter of Jean Blanchard and Radegonde Lambert, and widow of François Guérin.[2][3] The family is enumerated in the 1678 census of Port-Royal with three sons.[4]

Pierre and Anne settled on land west of his younger brother, Pierre le Jeune. In the census of the Port Royal river valley for the year 1686, Pierre Godet l'Aîné was 35 years old, his wife Anne Blanchard was 41 years old, their children were: Gérard (stepson), aged 20 years; Bernard, aged 13; Pierre, aged 11; Claude, aged 9; Abraham, aged 7; Marie, aged 4; Madeleine, aged 4; and Jeanne, aged 2. Pierre l'Ainé had 4 arpents of cultivated land.[5] In the 1693 census of the Port Royal river valley, Pierre Godet l'Aîné gives his age as 41 years old, his wife Anne Blanchard was 48 years old; their children were: Bernard, aged 19 years; Pierre, aged 17 years; Claude, aged 15; Abraham, 13; Magdeleine and Marie (twins), 11; Jeanne, 9; Augustin, 7; and Jean, aged 3 years. Pierre l'Aîné had 26 arpents of cultivated land, 10 cattle, 12 sheep, 10 pigs, and 3 shot guns. [6] Pierre l'Ainé left the Port Royal river valley in 1696, leaving his farm to his eldest son, Bernard "le Vieux" (the old), who married Jeanne Terriot. In 1698, the farm had an orchard of 50 trees. Bernard became the chief of the branch of Gaudets who perpetuated in this place at the same time with the descendants of his uncle Pierre Gaudet dit le Jeune, his neighbor.

Pierre l'Ainé settled at Beaubassin,[7][8] where he expanded the most vast marshland on the east coast of North America.[citation needed] He built his home on the hill beside the Tintamarre (today Tantramar) river. Along with Pierre Thibodeau, who founded the nearby Chepoudy settlement, Pierre l'aîné defied the claim of the seigneur of Chignecto, Michel Le Neuf de la Valliere et de Beaubassin, that the Chepoudy and Petitcoudiac settlements were part of his seigneury. Gaudet and Thibodeau won their case before the colonial council at Port-Royal. Their defiance of a powerful Acadian seigneur helped weaken the hold of the local nobility on these sturdy Acadian habitants.

The family returned to Port-Royal some time between 1700 and 1703 because they are listed in the census of 1703 of Port-Royal. [9]

They returned to Beaubassin after 1703.[10][11]

"Annapolis Royal,
2d May 1720 O.S.
At a Council held at the Honble. Lieut. Governor's house in His Majesty's garrison of Annapolis Royal upon Wednesday the 4th May 1720.
PRESENT
His Excellency the General, the Honble. Lieut. Governor Major Lawrence Armstrong, Major Paul Mascarene, The Revd. John Harrison, Esq., Cyprian Southack, Esq., Arthur Savage, Esq., Hibbert Newton, Esq., William Skene, Esq., William Shirreff, Esq.
The six French representatives (who appeared according to order) of the inhabitants of this river, being sent for in before the Council, were demanded to shew their power from said inhabitants who delivered in their power in writing which was read.
Their qualifications as freeholders were examined vizt. Prudent Robichaux, Alexander Robichaux, Nicolas Gautier, Barnard Gaudet, Charles Landre, and Pierre Gaudet. Nicolas Gautier not proving that he was a freeholder of this Province only a transient person was excepted against, likewise Prudent Robichaux having but a slender propriety in the said Province was also excepted against.
Advised and agreed,
That another order in writing be sent to the French inhabitants of this river from His Excellency the General to choose two other persons in the room of said Prudent Robichaux and Nicolas Gautier to serve as representatives of the inhabitants of this river with Alexander Robichaux, Barnard Gaudet, Charles Landre, and Pierre Gaudet. That Major Paul Mascarene draw up said order for his Excellency's perusal and signing."[12]

Stephen White gives the same date of death for both brothers. In the document "37 families"[2] it is written that Pierre L'Aîné died on 8 December 1741 whereas in the Dictionnaire, this is Pierre Le Jeune's date of death but he remains silent concerning L'Aîné.[3] It is presumed that he died after the 1714 census of Beaubassin since he does not appear in any record after that.[13]

Biographie

Pierre Gaudet l'aîné, né vers 1652, prit pour femme, vers 1672, Anne Blanchard, fille de Jean Blanchard et de Radegonde Lambert, et veuve de François Guérin. Il demeurait à Port-Royal, où il est décédé soit le 8 décembre 1741 ou après le recensement de 1714. "[2][3]

Sources

  1. 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Stephen A. White, "La généalogie des trente-sept familles hôtesses des 'Retrouvailles ‘94'" in Les Cahiers de la Société historique acadienne, vol. 25, nos 2 et 3 (1994) GAUDET, p. 1, 37 Families
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Stephen A. White, Patrice Gallant, Hector-J. Hébert, Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Acadiennes (Moncton, N.-B.: Centre D'études Acadiennes, Université De Moncton, 1999) p. 670-672
  4. 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
    Pierre GODET "Lesne'" (the elder ) & Anne BLANCHARD, living with three sons on 3 arpents of land, with 4 head of cattle.
  5. 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.
    Port Royal, Acadia, age 35 years, living with wife age 41 and 8 children. They have 4 arpens worked land and 10 pigs. Living next door is his sister Marie 1, one year older, with family.
  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
  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 110-166
    Pierre GODET 46; Anne BLANCHARD (wife) 53; Pierre 23; Claude 21; Abraham 19; Mie, and Madeleine, twins, 16; Jeanne 14; Augustin 12; 10 cattle, 4 hogs, 10 arpents,
  8. 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 167-173.
    Pierre GODET 48; Anne BLANCHARD (wife) 55; Claude 23, Ahraham 22; Augustin 14; Marie and Madelaine (twins) 18; Jeanne 16; 1 cow, 1 hog, 4 arpents, 2 guns.
  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.
    at Port-Royal: Pierre GODET, the eldest, his wife, 1 boy, 2 girls.
  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.
    at Beaubassin: Pierre GODET, Anne GUERIN (sic), 1 boy 14 or older; 8 arpents, 12 cattle, 5 hogs.
  11. 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-.
    at Beaubassin: Pierre GODET and Anne BLANCHARD.
  12. Nova Scotia Archives ...: Selections from the public documents of the province of Nova Scotia. Pub. under a resolution of the House of Assembly passed March 15, 1865. Ed. by T.B. Akins. The translations from the French by B. Curren. 1869 Volume 1 de Nova Scotia Archives, Nova Scotia. Commissioner of Public Records. Collaborateurs Thomas Beamish Akins, Nova Scotia. Commissioner of Public Records Éditeur C. Annand, 1869 Original provenant de la New York Public Library. p. 24-25 Google Books
  13. Karen Theriot Reader Pierre L'Ainé Gaudet
See Also
  • Title: Milton P. and Norma Gaudet Rieder, Acadian Church Records, vol. II (Metairie, LA: Authors, 1976).


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The two brothers named Pierre Gaudet have been given the same death date. I don't know how to decide which one died in 1741. I have marked them both uncertain. Can anyone provide more information about this?
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Gaudet-1404 and Gaudet-17 do not represent the same person because: These two are brothers, both appear on a census. One is lejeune, the other l'aine. Both married Blanchard sisters and have sons named Jean Baptiste. The death date needs to be researched.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Dit Lejeune Gaudet-1 and Gaudet-17 appear to represent the same person because: Same DOB but... Dit Lejeune Gaudet-1 may be the younger brother... That' s what "le jeune" means
posted by Julie Marcoux
a good many of the children have somehow found a home at their "uncle Pierre's and aunt Marie's"
posted by [Living Gauvin]
Gaudet-687 and Gaudet-17 do not represent the same person because: These are brothers - see bio of 17.

687 is the younger — 17 is the elder

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