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The ancestral matriarch of one of the largest Acadian families is Marie-Madeleine Girouard.. Marie-Madeleine was born around 1654 to parents François Girouard and Jeanne Aucoin likely in Acadia.
Around 1668, Marie-Madeleine married Thomas Cormier, a carpenter and son of Robert Cormier and Marie Péraud. In 1671 she and Thomas were living in Port-Royal. 
In the 1670's, the available farmland at Port-Royal was diminishing and some Acadians established new villages such as at Beaubassin (Amherst, Nova Scotia). Thomas and Marie-Madeleine were among the first settlers of Beaubassin. Around 1679 Thomas claimed the large marsh area in the second loop of the River of the Planks (Rivière des Planches), building a home on the southern flank, which was exposed to the north wind. Within the year, the family abandoned this site and started a new settlement on the reverse and southern side of the Ouescoque heights (Amherst Point, NS)
By 1686, Marie-Madeleine had given birth to 10 children: Marie-Madeleine, François, Anne, Alexis, Germain, Pierre, Claire, twins Marie and Agnès, and Jeanne.  Their daughter Anne had married Michel Hache dit Gallant (an agent of the Sieur) and started her own family. The census indicated that Thomas and Madeleine had 40 arpents of cultivated land (about 34 acres), 30 cattle, 10 sheep, and 15 hogs. The family were among the most prosperous settlers 
Marie-Madeleine was widowed before 1693. She did not remarry, and raised her children on her own while managing a large farm. Two of her sons and a number of the younger children assisted.
In 1714, she was living with her daughter Anne and son-in-law Michel Hache called Gallant. .
Her date of death is not known.
Marie-Madeleine left a profound legacy. Her 17 married grandsons and their offspring would generate one of the largest Acadian families. Her 6 daughters and 25 grandaughters married into other large Acadian families including the LeBlanc, Arsenau, Haché-Gallant, Boudrot, Richard, Doucet, Landry, Poirier, Comeau, Chiasson, Theriot, Bourg, Cyr, Hébert, Thibodeau, Bourgeois, Dupuis, and Babin.
c1654 birth, in Acadia
1654 British capture Port-Royal; French settlement ceases
c1666 marriage to Thomas Cormier
1667-70 Treaty of Breda cedes Acadia to the French; settlement resumes. Available farmland decreases; some leave Port-Royal to establish new villages such as Beaubassin (1671) 
1670 birth, daughter Marie-Madeleine
1671 residence, in Port-Royal
c1672 birth, son François
c1674 birth, daughter Anne
c1676 birth, son Alexis
1676-78 Michel Leneuf des Vallières is awarded a large (1000 square miles) seigneury at Beaubassin. “The grant specified that he leave undisturbed any settlers there, together with their lands they used or had planned to use for themselves”. La Vallière builds his homestead on an island (Tonge’s Isand)
↑ 2.02.12.2 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, 400,401, 718-719.
↑ There is no birth record. Her father François arrived in Acadia for his marriage to Madeleine's mother. See father's timeline.
↑ Surette, Paul. Atlas of the Acadian Settlement of the Beaubassin 1660 to 1755. Tintamarre and Le Lac. Tantramar Heritage Trust. 2005, p5-6 (claiming the marsh at Ouescoque); p9(dispute with the Poiriers); p44,45(location of Ouescoque Amherst point).
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Marie Madeleine by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: