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Marguerite LeBlanc, daughter of Jacques LeBlanc & Catherine Hebert, was born about 1676 in Port-Royal, Acadie. She was the second oldest child in a family of 13. Marguerite was counted in the 1686 census of Port-Royal at the age of 11. Her parents had a busy household with 9 children, including a newborn baby and a large number of animals. Their immediate neighbors were the brother and the elderly parents of Catherine. Jacques' own parents were another door away.
Around 1692, she married François Cormier, son of Thomas Cormier and Marie Madeleine Girouard. They were listed in the 1693 census at Beaubassin with their 3 month old daughter Marie.  Within four years, the newlyweds would witness the effects of Church's 1696 raid of Beaubassin. Once the English ships were seen, the inhabitants fled, carrying their more valuable possessions. In Beaubassin, the church was burned along with some houses and animals were slaughtered. It is not known how the family was affected.
In 1704, the family witnessed the effects of Church's second raid on Beaubassin. There was a skirmish and inhabitants retreated to the woods, bringing as many valuable possessions as possible. Again, the church was burned and animals were slaughtered.
Between about 1693 and 1723, the couple had 14 children: Marguerite, Marie, Pierre (dit Rossignol), Anne, Catherine, Cécile, an unnamed girl, Paul, François, Joseph, Isabelle, Jean, Marie, and Marie-Josèphe. Their growing family was counted in Beaubassin again in the censuses of 1698, 1700, 1701, 1703, 1707, and 1714. The family's land holdings and possessions increased greatly through the years.
After the Treaty of Utrecht, when British rule became permanent, the Cormiers, like most of their neighbours decided to stay in Beaubassin as French neutrals (promising to stay true to the King of Great Britain and to remain neutral in the event of a conflict between France and Great Britain). Beaubassin then experienced decades of relative peace and prosperity. The village was productive in raising cattle, growing grain, and trading fur with the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet. Surpluses were traded with both the English (Bay of Fundy) and the French (Baie Vert).
1687 War of the League of Augsburg (King William’s War) starts between England and France
c1692 Marriage to François Cormier
c1693 birth, daughter Marguerite
c1694 birth, daughter Marie
c1695 birth, son Pierre (dit Rossignol)
1696 Benjamin Church raids Beaubassin. Once the English ships were seen, the inhabitants fled, carrying their more valuable possessions. Church “…stayed nine days and in his own account …admitted that the settlers’ ”cattle sheep, hogs, and dogs” were left ”lying dead about their houses, chopped and hacked with hatches". The church and some of the houses were also burnt.
1697 Treaty of Ryswick restores Acadia to France; Port-Royal is its capital
c1698 birth, daughter Anne
a1700 birth, daughter Catherine
a1703 birth, daughter Cécile
1702 War of the Spanish Succession (Queen Anne’s War) starts between England and France
1704: Church raids Beaubassin again: “The Acadians were in arms and an indecisive skirmish ensued. After the Acadians retreated into the woods, Church and his men found that the inhabitants had removed as much of their household and farm goods as possible. Church set the buildings on fire and killed about 100 cattle before leaving to return to Boston”>
b1707 birth, daughter unknown name
'b1708 birth, son Paul
c1710 birth, son François
1710 Siege of Port-Royal; French surrender the Fort. Port-Royal, Acadia becomes Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia’’
a1712 birth, son Joseph
’’1713: Treaty of Utrecht. France cedes Acadia to England. Permanent British rule’’[
1715: Delegates from Beaubassin sign a conditional oath of allegiance, promising to stay true to the King of Great Britain for as long as they stayed in Nova Scotia, and to remain neutral in the event of a conflict between France and Great Britain
1713-1744: Golden Age of Acadian Growth and Prosperity. Beaubassin is productive in raising cattle, growing grain, and trading fur with the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet. Surpluses are traded with both the English (Bay of Fundy) and the French (Baie Vert).
b1715 birth, daughter Isabelle
1718 birth, son Jean
1722 birth, daughter Marie
c1723 birth, daughter Marie-Josèphe
1720 and onward: Acadians refuse to sign an unconditional oath of allegiance. This is tolerated by the British as they lack military means to enforce the oath.
at Beaubassin: Francois CORMIER and Margueritte LeBLANC his spouse; children: Pierre, Anne, Catherine, Cecile, Paul, Francois, Joseph.
↑ Régis Brun, A.J.B. Johnston, and Ernest Clarke," Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland: Une histoire / A History". Memramcook, N.B; Parks Canada and Société du Monument Lefebvre, 1991
↑ 11.011.111.2 Griffiths, Naomi E.S., From migrant to Acadian : a North-American border people, 1604-1755, Montreal (Québec), McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005, p147-151 (King William’s War); p 164 (1696 Church raid of Beaubassin); p 208 (1704 Church’s Raid on Beaubassin)
↑ 12.012.112.2 Dunn, Brenda. A History of Port Royal / Annapolis Royal 1605-1800. Nimbus Publishing, p 44-45; (1697 Treaty of Ryswick); p 52-53 (1702 Queen Anne’s War); p. 82-85 (1710 Siege of PR).
↑ Griffiths, Naomie E.S. The Contexts of Acadian History 1686-1784.Published for the Center for Canadian Studies Mount Allison University, Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 1992, p61 (golden age);
Maternal relationship is confirmed by an FTDNA mtFull Sequence match at a Genetic Distance of 0 between Mariane St-Onge and an undisclosed maternal line cousin (SH). Their direct maternal line MRCA is Catherine Hébert.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Marguerite by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: