Marie Mercier was born around 1645 in France to parents Unknown Mercier and Francoise Gaudet.
Around 1662 Marie married Antoine Babin. According to the depositions of his descendants, Marie came to Acadia from France with her husband.
Between around 1663 and 1684, Marie gave birth to 11 children: Marie, Charles, Vincent, Jeanne, Marguerite, Catherine, Anne, Antoine, Madeleine, Françoise, and Jean.
When Antoine died, Marie was married again around 1688 to Guillaume LeJuge.
Marie died in Port Royal.
Father's First Name. It is not proven that the husband of Marie Francoise Gaudet and the father of Marie Mercier has the first name Jean. Stephen White records him as an unknown Mercier. Finding the Gaudet-Mercier marriage record or the baptismal record for Marie Mercier, would offer some enlightenment as would a ship's record showing whether the family came to New France together.
DNA. Marie's mother was Francoise Gaudet. The Mothers of Acadia Maternal DNA project is conducting ongoing research to verify their origins. In 2010, Stephen White reported Francoise Gaudet had a J1b2 haplogroup. I don't know the details re how many of her descendants were tested to support this report. Ongoing test results are also reported here. As of May 2014, 10 descendants have consistently reported a J haplogroup, as have 9 descendants of her sister Marie Gaudet. J haplogroups indicate European origins.
1671 Acadian Census at Port Royal: Antoine BABIN, farmer, 45, his wife, Marie MERCIER 25; Children: Marie 9, Charles 7, Vincent 5, Jeanne 3, Marguerite 1; cattle 6, sheep 8 and 2 arpents of cultaved land.
1678 Acadian Census at Port Royal: Anthoine Babin & Marie Mercier; 1 acre; 4 cattle & 2 sheep; 3 boys: 15 1663; 13 1665; 3 1675; 6 girls: 11 1667; 9 1669; 7 1671; 5 1673; 3/M 1678.
1686 Acadian Census at Port Royal: Antoine BABIN 55, Marie MERCIER 40; children: Vincent 21, Marguerite 16, Catherine 14, Anne 12, Antoine 10, Magdelaine 8, Francoise 5, Jean 2; 1 gun, 1-1/2 arpents, 10 cattle, 12 sheep, 8 hogs.
1693 Acadian census at Les Mines: Guillaume LEJUGE 28, Marie MERCIER his wife 50, Genevieve 4, Cristine 2; 9 cattle, 6 sheep, 4 hogs, 8 arpents, 1 gun.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Marie by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Marie: