Pierre Morin

Pierre Morin (1634 - abt. 1690)

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Pierre Morin aka dit Boucher
Born in Coulognes-les-Royaux, Francemap
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Husband of — married in Port-Royal, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Ristigouche, Acadiamap [uncertain]
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Pierre Morin 1 aussi connu sous le nom de Morin dit Boucher 2, 3, naît vers 1634 à Coulognes-les-Royaux, France.

Mariages: Vers 1661, il épouse Marie Martin à Port-Royal, Acadie 4, 5.

Selon Tanguay, le 8 novembre 1682, il aurait épousé Françoise Chiasson, fille de Guyon Chiasson dit Lavallée et Jeanne Bernard à Beaubassin, Acadie, Canada 4; mais cette assertion serait fausse puisqu'il s'agit plutôt de son fils.

Décès: Vers 1690, il décède à Restigouche, Acadie, Canada.

Enfants connus de Pierre Morin et de Marie Martin:

  1. Pierre MORIN (1662 - 1741)
  2. Marie Morin (1668 - 1741)
  3. Marie-Anne Morin (1671 - 1745)
  4. Jacques Morin (1672 - 1704)
  5. Charles Morin ( - 1674)
  6. Marguerite Morin ( 1676 - 1718)
  7. Jean Morin (1681 - 1717)
  8. acques-Francois Morin (1682 - )
  9. Simon-Joseph Morin (1685 - )
  10. Jacques Morin dit Beauséjour (1686 - 1737)


(version française ci-dessus)

Pierre Morin dit Boucher was born in Normandy France about 1634.[1]

Around 1661, he married Marie-Madeleine Martin, daughter of Pierre Martin and Catherine Vigneau, in Acadia.[2]

Between about 1662 and 1686, the couple had 12 children: Pierre, Louis, Antoine, Marie, Anne, Jacques the elder, Charles, Marguerite, Jean, Jacques-François, Simon-Joseph, Jacques the younger.[1]

In 1667-70, the Treaty of Breda ceded Acadia to the French and settlement resumed.[3]

In 1671, the family was found in Port Royal. The farm had 3 cattle and 4 sheep, and 1 arpent[4] of their land holdings was cultivated.[5]

At that time, new villages such as Beaubassin (Amherst Nova Scotia) were established as available farm land at Port Royal decreased. Moreover, some desired to be further away from the French officials who had arrived in Port Royal. The Morin family moved to Beaubassin (near Amherst, Nova Sotia, Canada). Surette describes the arrival of the Martins and Morins at Beaubassin:

Around 1668... a few young men follow the pioneers to the Beaubassin where they start a colony on the more massive ridge neighbouring the Mesagoueche to the north, on what the Micmacs call the Hardwood point (and that later became the Beausejour's point). This is the case of Pierre Martin the son and of Jean Labarre. Martin's brothers-in-law Pierre Morin called Boucher and Francois Pellerin also join the undertaking."[6]

The four youngest children were baptised at the Beaubassin church (1680-1686). By 1686, their farm comprised of 30 arpents of land, 15 cattle, 8 sheep, 12 hogs.

Around 1687, a major crisis occurred with the entire Morin family:

"The Sieur Michel Leneuf's oldest daughter Marie-Josephte is found to be in the family way. The priest Trouvé accuses Louis Morin, Pierre's seocond son of having seduced her. LeNeuf imprisons the young man whom he and Trouvé summarily try, condemn, and deport. LeNeuf then expels the whole Morin clan-- father, sons, and sons-in-law-- 19 persons in all, and appropriate their land. The Morin outcasts seek refuge on the bay of Chaleurs."[6]

Lieutenant General Mathieu de Goutin's account of the crisis in 1690[7] maintained that it was the priest Trouvé who heard witnesses, pronounced judgement, and had him imprisonsed notwithstanding that officers of the King were available. It was Trouvé who obtained from M. de Meneval an order regarding banishment of the 19 people. De Goutin described the impact of this crisis on the community:

"The property of these families was confiscated to the profit of Leneuf without any formality of justice. Sr. Trouvé was so odious to the inhabitants of Beaubassin that they obliged him to abandon the parish. He wanted to withdraw to Les Mines, but the inhabitants there refused to receive him. This affair has caused a great deal of unrest, these nineteen persons being relatives of a third of the colony. Sr Trouvé was obliged to go to Port-Royal where the authority of M. de Meneval silenced all complaints against him."

In the 1688 Census at the Baie des Chaleurs, the family is found there: "[Il y a trois habitants.] Le 1er est un nome boucher de normandie et sa famme du port royal. Ils sont habité de 1688 au printemps. Toute cette famille faict trois habitants. Il ont ont (sic) 8 garcon qui sont bien age le plus pettit a 12 ans de ses garçons il y en a un de mariay ou deux et a cinq filles la plus jeune a 8 ans une de ses filles et marie qui a 2 enfans"[1]

Pierre died around 1690 at the age of 56.[1]


c1634 birth, in France
1636 Arrival of he first French families to settle permanantly[8]
1654 British capture Port-Royal; French settlement ceases[9]
c1661 marriage to Marie-Madeleine Martin, in Acadia
c1662 birth, son Pierre
c1664 birth, son Louis
c1666 birth, son Antoine
1667-70 Treaty of Breda cedes Acadia to the French; settlement resumes[10]
c1668 birth, daughter Marie
c1671 birth, daughter Anne
1671 residence, in Port Royal
c1672 birth, son Jean the elder
C1671-1672 Village of Beaubassin on the Isthmus of Chignecto founded by Acadian surgeon Bourgeois, who persuaded five other families to go with him.[11][12]
c1674 birth, son Charles
c1676 birth, daughter Marguerite
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) [13][12]
1680 birth, son Jean, in Beaubassin
1682 birth, son Jacques-François, in Beaubassin
1682 Eleven men are subpoenaed for refusing to accept the contracts of concessions: Pierre Morin, Guyou Chiasson, Michel Poirier, Roger Kessy, Claude Du Gast, Germaine and Guillaume Bourgeois, Germaine Giroir, Jean Aubin Mignaux, Jacques Belou, and Thomas Cormier. [12]
1685 birth, son Simon-Joseph, in Beaubassin
1686 birth, son Jacques le Jeune, in Beaubassin
1686 residence, in Beaubassin
1687 banishment from Beaubassin
1688 residence, Baie des Chaleurs
c1690 death


  • 1671 Acadian Census at Port Royal: Pierre MORIN, 37, wife Marie MARTIN 35; Children: Pierre 9, Louis 7, Antoine 5, Marie 3, Ann 10 months; cattle 3, sheep 4, 1 arpen.
  • 1686 Acadian Census at Beaubassin: Pierre MORIN 51, Marie MARTIN 44; children: Louis 22, Antoine 20, Marie 18, Anne 16, Jacques 14, Charles 12, Marguerite 10, Jean 8, Jacques-Francois 3; 30 arpents, 15 cattle, 8 sheep, 12 hogs.

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The following was sent via the private messaging system on WikiTree.com.

Pierre was born around 1616 ikely in the Coulonges-les-Royaux, Niort, Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes Region in the town of Coulonges-sur-l'Autise or Aulnay-de-Saintonge of France. Information suggests Pierre was hired as a saddlemaker at La Rochelle on 7 April 1642 by William Desjardins for Charles de St-Etienne de LaTour and set sail for Rivière St-Jean, Bay of Fundy Acadie aboard Le Saint Clément captained by J. Descombes. These early migrations were driven by the need for skilled labor in New France so a saddlemaker would have helped fill that need.

I am a descendent and have many birth dates and surmise the date of birth is linked to the Acadie census of 1671 .... but there is a reasonable chance that that information could have been transcribed in error...I’ve seen no birth or christening records but a ship record from La Rochelle France would seem to have some weight since his origins are not far from there and he is listed a a saddlemaker or harness maker which seems to be a skill set that is universally associated with this individual.

I think Pierre was given the dit Boucher alias after he was expelled from Acadie and would not have been his birth name....your thoughts? The sender, Michael Morin (mmorin.il.1950@icloud.com), was not logged-in to WikiTree.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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, p 1220-1222.
  2. The Martin family arrived in Acadia in 1636.
  3. In collaboration, “MORILLON DU BOURG,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 1, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed November 20, 2013
  4. Statistics Canada defines an arpent as 0.845 acres. According to Clark (see reference page 87), "The arpent was a basic French unit of land measurement, both linear and areal, but its size at the time is uncertain. In length, 200 feet may be a rough equivalent for an arpent in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; it was later standardized to 192 feet. An areal arpent may have been something less than an acre (the usual equivalent was .845 acres) although it has been given the equivalent of as much as an acre and a half in some twentieth century definitions."
  5. Charles Trahan's translations adding land holdings to 1671 Census
  6. 6.0 6.1 Surette, Paul. Atlas of the Acadian Settlement of the Beaubassin 1660 to 1755. Tintamarre and Le Lac. Tantramar Heritage Trust. 2005, p (arrival of the Martins and Morins at Beaubassing); p8(crisis and banishment of Morin clan).
  7. White, Stephen A. English Supplement to the Dictionnaire Généalogique Des Familles Acadiennes. Moncton NB: Centre D'Études Acadiennes, 2000, p 259-260
  8. Massignon, Geneviève. "Les parlers français d'Acadie, enquête linguistique", Librairie Klincksieck, Paris, 1962, 2 tomes, p32 first French families in Acadia.
  9. William I. Roberts, 3rd, “SEDGWICK, ROBERT,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 1, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed November 20, 2013
  10. In collaboration, “MORILLON DU BOURG,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 1, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed November 20, 2013
  11. 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). (Bourgeois)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Clark, Andrew Hill, Acadia; the geography of early nova Scotia to 1760. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1968. p141 (Bourgeois founder); p141-142 (seigneury of Beaubassin)
  13. J.-Roger Comeau, “LENEUF DE LA VALLIÈRE DE BEAUBASSIN, MICHEL (d. 1705),” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 2, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed December 1, 2013.


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On 22 Aug 2014 at 08:02 GMT S (Martin) M wrote:

I think the link that follows may have some additional information about Pierre.


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