Marie-Josephe's father Jean Prejean is considered the Ancestral Father of all Acadian & Cajun Prejeans in North America.
Her family settled in Port Royal, and they are listed in the Acadian census between 1686 and 1701. Her parents had 12 children between about 1684 and 1711: Marie, Anne, Pierre the elder, Jean-Baptiste, Francois, Madeleine, Joseph, Marie-Josephe, Nicolas, Charles, Pierre the younger, and Honore. By 1707, the family's homestead was located to the north of the Dauphin River.
When her older sister Anne was born in 1687, King William's War (1689-1697) with France began. The family would have been present during the month of May 1690 when Sir William Phipps captured Port Royal, destroyed the church, plundered the settlement, and forced the inhabitants to swear an oath of allegiance to the English crown. Charles La Tourasse, a former sergeant of the French garrison, was appointed to serve as English commandant and leader of a council to keep the peace and to administer justice. Phipps left Port-Royal within only 12 days of his arrival. Before the end of the summer, seaman from two ships looted Port-Royal and burned and looted between 28 and 35 homes and habitations including the parish church. There was another raid in 1693.
The Prejean family stayed in Port-Royal throughout the conflicts. An English garrison was never established, possibly because the inhabitants refused to guarantee that the Indians would not attack if one was formed. Dunn describes the feelings of the residents during this unsettling time:
"Throughout this period of nominal English rule, French and English vessels anchored at Port-Royal at will, contributing to a sense of unease among the residents. New England vessels came to trade, to check on the inhabitants, and to take French prizes. When the English were not around, French privateers operated out of the port, attracting local young men as crew with the promise of plunder, and outfitting the ships from local suppliers... Port-Royal residents did not always appreciate the presence of the French privateers."
In 1697, the Treaty of Ryswick restored Acadia to France, and Port-Royal became its capital. Around the time of the birth of Marie-Josephe, Queen Anne's war started in 1702. Port Royal would be blockaded in 1704, attacked in 1707, and surrendered to the British in 1710 following a siege.
By the time Marie-Josephe's youngest brother Honore was 2 (1713), Acadia would permamently be under British rule. Under the rule of succession, a new English King was enthroned in 1714, and the Port Royal inhabitants were required to swear an oath of allegiance. Delegates from Port Royal signed 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.
On 9 Sep 1726 when Marie-Josephe was 24, she married Joseph Mius II, 26, son of Joseph Mius I and Marie Jeanne Amirault, in Port Royal, Nova Scotia.
Théotiste Mius , n. July 15, 1727.
Anne Rosalie Mius , n. 1729, d. May 16, 1807, Ste-Anne-du-Ruisseau, Yarmouth.
Joseph Mius D'azy , n. June 14, 1732, Port Royal, [Annapolis], Acadie.
Pierre Mius , n. 1735.
Dominique, n. 1736.
Radegonde Mius , n. Around September 1741, d. March 24, 1801, Ste-Anne-du-Ruisseau, Yarmouth.
Louis Mius , n. 1744, d. January 9, 1826, Ste-Anne-du-Ruisseau, Yarmouth.
Marie Cécile Mius , n. About 1747, d. April 4, 1828, Ste-Anne-du-Ruisseau, Yarmouth.
One source shows that Marié-Josephe died in 1761 during the time period of the deportations. She could have been in Acadia, Massachusetts, or Pennsylvania (Where her husband Joseph Mius II was listed as remarried) . Several of her children married while at Massachusetts during the deportation.
Needless to say, during Marie-Josephe Prejean's life she experienced the worst of the turmoil that befell the Acadians!
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