Pierre Thibodeau is on the Wall of Names at the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, Louisiana, Plaque 6 Left. Listed with him is his wife, Françoise Saulnier, and four children: Adelaide, Francoise, Anne Marie and Marie Josephe.
To have been imprisoned at Halifax meant she was among those who evaded the initial roundup of deportees only to be imprisoned by about 1758. In 1763 at the end of the Seven Years' War she was counted among those freed from the British prison at Halifax.
After the 1763 Treaty of Paris caused the release of all Acadian prisoners, 58 families from Halifax stayed together and worked toward securing passage to Santo Domingo. It took about a year, but a vessel was booked and the group, led by Joseph Broussard, traveled to Santo Domingo, where they found the climate too harsh; from there they went on to be among the earliest Acadian Louisiana settlers, arriving at the port of New Orleans in February of 1765, and settling in Attakapas.
They were counted by the census of 25 April 1766 in Opelousas, Louisiana; again by the census of 8 November 1774; and by the census of May 1777. She was also counted in the Opelousas census of 1785, unnamed, with her husband and 6 others; and in the Opelousas census of 1788, in the Bellevue District, unnamed, with her husband and 5 others.
In the Opelousas census of 1796, Bellevue District, she was called Widow TIBODEAU, with 1 white male, 2 white females, 2 male slaves, & 1 female slave, next to son-in-law Fabien RICHARD.
Françoise Sonnier , veuve Thibodeau, died in June of 1811 in Opelousas, Louisiana, and was buried 17 June 1811 at the churchyard of St. Landry in Opelousas.
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