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Jean Baptiste Trahan (1735 - 1808)

Jean Baptiste Trahan
Born in Rivière-aux-Canards, Acadie, Colony of Nova Scotiamap
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Husband of — married 1757 in Liverpool, Englandmap
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Died at age 73 in St. Martin, Louisiana, Orleans Territory, USAmap
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Jean Trahan is on the Wall of Names at the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, Louisiana, on Plaque 9 Right, Le Saint Remi, arrival 9 September 1785. Listed with him is his wife Magdeleine Hebert and four children: Michel, Pierre, Marie Louise and Felicite. [1][2]

Jean-Baptiste Trahan, son of Joseph Trahan and Élisabeth Thériot, was born 17 January 1735 in Rivière-aux-Canards, Acadie. [3] In the "Great Upheaval" his family was deported from Acadie and ultimately imprisoned in Liverpool, England. At the end of the war, he was "on the list taken by agent George Langton at Liverpool on 7 June 1763, with 40 numbered family groups, who were delivered to the Sieur De La Rochette, and embarked on board Le Sturgeon, commanded by Captain Belon, and bound for France, Family # 42."[4] They arrived in Chantenay, France in 1777. The family and four children left Nantes, France on le Saint Remi on 27 June 1785, bound for a new life in Louisiana. They had been living in Belle-Isle-en-Mer.[5]

Jean died "suddenly" at his son-in-law's home, age 77, on 11 November 1808 in Vermilion, then-St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, and was buried the next day at in St. Martinville, Louisiana.[6]


  1. The Wall of Names at the Acadian Memorial, Wall of Names Committee; Jane G. Bulliard, Chair, eds. (Opelousas, LA: Bodemuller, 2015) p. 36
  2. Donald J. Hébert, Acadian Families in Exile, 1785 & Exiled Acadians, an Index, (Rayne, LA: Hébert Publications, 1995) pp. 52-53.
    Jean TRAHAN, 49, plowman, traveling with his wife Magdelaine HÉBERT, 47, and four children as the 42nd family (of 6 persons) aboard "Le Saint Rémi" which embarked in France on 27 Jun 1785 and debarked at Louisiana on 10 Sep 1785.
    Jean TRAHAN, plowman - 49
    Magdelaine HEBERT, wife - 47
    Michel TRAHAN, son, sailor - 21
    Pierre TRAHAN, son, carpenter - 18
    Marie Louise TRAHAN, daughter - 16
    Felicite TRAHAN, daughter - 14
  3. Birth, marriage: "Declarations de Belle-Ile-en-Mer," Declaration of Jean Hébert, 11 February 1767. Brother Jerôme Lepré, S.C., accessed August 2021
    4) Magdeleine Modeste HEBERT - born in the same parish in 1741 and married at Liverpool on 30 January 1757 to Jean Baptiste TRAHANT, born at Riviere aux Canards, St. Joseph Parish, on 17 January 1735, son of Joseph and Elizabeth THERIOT. Joseph TRAHANT died at Liverpool and Elizabeth, his wife, in Virgine. Joseph TRAHANT, son of Jean TRAHANT and Marguerite BOUDROT, also died in the parish of St. Joseph.
  4. Karen Theriot Reader,, citing Milton P. and Norma Gaudet Rieder, The Acadians in France: Archives of the Port of Saint Servan, vol. III, (Metairie, LA: Authors, 1973) p. 114.
    Family # 42
    Jean Baptiste TRAHAN;
    Madeleine [HEBERT] TRAHAN;
    Jean TRAHAN;
    Isabelle TRAHAN.
    Family # 31.
    Margt. TREHAN, 29;
    Jean TREHAN, 27;
    Fras. TREHAN, 24;
    Paul TREHAN, 20;
    Fras. TREHAN, 22;
    Isabel TREHAN, 17;
    Jean Batiste [no surname], 1.
  5. Gérard-Marc Braud, Acadiens en France: Nantes et Paimboeuf, 1775-1785, (Nantes, France: Ouest Éditions, 1999) p. 247.
  6. Donald J. Hébert, Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900, compact disk #101 ("SWLR CD"), (Rayne, LA: Hébert Publications, 2001; reprints by Claitor's Publications);
    TRAHAN, Jean - of Acadia d. 11 Nov. 1808 suddenly at the residence of Charles BOURG - his son-in-law of Vermillion, bur. 12 Nov. 1808 at age 77 yrs. Fr. Gabriel ISABEY (SM Ch.: v.4, #542)

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Trahan-1310 and Trahan-4 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates, same spouse, same daughter Jeanne (not Jean) Félicité.
posted by Gisèle Cormier
Trahan-1313 and Trahan-4 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates. Jeanne is a typo - profile is for a male. Same daughter Jeanne.
posted by Gisèle Cormier
Trahan-201 and Trahan-4 appear to represent the same person because: same name, husband. Please see for more bio and sources.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard