Family Data Collection - Individual Records
Michel Poirier, Parents: Jehan Poirier , JeanneChabrat, Birth Place: Acadie, Port Royal, LA, Birth Date: 1651.
OUR FRENCH HERITAGE
Michel Poirier was among the first settlers of Beaubassin. The first non-native people to change the cultural history of Nova Scotia in a significant and permanent way were the French colonists. These courageous people, faced with a geography and socio-cultural reality different from their distant homeland, developed their own culture and the Acadian people were born. From the first expedition in 1604 and for the next 150 years, this people, for better or for worse, worked the land and raised their children in their “Paradise on Earth”. Although the Acadians did not live in total peace during this period, it represents the golden age of Acadia.
A general view of who lived where in the regions of Port-Royal, Grand-Pré, Pubnico (Cap-Sable), Beaubassin, Pisiquit, Cobequit, and Louisbourg before the deportation. Because documents and maps from this era are rare and often incomplete, this is not an exhaustive work.
THE FIRST FAMILIES OF Acadie - CENSUS OF 1671
Michel POIRIER, 20; son of the deceased Jehan POIRIER; cattle 2, no sheep or land. Details on Michel Poirier: Date: born 1650, Location: Beaubassin, Wife: Marie Boudrot, Father of husband: Jehan Poirier (Jean)*, Mother of husband: Jeanne Chabrat, Father of wife: Michel Boudrot, Mother of wife: Michelle Aucoin, Date maried: near 1673, Location of husband: Port-Royal, Location of wife: Port-Royal, Number of children: 11
[Source: Histoire et Généalogie des Acadiens vol. 3. Beaubassin et Grand-Pré, Ottawa, 1978, Édition Leméac Inc. Pages 827 à 2034.]
POIRIER, Michel, came from France and died at Beaubassin, according to his grandson Joseph Poirier (Doc. inéd., Vol. III, p. 14). The deponent makes no mention of his forebear’s wife, but it is known from several censuses and the parish records of Beaubassin that she was Marie Boudrot (see DGFA-1, pp. 1328-1329). The 1671 census refers to Michel Poirier as the son of “the late” Jean Poirier, which indicates that his father had also lived in Acadia. There is reason to believe that this Jean Poirier was the same man who came to the colony in 1641, aboard the Saint-François (J.-M. Germe, “Rapport du Saint-François” and “Le départ de Jehan Poirier en 1641?” Le Messager de l’Atlantique, No. 13 [April 1991], pp. 13-14, 19). It is also believed that Jean Poirier married Jeanne Chebrat, who appears in the 1671 census as the wife of Antoine Gougeon, because of the confusion between the names Poirier and Gougeon in the depositions of Jean LeBlanc and his wife’s nephews (Doc. inéd., Vol. III, pp. 43, 123). As the Poirier-Chebrat marriage only occurred around 1647, it is entirely possible that the offspring from that marriage, including Michel Poirier, were actually born in Acadia, rather than in France.