[Ref: "The Trahans of Acadia," in French Canadian and Arcadian Genealogical Review]
Guillaume TRAHAN I (b. abt 1611; d. abt 1682), toolsmith, emigrated to Acadia aboard
the Saint-Jean in 1636. (Another source indicates that Trahan was a marshal or general
(marchal) in the French army). He was originally from St. Germain de Bourgeuile, Indre-
et-Loire, France. He brought with him to Acadia his wife Francoise Charbonneau (m.
1628) and their daughter Jeanne Trahan (b. 1629). After Francoise died in the mid 1660s,
Guillaume married Madeleine Brun, the daughter of Vincent BRUN and Marie Breaux, in
The Trahan-surname familes in North America originate from the three sons by
Guillaumes second wife, Magdeleine BRUN: Jean-Charles, Alexandre, and Guillaume
Guillaume Sr. was born in Montreuil-Bellay, France, then moved down the road to
Borgeuil. He got in trouble for cutting trees belonging to Borgeuil Abbey and that may
have inspired him to become an Acadian colonist. He was part of the big 1636
emigration, organized by D'Aulnay. [Guillaume Trahan, toolsmith, his wife, two children
and a valet, along with several other emigrants from Bourgueil, sailed in the Role du Saint
Jehan, a vessel which left La Rochelle on April 1, 1636 for Acadia].
His first wife, Francoise Charbonneau died ca. 1660. He remarried Madeleine Brun,
about 35 years his junior, ca. 1666. She was the daughter of Vincent Brun and Renee
Brode (or Breau or Beau). Guillaume and Madeleine had the following children (data
from Arseneault and from early Acadian censuses): Guillaume, Jr. b. ca. 1667; Jehan, b.
ca. 1668; Alexandre; Jehan Charles, b.ca. 1670; Marie, b.ca. 1670; Jeanne, b. c.a 1672;
Madeleine, b.ca. 1677.
BORN: abt. 1611, Saint-Germain, France
DIED: abt. 1682, Port Royal, Nova Scotia
MARRIED (1): Francoise CHARBONNEAU, b. Abt 1615; m. July 13, 1627 in St
Germain, Bourgeuil, Indre-et-Loire, France d: 1645 in Port Royal, Acadia, Canada
(Another source lists this marriage as 13-July-1627 in St. Etienne de Chinon).
CHILDREN of Guillaume TRAHAN and Francoise CHARBONNEAU:
i. Jeanne TRAHAN (b. Abt 1629; m. 1644 Jacob BOURGEOIS, a miltary surgeon); d.
MARRIED (2): Madeleine BRUN, 1665/6, in Port Royal, Acadia. Marie Madeleine
BRUN was born 25-Jan-1645; her parents were Vincent BRUN (b. Abt 1616) and
(Vincente? Marie? Renee? - sources do not agree) BREAU(X) or BRAULT (b.
1612/1615). After the death of her first husband Guillaume, Madeleine married (in 1684)
Pierre De Bezier.
CHILDREN of Guillaume TRAHAN and Madeleine BRUN:
ii. Guillaume TRAHAN (ca 1667-1755); m. 1686 Jacqueline BENOIST.
iii. Jean (Jehan) Charles TRAHAN (ca 1668-1727); m. Marie BOUDROT.
iv. Alexandre Francois TRAHAN (b. 1670); m. 1688 Marie PELLERIN.
v. Marie TRAHAN (b. 1672); m. Jean DOIRON.
vi. Marie-Jeanne TRAHAN (b. 1674 in Port Royal, Acadia); m. Pierre VINCENT.
vii. Anne Madeleine TRAHAN (1677-1742); m. Jacques LEGER-LA ROZ.
[1671 General Census of Acadia]
Guillaume TRAHAN, "60 years old or thereabouts", wife Magdelaine BRUN age 25; Children: Guillaume
4, Jehan-Charles 3, Alexandre 1; cattle 8, sheep 10. [Also enumerated is Daughter Jeanne Trahan, 40 years,
married to Jacob Bourgeois, 50 years, surgeon]
See also: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/froux/familles/trahan/trahan2.htm
In April 1-st, 1636 Departure of Guillaume TRAHAN from La Rochelle
Guillaume TRAHAN is a passenger on the St Jean which leaves of La Rochelle
on April 1-st, 1636.
In August 16, 1654 Guillaume TRAHAN signs the act of surrender of Port Royal,
his name is spelt Guillaume Trouen and he is a property manager of the
1666 Guillaume TRAHAN remarries with Madeleine Brun daughter of Vincent
Brun and Renée Breau.
1667 Guillaume's birth
1668 Jean Charles's birth.
1670 Alexandre's birth.
1672 Marie's birth.
1673 Birth of a girl?
1674 Jeanne's birth
1678 Madeleine's birth
1684 Deathes of Guillaume TRAHAN.
Born: 1611, Montreuil, Bourgeuil, Loire, France
Died: 1682, Port Royal, Acadia
Guillaume Trahan and his wife, Françoise Charbonneau, along with their
daughter Jeanne Trahan, left their home in Bourgueil for LaRochelle, where they
left for Acadia on the ship "St. Jehan", arriving in Acadia in 1636. In 1666, as a
widower, he married Madeleine Brun. As early as 1640 he became the
representative of the inhabitants of Pentagouet (Castine, Maine), La Heve, and
Port Royal. Guillaume was trustee and president of the inhabitants of the area.
The parents of Guillaume Trahan, Nicolas and Renee Desloges lived at
Montreuil-Bellay, in Maine and Loire. Guillaume was probably born there.
Guillaume and Françoise married at the parish of St. Edouard de Chinon,
France. Nine years later, they and their daughter Jeanne (along with other
families) left Bourgueil (in Inde et Loire) for La Rochelle, where they took the ship
St. Jehan and sailed for Acadia, arriving in 1636. As early as 1640 he became
the representative of the inhabitants of Pentagouet (Castine, Maine), La Heve,
and Port Royal. Guillaume was trustee and president of the inhabitants of the
area. He married, around 1666, as a widower, to Madeleine Brun. As early as
1640, he became the representative of the inhabitants of Pentagouet (now
known as Castine, Maine), of La Heve (close to Fort Point, south of Lunenburg in
Nova Scotia), and of Port Royal. In 1654, when Major Sedgewick captured Port
Royal, Guillaume was trustee and president of the inhabitants of the area.
Guillaume Trahan ( Nicolas
face="Times New Roman"> ) was born Abt. 1611 in Montreuil-Belloy, Bourgeuil,
Loire, France12, and died Abt. 1682 in Port Royal, Acadia13
style="font-size:12pt">. He married (1) Francoise
Corbineau July 13, 1627 in St. Etienne, Chinon, France14. He married (2) Marie
Madeleine Brun Abt. 1666 in Port Royal, Acadia15, daughter of Vincent Brun and Marie
Notes for Guillaume Trahan:
Guillaume and Francoise lived at Verron then Bourgeuil before immigrating to
Acadia on 1 Apr 1636. They came on the "St. Jehan". He was a blacksmith or
toolsmith and an important citizen of Port Royal. He signed the act of capitulation of
Port Royal in 1654 on behalf of the citizens.
Child of Guillaume Trahan and Francoise Corbineau is:
Jeanne Trahan, born 1631 in Bourgeuil, France; died Aft 1714 in Port Royal, Acadia.
Children of Guillaume Trahan and Marie Brun are:
- Guillaume Trahan,
born Abt 1667 in Port Royal, Acadia; died 1755 in
Assumption Parish, LA.
- Jean Charles
Trahan, born Abt 1668 in Port Royal, Acadia; died 1729 in Riviere
aux Canards, Acadia.
- Alexandre Trahan,
born Abt 1670 in Port Royal, Acadia; died May 10, 1751 in
Forty Lajoie, Ile St Jean, NS.
- Marie Trahan,
born 1673 in Port Royal, Acadia; died 1710 in Pisiguit, Acadia.
- Jeanne Trahan, , born Abt. 1674 in Port Royal, Acadia16,17
face="Times New Roman">. She married Pierre
Vincent Abt. 1692 in Acadia18.
- Madeleine Trahan,
born Abt 1677 in Port Royal, Acadia; died December 08, 1742
in Port Royal, Acadia.
- So it was in 1654 that an English force from Boston headed to Acadie with orders
from Cromwell to clear the French from the place. The British commander,
Robert Sedgwick, had easy work. He quickly subdued the lightly defended
Acadian lands, but instead of clearing the Frenchmen out, left the colony in
control of a local council headed by Guillaume Trahan.
- Name: Trahan
- Place: Acadia, Canada
- Source Publication Code: 2682
- Primary Immigrant: Trahan
- The passenger list of the Saint-Jehan, the ship that brought French settlers to
Acadia in 1636. Name, members of household, occupation, place of origin.
Detailed biographies of seven passengers and information surrounding the voyage.
The English translati
- Source Bibliography:
- GODBOUT, PERE ARCHANGE. "Le role du Saint-Jehan et les origines
acadiennes." In Memoires de la Societe Genealogique Canadienne-Francaise, vol.
1 (1944), pp. 19-30.
- Page: 20
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