Genealogy of the family of Pierre Lejeune and Marie Doucet
Pierre Lejeune dit Briard arrived in Acadia on September 23, 1651. He would have been recruited between March and June, by the new governor of Acadia, Charles de Saint-Etienne, Sieur de La Tour, appointed by the King on February 27, 1651. In New France, the employment contracts had a duration of three years. Therefore, Pierre Lejeune could not get married before the end of his contract, which was in 1654. That's when he married Marie Doucet, the daughter of the Major of Port Royal garrison, Germain Doucet and a French woman (a European: DNA haplotype "T2").
According to recent research, Pierre Lejeune was the son of Charles Lejeune and Jeanne Vaudet. Pierre was baptized on November 12, 1628, in Thorigny-sur-Marne, in Brie (hence the nickname of Briard), in the department of Seine-et-Marne (77), France.
In Acadia, there was another family Lejeune, which probably would have come aboard Le Saint-Élie in 1642. The family is that of Catherine and Edmee Lejeune (ADN, haplotype « u6a7a1a »), two sisters, and their likely brother, Jean Lejeune who married a Mi'kmaq woman (DNA haplotype "A"), probably with the name Marie. They probably had two daughters: Jeanne (born 1651) and Marie (born around 1658). According to an old French tradition, the eldest bore the name of his father and the second child, that of the mother. Their daughter Jeanne married François Joseph, a Mi'kmaq, towards 1673, and afterwards a widow, she married Jehan Gaudet toward 1694.
Thanks to Stephen A. White and his associates for their recent research! They allowed to clean and untangle the early theories that have been made regarding the affiliation of Lejeune families, those proposed by the following various authors: Francois-Edme Rameau de Saint-Pere, Father Clarence-J. d'Entremont, Father Frederic Joseph Melanson, Father Leopold Lanctot, Father Archange Godbout, Roland F. Surette, etc.
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