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Pierre Arsenault

Male 1650 - Bef 1715  (~ 68 years)

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  • Name Pierre Arsenault 
    Birth Between 1646 and 1650  Saintonge, Charente, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Death Bef 1715  [1
    Person ID I5671  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2021 

    Family Marie Guérin,   b. Abt 1662, Port-Royal, Acadia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Abt 1685  Acadia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    +1. Charles Arsenault,   b. Bef 1690
    Family ID F3495  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2021 

  • Notes 
    • Coastal pilot (pilote cotier).

      With Jacques Bourgeois, in 1671-72 he founded the colony Bourgeois on the isthmus of Chignecto, the second Acadian village after Port Royal. It was later renamed Beaubassin. The area is now known as the Tantramar Marshes.

      During their lives in Beaubassin, Pierre Arsenault and his second wife Marie Guérin would have witnessed two English raids, both led by Benjamin Church, on their small town. According to an unattributed writer at Wikitree, citing From Migrant to Acadian: A North-American Border People, 1604-1755 by Naomi E. S. Griffiths (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005), "In 1696, Church's raid lasted 9 days. Once the English ships were seen, the inhabitants fled, carrying their more valuable possessions. Church recorded that the settlers' 'cattle sheep, hogs, and dogs' were left 'lying dead about their houses, chopped and hacked with hatches'. The church and some of the houses were also burnt." Of the second raid, in 1702, Griffiths writes: "The Acadians were in arms and an indecisive skirmish ensued. After the Acadians retreated into the woods, Church and his men found that the inhabitants had removed as much of their household and farm goods as possible. Church set the buildings on fire...and killed about 100 cattle before leaving to return to Boston."

      Wikipedia's article about the first of those two raids is here.

  • Sources 
    1. [S38] Genealogy of the French in North America, by Denis Beauregard. Complete version, 2024.