The French Connection
Germain DOUCET dit Laverdure, native of Couperans-in-Brie, France, arrived in Acadia in 1632 with Commander Isaac de Razilly and Charles de Menou d’Aulnay. In 1645, Germain DOUCET dit Laverdure became the commander of the garrison at Port Royal.
Pierre LeJeune dit Briard arrived in Acadia sometime during the first half of the 17th century. Since two of Pierre’s sisters, Edmee and Catherine, married in Acadia, they most likely arrived with their parents. It is interesting that Pierre LeJeune dit Briard was also a native of Couperans-in-Brie, France. In about 1650, Pierre LeJeune dit Briard married a “girl” Doucet, who is believed to be the daughter of Germain DOUCET dit Laverdure.
“Note also, that the nickname Briard means originally from Brie, whence Germain Doucet supposedly also came, and that both Pierre Lejeune dit Briard Junior and Martin Lejeune had sons named Germain.”
Explanatory Note by; Stephen A. White
I am a descendant of Pierre LeJeune dit Briard, one of the original settlers at the Acadian settlement Port Royal in Nova Scotia, Canada.
As a result of a significant amount of research, I was able to piece together a number of stories that reflect what likely happened those many years ago in the lives of my ancestors.