m. ABT 1600
m. 13 Jul 1627
m. ABT 1666
Facts and Events
!IMMIGRATION: ACADIAN GENEALOGY EXCHANGE; ; vol. 25, no. 4 (Oct 1996); p. 100; own copy. A plaque commemorating the departure of Guillaume TRAHAN & Francoise CORBINEAU and their daughter Jeanne is pictured, dated 14 Jul 1996. [Where is it?]
!BIRTH-MARRIAGES-CHILDREN: Genevieve Massignon, "Les Trahan d'Acadie," in CAHIER DE LA SOCIETY HISTORIQUE ACADIENNE; no. 4 (1964); p. 16. Guillaume TRAHAN, born around 1611, probably at Montreuil-Bellay (at present in Maine-et-Loire), France. He married 1st around 1630 to Francoise CHARBONNEAU, daughter Jeanne born around 1631. He embarked for Acadia on the "Saint-Jehan" in 1636. Married 2nd to Madeleine BRUN around 1666; six children.
!MARRIAGE: "Progenitors--Those Most Misunderstood," ACADIAN GENEALOGY EXCHANGE; ; vol. XXIII, no. 4 (Oct 1994); P. 118; own copy; these facts have been verified by the Centre d'Etudes acadiennes as accurate. "Guillaume's first marriage on July 13, 1627 at St. Etienne de Chinon, was to Francoise CORBINEAU, not CHARBONNEAU."
!IMMIGRATION: In the fifteenth ledger of 'La Societe Historiqie [sic] Acadienne, Moncton, N. B., Genevieve Massignon, published in 1964, a remarkable study of the origin of Guillaume TRAHAN, from Indre on the Loire, France,...of the parish of Montreuil Belley, Maine on the Loire." An article titled "The Trahans of Acadia" in Genealogy and Family History, vol. 2, no. 1 (Spring 1969) [Sutro CS80F7] cites a reference to a ship called "Role du Saint-Jehan, a vessel which left La Rochelle in 1636 to bring over to Acadia a certain number of emigrants, originating specifically from Bourgueil, among whom appear 'Guillaume Trahan, toolsmith, his wife, two children and a valet.' It further states that he set sail on April 1, 1636. In deposition on genealogy of his grandson Pierre in 1767 at Belle-Isle-en-Mer, he stated himself "to be issue of Guillaume TRAHANT, his grandfather having come from France after the Treaty of Breda on 31 July 1661" [sic] (See article "The Acadians of B-I-en-M", in New Orleans Genesis, vol. 32, no. 128 (Oct. 1993). This same article says Guillaume "married Magdeleine LEBRUN at Port Royal," had 5 children with her there, and that both died there.
!MARRIAGE: Donald J. Hebert, SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA RECORDS; 1750-1800; vol. 1-A, rev. ed., Rayne, LA, Hebert Publications, 1996; p. 767; own copy; contains church and civil records. Guillaume TRAHAN, son of Nicolas & Renee DESLOGES, married on 13 Jul 1627 to Francoise CORBINEAU of the parish of St-Etienne. (Courtesy: J. M. GERME at Archives Paroissiales de Chinon, Touraine, France.)
!MARRIAGE: "Guillaume Trahan," on webpage of Francois ROUX at <http://perso.wanadoo.fr/froux/divers/trahan.html> read in June 1999. It gives a picture of the original document [called "l'acte de naissance [sic]"]. Present were Nicolas TRAHAN, father of said TRAHAN; Pierre LEGER [?]; Pierre BAUDRY; Anne LEGER [?] wife of GILLOIRE.
!OCCUPATION: Marshal (Mareschal on 1671 census). "They [sic] were lawyers (syndic) for the inhabitants at Port Royal in 1654." (LANO, op cit.) Described as "Toolsmith" on his daughter's record as godmother (see Gen & Fam Hist, ibid.). "In 1654, among the signatures apposed at the foot of the act of capitulation of Port Royal, is found that of 'M. Guillaume Trouen, syndic of the inhabitants'" (ibid.). "1654--...the first rudimentary council of colonists is established, headed by Guillaume Trahan." (Rushton, The Cajuns, p. 309).
!CENSUS: 1678, Clarence J. d'Entremont, "Recensement de Port-Royal," in MEMOIRES DE LA SOCIETE GENEALOGIQUE CANADIENNE-FRANCAISE; vol. 22, no. 4; p. 232; sent by PERSI in Jun 1999. On Folio 19: Guilleaume [sic] TRAHAN & Madelenne BRUN, listed with three boys and three girls. They have 4 arpents of land, and 6 head of cattle.
MARRIAGES-DEATH: Does not appear on the 1686 census. In 1665 Guillaume married 18-year-old Madeleine BRUN, and had six children by her. Died in 1685 [sic, before 1686], according to letter from S. Trahan WOLFE, 4925 Laurel Drive, Concord, CA 94521, on Jan 1995.
!IMMIGRATION: E-mail from Esther Howard (EstHoward@aol.com) on lghc newsgroup in Jun 2006. Originally from St. Germain de Bourgeuile, Indre-et-Loire, France, Guillaume was Marshal of Trachant, (Marechal de Tranchant). He arrived in Acadia in 1636, from Indre-et-Loire, France on the ship "St. Jehan," which left France April 1, 1636, with a wife, Francoise Charbonneau, two daughters and a valet. This ship arrived in Acadia in 1636, The circumstances that brought Guillaume and his family to the new world are not known but the reason might be that in 1634 a sentence had been issued against a group of residents of his town and his name was among the lot, including some of the clergy. They were charged and fined for illegally cutting fire wood from the private forest of Cardinal Richelieu.