Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Founding Mothers of Acadia and mtDNA

The following list has been revised in order to incorporate into it the haplotypes/haplogroups that have been determined to date by mtDNA testing of descendants, as well as an indication of those women for whom it is known that there would be no female-line descendants living. In the following, the latter situation is marked with "nflp" for "no female-line posterity."

This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but has only been compiled to give a general idea of how small a number of women became forebears of the Acadian people, while at the same time showing for which of these women mtDNA test results either have been obtained to date, or may be hoped to be obtained in the future. Unfortunately, a dozen women on this list are believed to have no female-line posterity (nflp), so no such results may be expected for them.

1. AIMÉE, Jeanne (m1 v 1685 Julien Aubois dit Saint-Julien; m2 1719 Julien Guyon dit Saint-Julien).

2. ARNAULT, Marie (m1 v 1688 Jacques Carne; m2 1729 Martin Lejeune dit Briard).

3. AUBOIS, Marie (Christine) (m v 1686 Jean Roy dit Laliberté).

4. AUCOIN, Jeanne (m v 1647 François Girouard) haplogroup  H

5. AUCOIN, Michelle (m v 1641 Michel Boudrot) haplogroup H

6. BAJOLET, Barbe (m1 v 1629 Isaac Pesseley; m2 1647 Martin Lefebvre de Montespy; m3 1654
Savinien de Courpon) haplogroup X2b

7. BASILE, Perrine (m v 1685 André Célestin dit Bellemère).

8. BASTINEAU dit PELTIER, Louise (m v 1684 Louis Saulnier).

9. BAYON, Rose (m v 1649 Pierre Comeau)haplogroup J*

10. BERNON, Anne (m v 1693 Pierre Lavergne).haplogroup H

11. BERTEAU (BERTRAND), Cécile (m v 1703 Jean Denis).

12. BILLOT, Geneviève (m 1670 Jean Denis) nflp

13. BISSOT, Marie (m1 1682 Claude Porlier; m2 1691 Jacques Gourdeau)   nflp

14. BOILEAU, Marguerite (m v 1663 Jean Serreau de Saint-Aubin).

15. BOURG, Perrine (m1 v 1640 Simon Pelletret; m2 v 1645 René Landry l'aîné) haplogroup H

16. BOURGET, Françoise (m 1714 Jean Doucet) nflp

17. BREAU, Renée (m v 1644 Vincent Brun) haplogroup H13

18. BRUNET, Marie (m 1710 Nicolas Pugnant dit Destouches).

19. BUGARET, Catherine (m1 v 1658 Claude Petitpas; m2 v 1692 Charles Chevalier dit LaTourasse) haplogroup H

20. CANOL, Marie-Anne (m v 1671 Jean Doiron) haplogroup W3

21. CAPLAN, Catherine (m v 1730 Pierre Huard).

22. CAPLAN, Madeleine (m v 1740 Olivier Michel) nflp

23. CAPLAN, Marguerite (m v 1719 François Laroque) haplogroup  C

24. CAPLAN, Marie-Louise (m1 v 1729 François Hyard dit Saint-Louis; m2 v 1740 Claude-Louis Lalande dit Saint-Louis)

25. CHAUSSEGROS, Marie (m v 1672 Martin Benoit).

26. CHEBRAT, Jeanne (m1 v 1647 Jean Poirier; m2 v 1654 Antoine Gougeon). HV*

27. COLLESON, Nicole (m v 1652 Jean Gaudet) nflp

28. CORBINEAU, Françoise (m 1627 Guillaume Trahan) haplogroup H

29. (D'AMOURS) de CHAUFFOURS, Louise (m v 1703 Jean Auger).

30. DOUCET, ------ (m v 1650 Pierre Lejeune dit Briard) nflp

31. DOUCET, Marguerite (m v 1647 Abraham Dugas) haplogroup T2b

32. DUGARD, Marie-Antoinette (m 1692 Pierre de Saint-Vincent).

33. FOREST, Geneviève (m1 v 1689 François Savary; m2 v 1692 Louis Mazerolle).

34. GAUDET, Françoise (m1 v 1644 ------ Mercier; m2 v 1650 Daniel LeBlanc) haplogroup  J1b2

35. GAUDET, Marie (m1 v 1650 Étienne Hébert; m2 v 1676 Dominique Gareau)haplogroup J1b2

36. GAUTHIER, Martine (m v 1645 Denis Gaudet). haplogroup J1b1

37. GAUTROT, Anne (m v 1688 Joseph Prétieux).

38. GUYON, Andrée (m1 v 1644 ------ Bernard; m2 v 1651 Antoine Belliveau) haplogroup T3

39. GUYON, Louise (m1 1684 Charles Thibault; m2 1686 Mathieu D'Amours de Freneuse) nflp

40. HÉLIE, Madeleine (m v 1649 Philippe Mius d'Entremont) J*

41. HENRY, Jeanne (m v 1680 Jean Gaudet).

42. HOUSSEAU, Marguerite (m 1670 Jean Meunier).

43. JAROUSELLE, Susanne (m1 1655 Simon Lereau; m2 1671 Robert Cottard).

44. JEANNE, Andrée-Angélique (m 1690 Gabriel Godin dit Bellefontaine).

45. JEAN dit MADELON, Isabelle-Madeleine (m v 1709 Martin Giboire Duvergé dit LaMotte).

46. JUDIC, Madeleine (m v 1660 Jean Huret dit Rochefort) nflp

47. KAGIGCONIAC, Jeanne (m v 1684 Martin Lejeune).

48. LAMBERT, Radegonde (m v 1642 Jean Blanchard haplogroup  X2b

49. LANDRY, Antoinette (m v 1642 Antoine Bourg). haplogroup H

50. LAVACHE, Anne (m v 1712 Louis Labauve).

51. LEFRANC, Geneviève (m v 1648 Antoine Hébert) haplogroup W1

52. LEJEUNE, Catherine (m v 1651 François Savoie) haplogroup U6a7

53. LEJEUNE, Edmée (m v 1644 François Gautrot) haplogroup U6a7

54. LEJEUNE, Jeanne (m v 1673 François Joseph)

55. LEJEUNE, Marie-Josèphe (m v 1689 Pierre Cellier dit Normand) nflp

56. MARTIN, Marie-Madeleine (m1 1660 Jean Gardin; m2 23 October 1668 André Mignier dit Lagassé). nflp

57. MICHEL, Jacquette (m1 v 1691 Joseph Gravois; m2 v 1693 René Martin dit Barnabé) haplogroup T1

58. MOTIN de REUX, Jeanne (m1 v 1638 Charles de Menou d'Aulnay de Charnisay; m2 1653 Charles de Saint-Étienne de La Tour) haplogroup H3

59. NICOLAS, Élisabeth (m v 1646 Amand Lalloue)

60. OUESTNOROUEST dit PETITOUS, Anne (m v 1660 Pierre Martin)

61. PATARABEGO, Anne (m v 1680 Richard Denys de Fronsac)

62. PÉRAUD, Marie (m v 1635 Robert Cormier) nflp

63. PIDDIWAMISKWA, Marie (m v 1685 Jean-Vincent d’Abbadie de Saint-Castin)

64. RAU, Perrine (m v 1636 Jean Thériot) haplogroup  H

65. ROUSSELIÈRE, Jeanne (m1 1654 Pierre Godin dit Châtillon; m2 1686/1693 Pierre Martin) haplogroup H

66. SAINT-ÉTIENNE de LA TOUR, Jeanne de (m v 1655 Martin d'Aprendestiguy de Martignon)

67. SOUBIROU, Isabeau dite Judith (m v 1685 Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste)

68. TOUPIN, Françoise (m avant 1702 Pierre-Paul de Labat)

69. VIGNEAU, Catherine (m 1630 Pierre Martin) haplogroup T*

70. -------, ------ (m v 1678 Philippe Mius d’Azy) haplogroup A

71. -------, Anne-Marie (m1 v 1653 ------- Pinet; m2 v 1655 René Rimbault) haplogroup A2f

72. -------, Catherine (m1 v 1680 Jean Labarre; m2 v 1691 Étienne Rivet

73. -------, Marie (m v 1701 Nicolas Denys de Fronsac) nflp

74. -------, Marie (m v 1635 François Gautrot) haplogroup  J1b1

75. -------, Marie (m v 1687 Philippe Mius d’Azy)

76. -------, Marie-Thérèse (m v 1686 Claude Petitpas)

77. -------, Mathilde (m v 1670 Jean-Vincent d’Abbadie de Saint-Castin)

78. -------, Priscilla (m1 v 1631 Pierre Melanson dit LaVerdure; m2 1680 William Wright) nflp

Does your maternal line go back to one of the Mothers?  To know whether or not your *direct* maternal line descends from one of the founding Mothers, check your maternal line  The line goes from you to your mother to her mother (your grandmother) to  her mother (your great grandmother) as far back as you can go.  Both men and women's maternal lines can be mtDNA tested.

If your direct maternal line does go back to a founding Mother of Acadia and if you would like to be mtDNA tested,  please contact me at LucieMC at *change the at to @

I am the administrator of the Mothers of Acadia mtDNA Project.  Testing is done through the Family Tree DNA labs and there is a fee.

© Stephen A. White
Lucie LeBlanc Consentino
web site and blog


Anonymous said...

This post made me realize I haven't traced beyond my husband's 3rd great-grandmother, Malvina Boucher (wife of Michel Lucier). I think she will be the focus on my research quite soon, and then I will come back to this post to see if she goes back to any of these women.

One of these days we definitely intend to have my husband's Y and mtDNA tested.

Quid Nunc said...

This is fascinating. My family name is Horn and descendents of Jacob Horn who married Francois Anastasia Savary and so I have always wondered how far back her family went and this is so enlightening. I have lost her after Forest, but just finding this was a gift. I can see this is the start.
Patricia Horne
Blandford, Nova Scotia

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Hi Patricia,

Thank you for your message. Hopefully you will be able to make a break through.

Happy New Year!


Greg said...

I am wondering how close to being exhaustive your list of founding mothers of Acadia is. My mtdna haplogroup is W1 and all on my mothers line are of Acadian background. I see that you have only one founding mother with the W1 haplogroup, so would I be able to trace myself to her? If so, I would like to find out more about that line. The ancestry I know of on that line only goes back to the 1800s through Belliveaus and Boudreaus.

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Hi Greg.. here is what you must do.

Trace your maternal line in a direct to your mother - your mother to her mother and so on to see who your furthest founding Mother of Acadia is.

You can write to me at