Third Generation (Continued)

Family of Jacques I MIUS d'ENTREMONT (3) & Anne de SAINT-ETIENNE de LATOUR

9. Jacques II MIUS d'ENTREMONT, Grandson. 
Born abt 1679 in the manor house by Hipson Brook on the east side at Pubnico. Jacques II died in Walpole Mass. and was buried at Roxbury - Elliott Cemetery on 28 Jul 1759, he was 80.

by Pere Clarence d'Entremont

This was Jacques d'Entremont, son of another Jacques and of Anne de La Tour, the father of the three brothers who settled in Pubnico after the return from exile, Joseph, Paul and Benoni. He was born around 1679 at the Manor House of the family, on the northern bank of Hipson's Brook, Upper East Pubnico. He was already about 44 years of age when he married in 1723 Marguerite Amirault, daughter [sic] of François Amirault, dit Tourangeau, and of Marie Pitre, of Baccaro Passage, more precisely of the Sand Hills. To be closer to this family, they settled in Barrington Head, their dwelling place being located on the western bank of Barrington Harbour, close to the mouth of the river. They had seven children, four boys and three girls, viz., the three brothers mentioned above, plus the oldest, Jacques, married before the Expulsion to Marguerite Landry (see sketch No. 89) who were to be expelled in France; of the three girls, Marie married René Landry (see sketch No. 89); Anne married to Abel Duon, the origin of th [sic] d'Eon family of today, and Marguerite who died unmarried.

In April of 1756, when during the night of Wednesday, the 21st, [J...iah?] Preble invaded the Acadian establishments of what is now Shelburne County and burned 44 buildings, the members of Jacques d'Entremont's family were among the 72 Acadians that he took to Boston.

Some of them were to be quartered separately and placed in different towns in Massachusetts, viz., Marblehead, Medfield and Walpole. In 1757, we find Jacques, his wife and three of their children in Walpole. The foundation of the hut in which they lived was still visible 30 years ago, built on the side of a bank, close to the Neponset River; that is when I took its measurements, which were of 24 feet by 28, and jotted down an accurate description of it. It had belonged to a Jeremiah Dexter. Its last occupants were the members of a mulatto family from Maryland, by the name of Richard R. Diggs, whose name appears in the 1880 census. The place was demolished shortly after.

While Jacques d'Entremont was living in this miserable shanty, not having enough to eat, he and his family clothed in rags, restrained in his activities and travels, far from his homeland, his sisters in Cape Breton were enjoying every comfort of life with plenty to eat, free from all restrictions. They had married high ranking officers of the army, who were from wealthy families, being themselves among the richest in Louisburg. I told you in sketch No. 7 about their other sister, Anne Mius d'Entremont, who married three times, "widow at 13, millionaire at 34", living at this time in south-western France. These families were very influential in the government of Ile Royale (Cape Breton), Anne having even been married to one of the former Governors. At the time its Governor was Augustin de Drucourt. They petitioned him to write to the Governor of Massachusetts, Thomas Pownall, to send back to Nova Scotia their brother, "Monsieur de Poconcourt" (Mr. of Pocomcourt, sic, for Pobomcoup, alias Pubnico).

We do not have Durcourt's demand, but we have Pownall's answer, dated from Boston, November 10, 1757, that I translate from the French: "I would feel happy if I had the power to give you a proof of my good will with regard to your demand concerning Monsieur de Pocomcourt, even though he is a subject of His British Majesty, but, since his is old and French by birth, and of those who are more inclined towards their native land, I will willingly give him permission to depart from here; that is why I have given orders to look for him; he is from this town and I was not able to have him leave on this voyage, nevertheless, he will reach you by the first occasion that I will have, and for that, I will send him to Halifax".

Note that in 1757, Jacques d'Entremont was about 78. Although Pownall says that he is far from Boston, the distance from Walpole where he was, to the State House in Boston is a mere 20 miles.

In sketch No. 33, I was saying that Governor Pownall was sympathetic towards the Acadians, being willing even to accept in Massachusetts those who in 1858 (sic) (1758 ? - LFD) were getting ready to spend another harsh winter in the woods of Argyle and Tusket. Unfortunately he was prevented from doing so by his Council.

What happened afterwards with regard to this affair, we are not sure. As a matter of fact, Pownall's letter just quoted is the only document that we have which mentions it. It is sure that Jacques d'Entremont would not have left his wife and children in exile in Massachusetts while he would have been free to leave. Even if Pownall would have wanted to pursue Jacques' relief and send him to Cape Breton, he would not have been able to do so, as, at the beginning of the following [J.....?] Admiral Edward Boscawen was invading Louisburg, which fell the following month, July 26, 1758.

Excactly a year later, July 28, 1759, Jacques d'Entremont died at Walpole, in the hut he had been living in for the past three years. He was buried in Roxbury, in the Eliot cemetery, at Andrew Coyle Squ[are?] at the corner of Eustis and Washington Streets, about ten miles from Walpole.

Father Ferdinand Blanchet, Pastor of West Pubnico, wrote in [French?] in the parish registers, that his tombstone still existed then "around Boston (Rockberry)", and that it had been seen there by one of his parishioners five years before. He says that he had offered a Mass the previous year at the 100th anniversaary of his death for the repose of his soul, requested by his descendant [sic] in Pubnico.

Of all the Acadians who were sent into exile, this is the only one where there had been efforts to send back free to Nova Scotia one of them.

On 30 Sep 1723 when Jacques II was 44, he married Marguerite AMIRAULT, daughter of Francois I AMIRAULT dit Tourangeau (1664-) & Marie PITRE, in Port Royal, Nova Scotia.  Marguerite was born on 9 Dec 1704.

They had the following children:
42 i. Jacques III (1729-~1760)
43 ii. Marie (Josephe ?) (1730-)
44 iii. Anne (1732-)
45 iv. Joseph (1734-1783)
46 v. Marguerite (1737->1763)
47 vi. Paul (1743-1841)
48 vii. Benoni (1745-1841)

10. Philippe MIUS d'ENTREMONT, Grandson. 
Born in 1682-84. Philippe died in France.

Bona ARSENAULT states Philippe MIUS d'ENTREMONT was born abt 1686 and married 4 December 1707 at Port Royal.

On 4 Dec 1717 when Philippe was 35, he married Therese de SAINT-CASTIN, daughter of Baron Jean Vincent de SAINT-CASTIN & Marie PIDIWANISKOA, in Penobscot, Maine. It appears by all accounts that Philippe d'ENTREMONT and Therese de SAINT-CASTIN left shortly after they were married to settle on the Saint-Castin estate in the Bearn in France.

11. Charles MIUS d'ENTREMONT, Grandson. 
Born abt 1691. Charles died in Cherbourg, France in 1764, he was 73.

On 1 Sep 1712 when Charles was 21, he married Marguerite LANDRY, daughter of Pierre I LANDRY & Madeleine ROBICHAUD, in Port Royal, Nova Scotia.  Marguerite died in 1764 in Cherbourg, France the same year as her husband.

They had the following children:
49 i. Marie Josephe (1714-)
50 ii. Marguerite (1715-)
51 iii. Charles (1716-)
52 iv. Joseph (1726-)
53 v. Madeleine (1730-)
54 vi. Pierre (1731-)

12. Marie MIUS d'ENTREMONT, Granddaughter. 
Born abt 1682. Marie died it would appear in France.

On 12 Jan 1705 when Marie was 23, she married Francois du PONT, Sieur de Vivier, in Port Royal, Nova Scotia.  Francois died prior to Apr 1717. Francois du PONT, Sieur de Vivier was "enseigne de vaisseau et capitaine de compagnie"

13. Jeanne ? MIUS d'ENTREMONT, Granddaughter. 
Born abt 1689.

On 11 Feb 1709 when Jeanne ? was 20, she married Louis I du PONT, Sieur du Chambon, in l'Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Port Royal, Nova Scotia. Louis du PONT, Sieur du Chambon, was "lieutenant de compagnie de Marine."

They had one child:
55 i. Louis II

14. Marguerite MIUS d'ENTREMONT, Granddaughter. 
Born in 1690.

Marguerite married Pierre II LANDRY, son of Pierre I LANDRY & Madeleine ROBICHAUD.

15. Anne MIUS d'ENTREMONT dit Baroness of Labatut, Granddaughter. 
Born in 1694, probably at the manor house of the Mius d'Entremont, East Pubnico.  Anne died in France on 15 Oct 1778, she was 84.

by Pere Clarenece d'Entremont
Yarmouth Vanguard, February 14, 1989.

Her name was Anne Mius d'Entremont, born at the manor house of the Mius d'Entremont family, in the Barony of Pombcoup (Pubnico). She had just entered her teens when Antoine de Sallien, Sieur de Salliant, a junior grade lieutenant of the French Navy at Port Royal, asked for her hand in marriage. He was the son of Pierre-Paul Sallien, Lord de Saillant and de La Laune, and of Francoise d'Assier de Noe, originally from south-eastern France. The question arose whether she was old enough to get married; the Port Royal church registers had been destroyed by fire, and there was no way to know how old she was, it was thought. But her mother intervened, saying that she was 13 years of age, being born in 1694; this was Anne de La Tour; her father was Jacques Mius d'Entremont, oldest son of Baron Philippe Mius d'Entremont. The marriage took place at Port Royal, July 18, 1707.

Unfortunately, the marriage was broken less than seven weeks later by the death of Antoine de Sallien, following the wounds he received Sept. 8, while defending Port Royal against the troops of Colonel John Marsh of Boston. And thus Anne Mius d'Entremont became the youngest widow that Acadia had known, even maybe Canada. The following year, the Minister, in France, wrote to Subercase, Governor of Acadia, that he could not grant her a pension, maybe because the marriage had not lasted long enough. And so Anne had to come back to her father's manor house in Pubnico.
Feb. 12, 1716, she remarried, in Louisburg, Philippe de Pastour de Costebelle, Governor of Cape Breton, and widower of Anne do Tours de Sourdeval, of whom he had had one daughter, Anne-Catherine de Pastour de Costebelle. They had been married but since a few months, when Costebelle had to leave for France, taking with him his newly wedded wife. They arrived in France, at Belle-île-en-Mer, an island just off the coast of Brittany, on Christmas Day. From here, they went to Paris, where Anne gave birth, April 11, 1717, to a daughter of whom was given the name of Marie-Josephe; Marie Mius d'Entremont, Anne's sister, the widow of Francois du Pont, Sieur de Vivier, who was in Paris at the time, stood as god-mother of the child when she was baptized.
Costebelle left France with his wife and the baby Aug. 9 of the same year, 1717. On their way back to Cape Breton, he became sick, so sick that he felt that he had to dictate his last will. He died in Louisburg at the very beginning of October. And thus, this second marriage of Anne Mius d'Entremont had lasted hardly 20 months.

Not quite two years later, Aug. 20, 1719, Anne Mius d'Entremont got married for the third time, in Paris, at St. Eustache church, to Laurent de Namailles-Labatut, Lay Abbot of Asson, in the Bearn, south-western part of France, bordering on Spain. He bore the title of "Chevalier", "Seigneur", "Baron", "Officer", son of Antonin de Navailles and of Dame Madeleine d'Abbadie. And thus Anne, from Pubnico, was entering into one of the oldest families in France, dating back to the tenth century and beyond, descending from kings and counts, whose origin even is lost in the midst of time.

Anne had met this third husband just a few months before, while she was visiting her brother Philippe Mius d'Entremont the 3rd, ( this is in error, Philippe Mius d'Entremont who married Therese de Saint-Castin was the son of Jacques Mius d'Entremont and Anne de Sainte-Etienne de La Tour. LFD ) married to Therese de Saint-Castin, daughter of Baron Jean-Vincent de Saint-Castin of Castine, Maine, and of Marie Pidiwamiskoa, herself the daughter of the great Chief of the Abenaquis, Madocawondo. It would seem that not long after their marriage, which took place at Penobscot, Maine, Dec. 4, 1717, this couple left for France, to establish themselves on the estate of the Saint-Castin family, in the Bearn.

What took Anne to France, surprisingly enough for the widow of a lieutenant and of a governor, was to beg for charity. In fact, she was destitute; her name was not even mentioned in Costebelle's last will. Moreover, most of her belongings, as furniture, even clothings, were taken away from her to pay the debts of her second husband. But in coming to France, she got much more than she had bargained for.

With her daughter Marie-Josephe de Pastour de Costebelle, and Anne-Catherine de Costebelle, she followed her new husband to his castle of Navailles-Labatut in south-western France, at 20 kilometers east-north-east of Pau, one of the largest cities in this part of France.

Although this marriage lasted only about nine years, it was much longer than the two others. Laurent de Namailles-Labatut died in 1728; Anne was then 34 years of age. She was left with a huge fortune, a number of castles, a vaste domain of over 800 acres of land, 83 "fiefs" or feudal estates, which brought her yearly annuities totalling to incredible amounts of money, many orchards, especially vineyards, domestic animals, poultry, pigeons, and so forth; even the church at Labatut belonged to her. Strangely enough, it was only now, when she was submerged in wealth, that the French Government decided to give her a grant as the widow of the governor of Cape Breton, which amounted to 17,000 Pounds.

She had from her third husband five children, two boys and three girls. The two boys and one of the girls got married. We have the names of some of their children and of some of the children of their children. I am told that there are still, in south-western France especially, descendants of Anne Mius d'Entremont of Pubnico, who went by the name of "baroness" - "Madame la Baronne de Labatut". Her daughter Marie-Joseph [sic] Costebelle married a Marquis, while Anne-Catherine Costebelle married in Lyon.

After a widowhood of fifty years, Anne Mius d'Entremont of Pubnico, Baroness of Labatut, died Oct 15, 1778, in one of her castles. She was 80 years of age, having outlived three husbands, a son-in-law and a grand-son who died in Haiti.

And that is the story of the youngest widow known in Acadia, also the only Acadian millionaire of her time.

On 18 Jul 1707 when Anne was 13, she first married Antoine de SALLIEN, Sieur de Salliant, son of Pierre Paul de SALLIEN, Lord de Saillant and de La Laune & Francoise de d'ASSIER de Noe, in Port Royal, Nova Scotia. Antoine died abt 7 Sep 1707 in Port Royal, Nova Scotia. It has not been confirmed but there is a possibilty that the couple spend their honeymoon at Toys-R-Us. Antoine de SALLIEN, Sieur de Salliant , 1st husband of Anne d'ENTREMONT, died less then 7 weeks after their wedding from wounds he received 7 Sept 1707 defending Port Royal against Col. John Marsh of Boston.

On 12 Feb 1716 when Anne was 22, she second married Philipe de PASTOUR de Costebelle, in Louisbourg.  Philipe died in Oct 1717 in Louisbourg.(AQctually I beleive he died aboard a ship bound for Louisbourg - LFD) Philippe PASTOUR de Costebelle, was governor of of Ile Royale (Cape Breton).

They had one child:
56 i. Marie Josephe (1717-)

On 20 Aug 1719 when Anne was 25, she third married Laurent de NAVAILLES-LABATUT, Lay Abbot of Asson, son of Antoine de NAVAILLES & Dame Madeleine d'ABBADIE, in Paris at St. Eustache church.  Laurent died in 1728 in France. Laurent de NAVAILLES-LABATUT, Lay Abbot of Asson, was "chevalier et baron de Latatut-Figieres". From the marriage of Laurent de NAVAILLES-LABATUT and Anne MIUS d'ENTREMONT there was five children born, two boys and three girls.

16. Joseph I MIUS d'ENTREMONT, Grandson. 
Born abt 1696.
On 14 Oct 1717 when Joseph I was 21, he first married Cecile BOUDROT, daughter of Abraham BOUDROT & Cecile MELANSON, in Port Royal, Nova Scotia.

They had the following children:
57 i. Joseph II (1718-)
58 ii. Abraham (1722-)
59 iii. Cecile (1724-)
60 iv. Simon (1726-)
61 v. Charles (~1727-)
62 vi. Jean (1733-)
63 vii. Marie (1737-)

Joseph I second married Marie Josephe MOULAISON (MELANSON), daughter of Gabriel MOULAISON (MELANSON) & Marie AUBOIN. Marie Joseph MOULAISON (MELANSON) was the widow of Pierre BERTRAND.
Joseph d'ENTREMONT was at Cherbourg, France, with his family in 1760.
They had the following children:
64 i. Etienne (1740-)
65 ii. Madeleine (1741-)
66 iii. Augustin (1743-)
67 iv. Cornelius (1751-)
68 v. Philippe (1753-)

17. Marie Madeleine MIUS d'ENTREMONT, Granddaughter. 
Born abt 1703.

Marie Madeleine married Jean LAFITTE. There is a possibility that Jean LAFITTE, husband of Madeleine d'ENTREMONT may have been the nephew of Marguerite LAFITTE, wife of Nicolas DENYS.

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