Marguerite Arsenault

1718–15 May 1764 (Age 46)
Beaubassin, Acadia, New France

The Life of Marguerite

When Marguerite Arsenault was born in 1718, in Beaubassin, Acadia, New France, her father, Joseph Charles Arsenault I, was 28 and her mother, Françoise Tavares Miranda, was 27. She married Pierre Poirier I on 3 February 1740, in Beaubassin, Acadia, New France. They were the parents of at least 6 sons. She died on 15 May 1764, in Beaubassin, Nova Scotia, British Colonial America, at the age of 46.

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Pierre Poirier I
Marguerite Arsenault
Marriage: 3 February 1740
Pierre Poirier
Charles Poirier
Pierre Poirier II
Sébastien Robert Poirier
Pepin Poirier
Hilaire Poirier

Spouse and Children

3 February 1740
Beaubassin, Acadia, New France


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World Events (2)

1745 · First Siege of Louisbourg

Age 27

The siege of Louisbourg in present day Cape Breton Island started on May 11, 1745. There was already 1500 British troops there soon 200 French arrived to fight them. Many of the fisheries in the area were destroyed which hurt the province. The battle lasted until June 28, 1745, when the French surrendered.
1758 · Legislature Established

Age 40

October 2, 1758, the Nova Scotia legislature was established. They met in a wooden building and consisted of 22 men.

Name Meaning

French: occupational name for a gunmaker, a seller of guns, or the keeper of an arsenal. The French word arsenal (Italian arsenale) is from Arabic dār aṣ-ṣinā῾a ‘house of fabrication’, ‘workshop’. This spelling of the surname, which is much more common in North America than in France, has been assimilated to that of other French surnames ending in -ault, for example Thibault .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight


After Pierre's death, Marguerite remarried to Joseph Bernard, with whom she escaped the Deportation by fleeing from French Acadia to northern New Brunswick. His sons from the first marriage accompanie …

Sources (3)

  • Marguerite Arseno in entry for Jean Marie Bernard, "Quebec Births and Baptisms, 1662-1898"
  • Marguerite Arssenaud in entry for Charles Poirier, "Nova Scotia Births and Baptisms, 1702-1896"
  • Marguerite Arsenaud in entry for Pierre Poirie, "Nova Scotia Births and Baptisms, 1702-1896"

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