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The Bergeron Lineage of South Louisiana
The Colonials and the Cajuns

      The Bergerons of South Louisiana generally come from two men. They were both soldiers, but they came to Louisiana in different ways. Thus, they became known as the Colonial Bergerons and the Cajun Bergerons.
 
THE COLONIALS 

      A smaller branch of Bergerons descend from a man named Guillaume Bergereau dit St. Onge, a soldier of the "Marine detachee" of the garrison at Natchitoches, native of Jeannai in St. Onge of St. Sulpice, diocese of Xaintes. He was the son of Nicholas Bergereau of Jeannai and Jean Vigere of Saintour, parish of St. Brie of Jeannai. His name was not spelled "Bergeron" but instead "Bergereau." In times, his descendants changed their spelling to the more popular and numerous "Bergeron."

THE CAJUNS
 
      Most Bergerons in South Louisiana trace their lineage to Barthelemy Bergeron d'Amboise. His genealogy is as follows:

JOSEPH BERGERON
married 1530 in Amboise, en Touraine to
MARIE [Last name unknown]
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JEAN BERGERON, I
born 1540
married 1564 in Chaumont-sur-Loire
GABRIELLE BARDOUGNE
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JEAN BERGERON, II
born 1570
married 1595 in Notre Dame de Greve, Amboise
JEANNE BELUCHE
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JEAN BERGERON, III
born 1598
married 1623 in Chaumont Sur Loire, France
CATHERINE DOUARAY
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ANTOINE BERGERON
born 1643
married 1664 in Chappelle St. Florentin 'a Amboise, France
CLAUDETTE SCARRON
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BARTHELEMY
born 1664
Inde et Loire, France
married 1695 in Port Royal
GENEVIEVE SERREAU de SAINT AUBIN

      Barthelemy was born in 1664 in Toulouse, France. He came to the New World from Amboise, in the department of Inde-et-Loire, France. He arrived in Canada in 1685 as a marine and lived in downtown Quebec city from 1685 to 1690 at the house of Pierre Lezeau, maker of boats. Barthelemy accompanied Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville in most of his campaigns such as the one in Hudson Bay. He signed a will before a notary, Gilles Rageot, before he left for his adventures. In 1695, he married Genevieve Serreau (called St. Albin), daughter of Jean Serreau and Marguerite Boileau (widow of Jacques Petipas). Genevieve was born in 1667. Barthelemy arrived with Genevieve in Acadia with Iberville in 1696. 

      Barthelemy and Genevieve had seven children. Marie Josephe was born in 1696, followed by Barthelemy about 1698, and then Michel in 1702. In 1704, Barthelemy, Genevieve and his three children at that time were all taken prisoner until the attack of Colonel Church against Port Royal. During that time, he was held hostage in Boston. More children followed: Marie Anne in 1706, Anne Marie in 1707, Francoise in 1708 and Joseph Augustin in 1710. After his liberation, he and his family returned to Port Royal where Barthelemy lived in the Cap section of town near the fort and worked on boats. Around 1730, Barthelemy went to live by the St. Jean River in New Brunswick where he was one of the pioneers of St. Ann du Pays Bas -- today Frederickstown. Some of Barthelemy's descendants carry the name d'Amboise while most carry the name Bergeron.
 
      Barthelemy's four daughters married: 

            Marie Joseph married Francois Roy 
            Marie Ann married Joseph Bellefontoine dit Beausejour 
            Anne Marie married Jacques Philippe Bellefontaine 
            Francoise married Jean Rose Bellefontaine 

      The Bergeron name died with them. But what happened to his three sons, Barthelemy, Michel and Joseph Augustin?
BERTHELEMY

Berthelemy (Jr.) married at Port Royal on April 21, 1721 to Marguerite Dugas, daughter of Claude Dugas and Marguerite Bourg. He showed up on the census of 1736 at the village of Sainte Anne, at the river Saint Jean with his family. Barthelemy was held at Halifax and left with his family. He and his family appear on the census of 1766 at St. Jacques on the Mississippi. Barthelemy's genealogy is as follows: 

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MICHEL

Michel married about 1721 to Marie Jean Hebert, daughter of Jean Hebert and Marguerite Landry. He remarried in about 1725 to Marie Dugas, daughter of Abraham Dugas and Madeleine Landry. He had children by both marriages. He died before 1766 while his widow, Marie Dugas, was listed on the 1766 census at St. Jacques on the Mississippi with the members of his family. In 1769, she occupied lot number 106 on the west of the Mississippi at St. Jacques. Michel's genealogy is as follows: 

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JOSEPH AUGUSTIN

Joseph Augustin married around 1730 to Marie Rose Melancon. In 1763, he was held prisoner by the English at Halifax, Nova Scotia along with his wife and five children. He died in St. Martinville in Louisiana on August 31, 1765. Joseph Augustin and Marie Rose had five children: Elizabeth, Jean Baptiste, Joseph and two others not mentioned by name. His genealogy is as follows: 

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