Davids of New France

Anne Bernard



1745 to 1749

After the 1st siege and capture of the Fortress of Louisbourg on 16 June 1745 by British forces commanded by Sir William Pepperell during the War of the Austrian Succession, it is believed that Jean Pierre, Marie Madeleine and their children left Louisbourg but it is not known if they were deported to France by the British with most of the other French Louisbourg inhabitants or escaped to Acadie or one of the Province of Quebec communities along the St. Lawrence River.

Anne Bernard was adopted by Jean Pierre David and Marie Madeleine Monmillion between 1745 and 1749 during their exile from Louisbourg after the 1st siege of Fortress of Louisbourg in 1745.

Since it is recorded that there were 11 surviving children in 1744 at Louisbourg prior to their deportation or escape from the Fortress in 1745, it is not known for certain which children accompanied Jean and Marie from Louisbourg since only 7 returned along with 3 new addtions to the family, Joseph, Jacob and Anne.

During this period, it is unknown where (5) of Jean Pierre and Marie Madeleine's children may have spent these years. It is highly likely that Michel, having just been married in 1744, may have been in Grand-Pré, Acadie with his new wife, Genevieve Hebert. However, the whereabouts of Marie Josephe, Francois, Jacques Andre and Jeanne Angelique during this period are unknown. The Family Reconstitution File based on the Louisbourg 1749-1750 Census indicates that these (5) children did not return with Jean Pierre and Marie Madeleine when they were repatriated to Louisbourg in 1749 from their exile.

Fortress of Louisbourg, Île Royale, Nouvelle France

1749 to 1750

When Jean Pierre and Marie Madeleine returned to Louisbourg in 1749, they did so with 9 children and an orphan. These included 2 new sons, Joseph and Jacob, who apparently were born during the 4 years of their exile, and an orphan by the name of Anne Bernard. According to the Louisbourg Census of 1749-1750, it appears that the other (7) children returning to Louisbourg from exile were Jean Jacques, Jean Baptiste, Louis, Claude Thomas, Francoise Charlotte, Jeanne Olive and Marie Magdelaine.

 Census 1749-1750

After the Louisbourg Census of 1749-1750, no further record of Anne has yet to be uncovered.


Other Compiled Abstracts

Anne's 1st documented presence in Louisbourg has been extracted and compiled from original source documents into the Fortress of Louisbourg Historical Memoranda Series 1964 to Present H F 25 1989 titled Jean Pierre David dit Saint Michel: Blacksmith authored by Eric Krause of Krause House Info-Research Solutions.


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History of Updates

The following chronological history of updates document the changes that have been made to this ancestorial life story and the date those changes were made by the author.

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