Jacob (Jacques) Bourgeois Memorial

c.1620 – 1701
Jacques (or Jacob) Bourgeois was born in France and qualified as a surgeon before emigrating in 1642 to Port Royal where his father (also named Jacques) was an army officer. He married Jeanne Trahan and they had ten children from whom many Acadian “Bourgeois” are descended.In 1672, along with two of his sons and two sons-in-law Jacques founded the Acadian settlement of Beaubassin. There he became a farmer and merchant, and having learned English also became an interpreter in dealing with the New Englanders.

Some time before 1699 he returned to Port Royal where he died in 1701.

Historical marker commemorating Jacques Bourgeois, located opposite entrance to Nova Scotia Visitors Centre, Fort Lawrence, N.S.

Placed by L’Association des Bourgeois de Descendance Acadienne, and unveiled on 14 August 2004.

JACOB (JACQUES) BOURGEOISFondateur, vers 1672, de Beaubassin premier établissement dans la region de la rivière Missagouèche
et initiateur de l’agriculture maraîchère en Acadie
Jacob Bourgeois arriva à Port-Royal en 1641 à titre de chirurgien pour la colonie acadienne
Il est líancêtre commun, avec Jeanne Trahan, de toute la famille Bourgeois de decendance acadienne

Founder circa 1672, of Beaubassin first establishment in the region of Missiguash River
and initiator of salt marsh farming in Acadia
Jacob Bourgeois arrived at Port-Royal in 1641 as surgeon for the Acadian colony
He is a common ancestor, with Jeanne Trahan, to the whole Bourgeois family from Acadian descent

L’Association des Bourgeois de Descendance Acadienne
Louis Bourgeois, president
14 août 2004


See Cormier, C., “BOURGEOIS,JACQUES (Jacob)”, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. II.

Bourgeois Family Among the Early Acadian Settlers.


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