Sunday, October 17, 2010

Acadians in the Glode Family: The exiles Guilbault on the "The Pembroke" and Smallpox in the Family

Arthur Homer Mylott (1918-2006), his mother was
   Edith Lida Glode (1889-1965), her mother has
      Marie Angeline Allard (1865-1918), her father was
          Louis Allard (1841-1900), his mother was
            Marie Marguerite Guilbault (1808-1844), her father was
               Louis Guilbault (1772-    ), his father was
                  Gregoire Guilbault (1750-1808) who was born in Port Royal and was about five years old at the time of the Grand Expulsion of the Acadians from their farms in today's Nova Scotia. The story of Gregoire and his family is just one of many tragedies the Acadians endured as a result of their expulsion.

The Deportation Cross

Gregoire was the son of Alexandre Guilbault (1708-1776)  and Marguerite Girouard (1713-1757).  Their children were Armand (born in 1734), Joseph (born in 1736), Marie (born in 1741), Ursule (born before 1745), Jean (born 1749), then Gregoire, then Marie Gertrude (born before 1754). So at the time of the expulsion some of the children ranged from young adults to a baby.

It is believed this family of Alexandre Guilbault and Marguerite Girouard were among the passengers on The Pembroke, the only ship to rebel against their English crew.  The Pembroke was loaded and embarked from Acadie in December 1755 with 232 Acadians headed for the colony of Carolina.  The Acadians commandeered the Pembroke into the St John's River in present day New Brunswick and spent a harsh winter with little food and shelter in the northeast woods. The full story can be found at The Pembroke Passenger List Reconstructed at Acadian Ancestral Home

The Acadians gradually made their way into Quebec but their troubles were not over.  War with the English and a poor harvest tore open the countryside; smallpox was ravaging the cities & countryside, military troops and common families at this same time.  When finally, the family was in safely  in Québec city, still under the French troops, smallpox hit the family. The first to succumb was sixteen year old Marie on 7 December 1757.  Next was Jean on December 23rd - he was only eight years old. Two days later, on Christmas Day, the mother, Marguerite Girouard, died from smallpox. A mother and two children all dead within eighteen days.

Gregoire survived.  Whether he had the disease and lived, I do not know but he married in 1771 and had several children. Gregoire Guilbault was the great-great-great-great grandfather of Arthur Homer Mylott.

Here's the line up of stories about the Acadians in our families on this blog

and here's the complete sequence of stories about illnesses and disease in our families...

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