In 1829, Jerome Miller [Jérõme Meunier] and Thomas White [Thomas LeBlanc], together, purchased a 100 acre tract of land from Morang Jervais [Marin Girouard]. This parcel of land was known as Lot 25 and situates on the south shore of the Bouctouche River, and is directly across from the Reserve.
The deed states Jerome, who was about 30 years of age at the time, was already residing in the parish.
A year and a half later, “Gerome Meunier” would marry Anatalie Bastarache and begin their family. They remained in Wellington.
Many residents of Bouctouche, in Wellington, were Acadians. Two LeBlanc men receive credit for establishing a permanent settlement here about 1785, and there were a few others with them. It is probable Jean Meunier was among these early arrivals, or had followed them very soon after.
A look through the early parish registers for this area, it seems this was a settlement of a group of closely related families – Allain, Arseneault, Bastarache, Collet, Cormier, Girouard, LeBlanc, Legere, to name some. There was only ever one Meunier family here – all of the surname going forward in time are the descendants of Jean Meunier.
The majority of the Acadian family names have been Anglicized, and in various spellings, in the early deed registers and census records. I can’t help but to wonder if this is why my elusive ancestor, John Baptist Miller, used the Anglo version of this family name?
Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada. Deed book 1828-1831,
Volume B, Pages 108-109, entry No. 92
27th March 1829.
Geo Eagan [fz?] Regr
№ 92. Know all Men by these presents that I Morang Jervais
and Susanna my wife of the Parish of Wellington in the County
of Kent and Province of New Brunswick for and in consider
-ation of the sum of Forty pounds lawful money of the
Province of New Brunswick to me paid by Thomas White
and Jerome Miller of Wellington in the County and Province
aforesaid, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge
have Granted bargained and Sold and by these presents
do give Grant bargain Sell and Convey unto the Said
Thomas White and Jerome Miller their Heirs and
Assigns all that certain Lot or Tract of Land Situate
lying and being on the South Side of Isbuctouch River
in the Parish County and Province aforesaid known and
distinguished by Lot Number twenty five and bounded
and discribed as will fully and at large appear by before
to His Majesty Grant there of to Marang Jervais under the
Great Seal of the Province aforesaid ~ To have and to
hold the said Thomas White and Jerome Miller their Heirs
and assigns and to their only use and behoof forever, and
I do for my Heirs Executors and Administrators covenant
with the Said Thomas White and Jerome Miller their Heirs
and assigns that they are Seized of the premises as a
good indefeasible Estae of inheritance in for Simple
[pres?] of and from all manner of incumberances whatsoever
Rents dues conditions to, due and reserved to the King
only Excepted and that I have a good Eight full power
and lawful authority to Grant bargain and sell the
Same in manner and form as above written, in witness
Where of we have here unto Set our Hand and Seals
the Second day of March one thousand Eight hundred
and twenty nine—. Morang [“X” his mark] Jervais [“S” seal]
Signed Sealed and delivered Susanna [“X” her mark] Jervais [“S” seal]
in Presence of us
John Bowser} KEnt Js: Personally appeared
Alpheus Ward} before me Morang Jervais and
Susanna Jervais his wife and did
Aknowledge that they Signed Sealed and delivered
the writen deed fot the purposes therein mentioned and
the said wife being Examined by me Seperate and
apart from her Said husband did acknowledge
that the Signed the same and relinquished the right
of dower freely and voluntarily without any force
threat or cumpulsion from the said husband
Acknowledged before me the
2ᵈ March 1829. at Wellington John Bowser JP
SOURCE: New Brunswick, County Deed Registry Books, 1780-1930,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11684-97996-13?cc=1392378 : accessed 22 April 2016), Kent > Deed book > 1828-1831 Vol. B > image 110 and 111 of 621; County Office of Service, Bolivia.
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