Jérõme Meunier, ahem, Miller, in Wellington before 1829

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?

meunier jerome lot 25 wellington.jpg
Source: GeoNB

Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada. Deed book 1828-1831,
Volume B, Pages 108-109, entry  No. 92

[page] 108

Marang Jervais

to

Thomas White

and

Jereme Miller

Registered the

27th March 1829.

Geo Eagan [fz?] Regr

paid

№ 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

[page] 109

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.

Link: Page 108

Link: Page 109

 

~Krista

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