2003-12-16 00:08:39 UTC
Louis-Simon Le Poupet, Sieur de St. Aubin in Normandy, 1674-1738, a knight of St. Louis, was given a fief consisting of Boularderie or Verderonne Island, an island within Ile Royale (Cape Breton Island), and established a colony there. The family was ennobled in 1509 and were sieurs or seigneurs of St. Aubin, Vesly, Besneville, Etreville, etc., all in Normandy. Louis-Simon called himself Le Poupet de La Boularderie, and his son Antoine (1705-1771), also Sieur de La Boularderie and knight of St. Louis, appended to his sons' names various other suffixes derived from the family properties in Normandy. Names of the wives in this family included Beaugny, Arnoulet (or Arnoult), Dupont, Osbert and Le Forestier, but I have not traced any of these families back.
It appears that one of Antoine's sons was John Laboularderie Detreville (as he signed himself in South Carolina), 1742-1791, who attested that he was born Jan. 26, 1742, and baptised at Louisbourg two days later. This does not coincide with any of the recorded baptisms of the family in the Louisbourg register, but nonetheless there seems no doubt as to John's parentage. After the fall of Louisbourg he served as a lieutenant of British Grenadiers in Germany, 1758-62, and settled by 1775 on Port Royal Island, Beaufort Co., South Carolina. He was captain and brevet major of Continental artillery in the Revolution and an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati. He married Sarah Wilkinson of S.C. and left two children, with many descendants.
The wife of Louis-Simon Le Poupet de La Boularderie was Marie-Madeleine Mellanson, whose maternal grandfather was Major-Gen. Philipe Mius d'Entremont, c. 1609-1700/l, commander of King's troops in Acadia, Procureur General du Roi, and Baron d'Entremont of Pobomcoup (Pubnico). His parentage is a mystery and has been much debated. One theory -- which seems outlandish at first blush but for which non-frivolous arguments can actually be made -- is that he was identical with Francois-Virgine d'Albon, Count of Entremont, son of Claude Antoine d'Albon, Baron of Meouillon and Montauban, and his wife, Beatrix, Countess of Entremont, posthumous child of Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, the leader of the Huguenots (killed on St. Bartholomew's Day, 1571), and his second wife, Jacqueline de Montbel, Countess of Entremont and Montbel in Savoy. These families have much traceable medieval ancestry; see e.g. ES vol. 14. The theory is that Francois-Virgine, having been persecuted by Richelieu, dis!
appeared, assumed a (mostly) different name, and took refuge in Acadia with his friend the Governor, Charles de St.-Etienne de La Tour. This is all very far out and will probably never be proved, but it is a tantalizing possibility.