Guillaume BLANCHARD - Bio
Younger son, Guillaume, born at Port-Royal in c1650, married Huguette, daughter of Antoine Gougeon, at Port-Royal in c1673. Guillaume fathered a dozen children, including five sons who married into the Savoie, Thériot, Dupuis, Robichaud, and Girouard families. Guillaume's daughters married into the Bourgeois, Daigre, Gautrot, Girouard, and Le Prince families. During the late 1690s, Guillaume, believing he had received a seigneurie from Acadian commander Joseph Robinau de Villebon, pioneered the Acadian settlement along the Petitcoudiac River in present-day eastern New Brunswick. His sons settled there, too. Guillaume, along with his friend, Pierre Thibodeau of Pré-Ronde, who had pioneered the settlement at nearby Chepoudy, became embroiled in a lengthy dispute with Chignecto seigneur Michel Le Neuf de la Vallière et de Beaubassin, and his son-in-law, Claude-Sébastien de Villieu, over who controlled the land in the area. In the end, La Vallière and de Villieu won the dispute, but Guillaume and his fellow colonists were allowed to remain at Petitcoudiac as censitaires of La Vallière.
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