APPENDICES

Acadians Who Found Refuge in Louisiana, February 1764-early 1800s

HAMON

[HAM-onh]

ACADIA

Two Frenchmen with similar-sounding surnames came to greater Acadia during the early 1730s and settled in the French Maritimes.  One suspects that they hailed from different families and that an "Acadian" who emigrated from France to Spanish Louisiana in 1785 and who also bore the name was not a descendant of either of the island progenitors: 

Jean Hamon, also called Amont, Hémond, and Emond, son of perhaps Jean Amont and Marguerite Gastineau-Duplessis of Trois-Rivières, Canada, where he may have been born in November 1695, married Acadian Marie Blanchard, date and place unrecorded, and settled in the French Maritimes, perhaps on Île St.-Jean, though he and his family were not counted there in 1752.  They had at least three sons:  Pierre, born in c1732, Ignace in c1748, and Joseph in c1752.  Jean and Marie died probably in the French Maritimes before 1758.

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Another Jean, son of Oliver Hamon and Françoise Pireau, was born at Reintembault, diocese of Dol, France, in c1714.  He emigrated to Louisbourg by January 1736, when he married Marie, daughter of Joannis Daguerre and Marie Charlant, at the French citadel.  Jean may have been a soldier stationed in the garrison.  He and Françoise had at least six children, all born at Louisbourg:  Françoise in c1737, Jean-Baptiste in c1738, Jean-François in c1739, Mathurin in c1739 or 1740, Marie-Gervaise in c1742, and Cécile in c1744.  Oldest daughter Françoise married into the David and Maigne families at Louisbourg.

LE GRAND DÉRANGEMENT

[For the family's travails during the Great Upheaval, see Book Six]

LOUISIANA:  LAFOURCHE VALLEY SETTLEMENTS

The families came to Louisiana from France in 1785 aboard two of the Seven Ships and chose to settle on upper Bayou Lafourche: 

Guillaume Hamon, age 24, and wife Marguerite Saulnier, age 27, crossed to Louisiana aboard Le St.-Rémi, the fourth of the Seven Ships from France, which reached New Orleans in September 1785.   Guillaume and his wife remained childless.  

Ignace Hamon, age 39, wife Anne-Josèphe Bourg, age 41, and daughters Anne-Madeleine, age 12, and Marie-Modeste, age 10, reached New Orleans aboard L'Amitié, the fifth of the Seven Ships from France, the following November.  Anne-Josèphe gave birth to another daughter, christened Martine after Spanish intendant Martin Navarro, in New Orleans soon after they arrived.  Ignace and Anne-Josèphe had no more children in Louisiana.  All three of their daughters married on the upper bayou:  Anne-Madeleine to Urbanne, son of French Canadian Amable Stelly, in August 1793; Marie-Modeste to Pierre-Victor, son of French Creole Pierre Chataignier, in January 1799; and Martine to Jean-Baptiste, son of French Creole Louis Leonard of New Orleans, in September 1804.  A petition for a family meeting was filed in Martine's name at the Thibodauxville courthouse, Lafourche Interior Parish, in August 1821; she would have been in her mid-30s that year. 

CONCLUSION

Hamons settled "late" in greater Acadia, on Île Royale and Île St.-Jean, and they also came "late" to Louisiana.  Two families, likely not kin to one another, emigrated from France aboard two of the Seven Ships in 1785 and settled on upper Bayou Lafourche.  Ignace Hamon and his wife had three daughters but no sons, and Guillaume Hamon and his wife had no children, so the Acadian branch of the family, except for its blood, did not take root in the Bayou State.  

In Acadia and Louisiana, the family's name also is spelled Aimon, Amon, Amond, Hamont, Hémond, and should not be confused with the French Creole Aymond or Emond family, who lived at Pointe Coupée and Opelousas during the colonial and antebellum periods.  In Canada, however, descendants of Pierre dit La Cadien Hamon use the surname Emond.  [See also Book Ten]

Sources:  Arsenault, Généalogie, 2191, 2351; BRDR, vols. 2, 3; Hébert, D., Acadians in Exile, 179; Hébert, D., South LA Records, vol. 1; <perso.orange.fr/froux/St_malo_arrivees/5bateaux.htm>, Family Nos. 44, 46; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 442-44; Robichaux, Acadians in Châtellerault, 53; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 82-83; Carole Blier, descendant.

Settlement Abbreviations 
(present-day civil parishes that existed in 1861 are in parenthesis; hyperlinks on the abbreviations take you to brief histories of each settlement):

Asc

Ascension

Lf

Lafourche (Lafourche, Terrebonne)

PCP

Pointe Coupée

Asp

Assumption

Natc

Natchitoches (Natchitoches)

SB San Bernardo (St. Bernard)

Atk

Attakapas (St. Martin, St. Mary, Lafayette, Vermilion)

Natz

San Luìs de Natchez (Concordia)

StG

St.-Gabriel d'Iberville (Iberville)

BdE

Bayou des Écores (East Baton Rouge, West Feliciana)

NO

New Orleans (Orleans)

StJ

St.-Jacques de Cabanocé (St. James)

BR

Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge)

Op

Opelousas (St. Landry, Calcasieu)

For a chronology of Acadian Arrivals in Louisiana, 1764-early 1800s, see Appendix.

The hyperlink attached to an individual's name is connected to a list of Acadian immigrants for a particular settlement and provides a different perspective on the refugee's place in family and community. 

Name Arrived Settled Profile
Anne-Madeleine HAMON 01 Nov 1785 Asp born 18 Jul 1773, baptized next day, Pleudihen, France; called Madeleine; daughter of Ignace HAMON & Anne-Josèphe BOURG; sister of Marie-Modeste & Martine; in Poitou, France, 1773-76; in Fourth Convoy from Châtellerault to Nantes, France, Mar 1776; on list of Acadians at Nantes, Sep 1784, unnamed, with parents & sister; sailed to LA on L'Amitié, age 12; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, right bank, called Anne, age 14, with parents & sisters; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, right bank, called Anne-Madelaine, age 18, with parents & sisters; married, age 20, Urbanne, son of Amable STELLY & Marianne MONICEAU of Montréal, 19 Aug 1793, Assumption, now Plattenville; in Valenzuéla census, 1795, called Magdalena AMON, age 24[sic], with husband Urbano AHTE age 40, & daughter Francisca [AHTE] age 1; in Valenzuéla census, 1797, called Margureritte, no surname given, age 25, with husband Urbin CHETE age 41, & daughter Françoise [CHETE] age 3, 0 slaves; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, called Anne, no surname given, age 26, with husband Urbin CHETE age 37, & son[sic, probably daughter] François [CHETE] age 3, 6/60 arpents, 0 slaves
Guillaume HAMON 02 Sep 1785 Asp born c1761, probably France; son of Joseph HAMON & Marie DAMEUE; carpenter; married, age 19, Marguerite, daughter of Charles SONNIER & Euphrosine LALANDE, 28 Nov 1780, St.-Martin-de-Chantenay, France; on list of Acadians at Nantes, Sep 1784, called HAMON, no first name given, with wife & no children; sailed to LA on Le St.-Rémi, age 24; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, right bank, called Guillame HAMON, age 25, with wife Margueritte age 30, no children, 6 arpents, 20 qts. corn, 1 horned cattle, 6 swine; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, right bank, called Guillaume HAMON, age 29, with wife Margrithe SAUNIE age 30, no children, 0 slaves, 7 arpents, 0 qts. rice, 100 qts. corn, 6 horned cattle, 1 horse, 30 swine; in Valenzuéla census, 1795, called Guillermo HAMON, age 32[sic], with wife Margarita age 38, & no children; in Valenzuéla census, 1797, called Guillaume HAMON, age 33[sic], with wife Margueritte age 39, & no children, 0 slaves; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, called Guillaume AMON, age 40[sic], with wife Margueritte age 40, & engagé Jean NAVARE age 15, no children, 7/60 arpents, 0 slaves
Ignace HAMON 03 Nov 1785 Asp born c1746, perhaps Île St.-Jean; son of Jean HAMON & Marie BLANCHARD; deported from Île St.-Jean to St.-Malo, France, aboard one of the Five Ships 25 Nov 1758, arrived St.-Malo 23 Jan 1759, age 10[sic], with family of Pierre BLANCHARD, probably an uncle; quarryman; at Pleurtuit, France, 1759-60; at Pleudihen, France, 1760-72; married, age 24, Anne-Josèphe, daughter of Louis BOURG & Cécile MICHEL, 15 May 1770, Pleudihen; in Poitou, France, 1773-76; in Fourth Convoy from Châtellerault to Nantes, France, Mar 1776; on list of Acadians at Nantes, Sep 1784, called Ignace HAMON, with wife & 2 daughters; sailed to LA on L'Amitié, age 39; head of family; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, right bank, called Ignace HAMON, age 42, with wife Anne BOURG age 45, daughters Anne[-Madeleine] age 14, Marie[-Modeste] age 12, & Martine age 2, 6 arpents 20 qts. corn, 4 swine; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, right bank, called Ignace HAMON, age 45, with wife Anne MAITRA[sic] age 46, daughters Anne-Madelaine age 18, Marie-Modeste age 13, & Martinnes age 6, 0 slaves, 6 arpents, 0 qts. rice, 100 qts. corn, 4 horned cattle, 0 horses, 12 swine; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, called Ignace AMON, age 50[sic], with no wife so probably a widower, daughters Marie age 18, & Martine age 13, 6/60 arpents, 0 slaves
Marie-Modeste HAMON 04 Nov 1785 Asp baptized 25 May 1775, St.-Jacques, Châtellerault, France; daughter of Ignace HAMON & Anne-Josèphe BOURG; sister of Anne-Madeleine & Martine; in Fourth Convoy from Châtellerault to Nantes, France, Mar 1776; on list of Acadians at Nantes, Sep 1784, unnamed, with parents & sister; sailed to LA on L'Amitié, age 10; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, right bank, called Marie, age 12, with parents & sisters; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, right bank, called Marie-Modeste, age 13, with parents & sisters; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, called Marie, age 18, with widowed father & sister; married, age 24, Pierre-Victor, son of Pierre CHATAIGNIER & Marguerite MAINVILLE of Le Havre, France, 28 Jan 1799, Assumption, now Plattenville
*Martina/Martine HAMON 05 Nov 1785 Asp, Lf born c1785, New Orleans; daughter of Ignace HAMON & Anne-Josèphe BOURG; sister of Anne-Madeleine & Marie-Modeste; sailed to LA on L'Amitié, in utero; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, right bank, called Martine, age 2, with parents & sisters; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, right bank, called Martinnes, age 6, with parents & sisters; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, called Martine, age 13, with parents & sister; married, age 19, Jean-Baptiste of New Orleans, son of Louis LEONARD & Anne DARDAINE, 9 Sep 1804, Assumption, now Plattenville; succession record ("family meeting") dated 28 Aug 1821, Lafourche Interior Parish courthouse

NOTES

01.  Wall of Names, 41, calls her Anne-Magdeleine AMOND; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 442, Family No. 492, her birth/baptismal record, calls her Anne-Madeleine HAMON, gives her parents' names, says her godparents were Jean METRA & Madeleine BLANCHARD; BRDR, 2:352, 681 (ASM-2, 2), her marriage record, calls her Anne Magdalena HAMMOND (AMON), calls her husband Ubano STELLY (CHETE), gives her & his parent's names, says her parents were deceased & "of Diocese of Dole in France," that his parents were "of Montreal in Canada," & that the witnesses to the marriage were Ambroiso HÉBERT & Pedro LA TOUNVE.

02.  Wall of Names, 36 (pl. 9R), calls him Guillaume HAMONT, & lists him with his wife & no children; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 82, Family No. 155, calls him Guillaume HAMON, says he was born in c1761 but gives no birthplace, gives his parents' names, details his marriage, including his wife's parents' names, says he was a carpenter & resident of St.-Martin-de-Chantenay at the time of his marriage, that his wife was born in c1758 "in the Parish of Saint-Joseph in Acadie," which was Rivière-aux-Canards, that she also was a resident of St.-Martin-de-Chantenay at the time of their marriage, & details their voyage to LA in 1785; Hébert, D., Acadian Families in Exile 1785, 52-53, calls him Guillaume HAMON, charpentier, age 24, on the embarkation list, & Guillaume HAMONT, carpenter, age 24, on the complete listing, says he was in the 39th Family aboard Le St.-Rémi with his wife & no children, details his marriage, including his & his wife's parents' names, & says they were married in 1780 but gives no place of marriage.  

It was unusual for an Acadian couple to remain childless.  

Wall of Names, 36, 41, spells Guillaume's family name HAMONT & Ignace's family name AMOND, but the spelling of the name in Robichaux's studies of the Acadians in France, on the passenger lists of Le St.-Rémi & L'Amitié, & in the Lafourche censuses are HAMON.  But how was Guillaume kin to Ignace?  The sources I have found do not say.  Was Guillaume even Acadian, or was he a Frenchman who married into an Acadian family, & that is why he emigrated to LA? 

03.  Wall of Names, 41, calls him Ignace AMOND; <perso.orange.fr/froux/St_malo_arrivees/5bateaux.htm>, Family No. 46, calls him Ignace HAMON, frère de Joseph, & lists him with the family of Pierre BLANCHARD & Francoise BROS; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 442, Family No. 492; Robichaux, Acadians in Châtellerault, 53, Family No. 103; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 83, Family No. 156.  See also Robichaux, Bayou Lafourche, 1770-98, 32, 121, 164.  

He & his family are not in the 1752 census of Île St.-Jean.  See <islandregister.com/1752.html>.  One wonders if they came to the island after that date. 

Note the contradiction in dates for the marriage of this couple in Robichaux's studies of the Acadians in Poitou & Nantes.  

The birth year in Robichaux's study of the Acadians in Poitou does not conform to the ages given in the passenger list for L'Amitié or the Lafourche censuses.  

04.  Wall of Names, 41, calls her Marie-Modeste AMOND; Robichaux, Acadians in Châtellerault, 53, Family No. 103, her birth/baptismal record, calls her Marie-Modeste HAMON, gives her parents' names, & says her godparents were Jean BOURG, first cousin, & Heleine AUCOIN, first cousin.

05.  Not in Wall of Names because of the circumstance of her birth.  BRDR, 3:399, 576 (ASM-2, 97), her marriage record, calls her Martina & Martine HAMON (AIMON) of New Orleans, says her husband was from New Orleans, gives her & his parents' names, & says the witnesses to her marriage were Pierre VIGNEU & Isaac DOIRON; Hébert, D., South LA Records, 1:261 (Thib.Ct.Hse.: Succ.: Year 1821), her succession record, calls her Martine HAMMOND, & lists her children as Adèle [LEONARD], 10 years old (as of Aug 1821), Théotiste [LEONARD], 7 years old, Zeline [LEONARD], 5 years old, Jean Baptiste Vital [LEONARD], 17 months old, Françoise [LEONARD], no age given, Louise [LEONARD], no age given & Nanette [LEONARD], no age given.

Judging by her first name, she was one of the Acadian children whose honorary godfather was LA Spanish intendant Martin NAVARRO.  

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