Duhon, d'Eon

 Family Beginnings in














 Chapter One - From France to Acadia then France, England, etc.
(Reprint of an article in The Advertiser, Sept. 14, 1997)

  Jean-Baptiste Duon dit Lyonais arrived in Acadia sometime during the early part of the 18th century and married Agnes Hebert, the daughter of Antoine Hebert and Jeanne Corporon of Port Royal on Feb. 27, 1713.  As his name suggests, Jean-Baptiste was a native of Lyon in south-central France.  He was the son of Jean-Louis Duon and Jeanne Clemenson and the grandson of Mathieu Duon and Catherine Pyrieu of Lyon.
   Jean-Baptiste's arrival in Acadia coincided with the War of Spanish Succession and the Treaty of Utrecht, which gave the colony definitely to the English.  Jean-Baptiste worked as a notary in Port Royal.
   Jean-Baptiste and Agnes had 13 children, 10 boys and 3 girls.  The boys were named Jean-Baptiste (m. 1736 Madeleine Vincent), Honore (m. 1745 Anne-Marie Vincent), Pierre (m. Angelique Aucoin), Abel (m. 1757 Anne d'Entremont), Jean-Jacques, Louis-Basile (m. 1754 Marie-Josephe Comeau), Francois, Cyprian (m. 1758 Marguerite Landry), Charles (m.c. 1756 Marie-Josephe Prejean), and Claude -Amable (m. 1757 Marie-Joseph Vincent).  The daughters were Jeanne (m. 1735 Francoise d'Entremont), Euphrosine (m. Charles Vincent), and Rosalie (m. Jean Landry, m. Pierre Louseneau).
   Jean-Baptiste's relatively late arrival in Acadia assured that his children and grandchildren were deported by the English beginning in 1755.  As with most Acadian families, the Duon clan was scattered far and wide by the deportation, and Agnes Hebert was one of its victims.  She was deported with her daughter Rosalie to New York but died before Rosalie was able to escape to the French-owned island of Martinique.  Jean-Baptiste (pere), died at Port Royal in 1746.
   Jean-Baptpiste (fils), Cyprien, Pierre, and Euphrosine, along with their families were deported to England.  Jean-Baptiste died at Liverpool about 1758 and his widow, Madeleine Vincent, remarried there.  Cyprien and his family were repatriated to France and settled at Belle-Isle-en-Mer.  Two of Cyprien's sons, Jean-Baptiste and Joseph (m. 1791 Escolasitica Hebert) made their way to Louisiana from Nantes, France. in 1785.  Euphrosine and her husband died at Plymouth, England.  Pierre settled at Plouhard in France following his repatriation at the end of the Seven Year's War.
   In addition to Agnes Hebert and Rosalie, the sixth son of Jean-Baptiste, Louis-Basile, was also deported to New York.  He apparently was able to escape to Martinique.
   Jeanne and Abel were deported to Boston.  Both were eventually able to return to Acadia, by then renamed Nova Scotia.