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Richards in Acadian Settlers History
Descendants of Jean Andre Richard
Jean André Richard 1600-1681
Michel Sansoucy Richard 1630-1687
René Richard 1657-1693
Pierre Richard 1686-1730
Pierre Richard II 1710-1794
Joseph Ignace Richard 1742-1815
Basile Marie Richard 1767-1845
Basile Hyacinthe Richard 1801-1850
Joseph L Richard 1822-1870
Joseph Gerard Richard 1854-????
Trasimond Richard 1857-1911
Annette Richard 1886-1942
Junius Joseph Richard 1884-1951
Wayne Raymond Richard 1914-2005

Richard Family Origins & Migration  
Richard Timeline
New France 1600s
Royalist France
1375 - Area of Saintonge was definitively incorporated into France.

1600 - France, Saintonge: Jean André dit Richard born about 1600 and son Michel Sansoucy dit Richard about 1630. {Red area of map of France below left].

1652 - Michel [White Line] migrated to L'Acadie in New France [now Nova Scotia] where he lived out his life as a farmer and fathered many children, grandchildren and great grand children before his death in 1680.

1755 - Acadian Expulsion [Black Line]: Michel's great great grandson Joseph Ignace Richard, at age 13, along with his entire family and thousands of other Acadians, were expelled by the British and transported to and imprisoned at Liverpool [Red Line} where his mother died. He was later repatriated and lived at Belle Ile-en-Mer in southwestern France.

1785 - To America [Purple Line]: Joseph's son Basile Marie Richard, born at Belle Ile-en-Mer, emigrated from France to New Orleans in 1785, making him the first of our ancestors to establish our family in Louisiana.

Name Origin & Heraldic Arms  

Saintonge, France
Charente-Maritime Modern
Richard d'Abancourt Richard Contemporary Richard Ancient at

Definition: Derived from the given name Richard and meaning "powerful or brave," this surname is Germanic in origin, composed of the elements "ric" meaning power and "hard" meaning hardy or brave. Example: Richard the Lion Hearted.
Surname Origin: English

Of a powerful, rich, or generous disposition, from ric, rich, and ard, nature or disposition.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.

English, French, German, and Dutch: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’. Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Richard Factoids  

Charts compiled by from US Census data. Search tools can not distiguish between French ancestry Richard and English ancestry Richard. Many Acadians were resettled in northeastern states and were still there in 1840.

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