Guillaume Bergeron dit St. Onge was one of the pioneer settlers and probably the main progenitor of the Bergeron families of Pointe Coupee. While stationed in Natchitoches he married in 1740 Agnes Renaugiere of Kaskaski Post, Illinois. The couple migrated to Pointe Coupee before the birth of their first child in 1744, and by the late 1740, Guillaume had become an established planter on False River. His wife bore him five sons: Georges married in 1801 to Gertrude Patin, Pierre married in 1771 [to] Marguerite Moreau, Louis married in 1770 [to] Angelique Bizette, Joseph Married in 1772 [to] Marie Louise Bizette, and Etienne married in 1781 [to] Francois Olinde, all of whom during the last quarter of the eighteenth century reared large families in the False River section of Pointe Coupee.
Possibly discouraged by lack of opportunity in the parish, during the 1810s and 1820s several of Guillaume’s grandsons and great-grandsons began to move into the Opelousas and Attakapas areas. For example, sometime before 1819 grandson Pierre, Jr., and his family settled along the Teche and by the 1850s most of his descendants were living near Vermilionville (present Lafayette). Again, grandson Joseph, Jr., settled near Opelousas, and after or possibly before the Civil War his descendants were congregated around Church Point, southwest of Opelousas, and near Arnaudville on Bayou Teche. Today some 60 Bergeron households are still in Pointe Coupee; in recent times many may have moved into Baton Rouge.
Most of the Bergeron families of Louisiana stem from the Acadians who settled in St. James Parish, Many of whose descendants migrated from there to Bayou Lafourche and into Terrebonne Parish, where 28 percent of the state’s total now reside. (300 households in Houma alone). At least five Bergeron families were among the first Acadians to arrive in Louisiana, probably in 1765. Three brothers, Jean Baptiste, Charles and Germain, son of Barthlemy dit d’Ambroise of Port Royal, Acadia, were settled in St. James by 1766. Another Bergeron Acadian household, headed by Catherine Caissey, widow of Jean Baptiste who died in the Attakapas in 1765, was also living in St. James at that time with two sons, Jean Baptist, Jr., and Jean Charles, and two daughters. Of the three brothers belonging to the Barthelemy branch, Germain had moved to the Lafourche by 1789, but Jean Baptiste, Charles, and most of their descendants remained in St. James; however, before 1820 a son of Charles, Jean Theodore, had moved to the Lafourche near Thibodeauxville. Of the Jean Baptiste-Catherine Caissey branch, the two sons, Jean Baptiste, Jr., and Jean Charles, had migrated to the Lafourche by 1795. In the early 1800s sons and grandsons of all the Bergeron migrants to the Lafourche began to move down bayou below Thibodeauxville; some were among the earliest French settlers along the upper Bayou Terrebonne. The area around Houma became a center of Bergeron families and after the Civil War some members began to move down the Terrebonne toward Montegut, down the Petite Callow toward Chain, and northward up the Chacahoula Bayou, settling mainly as small farmers. Others eventually made their way along Bayou Black into the lower Tech.
[A] number [of] the Bergerons begin [began] to move into Southwest Louisiana, near Lake Charles, Louisiana and Eastern Texas during the oil boom of the 30s, especially the young men seeking better jobs. Some moved on to Alexandria and Shreveport. But most of the Bergerons have remained in the Lafayette, New Orleans and Thibodaux area. During WWII, a number of the Bergeron who served in the military remained in California as well as in the Carolinas. Bergeron is a well known name in all the principal cities of France.
Reference Manual: “An Atlas of Louisiana Surnames of French and Spanish Origin.” By Robert C. West. A Geoscience Publications, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
(1) Cliff Fuselier (Mr. & Mrs.), (April 2003). The Bergeron Family, La Voix des Prairies Vol. 24 No. 93.
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