History of the Daigle Family
The Daigle family name was originally Daigre until circa 1755. The Daigre family name moved to Acadia in 1666 when Olivier-Jean Daigre (1643-1686), son of Georges and Marie Daigre, arrived in Port Royal and married Maria Gaudet in the same year. In their 20 years together, Olivier and Marie had 9 children and the family grew. The New Brunswick Daigles are descended from Olivier's two sons, Bernard and Olivier Junior who had families of their own in the Port Royal area. After the Siege of Port Royal in 1710, the British changed the name of Port Royal to present-day Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Circa 1755, to remove any military threat the Acadians posed the British deported the Acadians to British and French territories in the Expulsion of the Acadians. During this time, the Daigre name changed to Daigle due to the British misspelling the name around the time of the expulsion. To this day, there are descendants of Olivier Daigle in the Maritime Provinces, Quebec, Louisiana, and France (Belle-Isle-en-Mer and Chatellerault).
Oldest son of Olivier is Bernard, born in 1670, who married Marie-Claire Bourg in Port-Royal in 1691. The family moved to the Minas Basin, where they lived for a time on Rivière-Kenescout and at Grand-Pré before moving to L'Assomption, Pigiguit (present day Windsor, Nova Scotia) around 1695. They had 13 children, including nine sons. Bernard and many of his children eventually moved to Île St.-Jean, today's Prince Edward Island, by the early 1750s to escape British authority in Nova Scotia. Bernard died at Port-Lajoie, Île St.-Jean (present day Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) in January 1751 at age 80.
Joseph, son of Bernard, married Madeleine Gautreau and had two sons, Jean Baptiste and Joseph, where they settled in Madawaska. In 1755, the family managed to escape the British troops and found refuge in Quebec City, in Virginia, and in Massachusetts. After the expulsion, the two brothers, Jean Baptiste and Joseph returned to Acadia and settled on the Saint John River. They moved again where Jean Baptiste's family went to Nipisiquit and Joseph's family went back to Madawaska. To this day, their descendants are numerous in Madawaska and Bathurst areas.
Another son of BERNARD, CHARLES DAIGLE, left descendants in New Brunswick. CHARLES DAIGLE, in trying to escape his persecutors, sought refuge on Ile Saint Jean (Prince Edward Island ). Safety there was illusory for he was captured and deported with his family to Saint Servan, in Brittany, in northern France. His son, OLIVIER, died there around 1774. His widow, Marie- Blanche Robichaud, then decided to return to Acadia with her children on one of the ships owned by the Robin Company.
After a few years in Bonaventure, the family moved to Richibucto and then settled permanently at Saint Charles de Kent in New Brunswick where Marie- Blanche died in 1818.
Younger son Olivier, fils, born in c1674, married Jeanne, daughter of Guillaume Blanchard, at Port-Royal in c1699. They remained in the Port-Royal area, where they had six children, including three sons. Olivier, fils's sons moved to Chignecto and Minas.
One of Olivier junior's sons, FABIEN DAIGLE, married to Marie Rose Robichaud, settled at Petite- Aldouane in 1790 after having lived in the Gaspe during some ten years.
The Daigles of Cape Breton, the Gaspe, and Kent County in New Brunswick are the descendants of Olivier junior, brother to Bernard.