Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Beaubassin National Historic Site on Monday, July 16 to explore his Acadian roots.
Universite de Mocton researcher Stephen White traced, who specializes in Acadian genealogy traced the ancestry of Prime Minister Trudeau back to Simon Savoie who was baptized at the Beaubassin church on May 22, 1740. Eager to learn about his ancestry, Prime Minister Trudeau met with Mr. White at Beaubassin where Mr. White provided Prime Minister Trudeau with a copy of Simon’s baptismal record from 1740 which he had obtained from archives in France.
Simon Savoie’s Birth Certificate
The Savoie family lived in Chipoudy at the time but travelled to Beaubassin in order to have Simon baptized in the church. After Simon’s father was sent to Georgia under the Expulsion of the Acadians by the English,Simon and his mother and three siblings left and went to Quebec. Simon was just 16 at the time.
Research indicates that they may have departed from Fort Gaspareaux near Port Elgin and sailed to Isle St Jean.From there they sailed to Quebec. Although Simon survived the ordeal, two of the other children did not.
Simon married and had a daughter Louise. Louise later married Robert Elliott. Several generations later Grace Elliott gave birth to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau who is the late father of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The original bell from the church at Beaubassin is presently on display in the museum at Fort Beausejour National Historic Site. The bell is engraved with the year 1734 and it is very possible that Simon Savoie was baptized under this bell on May 22, 1740.
In addition to meeting with Bill and Mr. White, the Prime Minister spoke to Parks Canada interpretive staff who explained a bit of the history of the site.
I wish to extend a special thanks to Mr White for his exhaustive research and for taking time to meet Prime Minister Trudeau to outline family’s roots in this area.