Born: 1730 in Montbeliard, Doubs, France
Married: 07 May 1754 in St John Anglican Church, Lunenburg, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: Apr 1805 in Wentworth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Wife: Marie Calame (4)
K Marshall shares notes she received from A. Alexander. He found theis information in
"The Montbeliard Setlers At Tatamagouche: DesBarres' First
Settlers in the 1770s". It's a small, informative booklet which indicates
that James Bigney and his family were one of the thirteen families that left
Lunenburg and moved to Tatamagouche at the invitation of Joseph Frederick
Wallet DesBarres, a man whose family came originally from Montbeliard.
DesBarres was trained as a military engineer in England and arrived in North
America at the time Louisbourg was captured. As a reward for surveying the
land that had been owned by the Acadians, prior to their expulsion from Nova
Scotia, DesBarres was granted 20,000 acres of land, including the former
Acadian lands at Tatamagouche.
Wanting to be like European land owners who rented out their farms to
tennants, DesBarres invited Bigney and the other 12 families to move to
Tatamagouche and farm on his land. This they did. Not wanting to be
tennant farmers forever, the Bigneys eventually moved from Tatamagouche to
River John (a distance of about 20 miles) where some of their descendants
still live. The first children of James BIGNEY and Mary CALAME were born in
Lunenburg; the rest were born in Tatamagouche.
Name: Jacques Biguenet
Estimated birth year: abt 1730
Place: Halifax, N.S.
Source Publication Code: 7017
Primary Immigrant: Biguenet, Jacques
Annotation: Port and date of arrival. Three ships from Rotterdam to Halifax: Sally, Betty, and Speedwell. Place of origin and occupation given.
Source Bibliography: PUNCH, TERRENCE M. " 'Foreign Protestants' to Nova Scotia, 1752." In Canadian Genealogist, vol. 5:4 (Dec. 1983), pp. 231-240.
Name: Marie Calame
Place: Halifax, N.S.
Family Members: Wife Suzanne; Child Jeannette; Child Marie; Child Jacques; Child Catherine; Child Madeleine
Source Publication Code: 7074.6
Primary Immigrant: Calame, Abraham
Annotation: "The Montbeliardais in Nova Scotia: A colonization by the foreign Protestants in the 18th century." Date and port of arrival. Occupation, name of ship, and, sometimes, place of origin also provided. See also 7074.5 (indexed in PILI 1995).
Source Bibliography: PUNCH, TERRENCE M. Les Montbeliardais en Nouvelle Ecosse: Une colonisation par des protestants etrangers au XVIIIe siecle (1750-1815). Extracted from Societe d'Emulation de Montbeliard, vol. 81:108 (1985-1986), pp. 195-233 (extract published separately).
[Gary Michael Patriquinn born 11/22/1951]
Revised: November 26, 2016