Census Reports of Interest to the (Theresa) Burke Family


One of the sources for information are the various census reports - some of which are available on the Internet. Discrepancies abound, which makes it hard sometimes to be accurate. In the examples below, look at the census reports of the families of Marie Bourc, to give you an idea how inaccurate and misleading these may be. On the other hand, these reports can be quite informative, even as to the way of life of these people....


Census Reports Online

This is a link to a list to a couple dozen censuses of interest to Acadian researchers.


Census Report - 1671, Port Royal - Households

(Links to a source.)

(note common discrepancies in ages, quantities, spellings)

Husband, Antoine Bourc
age 62
--
Wife, Antoinette Landry
age 53
--
François
age 27
married
Marie
age 26
married
Jehan
age 24
married
Bernard
age 22
married
Martin
age 21
--
Jeanne
age 18
--
Renée
age 16
--
Huguette
age 14
--
Jeanne
age 12
--
Abraham
age 9
--
Marguerite
age 4
--
Cattle
12
--
Sheep
8
--

Husband, François Bour(c)
age 28
Wife, Marguerite Boudrot
age 23
Michel
age 5
Marie
age 3
Cattle
15
Sheep --

Husband, Vincent Brot
age 40
Wife, Marie Bourc
age 26
Marie
age 9
Antoine
age 5
Marguerite
age 3
Pierre
age 1
Cattle
9
Sheep
7

Husband, Jehan (Jean) Bour(c)
age 26
Wife, Marguerite Martin
age 27
Ann
age 3
Marguerite
age 1.5
Cattle
3
Sheep
5

Husband, Bernard Bour(c)
age 23
Wife, Françoise Brun
age 19
Marie
age ?
Cattle
6
Sheep
9

as an aside...

Husband, René Landry
age 52
--
Wife, Perrine Bourc (Antoine's sister)
age 45
--
Henriette
age 30
married
Jeanne
age 28
married
Marie
age 25
married
Marie
age 23
married
Magdelene
age 15
--
Pierre
age 13
--
Claude
age 8
--
Cattle
10
--
Sheep
6
--


Census Report - late 1678, Port Royal

(Links to a source.)

Antoine Bourg & Antoinette Landry
3 acres
6 cattle
1 gun
1 boy - age 10
1 girl - age 11
Bernard Bourg & Françoise Brun
1 acre
8 beasts
1 gun
1 boy - age 3
4 girls - ages 8, 5, 4, 2
Martin Bourg & Marie Potet --
4 cattle
1 gun
1 boy - 6 months
1 girl - age 3
Charles Boudrot & Renée Bourg --
9 cattle
1 gun
2 boys - ages 5, 4
2 girls - ages 3 and 1
Pierre Comeau & Jeanne Bourg --
2 cattle
-- --
1 girl
Rene Landry and Perrine Bourg
1 acre
10 cattle
--
2 boys - ages 20, 15
1 girl - age 23

(many missing names here)


Census Report - late 1686, Port Royal - Households

(Links to a source.)

Husband, Antoine Bour(c)
age 95 (s/b 87)
Wife, Antoine(tte) Landry
age 80
Marguerite
age 18

Note : Arpents are a French land measure, .845 acre.

Husband, Vincent Breau
(deceased)
Wife, Marie Bourc
age 50
Antoine
age 22
Marguerite
age 18
Pierre
age 16
Anne
age 14
François
age 12
Jean
age 11
Marie
age 9
Jeanne
age 6
René
age 3
Susanne (Isabelle, or Elisabeth)
2 months
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
3
Cattle
6
Sheep
4
Hogs
6

(compare with this table - from the same census)

Husband, Vincent Brot
(deceased)
Wife, Marie Bourc
age 41
Antoine
age 20
Marguerite
age 18
Pierre
age 16
Anne
age 17
Francois
age 11
Jean
age 11
Marie
age 7
Jeanne
age 9
René
age 3
Isabelle (or Elisabeth)
5 months
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
4
Cattle
10
Sheep
5
Hogs
5

Husband, Jean Bourc
age 40
Wife, Marguerite Martin
age 41
Ann
age 18
Marguerite
age 16
Marie
age 13
Isabelle
age 10
Magdelaine
age 8
Catherine
age 6
Jean-Baptiste
age 3
Guns
1
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
12
Cattle
16
Sheep
15
Hogs
12

Husband, Bernard Bourc
age 36
Wife, Francoise Brun
age 34
Marie
age 15
Marguerite
age 13
Rene
age 9
Anne
age 8
Jeanne
age 6
Claire
age 4
Francois
age 3
Abraham
age 1
Guns
1
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
3
Cattle
4
Sheep
6
Hogs
6

Husband, Martin Bourc
age 36
Wife, Marie Potet
age 29
Marie
age 10
Abraham
age 7
Pierre
age 5
Jeanne
age 2
Guns
1
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
3
Cattle
4
Sheep
5
Hogs
6

Husband, Abraham Bourc
age 25
Wife, Marie Brun
age 24
Jean
age 2
Marguerite 6 months
Guns
1
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
6
Cattle
10
Sheep
10
Hogs
8

Husband, Bastien Brun
age 32
Wife, Hugette Bourg
age 28
Jeanne
age 9
Claude
age 7
Abraham
age 6
Vincent
age 5
Jean
age 4
Antoine
age 1
Guns
1
Cattle
12
Sheep
12
Hogs
10

Husband, Pierre Como
age 32
Wife, Jeanne Bourc
age 22
Marie
age 8
Abraham
age 7
Marguerite
age 6
Anne
age 5
Jeanne
age 4
Joseph
5 months
Guns
1
Cattle
10
Sheep
10
Hogs
6

as an aside...

Husband, René Landry (not mentioned)
age ? --
Wife, Perrine Bourc (Antoine's sister)
age 74
Claude
age 24
Claude's wife Marguerite Terriot
age 20
(Claude's) child Marguerite
age 18 months
Guns
1
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
3
Cattle
7
Sheep
8
Hogs
6


Census Report - late 1698, Port Royal - Households

(Links to a source.)

(compare to Marie Bourc in previous reports)

Husband, Vincent Brun (deceased)
Wife, Marie Bourc
age 53
Marguerite
age 28
Francois
age 24
Jean
age 22
Anne
age 20
Marie
age 18
Jeanne
age 17
René
age 15
Elisabeth
age 13
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
8
Cattle
12
Sheep
15
Hogs
12
Fruit trees
30

Marie Bourg, widow
age 25
Cattle
age 4
Sheep
age 6

Husband, Pierre LeBlanc
age 35
Wife, Madeleine Bourg
age 21
Pierre
age 13
Madeleine
age 3
Guns
2
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
22
Cattle
18
Sheep
12
Hogs
12
Fruit trees
10

Husband, Pierre Comeau
age 47
Wife, Jeanne Bourg
age 37
Abraham
age 18
Margueritte
age 17
Anne
age 16
Jeanne
age 15
Joseph
age 14
Madeleine
age 13
Pierre
age 12
Angelique
age 11
Twins Elisabeth and Catherine
age 10
Francoise
age 9
Cecile
age 7
Jean
age 2
Guns
1
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
26
Cattle
11
Sheep
15
Hogs
8
Fruit trees
30

Husband, Louis Allain
age 44
Wife, Marguerite Bourg
age 31
Pierre
age 7
Marie
age 5
Guns
4
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
5.5
Cattle
10
Sheep
12
Hogs
8
Fruit trees
31
Servants
1

Husband, Jean Belliveau
age 44
Wife, Jeanne Bourg
age 44
Charles
age 20
Antoinette
age 18
Guns
3
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
19
Cattle
15
Sheep
15
Hogs
8

Husband, Claude Dugas (his second wife)
age 49
Wife, Marguerite Bourg
age 24
Claude
age 21
Joseph
age 18
Marguerite
age 17
Anne
age 15
Jeanne
age 13
Agnes
age 12
Francois
age 11
Madeleine
age 10
Cecile
age 8
Marie
age 7
Elisabeth 3 months
Guns
3
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
32
Cattle
25
Sheep
25
Hogs
6
Fruit trees
20

Husband, Bernard Bourg
age 50
Wife, Francoise Brun
age 46
Rene
age 21
Jeanne
age 19
Anne
age 17
Clair
age 15
Francoise
age 14
Abraham
age 12
Renée
age 12
Marie
age 7
Claire
age 4
Guns
age 2
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
35
Cattle
19
Sheep
40
Hogs
12
Fruit trees
45

Husband, Martin Bourg
age 48
Wife, Marie Potet
age 42
Abraham
age 20
Pierre
age 18
Jeanne
age 15
Ambroise
age 12
Francois
age 10
Marie
age 10
Madeleine
age 4
Charles
6 months
Guns
2
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
35
Cattle
19
Sheep
27
Hogs
9
Fruit trees
45

Husband, Abraham Bourg
age 38
Wife, Marie Brun
age 40
Francois
age 20
Jean-Baptiste
age 15
Marguerite
age 13
Claude
age 11
Pierre
age 9
Marie
age 7
Michel
age 5
Charles
age 3
Joseph
6 months
Guns
2
Arpents (land measure, approx. one acre)
16
Cattle
12
Sheep
20
Hogs
12
Fruit trees
60


Enumeration of August 28, 1714

(Links to a source.)

Port-Royal Abraham Bourc and wife, four sons, 1 daughter
Port-Royal Bernard Bourc and wife, 1 son, 3 daughters
Port-Royal Abraham Bourc and wife, 1 son, 1 daughter

(Other Bourg family members are named in the report, but these three in Port-Royal are more relevant to Burke/Longhurst ancestry.)


General Census of Residents Established at Port Toulouse (St. Peter's), 1724

Pierre Bourg
navigator
widower of Élisabeth (Isabelle) Broussard
Boats = 1
Persons = 5
Michel Bourg
navigator
m. Anne Boudrot
Boats = 0
Persons = 5
Charles Bourg
navigator
included in the count of his brother, Michael Bourg, preceding
Boats = 0
--

Link to online version of this census. 226 persons reported.


Census of 1734, Ile Royale, Port Toulouse

One entry for Bourgs... Marie-Josèphe Landry, "resident", widow of Pierre Bourg.

3 boys over 15, 2 boys under 15, one "fisherman in service of resident", total 7 persons. 1 boat.

199 persons reported, down from 334 in 1726.

Note: Michel Bourg and family (see 1724 census) appeared in the 1734 census for Tracadie, Île St. Jean.

Link to online version of this census.


Censuses of 1811 and 1818

In the Census of 1811, many family names appear (i.e. Boureq, Landry, Samson, etc.). In District 6 River Bourgeois, St.Peter's, these Boureqs can be found...

(Links to a source, for other districts as well.)

Head of family
Joseph Boureq
Peter Boureq
John Boureq
Occupation
Fisherman
Fisherman
Fisherman
Males between 14 and 60 years
1
1
1
Females between 14 and 60 years
0
1
1
Males and females unmarried
4
2
1
Males and females above 60 years
1
0
0
Males under 14 years
3
2
0
Females under 14 years
1
0
1
Male and female servants
0
0
0
Cattle
3
3
1
Sheep
5
6
1
Horses
0
0
0
Vessels
1
0
0
Station
River Bourgeois
River Bourgeois
River Bourgeois

Deductively, some observations and confirmations can be made...

1) that Joseph was the owner of the boat they were using (but other records show that he co-owned the boat with Peter Boureq (relation unknown), and the boat was the Nancy).

2) that all three men were married, but the census was taken after Joseph's first wife (Ruffine Landry) had died, and before he had remarried (to Anne Boucher, in 1812).

3) that one male over 60 years of age lived with Joseph (in fact, his father Pierre)

4) that it was common to farm and raise animals while being a fisherman

Neighbours of the Boureqs included families with these names : Landry, Samson, DuGat, Bouche, Fougere, Babin, Pitre, Kavanagh (merchant), Sutherland, Herring, Riley, Wheeling, and Thomas. Two other households were headed by widow Mary Landry and the widow of John Samson.

The entire population of River Bourgeois at this time was approximately 250.


Census for Nova Scotia, dated 1861.

This census does not seem to be useful in locating ancestors or learning about them on an individual basis. Rather, this census seems to have been a huge report, in detail, about everything imaginable in the province without including any individual names.

I looked at the pages of this survey and could make little sense of it until I found this 330-page readable document.

Report of the Secretary of the Board of Statistics on the Census of Nova Scotia, 1861.

From this one paragraph of its introduction, one can see what kind of information was being sought about people...

1st. Personal Census.

The most difficult and tedious part of the work was the classification of the ages, deaths, marriages, deaf and dumb, blind, lunatics, idiots, &c, distinguishing between male and female, married and single, widowers and widows; also the number between 5 and 15 years of age, and above 15, who could not read and write, which arrangement in one abstract, occupies no fewer than 150 columns. Next comes the classifications of origin, religions, trades and occupations, deaths and causes of deaths, each requiring separate abstracts.


Below is a helpful page from the report describing causes of death.


Below is a sample page tallying bushels of important crops.


Below is one last example, a report on fishery activities.

So, a terrific report all in all, but not one that will help much when looking for ancestors.


Census of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia, District 206, Richmond County, River Bourgeois - portions of interest...

Dated 1871.

Husband, Damian Burk
age 50
Fisherman
Wife, Domitille (Mrs)
age 50
--
Daughter, Sarah
age 22
Daughter, Annie
age 21
Daughter, Olive
age 19
Son, Damien
age 17
Fisherman
Daughter, Carlott (Charlotte?)
age 18
Son, Amie
age 13
Son, Abraham
age 10

Note: husband, wife, and two eldest daughters reported as unable to read or write. Caveat: which language - French, English or both?

From page 46.

These are links to the Library and Archives Canada where the original 1871 River Bourgeois census pages can be viewed in PDF format.


Census of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia, District No. 7, Richmond County, River Bourgeois - portions of interest...

Dated 1881.

Husband, Damian Burk
age 62
Fisherman
Wife, Domitille
age 61
--
Son, Damien
age 27
Fisherman
Daughter, should be Anne at this age, reads Charlotte?
age 20
Son, Abraham
age 19
Son, Charles
age 16
Son, Cyprien
age 14

Click to enlarge.

From page 38.

These are links to the Library and Archives Canada where the original 1881 River Bourgeois census pages can be viewed in PDF format.


Census of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia, District No. 41 Richmond, Sub-District No. 6, River Bourgeois - portions of interest...

Taken by Daniel Sampson, April 6, 1891. 225 families recorded.

Husband, Damian Burk
age 70
Fisherman
Wife, Domitille
age 69
--
Son, Charles
age 28
Fisherman

1891 census, page 27, Damien, Domitille and Charles

From page 27.

Husband, John Thebo
age 32
Labourer, lobster factory
Wife, Annie
age 20
--
Daughter, Ellen Jane
age 4
--
Son, John Henry
age 1
--
Mother, Susan
age 58
--

1891 census, page 27, John, Annie, Ellen Jane, John Henry, Susan

This page has a translated version of the 1891 census for River Bourgeois.

These are links to the Library and Archives Canada where the original 1891 River Bourgeois census pages can be viewed in PDF format.


Census of 1901, Richmond County

Online PDFs contain information on many Bourg family members and their neighbours.

This link goes to a starter page where surname searches can be done.

This link goes to the full page from which the snippet below was taken.

An example of information available is presented here.

As Transcribed by Paul C Landry July 2002.


Census of 1911, Richmond County

Online PDFs contain information on many Bourg family members and their neighbours.

This link goes to a starter page where surname searches can be done.

This link goes to the full page from which the snippet below was taken.

An example of information available is presented here.


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