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The French Connection
Jacques Poissant dit LaSaline was born in the Diocese of Saintes, the capital of the Saintonge region of the Bourg Marrennes in France. The diocese of Saintes existed from the sixth century until the French Revolution. Its see was at Saintes in western France, in the modern department of Charente-Maritime. After the Concordat of 1801, its territory passed mainly to the diocese of La Rochelle. Saints and Saintonge get their name, not from the Saints of the church, but from the Santon tribe that once inhabited the area. Julius Caesar estimated that the Santons sent 12,000 men to fight against his troops, however, he prevailed and a thriving Gallo-Roman city known as Mediolanum (crowned place) grew up there. Today, the ancient capital of the Santons attracts large numbers of tourists drawn by its heritage and the renowned "Académies Musicales" festival. The city of Saintes today boasts a population of 25,000 and the surrounding region is known as Charente-Maritime.

Saintes Tourism:   in French   in English

Our Common Ancestor - Jean Besset dit Brisetout
father of Jacques Poissant dit Lasaline's wife, Marie-Marguerite Bessette, Jean also was a French Marine who arrived in New France about 20 years before Jacques. This makes him a common ancestor to nearly all of the Poissants in North America today and makes nearly all of the Bessettes in North America today cousins to the Poissants. For more about Jean Besset dit Brisetout click here.
Act of Abjuration
Jacques Poissant dit Lasaline's renunciation of Calvinism click here.
Poissant Genealogical Research & Documents
courtesy of John Fisher Sr.
"dit" Names - An Explanation

Prior to the Merican Civil War (1856-1865), about 85% of the French-Canadians, who traveled The Old Canada Road to reach Maine, came from the Beauce region of Québec. The Chaudiere River, originating at Lac Magantic, runs north to St-Georges-de-Beauce and then north-northwest through many of the towns from whence our French-speaking ancestors came. The Chaudiere River empties into the St. Lawrence River facing Quebec city, and most of the first Quebecois to venture forth followed the Chaudiere River into Maine.

Where were US Poissant families living in 1920?*

Number of Poissant families


*Derived from the
1920 U.S. Census.

For more info on the French-Canadian immigration to the US click here.
Dr. J. C. Poissant
Much of the information on the Poissant family from 1684-1909 originated with the research of Dr. Joseph Celibert Poissant, who published his book, "Genealogie de La Famille
Poissant" in 1909. For more information about this book, click here.