Philippe Mius d’Entremont

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Philippe Mius, sieur d’Entremont, 1st Baron of Poboncoup (14 November 1601 - 1700) was an early Acadian settler, and the first of the vast Muise and d’Entremont families of Nova Scotia.[1]


Baron Mius d’Entremont was born in Cherbourg, Normandy and came from a longtime noble family, and was brought to Acadia with his family in 1651 by the new governor Charles de Saint-Étienne de la Tour. The governor in July 1653 awarded him one of the few fiefs to constitute territory in North America, the Barony of Poboncoup, extending from Cap Nègre to Cap Fourchu (Yarmouth), and in 1670 appointed him lieutenant-major and commander of the king’s troops, and procureur du roi (crown attorney), which post he retained until 1687.

He was briefly captured in 1654 by Major Robert Sedgwick, during the latter's pass through Acadia, but resurfaced with his family following this English occupation.

d’Entremont was important to the colony's history as an administrator, and because he promoted agriculture on his seigneury. The settlement and d'Entremont's residence were established at Pubnico, the modern spelling of Poboncoup.


Philippe married Madeleine Hélie in Normandy and they came to Acadia with their daughter, Marguerite.

One of his three sons, Philippe Mius-d'Entremont dit d'Azit, married a Mi'kmaq woman named Marie Coyoteblanc and became the progenitor of the Meuse and Muise families; while his other two sons, Jacques and Abraham, married daughters of La Tour with his 3rd wife, Anne and Marguerite respectively, and their descendants retain the surname d'Entremont (Charles de La Tour had Metis daughters with his 1st wife who was native; however, it was his 3rd wife, a Frenchwoman named Jeanne Motin, daughter of Louis Motin de Courcelles, who was mother to Anne and Marguerite).[2]

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  1. ^ "MIUS D’ENTREMONT, PHILIPPE - Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online". 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Fortune & La Tour" - Page 197; and "Jeanne Motin" - Dictionary of Canadian Biography: George MacBeath