Sieur Philippe Mius d’Entremont
Baron of Pobomcoup
Philippe Mius d’Entremont was born in 1609 in Normandy, France. He married Madeleine Hélie, most likely of Normandy as well. In 1651, accompanied by his wife and their daughter Marguerite, he came to Acadia with Charles de Saint-Etienne de La Tour, who had asked him to be his major-General. Two years later, on July 17, Charles de La Tour conceded land to Philippe Mius d’Entremont on the east side of Pubnico Harbour, which measured one mile in broadness along the coast and four in depth. This land was called la Baronnie de Pobomcoup.
One year after the foundation of this barony, in 1654, major Robert Sedgewick of Massachusetts made his pass through Acadian lands, initially seizing de La Tour’s fort in Saint John and taking him captive, finally devastating the settlements of Port-Royal, Pentagoët and La Hève, but not that of Pobomcoup. During the English occupation, which lasted until the treaty of Bréda in 1667, Philippe Mius d’Entremont was nowhere to be found. His whereabouts would not be known until the census of 1671 when he surfaced in Pobomcoup with his family that included four children, namely Jacques, Abraham, Philippe and Madeleine. The census specifies that the head of family, Mius d’Entremont, had six arpents of land in tillage, 26 horn cattle, 29 ewes, 12 goats and 20 pigs.
In 1670, Philippe d’Entremont was proclaimed prosecutor-General of the king in Acadia, a function which he exerted during 18 years. He was to follow the governor in his travels. For this reason, in 1678, one finds him and his family at Port-Royal. The following year, he served in Beaubassin, where Michel le Neuf, Sieur de la Vallière, commanded as the new governor of Acadia. In 1684, François-Marie Perrot was named governor and made his residence at Port-Royal where Philippe followed. Lastly, in 1687, Perrot was replaced by Menneval; it was this year when Philippe Mius d’Entremont retired. Philippe undoubtedly settled at Grand-Pré where his daughter Marguerite remained. It is probably there that he died in 1700. His wife had preceded him to the grave by 25 to 30 years.
The baron Philippe d’Entremont spent only part of his life in Pubnico, around 1670. His eldest son, Jacques, took charge of his goods after this date, since his two other sons no longer lived in Pubnico; the first, Abraham, was established at Port-Razoir, near Shelburne; the second, Philippe II, remained in La Hêve where he had married a Native American. (Note: Abraham had children, but they all died young, except for one girl.)
Léander d’ Entremont describes his research in one letter to Eugène à Hilaire.