The Chegau Family
The Chegau family is of the Mi’kmaq Tribe and is indigenous to Mi’kmaki, an area of Turtle Island that includes Kespukwitk, Sipekne’katik, Eskikewa’kik, Unama’kik, Epekwitk Aqq Piktuk, Siknikt, and Kespek. Today, called Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Gaspe of Quebec, and part of the State of Maine.
The Chegau family is one of the original families of the L’nu, Mi’kmaq Tribe. The alternate spellings for the Chegau name are Chegoueo, Cheyo, Chego, Shegone and Sigognè. Germaine Chegoueo was born about 1665. The Chegau family are shown as living at Kespukwitk, Turtle Island, on the 1725 Peace and Friendship Treaty, by the signatures of our Chegau ancestors.
Pierre Chegau son of Germaine Chegoueo married Marguerite Baptiste, daughter of the Chief of Cape Sable on June 25, 1726 at Kespukwitk, Mi’kma’ki, Turtle Island. Chief Jean Baptiste is shown as Chief of Kespukwitk, with his signature and the symbol of a turtle, by his name on the 1725 Peace and Friendship Treaty.
Paul Chegau and his wife Marie had two daughters, Jeanne whose family line has disappeared and Elizabeth (Isabelle) who married Henri L’Official. Elizabeth and Henri had three daughters and one son, Marie married Jean Camus, Annette married Jean Alexander, and Anne married Francois Benoit. Paul and Marie’s son, George’s family line has disappeared. Today the many descendants of the Chegau family continue to live in the traditional territory of the L’nu, Mi’kmaq Tribe and throughout North America.