Marie-Vénérande Pellerin (1746-1816)
Born in Port-Royal and niece of Louis Robichaud, Marie-Vénérande Pellerin was deported with her family to Massachusetts following the events of 1755. A few years after the Treaty of Paris, her family decided to settle in Québec, where in 1771 she married Canadian goldsmith François Ranvoyzé, renowned for the quality of the religious objects he created. That marriage assured Marie-Vénérande Pellerin material and social security. Ten children were born to the couple, seven of whom outlived their parents. This favourable situation gave them access to a good education and allowed them to become well-established. Exceptionally among Acadian deportees, there exists a portrait of Marie-Vénérande Pellerin and her husband. Attributed to Louis-Chrétien de Heer around 1790, the portrait proves that the Pellerin-Ranvoyzé family was quite well-off.