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A Canadian Family Through the Generations: Theriault (Gen.2)

Claude Terriot (Theriault) & Marie Gautrot (Gautrault)

17th Century

Theriault Generation 2


  • CLAUDE TERRIOT was born about 1637 in Port Royal, Acadia.
  • He married MARIE GAUTROT in Port Royal about 1661. Marie Gautrot was the daughter of Francois Gautrot and Edmee Lejeune. Marie was born about 1645 in Port Royal, Acadia and died there on the 29th of November in 1732.
  • At the time of the 1671 census, Claude and his wife Marie were living with their family of four young children aged nine and under. They were raising 13 head of cattle and one sheep and had six arpents of land under cultivation. By the 1678 census they had three more children, but a lot less cattle ! Eight years later their family has grown by only one child but they now had thirteen arpents under cultivation, as well as 8 head of cattle and 6 sheep.
  • By the time Claude was 55 and Marie 48, they had fifteen arpents of land cleared and had added hogs to their livestock. Marie now had a two year old toddler underfoot, in addition to seven other children still living with her. The 1698 census shows that they continued to enrich themselves. This hardworking family still counted cattle, sheep and hogs among its livestock and had cleared another three arpents of land, but they had also diversified by adding 50 fruit trees to their farm.
  • By 1707 Claude was in his seventies and Marie in her sixties. Their farm had shrunk to two arpents but they still have livestock (six each of cattle and sheep and twelve hogs). Claude died in the autumn of 1725, while his wife Marie lived on till the 29th of November in 1732. She was buried on November 30th in Port Royal, Acadia.
  • The couple had 14 children in all.


GERMAIN TERRIOT is our direct ancestor. He was born about 1662 in Port Royal and married our foremother ANNE RICHARD in 1686 at the settlement of Riviere-aux-Canards in Acadia. Anne Richard was the daughter of Michel Richard dit Sancoucy and Madeleine Blanchard of Port Royale. The couple had at least 13 children.

Marie Terriot was Claude and Marie’s first daughter. She was born about1665 and died by 1693. About 1684 she married Pierre Leblanc, son of Daniel Leblanc and Francoise Gaudet. Marie Terriot died in Port Royal in 1693, while Pierre died on November 3rd, 1717 also in Port Royal. They had one son Pierre.

Marguerite Terriot was born about 1667 in Port Royal and married Claude Landry about 1683. Claude was the son of Rene (l’aine) Landry and Perrine Bourg. I don’t know her date of birth. The couple had nine children.

Jean Terriot was born about 1670 and he married Jeanne Landry – who was six years younger – about 1691 in Port Royal. Jeanne was the daughter of Rene Landry and Marie Bernard. Jeanne died on May 21st in Grand Pre. Jean and Jeanne had ten children between the years 1692 and 1763.

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February 1, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | 5 Comments

Headstone: Theriau, Anastasie – Links Restored

valleywifeThis is the headstone of Anastasie Theriault, daughter of Tranquil/Aime Theriault and Julie Brideau who had married in Caraquet, Gloucester in 1834. It’s located in Petite-Riviere-de-L’Ile, Shippegan, Gloucester, New Brunswick.


These Theriaults are of the same Caraquet lineage as ours. We share the common ancestors Joseph Jean Theriault and Marie Joseph Girouard who were married in 1754 in Riviere-aux-Canards.


Anastasie married Olivier Valle on May 28th, 1854 and together they had at least 11 children/


Related Posts:

A Canadian Family Headstone: VALLEY, O. – 1912(?)


Map: Lamecque, Miscou, Shippegan


January 30, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Canadian Family Through the Generations: Our Theriaults (Gen.1)

Jehan Terriot & Perrine Rau


Poitou-Charentes (France)

· Jehan and Perrine were the Acadian/Canadian/North American founding couple of the many Theriaults who now exist in North America and around the world.

· Jehan Terriot (Theriault) was born about 1600 in Poitou, France. In 1635 while still in France Jehan married Perrine Rau – also of Poitou. Perrine was ten years older than him. Both husband and wife died in Port Royal, Acadia by 1678.

· Jehan and Perrine had seven children: Claude (our direct ancestor), Jean, Bonaventure, Jeanne, Germain, Catherine and Pierre.

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Claude Terriot was born in 1637 and died in 1725. He married Marie Gautrot in Port Royal in 1661. Marie Gautrot was the daughter of Francois Gautrot (1613-1693) and Edmee Lejeune (1624 – ?). Marie was born about 1645 in Port Royal, Acadia and died there on the 29th of November in 1732. The couple had 14 children.

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January 17, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Making sense of the census

I know that some of you are itching to do some hands-on genealogy so yesterday I uploaded a census page with general information and links to online Canadian censuses.  In that page (see right sidebar Census) I mentioned that the censuses are “a rich source of information” but what I didn’t mention is that the information you find can be both confusing and contradictory.

Why is that?

In genealogy we base as much of our information as possible on primary sources. A primary source is a “document, recording or other source of information (paper, picture … etc.) that was created at the time being studied, by an authoritative source, usually one with direct personal knowledge of the events being described” (ref: Wikipedia, Primary sources).  Using that definition the census is a primary document because it’s a record of what the census taker and person believed to be true on the day the census was taken. However I (like most family historians) have found numerous errors in the censuses. In our family records the most frequent types of census errors are:

1) Birthdates  Whether because they had large families or were uneducated, most of our ancestors seemed unconcerned about their precise birthdates! 

2) Spelling  As many of our ancestors were illiterate the census taker would sometimes use the most common local spelling or write down his own phonetic equivalent. Finally, some census takers gave an anglicized version of the name (e.g. Luce = Lewis).

So when you are trying to establish, for instance, an ancestor’s date and place of birth, the ideal primary source would be something like a birth or baptismal certificate. The census is a second-best source as it’s based on the person’s personal knowledge.  However, as long as you keep these limits in mind, the census is a precious source for all kinds of information you night not find elsewhere (e.g. ancestor’s occupation) and can point you in new research directions.

Ready for some fun?

This is a sampling of records from one of our ancestors. Do you notice any differences between the censuses. Can you identify which ancestor I’m tracking?  Hint: The ancestor is listed in one of the lineages in the SURNAME pages to the right. 

Here’s our mystery ancestor in a microfilm of the most recent available census from 1911


And here’s the same ancestor again in this microfilm of the 1901 census …


… and once again in 1881. 

Philip TARRIO  M  Male  French  26  New Brunswick  Labouror  Roman Catholic  

Maggy TARRIO  M  Female  French  22  New Brunswick    Roman Catholic  

Alexander TARRIO    Male  French  2  Prince Edward Island    Roman Catholic  

Micheal TARRIO    Male  French  1  Prince Edward Island    Roman Catholic 

This last data is from a transcribed  index, so it’s not a primary document.

And I think that’s enough fun for one day – don’t you?


Links to all the free-of-charge online censuses are on the

Canadian Genealogy – Census page

in the sidebar to your far right.


Surname var.: Theriault, Tarrio, Therriault

January 1, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | Leave a comment

WHERE did we come from? WHEN did we get here?

These are usually among the first few questions posed by a budding family historian and I was no exception to this when I first started out.  Luckily for me, it was a snap to locate our family’s Canadian founding couples because most of our surnames are well-known to Acadian or French Canadian researchers. So, knowing how easy it is to get lost in the myriad branches and sub-branches of our vast family tree, I thought I’d start you off with a quick overview of our first ancestors in the New World.

An early map of Nouvelle France

Sanson, Nicolas. Le Canada ou Nouvelle France, Tiree de diverses Relations des Francois, Anglois, Hollandois, &c. (ca.1660) Reference Code: C78, A- 4943 Archives of Ontario


Our paternal lines are almost 100% Acadian and they were amongst the earliest permanent European settlers in North America. Through these couples we are related to all the founding fathers and mothers of Acadie.

Jehan Terriau and Perrine Rau from Poitou, France were our Theriault founding couple and they were already married there before sailing for Acadie. They quickly settled in as farmers and we descend from one of their sons Claude and his wife Marie Gautreault. Our Theriault lineage now spans over 400 years from Jehan’s birth in 1601 to our latest generation who are now in their mid-twenties.

At about 350 years our LEGER lineage is almost as long, but its founding father – Jacques Leger dit La Rosette – did not start out as a farmer. He came to Canada as an unmarried military drummer. He served at Fort Naxouat, and then chose to stay and marry Madeleine Trahan. Their son and daughter-in-law Jacques Leger and Anne Amirault were married in Port Royale and we are now in our 11th generation of this Leger lineage. Continue reading

December 30, 2008 Posted by | . | , , , , , , | 2 Comments



Vintage Postcard Collection"

A Canadian Family: Vintage Postcard Collection

procastinate - verb. delay or postpone action (Oxford Dictionary)

One day many years ago, after my father Edouard Theriault had overheard heard me wondering about our family origins,  he  handed me a few yellowed sheets of paper which contained some genealogical notes about his maternal Leger ancestors. Then a few days later he added a typewritten family memoir that he’d prepared for an anthropology course back in the early 1950s. My mother Golda Lagace then jumped in and offered me a Lagace genealogy report from Drouin Institute. I was instantly hooked and the thought struck me – why not write a complete and up-to-date  history of our Lagace, Leger, Luce and Theriault ancestors?

Why not indeed? 

By 2003, after more than a decade of interviewing relatives, poring over birth, marriage and death certificates, peering at census returns and studying local histories I finally had a mountain of information. Little did I know that, that was the easy part. Now came the hard part – a few more years of trying to figure out how to organize and publish my work. What to include?  What to exclude? How to share the primary documents ? And what about the publication costs?

Well, for once, my procrastination has paid off.  It’s 2008 –  the Age of Blogs – and I’ve realized that an excellent way to write a family history is to just start writing it – one post at a time – until we finally have that “complete and up-to-date” family history.

And better yet – we can do it together – so let’s get started!

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault (aka Evelyn in Montreal)

December 30, 2008 Posted by | . | , , , , , | Leave a comment