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Acadians of New Bandon (Grande Anse/St.Leolin) |

Acadians of Grande Anse, New Bandon | Canadian Family Genealogy Dianna Inkster left a message after she noticed a Theriault headstone that referred to a French Catholic marriage in the New Bandon area and she was wondering how Acadians came to be in the area (see also new comment that follows this post)

My grandmother, Rebecca May known as Mamie Jeffers & her many siblings were born in New Bandon, (Gloucester Co.) New Brunswick as was here father Edward Jeffers. New Bandon was a village founded by Protestant Irish about 1812 and all the people in the 1852 Census say they were born in Ireland except my Great-Great Grandfather who says he was born in Nova Scotia.

I wonder how in a predominantly English-speaking village 2 Acadians came to be married. Is there even a Roman Catholic Church in the village? My Grandmother born in 1882 would have left in 1910s after she married my Grandfather Freeman Goneau of Middle River. My Grandmother spoke no French and my Grandfather’s mother says she’s an anglophone, but her children all bearing very English Christian names are Francophone.

Dianna is  correct in stating that the New Bandon area started out as an English-speaking settlement. It was settled by Irish and Scottish immigrants who were attracted by the rocky shoreline – unlike the Acadians who preferred the lower lands of  Caraquet and area. Nevertheless, although the Acadians didn’t initially settle in that area, they were aware that there was a lot of good stone along the waterfront that they use use to create mill grindstones. This eventually developed into an industry (esp. Read of Stonehaven) which employed many workers. and led to the development of English-speaking (Irish/Scottish) and French-speaking (Acadian) areas – especially  Grande Anse. The varying settlement patterns show up in the 1861 census and are still evident in the census of 1901.

1861 Census

(Source: Les Meules de New Bandon, Mgr. Donat Robichaud)

English-speaking area – Cowhig, Holmes, Kerr, Murphy, Mckernin, Slater, Scott, White, Murph, Seaman, Caie, Boultenhouse, Crawfert

Grande-Anse, St-Leolin – Bertin, Blanchard, Clement, Landry, Salter, Theriault, Hache

1901 Census New Bandon

 E-1    Baker, Bateman, Brackenrigg, Buttimore,  Caie, Chamberlain, Collins, Commeau, Cormier, Daily, Daley, Dempsey, Duset, Eady, Elis, Ellis,Foley, Forbes, Glendenning, Good, Hanley,Hickson, Hillock, Hodnett, Hornibrook, Jagoe, Jeffers, Jennings, Kerr, Knowles,  Lambert, Landery, Landry, Landry ,McCarthy, McCarty, McDonal, McKenzie, Merserau, Mersereau, Milne, Morison, Murphey, Murphy, Norton, Parrott,  Payne, Peters, Plant, Poirier, Powers, Rache, Read, Renouf,  Richey, Rodgers Sargent, Scott, Sealy, Smith, Sullivan, Taylor, Walsh, Ward, Williams, Wiseman.

E-2  Baldwin, Blanchard, Boudreau, Cormier, DeGrace, Dugas, Frigault, Gauvin, Godin, Godine, Haché, Leduc, Poirier, Theriault

E-3 Combs, Coughlan, Cowhig, Crimmen, Crowley, Cushing, Dempsey, Driscol, Ducey, Duncastor, Fitzpatrick, Foley, Hatton, Hodnett, Hurley, Jago, Kearew, Lubon, Madden, Maden, McKernin, Moirarity, Murphy, Ohearn, Ohern, Reardon, Robichaud, Salter, Sisk, Therault, Theriault, Thomson

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  1. Interesting it is to note that my nephew Dylan Giovennazzo lays interlocking paving stones for a living in the Barrie area. My father Horace Goneau preferred to shovel his own gravel for his tile bed and move his own large limestone blocks when he was building his final house in Pittsburgh Township, Kingston, Ontario. The tradition of working with stone continues. Dianna Goneau Inkster.


    Comment by Dianna K. Goneau Inkster | September 22, 2013 | Reply

  2. I am a Murphy and my ancestors were Catholics who lived for a long time in the New Bandon area. There were many Irish Catholics there as well which has confused me seeing how it has been emphasized that the Irish Protestants settled here. When looking even at the 1861 census there appears to be a significant number of Irish Catholics within the Bathurst, especially in New Bandon. My ancestors name is shown on land survey as he was the first to be granted a piece of land in 1836. I have been wondering what put him in good standing to be granted the land via petition. I have thankfully come to understand they arrived in 1826 since one of his daughters lived long enough to answer 1826 in the 1901 census.


    Comment by Kevin Murphy | October 30, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello,
      Please give the name of your ancestor couple and I will see if I can find my New Bandon book that I’d bought when I was in the area.


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | October 31, 2017 | Reply

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