A Canadian Family

First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

Att: Beauvais & Canadien Families of Kahnawake or New York

Beauvais Cabin | Canadien Beauvais | Maine

Image property of Brian Hinkley


If you belong – or know something – about  the Beauvais or Canadien families, you may be interested in this message from Brian Hinkley which apparently connects to a piece of the family history in mid-20th century Maine. [You can leave a reply for Brian in the comment boxes below and I’ll forward him your message and email].

“I live in a cabin in Oquossoc, Maine on the Rangeley River that I believe Big John Canadien may have originally built. Aida Canadien married Frank C. King and they lived in the cabin, adding to it in the 1940s. Can anyone add to the history of the cabin? Of particular interest is the trophy brook trout that was mounted by Herbie Welch, the most famous taxidermist of the Rangeley Lakes region.

I have many old photos of the King family (Frank and Aida) and possibly of the Canadien family and the Beauvais family. My family bought the house in the 1970s from the French Canadian family that owned it – Beauvais family (I may have the spelling wrong) – possibly Eddie Beauvais and his wife, Francis. I believe their children included a son named Peter. I would be happy to return/share some of the old photos.”


Note from Evelyn: An Aida Canadien is mentioned in A Mohawk Look at Canada: The Adventures of Big John Canadien  by Johnny Beauvais. That Aida Canadien is the granddaughter of Big John and the daughter of Tom Canadien (pg.78).

February 11, 2018 - Posted by | . | ,


  1. hi Evelyn,I am related to Beauvais Family

    Beauvais Ancetre


    BIRTH 1540

    Gerald P. McCauley


    Comment by Have One | February 11, 2018 | Reply

    • Good evening Gerald,
      Thanks for leaving the message. You are connected to a Beauvais back in the 1500s? That’s quite a lineage you have there :-). My Acadian lineage goes back to the end of the 1600s.
      In case you are unaware, the Kahnawake – to my knowledge – goes back to a boy of that name who was adopted into the kahnawake nation from La Prairie.


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | February 11, 2018 | Reply

  2. My great-grandfather Beauvais is listed in our family tree in SD and it is unknown where he was born but many times we think he came from Canada. He is listed as French and married to our native great grandmother in 1800s. My tribe is Sioux. Everyone that is interested in our family has done a search but never has done one connected to Canada. But I enjoy the photos and just wondering how our ancestors are connected.


    Comment by Lottie Beauvais | January 19, 2019 | Reply

    • Hello,

      What is your Great grandfather’s name? We have Beauvais in Sainte Genevieve, MO. Possibly one of the Beauvais went to SD. The Janis family were here and one of theirs went to SD and married into the Sioux Nation. The Beauvais and Janis families were related.



      Comment by Donna Rausch | July 18, 2019 | Reply

  3. Hi Evelyn. I was able to buy the book you mentioned written by Johnny Beauvais, and have done more research into the Canadian and Beauvais family. I am hoping to drive up to Canada to visit places and maybe even descendants of Big John, Germaine’s grandfather, and Big Joe, Germaine’s uncle and husband of Aida. Aida willed the cabin to Germaine. I sent an email to the editor of the newspaper, so we’ll see what comes of it. I have found that many of the descendants have unfortunately already passed away so I may have missed my chance. Brian (540) 220-5179


    Comment by Brian Hinkley | August 31, 2020 | Reply

  4. Hello
    I am a Beauvais. I was told that my ancestors traveled from France to Canada and were settlers in the region in Quebec called New France. My grandfather,Austin j.Beauvais lived in NY then MA and finally moved to RI. I am in the process of tracing my family’s roots.


    Comment by Denise M Beauvais | October 30, 2021 | Reply

    • Good morning, I think you’ll find this hobby very interesting. If your grandfather is the one who crossed the border then you may want to check the Canada/U.S. border crossing documents at Ancestry.com. As soon as you find your ancestor from Quebec it is usually extremely easy to climb the family tree through church records.
      Good luck with your search,


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | October 30, 2021 | Reply

      • Thank you for your advice. Have a nice Day!


        Comment by Denise Beauvais | October 30, 2021 | Reply

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