A Canadian Family

First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

Therrien/Bibeau of St-Gabriel- Brandon (Quebec)

Query –

I have traced my Therrien family back a ways now. Also spelt Therien, and Therrion.

Adelard, Alfred, or Adelor Therrien, and Hilda, Lefrenniere, Exilda Lafreniere, or Zilda Lafressiore. Hard to make out, were both from Notre dame de lac (In Quebec) around 1870, then moved to Ishpeming, Michigan, and were there at least by 1888 for sure. Wilfred Therrien was born there in 1891, they then moved to Nipissing, Ontario after they had Wilfred Therrien.

Wilfred married Celina Bibeau (from St. Gabriel De Brandon in Quebec), whose parents are Zottergue or Zanofan Bibeau (again hard to make out), and Esther Eneaulf (?).

Wilfred and Celina were married September 7, 1915 in Nipissing, Ontario. They then had my grandfather Jean Guy Armel Therrien in Lavigne, Ontario.

I’m trying to find out if there is Indigenous ancestry here. It certainly seems all areas moved to had a high Indigenous population, and my grandfather told us we are indigenous before he died. My grandfather claimed the Indigenous ancestry came from Celina’s family, but I think it may be on both sides?

I haven’t been able to get past Wilfred and Celina’s parents to trace farther back. Any help would be appreciated!



Wilfrid Therrien (son of Adelard Therrien and Azilda Lafreniere) married Celina Bibeau (daughter of Zotique Bibeau and Esther Henault) in Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation parish in Lavigne (Nipissing, Ontario) on September 7th, 1915.

Celina’s heritage appears to be primarily French Canadian, although interestingly there is one German mercenary surname – Steigner. I wrote a bit about these Germans here –

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? The “Secret” Germans of Quebec And Their Part in Repelling the American Invasion of Canada. If you google Quebec Hessians you’ll find more information.

Regarding possible First Nations heritage, I’ve given you the next generation of names below and with these you should be able to climb her tree further.

Zotique Bibeau (son of Joseph Bibeau and Julie Sting or Stingue) and Esther Henault / Enault (daughter of Joseph Henault / Enault and Ursule Lafond) were married on February 22nd, 1886 in St-Gabriel-de-Brandon in St-Gabriel parish (Berthier, Quebec).



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