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The Boudreaus | Pioneers of Caraquet

Index: Pioneer Families of Caraquet

These micro posts present the first generation of each of the families that established different surnames found in Caraquet, New Brunswick. Most of the information is drawn from Fidele Theriault’s genealogical dictionary “Les Familles de Caraquet”. His book is in French and offers a lot more information including family trees of the first generations (with precise dates)  and in many cases explanations of how the first pioneers arrived in Caraquet and other fascinating anecdotes. If you don’t have access to the book you can contact me for extra information by leaving a comment underneath this post.




The Boudreaus were one of the founding families of Acadia and one of them – Michel Boudreau – was Port Royal’s lieutenant-general in 1686.

For what concerns Caraquet, Joseph Boudreau was the first settler by that surname. He had been born in Beaubassin, and was part of a group of Acadian refugees who were known to be in Restigouche in 1761.  He first settled in Miscou with his family before coming to Caraquet about 1784 where he was granted 400 acres of land near what is now Caraquet Church.

Joseph Boudreau‘s parents were Anselme Boudreau and Marguerite Gaudet. He married Marie-Jeanne Hache (daughter of Jacques Hache and Josette Boudreau) in Restigouche in 1761.

They had the following children:

  • Anne (m. 1799, Miscou, Michel Doucet, son of Charles Doucet and Anne Arsenault)
  • Cyprien (m. Francoise Melanson)
  • Sylvain (m. 1796, Judith Blanchard, daughter of Olivier Blanchard and Catherine Admirault)
    • Felix (m.1822, Marine Boucher, daughter of Firmin Boucher and Judith Legere)
    • Jerome (m. 1827, Marie Godin, daughter of Jean-Baptiste Godin and Rosalie Theriault)
    • Marie-Marthe (m. 1820, Joseph Gauvin, son of Charles Gauvin and Madeleine Paulin)
    • Elisabeth Isabelle (m. 1827, Gregoire Theriault, son of Victor Theriault, and formerly married to Domitilde Legere)
    • Marie Victoire (m. 1832, Pierre Legere, son of Jean-Baptiste Legere and Felicite Robichaud)
    • Pierre Andre (m. 1832, Angele Landry, daughter of Maxime Landry and Pelagie Gauvin)
    • Joseph (m. 1835, Marie Pinet, daughter of Pierre Pinet and Barbe Dugas)
    • Jean-Louis (m. 1838, Romaine Godin, daughter of Luc Godin and Ursula Doiron)
    • Marcel (born 1815)
    • Theotiste (born 1818)
    • Francois-Xavier (m. about 1845, Emilie Cormier, daughter of Thomas Cormier and Francoise Pinet) and (m. 1858, Odile Duguay, daughter of Desiree Duguay and Emilie Lanteigne)
    • Marie (m. about 1845, Joseph Theriault, son of Joachim Theriault and Claire Gauvin)
  • Marguerite (m. 1789, Michel Pitre, son of Michel Pitre and Marie Champagne)
  • Rose (m. 1789, Dominique Pinet, son of Pierre Pinet and Marie Vienneau) and then Joseph LeBlanc)
    • Marie Venerande (m. 1811, Zozime Blanchard, son of Thadee Blanchard and Judith Legere)
    • Marie Rosalie (born 1793)
    • Tharsile (m. 1812, Anselme Landry, son of Anselme Landry and Marie Brideau)
    • Dominique (m. 1810, Victorine Landry, daughter of Anselme Landry and Marie Brideau)
  • Joseph (m. 1792, Rosalie Hache, daughter of Joseph Hache and Madeleine Doucet)
  • Jean (m. Marguerite LeBlanc, daughter of Joseph LeBlanc and Modeste Doucet)
  • Timothee (m. 1802, Venerande Doucet, daughter of Joseph Doucet and Victoria Bujold)


Note: Les Familles de Caraquet has the following Boudreau family pictures: [Isaie Boudreau (1838-1910), son of Pierre Boudreau and his wife Olesine Blanchard, daughter of Prospere, pg. 62], Jean-Louis Boudreau (b,1833), son of Pierre Boudreau and his wife Victoria Legere, daughter of Fabien, pg.62], [Henriette Arsenault, wife of Pierre Boudreau, son of Joseph Boudreau, pg.64]

Notes: Mgr Donat Robichaud Genealogical and Historical Research Collection (FR): [Boudreau, Bruno, 1903, Germain Hache is having extensive renovations done his beautiful residence. M.H. DeGrace is the master-carpenter and Bruno Boudreau is the master-mason. Mr. Hache is an employee in a rich company in Montreal.]   [Boudreault, James,1921, Philias R. Gionet found Augustin Lambert’s body in the bay of Caraquet Island. Augustin Lambert had drowned November 13th, 1920. He called Pere Legarrec who sent Richard Chenard, Ernest Hache and James Boudreault to get him in a gasoline powered boat. The victims aunt Euphremie Godin is the housekeeper at the presbytery. Notary D.D. Landry identified the body and it was immediately buried]  [ Boudreau, John,1907, The following left for the Ottawa work yards: Placide Boudreau, Auguste Blanchard,Georges Poirier, Henri et Wilfred G. Légère, Philippe, Pierre et Jos Mourant,Azade Cormier, Romain Gauvin, Théotime et John Boudreau, Alex et Peter Parisé.]



Related Posts – New Brunswick

Index: St-Joachim Cemetery – Bertrand

Index: Headstones of Simon & St. Jude Cemetery

Theriault m. Boudreau, 1827, Caraquet

Louis Francois Lagace & Mathilda Boudreau – Marriage, 1830

Index: Pioneer Families of Caraquet

Index: New Brunswick Pioneers

Main Index: New Brunswick Genealogy and History

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History


Related Posts – Other

First Nations Census Records – Boudreau Surname

Egg Lake | Cree, Mixed (1901)


First Nations Marriage Records – Boudreau Surname

BLAN … | Native – First Peoples – Metis [CDN Marriage Extracts]

DOKIS … | Native – First Peoples – Metis [CDN Marriage Extracts]



External Links

Boudreaus in the 1901 Census – Gloucester 

Boudraults in the 1901 Census – Gloucester 

Boudreas in the 1901 Census – Gloucester

NB Vital Records – Boudreaus in Gloucester



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