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The Brideaus | 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 first Caraquet Brideaus were Louis Brideau (son of Jean-Hilaire Brideau and Marie-Joseph Paquet of Charlesbourg, Quebec and Marie-Therese Thomas (daughter of Jacques Thomas and Therese Pepin). They were married in 1756 in Charlesbourg.

Placide Gaudet says that Louis Brideau has been living in Paspebiac for several years around 1765 before he settled in Caraquet where he lived from about 15 years. He then moved to Tracadie and that is where he die in 1784. In 1784 he had received a grant of 500 acres . It was located where the fishing school is now and the place was called “Pointe a Brideau. Unfortunately his son Francois had to mortgage it to he Robin company and they then gained control of it. There was also a river at St. Simon called Riviere a Brideau. both Louis Brideau and his wife succumbed to survey in the winter of 1801-1802.

Louis Brideau was a carpenter. The couple had the following children:

  • Louis (d. 1758)
  • Marie-Therese (d.1760)
  • Marie-Therese (m. 1848, Anselme Landry, son of Alexis Landry and Marie Theriault)
    • Ursule (m. 1828, Tracadie, Joseph Benoit, son of Antoine Benoit and Marie Savoie of Tracadie. *Ursule was the earliest known Tracadie case of leprosy)
    • Simon (m. 1804, Genevieve Hache, daughter of Joseph Hache and Madeleine Doucet)
    • Isaac 
    • Marie Elisabeth Isabelle (m. about 1800, Firmin Benoit, son of Antoine Benoit and Marie Savoie of Tracadie)
    • Helene
    • Victoire (m. 1810, Dominique Pinet, son of Dominique Pinet and Rose Boudreau of Grande-Anse)
    • Germain (m. 1812, Madeleine Hache, son of Joseph Hache and Madeleine Doucet)
    • Anselme (d. 1789, by drowning, Cap-aux-Moules (Stonehaven)
    • Mathurin (m. 1822, Claire-Felicite, formerly married to Jean-Baptiste Legere)
    • Marie-Claire (m. 1814, Hilarion Albert, son of Pierre Albert and Genevieve Denis)
    • Marie Venerande (m. 1820, Bonaventure (QC), Louis Lepage, son of Jean-Baptiste-Michel Lepage and Rose Arsenault)
    • Genevieve (m.1824, Jean-Baptiste Blanchard, son of Isidore Blanchard and Isabelle Legere)
    • Alexis (d. 1814 in Cap-aux-Meules (Stonehaven) at the age of 16)
    • Joseph (d. 1814 in Cap-aux-Meules (Stonehaven) at the age of 14)
    • Francoise (m. 1821, Victor Savoie, son of Joseph Savoie and Marguerite Bujold)
    • Luce (m. 1824, Sidefroy Theriault, son of Jean-Baptiste Theriault and Genevieve Pinet of Grande-Anse)
  • Louis Mathieu (m.1787, Judith Hebert, daughter of Joseph Hebert and Marie-Joseph Vincent)
  • Marie Charlotte (m.1789 Jean-Baptiste Carret, son of Simon Carret/Querry and Marguerite Gautrot/Gautreau). Their children were:
    • Beloni (d.1792)
    • Laurent (m.1823, Marie-Reine Audet, daughter of Gabriel Audet and Charlotte Leblanc)
    • Marie-Ursule
    • Hubert (d.1817)
    • David (m.1827, Cecile Robichaud, daughter of Jean Robichaud and Marie Bourgeois)
    • Marie-Reine
  • Francois (m. Anne-Marie Mazerolle)
  • Leon (m.1791,  Marie Cormier, daughter of Jean Cormier and Anastasie Aucoin) and then (m.1794,  Euphrosine Gautreau, daughter of Mathurin Gautreau and Rosalie Daigle)
  • Victoire (m. David Drysdale) and then (m.1802, Francois Gautreau, son of Mathurin Gautreau and Rosalie Daigle)
  • Marguerite (m. James Power of Pokemouche)


Notes: Mgr Donat Robichaud Genealogical and Historical Research Collection (FR): [Brideau, Celia,1905, September 18th, marriage of Raphael Losier (Tracadie) with Celia Brideau, daughter of Pierre Brideau, farm tools merchant. Celia was the housekeeper for Cure Cure J.A. Babineau of St. Leonard, Madawaska for fur years.]



Related Posts

Brideau Headstones – St. Augustin Roman Catholic Cemetery

Brideau Headstones – Petite-Riviere-de-l’Isle in Lameque

Index: Pioneer Families of Caraquet

Index: New Brunswick Pioneers

Main Index: New Brunswick Genealogy and History

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History


External Links

Brideaus in the 1901 Census – Gloucester 

NB Vital Records – Brideaus in Gloucester 



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