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The McGraws | Pioneer Families 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.



There were two early McGraw pioneer couples.

Denis dit Deniche McGraw was the son of Denis McGraw and Esther Leblanc. He first married Priscille Savoie and the couple had two children (Marie and Honore).

Denis McGraw then married Olive Comeau, daughter of David Comeau and Olive Young. their children were:

  • Alexandre (m.1905, Elisabeth Morais, daughter of Pierre Morais and Charlotte Cormier)
  • Olive (m.1905, Adelard Gionet, son of Daniel Gionet and Appoline Legere)
  • Marie Elisabeth 
  • Marie Esther
  • Albertine (m.1896, James Russell)


The second McGraw pioneer couple was Michel McGraw, son of Jean McGraw and Marie Roussel of Tracadie. He married Phoebee Doiron (Julien Lanteigne’s widow) in 1850. That couple had four children:Marie Rose who died in in infancy, Michel who never married, Marie-Rose and Maximin.




Related Posts

Index: Bertrand |  Catholic Cemetery

Index: St. Simon & St. Jude – Grande Anse

Index: Pioneer Families of Caraquet

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History



External Links

McGraws in the 1901 Census – Gloucester
McGraths in the 1901 Census – Gloucester 

NB Vital Records – McGraws in Gloucester

NB Vital Records – McGraths in Gloucester 




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