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Natives, French Canadians & Acadians

St. Valentine’s Day | Traditional Acadian Ways

Over a period of one decade beginning in the mid-1960s, ethnologist Jean Claude Dupont collected information about popular traditions in the Acadian regions of Eastern Canada (New Brunswick, Quebec, Prince Edward Island). This series will include some key points from Dupont’s work as well as other sources (The Valentine card to the left is French but not necessarily Acadian) Continue reading

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Gagetown from the St John River | Early 20th Century

Canadian Vintage Postcard | New Brunswick

My Acadian ancestors and their Maliseet friends knew this area as Grimross back in the mid 18th century when they were escaping the British. This was where Colonel Monckton’s Rangers tracked down and killed and scalped several

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A Canadian Family Through The Generations: Our Legers (1)

Generation 1

Jacques “dit La Rosette” Leger and Anne Madeleine Trahan.

Jacques La Rosette (aka Larozette) Leger was born in France in 1663 and died on the 28th of March 1751 in Port Royale Acadie (now Nova Scotia). He began as a military drummer and then became a farmer.

He married Anne Madeleine Trahan on March 13th, 1693 in Port Royale. Trahan was Acadian-born (Port Royale – 1677)  and was the daughter of Guillaume Trahan and Marie Magdeleine Brun who had come originally from St-Germain-de-Bourgeuil in the Indre-et-Loire region of France.

Jacques La Rosette and Anne Madeleine had 11 known children – Anne Marie, Elizabeth (1), Elizabeth (2) Francoise, Francois Baptiste, Jacques Pierre, Jean, Madeleine, Marguerite, Marie, Marie Francoise, Marie Josephte.

We descend from Jacques La Rosette and Anne Madeleine’s eldest son Jacques Pierre Leger and his wife Anne “dite Tourangeau” Amirault. Jacques and Anne were married in Port Royal on January 12th in 1717. They were both natives of Port Royal though she was seven years his senior. Anne was born on December 14th, 1691 while Jacques was born in 1698. Anne’s parents were Francois “dit Tourangeau” Amirault and Marie Pitre. Her father was from Tours, France while her mother was a Port Royal Acadian. Jacques Pierre and Anne had the following children: Anne, Armand, Elizabeth, Jacques Pierre, Jean Baptiste, Joseph “dit Fluzan”, Marie (1), Marie (2),  Olivier, Paul, Pierre, and Simon. Continue reading

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Lineage of Joseph Albert Laval Theriault of the Sayabec Therriaults

An enquiry from Rene Swan (Theriault)

” On my father’s side I am French, Irish and Mí’kmaq. I am also certain I have family in St. John’s Newfoundland and even went on souljourn there. I may get vertigo on a swing, but I ran to the sea and my sail from North Sydney Nova Scotia to Port aux Basques Newfoundland was wonderful and familiar to me, as was the return sail homeward bound to my Dear Lorraine! … So for a multitude of reasions, I celebrate that I am a Theriault.

I’m known in the music industry as René Swan, and have been since I was 15. By the way, on my mother’s side, it is documented that my third great uncle was Danish children’s author, Hans Christian Andersen. Question: Can you explore the possibility of any connection between Nicole (Theriault, the singer) and I and or any other relatives I may have out there?


Jehan Theriault &  Perrine Rau

Claude Theriault & Marie Gautreault

Germain Theriault & Anne Richard 1686

Claude Theriault &  Marguerite Cormier

(I descend from Claude’s brother Joseph & Marguerite Melanson)

Paul Theriault & Anne Hebert

Jean Jacques Theriault &  Magdeleine Grandmaison

Joseph Theriault & Josephte Vaillancourt

David Theriault & Christine Gueret

Elzear Theriault & Anna  Litalien (daughter-Louis L’Italien/Anastasie Dumas)

Jean Baptiste Therriault & Marie Antoinette Vachet (daughter of Francois Vachet and Maria Lyman)

On February 12th, 1923 in Notre Dame du Lac (Temiscouata, Quebec)

Their children were:

1.Joseph Jean Marc Therriault (born April 29th, 1924 in St Honore (Riviere-du-Loup)

2.Joseph Albert Laval Theriault (born May 27th, 1932)

3. Georgette Theriault

(m. Elisee Roussel (daughter of Wilfrid Roussel/M.Anne Fraser)

on October 28th, 1953 in St Nom De Marie parish in Sayabec, Matapedia

October 23, 2010 Posted by | . | | 1 Comment

Theriault Marriages (Brides) Extracted from Canadian Family Tree (4) | Theriault, Ida to Theriault, Lumina

This is the 4th in a series of posts in which I share marriages from my database where the bride was a Theriault. 

Please see notes & series index at

         Theriault Marriages (Brides) Extracted from Canadian Family Tree (1)

before using this information.


Marriages: Theriault, Ida to Theriault, Lumina

Long, Jean Baptiste | Theriault, Ida

Married: 2 Aug 1898 Fort Kent Aroostook ME USA

Martin, Jean | Theriault, Ida

Married: 9 Apr 1918 Victoria Madawaska NB CAN

Larocque, Armand | Theriault, Ida

Married: est.1925

Thibodeau / Thibaudeau, Zephirin | Theriault, Jane Continue reading

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Theriault Marriages (Brides) Extracted from Canadian Family Tree (3) | Theriault, Febronie to Theriault, Hortense

This is the 3rd in a series of posts in which I share marriages from my database where the bride was a Theriault. 

Please see notes & series index at

         Theriault Marriages (Brides) Extracted from Canadian Family Tree (1)

before using this information.


  Marriages: Theriault Febronie to Theriault Eloise


Martin, Basile | Theriault, Febronie

Married: 20 Feb 1860 Van Buren Aroostook ME USA

Martin, Onesime | Theriault, Febronie

Married: 1874 Madawaska NB CAN

Dupuis, Adolphe Maximilien | Theriault, Felicite

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Theriault Marriages (Grooms) Extracted from Canadian Family Tree (5) | Theriault, Magloire to Theriault, Prudent

Please see notes and series index at

Theriault Marriages (1) | Theriault, A.J. to Theriault, Cyrille Pierre

before using this information.

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Theriault Marriages: Theriault, Magloire to Theriault, Prudent



Theriault, Magloire   |  Tardif, Marie

Married: 6 Feb 1837 Cacouna Temiscouata Bas-St-Laurent QC CAN

Theriault, Magloire I  |   Ouellet, Arthemise

Married: 2 May 1870 St-Modeste Riviere-du-Loup Temiscouata Bas-St-Laurent QC CAN

Theriault, Majorique   |  Duperre, Rosalie

Married: Est 1850

Theriault, Majorique I |  Filion, Marguerite Joseph

Married: 6 Sep 1891 Sudbury ON CAN

Theriault, Majorique I   |  Deschenes, Angele

Married: 22 Sep 1879 Rimouski-Neigette Bas-St-Laurent QC CAN

Theriault, Majorique   |  Theriault, Anne

Married: 5 Jun 1911 Montreal QC CAN

Theriault, Marc   |  Blanchard, Reine

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A Canadian Family Headstone: Archange Theriault, 1946 (Grande Anse, New Brunswick)

St.Simon & St.Jude Roman Catholic Cemetery

Grande Anse, New Brunswick, Canada

Archange Theriault

1877 – 1946

theriault rip

a la memoire de

Archange Theriault

Epose de Gelasse Theriault

decedee le 11 avril 1946 – agee de 85 ans – RIP

Genealogy Notes: The New Brunswick Provincial Archives show a marriage for a Gelas Theriault and Archange Theriault dated September 19th, 1938 in Caraquet (Number: 12709, Reference: B4/1938, Microfilm: F20010). The RS141C5 Index to Death Certificates shows an Archange Theriault who died on April 11th, 1946 in Gloucester (Registration: 2261, Volume: 173, Microfilm: F19577)

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Jean Jacques Theriault & Magdelaine Grandmaison. Descendants from 1781-1920s (Pt.2/Gen.3)

Earlier generations at: Jean Jacques Theriault & Magdelaine Grandmaison Generations 1 & 2

THIRD GENERATION – J.J. Theriault/M.Grandmaison


12. Emerence Theriault (Prospere, Jean Jacques) married Michael Lang on 27 Feb 1843 in St-Georges-de-Cacouna (Temiscouata Bas-St-Laurent). He was the son of Philippe Lang and Marie Despres / Couillard.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 78 F i. Marie Lang

13. Vitaline Theriault (Prospere, Jean Jacques) married Romain Lang in 1828.

14. Rose Theriault (Prospere, Jean Jacques) married Clovis Louis Chasse on 8 Apr 1845 in St.Luce Parish in Frenchville (Aroostook Maine  USA). He was the son of Chrysostome Chasse and Salomee Ouellet.

15. Charles Theriault (Prospere, Jean Jacques) was born after 1831 and died after 1882. Charles married Elisabeth Charette on 21 Feb 1858 in Frenchville . She was the daughter of Laurent Charette and Elisabeth Christine Levasseur.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 79 F i. Methaide Theriault + 80 F ii. Rose Theriault + 81 M iii. Joseph Theriault  + 82 M iv. Charles Theriault

16. Norbert Theriault (Prospere, Jean Jacques) married Seraphine Simard on 28 Jul 1873 in Quebec City in St-Sauveur parish. She was the daughter of Francois Xavier Simard and Anastasie Grenier.

17. Marie Theriault (Prospere, Jean Jacques) married Louis Caron on 2 Feb 1858 in St-Gilles (Lotbiniere Chaudiere-Appalaches).  Louis was the son of  Augustin Caron and Onesime Dechene.

18. William Theriault (Prospere, Jean Jacques) married Anastasie Bouchard in Ste-Luce parish on 5 Nov 1867 in Frenchville (Aroostook). She was the daughter of Damase Bouchard and Basilisse Michaud.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 83 M i. Alfred Theriault

19. Adele Theriault (Prospere, Jean Jacques) Adele married Flavien Thibault on 9 Jan 1855 in St-Gilles (Lotbiniere Chaudiere-Appalaches). Flavien had a first wife by the name of Louise Loignon.

20. Augustin Theriault16 (Jacques Jean Baptiste, Jean Jacques) was born in 1806 in Bas-St-Laurent Quebc and died after 1881. Augustin married Adelaide Cote on 10 Nov 1828 in L’Isle-Verte (Temiscouata Bas-St-Laurent). Adelaide’s parents were Amable Cote and Marie Cote.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 84 M i. Michel Theriault + 85 F ii. Henriette Theriault + 86 F iii. Cesarie Theriault + 87 M iv. Nazaire Theriault + 88 F v. Genevieve Theriault

Augustin next married Julie Ouellet on 22 Nov 1859 in Ste-Modeste (Temiscouata Bas-St-Laurent). Julie was born in 1807 in Quebec  and died after 1881.

Their child was:

+ 89 M i. Narcisse Theriault


21. Angele Theriault (Jacques Jean Baptiste, Jean Jacques) married Isaac Veilleux on 10 Nov 1828 in L’Isle-Verte. He was the son of Augustin Veilleux and Marguerite Faucher.  Angele and Isaac were married in St. Jean Baptiste parish.

22. Thomas Theriault I (Jacques Jean Baptiste, Jean Jacques) married Mathilde Marthine Dube on 26 May 1840 in Cacouna (Temiscouata Bas-St-Laurent Quebec) Continue reading

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Acadian Family Tree: Jean Jacques Theriault & Magdelaine Grandmaison. Descendants from 1781-1920s (Pt.1)

Jean Jacques Theriault connects to the Theriault family tree as follows: Paul Theriault/Anne Hebert, Claude Theriault/Marguerite Cormier, Germain Theriault/Anne Richard, Claude Theriault/Marie Gautreault,  Jehan Theriault & Perrine Rau.


1. Jean Jacques Theriault, son of Paul Theriault I and Anne Hebert, was born in 1759 in Riviere-Ouelle (Kamouraska Bas-St-Laurent Quebec) and died after 1832. Jean married Magdeleine Grandmaison on 15 Jan 1781 in St-Louis Parish in Kamouraska. She was the Continue reading

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Quebec Acadian Family Trees: Jean Theriault & Josette Berube. Descendants from 1769-1911



1.Jean Theriault, son of Paul Theriault I and Anne Hebert  married Marie-Josephe (Josette) Berube on 9 Jan 1769 in Riviere-Ouelle (Kamouraska Bas-St-Laurent, Quebec) in Notre-Dame-de-Liesse parish. Marie-Josephe was the  daughter of Francois Berube I and Madeleine Levesque. She was born on 29 Nov 1746 in Riviere-Ouelle.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 M i. Pierre Theriault I + 3 M ii. Henri Theriault + 4 M iii. Jean Theriault + 5 F iv. Josephte Theriault + 6 F v. Madeleine Theriault  + 7 M vi. Vincent Theriault


 2. Pierre Theriault I (Jean) was born after 1769 in Kamouraska. Pierre married Elisabeth Gagnon on 22 Jun 1801 in Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere (Kamouraska). She was the daughter of Alexandre Gagnon and Charlotte Caron.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 8 M i. Pierre Theriault   + 9 F ii. Adeline Theriault   + 10 M iii. Paul Theriault

Pierre next married Henriette Gauvin on 14 May 1850 in Riviere-Ouelle. Henriette’s parents were  Augustin Gauvin and Therese Berube.

3. Henri Theriault (Jean) was born after 1769 in Kamouraska.  Henri married Angelique Leclerc / Francoeur on 17 Oct 1820 in Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere. Her parents were Antoine Leclerc / Francoeur and Theotiste Soucy. Continue reading

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