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French Canadian Pioneers: The Daigles of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec



Casimir-Theodore Daigle | Angelique-Francoise Henry

November 22nd, 1790 Carleton

[Occ. settler] Continue reading

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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 Trahan 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.


Another son Jean Leger – married Marie Marguerite Comeau on May 2nd, 1730 in Port Royal. Marie Marguerite’ was the daughter of  Abraham Comeau and Marie Marguerite Pitre.  Jean and Marie Marguerite had 4 children who left descendants: Anne Leger (m. Jean Baptiste Savary) Catherine Leger (m. Pierre Girardin), Michael Leger (m. Angelique Pinet ) and Marguerite Leger (m.Pierre Doiron).


Jacques La Rosette and Anne Madeleine had a third son – Francois Baptiste Leger – who married Magdelaine Comeau on May 25th, 1739 in Port Royal. Magdelaine was the daughter of Abraham Comeau and Marie Marguerite Pitre. Their children who left descendants include: Jean Baptiste “dit La Rosette” Leger (m. Marie Cecile Mius), Marie Josephe Leger (m. Pierre Michel), Scholastique Leger (m. Pierre Saturin Bruneau) and Charles “dit Petit Charles” (m.Marie Bourque).


Jacques “dit La Rosette” and Anne Madeleine also  had 4 daughters who went on to marry and leave descendants. All four daughters  married Acadians and all their marriages took place in Port Royal. Anne Marie Leger married Francois Michel (son of Jacques “dit St Michel”  Michel & Catherine Marguerite Comeaux) onFebruary 5th, 1715. Marie “dite Rosette” Leger mareied Jean “dit Cadet” Robichaud (son of Charles Robichaud & Marie-Catherine Thibodeau) on November 23rd, 1717.  Marie Francoise “dite Larosette” married Jean Baptiste Bertrand (son of Claude Bertrand & Catherine Pitre) in 1721, Finally, there is a fourth daughter Madeleine Leger who married Alexis Doucet (son of Jacques “dit Maillard”  Doucet & Marie Pellerin) in 1729.




Related Posts

Index: Legers | France – Acadie –  QC – NB

A Canadian Family Through The Generations: Our Legers (2)

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History



February 28, 2011 Posted by | . | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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 Continue reading

February 24, 2010 Posted by | . | , | 1 Comment

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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December 22, 2009 Posted by | . | | 2 Comments

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. Continue reading

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