Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers Updated April 2017
The American who, a century ago, drifted down the Mississippi in the pirogue of those days, would have found himself, as he neared the river’s mouth, in a new and strange land, where all was foreign and novel to him— the language, the people, the very customs, habits and ideas.. The peculiarities of the Louisiana creole he met there were not to be wondered at, for it was the policy of the Spanish government to completely isolate this colony from the world, as it was already isolated by its position. None but Spanish vessels were allowed to enter the Mississippi, and of these only so many, or rather so few, a year; and trade, even with the Spanish West Indies, was contraband.
Occasionally, however, an American drifted down the river from the settlements just then being made on the upper Ohio, for it was almost impossible to keep out these restless adventurers whom the Spaniards viewed with much suspicion and as very dangerous. Continue reading
AN ACADIAN ” BUCHE DE NOEL”
An Acadian Christmas, in the olden days as now, had many a point of difference Irom the typical Christmas of France.
The Norse blood in their veins gave importance to the Yule Log in old Acadian eyes ; and the Acadian of this later time, having breathed for generations the eclectic New World air, has suffered his Christmas to be touched by his Christmas-loving Anglo-Saxon neighbors.
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
Jacques Pierre Leger and Anne “dite Tourangeau” Amirault
Jacques Pierre Leger and Anne Amirault were both born in Port Royal, Acadia – Jacques in 1698 and Anne in 1691. They were also married there on January 12th, 1717. Anne was the daughter of Francois “dit Tourangeau” (from Tours, France) Amirault and Marie Pitre, and Acadian. Anne gave birth to 13 children . They were Armand, Anne, Elizabeth, Francois, Francoise, Jacques Pierre, Jean Baptiste, Joseph “dit Fluzan” Marie (1), Marie (2), Olivier, Paul, Pierre, Simon.
Their son Joseph “dit Fluzan” Leger is our direct ancestor. He married Claire Leblanc, daughter of Rene Jean Leblanc and Anne Theriault, on June 4th, 1744 in Beaubassin, Acadie (later Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia). Joseph and Claire had 7 known children – 6 of whom survived to adulthood and married. Continue reading
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
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
Patrice Theriault 1881 – 1968
Patrick Theriault and Marie Louise Theriault were married on July 20th, 1903 in Gloucester County, N.B. (PANB, RS141B7, Number: 3238, Reference: B4/1903, Microfilm: F15908).
Malvina Theriault – 1902 – 1951
George Dugas and Malvina Theriault were married in New Bandon on July 23rd, 1930. (New Brunswick Vital Records: RS141B7, Number 4252, Reference: B4/1930, Microfilm: F19754). Continue reading
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
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
Thibodeau / Thibaudeau, Zephirin | Theriault, Jane Continue reading