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Damien Berube, Stonemason | A Portrait Gallery of Traditional Quebec Life, Trades & Professions

Index: A Portrait Gallery of Traditional Quebec Life, Trades & Professions

Damien Berube arrived in New France in 1671 and was i involved in the establishment of the de la Bouteillerie seigneury in Riviera-Ouelle. He married Jeanne Savonnet on August 22nd, 1679.

Artwork by Franklin Arbuckle

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Roussels of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers
Index: Filles du Roi


QUEBEC SURNAMES: Baquet, Beaudry, Berube, Deslauriers, Filles du Roi, Leroy, Morin, Roussel | LOCATIONS: Quebec, St. Vallier, Montreal, St. Michel-de-Bellechasse | Vintage postcard of Riviere Ouelle.


Adrien Roussel | Catherine Beaudry

January 26th, 1757 Montreal (Notre-Dame) Continue reading

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Berubes of Quebec

Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec


Damien Berube | Jeanne Savonet

August 22nd, 1679 L’Islet

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Plourdes of Quebec

Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec


Rene Plourde / Pelourde | Jeanne-Marguerite Berube Continue reading

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The Plourdes | Pioneers of Caraquet

Index: Pioneer Families of Caraquet

These micro posts present the first generations 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 Caraquet Plourdes descend from the French-Canadian pioneering couple Rene Plourde and Jeanne Marguerite Berube. Two Plourde brothers (Beloni and Stanislas Plourde) who had married two sisters (Marguerite and Adelaide Jean) in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec eventually settled in Caraquet.

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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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Berube, Emond, Roussel Memorial Headstone

This is one of the memorial headstones that I photographed during my genealogical vacation in Riviere-Ouelle a few years ago. It was placed there by the Association des Roussel d’Amerique in honour of Jacques Roussel (1720-1805) and his first and second wives. His wives were  Marie-Genevieve Berube (1731-1766) and Genevieve Gabrielle Emond (1735-1802). The stone also states that Jacques Roussel was from Evran in Bretagne (France). The final inscription at the bottom calls these couples : “the ancestors of the Roussels in America”.


Berube, Emond, Roussel Memorial Headstone



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