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The Bouchers | Pioneers 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.


The first known Boucher couple in Caraquet are believed to have been the Quebecker Joseph Boucher and his wife Isabelle aka Elisabeth Martin from Kamouraska, Quebec. They had previously settled in the the region of Fredericton on the St. John’s River in about 1769 with several other Acadians and Quebeckers. After many Loyalists arrived in that Continue reading

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The Bouchers | Pioneer Families of Shippegan

Index: Pioneer Families of Shippegan

This is a series of micro posts about the pioneers of Shippagan in Gloucester County, New Brunswick. Each post is organized around initial information from Msg. Donat Robichaud’s Le Grand Chipagan: Histoire de Shippagan, supplemented with genealogical data from F. Theriault’s Les Families de Caraquet and is now being gradually enriched with information from other sources. These are mostly French-language sources and some aren’t easily available, so if you need more information please leave your questions in a comment box below  🙂


The Boucher founding family of Shippegan (Chaleurs Bay, New Brunswick)


The first Bouchers in Shippegan were William Boucher (son of Desire Boucher and Cleante Lanteigne)  and Venerante Robichaud (widow of Charles DelaGarde). William’s parents were from Caraquet and descended from Joseph Boucher and Elisabeth Martin whose offspring settled in Caraquet, Bathurst, Couctouche and then Grande-Anse, Inkerman and as stated above, Shippegan.


William and Venerante had the following offspring:

  • M. Philomene,
  • Joseph (m. Emilie Robichaud, daughter of Georges Robichaud and Philomene DeGrace
  • Vitaline Hache, daughter of Israel Hache and Olive McGrath).



Related Posts

Index: Pioneer Families of Shippegan

Index: Lameque, Miscou and Shippegan

French Canadian Pioneers: The Bouchers of Quebec

The Delagardes of Shippegan

The Robichauds of Shippegan

Main Index: New Brunswick Genealogy and History

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy & History


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