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The Cyrs | Pioneer Families 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. For additional information including precise dates and following generations, please leave your questions in a comment box below.



Felix Cyr (son of Pierre Cyr and Rose Gaudet) and Marthe Lambert (daughter of Jean Lambert and Rosalie Chamberland). This couple were from Quebec and we know that Felix Cyr was born in Paspebiac on September 1st, 1813. The couple had been married in Newport, Quebec on June 1st, 1837.

Felix Cyr and Marthe Lambert had two children:

  • Felix Cyr (m. 1858, Antoinette Gionet, daughter of Pierre Gionet and Helene Thebault, previously married to  Joachim Jean) and then (m. 1901, Caroline Gallien, previously married to Vital Lanteigne) and then (m. 1903, Philomene Godin, previously married to Pierre Plourde)
  • Ambroise Cyr (born September 20th, 1839 in Newport, Quebec).

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The Savoies | 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  🙂


Savoie Genealogy | Shippegan early settlers


The first Savoies settled in the village of the Robichauds in an area that was eventually renamed Savoy Landing. The first settlers were Joseph Savoie and his first wife Isabelle Anastasie Robichaud (daughter of Jean-Baptiste Robichaud and Felicity Cyr) and his second wife Suzanne Roussel (widow of Jean Desroches). Continue reading

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They Passed Through Kahnawake: Hector Desroches and Marie-Louise Faubert

Index: They Passed Through Kahnawà:ke

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Hector Desroches (son of Ferdinand Desroches and Delima Charbonneau) and his wife Marie Louise Faubert (daughter of Jean-Baptiste Faubert and Albina Viau) were living in Caughnawaga in 1921. The couple had been married only a few years before in St-Francois-Xavier Parish on September 30th, 1919.

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They Passed Through Kahnawake: Ferdinand Desroches and Adelina Charbonneau

Index: They Passed Through Kahnawà:ke

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In 1921, Ferdinand Desroches and Adelina Charbonneau were living with their children Ferdinand, Maria, Aurore and Joseph in Caughnawaga. Ferdinand and Adelina had been married since January 20th, 1890 in Notre-Dame Parish in Montreal. His parents were Pierre Desroches and Sophie Bazinet and hers were Elie Charbonneau and Virginie Miron. Continue reading

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Caughnawaga Census 1921 | Households 1 – 20

HOUSEHOLD 1   Iroquois

Martin Laurent, 47   Martin Mary Ann, 25

Martin Cecile, 18, Martin Louise, 16, Martin  Mary-Ann, 14, Martin Angus, 8, Martin Agathe, 6 Continue reading

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Tessier m. Boiglou | Evelyn in Montreal

A message from Steven Lemire

I’m going out on a limb here .. But I’ve been told I have 2 Mohawk grandparents.. I’m working with these following surname’s (Pilote and Tessier) . My grandfather is Francois Xavier Tessier. I can not find much on them at all. I’ve been at this for 5 years now.. And now hoping to dig alot deeper. I’ve viewed all the surnames listed on this site and can’t really find any matches. So maybe the myth of my Grandparents has been solved. But any help or good direction would help. I tried Ancestry .ca. But nothing at all.. Thank for any reply or information… Continue reading

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