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The Friolets | 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. 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 Friolets have an interesting backstory. Victor Friolet was born in France about 1798. He lived first on Miscou Island. Family tradition says that he was saved (along with two other sailors) from a sinking ship. He shows up in the Fruing company books in 1833. In 1841 he married Venerande Paulin who was Jean Michon’s widow. Victor Friolet died in the 1863 typhoid epidemic. Continue reading

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The Dukes | 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  🙂



Richard Duke and Sara Leger are the founding Duke couple in Shippegan.

Their children included:

  • Johnny (m. Elisabeth Noel, widow of Oxibe Hache),
  • Elisabeth Betsie (m. David Cowhic, a widower from New Bandon),
  • Catherine (m. George James Chiverton, son of George Chiverton and Eliza Catherine Alexander)
  • Année (m. George Guignard, widower of Caroline Forbes),
  • Richard (m. Salome Chiasson, daughter of Jean Chiasson and Pelagie Doiron),
  • Mary Jane ( m. Pierre Roy, son of Joseph Roy and Marie Doucet),
  • Joseph (m. Marie Guignard, daughter of Michel Guignard and Archange Hache).



Related Posts

Index: Pioneer Families of Shippegan

Index: Lameque, Miscou and Shippegan

Index: New Brunswick Pioneers

Main Index: New Brunswick Genealogy and History

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History



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William Duguay & Henriette Sivret | Evelyn in Montreal

Bonny Pond asked:

I am looking for information on the parents of Henrietta (or Henriette) Sivret.I believe their names were Gideon (or Gedeon) and Mary (or Marie). Continue reading

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A Convert Baptised In The Indian Church (1894) | Surnames: Deer, Ononkwatkowa, Forbes

Index: Newspaper Clippings & Other Extracts Related To Kahnawà:ke

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A Convert Baptised In The Indian Church 


A ceremony of great interest to the Caughnawaga tribe – a novelty to all of them – took place Thursday last at Vespers. Mrs. John Ononkwatkowa (big medicine) who bears in English the name of Deer, was received into the Roman Catholic Church. This is the first Protestant, in the memory of the present generation, who Continue reading

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Caughnawaga Indian Troubles (1893) | Surnames: Daillebout, Forbes, Kanatsoare, Phillips, Tehotionwasere



A meeting was held in Caughnawaga on Friday evening in the Council House, called by the priest, Father Forbes. Thos. Kanatsoare, Michel Tehotionwasere, John Daillebout (Sowates-Thawenrate), and James Phillips (Sok Tehotionwasere), were present, representing the Council. They had heard that the priest was willing to meet the wishes of the Indians in the matter of selling the church seats, and were satisfied to accept a change that would be agreeable to them. The priest suggested that matters remain as they are to-day, and that next year all the church seats be drawn for. The council Continue reading

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They Passed Through Kahnawake: John Forbes and Octavie Leger

Index: They Passed Through Kahnawà:ke

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John  Forbes (son of Alexandre Forbes and Anastasie Leger) married Octavie Leger (daughter of Antoine Leger and Christine Lefort) on February 16th, 1863 in St-Michel Parish in Vaudreuil.

At the time of the 1901 census,  this French-speaking couple were living in the Sault-St-Louis census district in a household headed by  their son, Father Joseph-Guillaume-Laurent Forbes (St-Francois-Xavier Parish). The household also included their three children John, Joseph and Seraphine as well as a cousin named Maria Barbeau and the vicar Albert Lessard.



Related Posts

French Canadian Pioneers: The Barbeaus of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Leforts of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Legers of Quebec

Defect in Steering Wheel (1928) | Surnames: Lefort, Lazarre

The Caughnawaga Murder (1888) > Surnames: Brousseau, Corneiller, Jocks, Lefort, Jacobs, Patton

Index: They Passed Through Kahnawà:ke

Core Index: First Peoples Genealogy & History



External Links

1881 Canada Census

1901 Census of Canada

1911 Census of Canada

1921 Canada Census

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