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The Brideaus | 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 Caraquet Brideaus were Louis Brideau (son of Jean-Hilaire Brideau and Marie-Joseph Paquet of Charlesbourg, Quebec and Marie-Therese Thomas (daughter of Jacques Thomas and Therese Pepin). They were married in 1756 in Charlesbourg. Continue reading

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The Drisdelles / Drysdales | 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  🙂



William Drisdelle and Marie Mallet had two children – William Guillaume born in 1826 and Anne born two years later.  Donat Robichaud lists no marriages for these Drisdelles. Continue reading

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