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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 earliest Forbes in Caraquet were the Irish navigator Henri Forbes and Louise-Hortense Bichon. It’s believed they were previously married in France but their marriage was then blessed in Caraquet on January 113th, 1822.

  • Joseph Forbes (son of Henri Forbes and Hortense Bichon) and Delphine Lanteigne (daughter of Florent Forbes and Francoise David) had the following children:
    • Joseph (m. Angelique Guignard, daughter of Joseph Guignard and Marguerite Breau),
    • Caroline (m. Georges Guignard, son of Jean-Baptiste Guignard  and Anne Judith Savoie),
    • Henriette (m. Honore Chiasson),
    • Marie (m. Gedeon Sivret, son of Georges Sivret and Appoline Chiasson),
    • Marie-Anne aka Anne (m. Luc Friolet, son of Victor Friolet and Venerande Paulin),
    • Honore,
    • Elisabeth (m. Charles Martin, son of Joseph Martin and Anastasie Doucet),
    • Georges (m. Marguerite Chiasson, daughter of Honore Chiasson and Ursule Legere),
    • Celina (m. Jean LeCouteur, son of Sinai LeCouteur and Sara Chiasson),
    • Francoise (m. Jean Savoie, son of Joseph Savoie and Adelaide Noel),
    • Hortense,
    • Thomas (m. Marie Legere, daughter of Eugene Legere and Antoinette Gionet).
  • Henri (born 1820)
  • Caroline (born 1822)
  • Georges (born 1828)
  • Marie-Anne (born 1831)


Notes: Mgr Donat Robichaud Genealogical and Historical Research Collection (FR): [Forbes, Emma, 1940, Emma Forbes left for Fredericton to follow a sewing course]



Related Posts

Index: Pioneer Families of Caraquet

Index: New Brunswick Pioneers

Main Index: New Brunswick Genealogy and History

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History


External Links

Forbes in the 1901 Census – Gloucester 

Forbes in the 1901 Census – Gloucester 

NB Vital Records – Forbes in Gloucester 




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