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The Deveaus | 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.


Caraquet history


The Caraquet Deveaus descend from the carpenter Firmin Deveau (son of Joseph Deveau and Rose Michaud), most likely from Kamouraska, Quebec) and Marie-Joseph Beaulieu (daughter of Mathurin Beaulieu and Marie Guerette). The couple were married about 1800, and arrived in Caraquest in 1816. In the following years they moved first to Restigouche (1819) and then St. Basile, Madawaska (1826). Continue reading

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The Pelletiers | 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  🙂


Pelletier - early pioneers in Chaleurs Bay, New Brunswick | Shippegan genealogy


Lambert Pelletier (son of Athanase Pelletier and Marie Claire Jean) and his second wife Julie St. Pierre (daughter of Joseph Dessein sit St Pierre and Julie Levesque) were from Quebec. Lambert first appears in the Shippegan records in 1839 when he’s mentioned as a carpenter and later as he sets up a sawmill. Continue reading

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Labrie, Lizotte | Riviere-Ouelle – Chemin de la Haute-Riviere

Labrie, Lizotte | Riviere-Ouelle - Chemin de la Haute-Riviere


Auguste Lizotte

1865  –  1940 Continue reading

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Beaulieu, Caron, Lizotte | Riviere-Ouelle – Chemin de la Haute-Riviere

Beaulieu, Caron, Lizotte | Riviere-Ouelle - Chemin de la Haute-Riviere


Cezarie Beaulieu

1860  –  1933 Continue reading

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Dumont, Lagace | Riviere-Ouelle Memorial

Dumont | Riviere Ouelle Pioneer



This is the headstone of Anais Clementine Dumont who married Elisee Lagace on May 10th, 1886 at Notre-Dame-de-Liesse church in Riviere Ouelle.

Elisee’s parents were Edouard Lagace and Virginie Lizotte while Clementine was the daughter of Eusebe Dumont and Claire Levesque.  In my database, I have the following siblings for Elisee Lagace: Jean Charles, Augustin, Clement and Elisee.

If I have deciphered the headstone correctly, Clementine died in 1887.




Related Posts:

Index: Riviere-Ouelle

Index: Riviere-Ouelle | Memorial

French Canadian Pioneers: The Dumonts of Quebec


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Jean Hudon dit Beaulieu m. Marie-Anne Lizotte (N.B. 1865)

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Hi, I am looking for my great great grandfather’s family. I got his name in the Drummond, NB Church books. His name is Jean Hudon who was adopted by a Beaulieu Family. They lived in Riviere Ouelle, QC. I know he married Marie-Anne Lizotte in St-Basile, NB in 1865. Any information would be helpful.Thanks


1. I believe that rather than being adopted, it is probable that Jean was actually named Jean Hudon dit Beaulieu, and that he is from the lineage that eventually  took the surname of Beaulieu (as opposed to those who now call themselves Hudons. Continue reading

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Riviere-Ouelle: Une Paroisse Canadienne au XVII Siecle


One day I was on my knees in a cramped, second-hand book shop in the east end of Montreal. What was I doing there? I was rummaging through a slighly damp, crumpled cardboard box shoved up under a metal shelving unit. Under a pile of old French cathechism books and church notices, I noticed an ornate red leather binding sticking out. It turned out to be an original copy (1890) of Abbe. Casgrain‘s “Une Paroisse Canadienne au XVII Siecle – La Riviere-Ouelle” – a parish history covering the Riviere-Ouelle of the 17th century. Continue reading

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