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The Thompsons | 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  🙂



Donat Robichaud says that it’s believed that the two Thompson brothers – Martin and William were from Prince Edward Island.

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A Mazerolle Descendant’s Notes about Shippegan’s Cafe Royale (New Brunswick)

Some time ago I published a vintage postcard of the historic  Cafe Royale of Shippegan

and some follow-up comments by Phil Thibodeau (Cafe Royale “the best fish meal … cod in cornmeal”).

Today I’m really happy to share some follow-up comments by Ray Manzerolle – grandson of Willie P. and Yvonne Manzerolle (former proprietors).

Here are Ray’s comments:

“It was a nice surprise to stumble upon this photograph.
The Cafe Royal was owned and operated by my grandfather Willie P. Manzerolle and his wife Yvonne. The photo was most likely taken by my grand father, he owned a postcard taking box camera. He also operated a bakery in the rear of the building which at one time furnished the entire region with bake goods.

The restaurant was divided into two sides. One side was casual dining, serving burgers, shakes etc, very popular with teenagers. The other side was more formal with fine dinning. As a kid  I recall that they made a killer lobster clubhouse sandwich.

When visiting my grand parents, we would stay upstairs in one on the 4 or 5 boarding rooms that were no longer being rented. The building still exists, although it has been converted entirely into apartments. Good memories.”

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I was in Shippegan in 1953 (I think that was the year). I was up to attend Willie’s daughter’s graduation Theresa. I remember the place well as I stayed in one of the rooms up above the store. My name is Theresa Yvonne Manzerolle Henderson. My mother was Willie’s sister Yvonne married to John Edward Henderson.

December 22, 2010 Posted by | . | | 5 Comments

Landry, Mazerolle | St. Simon & St. Jude

Index: St. Simon & St. Jude – Grande Anse

Index: New Brunswick Cemeteries

Main Index: New Brunswick Genealogy and History

St.Simon & St.Jude Cemetery – Grande Anse, New Brunswick | Mazerolle, Theriault Genealogy


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Index: St. Simon & St.Jude Cemetery – Grande Anse, New Brunswick –

Grand anse general view


A few years ago I spent some time touring many of the cemeteries of Gloucester Country, New Brunswick and now I’m ready to share my photographs with those of you who have an interest in the Acadians of the Caraquet area, but who can’t make it up there yourselves!



Aube, Agnes


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