A Canadian Family

First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

The Butlers | 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 Butlers descend from Jean Butler (son of Jean Butler and Luce Mallet of Shippegan) . Jean Butler’s first wife was  Anne Benoit (formerly married to Honore Mallet) and the couple were married in 1859.

The Butler surname (in this case) is actually an anglicization of the LeBouthillier name. Jean LeBouthillier or Jean or John Butler was a navigator. His father was from Jersey and worked for the Fruings in Lameque. His mother also worked for them as a cook. Jean Butler arrived in Caraquet after becoming a widower, when Fruing set up a branch of their company there.  He worked in Lameque, Caraquet and Paquetville. Continue reading

April 16, 2020 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment