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St. Constant Cemetery | Bechard, Binette, Bourque, Hupe, Rousseau



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French Canadian Pioneers: The Rousseaus of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers 


Antoine Rousseau / Labonte  |  Marie Roinay

about 1675 La Prairie [ Baptismal certificate] Continue reading

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The Gionets | Pioneers of Caraquet

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. For additional information including precise dates and following generations, please leave your questions in a comment box below.

Caraquet history


The first Gionets to settle in Caraquet were Francois Gionet and his first wife Marie LeVicaire (daughter of Pierre LeVicaire and Francoise Rousseau).


Their children were:

  • Pierre (m. Anne Robert dit LeBreton, daughter of Pierre Francois dit LeBreton and Therese Boise and then Marguerite Frigault, daughter of Pierre Frigault and Josette Bouthillier),
  • Genevieve (m. Nicolas Chiasson, son of Joseph Chiasson  and Anne Hache), 
  • Francois (m. Marie Roussi, daughter of Leon Roussi and Anne Chapadeau),
  • Marguerite (m. Francois Robert dit Lebreton, son of Francois Robert dit Lebreton and Therese Boise),
  • Madeleine (m. Julien Robert dit LeBreton, son of Francois Robert dit Lebreton and Therese Boise),
  • Jean (m. Veronique Duguay, daughter of Francois Duguay and Madeleine Chapadeau),
  • Anne-Marie (m. Jean-Baptiste Mallet, son of Jean Mallet and Marie Duguay),
  • Marie (m. Alexandre Morais, son of Jacques Morais and Agnes Lebouthillier),
  • Felicite (m. Joseph Mallet, son of Jean Marie Mallet and Marie Duguay),
  • Charles (m. Felicite Duguay, son of Francois Duguay and Madeleine Chapadeau) and then (m. Genevieve Robert dit Lebreton, daughter of Rene Robert dit LeBreton, daughter of Rene Robert dit LeBreton and Anne Hebert)
  • Victoria (m. Julien Mallet, son of Jean Mallet and Marie Duguay).

Francois Gionet married a second time to Marie Albert but the couple had no children.



Note: Les Familles de Caraquet has the following Gionet family pictures:  [Raphael Gionet, son of Joseph Gionet, and his wife Marie, daughter of Edouard Gionet, pg. 203,   [Jean Gionet (1823-1915), son of Jean Gionet, pg. 203],   [Gustave Gionet (b.1840, son of Jean Gionet, pg. 203],   [Family of Joseph Gionet and Rose-Anne Parise – Elisabeth, Marie, Rose-Anne Parise, Josephine Gionet, Henri, Joseph Gionet, pg. 206],   [Honore Saul Goner (1831-1916), pg. 210], [Augustin Gionet, son of Daniel Gionet, pg. 263]



Related Posts

The Gionets of Shippegan

Index: Pioneer Families of Caraquet

Index: New Brunswick Pioneers

Main Index: New Brunswick Genealogy and History

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy & History



External Links

Gionets in the 1901 Census – Gloucester

NB Vital Records – Gionets in Gloucester County 




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The Doirons | Pioneers of Caraquet

Index: Pioneer Families of Caraquet


Zacharie Doiron was the son of Charles Doiron and Madeleine Thibodeau of Port Royal, Acadia. He married Anne LeVicaire (daughter of Pierre LeVicaire and Francoise Rousseau) about 1770  and together they had a very large family. Continue reading

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Beauharnois Old Cemetery: Fontaine, Lefebvre, Rousseau, Poissant




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Index: Headstones of Beauharnois Old Cemetery

These are recent photographs I’ve taken of headstones of the nearby Catholic Cimetière de la Paroisse Saint-Clément.  This is the older of two Catholic cemeteries in Beauharnois (Quebec) and contains remains from a still older cemetery.



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Allard, Emile

Allard, Olivine

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Paquets of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Index: Filles du Roi


QUEBEC SURNAMES: Paquet + Beaumont, Filles du Roi, Forget, Lemieux, Odon dit Rochefort, Paquet Native Abenaki, Paradis, Pasquier, Rousseau LOCATIONS: Poitier, Quebec, Montreal | Vintage postcrd of A. Paquette Epicier (Paquette grocery store)


Mery (Emery) Paquet / Pasquier| Vincente Beaumont

October 25th, 1637, Poitiers

[Occ. maître sargetier (a type of weaving) ]

[Baptismal record]


Etienne Paquet / Pasquier  | Henriette Rousseau

November 6th, 1668, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. mil., Carignan-Salieres, La Motte]

[Photograph of historical plaque]


Jean-Pierre Paquet / Pasquier / Pret-a-Boire | Amable Odon dit Rochefort

May 5th, 1749, Montreal (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. mil., troupes de la Marine, Vercheres]


Louis Paquet / Pasquier | Marie-Genevieve Pasquier dit Paquet

November 25th, 1725, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. Engage]


Maurice Paquet / Pasquier | Francoise Forget

July 29th, 1659, Poitiers (France)

[Occ. settler, arrived with wife]  [Baptismal record]


Rene Paquet / Pasquier | Helene Lemieux

October 16th, 1679, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. settler, arrived with parents]  [Baptismal record]



Jean Paradis | Jeanne Paquet / Pasquier

February 5th, 1679, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Baptismal record]


Francois Biville dit Picard | Marguerite Paquet / Pasquier

November 26th, 1670, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Baptismal record]


Charles Couillard de Beaumont | Marie Paquet / Pasquier

January 10th, 1668, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

Marie Paquet was a Fille du Roi (see 2nd note below)


Variations and associated surnames

Bernardin  –  DeFranclieu  –  Franclieu

Jacques  –  Lare  –  Larivière

Lavallée  – Le Poitevin  – Pacquet  –  Paquette

Paquier  – Pasquet  –  Pasquier

Patiet  –  Ranger  Vallée



This series of Early French Canadian Pioneer  microposts is dedicated to the earliest settlers of Quebec. If you are new to the genealogy of French-speaking Canadians, please be aware that the earliest French settlers can also descend from the Acadian pioneers who originally settled in what are now Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In addition, please note that any Native related links refer back to other posts citing census, marriage or other documents with indigenous or Metis individuals of that surname, however those individuals do not necessarily descend from these particular French Canadian settlers. All these posts are intended as Finding Aides – a place to find possible clues and start your own research!


Filles du Roi is the name that’s been given to about 700/800 women who emigrated from France to Quebec in the middle of the 17th century. They were called the King’s Daughters because Louis XIV (King of France) had sponsored their trips to the New World. Each Fille received her passage, a hope chest and room and board until her marriage (read further at The Canadian Encyclopedia).

Marie Paquet was a Fille du Roi. Marie’s parents were Pierre Pasquier (Advisor to the King and lord of Francelieu) and Marie De Portas. She was baptized on February 24th, 1638 and died or was buried in Quebec City on June 26th, 1685.




Related Posts

List of Metis Surnames of Ontario

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Index: Filles du Roi

The Paquets | Pioneer Families of Shippegan

P – Q – R | Non-Natives Among First Nations People Of Canada

Marie Ann Aglae Paquette m. Felix Albert George Larocque

A Lajeunesse/Paquette Family of Montebello Quebec

Evelyn in Montreal: Paquette m. Brule, 1877

Reader Query: Ash m. Duquette – Oral family history – Mohawk Connection

… Of Mounties and Caughnawaga – A descendant of the Quebec Favreaus … (1)

Wabanaki Confederacy Surnames | Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi’kmaq

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History



First Nations Census Records – Paquet Surname

Fond du Lac | Chipeweyan, Metis (1911)

St. Albert | Mixed (1901)

St-Francois | Abenaki (1901)

St- Francois Reserve | Abenaki (1921)

St-Thomas-de-Pierreville | Abenaki (1881)

Yamaska St Francois de Sales | Abenaki (1911)


First Nations Marriage Records – Paquet Surname

L  …  | Native – First Peoples – Metis [CDN Marriage Extracts]  MOST RECENT

P …  | Native – First Peoples – Metis [CDN Marriage Extracts] Upd.

SIMO …  | Native – First Peoples – Metis [CDN Marriage Extracts]

WHEE – Z | Native – First Peoples – Metis [CDN Marriage Extracts]


External Links

Carignan-Salières Regiment | The Canadian Encyclopedia

The Carignan-Salières Regiment (1665-1669) | Archives Canada 

Carignan-Salieres | Canada A People’s History

Troupes de la Marine | The Canadian Encyclopedia

Siege of Quebec | Colonial Troops | Troupes de la Marine


The Engages and Servants in Nouvelle France | Canadian Museum of History 





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