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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  🙂



Francois Duguay (son of Rene Duguay and Marguerite Lebreton of Paspebiac) and Madeleine Chapados (daughter of Jean Chapados and Catherine Larocque) are the Duguay founding couple in Shippagan, New Brunswick. Francois had arrived in Shippagan in 1791 with his brother Jacquot Duguay (m. Veronique Chapados) and brother-in-law Jean Mallet. They were among those in the Acadian Diaspora who had fled from Pisiquit, towards Restigouche and finally Shippagan.

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August 29, 2017 Posted by | . | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Index: Lameque, Miscou and Shippegan

baiedeschaleursThis index includes materials related to the region of Lameque, Miscou and Shippegan on the New Brunswick side of the Bay des Chaleurs. You will see general genealogical and other information about the area and its founding families (including my ancestors the Luces of Miscou).



Main Index: New Brunswick Genealogy and History


First Families of Shippegan

Index: Pioneer Families of Shippegan



Index:  Miscou, St Antoine de Padoue Cemetery

Index: Lameque, Petite Riviere de l’Isle Headstones


My Lineage

The Luces from Jersey, Channel Islands to Canada

Historical Document: Philippe Luce & Anne Ward – Marriage, 1863

Historical Document: George Lewis & Clementine Desilva – Marriage, 1896

A Canadian Family M-Line: Eveline Melvina Luce



Map: Baie des Chaleurs, 1769

Map: Baie des Chaleurs, 1857(?)


Vintage Postcards

Vintage Postcard: Marinage du Poisson, Gaspe, Que. Curing Fish

Vintage Postcard: Shippegan Peat Moss, New Brunswick

Vintage Postcard: Shippegan Harbour, New Brunswick

Vintage Postcard: Shippegan, New Brunswick, Canada

Cafe Royale, Shippegan – “the best fish meal … cod in cornmeal”



Related Posts

Main Index: New Brunswick Genealogy and History

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History



August 29, 2017 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

Main Index: Vintage Postcards of New Brunswick





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July 5, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | 1 Comment

Vintage Postcards: Codfish at Shippigan (Shippagan/Shippegan)

Postcardy’s theme for her May Scavenger Hunt is FISH ,

so I thought I would use the opportunity to share another vintage black and white postcard of Shippagan, New Brunswick.    Quite a contrast to Lynne’s glossy fish cards, don’t you think !


L'Industrie de Peche - Codfish at Shippagan, N.B.

L’Industrie de Peche – Codfish at Shippigan, N.B. 


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May 9, 2009 Posted by | . | | 1 Comment

Historical Map: Baie des Chaleurs, 1857(?)

Place-names on this map:

Bathurst-Beresford-Bonaventure – Caraquet

Cascapedia-Dalhousie-Jacquet R. – Miscou

New Carlisle-Pabos-Paspebiac – Pokemouche-Port Daniel

Saumarez – Shipegan(Chipagan, Shippagan, Shippegan) – Tracady(Tracadie)




Rapkin, John, fl. 1845-51. East Canada and New Brunswick /

the map drawn & engraved by J. Rapkin ;

the illustrations by H. Warren & engraved by J.B. Allen?. —

Scale [ca. 1:2 661 120] (W 74º–W 64º/N 48º–N 46º). —

London [England] ; Edinburgh ; Dublin : J. & F. Tallis, [1857?].

1 map : hand col. ; 22 x 30 cm. on sheet 28 x 35 cm.

LOCATION: G3402.S3 1857 R3 RBD Map


Related Posts

Index: Lameque, Miscou and Shippegan


External Links

La Collection W.H. Pugsley de Cartes Anciennes du Canada


February 6, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | 2 Comments

Vintage Postcard: Shippegan Peat Moss, New Brunswick



What does a bag of peat moss have to do with Shippegan – land of fishermen?  We already know that when our ancestors first settled in the Shippegan area, they were there to harvest the sea (especially cod) – certainly not to farm the land which was poorly suited to most types of agriculture.

Nowadays it turns out that the land itself can also be “harvested”. I’m talking about the peat moss. Peat moss is in great demand today – especially by organic gardeners – and Shippegan peat moss is particularly valued!

                                                                              Western Peat Moss, Shippagan


“… the vast plains of Shippagan had been considered a serious handicap to the growth of the community.  People could not foresee that these plains would one day be the basis of a flourishing peat moss industry.  Since 1942, various companies such as Fafard, Western, Atlantic and others have successfully processed and marketed  peat moss from thousands of acres in Shippagan and surrounding area, giving employment to hundreds of workers.” 

 Town of Shippagan


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Index: Vintage Postcards of New Brunswick

January 31, 2009 Posted by | . | | Leave a comment

Map: Baie des Chaleurs, 1769

If you skim through our Ward/Luce and other Canadian Jersey lines you’ll notice that there’s a lot of movement between Gaspe and  Shippegan/Miscou. Nowadays, we see these as two places – one in Quebec and one in New Brunswick – but to the fishermen of centuries past, all the land around the Baie des Chaleurs was seen as one large region bordering fertile fisheries.

Partie du Canada ou se trouvent le Fleuve St.Laurent/Didier Robert de Vaugondy


Detail (cropped & enlarged)

Robert de Vaugondy, Didier, 1723-1786.

Partie du Canada où se trouvent le Fleuve St. Laurent et La Nouvelle Ecosse?. — 
Scale [ca. 1:5 800 000] (W 76º–W 61º/N 52º–N 44º). — [Paris : s.n., 1769].
1 map : hand col. ; 17 x 22 cm. 
LOCATION: G3402.S3 1769 R6 RBD Map



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Map: Lamecque, Miscou, Shippegan

Further Reading:

La Collection W.H. Pugsley de Cartes Anciennes du Canada


January 29, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

Map: Lameque, Miscou, Shippegan

This map of Lamecque, Miscou and Shippegan is taken from W.F. Ganong’s “The History of Miscou and Shippegan”  which was originally published in 1908. It lies in modern-day Gloucester County, New Brunswick, Canada.


Historical Map of Miscou and Shippegan – Ganong

Placename var.:

Chipagan, Shippagan, Shippegan

L’Amec, Lamecque


Related Posts:

Index: Lameque, Miscou and Shippegan

Map: Baie des Chaleurs

Further Reading:

The History of Miscou and Shippegan

January 28, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | 1 Comment

Shippegan Harbour, New Brunswick


Shippegan Surnames

Aylward   Chiasson   David   Doucet   Duguay Continue reading

January 26, 2009 Posted by | . | | Leave a comment

Cafe Royale, Shippegan – “the best fish meal … cod in cornmeal”

goodshipYesterday I showed you a vintage postcard of Shippegan, New Brunswick and this evening Phil Thibodeau  was kind enough to leave a comment in which he shared his memories of the Cafe Royale. They’re so interesting that I thought I’d give him a post of his own. Here’s what M.Thibodeau has to say:

“In the mid-fifties I used to deliver pop each summer to the Café Royale. I worked for Pepsi products bottled by Bosca and Buraglia in East Bathurst. Café Royale and the theater there were big customers.

I ate at the restaurant and once slept upstairs because the next day we had to go to Miscou Island to deliver more pop.

Café Royale had the best fish meal, cod in cornmeal. It was so good, served with soup, choice of tomato soup or green pea soup. I can still see the big industrial cook stove. Everyone there was so nice. Happy and friendly to this teenager who was small and looked younger than 16. Even til this day I consider it the best fish meal and I am a cook now. Whenever I go to Shippegan I remember that experience.
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January 19, 2009 Posted by | . | , | 2 Comments