|...from the Great-Branch of
'Vital & Madeleine Thériault' [MRIN
4. Joseph I
5. Joseph II
6. Joseph R.
Acadia... Baie-des-Chaleurs, NB... Madawaska
the exception of Jehan who was born in France of course, the
first four generations of this Great-Branch were all born and
buried in Acadia. Germain, elder child of Claude, moved to Grand
Pré to join his grand-uncle Pierre some time before 1686 when he
married M. Anne Richard in Rivière aux Canards and started his
family in that neighborhood of Grand Pré. Many years of general
peace and prosperity followed this period.
Journey of the Fifth Generation. The Treaty of
Utrecht of 1713 gave England final possession of the colony of
Acadia. This act set the scene for a series of events that would
utterly and fundamentally change the lives of the Acadians. The
fifth generation of the Terriot family which spanned the years
from 1715 to 1785, was the generation that suffered through this
tragedy. Soon after the treaty, many Acadians, probably more the
young Acadians, were drawn to Beaubassin partly to distance
themselves from the English but also because of the greater
prosperity of Beaubassin. Three of the 61 members of the Terriot
fifth generation that we know today; two brothers, Paul and
Joseph, sons of Claude in Rivières aux Canards and their cousin,
Joseph, son of Joseph in St-Charles parish in Grand-Pré decided
to leave their native Grand Pré for Beaubassin at around the
same time in 1745 at which time they had all married.
Over the next 10 years, conflict and especially the burning of
Beaubassin in 1750 would cause the three families to further
migrate away from their beloved Acadia. Unlike his two cousins
who chose to wait, Joseph (son of Joseph) first moved to the
lower St-John River probably in Grimross (Gagetown) around 1755.
Unfortunately, Colonel Robert Monckton and his troops came in
to destroy Grimross three years later whereupon they fled the
village along with the other Acadians for Sainte Anne,
present-day Fredericton. But fate would not favor Joseph this
time. A few months later in late winter in 1759, the infamous
Moses Hazen and his men came upon the Acadian village to destroy
its homes, barns and other shelters leaving the Acadians without
shelter. Seeking greater security, Joseph moved his family some
250 miles up the St John River to the St-Lawrence without
knowing that Major General James P. Wolfe was also terrorizing
the region at that time. Joseph of course tried to avoid these
areas and proceeded to Trois Pistoles in 1760 which is east of
the area attacked by Wolfe, and in 1761 to Cap Saint Ignace and
later yet in 1765 to Sainte Anne de la Pocatière. Apparently not
satisfied with the St Lawrence situation, Joseph decided two
years later to return to the lower St John River area in
Nashwaak. He was one of the first Acadians to return to the area
from the St Lawrence. The area seemed to have stabilized and so
they built a home on Sugar Island (l’Ile au Sucre) at the mouth
of the Keswick River.
For the first time, it finally seemed to Joseph that he and his
family would be able to pursue a life to build a farm and a
family. But that peace would be interrupted in 1776 when the
American colonies broke out in revolution. At least some of the
Acadians sided with the Americans in short campaigns by the
Americans against the English. This once again invited the
English to raid and terrorize the homes and property of the
Acadians including Joseph. Adding to the pressure of this
conflict on the Acadians in the lower St John region, the area
was soon crowded with Loyalists who were fleeing the American
colonies. These two actions in the mid-1780’s combined to
pressure the Acadians to once again look for more peaceful
locations. In 1786, Joseph sold his property to a Loyalist named
Frederick DePeyster and then set out towards Caraquet with his
family to arrive in Caraquet before summer’s end in that year.
Soon after, Joseph received his grants for land for himself and
his sons which preceded about a decade of relative peace and
prosperity. Joseph died in the winter of 1795-96 and was buried
at Sainte Anne du Bocage in Caraquet.
Generation 6 (Joseph R., from Joseph II's
first marriage) moved to the upper St-John River to Saint-Basile
in present-day northern New Brunswick. Generation 7 (Simon)
through 9 (Vital) remained in the Saint-Basile area.
As the St-John Valley culture continued on both sides of the
river regardless of nationality, Vital, who was raised in Sainte
Anne de Madawaska married Madeleine, an American girl from Grand
Isle, Maine in 1886. Over the next 15 years, they raised ten
children in Sainte Anne: Paul, Marie-Anne, Alfred, Sophie,
Georges, Lea, Emma, Patrick, Odile and Guillaume. In our Photo
History, we currently have the lineages from Georges and from
Photo 1. Vital Thériault and
Photo 2. Georges
Thériault et Elisabeth Élise
Fortin, 27 August 1939
Georges (1893-1975) and Élisabeth
(1896-1963) married in 1915 at
Sainte Anne de Madawaska. They
had five children: Claude, Jeannette,
Robert, J. Albert and Roméo.
3. Front (l-r):
Georges, Elizabeth, Robert,Claude, Jeannette.
(Click on photo to
4. THE FAMILY of
J. ALBERT THÉRIAULT
Sitting: Father and mother, J.Albert et Cédulie;
Standing, left to right: Paul, Gilles, Berthe,
France, Denise , Raoul and Michel.
(Click on photo to
Thériault, on his 90th birthday...
6. Albert Thériault at center with
his two sons, Paul at far left and Gilles at far
right. Standing next to Paul is his son, Jean-François of the RCMP.
Standing next to his father Gilles is Albert
This photo history was provided by Dr. Michel
Thériault, great-grandson of Vital, who generously translates certain sections
of our family website.
Photo 6. This is the family of Guillaume and Yvonne Dupère
Thériault (seated) with their children standing (from left to right): Nicole,
Lauréat, Réal and Gisèle. The photo was taken around 1954. Lauréat is Michel's
father. As with much of the Great-Branch, Guillaume
and Yvonne's family are from northwest New Brunswick.
Guillaume was the
youngest child of Vital and madeleine.
Gilles Thériault, who is our delegate for this branch, and Michel are second
Gilles G. Theriault is a 12th
generation grandson of Jehan Terriault and our Delegate for
the 'Vital & Madeleine Thériault' Great-Branch.