|...from the Great-Branch of
'Joseph & Gaudélie Theriault' [MRIN
Acadia... St Lawrence
the exception of Jehan who was born in France, the first four
generations in this branch were born, raised and buried in
Journey of the Fifth Generation. Joseph I, of the 5th generation, was born around 1719
in Rivière aux Canards, Acadia where he was raised. He later moved to the
more prosperous settlement of Beaubassin where he married Agnès Cormier in 1745.
burning of Beaubassin in 1750 and the worsening conflicts with the
he decided to leave his homeland and migrate with his wife and his six children to the
Montmagny area on the Saint
Lawrence River in 1759. After their daughter Catherine was
born in January, they departed on their trek westward to the St-John River then
continuing north to Québec. They arrived in the Montmagny area around November of
1759 where they baptized infant Catherine
at the parish of Saint François de Sales de la Rivière du Sud
in Montmagny. After
several years, Joseph and Agnès eventually received a grant of land where he settled
on the Côtes des Chênes in St-Jean-Port-Joli. Today,
a monument is
erected in their honor
by the Association des familles Thériault d'Amérique.
"Pierre Thériault [RIN
his sons, around 1890."
Standing (l-r): Placide, Thaddée. Sitting:
Ferdinand, Pierre, Amable." This photo originally came to us from
Murielle Thériault, delegate of the George & Virginie Thériault
Great-Branch, and Adrien Thériault, delegate of this branch, the George
& Gaudelie Thériault Great-Branch.
photo to enlarge)
"Wednesday, 8 December
2004 A Note from Murielle..."
Generations 6 through 9 lived in the Province of Québec
(St-Jean-Port-Joli, Saint-Arsène and Rivière-du-Loup).
Jacques-Léon [RIN 49], elder son of Joseph I and brother of
Anselme, Charles and Antoine lived in St-Jean-Port-Joli after
their arrival from Beaubassin. Some of Jacque-Léon's sons moved
to other areas close-by however. One of Jacques-Léon's three
sons, Pierre [RIN 2268] for example, followed his uncle Anselme
and his cousin Abraham to go clear some land in the back
settlements of Cacouna around 1811.
Pierre-Cyrille Terriot, son of Jacques-Léon and Marie
Francoise Fortin, was born on 25 October 1795 in St Jean
Pierre Thériault and Marie
Anne Morin were the god-parents.
According to the Great-Branch delegate, André Thériault,
Pierre-Cyrille may have served in the War of 1812. He married Marie-Angèle Tardif on
2 September 1822 in St Pascal de Kamouraska.
Unfortunately, Marie-Angèle died in 1826 of unknown
causes. Three years later, Pierre-Cyrille remarried to
Scholastique Pelletier, daughter of François and
Scholastique Morin in St Jean Port-Joli. They had eight
children. In 1851, Pierre resided on the 3rd Row of Ste
Arsène parish. He was a farmer. He died at the age of 96
on 8 April 1891 and was buried on 11 April under the
church of St Arsène. His head stone is shown at right.
(Click on photos to enlarge.)
This is the headstone for Pierre-Cyrille which was
originally installed to mark the site of his burial
under the church of St Arsène. Sometime later, it was
removed from the church and kept at the home (in a shed)
of Marguerite Thériault, daughter of Gaudiode of Rivière
du Loup. We understand that Pierre-Cyrille donated the
land where the church of St-Arsène stands today.
(Left) Placide Thériault, second son and fourth child of
Pierre-Cyrille and Scholastique Pelletier, was born in
1837 in St Arsène, Québec. In 1872, he married
Vénérande, the daughter of Stanislaus Roy and Esther
Gagnon. They had four children after which
Vénérande died in 1884. A year later, Placide remarried to
Césarie Martin. Placide died in 1913 and was buried in
Rivière du Loup, Québec.
(Right) Thadée Thériault, third son and fifth child of
Pierre-Cyrille and Scholastique Pelletier, was born in
1839. In 1870, he married Arthémise Cimon of St Roch des
They had at least one child, a daughter, Éloise Alice in
1877. Thadée died in 1920 in Rivière du Loup.
(Click on photos to enlarge)
Joseph Thériault and Gaudelie Bernier,
probably around the time of their
wedding in 1906 in Rivière du Loup, Québec. Joseph, was
born, the son of Placide and Vénérande Roy Losier in
1881 in St Arsène.
He married Gaudelie, daughter of Phydime and Georgiana
Beaulieu, on 10 July 1906 at the St Francois Xavier
church in Rivière du Loup. They had eight children.
Joseph died at the very young age of 32 about one year
after the birth of their last child. Gaudélie continued
to raise her children. She died at the age of 69 and was
buried on 15 February 1951 in Rivière du Loup.
||Gaudiose, was born
the third son of Placide and Vénérande. On 20 June 1911,
he married Aurélie Dubé of St Honoré, Québec. Together,
they had 11 children.
At right is the Gaudiose Thériault home in Rivière du
On the occasion of the Léo Thériault and Angéline
Desponts wedding on 2 September 1935 at the Immaculée
Conception de Notre Dame de Bellerive, Valleyfield,
(Left-right) Unknown, Maria Desponts, Pierre Beaulieu,
Léo Thériault, Angéline Desponts, Amédée Desponts, Marie
Desponts, Aurélien Pelchat.
Léo, was the first-born of Joseph and Gaudélie on 19
April 1907 in Rivière du Loup where he was raised.
In 1935, he married Angéline Desponts, daughter of Amédée
and Marie-Louise Coulombe of Ste Apolline, Québec.
Together, they raised ten children.
Leo died on 6 January 1995 in Ste Thérese de
Bainville, Québec. He was buried on 10 January 1995.
Above, Léo, later in life.
Adelard Thériault, 4th son and 5th child of Joseph and
Gaudélie, born 29 August 1911 and baptized on 30 August
at the St Francois Xavier Church in Rivière du Loup. In
1954, he married Marie Anne Coté of Montréal, Québec.
They had at least three childred.
(Left-right) Soeur Yolande Thériault, CNB, Cécile and Léo
Thériault. Soeur Yolande was the first delegate of the
Joseph & Gaudélie Thériault Great Branch. She died in
2001, soon after introducing her branch to the Archives
of the Terriot Acadian Family Society. She was succeeded
by her younger brother, André. (Date and location unknown.)
(Click on photos
is the first son and third child of Léo and an 11th generation great-grandson of Jehan Terriault and our
Delegate for the Joseph & Gaudélie Thériault Great-Branch.