|...from the Great-Branch of
'Adjutor & Marie Theriault' [MRIN
Acadia... France... St-Jacques L'Achigan, QC, CA
first four generations lived in Acadia with the fourth
generation (Charles) forcefully emigrated to France in 1758 as
part of the Great Eviction which began in 1755. However, Charles
was among several Acadians who were lost at sea in this sail to
France. Two of his sons, Jean (5th generation) and his older
brother, Honoré were eventually taken to France.
Marcel Thériault in his 1936 short paper titled “Notes Sur
l’Exil de Mon Arrière Grand-Père Jean Terriau, Né en Acadie Près
de Louisbourg” documents the account of Jean and Honore’s life
following the Great Eviction when they were separated from their
family at the ages of 15 and 17, respectively. Prior to that
time, they had followed their parents Charles and Angélique
Terriot to Ile St-Jean in 1751. There, they escaped deportation
but in 1758, the island fell to British hands and Acadians
living there were deported to France. Jean and Honoré were
separated from the rest of their family.
Their mother and father and Honore’s wife, Isabelle Bujold and
children, Claire-Gabrielle and Jean-Baptiste, all perished
during the Atlantic crossing. In 1759, Jean and Honoré’s vessel
sailed for Boston where they were to be exiled but on arriving,
the Bostonians refused them entry. The ship then sailed for
Plymouth, England and from there went on to France. The two
brothers were taken into the service of a baron LeBlanc who
lived not far from Lyon.
After 10 years of service with the baron, Jean secretly married
the baron’s daughter, Magdeline Charlotte in October 1769 and
settled in Pleudihen, Brittany. In the next few years, they had
two children although the first child, a daughter, died within
the first year. On learning of the marriage, the baron banned
both of them and their newborn from his service and land.
They made plans to return to Canada accompanied by Honoré who
had remarried to Marie Fouquet and had two children in
Pleudihen. In 1774, they sailed from Le Havre with St-Jacques
L’Achigan in the Province of Québec as their destination. During
these intervening years since the eviction, Jean and Honoré’s
sister, Marie had been deported to New York in 1755 and later,
was able to migrate to L’Assomption in the Province of Québec in
1766. Sulpicien Fathers were providing lots to deported Acadian
families. When her two brothers arrived with their families,
Marie was able to obtain one lot for each of them. The two
brothers and their families settled there with their sister in
The sixth generation (François) through the 9th remained in the
Province of Québec.
Urgel Theriault and Olive Aumont family
Morin and Adjutor Thériault with their children:
Joseph, Alfred and Alma.
Jean-Baptiste, son of Charles, went to St. Jacques de l’Achigan, Quebec (1774,
where his son François was born ten years later. François married Marie Houde in
1811, who six years later gave birth to Germain in 1817.
Germain, later migrated to St. Alphonse Rodriguez (Berthier Co.) with his wife
Marguerite Richard in 1841. One of Germain and Marguerite's sons was Urgel
(1841-1929) who later bought a concession in St. Côme (Berthier) after marrying
Olive Aumont (St. Alphonse, 1863). The concession was composed of sand and rock,
and did not offer sufficient agricultural resources. So, he oriented his efforts
towards the forest exploitation.
With the passing of the years, the lumber industry became important in the area.
Copping Mill was established in Joliette and soon sub-contractors were hired.
Adjutor (1863-1942), the eldest of Urgel’s sons was one of those contractors. He
passed the business on to his son Joseph.
of Adjutor. Married Parmelia Arbour from the parish of St. Emelie de l’Energie.
Had 21 children. He sub-contracted for Consolidated Paper Inc and contributed
to economic development in the area, hiring more than 100 men in the 1950s..
FAMILY OF JOSEPH & PARMELIA THÉRIAULT
Côme, Berthier Co, Quebec, 1929
LARGE FAMILY: 105 MEMBERS IN 1957
& Florence Thériault (nee Bordeleau)
business passed on to Henri, his second son (b 1914). He married in St.
Côme Florence Bordeleau (1945) and had with her seven children, including
Serge, born 1947. The family eventually moved to Montreal where Serge studied
and married Diane Chouinard (1970). He completed his studies, found work
and raised his family in Ottawa.
Bishop Serge A.
Theriault (right) is a 12th generation great-grandson of Jehan Terriot and our
Delegate for the Adjutor & Marie Theriault Great-Branch. (Photo
taken in September 1990)