|...from the Great-Branch of
'J. Arthur & Caroline Theriault' [MRIN
Acadia... St Lawrence... Massachusetts
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.
With the burning of Beaubassin in 1750 and the worsening conflicts with the
English, 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.
The next three generations, generations 5 (Joseph) through 7
(Jacques) stayed in the St-Lawrence area until Jacob of the 8th
generation decided to migrate to central Massachusetts to settle
in present-day Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Richard H. Theriault
is a 12th generation grandson of Jehan Terriault and our
Delegate for the J. Arthur & Caroline Theriault Great-Branch.
Dorothy L. Cooley Theriault, Richard's spouse is our Associate
Delegate for the branch.