Jehan Terriot family is an Acadian family. Most (if not all) North Americans
with the surname or some variation of the surname are descendants of Jehan
Terriot1 and Perrine
emigrated in 1632 from Martaizé in the ancient province of Poitou,
France and sailed from La Rochelle, France7
to establish a settlement called La Hève in Acadia5.
will begin with an account of this sail next in The
Sail from Le Havre to La Hève. (The ship's origin was Le Havre
in Normandy, thus our play on words.) Jehan was among the
first settlers in 16323
of La Hève, Acadia in the New World. Today, La Have4
with its anglicized name is a picturesque sea-coast port village west of
Halifax in present-day Nova Scotia. The fishing village has a gem of a
on Fort Point (the original landing site in 1632) which focuses on this
particular story and the Terriot's.
We will now go back
to Martaizé in old France, our ancestral village, which is a small,
sun-washed village south of Fontevraud in the Loire River valley. Fontevraud
by the way, has its own interesting sites. It is the resting place of King
Henry II and King Richard, the Lion-Hearted. We will tell you all about
it in Tour of our Ancestral Homeland;
the story of our visit to Martaizé, La Rochelle and of the surrounding
ancient province of Poitou.
that, we're now ready to sail across the Atlantic to old Acadie,
present-day Nova Scotia, for a tour of the old habitations and settlements.
We'll take you on a photo tour of La Hève, Port Royal, Grand Pré,
Beaubassin and the Baie Ste-Marie area where today many Acadians continue
the Acadian story.
Before we shift our
focus to the Terriot family tree, the section on Migration
from Acadia will take us through the journey of the Terriot's
from Acadia to other parts of the continent and the world. Here, we will
trace each generation as they eventually settle in their contemporary locations.
At this point, we will be prepared to review the branches of our
family (as we discover them) in our Great Family Branches section.
Family Branches page will list and introduce each branch of the
family. Our TERRIOT ACADIAN FAMILY©
are organized to allow each Great-Branch©
of the family to have its own website. A Great-Branch is defined by the
ninth-generation person in your branch. In my case for example, Joseph,
my great-grandfather is the ninth-generation grandson of Jehan in my branch.
So, my Great-Branch is the Joseph/Théogénie branch (Théogénie
was his wife). The members of the branch include all the direct descendants
of Jehan through to Joseph, and all of Joseph's descendants, direct or
This website, TERRIAU.ORG
serve as the portal website for the Terriot family and a link between the
Great-Branch websites. Altogether, the sites will form a 'ring of websites',
known in the Internet community as a 'web ring'.
I am prepared to
help to the extent that I can, to advise and lend a hand to anyone who
would like to sponsor and produce a Great-Branch website. But for those
branches who do not have a separate website, we will try to cover some
of the the news, photos and other topics here in this site. If your Great-Branch
is fortunate enough to have a member who is willing and capable of sponsoring
and producing a website, that branch will be so identified. If you are
interested in the details of any of the Branch websites, the links to each
website will be given in the Great-Branches section. Since we are just
beginning in this new organization, we have already identified a few Great
Branches but currently have just the one Branch website: the Joseph Theriault
As I continue my
research (with your help) into the genealogy of our family, I will eventually
uncover new information which will allow me to revise our archive and this
website. However, in spite of this progress, I know that there will always
Unsolved Mysteries. In the
hopes that you may be able to help solve these mysteries, I devote an entire
section to list these most mysterious questions.
I hope to hear from
anyone (in either French or English) who has information about, or who
is a descendant of Jehan Terriot. To promote some interest in this,
I have created a special Photo of the
Month section where I will post selected photos of members of the Terriot
family that I hopefully will receive from you.
We recently opened
a new section on "Acadian Cuisine" where
we share some of the ancient Acadian recipes with you. We invite you to
share yours with us in our search for the old recipes. Aside from food,
the Acadians are well known for their music both the Acadian and French-Canadian
variety as well as the Cajun variety down in old Louisiana. We are very
proud of our growing collection of folk music in our "Acadian
Music, La Bonne Chanson" section which we invite you to enjoy, download
for your personal listening pleasure...
I also think that
it would be interesting to carry the family news and so, we do that in
La Grande Jaseuse, our family gazette.
Click over to that page and get updated on some of your relatives.
In the business of
carrying out my investigations on genealogy, I exchange correspondence
and e-mail with various archives, Acadian Centers, museums and websites.
I will post those in our Letters, Notes and
E-Mail section as well as any letters and e-mail that I may receive
from you which would be of interest to the family in general. Postal address
information for individuals and other sensitive infomation will not be
published to protect your privacy.
If you would like
to learn how to best use our website, click once on the Acadian flag at
the end of this sentence and we'll take you to our Help page.
You are welcome to
browse through our Archive of Descendants, List of Surnames (which lists
all of the other family names that are married into our family) and the
Index of Names of all members of our family. Feel free to download any
of the information you find interesting. And, be sure to let me know by
e-mail if you have any problems. I've included a Using
the Archive section which I hope you will find helpful. Also, to help
those of you who (like many of us once upon a time) have no idea as to
start researching your family genealogy, we have our "Researching
your Genealogy" section which we think you will find helpful.
Finally, I am delighted
to share my list of Useful Acadian Genealogy
Websites with you. This list includes only those that I have found
most useful for Acadian genealogy. You will find that very little (if anything)
is sold at those websites. I have found them to be very helpful and easy