the JEHAN AND PERRINE TERRIOT FAMILY website,
the flagship site of the TERRIOT ACADIAN FAMILY. We welcome Terriot's of all nationalities
and all who are interested in the Acadian story. Indeed, we are a multinational
family. If you would like to know more about our organization, go to the
'All About Us' section.
For your pleasure
and convenience, we have designed this site to read like a book...
it is easy to browse through each section and there are no commercial pop-up
messages to distract you. To help create the setting for this story, we
draw on our archive of Acadian music which you will hear as you read each
section. But most important is that we try to mix the human element along
with the historical and genealogical details to bring the 'past back to
life' and to keep it interesting. So, take your time to read through each
section. Our address is WWW.TERRIAU.ORG. Bookmark
us, because we think that you will want to return.
& TERRIOT'S While
the majority of us are either French, Canadian or American, there are exceptions.
And, as with many Acadian families, we have been scattered, and have scattered
throughout many parts of the world. To further confuse those who are not
familiar with us, we carry different versions of our Terriot name, including
some of the following:
Tariot, Teriau, Teriault, Terio, Teriot, Terriah, Terriau, Terriault,
Terryah, Thario, Theriau, Theriault,
Therio, Theriott, Theriot,
Thériot, Therrio, Therriot,
The more common
or known versions are underlined while the others are possible variations.
So, if your surname is listed above or is yet another variant of one of
the above variations, then you are a member of our Acadian family, and
we bid you a hearty Welcome!
you are visiting with us, we want you to know that when we refer to Acadians
in this website, we include anyone whose ancestors are Acadian; whether
Cadien, French Canadian, or Acadian descendants from other parts of North
America, or of the world.
The only time
that we will distinguish between the different groups will be when we discuss
subjects which pertain to one of the groups, e.g., in music, food, language
and migration. In any event, we are all part of the same family. And ,
while there is alot of variety in our family, there are a few common attributes
which we will explore later.
family currently has fifteen (15) generations in North America and is very
large. Most, if not all Terriot's on the North American continent trace
their roots to Jehan and Perrine Terriot, the originators or progenitors
of the Terriot family in North America. It was this courageous couple who
first stepped on to the North American continent in the 1630's to begin
a new life.
website is dedicated to our progenitors, Jehan
and focuses on
their trek to the New World. We hope that you will pass this Acadian story
on to your children and to the rest of your family. As part of our presentation,
we also have photo tours of our ancestral village in France... the village
of Martaizé and of the surrounding ancient province of Poitou, as
well as of old Acadia in present-day Nova Scotia.
we will present the first nine generations of the Terriot family and explore
the branches of the family and their migrations to different parts of the
North American continent and other parts of the world. So, please browse
our Archive, the JEHAN
TERRIOT ARCHIVE to get the emerging picture
of this Acadian family. We stress the word "emerging" because the Archive
continues a 'Work in
As shown in
the chart above, our new and growing ARCHIVE currently
and there are thousands
more individuals that are missing from our records. Each new entry is carefully
added making sure that the sources of the information are valid and authentic.
Each of the currently documented Great-Branches is represented by a Delegate
who is a member of the particular branch and who is available to answer
questions about that branch. Send me an e-mail with your question or comment and
I will ask the appropriate delegate to contact you.
18, 858 individuals,
family names and
OBJECTIVES... Our goals with
the TERRIOT ACADIAN FAMILY website
are the following: (1) to first make the Terriot story and its records
available to as many members of our family as possible, (2) to continue
the development of the Terriot genealogy to include as many of our family
members as possible, and (3) to provide a communications link between the
members of our family that promotes an understanding of the Terriot family,
its history, culture as well as its people. Why?
Because we believe
that it is important for us to know that of the billions of people on this
small planet some of us share common parents and thus should not treat
each other as strangers.
Also because by
understanding some of the strengths and weaknesses of our family, we might
be able to use those strengths to improve our world before we leave. As
to the weaknesses, we can learn to work around them and thus improve our
lives and the lives of those around us.
And one final reason,
because of a simple desire to honor the men and women upon whose shoulders
we came into this world.
I go on, let me introduce myself: my name is Joseph Ralph Theodule Theriault
and I am Acadian by heritage. I have had the great fortune of growing up in a
uniquely beautiful part of northern Maine and New Brunswick; the Saint John
River Valley, in the old Acadian parish of Sainte-Luce in Upper Frenchville,
Maine. I am the elder son of Theodule Angus Theriault, one of 30 grandsons of
Joachim of Moulin Morneault and later, Baker Brook; and one of many great-grandsons of Joseph
of St Jacques and Moulin Morneault and finally, of Baker Brook. Joseph was the
son of Dolphis and a 6th
great-grandson of Jehan.
addition to my work on this website, I'm also proud of the Joseph &
Théogénie Thériault Great-Branch website which I manage
for my Great-Branch. The website focuses on the Madawaska region. Visit
us at: WWW.TERRIAU.ORG/joseph-theogenie/...
as you can see, the work that is represented in this website reflects the
help, dedication and work of many people, and many genealogical and historical
groups, societies and organizations. One very special group of individuals
who are involved in supporting the work of this web site is the group of
ACADIAN FAMILY Delegates who are working with me to develop and
document in a computer database the genealogy of the Terriot family in
North America. You will read more about the Great-Branch Delegates in the
'Family Branches' section where each is identified. We are indebted to
these generous individuals who allow our work to reach all members of our
PUT THE COFFEE ON... So stay for a
while... or come back when you can spend more time with us.
I would love
to hear from you. Send me a note at
Now, we would
like to take you on a our 'Guided Tour' of our website. So, click on the
'Guided Tour' menu button at the top of the page and we'll take you by
the hand through our website.