...from the Great-Branch of
'Élisabeth & Benoit Ouellet' [MRIN 519]
1. Jehan
2. Claude
3. Germain
4. Claude

5. Joseph I
6. Anselme
7. Abraham
8. Élisabeth

Acadia... St Lawrence... Madawaska

With the exception of Jehan who was born in France, the first four generations in this branch were born, raised and buried in Acadia.

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.

Théogenie Ouellet and Joseph II Thériault in their wedding day pose.
The next three generations, generations 5 (Joseph) through 7 (Abraham) stayed in the St-Lawrence area until Elizabeth of the 8th generation remarried to Pierre Plourde of present-day St-Jacques, New Brunswick. The two had lost their spouses a few years ago. Pierre was quite family with the Theriault family. His first wife, Apolline was a first cousin once removed with Élisabeth. Élisabeth was Anselme's granddaughter, and Apolline was Charles I daughter. Anselme and Charles I were brothers.

Relationships became more complicated when Élisabeth and her remaining adult children moved in Pierre's home in St Joseph. There was a young mill operator who at the time who was working with his foster father, David Rousseau in the Plourde hamlet of St Jacques, the neighboring village. David was working to expand, maintain and operate the mills that Pierre Plourde had first built in 1845. The young mill operator apparently caught the eye of one of Élisabeth's daughters, Theogenie. And he, was another Thériault. Joseph Thériault, a great-grandson of Charles I. (See the 'Joseph & Théogenie' branch)

Joseph Ralph Theriault is a 12th generation great-grandson of Jehan Terriault and our Delegate for the Joseph & Théogenie Theriault Great-Branch.