...from the Great-Branch of
'Joseph Henry & Blanche Thériault' [MRIN 4064]
1. Jehan
2. Claude
3. Germain
4. Joseph
5. Joseph
6. Firmin
7. Tranquil
8. Daniel
9. Joseph Henry

Acadia... Baie des Chaleurs... Maine... California

With the exception of Jehan who was born in France of course, the first four generations of this Great-Branch were all born and buried in Acadia. Germain, elder child of Claude, moved to Grand Pré to join his grand-uncle Pierre some time before 1686 when he married M. Anne Richard in Rivière aux Canards and started his family in that neighborhood of Grand Pré. Many years of general peace and prosperity followed this period.

Journey of the Fifth Generation. The Treaty of Utrecht of 1713 gave England final possession of the colony of Acadia. This act set the scene for a series of events that would utterly and fundamentally change the lives of the Acadians. The fifth generation of the Terriot family which spanned the years from 1715 to 1785, was the generation that suffered through this tragedy. Soon after the treaty, many Acadians, probably more the young Acadians, were drawn to Beaubassin partly to distance themselves from the English but also because of the greater prosperity of Beaubassin. Three of the 61 members of the Terriot fifth generation that we know today;  two brothers, Paul and Joseph, sons of Claude in Rivières aux Canards and their cousin, Joseph, son of Joseph in St-Charles parish in Grand-Pré decided to leave their native Grand Pré for Beaubassin at around the same time in 1745 at which time they had all married.

Over the next 10 years, conflict and especially the burning of Beaubassin in 1750 would cause the three families to further migrate away from their beloved Acadia. Unlike his two cousins who chose to wait, Joseph (son of Joseph) first moved to the lower St-John River probably in Grimross (Gagetown) around 1755.  Unfortunately, Colonel Robert Monckton and his troops came in to destroy Grimross three years later whereupon they fled the village along with the other Acadians for Sainte Anne, present-day Fredericton.  But fate would not favor Joseph this time. A few months later in late winter in 1759, the infamous Moses Hazen and his men came upon the Acadian village to destroy its homes, barns and other shelters leaving the Acadians without shelter. Seeking greater security, Joseph moved his family some 250 miles up the St John River to the St-Lawrence without knowing that Major General James P. Wolfe was also terrorizing the region at that time. Joseph of course tried to avoid these areas and proceeded to Trois Pistoles in 1760 which is east of the area attacked by Wolfe, and in 1761 to Cap Saint Ignace and later yet in 1765 to Sainte Anne de la Pocatière. Apparently not satisfied with the St Lawrence situation, Joseph decided two years later to return to the lower St John River area in Nashwaak. He was one of the first Acadians to return to the area from the St Lawrence. The area seemed to have stabilized and so they built a home on Sugar Island (l’Ile au Sucre) at the mouth of the Keswick River.

For the first time, it finally seemed to Joseph that he and his family would be able to pursue a life to build a farm and a family. But that peace would be interrupted in 1776 when the American colonies broke out in revolution. At least some of the Acadians sided with the Americans in short campaigns by the Americans against the English. This once again invited the English to raid and terrorize the homes and property of the Acadians including Joseph. Adding to the pressure of this conflict on the Acadians in the lower St John region, the area was soon crowded with Loyalists who were fleeing the American colonies. These two actions in the mid-1780’s combined to pressure the Acadians to once again look for more peaceful locations. In 1786, Joseph sold his property to a Loyalist named Frederick DePeyster and then set out towards Caraquet with his family to arrive in Caraquet before summer’s end in that year. Soon after, Joseph received his grants for land for himself and his sons which preceded about a decade of relative peace and prosperity. Joseph died in the winter of 1795-96 and was buried at Sainte Anne du Bocage in Caraquet.

Firmin (Generation 6) was born around 1779 probably while his family was in the Nashwaak area for the second time suffering through the effects of the American Revolution. So, as a youngster, he witnessed his family move to Caraquet and settle there. He married around 1800 to Anastasie Dugas from Carleton, QC across the Baie des Chaleurs and had 10 children including three sons. Five years after the birth of their last child, Anastasie died. Firmin died later sometime before 1861. He left his property to his two sons, Tranquil and Firmin II.

Tranquil (Generation 7) and Daniel (Generation 8) were born and married in the Caraquet area but Daniel emigrated with his wife, Victoire Poulin  to Waterville, Maine in 1894, six years after they married. There is no doubt that their Waterville destination was to work at one of the new mills that had been built in the area. Daniel and Victoire raised 7 children of which three were boys.  For some reason, it appears that Daniel returned to Caraquet sometime before 1910 because he is not listed on the census and his wife Victoire is recorded as the ‘Head of Household’. We pick up Daniel’s ‘trail’ in 1917 when he had contracted the Spanish Flu (‘grippe’ in French) which was fatal. The Spanish Flu was an epidemic that spread like wildfire around the time of World War I. Some time after 1920 but before 1930, Victoire moved to California to live with her youngest son, Arthur.

Joseph Henry (Generation 9) or “Henry” was born and raised in Waterville, Maine.

John Mark Hopkins is an 11th generation grandson of Jehan Terriault and is our Delegate for the Joseph Henry & Blanche Thériault Great-Branch.