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       Background midi music:  "Ronde de L'Avoine" from THE GREAT CANADIAN TUNEBOOK, Sequenced by Barry Taylor, Victoria, BC, Canada
1660's: Initial Turmoil; Peace under French Rule

In 1664, three years after Claude started his family, the Terriot family witnessed the re-taking of Port Royal once again by the English. Claude was 27 and no doubt among the defenders of Port Royal who in spite of their small numbers heroically resisted a two-week assault by the English, but to no avail. The English prevailed and took ownership of Port Royal and Acadia.

Almost immediately in 1667, over Governor Temple's protests, Acadia was ceded back to France by the Treaty of Breda. The colony's official population is estimated at four hundred by the English prior to the transfer.

THE TERRIOT's:  Port Royal
The 1660's was the 'Decade of the Grand-Children' for Jehan and Perrine. Their family would grow at a rate of sometimes two children a year during this decade. This had to have been a very rewarding time in the lives of Jehan and Perrine. With the opening of this decade, Jehan turned 60 and Perrine enters her 50's. These were their 'golden years'. By the end of the decade, Jehan and Perrine would have 11 grand-children, 9 of which will be grand-daughters.

First first marriage... Jeanne and Pierre ThibodeauJeanne's Family.  The decade opened with a wedding in 1660;  Jehan, and Perrine’s oldest daughter Jeanne married Pierre Thibodeau, the miller of Prée-Ronde just across the Rivière-au-Dauphin from them. Pierre would come to be known as a strong father, a loving husband and an ambitious and very capable Acadian. Their family would eventually grow to include sixteen children, seven of which would be boys. It must be noted here that Pierre and Jeanne made full use of a custom with the Acadians: re-using a child's name several times. In this case, it is 'Marie' which they used for their first three children, three daughters. The custom also typically used nicknames (sobriquets) to uniquely identify each.

By the end of this decade, Jeanne and Pierre had four daughters. Actually, Jeanne and Pierre must have been delighted with their daughters because they knew that it is far easier to raise a large family with the help of some daughters to feed and raise the younger children. To start with boys in a large family, although easier on the father because of the additional manpower for the farm chores, makes it difficult for the mother to attend to all of the needs of the children.

We will see that Pierre and Jeanne were the progenitors of a great and very large Thibodeau family in North America. In their marriage, Pierre and Jeanne bonded the Terriot blood as part of the Thibodeau progeny which will be wide-spread and significant. Where you see a Thibodeau, you also see a Terriot. We will see that under Pierre's leadership, he and his sons will eventually open new settlements and become the founders of Chipoudy (Shepody, NB).

Claude's Family.  The following year, 1661 was Claude’s turn when he married the 'girl next door', Marie Gautherot, daughter of François Gautherot (who we believe also came to La Hève in 1632 with Jehan Terriot), and Edmée Le Jeune.29  Edmée came from an Acadian family even more ancient than Jehan. Her father probably came to Port Royal with Biencourt around 1611 and her mother was an Acadian Métis or Indian.32

Claude as well, would prove to be a very capable and loving father. He and Edmée would eventually raise fourteen children to give the Terriot family a very significant boost in their population count.  By virtue of the later censuses, we believe that Claude stayed with his father in the tradition of the Acadians where the elder son remained with his parents to establish his family and also to assure that his parents would continue to enjoy their lives and their grandchildren. In his lifetime, Claude would eventually 'grow' the Terriot farm into a very sizable enterprise which contributed significantly to the wealth and prominence of Claude's family. But for now, Claude and Marie will finish the decade with three children: one son and two daughters.

Bonaventure's Family.  Around 1666, Bonaventure married Jeanne Boudrot, daughter of Michel Boudrot, who later became the Lieutenant-General of Justice in Acadia. 'Venture' cultivated his father-in-law's land in the immediate western vicinity of Port Royal on the southern bank of the Rivière au Dauphin. Their neighbors included the Boudrot and Bergeron families. One year later, Venture and Jeanne received their first child: a daughter which they named Marie. Their next child would be several years away.
Catherine's Family.  Around 1668, Pierre Guilbeault married Catherine. Pierre had recently arrived (within the year) to Acadia from France. He was born in 1639, the son of Francois & Marie Pignon of St. Bethelemy de La Rochelle, France. He was 11 years older than Catherine and could have been one of those individuals mentioned earlier who came to Acadia either as part of the french militia or government and decided to marry one of the local girls and stay. Pierre apparently quickly acquired some 15 acres of land west of Port Royal, on the north bank of the Rivière au Dauphins not far from the Melançon domaine. He was progenitor of the family in the New World. Thus, as with the Thibodeau's, Catherine and Pierre bonded the Terriot blood into the Guilbeault progeny for all time.

About one year after they married, Pierre and Catherine received their first-born: a daughter who they named Marguerite. Three years after their marriage in the Census of 1671, Pierre and Catherine are shown to have six head of cattle, five sheep and 15 acres of tilled farm land; a very significant hold for a starting Acadian farmer.

Germain's Family.  With the English in charge around 1668, Germain married Andrée Brun, daughter of Vincent Brun and of Renée Brault. Through the next census, we will learn later that Jehan and Perrine allocated some of their family land to Germain and Andrée, so that Germain, Claude and Jehan all lived in the same neighborhood across the river from their daughter's home on Prée Ronde.

1650's  1670's