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Terriot’s in the Acadian Colony

Before entering into the life of the young Acadian, Charles Terriault in the Madawaska no-man’s territory, ‘DESTINATION: MADAWASKA’ , a bilingual book (French and English), presents a short history of the founding of the Acadian colony and life of the Terriot family in early Acadia in the 1630’s.

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The short history continues by connecting each generation of the Acadian family up to Charles, the 7th generation who was born and raised during the early days of the 19th century in St Paschal de Kamouraska, in Québec.

This story as told by DESTINATION: MADAWASKA is interesting whether you are a member of the Terriot/Theriot/Theriault family or not because it tells the story of Acadia, the story of the expulsion of the Acadians and the story of the migration of the Acadians as it applied to all Acadians. It is an important part of our North American history.

The book is available on Amazon.com now. Order a copy for your children or grandchildren. They may not learn this history from their school.

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DESTINATION: MADAWASKA, the teacher

In the Foreword to ‘Destination’, I talk about the absence of Acadian history in the curricula of our public schools in North America. Ask anyone if they have ever heard of Acadia, most will draw a blank. Some might mention Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, Maine without knowing the connection between the park and the colony.

I believe that those of us who descend from the Acadians, have a responsibility to tell our children about Acadia.

But ‘Destination: Madawaska’ also tells about the life of Charles Terriault, an Acadian whose grandfather, Joseph was forced to move his family of seven children through the forests of New Brunswick and Québec to save themselves from the English.

Give ‘Destination: Madawaska’ to your children or grandchildren for their birthday, or for Christmas.

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Dictionary of Descendants



One of the features of “DESTINATION: MADAWASKA”, (Second Edition) is the genealogy dictionary of the descendants of Charles Terriault. Charles was a grandson of Joseph Theriault [33] who fled Acadia for St Roch des Aulnaies, Québec in 1759 to avoid the English. He was one of the early settlers of the Madawaska territory. So, if you are a descendant of Charles, your name is in the dictionary!

In addition, any other family who is related or married into this branch of the Terriault family is also included in this dictionary. Some examples are the Plourde, Morneault, St Onge families along with dozens of other families who are included in the Dictionary. All generations from Charles’ generation (7th generation) up to the 15th generation are included in the Dictionary. You can browse the Dictionary’s NAME INDEX right here so that you can check to see if your name is listed. If it is, then you and your immediate family are listed in the new Second Edition of “DESTINATION: MADAWASKA” now available on Amazon.com. Check it out!

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HOT OFF THE PRESS!

Well, okay. I missed my mark. My original plan was to publish the Second Edition of my book “DESTINATION: MADAWASKA” by Christmas. But one thing led to another and well, here we are, its March 25 and Spring is just around the corner.

The book is available around the world on Amazon websites in the US, Canada (Amazon.com), in Germany, France, Japan, etc.

But the good news is that ‘Destination: Madawaska’ Second Edition is now on Amazon.com’s shelf and is available for sale. The book is BILINGUAL, English and French and is of interest to everyone including:

  • those interested in the overall history of Acadia and its people
  • those interested in the history of the Madawaska territory
  • the descendants of the Terriot (Terriau, Terriault, Theriault, Theriot) family
  • those interested in the migration history of the Theriault’s to the Madawaska Territory
  • the descendants of the Joseph [33] family, his son Charles and grandson, Charles who was the first to settle in present-day St Jacques, NB.
  • the Theriault’s, Plourde’s, St-Onge’s and Morneault’s of St Jacques, NB and Moulin Morneault and Baker Brook, NB
  • the descendants of Charles Terriault who wish to teach their children and grandchildren where their names are in our family genealogy.

The book makes an excellent gift for a Theriault grandfather or grandmother to their grandchildren.

But for those who may not know, Destination: Madawaska talks about Charles Terriault’s life. Charles was the first Acadian to settle what is today St Jacques, NB in 1823. The book begins by summarizing the history of Acadia before Charles was born including the Great Eviction in 1755; how Charles’ father, Joseph fled Acadia in 1759 and resettled his family in Lower Canada, as it was called at that time. Two generations later, Charles left Lower Canada with his new bride to join the Acadians who were moving into the Madawaska territory to get away from the English. So, the book is a quick-study on Acadian history and also presents a detailed description of Charles’ life in Madawaska to start a new life in the 1800’s.

The book is bilingual and reminds us all of our French heritage.

The book also introduces us to the aunts and uncles that we use to hear our parents talk about; Tante Pélagie, Oncle Adolphe, Tante Claudia and of course ‘vieux grand-père Joseph’s’ family with Régis, Joachim, Antoine and the girls: Édith, Delphine, Flavie, Christine, Délia and Soeur Almida. But more than that, I also go into much detail about the Theriault connection with the Morneault, Plourde and St-Onge families in St-Jacques. A very important connection indeed!

The book includes a genealogy dictionary of the descendants of Charles Terriault showing all the names of the descendants including some born as recently as in the year 2000.

Now, let me tell you about some of the additions that I have made. The First Edition was 100 pages in size. The Second Edition is 300 pages.  The photos and other illustrations are much larger. Some are even large enough to frame!

First, if you are related to the Theriault’s of St Jacques, NB or Baker Brook, NB or you’re married to one, or you are cousins with one or even more distant relationships, then your name is mentioned in the Second Edition. I have added a ‘Descendants of Charles Terriault Dictionary’. If you have not read the First Edition, you may not know who Charles Terriault is. So, to give you a point of reference, Charles is my third great-grandfather. (In the book, I tell you exactly where he settled…. he basically owned about 60% of the town of St Jacques as it exists today.)  He is a member of the Terriot family’s 7th generation. To give you an example, I am a member of the 12th generation along with all of my Theriault cousins. Our parents were members of the 11th generation. You will even see the names of some of the members of our 15th generation! The ‘Dictionary’ is about 100 pages long and includes a name listing to make it easy for you to find your name and other people. It is very easy to use.

The book takes advantage of our GPS technology to point out exact locations of important places where Acadian history and Terriot family history took place.

Speaking of Charles Terriault…  it turns out that in the First Edition, we incorrectly identified an important photo. Using computers and my graphic software to look at the pixel level, I was able to see that the old tin-type photo had been signed by Tante Pélagie telling us that the person in the photo was her grandfather Charles Theriault! (See photo of Charles above.) It’s the only photo we have of Charles. By the way, he was born in 1796 and died in 1880. The photo was taken around the late 1870’s!

In my current work on “Moulins du Madawaska” (Mills of Madawaska), I write about how the Theriault’s got into the business of building and running mills… sawmills, flour mills and wool carding mills. The discussion involves one of the Theriault’s who migrated from southern New Brunswick up to St-Basile. This was Joseph [1804] Terriault who married one of the Thibodeau daughters. The Thibodeau family was a big mill family. So, that’s how the Theriault’s came to be involved in the mill business.

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So, this is a good opportunity for you to pass our family history on to your children or to a friend who is interested in Acadian history. The book is bilingual, a quick read and is an easy way to learn the history of the Acadians and of course, of our family. The history is summarized and is loaded with more than 70 photos, maps and other illustrations. You may order the book on Amazon.com from anywhere in the world for $20 US now, or from your favorite bookstore. Here’s the link to Amazon:
“Destination: Madawaska” at Amazon

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A Christmas Gift… Un cadeau de Noël

COMING SOON… IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

BIENTOT… EN TEMPS POUR NOËL

DESTINATION:  MADAWASKA,  Second Edition

I’ve learned a few things since 2009 when I released the First Edition of my book and…  there were some things I wished I could have covered in the book.

So, I’ve decided to take the plunge and publish a SECOND EDITION which will allow me to correct a few important omissions and to add value to the book by adding a few things I was not able to include in the First  Edition. 

Also, I am very excited to tell you that the book will be available on AMAZON.COM in mid-December… hopefully, in time for Christmas.

But for those who may not know, “Destination: Madawaska” talks about Charles Terriault’s life. Charles was the first Acadian to settle what is today St Jacques, NB in 1823. The book begins by summarizing the history of Acadia before Charles was born including the Great Eviction in 1755; how Charles’ father, Joseph fled Acadia in 1759 and resettled his family in Lower Canada, as it was called at that time. Two generations later, Charles left Lower Canada with his new bride to join the Acadians who were moving into the Madawaska territory to get away from the English. So, the book is a quick-study on Acadian history and also presents a detailed description of Charles’ life in Madawaska to start a new life in the 1800’s.

The book also introduces us to the aunts and uncles that we use to hear our parents talk about; Tante Pélagie, Oncle Adolphe, Tante Claudia and of course ‘vieux grand-père Joseph’s’ family with Régis, Joachim, Antoine and all those girls: Édith, Delphine, Flavie, Christine, Délia and Soeur Almida. But more than that, I also go into much detail about the Theriault connection with the Morneault, Plourde and St-Onge families in St-Jacques. A very important connection indeed!

Now, let me tell you about some of the additions that I have made. The First Edition was 100 pages in size. The Second Edition is close to 300.  The photos and other illustrations are much larger. Some are even large enough to frame!

First, if you are related to the Theriault’s of St Jacques, NB or Baker Brook, NB or you’re married to one, or you are cousins with one or even more distant relationships, then your name is mentioned in the Second Edition. I have added a ‘Descendants of Charles Terriault Dictionary’. If you have not read the First Edition, you may not know who Charles Terriault is. So, to give you a point of reference, Charles is my third great-grandfather. (In the book, I tell you exactly where he settled…. he basically owned about 60% of the town of St Jacques as it exists today.)  He is a member of the Terriot family’s 7th generation. To give you an example, I am a member of the 12th generation along with all of my Theriault cousins. Our parents were members of the 11th generation. You will even see the names of some of the members of our 15th generation! The ‘Dictionary’ is about 70 pages long and includes a name listing to make it easy for you to find people. It is very easy to use.

Speaking of Charles Terriault…  it turns out that in the First Edition, we incorrectly identified an important photo. Using computers and my graphic software to look at the pixel level, I was able to see that the photo had been signed by Tante Pélagie telling us that the person in the photo was Charles Theriault!  (See photo on the left.) It’s the only photo we have of Charles. By the way, he was born in 1796 and died in 1880. The photo was taken around the late 1870’s!

In my current work on “Moulins du Madawaska” (Mills of Madawaska), I write about how the Theriault’s got into the business of building and running mills… sawmills, flour mills and wool carding mills. The discussion involves one of the Theriault’s who migrated from southern New Brunswick up to St-Basile. This was Joseph [1804] Terriault who married one of the Thibodeau daughters. The Thibodeau family was a big mill family. So, that’s how the Theriault’s came to be involved in the mill business.

CLICK TO ENLARGE

So, this is a good opportunity for you to pass our family history on to your children or to a friend who is interested in Acadian history. The book is bilingual, a quick read and is an easy way to learn the history of the Acadians and of course, of our family. The history is summarized and is loaded with more than 70 photos, maps and other illustrations.

You may order the book on Amazon.com from anywhere in the world for $20 US or from your favorite bookstore beginning in mid-December.

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Finding Your Family Genealogy

With this last release of our Jehan Terriot Archive, we have made it very easy for you to come in and go directly to the genealogy of your family branch. It’s literally a four-step operation. Let’s take my branch for example:  the JOSEPH & THÉOGENIE  THÉRIAULT Great-Branch.

Step One:  Go to the Terriot family website:  WWW.TERRIAU.ORG .  Choose your language, either English or French.

Step Two:From the menu at the top of the page,  select the FAMILY GREAT-BRANCHES / NOS GRANDE BRANCHES page.

Step Three:  Scroll down the GREAT-BRANCHES page to the GREAT-BRANCHES table and click on the table to open it.

Step Four: Scroll down the table to find your branch, in our example, the Joseph & Théogenie Great-Branch. The list is sorted alphabetically by name. When you find your Great-Branch, click on the link in the left column:  “OPEN GREAT-BRANCH ARCHIVE“.

Your branch is shown at the top of the page.  Have fun!

 

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UPDATE: Terriot Acadian Family

archive2016

FAMILY GENEALOGY DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS

[Pour la version française, cliquer sur le lien VERSION FRANCAISE “LES JASEUX” en haut de la barre a droite.]

Our activity in the Terriot Acadian Family Society is slowing down after a very busy 10-12 year burst. In the peak years, we were receiving 100 emails a week. Now, we receive about that many in a year. But we’re still working!

Today, we published Version 2016.01 of our “Jehan Terriot Archive” which includes the genealogy of 18,858 individuals who are direct descendants or are married to them. That collection of people includes 7, 908 families that have 2,409 different family names. Since 2012, we have added another 10 Great-Branches for a total of 103 branches. We estimate that the family includes about 500 Great-Branches. So, we still have a way to go.

Our work does not focus just on the genealogy but also looks at the migrations of each branch to understand their migration histories. We are also interested in comparing the lineages of each branch to see which branches are closely related to each other.

So what does this new release of our “Jehan Terriot Archive” mean to you?

If you are a family member or someone interested in the genealogy of the Terriot family, it means that our Archive covers more people, so your chances are greater that you will find your family or find those members of the family that you are interested in.

Vol 1

DESCENDANTS OF JEHAN & PERRINE TERRIOT REPORT… TWO VOLUMES for a total of 4,000 pages.

If you’re are a member of our Society, it means that you may now receive your copy of our “Descendants of Jehan Terriot Report”. The last one that was published was in 2012. It was a little over 2,000 pages long. Our new version of the report comes in two volumes:  Volume 1 which is 2600 pages and covers generations 1 through 11. Volume 2 which is 1600 pages and covers generations 12 through 15. Also, our Archive now includes a larger number of Great-Branches (103) and so, the documents that describe the Great-Branches of our family have been revised and updated and may be downloaded now from our website. The list of Great-Branches is in the GREAT-BRANCH TABLE on the ‘FAMILY GREAT-BRANCHES’ page of our family website (www.terriau.org). The table also lists the Delegates, members of our organization that represent each branch. Similarly, we have updated our LINEAGE TABLE which is also available on that same web page. The table lists the lineage of every branch so that we may understand which branches are closely related to each other. On the ‘MIGRATION FROM ACADIA’ page is where you will find the MIGRATION TABLE which describes the migration of each of the 103 branches, a very interesting aspect of our family history.

By the way, whether you are a member of our organization or member of our family or just a visitor interested in the Terriot family, we have made it very easy for you to go directly to your branch of interest without having to search through some 20,000 names. In addition to describing each Great-Branch and its Delegate, the GREAT-BRANCH TABLE includes a link for each branch which will bring you right to the branch in our Archive. For example, if you want to review the genealogy of the “Alexandre & Marie Alzire Theriot Great-Branch“, go to the GREAT-BRANCH TABLE and find the branch. There, you will see the ‘OPEN GREAT-BRANCH ARCHIVE’ link. Click on  that link and you will be taken directly to the 9th generation ancestor for that branch and of course, you can navigate up and down the lineage of the branch from there.

A note to our Delegates:  please contact us at TERRIOT@TERRIAU.ORG to receive the directions for downloading the Descendants Report and the three tables.

So before you dive into the Archive, take a look first at the GREAT-BRANCH TABLE to learn about the branches and their Delegates.

Try it!  Go to the GREAT-BRANCH TABLE page, find your Great-Branch, click on the link. You’re there.

Then, take a look at the MIGRATION TABLE to see which branches stayed in Acadia or Nova Scotia and those that were forced to migrate to Louisiana, Québec, France and England. Then, checkout the LINEAGE TABLE to see how the branches are related to each other. After looking at these three tables, you will understand the purpose of the Great-Branch organization.

Before, we go on, let me explain the idea of a Great-Branch.

A Great-Branch is defined by each male member of the 9th generation. It’s just a way of organizing the family in a more manageable way. By the way, the babies that are being born in our family today, are usually members of the 16th generation. I am a member of the 12th generation.

My great-grandfather Joseph is a 9th generation ancestor, so he defines a Great-Branch, the ‘Joseph & Théogenie Thériault Great-Branch’. You can find out more about that Great-Branch and see photos of some of the members by visiting its Photo History page. Other Great-Branches also maintain a Photo History page.

As the Delegate for that branch, I answer questions that we receive about the branch and I am responsible for keeping my branch genealogy up to date. We currently have 118 Delegates and Associate Delegates who manage and develop the genealogy for all branches. So, as we have done for the past 15 years, we work together to develop the genealogy and history of our family and as a side-benefit, we get to know each other.

So, the Terriot Acadian Family Society is not a social organization but is an organization that works to develop and integrate our genealogy.  Typically, genealogists focus on certain regions of the continent. For example, New England, Québec, Madawaska, Caraquet, Nova Scotia, Louisiana, etc. The work of the Society however, integrates the genealogy of all Terriot families on the continent to make sure that there are no ‘gaps’ nor inconsistencies. Our work is properly documented with source attributions as you can see in the Bibliography and Sources pages of the Archive. Much of the genealogy work that is published in hard-copy or on the Internet today does not include source attributions or citations. Without knowing the source of genealogy information, it is very difficult to judge the worthiness of the information. Take a look at our Source Citations and Bibliography.

Today, our delegates come from Alaska to Nova Scotia and from Québec to Texas. We have a delegate who lives in Greece, another in Cambodia and a third in Australia. Our work, which is done by email using our website and on occasion, virtual conferencing is usually bilingual to accommodate the two languages of the family.

So, take a look at your family genealogy. If you don’t find your family in our Archive, let us know. We will work with you to develop it and add it to our Archive. You might want to go through our INDEX OF NAMES to see if you can recognize some of your family members. If you prefer to navigate through the entire Archive, go to the Jehan Terriot Archive page and go from there.

Happy trails!