It would seem that the first Acadian Families went to Carleton, Québec in the Fall of 1755. However, though this has been believed over the years, there are no official documents that substantiate this is a fact.
In his study of the movements of the Acadian refugees from the time of the capture of Fort Beauséjour by the English in 1755 until the winter of 1756-1757 spent at Miramichi, Bona Arsenault in his History of the Acadians Fides - 1994 - ISBN 2-7621-1745-3 - believed that it was highly improbable that any of the refugees cut themselves off from the group who went to Baie-Verte, as certain historians claim, and then to have moved immediately to Carleton where there was no supply post of any kind at that time.
Carleton used to be called Tracadièche. Its english name was given it by Lord Dorches who was Sir Guy Carleton. He gave this locale the name of Carleton in approximately 1795. It is located 40 miles west of Bonaventure on Baeie des Chaleurs from where it is believed Acadians may have come to settle in Carleton, according to Mr. Arsenault. Lord Dorchester named the neighboring parish, Maria, after his wife. He had been one of Wolfe’s lieutenants at the Battle of the Plaines d’Abraham in Québec were he was wounded.
The 1777 census for Carleton listed 36 men, 36 women, 90 boys, oncluding 14 orphans, 93 children, 63 cattle, 2 horses, 37 sheep and 12 swine. Among the names we find: Allard, Arseneau/Arsenault , Barillot, Bergeron dit d’Amboise, Bernard, Boudreau, Bour/Bourque, Bujeaut/Bugeaud/Bujol/Bujold, Comeau, Couroit, Dugas, Gravois, Jeanson/Johnson, Landry, LeBlanc, Lebrun/Brun, Meunier, Poirier, Richard and Savoie.
Acadian refugees who went to the Magdelene Islands had come from Prince Edward Island (Ile st-Jean), Cape Breton (Ile Royale), and St-Pierre & Miquelon Islands. The Magdalene Islands are located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Jacques Cartier had stopped here in 1534 on his way to the Gaspé region.
The Magdalene Islands were part of vast lands given Nicolas Denys along with land on the Gulf in 1653. Others held these grants between 1663-1742 as none of the land grantees remained on the islands for any length of time. French-Canadians would hunt seal and fish for lobster at this location, two main resources of this area.
In 1761, Acadians from P.E.I., Cape Breton and even Baie des Chaleurs began arriving in the Magdelene Islands seeking refuge. In 1765, other families settled at Havre-Aubert on the islands where they worked for Richard Gridley who had fought with Wolfe. Twenty-two of Gridley’s hirees consisted of 17 Acadians and 5 French-Canadians who had taken the oath of allegiance on August 31, 1765. Of these pioneers, some then settled at Havre-aux-Maisons together with other refugees rom P.E.I. and the St-Pierre & Miquelon islands. Others moved to Cap-aux-Meules, La rande Échourie, L’Étang du Nord and La Grande Entrée.
In 1792, a group of 40 families consisting of 250 persons left St-Pierre & Miquelon for these islands. This time, the migration was caused by the French Revolution. The revolutions effects could be felt all the way into the French colonies of France which of course would include St-Pierre & Miquelon. Among those who had come with this wave of Acadians were those who had been held prisoners either in Nova Scotia during the Deportation years, or who were in exile in the New England Colonies.
The Acadians eventaully spread out through many parts of the province of Québec. Though many years have passed since the tragedy of the Deportation of 1755, perhaps many descendants are still aware of this dark time in our Acadian History. Descendants living in such places as St-Grégoire de Nicolet, St-Jacques-de-l’Achigan, Baie des Chaleurs, Gaspé rgion, the Magdelene Islands and the north shore of the St. Lawrence must surely be aware of the fabric from which they have been woven.
Source and references: History of the Acadians by Bona Arsenault by Fides 1994 - ISBN 2-7621-1745-3.
A FAMILY ARRIVES AT LÉVY
Michel Corneau/Cornu and his wife, Françoise Pitre, arrived in the fall of 1763 At the Pointe de Lévy. Michel was an Acadian from Cobequid. He had gone to the Magdalen Islands/Iles-de-la Madeleine.
He had married, as did many Acadians during the years of Exile by natural contract, in the presence of four witnesses, to Françoise Pitre, not having a priest to bless their union. Their marriage was rehabilitated at the Pointe-de-Lévy on 26-11-1763. The day before they had baptized his daughter, born in the Magdalen Islands on 16-09-1763.
Michel Corneau/Corne was the son of François Corneau/Cornu and Françoise Boucher. His wife, Françoise Pitre descends from Jean dit Jean Marc Pitre (to Marc Pitre/Jeanne Brun to Jean Pitre/Marie Pesseley) and Judith Térriot (to Pierre Térriot and Marie Bourg) who married abt 1729. Michel's father Jean dit Marc Pitre died while a prisoner at Fort Edward (Pisiguit/Windsor) between July and August 1762.
Michel Corneau came to the Pointe-de-Lévy with his two brothers André and Jean-Baptiste and a sister, Geneviève. André married, the 29-04-1765, Ursule Lacasse. Geneviève married the 01-07-1765, Ambroise Charest. Jean-Baptiste married the 16-08-1774, Françoise Guay.
Ref: Les Acadiens dans Bellechasse, by Pierre-Maurice Hébert, p. 52-53 (Courtesy of James Carten).
SAINT-GRÉGOIRE, BÉCANCOUR, NICOLET COUNTY, QUÉBEC
In doing Acadian research, we find many Ancestors who went to Québec to begin life anew following their long years in exile. In searching baptismal, marriage and burial records as we go through the Repertoires, we often find ancestors who, following their exile, had their marriages blessed (referred to as being rehabilitated) in the Catholic Church. We find many of these at Saint-Grégoire as one of the places most often referenced to check for information. Then too, there is l’Assomption and areas surrounding Montréal but for now we will talk about the history of Saint-Grégoire.
The Acadians work incessantly to have a parish of their own at Bécancour. Between 1784 and 1790, the Acadian Community of Sainte-Marguerite (the future Saint-Grégoire) had grown to several hundred people. This was a great increase in the same time period compared to other parishes where the Acadians had settled. It was during this period of time that the Acadian immigrants arrived succesively in large groups. The land owners known as seigneurs, were also pressuring the bishop and the government so that the settlers on their lands would be organized into a parish.
The situation was a bit complex due to the fact that the Acadians were actually situated between two parishes that were equally attractive to them. The farmers of Bécancour wanted to remain attached to their parish and at the same time, Nicolet did not want to lost the contributions of the new settlers considering the debt owed on the new church that had been built. It was not until 1802 that the question was settled between government and bishop of Nicolet. Numbering 1,757 people, the Acadians would finally have their parish.
The canonical establishment of the parish took place 18 August 1802. On November 4, 1802, the first Mass was said in the first rectory that had just been completed. It is also on this same date that the first Registers of the parish exist.
The church itself opened for worship in 1806. This is the oldest church in the diocese of Nicolet and it is a beautiful church that the Acadians are very proud.
Some of the streets are names as follows: Poirier, Béliveau, Gaudet, Cormier, Gauthier, LeBlanc, Héon, Thibodeau, Forest, Prince.
A list of the first Acadians to arrive at Bécancour was compiled by Louis Richard:
The first Acadians who sought refuge at Bécancour and who were there in the Fall of 1758 came mostly from Beaubassin. These were: Joseph Richard and his wife Françoise Cormier, Pierre Bourg/Bourque and his wife Anne Richard, Jacques Bourg/Bourque and his wife Marguerite Cormier, Pierre Cormier and his wife Judith Gallant, Étienne Migneau Madeleine Cormier, Charles Gaudet widower of Marie Cormier who died in Québec 14 December 1757, Madeleine Bourg/Bourque, widow of Pierre Richard, Antoine Béloni Bourg/Bourque, widower of Marie-Joseph Hébert, Claude Hébert and Marguerite Robichaud, Jean-Baptiste Hébert and Marie-Anne Amireau, François Robichaud and Cécile Thibodeau, Simon Darois and Anne Thibodeau, François Doucet and Marie Poirier.
Louis Richard adds to this list of Acadians from Beaubassin a few from Port-Royal: some Part, Roy, Bélliveau, Leprince, Richard, Forest, Bourgeois, Leblanc, Hébert, Thjibeau, Héon, Arseneau; and others from the St-Jean river area: Michel, Comeau, Guilbeau, Breau, Gaudet and Chandonnay.
The first Acadians in Bécancour either worked for other farmers, pursued fishing or yet became part of the defense militia of Canada, which would capitulate to the British in 1760. It does not seem as if they occupied any lands or given any lands before 1760. Nonetheless, from 1760 until the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the Acadians maintained a very low profile as much as possible fearful of what the British might to do them.
Once the Treaty of Paris was signed, Seigneur Montesson granted 30 some odd concessions of land to the Acadians of Bécancour. They were: François Gaudet, Amand Bourque, Simon Bourque, Charles Gaudet, Étienne Mignaux, Pierre and Joseph Héon, Jean Bourque, Joseph Bourque, Jean-Baptiste Alin, François Cormier, Pierre Bourque, Jacques Bourque, Michel and Charles Leprince, Joseph Leprince, Belony Bourque, Jean Leprince, Pierre Cormier, Bercasse Benoist, Pierre Arsenaux, Charles Héon, Joseph Richard, father, Amand Thibaud, Bonaventure Durand (not Acadian but given land in the same area as the Acadians), Pierre Bergeron, Régis Pare, Jean Pare, Claude Hébert, Charles Gaudet.
Today there is a bridge across the St. Lawrence Seaway from Trois-Rivières. When crossing the bridge, you arrive in the heart of Saint-Grégoire where many Acadian ancestors settled when the Deportation years of 1755-1763 had ended.
SOURCE: Excerpts from Pierre-Maurice Hébert’s book on the Acadians of Québec. Translated into english by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino.
SAINT-DENIS-SUR-RICHELIEU AND ST-OURS,QUÉBEC
Three LeBlanc families arrived at Saint-Denis in 1767. A fourth LeBlanc family settled at St-Ours.
Their names can be found in the parish registers as the parents had their children baptized who had not been able to be baptized when born in exile. The children of Gregoire Bourgeois and Catherine Comeau were baptized at Saint-Denis the same day as the LeBlanc children, that is to say, 10 September 1767.
Étienne Mignault had escaped from Georgia and headed for Québec. His wife, Madeleine Cormier, had been able to escape through the woods of Acadia rather than embark on a deportation ship and had made her way to Quebec.
Étienne found her and they went on to Bécancour. Later, they chose to settle in Saint-Denis where they had first arrived in 1767. Sophie Mignault, a religious (nun) from the family, told of her ancestor deported to Georgia and his evasion to Quebec: "Étienne Mignault was, with many of his compatriots, brought captive to Georgia and forced to work on the
plantations. He was treated like the slaves and chained at night. After many years of captivity, on night they forgot to put the chains on him and he took advantage of the opportunity to escape into the woods. He walked toward the north and after many months of walking, he finally found himself on the banks of the St-Lawrence and began to search for his family.
Along with the group that had settled in 1767, more Acadians came to settle at St-Denis-sur-Richelieu: brothers Pierre and Claude Bourque both married, one to Anne Richard and the other to Marie Guilbault; Joseph Lebrun, Jean-Baptiste Brault and his grandmother Marie Hébert, Pierre and Marguerite Robichaud, Étienne Roy and Marie-Anne Doiron. As for the Gaudets, Joseph
settled at Saint-Denis with his wife Josephte Sincennes, while Charles and Claude settled at Saint-Antoine.
Joseph Girouard, who had chosen Saint-Ours with his brother Pierre, came later to acquire land at St-Denis with his spouse Anastasie LeBlanc. These two brothers were coming from Quebec where they had fought with Montcalm and Lévis. Jean-Marie Richard, son of Pierre Richard and Madeleine Bourque, deported to Philadelphia, came to join the "little Acadie" of Saint-Denis where there are still many descendants.
Names of Acadians who acquired land in St-Ours: Arsenault, Cormier, Hébert, Daigle, Gaudet, Girouard, Bourgeois, Roy, Leblanc, and more.... At Saint-Denis: LeBlanc, Bourgeois, Mignault, Bourque, Brun, Brault, Robichaud, Roy, Gaudette, Girouard and Richard.
Source: Lucie LeBlanc Consentino's translation of "Les Acadiens du Québec" by Pierre-Maurice Hébert
From 1767 to 1905, Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu saw these families settle there: Leblanc, Bourgeois, Mignault, Brun, Brault, Robichaud, Roy, Gaudette, Girouard and Richard. 1767-1905.
Ref: Historie de Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, by l'abbé J.B.A. Allaire
Many Acadians settled at Saint-Charles de l'Achigan. The family of Joseph RICHARD and Anne BASTARACHE arrived in 1769.
On l'Achigan river, some Acadians were in charge of running the mills. Christian Roy wrote: "with the arrival of many Acadians, after 1759 and especially after 1766, almost of the land of l'Achigan was taken by 1772. When Charles PELLERIN, navigator and Acadian in origin, married Monique DUGAS in 1773, he was living at the mills of l'Achigan at MM. of Saint-Sulpice. Joseph DUGAS, his father-in-law, widower of Marguerite
ROBICHAUD, was a miller at the mills and also lived there. Pierre LEBLANC, also an Acadian, was in charge of the saw-mill and lived in one of the houses there."
In 1797, Basile LEBLANC, father of Pierre, was in charge of the flower mill.
LA BEAUCE, QUÉBEC
The Bourque descendants in Beauce, Québec descend from Alexandre BOURQUE who married Marie HÉBERT in Grand-Pré 1734. It seems that this couple had 10 children at the time of the deportation. After the years of exile, many married in Beauce beginning in 1767 and mostly at Saint-François.
The BARRIAULT family settled in Beauce abt 1775. The common ancestor, Nicolas married Martine HÉBERT, daugther of Étienne and Marie GAUDET in 1681, Port-Royal. Their grandson, Antoine, married to Angélique THIBODEAU, ws from Grand-Pré and had many children. One of them, Jean-Baptiste Barriault, married Marguerite DOUCET abt 1750 and married a second time to
Marguerite LANDRY and a third marriage to Marguerite POULIOT. It is from this last marriage that the Barriaults married at Saint-François and at Saint-Joseph de Beauce descend beginning in 1775.
The Landry families of Beauce arrived a few years after the deportation. The children of Jean-Baptiste LANDRY and of Marguerite MELANSON of Port-Royal were in Bas Canada as of 1760, when their son Jean-Baptiste married Catherine BRAULT at Saint-Joachim. Their children then went to Beauce where many generations spread out to Saint-Georges, Sainte-Marie and
The acadian Morins of Beauce arrived before the deportation. The ancestors settled in Bas-Canada as of the 17th century, coming from Beaubassin. They went to Saint-François de Beauce, to Sainte-Marie and Saint-Joseph de Beauce. They also settled in other parishes. The Acadian MORINS are numerous on the southern banks of the St. Lawrence: Beauce, Bellechase, Bas
The acadian Poiriers are also numerous on the southern banks of the St. Lawrence. The POIRIER ancestors came from Beaubassin and as others, had escaped the deportation. What happened to the family of Michel POIRIER and Marie-Josephte BRUN illustrates quite well the drama of the children who had been dispersed/separated from their families during the deportation:
Gregoire married at Saint-Charles de Bellechase in 1759, Michel at Ile Saint-Jean (Prince Edward Island) in 1758, Marie-Joste at Lotbinière in 1767, Marie-Agnès at Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets in 1767, and Pierre at Sainte-Marie de Beauce in 1772. Many descendants of these first ancestors in this area remained in Beauce: at Sainte-Marie, at Saint-Georges and at Saint-Elzéar.
Michel THIBODEAU/THIBAUDEAU, married in Grand-Pré to Marie RICHARD on 18 September 1729. Their children undoutedly experienced the deportation since the oldest child, Thimothée and spouse Marie AUCOIN were in exile in 1760. In 1771, he married a second time at Beauport to Élizabeth BÉLANGER. His
brother Pierre had married at Saint-Marie de BEauce in 1768 to Marie PROTEAU. Pierre married a second time to Angélique ROUSSEAU 28 October 1816. One of his brothers, Germain married at l'Islet and another brother Joseph died on Ile d'Orléans, Québec in 1760.
Another THIBAUDEAU family that was deported setttled at Saint-François, Beauce at the end of the 18th century. Joseph-Amable married Marguerite RANCOURT in 1769 at Saint-Joachim. His brothers and sisters had been deported but five of his children marrried at Saint-Francois de Beauce and another at Saint-Joseph.
Pierre CRESSAC dit TOULOUSE married 1. Anen COMEAU of Chipoudy in 1755 and five years later, Catherine VINCENT. They children from these two marriages, and their descendants, settled at Beauce (St-Joseph and St-François).
François HEBERT and Marie-Anne BOURG of Beaubassin had a large family that was torn apart at the deportation. Their daughter died at sea and two of their sons had their marriages blessed at St-Pierre & Miquelon in 1766 (which meant they had been married in exile without a priest). The oldest of the family, Joseph, sought refuge in Ile d'Orléans, Quebec in 1756 and married Charlotte POULIN in 1762. Their two frist sons settled at Ste-Marie de Beauce. Three others went to Nicolet and Yamaska. A daughter and three sons remained at l'Ile d'Orléans. The first ancestors of these HÉBERTS were Étienne HÉBERT and Marie GAUDET.
Source: The webmaster's translation of "Les Acadiens du Québec" by Pierre-Maurice Hébert - ISBN 2-920312-32-4
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