14 Feb 2009 Harvard, Massachusetts.
The Terriot Acadian Family Society
of Harvard, Massachusetts announces that the Société Historique
du Madawaska of Edmundston, New Brunswick in collaboration with the Maine
Acadian Heritage Council of Madawaska, Maine will be hosting the launching
and signing of the book “Destination: Madawaska” by J. Ralph Theriault
Harvard, Massachusetts, founder of the Terriot Acadian Family Society.
The launching is scheduled to take place at the University of Moncton at
Edmundston on Friday evening, 3 April 2009 and at the University of Maine
at Fort Kent on Saturday, 4 April 2009. The book, a 70 page soft
cover is heavily illustrated with about 40 maps and photos, many never
before published from the newly discovered family album of Pélagie
Thériault Morneault of Moulin-Morneault in St-Jacques, NB, the grand-daughter
of the pioneer Charles Thériault. The book is heavily annotated
with endnotes and a bibliography.
book is a biography of Charles Theriault, first francophone settler in
1821-1823 of the lower Madawaska River in present-day St-Jacques. The book
presents a brief history of the Acadian migration before the time of Charles’
trail-blazing in the wilderness of the Madawaska territory. The territory
at that time was a ‘no-man’s land’ that included much of northern Maine
from Houlton and all of Madawaska county and parts of Victoria and Restigouche
counties of northwestern New
At that time, the territory was claimed by the United States as being part
of the new state of Maine and was also claimed by England as being part
of the new colony of New Brunswick. The dispute was settled by the Webster-Ashburton
Treaty of 1842 which chose the St-John River as the international
boundary separating the United States and New Brunswick.
The book presents the genealogy of
the greater Thériault family in the St-John Valley showing that
the population of all Thériaults until 1900 came from three branches
of the Acadian family; one which migrated from the lower St-John to St-Basile
around 1790 and two branches which had migrated from Acadia to Kamouraska,
QC in 1759 and later migrated to the various Madawaska settlements between
1820 and 1860.
In presenting the biography of Charles
Thériault, J. Ralph Theriault also included the early history of
the Saint-Onge, the Plourde and the Morneault families because of the close
relationships between the four pioneer families. After Charles migrated
to the lower Madawaska River in 1821-1823, he was later joined in 1826
by his two brothers-in-law, Pierre Plourde and Jean Saint-Onge and their
families. Pierre Plourde’s contribution to the industrialization of the
Madawaska territory is well recorded by other historians like Fathers Thomas
Albert and Eugène Paré, and by Monsieur Guy R. Michaud. Pierre
built the first mill on the Iroquois River in the 1840’s in the present-day
Moulin-Morneault area of St-Jacques.
The author, J. Ralph Theriault is
the son of Théodule Theriault and Elsie Dubé of Upper Frenchville,
Maine and later of Plainville, Connecticut. He was born in Fort Kent, Maine
and raised in the parish of Sainte-Luce of Upper Frenchville. Mr. Theriault
is a Captain (Retired) of the United States Air Force and an Electrical
Engineer (retired) of the Raytheon Company in Lexington, Massachusetts.
He lives in Harvard, Massachusetts with his wife, Rosemary. He has two
daughters, Nicola Ann and Jill and two grandsons.
14 July 2008. From Gérard Thériault and the Great-Branch
of Gustave & Hélène, in Nova Scotia, a short article
on the wild TINTAMARE festivities around Caraquet (this for those delegates
who plan on attending the CMA2009 activities next year. Click on the news
clipping to enlarge.
|8 July 2008.
From Nova Scotia... An interesting article on the Acadians of Beaubassin.
— Parks Canada archeologist Charles Burke couldn’t wait Sunday to
show what he had in the plastic container he was carrying. “These
are all artifacts found during last year’s dig here at the historic Acadian
village of Beaubassin,” he said excitedly as he placed the box on a picnic
table. As an aside, those Delegates planning to attend the
Terriot Acadian Family Conference next year during the CMA 2009 will hear
about the 'digs' in Belleisle near Port Royal.
Bertrand-Paquetville, NB to Lake Charles, LA...
received word that the Thériault's of New Brunswick were visiting
in Louisiana... Onil Thériault and his lovely wife Cassilda in fact,
were visiting in the Lake Charles area. So, we gave him the names of some
of our delegates in the area, thinking that it would be a great opportunity
for a 'mini-rencontre' of the New Brunswick Thériault's with the
today, we received a note from Eldridge 'Sonny' Theriot, to let us know
that Onil and Cassilda had dropped by for a visit. It was wonderful news
to receive. And, Sonny sent a photo as well. Nice going, Sonny! Here they
are in the photo (left to right): Cassilda (Cormier) and Onil Thériault,
Madgie (Sonnier) and Eldridge 'Sonny' Theriot, Jr.
vantage point in Boston where the temperatures have been lurking in the
20's... it sure looks like they're having a swell time. Don't they?
Thanks for thinking of us, Sonny. You guys look great!
is delegate for the Fernest and Cora Theriot Great-Branch.
20 August 2005:
Professor Vincent Durant, delegate for the Stephen Durant and Philomene
Thériault Great-Branch, who sent us a Halifax Herald article
regarding the unveiling of a new Acadian stamp. Thanks, Vincent.
31 July 2005:
seems like it was just a few days ago that Rosemary and I were enjoying
a visit with John-Mark and Rainier in New York City (see the 23 May article
below). Since then, we received a post card from them sending us their
greetings from fun Brazil and other party spots like Ipanima.
And now, we
receive word from Gérard Thériault our delegate for the Gustave
and Helene Thériault Great-Branch in St-Mary's Bay, Nova Scotia
that "John Mark and friends were here this morning and we had a good get
together and I will meet them this evening for Dinner."
not the entire story. I happen to know that before coming to Saint-Mary's
Bay, John-Mark was to fly into Waterville, Maine to meet members of his
family for the first time.
is delegate in the Terriot Acadian Family for the Joseph Henry and Julia
Halladay Thériault Great-Branch. From St-Mary's Bay, John-Mark's
plans were to travel north to the Caraquet area where other members of
his branch once lived. It will be interesting to see whether he will be
able to 'do it all'.
thank you for thinking of us and keeping us up-to-date. It was good to
hear from you. And thank you for those wonderful articles taken recently
from the local newspapers in Nova Scotia.
In a separate
note, Gérard described the 250th Anniversary of the Grand Dérangement
which took place recently at Grand Pré:
was spectacular at Grand Pré on July 28. (Gérard lists the
It is too
bad that you were not able to join us. The articles (pertaining to the
anniversary), from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald are in English. It is regrettable
that I do not have any French articles. Perhaps the other newspaper, the
Courrier will have something this week."
For the benefit
of our readers, here are the links that Gérard recommends for our
July 2005: We received this lovely note from Jacques and Marie
Paule Terriot, our ancestral cousins from France. Merçi bien, Jacques
et Marie Paule. Rosemary and I will be sure to put the Abbey on our list
of places to visit the next time that we are in France. JRT
A little greeting
from Poitou... I have attached a document about the small village where
I was born.
here is fine.
St Jouin de Marnes
is located very close to Thouars.
You may reach it by taking the road towards the southwest from Thouars.
It is an exceptional abbey by its size as well as by its beauty. If you
are in the area, do not hesitate to stop for a short visit.
of St Jouin de Marnes was founded in 342 AD by a Jovinus Hermit. In 843
AD, some monks, fleeing from the Norman pirates, used the Abbey as their
hiding place and established themselves there. They rebuilt a new abbey
church at the end of 9th century. The Abbey became very powerful and in
12th century the monks rebuilt the church which stands today. At the end
of the 14th century, the monks reinforced the Abbey to withstand the One
Hundred Year War. As you walk to the exterior of the abbey, you will see
the architectural characteristics of these reinforcements on some parts
of the building. Wars of religion, other human dramas and architectural
devastations were imposed upon the Abbey from the beginning in 1568. The
Abbey saw its last period of beauty in the 17th century. With the Revolution,
the additional buildings of the Abbey were sold for the benefit of the
country and other parts were demolished. The Church on the other hand was
fortunately preserved. It is a true masterpiece of Romantic art.
If Romanesque art interests
you, take the time to visit the web site of a new association that was
created to bring our attention to the Abbey
of St Jouin-de-Marnes.
Note: In another article,
Jacques will bring another 12th century local treasure to our attention:
Dame la Grande of Poitiers, capital
of the ancient province of Poitou.
at the Big Apple...
It has been
a family tradition for Rosemary and I to celebrate Springtime in New York
City. Occasionally, we will turn the event into an anniversary celebration
if the timing is close to our Wedding Anniversary... which it was this
year, our 42nd year. But this year, we had an additional element of excitement.
As you know,
the Terriot Acadian Family was fortunate last year to have added several
new Great-Branches to our Jehan Terriot Archive with several new delegates
to our organization. One of the new branches that we added in November
2004 was the Joseph Henry and Julia Halladay Thériault Great-Branch
[MRIN 4083] of Paradise, California whose delegate is their grandson, John
that John Mark lives in New York City, we of course set some time aside
for our first 'in-person' meeting and one or two 'photo ops.'
photo, John Mark, his partner Rainier, Rosemary and I had just enjoyed
a few hours together over cocktails and dinner at our hotel, the Algonquin
Terriot Acadian Family 'mini-conference' in progress. From left to right:
Joe and Rosemary, John Mark and Rainier.
Friday evening and a great way to kick-off a fun weekend. It was an astounding
treat to recap John Mark's fantastic story about researching his family.
And of course, a topic of mutual interest was New York City and what was
happening on Broadway, off Broadway, what certain museums were doing, what
was going on at Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden... Being a 'gentleman
about town', John Mark helped us with a few excellent recommendations which
See you next
year, John Mark and Rainier! -JRT
Note from Murielle...
a delightful note from Murielle Thériault this morning with a very
old photograph. Murielle is our delegate for the George Thériault
and Virginie Gagné Great-Branch from Ontario, Canada. The photo
was conveyed to her by André Thériault, delegate for our
Joseph and Gaudélie Thériault Great-Branch from Rivière
du Loup, Québec.
In her e-mail,
Murielle explains: "What a beautiful gift I received from André,
thanks to Joe's website (the Terriot Acadian Family website) which promotes
49], brother of Anselme, Charles and Antoine always lived in St-Jean-Port-Joli
after their arrival from Beaubassin. But Cyrille [RIN 2268], one of his
(Jacques') 3 sons, followed his uncle Anselme and his cousin Abraham around
1811, to go clear the back country in Cacouna... I have a photo of the
plaque, that is posted in the church of St-Arsène, PQ. Cyrille was
deceased at the age of 96 years!!!!
must have been taken around 1891...
the photo is Ferdinand [RIN 14667] who was deceased a few months after
his father, also around 1891 at the age of 61 years... (ref: Dict. de Camille
Albert p. 44)
Murielle's note was the original note from André with the attached
identified the subjects in the photos as follows:
Pierre-Cyrille Thériault and his sons and a grandson???? Alexis.
1st row from
left to right: Thaddée (1840 -1920= 80 ans; merchant in Riv.-du-Loup),
Pierre-Cyrille (1795 -1891 in April; 2 marriages and 12 children; farmer
and pioneer in St-Arsène) and Alexis, son of Amable ????(1861-
? =13 children in L'Isle verte).
In the rear
standing at left: Placide (1837-1913= 76 years; 10 children in 2 marriages)(father
of Gaudiose) and Amable (1833 - deceased in L'Isle verte???; 13 children).
was 50 years; Cyrille: 95 years ???; Alexis 30 years. Placide: 53 years
; Amable: around 57 years. Note: Placide is also my great-grandfather."
The references to the RIN numbers are those from our Jehan
Terriot Archive. JRT)
Pines, Digby, Nova Scotia
8 Aug 2004:
It was a first
of many firsts: the first Dinner-Conference of the Terriot Acadian Family...
an organization which is a first among many, the first working Internet-based
organization with twin goals to consolidate the Terriot genealogy and to
re-establish the bonds between the hundreds of Great-Branches in the family.
The site for
the First Dinner-Conference was ideal: at the Pines Resort Inn on the western
shores of the Port Royal Basin, present-day Annapolis Basin, not far from
the 'Gut', the opening of the basin into the Baie Française (present-day
Bay of Fundy) through which our ancestral parents sailed on arriving in
Port Royal. The staff at the Pines arranged for the Terriot Acadian Family
to gather in their Garden Room for a short cocktail hour followed by a
four course dinner served with white and red wine, and ending with the
conference for the delegates.
TO THE TERRIOT ACADIAN FAMILY AT THE FIRST DINNER-CONFERENCE: Back row
(l-r) Alfred Theriault, Jr., Dr. Susan Therriault, Karen Theriot Reader,
Gérard Thériault, Allain Therriault, Richard G. Theriault,
Esq., Roger Theriault, Joseph R. Theriault, Founder and Director; front
row (l-r) Charline Thériault Saulnier, Murielle Theriault, Louise
Theriault and Marie Theriault Shaw. (Click on photo to zoom...)
hour was punctuated with hugs and hearty handshakes and kisses as the delegates
greeted each other personally for the first time. In many cases, many had
been working together for more than three years strictly over the Internet.
It was an overwhelming experience! A group photo was taken after we finally
succeeded in getting everyone to settle down.
Roger Theriault was kind enough to focus our group with an invocation and
a prayer of thanks. The entire meal was excellent but the dessert "My Mother's
Acadian Molasses Cake with Acadian Maple Syrup Mousse" was especially scruptious.
spouses and guests at the First Dinner-Conference: Back row (l-r) Jim Theriault,
Dennis Reader, Karen Theriot Reader, Clayton Emery, Dr. Susan Therriault,
Alfred Theriault, Jr., Gérard Thériault, Anthony Theriault,
Charline Thériault Saulnier, Roger Theriault, Rosemary and Joseph
R. Theriault, middle row (l-r) Carole and Allain Therriault, Richard G.
Theriault, Esq., Leo Coté, Britanny and Tyler, Roger and Judy's
grandchildren; Anita Theriault and Judy Theriault; Sitting (l-r) Lise Theriault,
Murielle Theriault, Louise Theriault, Marie Theriault Shaw. (Click on photo
introduced each of the delegates and other special guests including Gérard
Thériault and Charline Saulnier, both delegates from Nova
Scotia but also our hosts that week in Clare, Nova Scotia to the Thériault
Reunion. In addition, Joe presented his guests, his sister Mert Coulombe-Kemzura
and her husband, George and Joe's spouse of 41 years, Rosemary from Massachusetts.
The other delegates in attendance included Karen Theriot Reader and spouse,
Dennis from California; Alain Therriault and guest, Carole from
Alfred Theriault and guest and cousin, Jim Theriault from
Louise Theriault and spouse, Anthony from New York; Murielle Theriault
and spouse, Leo Coté from Quebec; Richard Theriault and spouse,
Lise from Quebec; Roger Theriault, spouse Judy and grandchildren,
Tyler and Brittany from Ontario; Dr. Susan Therriault and spouse,
Clayton Emery from New Hampshire; Marie Theriault Shaw and guest,
Anita from Nova Scotia.
for the First Dinner-Conference was "Oars to Water! / Rames a l'Eau!",
a reminder of the ancient Acadian ethic that we all have a role to play
and a contribution to make to achieve our organizational goals.
DNA SURNAME PROJECT PRESENTATION: Karen Theriot Reader introducing the
Terriot DNA Surname project to the delegates. Karen is administrator for
the project. (Click on photo to zoom...)
the dessert course, Karen Reader presented an orientation to the Terriot
Acadian Family's latest project: the Terriot DNA Surname Project. Karen
explained the goals of the project as well as its status. Basically, we
have completed the first phase of the project which was to establish a
DNA 'baseline' for the Terriot family. Six male candidates from the organization
were invited and agreed to take the DNA test.The results were very conclusive:
five of the six were perfect matches, the sixth had a minor variation which
indicates a minor mutation of the DNA at some point in the lineage of that
particular candidate. Our project will focus on this mutation to better
understand its significance. As explained by Karen, this tool will be useful
for any member of the family in establishing one's relationship to the
Terriot family when it is not possible to establish one's lineage to Jehan
UP THE TELECON: Joe Therialt trying in vain to initiate a three-point
teleconference with delegates who were not able to attend. (Click on photo
presentation, our plans were to convene an international teleconference
with three delegates who were not able to attend for health reasons. These
were Aline Theriot Meaux (Mizmo) from Louisiana, Suzanne Theriault Lévesque
from Québec and Adrien Theriault from New Brunswick. Unfortunately,
technology, the complicated rules of the telephone company and the striking
Alliant workers prevented us from establishing our teleconference. A lesson-learned
for next time...
with his presentation, Joe Theriault presented each delegate with a complimentary
copy of the 'Descendants' Report', a two volume document consisting of
close to 1000 pages. Joe explained that the format of this revision allows
individual pages and sections to be replaced in the future as new revisions
are published. The report which will be available electronically to all
delegates soon was professionally printed and bound in a 3-ring presentation
binder specially for the delegates in attendance. The report is also the
first to fully report on all multiple lineages for individuals. Thus, many
members of the family are listed more than once in the respective chapters
pertaining for their generation. In a reciprocal act of generosity, the
delegates organized a donation to cover the cost of shipping copies to
the three delegates who were not able to attend.
TO WATER!": Joe Theriault in his opening remarks at the First Dinner-Conference
presenting the theme for the evening. (Click on photo to zoom...)
Next on the
evening's program was a presentation by the Director titled 'Promesse de
l'Acadie', wherein he announced a new addition to our family website titled
'Promesse de l'Acadie / Promise of Acadia'. In his presentation, Joe summarized
the goals of the new section, some notes and observations on his research
and on the references that were used and some readings from some of the
pages of the new section. The new section will cover the history of the
Terriot family during the decades of 1650 through 1740. It will present
the likely impact of those historical events on the Terriot family and
will analyze the details of the progress of the family in population, relationships,
accomplishments and migrations. He estimated that the new section will
be deployed before Christmas.
very late, the group agreed to continue with the Conference which was next
on the program, to discuss the business of the organization . There were
four key points of discussion: (1) what changes should be made to the organization
to accommodate its growth? (2) what steps should be taken to expand our
search for new Great-Branches and for members of the family to represent
them? (3) how can we become a fully bilingual organization? and, (4) is
our policy on confidentiality sufficient and our current privacy practices
adequate? There was much lively dialogue which will be more fully
reported upon separately to the delegates later.
Acadian Family's First Dinner-Conference was adjourned at 2230 hours, Atlantic
time with the delegates saying their fond farewells and returning
to their home destinations throughout the North American continent. They
would return to their custom of working together over the Internet until
their next Dinner-Conference.
Theriault Flag Waver!!
A few weeks
ago, we received an announcement accompanied with a photo from the proud
parents of the lovely Canadian patriot at right. Her name is Catherine
Theriault and she will be celebrating her very 1st birthday on 25 July.
In the photo taken on 1 July, she is celebrating Canada's 137th birthday
on that day by doing a little flag-waving.
are Bertrand and Michelle (Saucier) Theriault who tell us that "...She
is now the proud owner of 7 teeth, a great crawling ability and has finally
finished her first cold! She loves to swing at the park and has recently
discovered the slide. We expect that her first steps are approaching
as she enjoys walking holding on to furniture or fingers…"
delegate to the Ernest and Eva Theriault Great-Branch in Ontario, Canada.
Thanks for the happy news Bertrand and Michelle and for the lovely photo.
the photo to zoom)
HEARD OF 'MI-CARÊME'? Here is the story...
from Mizmo, our delegate from Louisiana of the 'Telesphore and Maria
Theriot' Great-Branch. She received it in turn from James Perry from Canada
who reported that "The old Acadian tradition of Mi-Carême recently
passed us. This info was recently in our local paper." (Translated literally,
'mi-carême' means 'mid-Lent' or 'middle of Lent'... probably derives
from the Acadian word 'mi-temp' meaning 'middle'.)
"The visit from 'Mi-Carême'
is based on an old Acadian tradition started several centuries ago. 'Mi-Carême'
comes out of the woods 20 days before Easter to encourage the children,
who have given up eating sweets and certain foods for Lent, and to let
them know they are half way there. On this special day the children are
allowed to eat a sweet and often the adults join in by dancing and playing
music when she arrives.
'Mi-Carême' was first invented
by Acadian families as a way of breaking the monotony in the midst of winter.
Samuel de Champlain created the Order of Good Times for the men, giving
them the opportunity to (get) together every second week to socialize,
play music and tell stories. Eventually the tradition came to some Acadian
communities on the Island. There are still areas in New Brunswick and Nova
Scotia where the tradition continues although its the special gatherings
that have taken priority."
Mr. Perry continues: "Here on the
Island 'Mi-Carême' comes out of the wood where she lives with animals
and birds, and visits some schools. She brings a basket full of fudge to
pass out to the children. Mi-Carême showed the children a bit of
life without television and computers :o( She showed them a model
of her wood stove, a replica of her wood table and bench which she made
herself and the lanterns she uses to light her home because it has no electricity.
This year she talked about living without modern conveniences. Then she
posed for a class picture which was also published in the Journal newspaper.
'Mi-Carême' is a tradition
which is receiving some measure of increased popularity in the last few
years. I think it is great that the traditions are not left to die away
but are being revived. They give a wonderful window into the lives of our
ancestors. So, all you Acadians, whip up a batch of fudge, or buy a box
of chocolates, or some special treat and treat the kids. Sit down and,
this is the important part, tell them a little of the Acadian history,
you know, their family, where they lived, how they lived, how they came
to be in Maine, Louisiana, or in Timbuctwo or wherever. It is important
that we pass along to the next generation the messages and teachings of
Right on, Mr. Perry!