Biographie Theriault Charles



Biographie Theriault Charles

Charles est né dans le Fief L'islet - à- la-Peau, partie de St-Roch-des-Aulnaies et non à la Pocatière; c'est le curé qui a noté dans les archives de sa paroisse...
En 2003, ce fief est passé à St-Jean-Port-Joli en 1775...
Joseph est mort quand Charles avait 2 ans dans ce fief, et inhumé à St-Roch...

Residence: 1793, Kamouraska, , Québec, Canada. 507 Charles was a resident of Kamouraska when he married.

Charles Terriot was a member of the first generation of Acadian ex-patriates who followed the Acadian expulsion of the 1750's. Charles was born and baptized on 24 January 1763, the third and youngest of three sons born to Joseph Terriot and Marie Agnès. Joseph and Marie Agnès fled with their family to Quebec from Beaubassin in former Acadia in 1759. Charles was one of 10 children in that family and one of the four children born after the emigration of the family to Québec. Charles was thus born into the turmoil of a family recovering from the move with his father Joseph trying to find a place for the family to live and trying to find a job that would earn the family a living. When Charles was born, his older brother, Jacques Leon had turned 16 and was just old enough to help their father earn a living to support a family of 12 people.

The times were hard. But in 1763, the year that Charles was born, Joseph was finally granted a 340 acre property which he would cultivate and upon which he could build their home. Québec would now be their permanent home. Also in that same year, France capitulated and ceded the remainder of their North American colonies to England. Nova Scotia now included the entire maritime area of Great Britain's Canada.

Tragically, before Charles celebrated his 3rd birthday, his father Joseph died at the age of 46. Charles never really knew his father. His surrogate father surely was his older brother, Jacques Leon who was then 18 years old. Charles was raised apparently with no education as were his brothers and sisters. Whatever schooling was done by their parents in this case, principally their mother, Marie-Agnès.

As Charles approached his adolescence, his older sister Marguerite married as did his older brother Anselme. These marriages of course brought more people into the family. With the family's 340 acre property, there was plenty of land for the new families emerging. While Marguerite probably left the family homestead to make a life with her new husband in the Senechal family, Anselme no doubt brought his new bride, Romaine Thibault in to the family which provided additional help. Charles continued his life with his family eventually able to provide for his family as an adult.

It would be many years before he would attract the attention of a girl from Rivière Ouelle, Ann Blondeau dit Verbois to marry her. Finally, in October 1793, Charles at the age of 30 married Ann and settled in that area to raise their family. Starting in 1794 leading up to the new century, Charles and Ann received three daughters (Marie-Josephe, Apolline and Angelique) and one son who they named Charles (II) as well. Charles no doubt provided for his family by farming if only for subsistence but in general, the family life appeared to be peaceful, quiet, healthful and relatively happy. The great conflicts of the New World had subsided and Canada and the United States were focused on forming their new governments. People would be left to focus on the pursuit of happiness in their lives.

After the turn of the new century, Marie-Josephe (called “Josette” by her family) married Jean Saint-Onge and started their family. Also, 8 years later and in quick succession, Charles (II) married Léocadie Gagnon, a local girl from Sainte Anne de la Pocatière, and two months later, Apolline married a local boy, Pierre Plourde from Rivière Ouelle. Soon after their wedding but before their first child was born in 1823, Charles II and his bride made the major decision to set out for the new territory of Madawaska where there were opportunities for land ownership. A few years after, Pierre and Apolline, and Jean and Josette chose to join Charles (II) and Léocadie in Madawaska. Little did Charles (I) and Ann know that at least three of their four children would figure prominently in the development and history of the Madawaska territory.

Eventually, Charles and Ann joined their children in the wilderness of the Madawaska territory. They came first for a short period when Léocadie died after delivering their third child which was still-born. After Charles and Ann, and their two daughters Josette and Apolline wer able to re-organize their lives to help Charles (II), Charles and Ann returned home to Bas Canada where their youngest daughter, Angelique was looking forward to marrying Pierre Paradise. It would be almost 20 years before Charles and Ann would return to Madawaska to join all of their children. But eventually, some time around the late 1840's, Charles (II) son, Dolphis was able to build a more comfortable home that would accommodate Charles and Ann. And so it was that Charles and Ann returned to Madawaska to watch their children participate in the development of the Madawaska territory and to spend their last days.

Ann died in 1849 and was buried in Saint Basile. Charles followed two years later.

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