In March of 1769, George Walker, magistrate of Nipisiguit, Bathurst in
Gloucester County, granted Alexis Landry permission to settle at Caraquet.
According to the registers of 1779, Charles Poirier came next to settle
here. Thus it is that there is documented proof that these first two
settlers were in Caraquet in 1769.
Belief has been that the number of settlers grew rapidly from this time on
because the Acadians had been officially authorized, through royal
proclamation, to return to their original homeland of Acadie so as to
take posession of unocuppied lands. Thus, the colonization of Caraquet
In 1784, the governor of Nova Scotia, conceded 14 150 acre lots of land to
34 families who for the most part descended from the first inhabitants of
Caraquet. These are:
The following baptisms were accessed from the Caraquet Parish registers:
Olivier Légère (Léger)
Jacques Morret (Morais)
François Gionest (Gionet)
Pierre Frigaux (Frigault)
René Haché dit Gallant
Olivier, born the twentieth of June in wedlock to Charles LeBlanc and Marie
Breau. The godfather was François Arseneau, and the godmother Anne
Bastarache. Neither the parents nor the godparents knew how to sign their
Pierre, fourth child born in wedlock to Joseph Bastarache and Marie
Girouard. The godfather was François LeBlanc, and the godmother Rosalie
LeBlanc. Neither the parents nor the godparents knew how to sign their
Isabelle, born the eighth of May, 1794, in wedlock to Charles LeBlanc and
Marie Breau; the godfather was Raphaël Poirier, son of Gédaïc, and the
godmother Hélène Breau. Neither the parents nor the godparents knew how to
sign their names.
Recorded in Bouctouche on the date inscribed above, J. Castanet, missionary,
Baye des Chaleurs.
The children of Isidore Bastarache (son of Pierre) and Rosalie LeBlanc:
André, m. Anne LeBlanc (daughter of Joseph).
Athanase, m. Apolonie LeBlanc (daughter of Charles).
Thaddée, m. Marguerite Allain (first wife), and Geneviève Thibodeau (second
Michel, m. Marie Saulnier (daughter of Pierre) on September 11, 1820.
Marie, m. Paul LeBlanc (son of Joseph).
Marguerite, m. François Saulnier (son of Pierre).
Gertrude, m. Michel Allain (son of Jean-Baptiste).
Apollonie, m. Tanis Collet (son of Julien).
The family of Joseph Bastarache (son of Pierre) and Anne Girouard, also
known as Bistet, included the following children:
Anne, wife of Eloi LeBlanc (son of Joseph).
Placide, husband of Blanche Allain (daughter of Benjamin).
Modeste, wife of Bélonie Allain (son of Benjamin).
Agnès, wife of Joseph Mazerolle (son of Paul), Bay of Winds.
Adélaide, wife of Béloni Savoie (son of Jean).
Moïse, husband of Marguerite Allain (daughter of Louis).
Marie-Rose, wife of Olivier LeBlanc (son of Charles).
Pierre, husband of Marie Allain.
Natalie, wife of Jérôme Meunier, Bouctouche.
Brigitte, wife of Simon LeBlanc (son of Charles).
Thomas, husband of Marie Cormier (daughter of Michel) of Bouctouche.
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