||Province of Poitou, France [1,2]
||26 Dec 1704
||Port Royal, Acadia [3,4]
||30 Mar 2014
||Mathurin Phibauda THIBODEAU, b. Abt 1594, Marans Poitou, France
||Jeanne THERIOT, b. 1643
||Abt 1660 
| ||1. Marie THIBODEAU, b. 1661, St-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia|
| ||2. Marie "L'Cadette" THIBODEAU, b. 1663|
| ||3. Marie THIBODEAU, b. 1664|
| ||4. Anne-Marie THIBODEAU, b. 1666, Acadie|
| ||5. Marie-Catherine THIBODEAU, b. Abt 1667|
| ||6. Pierre "L'Aine" THIBODEAU, b. Abt 1670|
| ||7. Jeanne THIBODEAU, b. 1672|
| ||8. Jean THIBODEAU, b. Abt 1674, Port Royal, Acadie|
| ||9. Antoine THIBODEAU, b. Abt 1676|
| ||10. Pierre "LeJeune" THIBODEAU, b. Abt 1678|
| ||11. Michel THIBODEAU, b. Abt 1680|
| ||12. Cecile THIBODEAU, b. Abt 1680|
| ||13. Anne-Marie THIBODEAU, b. Abt 1682|
| ||14. Claude THIBODEAU, b. Abt 1685, Port-Royal, Acadie, Canada|
| ||15. Catherine-Josephe THIBODEAU, b. Abt 1686|
| ||16. Charles THIBODEAU, b. 1689|
- Pierre arrived at Port Royal, Acadia in 1654, under contract for three years at a wage of 100 livres per year (this information is contained in the "Catalogue des Immigrants" By Marcel Trudel).
Listed as a farmer (the 1671 census states "a plowman having seven arpents of cleared land"), he was
a miller (un meunier), owned a grist mill at Pree' Ronde, on upper Port Royal River,
In 1698 with four of his sons and several of his compatriots he founded the town of Chipoudy, now Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick.
There is good documentation about Pierre as one of his daughters married the secretary of the governor of Acadia. He was so popular with the governor and his co-settlers that he was given the role of "Sieur", a semi-noble title. Pierre and Jeanne had a total of 16 known children.
In 1981 a monument to him was erected at Round Hill, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia as the first white settler to live there.
The second oldest son, who with his father and brothers established Chipoudy, the family village.
Information from a 1994 Newspaper Article.
The ancestor of this family in Acadia, Pierre Thibodeau, is believed to have been born in 1630 in Marans, a village near La Rochelle, France. He followed Emmanuel LeBorgne de Belle-Isle to Acadia as a young man during the middle of the 1650s. Shortly after his arrival he married a young Acadian girl, Jeanne Theriault, who gave birth to 17 children.
Pierre Thibodeau settled approximately 17 kilometres from the mouth of the Port-Royal river in a lovely spot called Pree-Ronde. There he built his house, his farm and his flour and grist mill. Pierre was undoubtedly prosperous but he had larger ambitions. On June 20, 1695, Governor de Frontenac granted him on the Kennebec river (Maine), a seigniory two leagues deep and a league on each bank of the Kennebec river along with the islands.
At the age of 67, the enterprising Pierre Thibodeau decided to found a new community on the northern part of Baie Francaise (Fundy) called Chipoudie, now Hopewell Cape. He associated his sons and a few neighbors for this new foundation and had the necessary machinery for a flour and grist mill brought over from Boston.
In addition to his occupations as a farmer and a miller, Pierre Thibodeau was also a merchant. He traded furs with the Indians. Pierre Thibodeau died at Pree-Ronde and was buried at Port-Royal on December 27, 1704. His children settled at Port-Royal, Grand-Pre and Chipoudie.
From: Telegraph-Journal, Wednesday, August 10, 1994; p. A8
The following is what I have obtained in my research for the story of Pierre
Thibodeau and Pierre Terriot.
Shirley Thibodeaux LeBlanc
President, Thibodeaux Family Association Louisiana
Pierre arrived at Port Royal, Acadia in 1654, under contract for three years
at a wage of 100 livres per year (this information is contained in the
"Catalogue des Immigrants" By Marcel Trudel).
Listed as a farmer (the 1671 census states "a plowman having seven arpents
of cleared land"), he was a miller (un meunier), owned a grist mill at Pree'
Ronde, on upper Port Royal River. In 1698 with four of his sons and
several of his compatriots he founded the town of Chipoudy, now Hopewell
Hill, New Brunswick.
There is good documentation about Pierre as one of his daughters marri
the secretary of the governor of Acadia. He was so popular with the governor
and his co-settlers that he was given the role of "Sieur", a semi-noble
title. Pierre and Jeanne had a total of 16 known children.
The following article from the magazine "Acadian Genealogy Exchange" states: On November 8, 1980 a monument to him was unveiled at Round Hill, Annapolis
County, Nova Scotia as the first white settler to live in the Round Hill
area. " The marker was made possible by Nova Scotia Museum director, J. L.
Martin, who furnished the plaque, and by joint efforts of the Historical
Association or Annapolis Royal and La Societe Historique Acadienne de la
Our North American beginning can be traced to Pierre Thibodeau. All
searching for information on earlier history is "greatly dark." Pierre
sailing is unknown for certain, no shipping list containing his name has
been found. The only clue to his coming is that he arrived around 1651-1652
accompanying Emmanuel LeBorgne, a merchant of La Rochelle, France and t
principal creditor of D'Aulnay, Governor of Acadia. Pierre Thibodeau, t
settler at Pree Ronde, Acadia (Round Hill, Nova Scotia), was most likely
from the Poitou region of France, and had sailed from La Rochelle, France.
He was born between 1624 and 1631 according to the Acadian census and h
Following the usual terms of indentured service, Pierre Thibodeau, now free,
married (about 1660) Jeanne Terriot, daughter of Jean Terriot and Perri
Beau who had come to Acadia in the D'Aulnay years. The census of 1671,
taken shortly after the French regained title of Acadia, lists Pierre
Thibodeau as a ploughman (farmer). This census lists his age as forty, and
he is given as father of five daughters and a son. From this census of
Acadia we take his age to be about twenty years, when Pierre ventured to
this new land which was to become his home. This is the period when families
were moving away
from the Seigneur land holdings at Port Royal and away from the feudal
queries, that Pierre Thibodeau decided to move from the Port Royal area to
Pree Ronde up the Annapolis River. There he added a grist mill to his
marshlands farm and finally a saw mill. His property consisted of four farm
buildings and his mills of grain and planks, constructed on the stream of
A 1710 chart, located in the Museum of Fort Ann at Annapolis Royal clearly
shows his property, home and out
buildings and the two mills on the "Stream Loups Marins." His family grew to
sixteen children, (seven sons and nine daughters). We can still find
evidence, in the woods neighboring Round Hill, of the winding stream whose
current would have turned the wheels that worked the Thibodeau mills. It is
now a narrow stream, winding, rocky, and partially dry though it is
perfectly visible. It invokes memories of olden times when colonist would
come to have their grain ground and logs sawed at the mills. When we look at
the parish records of birth of Pierre's and Jeanne's children. The register
records the name of
three Maries, born in a row, then a Anne Marie, followed by Catherine. Five
daughter before the first son Pierre was born, ten years after their
marriage. This must have created a complication for Pierre and Jeanne, when
extra hands were needed for the harvest, and other farm work, and for years
they had only girls. The last child was born when Jeanne was about 45 years
old and had spent some 28 years of her life either pregnant, nursing or
After Jeanne's birth, four boys followed in succession. After the birth of
Jeanne the sixth daughter one can well imagine family life being focused
through the 1660's around the daughters. In the 1680's these daughters had
married and moved into their own homes, and life now focused around the four
teenage sons, who remained with the household until the turn of the century. The old custom, where the family estate went to the eldest son was
not regularly practiced in Acadia. Burdened with large families, it was the
middle or younger sons who became heirs of the family homestead. The eldest
sons in Acadia were far more likely to set out on their own as to bri
young bride into the ancestral homestead. In Pierre's family, the ancestral
responsibility fell to the third son Antoine, who at thirty had been married
for little more than a year when his father died. Jean the second son and a
year older than Antoine had like his older brother moved out to devel
place of his own. The younger boys, as in the practice of the time, would
work for their board under their mother.
||1. [S208] Dictionnaire Genealogue des Families Acadiennes - Stephen A. White. After 1686 Census
2. [S208] Dictionnaire Genealogue des Families Acadiennes - Stephen A. White. After 1686 Census
3. [S208] Dictionnaire Genealogue des Families Acadiennes - Stephen A. White. After 1686 Census
4. [S208] Dictionnaire Genealogue des Families Acadiennes - Stephen A. White. After 1686 Census
5. [S208] Dictionnaire Genealogue des Families Acadiennes - Stephen A. White. After 1686 Census