Less than a year from now, more than 120 Franco-American families will hold reunions for one or more days Aug. 8-24 in northern Maine or parts of Quebec or New Brunswick as part of World Acadian Congress 2014.
Many of the families who have signed up are Acadian, having come from France to the part of Canada which is now Nova Scotia. Some of the families were deported by the English in 1755, but others moved into New Brunswick and then up the St. John River to the Madawaska region.
But the Congress also will include reunions for those of French-Canadian descent, Francos who originally settled in and around Quebec City before moving up the St. Lawrence River to the St. John Valley.
One of those French-Canadian families is the Michaud clan, which will hold its gathering Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in St. Agatha in Aroostook County.
These are descendants of Pierre Michau, 1637-1702, from Fontenay, Poitou, France, and Marie (Ancelin) Michau, 1651-1729, from LaRochelle, France. Michau means “little Michael.”
Pierre arrived in Quebec in 1656, and he married Marie Ancelin Oct. 2, 1667, in Ile aux Grues, Quebec. Both died in Kamouraska, Quebec. Pierre was the son of Antoine Michel and Marie Juain or Train, and Marie was the daughter of Rene Ancelin and Claire Rousselot.
There are numerous Michaud descendants in Maine and Canada. Moreover, many Michauds have more than one line back to Pierre and Marie.
Genevieve Michaud, who married Louis Nadeau in 1758 in Kamouraska, is my husband’s great-great-great-great-grandmother in one line, and his great-great-great-great-great-grandmother in another line. Genevieve was the daughter of Joseph Michaud and Marguerite Ouellette.
Gaelen also is descended from Catharine Michaud, who married Jean Francois Paradis in 1765; from Marie Anne Michaud, who married Pierre Boucher in 1695; from Marguerite Michaud, who married Pierre Pinette in 1765; from Marguerite Michaud, who married Augustin Lavoie in 1729; and from Madeleine Michaud, who married Jean Baptiste Dionne in 1728.
On reunion day, there will be genealogy booths 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in the church hall at St. Agathe Catholic Church on Main Street. Food vendors and children’s games will be in the town park.
Souvenirs such as hats and shirts will be available for purchase, and entertainment will be offered 3-10 p.m.
A Michaud family picnic will be 4-7 p.m., and the family’s annual meeting will run 9 a.m.-noon at Lakeview Restaurant on the hill. Plans also call for a family Mass, or for descendants to attend the Saturday Mass at St. Agathe.
For information about the Michaud reunion, visit michaud.cma2014.com/en/
Those interested are also welcome to attend the next family reunion planning meeting, Les Michauds 2014, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the meeting room at the St. Agatha Town Office. Use the back door. Information also is available from Bernard Michaud at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about World Acadian Congress, including articles by BDN reporter Julia Bayly, by going to the BDN website at bangordailynews.com and entering World Acadian Congress in the search box on the right.
For information about other families participating in World Acadian Congress 2014, visit cma2014.com/en.
For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email email@example.com.