To this date we still have no clue as to the place of origin of the first Gautreau of the Acadian line except that he took a boat from Auray Harbour in France, on the 14th of july in 1632. We also know that he bears a surname witch comes from old Poitou region in France.

François Gautreau disembarked probably from his overseas voyage, at La Hève in Nova Scotia on September the 8th, in 1632, with Isaac de Razilly and 300 ”first class soldiers”. In 1634, he married an Indien woman “Micmac” name Marie with whom they had two children, Marie and Charles. He remaried (1645) Edmée Lejeune from whom nine children were born. They are Marie, Jean, François, Renée, Marguerite, Claude, Charles, Jeanne and Germain. We know that they later moved to Port-Royal because we find them on the first Acadian census in 1671. On the following census in 1686, François and his wife are living with their son Claude. François died between 1686 and the following census in 1693 where Edmée Lejeune is declared as a widow. She died before the 1698 census.


The family of François Gautreau was scattered by the great displacement of 1755. We found some of François’s descendants in New England, Maryland and Lousiana in the United States. Others went back to France, at either St-Malo or Belle-Isle-En-Mer. Finaly, others managed to escape elsewhere in Canada, like the two brothers P’Tit Pierre and P’Tit Jean who founded the Gautreau village near Memramcook, just south of Moncton, NB. Another, Jean, reached Québec city after a short stay in Montmagny. Finaly, others went East to the island of St-Pierre-et-Miquelon.

Children of François

Born in or around 1636. Married Michel Dupeux-Dupuis in Port-Royal.

Born in or around 1638. Married in Québec to Françoise Cousin on Octobre 13, 1665.  Five children were born: Mathurin, Charles, Guillaume, Marie-Anne and Françoise. He settled with his family in Charlesbourg near Québec City where he died on December 16, 1714.

Born in or around 1647. Married Claude Terriot, son of Jean and Perrine Bourg, in Port-Royal in or around 1662.  She died in 1732 she was 85 years old.

Born in or around 1648.  We lost track of Jean in the 1671 census.

Born in or around 1652. He was a coureur de bois. He married Marie-Sébastienne Brun, daughter of Vincent and Renée Breau in 1680 in Port-Royal.  He settled in Grand-Pré and died prio to1693.

Twin to François. Born in or around 1652. Married an engineer, Jean de Labatte pronounced Marquis, born in France.

Born in or around 1655. Married in or around 1669 to Jacques Jacob Girouard pronounced Varennes.

Born in or around 1659. Married in or around 1685 Marie Terriau, daughter of Bonaventure and Jeanne Boudrot. They lived with Claude’s parents in 1686 in Port-Royal. They later settled at la Rivière-des-Gasparaux. Claude died when he was 66 years old on March 24, 1733. They had eight children: Marie, Jacques, Anne, Élisabeth, Jean, Charles, Joseph et Catherine-Joseph.

Born in or around 1661. He married Françoise Rimbaut in or around 1684. He settled aux Mines. Françoise Rimbaut died at Grand-Pré May 27, 1712.  Elen children were born to this couple: François, Charles, Claude, Pierre, Anne, Madeleine, Marie, Jean, Marguerite, Isabelle and Claire.

Born in or around 1664. Married in or around 1681 the cooper Pierre Lanoue, was born in France.

Born in or around 1668.  We were only able to locate him in the 1671 census.