Nadeau family picking potatoes in 1946
Researching my Nadeau ancestors, I encountered various spellings of the family name, including Nadeau, Nadow, Nadot, Nedeau, and Neddow.
My Nadeau Family migrated from Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada in the late 1700s.
My 3rd Great Grandfather, Jean Baptiste Nadeau, appears to have been the first Nadeau to migrate to the Saint John River Valley around 1790.
Jean Baptiste, son of Louis and Marie Genevieve Michaud, married Marie Anne
Albert, daughter of Francois Albert and Marie Anne Paradis on 7 August 1788 at
Kamouraska, Kamouraska County, Province of Quebec. Their first son, Jean Baptiste's birth and baptism
is recorded in the parish registers of St André de Kamouraska on 1 Jul 1794 with a note that he was born
on 8 Mar 1794 and that they were living in Madawaska.
My Nadeau Family is descendant from Joseph Ossany Nadeau, who according to Bernard Nadeau in his book
Canuck Odyssey, arrived in Canada in 1662 as a contract laborer (engagé) possibly
aboard le Sacrifice d'Abraham. Joseph was born in Genouillac in the diocese of Angouleme, the ancient
province of Angoumois, today the Department of Charente and Charente Maritime, in France. Angouleme is
located 440 kilometers south west of Paris.
See the map of the St. Lawrence River with MouseOver popups on the villages where Joseph and Marguerite lived.
Canuck Odyssey is no longer available in print, but Bernard
granted the LDS Family History Center permission to microfilm the book, which is available on FHL fiche
Theophile Soucy with his boys on Soucy Hill Farm
Various spellings of the Soucy family name were encountered while doing this research,
including Soucie, Soussis, Sussie and Soucy.
My Soucy Family migrated from Rimouski, Quebec, Canada to Winterville, Maine sometimes
between 1861 and 1866. The Saint Francois de Madawaska parish register shows an entry for
Rosalie's baptism on 10 May 1866. Rosalie was the daughter of Cléophas Soucy and Catherine Arsenault, my
grandmother Soucy's grandparents. Her birth is shown as nearly a month earlier, on 19 Apr 1866.
Was the family living in Winterville, or Township 14 Range 6 at the time?
Cléophas Soucy, son of Joseph Soucy and Marie Petronille Coté, was born in May 1823
in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada. He first married Adele Migneault on 22 Nov 1847 and then Catherine
Arseneault on 21 Jan 1852 according to the Ste Cecile de Bic, Rimouski parish register. My notes indicate
that Cléophas Soucy was buried at St Joseph in Wallagrass, Maine in 1898. I was not able to find his
tombstone last summer. My aunt indicates he was the first person buried in the St Mary's Cemetary, in Eagle
My Soucy Family is descendant from Jean Soucy who came to Canada with the Carignan-Salière Regiment in June 1665. Jean was in the Grandfontaine Company. In 1669 Jean was working for Pierre Bécart, seigneur à lîle aux Grues. It is most likely from him that he obtain a land concession on l’Île aux Oies where he built his house in 1674.