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