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Françoise Melanson (1709 - aft. 1765)

Françoise Melanson
Born in Grand-Pré, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 14 Oct 1725 in Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Grand-Pré, Acadie, Colony of Nova Scotiamap
Descendants descendants
Died after after age 55 in Luisiana, Nueva Españamap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Aug 2009
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Françoise Melanson is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.
FRANCOISE MELANSON veuve JOSEPH THERIOT is on the Wall of Names at the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, Louisiana, on Plaque 6 Left. Listed with her are four children: Thomas, Ambroise, Paul and Francois Xavier.[1]

Françoise Melancon, daughter of Pierre Melanson and Marie-Rosalie Blanchard, was born 27 February 1709, and baptized 28 February 1709.[2][3]

Françoise (16) married Joseph Theriot (25) (born about 1699 in Cobeguit, Acadie, Nouvelle-France; son of Pierre Thériot and Marie Bourg) on 14 October 1725 in Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Grand-Pré, Acadie, Colony of Nova Scotia.[4][5][6]

Their known children were:

  1. Euphrosine Thériot (abt. 1725–1759)
  2. Alexis (Thériault) Thériot (abt. 1726–1799)
  3. Joseph (Theriot) Thériot (abt. 1728–bef. 1759)
  4. Éstienne Theriault (1731– )
  5. Françoise Josephe Theriot (abt. 1733–abt. 1759)
  6. Jacques Theriot (abt. 1737– )
  7. Marguerite Susanne Thériot (abt. 1740–abt. 1817)
  8. Thomas Theriot (abt. 1743–1807)
  9. Marie Magdeleine Thériot (abt. 1745– )
  10. Ambroise Theriot (abt. 1748–1794)
  11. Paul Theriot (bef. 1751–1816)
  12. François Xavier Theriot (abt. 1754–1820)

In 1750, Francoise, with her husband, Joseph, and their seven children, moved to île St. Jean.[6]

In 1752, the family was at Rivière du Ouest, Isle Saint-Jean. Their lot was on the north side of the Riviere du Ouest. It was given to them verbally by Monsieur de Bonaventure. He, in turn, gave the lot to his son-in-law, Charles Henry. Joseph left the lot and went to Bedeque.[7][6]

In 1763, they were recorded much further south in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[6]

She arrived in Louisiana in 1765, age 56, widow of Joseph Thériot of Cobeguit; having come with four sons--Thomas, age 20, Ambroise, age 17, Paul-Hippolyte, age 14, and François-Xavier, called Xavier, age 12.[1]

In the Cabanocey census of 1766, on the left [east] bank, she was called Franca MELESSON widow TERIOT & Francoise MELLENSON widow TERRIOT, age 57, with sons Thomas THERIOT, age 21, Ambroise THERIOT age 18, Paul THERIOT age 15, & Exavier THERIOT age 12, 0 slaves, 4 arpents, 0 cattle, 0 sheep, 0 hogs, 0 guns.[8]

Research Notes

DOBR gives marriage year as 1724, though Reader gives 1725, citing White and others, noting the discrepancy with DOBR. (Bourque-573 20:24, 27 August 2022 (UTC))


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Wall of Names at the Acadian Memorial, compiled by the Wall of Names Committee, Jane G. Bulliard, Chair (Opelousas, LA: Bodemuller The Printer, 2015) p. 25.
  2. Library and Archives Canada, Fonds de la paroisse catholique Saint-Charles-des-Mines (Grand-Pré, N.-É.) - 1869; Canadiana, Heritage, Parish registers: Nova Scotia : C-1869 (Image 25):
    Sponsors were Deteinville, lieutenant of a company of the naval detachment and commandant aux Mines, and Marguerite Landry.
  3. Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records
    (SGA-1, 6)
  4. Library and Archives Canada, Fonds de la paroisse catholique Saint-Charles-des-Mines (Grand-Pré, N.-É.) - 1869; Canadiana, Heritage, Parish registers: Nova Scotia : C-1869 (Image 608):
    Witnesses were Martain Borgue; Jacque Ebert; Jean Tibeaudaud; Jean Melanson; Rene Blanchard; Piere Melanson; sig. Joseph Terio; Francoise Melanson.
  5. Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, p. 158;
    Francoise Melancon (Pierre Melancon and Marie Blanchard) m. 4 Oct. 1724 [sic] Joseph Terriot (Pierre Terriot and Marie Bourg) wit Martain Borque; Jacque Ebert; Jean Tibeaudaud (signed), Jean Melanson (signed), Rene Blanchard, Pierre Melanson (signed); sig. Joseph Terio; Francoise Melanson (SGA-2, 250).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Michael B. Melanson, Melanson~Melancon The Genealogy of an Acadian and Cajun Family, (Dracut, Massachusetts: Lanesville Pub., 2004) pp. 47 and 48.
  7. Report Concerning Canadian Archives for the Year 1905, Volume II (Ottawa: S.E.Dawson, 1905), pp. 81-82; 1752 La Roque Census. The original census, in French, can be found at Census Original Version “Recensement de l'Isle Royal et de Isle Saint-Jean ” image 310-311;
    at Rivière du Ouest : Joseph Terriaud, ploughman, native of l'Acadie, aged 53 years, has been in the country two years. Married to Françoise Melançon, native of l'Acadie, aged 44 years. They have seven children, five sons and two daughters:-
    Estienne Terriaud, aged 21 years.
    Jacques, aged 15 years
    Thomas, aged 9 years
    Ambroise, aged 4 years
    Paul, aged one year.
    Margueritte Suzanne, aged 12 years
    Marie Magdeleine, aged 7 years.
    They have in live stock two oxen, two cows, one heifer, one calf, two sows, and one pig. The land upon which they are settled is situated as in the preceding case, and was given to them under similar conditions. They would be able next spring to sow about four bushels of wheat, but he leaves this locality to go to Bedecq[sic] to live, and Charles Henry, his son-in-law is coming to live on this lot.
  8. Lillian C. Bourgeois, Cabanocey: The History, Customs and Folklore of St. James Parish, (New Orleans: Pelican Publishing, 1998) p. 169.

See Also:

  • Stephen A. White, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles acadiennes, "Ajouts et corrections", (University of Moncton, Centre d'études acadiennes) Online; for p. 1153 of the DGFA (août 2007) La même famille [Pierre Melanson]
h. Françoise. Sur la deuxième ligne, au lieu de «Marguerite Landry», lire «Marguerite Melanson».

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The WON entry says she was the widow of Thomas Theriot. The WON page for her says it was Joseph Theriot and her spouse on this profile is Joseph Theriot. Should the WON entry at the top of the profile be changed from Thomas to Joseph?

posted by Cindy (Bourque) Cooper
Thanks Cindy--good catch! I edited the given name of her deceased husband after consulting the Wall of Names Booklet.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Melancon-210 and Melanson-3 appear to represent the same person because: same spouse
Melancon-210 and Melanson-343 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates of birth, parents and spouse
Melancon-210 and Melanson-343 are not ready to be merged because: I think Melancon-210 and Melanson-343 both need to merge into Melanson-3. See if you agree.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard

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