In The Beginning
In October of the year 1799, eight Acadian families were the first official settlers to stay in the community of Tignish. They travelled to Tignish from Malpeque in an open boat through some extreme weather conditions. They went through this so their families could be brought up in an area that was rich with unused farmland and reasonable in living costs such as rent. Many people believe that the Acadians knew of this community before because of their fishing and hunting travels. They first settled in the area known as “The Green” because of its rich green meadows. This was also where they built their first chapel.The following are the first set of Acadian families to settle here in Tignish, along with some brief information:
- Basile Poirier (1799): Husband of Tharsile Bernard; brother of Germain and Pierre Poirier; father of Pascal, Simon, Moise, Isaie, Marie and Henriette. Settled on the right hand side of the Tignish Run.
- Jocques Chiasson (1799): Born in 1729. Husband of Judith Boudreau; father of Jean, Marie, Judith, Francoise, Madeleine, Nanette, and FideleSt. Settled in the St. Peter & St. Paul area, or North of the border of the Big Tignish River. Passed away at the age of 93.
- Gregoire Bernard (1799): Born around 1770. Husband of Judith Chiasson; father of Marie and Fidele. Settled in the Nail Pond area.
- Pierre Poirier (1799): Husband of Marie Chaisson; brother of Germain and Basile Poirier; father of Sosime, Joseph, Jacques, Pierre, Moise, and Judith. Settled on the right hand side of the Tignish Run.
- Etienne Gaudet (1799): Born May 25, 1767 in St-Pierre sue Miquelon. Husband of Madeleine Chaisson and they had three children. They settled half way between “The Green” and present day St. Simon & St. Jude Church.
- Joseph Richard (1799): Born around 1750. Husband of Rosalie Poirier; father of Joseph, Thomas, Hilaire, Rufin, Alexis, Paul, Modeste, Blanche, and Madeleine. Settled in the St. Peter & St. Paul area, or North of the border of the Big Tignish River.
- Germain Poirier (1799): Husband of Esther Aucoin; brother of Basile and Pierre Poirier. Settled on the right hand side of the Tignish Run.
- Joseph DesRoches (1799): Born in 1750. Husband of Anne Doucet; father of Laurent, Auguste, Andre, Celestin, Joseph, Julien, and Marie. Settled in the St. Felix area.
- Joseph Doucet (1800): Born in 1760. Husband of Rosalie DesRoches. Settled on the Doucette Road.
- Charles Doucet (1800): Husband of Isabelle Arsenault. Settled on the Doucette Road.
- Pierre Arsenault (1800): Born around 1750. Husband of Anne Doucet. Settled on the left side of the Tignish Run.
- Joseph Gaudet (1800): Husband of Francoise Chaisson. They settled half way between “The Green” and present day St. Simon & St. Jude Church.
* Please continue to the next page for information on the Irish Settlers.