THE TELEGRAPH JOURNAL - - - Saint John, N.B. Monday, Aug.1 1994


To give you a better idea of our great ancestors and their families as well as their locations starting in the 1600's through to the 1800's, a brief summary was kindly provided by THE TELEGRAPH JOURNAL a local newspaper in Saint John New Brunswick dated Monday August 1 1994. The contributor was Fiedele Theriault. It read as such:

This family was originally known as DAIGRE and it is only during the 18th century that the spelling became fixed as DAIGLE.

The patriarch of this family in Acadia is a young frenchman, OLIVIER DAIGLE, who came to Acadia during the 1600,s. He settled at Port Royal where he married the daughter of an old established Acadian family, Marie Gaudet, daughter of Denis Gaudet and Martine Gauthier. He died around 1683, leaving a family of nine children; including seven sons. His widow remarried, around 1685, with Jean Fardel.

The New Brunswick Daigles are descended from two of this pioneer's sons; BERNARD, and OLIVIER junior. OLIVIER junior stayed on the paternal farm at Port Royal while BERNARD moved to Pisquit (Windsor Nova Scotia ) around 1695. He had a family of 11 children, among which was JOSEPH who married Madeleine Gautreau. He was the ancestor of the DAIGLES in Madawaska and in Bathurst. In 1755 JOSEPH DAIGLE his wife and two of their sons, JEAN BAPTISTE and JOSEPH, managed to escape the British troops and found refuge in Quebec City, in Virginia, and in Massachusetts. After the upheaval, the two brothers, JEAN BAPTISTE and JOSEPH returned to Acadia and settled on the Saint John River. However thier tranquility was short lived and their tribulations were renewed with the arrival of the loyalists in 1784. They moved again JEAN BAPTISTE went to Nipisiquit and JOSEPH to Madawaska. Their descendants are numerous in both regions.

Another son of BERNARD, CHARLES DAIGLE, left descendants in New Brunswick. CHARLES DAIGLE, in trying to escape his persecutors, sought refuge on Ile Saint Jean (Prince Edward Island ). Safety there was illusory for he was captured and deported with his family to Saint Servan, in Brittany, in northern France. His son, OLIVIER, died there around 1774. His widow, Marie- Blanche Robichaud, then decided to return to Acadia with her children on one of the ships owned by the Robin Company.

After a few years in Bonaventure, the family moved to Richibucto and then settled permanently at Saint Charles de Kent in New Brunswick where Marie- Blanche died in 1818.

One of Olivier junior's sons, FABIEN DAIGLE, married to Marie Rose Robichaud, settled at Petite- Aldouane in 1790 after having lived in the Gaspe during some ten years.

The Daigles of Cape Breton, the Gaspe, and Kent County in New Brunswick are the descendants of Olivier junior, brother to Bernard.

There are descendants of Olivier Daigle in the Maritime Provinces, Quebec, Louisiana and France (Belle-Isle-en-Mer and Chatellerault )


The Daigle Family of Acadia

Taken from Journal Officiel du Congres Mondial Acadien........Juillet 1994

The First Daigle Was A Labourer

On the 20th. Aug. in Richibouctou over 1000 people assembled for a festival.The celebration was for the first DAIGLE FAMILY who was very popular in northern Kent County.

According to information collected by Alvin Daigle responsible for organizing the reunion of the original french family from the Poitou region.

The first Daigle to arrive in Acadia (spelled "Daigre" at the time, only to change in the early 1800's) was named Olivier. He departed for Port Royal ( Nova Scotia ) in 1643 and in 1663 he was engaged to Marie Gaudet, the daughter of Denis Gaudet and Martine Gauthier. Records show they married around 1666. Nine children were born from this union. Jean Daigle in 1667, Jacques Daigle in 1669, Bernard Daigle in 1670, Louis Daigle in 1673, Olivier Daigle in 1674, Jean II Daigle in 1676, Marie Daigle in 1678, Anne Daigle in 1679, and Pierre Daigle in 1681.The census carried out in Port Royal say that the father Olivier was a labourer. According to the census he was said to have had "two parcels of land, six pair of black sheep and a beast of burden".

His sons Bernard and Olivier Jr. married. Olivier, to Jeannine Blanchard, and Marie Claire Bourg to Bernard.

Olivier and Jeannine decided to remain in the Port Royal region and brought up there seven children there. Their children where Paul Daigle born in 1696, Anne Daigle in 1698, Marie Daigle in 1701, Olivier Daigle in 1703, Jeanne Daigle in 1706, Marguerite Daigle in 1708, and Jean Baptiste Daigle in 1710.

Bernard and Marie Claire decided to go to Pisiquit ( today called Windsor, Nova Scotia ) in 1695. There they raised ten children. Their children were: Bernard Daigle born in 1693, Pierre Daigle in 1694, Joseph Simon Daigle in 1696, Jean Daigle in 1698, Charles Daigle in 1702, Francois Daigle in 1704, Abraham Daigle in 1706, Marie in 1708, Rene Daigle in 1709, and Amand in 1712.

Joseph, son of Bernard and Marie Claire, ensured the ancestry of the family continued into New Brunswick. Joseph and his wife Madeline Gautreau fled to Saint Charles -de-Bellechasse, in Quebec at the time of deportation in 1755 with two of their sons Jean Baptiste and Simon Joseph.

In 1769 against the advice of there respective family, Jean Baptiste, and Simon Joseph decided to return to Acadia and settle in the region of Fredericton, N.B. In the time of the loyalists in 1783 the brothers worked the land. Jean Baptiste settled in Bathurst N.B., while Simon Joseph went to Madawaska.

What if we concentrate on the Daigle family researchers have studied in the county of Kent on the brother of Joseph and son of Bernard and Marie Claire Bourg. Charles is the head of the ancestory line of the Daigles in 1702 before he married his wife Francoise Doucet in 1723. They had eight children born in Pisiquit prior to deportation,and reestablished in Ille Saint Jean ( Prince Edward Island ) after the capture of Louisbourg, they then went to Saint- Servan Bretagne.

The fourth generation of Daigles is Olivier, son of Charles and Francoise Doucet. Olivier was free to marry in 1758 to Marie Blanche Robichaud. AN intriguing piece of information according to researchers is that at one time it is said that Olivier Daigle was going to find five English ships that helped with the deportation. Olivier died in 1774 at Saint Servan Bretagne in France. Around the month of May in the same year his wife Marie Blanche and his eight children joined a group of people for Bonaventure along the Gaspe. The year 1790 marked the arrival of the family to Richibouctou, they put up with a lot of bad weather before arriving at Saint Charles.

The way they write the name varies from "Daigle, Daigre, and Deagle". You can still find the name spelled "Daigre" in France today. The spelling was changed to Daigle with the missionaries in the 1800's.

The ancestors of the family can be found in Kent County, Madawaska, Louisiana, Maine, Connecticut, and Vermont.