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Les Cormier


Source:  Microfilm # N31067 (National Archive)
A series of articles published in the L'Evangeline (Newspaper) , 
Monton, N.B.

"Les Acadiennes de Terre-Neuve"    
by Thomas W. Leblanc published : 18 March 1948

Les Cormier 

En, 1847, le Captitain Firmin Cormier de Margaree, Cap-Breton, 
qui avait passe plusieurs annees aux Iles-Madeleine, traversa sur 
a goelette a Picadilly, Port-au-Port, Terre-Neuve avec sa famille 
et deux autres familles du nom de LeBlanc.

Peu de temps apres son arrivee,  il quitta Picadilly avec ses deux fils
comme equipage pour se rendre en Nouvell-Ecosse, croyant revenir 
avant l'hiver des provisions pour les trois familles. Mais il ne put  
revinir qu'au  printemps, ce qui a occasionne beaucoup de souffrances 
et de privations pour les trois familles etablies a Picadilly.

L'annee suivante, le Captitaine Cormier vint habiter Sandy Point a St. 
Georges, et il continua de commander des goelettes pour des 
compagnies anglaises, francaises et ecossaises.

Firmin Cormier s'est noye avec tout son equipage quand ja goelette 
"Bloomer" qu'il commandait (s)ombra entre Port Hood, Cap-Breton 
et St. Georges, T.N.  Tout les membres de l'equipage etaient ecossais 
sauf le Captitaine Cormier.

Les descendants de Firmin Cormier sont nombreaux a tere-Neuve, 
surtout a Stephenville.

Une autre famille de Cormier a fait un bref sejour a Terre-Neuve: celle 
d'Isadore Cormier, qui vint des Iles Madeleine a St-Georges vers 1850.
Apres quelques annee a Sandy Point, cette famille retourna aux Iles 
Madeleine, ou l'on doit encore trouver de ses descendants.

(Translation by Leo Doucet)

In, 1847, Captain Firmin Cormier from Margaree, Cape Breton, who had spent several years on the Magdellan Islands, crossed on his goelette to Picadilly, Port-au-Port, Newfoundland with his family and two other families of the LeBlanc name.

Shortly after his arrival, he left Picadilly with two sons for crewmembers to go to Nova Scotia, believing that he would return before the winter with provisions for the three families. But he returned only in the spring, which caused much sufferings for the three families in Picadilly.

The following year, Captain Cormier lived at Sandy Point in St. George’s, and he continued to control goëlettes for English, French and Scottish companies.

Firmin Cormier was lost with all his crew when his goëlette “Bloomer” sank between Port Hood, Cape Breton and St. George’s, Newfoundland. All crew members were Scottish except for Captain Cormier.

The descendants of Firmin Cormier are great in number within the province of Newfoundland, especially in the Stephenville area.

Another Cormier family stayed for a short time in Newfoundland: that of Isadore Cormier, who came from the Magdellan Islands to St. George’s about 1850. After a few years at Sandy Point, this family went back to the Magdellan Islands, where one would still find his descendants.


The Article was written by Thomas Leblanc of St. George's in 1948 and published in the l'Evangeline Newspaper of New Brunswick. It was transcribed by Laverne (Perrier) Cormier and posted to the Internet in September 1998 by Stephen Baker.

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