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Les Delaney


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 25 Mar 1948

Les Delaney  (Delaney excerpt)

Joseph Delaney est a Margaree, fils de Michael Delaney, natif de 
Tipperary, Ireland et de Marguerite Ryan de Margaree. Il perdit sa 
mere trois jours apres sa naissance et fut eleve par une femme qu'il 
appelait grand'mere Betsy, qui parlait couramment le francais. A 
l'age de ningt-cinq ans, Joseph Delaney epousa Suzanne Delaney, 
fille de Raphael Aucoin de Margaree. La meme annee, 1847, il vint 
s'etablir a St-Georges avec deux de ses beau-freres. Amedee Aucoin 
et Cecime Leblanc. Joseph Delaney etait a l'emploi d'armateurs de 
Sandy Point sait comme captitaine soit comme pilete de "traders" 
sur la cote de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador durant les mois d'ete. A 
l'automne, il s'en allait en foret avec deux de ses amis Micmac, Louis 
et Andre Teesh Gabriel et quelque mois plus tard, revenait charge fe 
fourrures de renards, castors, loutres, etc.  Delaney maitrisa da langue 
micmac de ses deux compagnons unisi que leur rude metier. Il est mort 
a age de 77 ans, et son epouse a 72 ans. Leurs neuf enfants, quatre fils 
et cinq filles, sont morts a des ages tres avances, sauf Joseph Delaney, 
qui est encore vivant a l'age de 84 ans. Tous les enfants de Joseph 
Delaney ont epouse des personnes d'orgine acadienne au francaise et 
ont toujpurs parle le francais.

(Translation by Leo Doucet)

Joseph Delaney from Margaree, was the son of Michael Delaney, native of Tipperary, Ireland and of Marguerite Ryan from Margaree. He lost his mother three days after his birth and was raised by a woman whom he called Grandmother Betsy, who usually spoke French. At age twenty-five, Joesph Delaney married Suzanne Aucoin, daughter of Raphaël Aucoin from Margaree. The same year, 1847, he established himself in St. George’s with two of his brothers-in-laws, Amédée Aucoin and Cécime LeBlanc. Joseph Delaney was known to the ship-owners of Sandy Point as captain who piloted “traders” off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador during the summer months. In the autumn, he from went away in the forest with two of his Micmac friends, Louis and André Teesh Gabriel and a few months later, returned laden with furs of foxes, beavers, otters, etc. Delaney learned the intriguing language of his companions. He died at 77 years of age and his wife at 72 years of age. Their nine children, four sons and five girls, died at very advanced ages, except for Joseph Delaney, who is still alive at 84 years of age. All the children of Joseph Delaney married people of Acadian origin or other Frenchwomen and always spoke French.


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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