In Cut Off, LA on October 8, 2011 the Guidry/Guedry/Gaidry family will be having a Reunion. Family members from several Canadian provinces as well as over fifteen U.S. states from Hawaii to New York to Florida and Texas will be attending. The day starts at 8:00 am with a family Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and moves to the nearby Cuf Off Youth Center at 9:30 am. There’ll be the outstanding Cajun Band Lachez-Lez with Nonc Jules Guidry, several presentations on our family history, many cultural and historic exhibits, a superb Cajun meal cooked onsite and lots of time to meet cousins from throughout North America.
Although our name takes many forms as Guidry, Guedry, Gaidry, Geddry, Jeddry, Labine and LaBean, we all descend from one Acadian couple – Claude Guédry and Marguerite Petitpas. Claude and Marguerite settled in the small Acadian village of Merliguèche on the southwestern shore of present-day Nova Scotia. This area is today called Lunenburg. In the late 1600’s Merliguèche’s population was about 70 Acadians and 200 Mi’kmaq Indians. Because of constant harassment by the British, by the early 1750’s most of the Guédry family had left Merliguèche for Ile-Royale (Cape Breton) and Ile St-Jean (Prince Edward Island). During the late 1750’s and early 1760’s the British deported all, but one member of the Guédry family, to either the eastern seaboard of America or to France.
After a over a decade in exile the various branches of the Guédry family eventually found freedom and a new life in three major locations – northeast of Montréal, the St. Mary’s Bay area of Nova Scotia and southern Louisiana. Today the family is still concentrated in these three regions; however, we have many family members living throughout North America and Europe with a few scattered in other parts of the world.
We encourage all of our Guidry/Guedry/Gaidry cousins to come down to Bayou Lafourche and attend this historic Reunion at Cut Off. Anyone descending from a Guidry/Guedry/Gaidry as well as others interested in the family is welcome to attend. You can register at the Cut Off Youth Center on October 8th. The registration fee is $20 for an individual or $40 for a family. And you don’t want to miss the Guédry Rock from Merliguèche that will on display at the Reunion. You may contact Marty Guidry at 225-755-1915 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.