Who are the Acadian founding families of Prince Edward Island?

The names of the Island Acadian founding families (who arrived between 1720-1850) are inscribed in stone in front of the Acadian Museum.  With the help of genealogist Stephen White, the list of names was established as follows:

1. The names of 27 household heads according to the 1798 Census;
2. Two other names that did not appear in the 1798 Census,  but who were indeed present on the Island in 1798, were added;
3. Five of the wives of the 27 household heads according to the 1798 Census whose ancestors were on Isle Saint-Jean before the Deportation;
4. Ten other families who arrived on the Island between 1827 and 1850.

1. The names of 27 household heads according to the 1798 Census:

Arsenault
Aucoin
Bernard
Blanchard
Blaquière
Bourque
Buote
Cheverie
Chiasson
DesRoches
Doiron
Doucet
Downing
Gallant
Gaudet
Gauthier
Gautreau
Landry
LeBrun
LeClair
Longuépée
Martin
Pineau
Pitre
Poirier
Richard
Roussel

2.  Two other names that did not appear in the 1798 Census, but who were indeed present on the Island in 1798, were added:

Cormier
Daigle

3.  Five of the wives of the 27 household heads according to the 1798 Census whose ancestors were on Isle Saint-Jean before the Deportation:

Belliveau:  Three sisters who married Doucet, LeClair and Buote.
Boudreau:  Importance of the nine Boudreau sisters in the Island’s Acadian families.
Carret:  The female ancestor of Martin.
Comeau:  The female ancestor of certain Blaquière and Gautreau families.
Petitpas:  Wife of a Bourque

4.  Ten other families who arrived on the Island between 1827 and 1850:

Family Date of the 1st mention in parish registers
Caissie 1827
Haché 1830
Maillet 1835
Thibodeau 1835
LeBlanc 1836
Barriault 1839
Robichaud 1840
Thériault 1844
Duguay 1845
Maddix 1851