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Riviere-Ouelle 17th Century Land Grant | Notes on Andre Mignier dit Lagace





Notes on my ancestors

In the 17th century La Nouvelle France needed as many new settlers as possible. As a result, when soldiers finished their tours of duty, they were offered land in the new seigneuries that were being established up and down the St-Lawrence River. The land was always partitioned into thin strips so that each settler would have some frontage on the St-Lawrence river. Our ancestor Andre Mignier dit Lagace was offered land in the Seigneury of La Pocatiere.

Andre Mignier arrived in La Pocatiere about 1682. His seigneur was Charles Aubert de la Chenaye. By 1699 Andre Mignier son of the same name was given land measuring 4 arpents by 42 between Pierre Soucy and Philippe Boucher.

You can see Andre Mignier’s land at #122. Also, Andre Mignier’s son Michel (our direct ancestor) married Marguerite Pelletier, daughter of Jean Pelletier. You can see both Michel Mignier’s and Jean Pelletier’s land grants. If you look through the rest of Andre Mignier’s sons and daughters-in-law at:  The Mignier dit Lagaces from Poitou-Charentes to Nouvelle France  you will find most of the spouse’s family land grants as well.




Related Posts

Index: Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec

Index: Mignier Lagaces | France – QC – NB

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History




February 12, 2009 - Posted by | . | , ,


  1. I wrote the text in the Chazy Lake, NY King collection of pages for the derivation of Sullivan King’s name where you recently left a comment. You may have noticed his wife’s name was mentioned, Mary Miller or Marie Meunier in French. She is a descendant of André Mignier dit Lagacé. The surnames Miller and Legacy are quite common in Clinton County, NY. I was given a copy of the map you have on this page when I was in La-Pocatière last summer and was told that if you descend the street behind Ste-Anne’s Church the son Michel’s land was about where the Caisse Desjardins office is found, and André’s land was near the stone cross on top of the rock formation further down avenue Painchaud.


    Comment by nmdon | February 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Greetings,
    Thank you so much for this information. I haven’t really spent much time in Riviere-Ouelle. I was there for 3 or 4 hours on my way back from a “fact-finding mission” in northwestern New Brunswick and the Paspebiac area of the Gaspe. I plan to visit Riviere-Ouelle again and I ll really enjoy going back to the neighbourhood you ve described.
    Thanks also for information that there are many Miller-Lagaces in Clinton County. I had noticed the Millers in the USA census returns but I wasnt sure that they were from the Mignier Meuniers or some other branch. Thanks for the info!
    Evelyn in Montreal
    evelynth @ videotron. ca


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. My grandfather was from Riviere-Ouelle, his name was Alphonse Ouellet and my grandmother was Alma Plourde, they were married in Rivere-Ouelle. My last visit to Riviere-Ouelle was in the early 1960’s, I remember visiting the farm and I hope to one day return to to area. All of my relatives are deceased; so it has been difficult gathering information, but I still have that very strong desire to learn more about my relatives and return to the area.

    Jean Lipscomb


    Comment by Jean Lipscomb | April 28, 2009 | Reply

  4. Thank you so much for your information about Riviere-Ouelle! I am new to genealogy, working on my family tree through ancestry.com, and have found that many of my ancestors come from Riviere Ouellette- the Ouelle, Lizot, Pelletier, Langlois, and Soucy families. To find information about their community is wonderful!

    Thank you again,

    Faye Gallant


    Comment by Faye Gallant | June 18, 2009 | Reply

  5. I enjoyed visiting your site, I caught the genealogy bug a few years ago and traced my mothers family (Pelletier) back to Jean and Anne (Langlois), I descend from his son Jean and Marie Anne Huot- St. Laurent. I noticed both these families, on the land grants at Riviere Ouelle which you kindly posted and recognized other names from my Quebec ancestry, I’d love to have a copy of that image :)!
    Note from Evelyn: Donna and I are corresponding offline


    Comment by Donna | June 19, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hi Donna,

    I would also love a copy of the image. I am descended from the Pelletier, Ouellet, Lizot and Hudon Beaulieu families.

    It’s worth noting for those that are interested, that Angelina Jolie is a direct descendant of Noel Pelletier, and that Madonna is a direct descendant of Joseph Ouellet (they are both cousins of mine as a result). So a fun little intersection of celebrity genealogical history in that regard.

    I would love to know if there is a link between the name Ouellet and the River Ouelle, and exactly how that worked out.



    Comment by Kate Holloway | October 2, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Kate,
      Please feel free to “capture” the image for your own use. If you don’t know how to do this let me know and I’ll email you a copy.
      For what concerns the connection between the Riviere Ouelle and the Ouellet name,I have it in my head but I’d rather recheck my original source before passing it on. I’ll get back to you later.
      Thank you for mentioning the Jolie/Madonna connections. I had come across them mentioned somewhere but you’re right, it’s a fun little tidbit!


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | October 3, 2009 | Reply

  7. Sorry – I meant Evelyn and not Donna, although Hello to Donna and all others as well 🙂


    Comment by Kate Holloway | October 2, 2009 | Reply

  8. I have not had much time to spend on genealgy, but I am still looking for information on Ouellette from Riviere-Ouelle. My grandfather was Alphonse Ouellette who married Alma Plourde. My last contact was with Rene Ouellette and Celou(?)Ouellette in the late 60’s in Riverie=Ouelle. My relatives are all deceased, so it gas been difficult to gather any information.


    Comment by Jean Lipscomb | October 3, 2009 | Reply

  9. Am very interested in the Ste. Anne de la Pocatière, Rivière-Ouelle, St. Roch des Aulnais area because so many of my ancestors come from there.

    I have a new website (totally non-commercial) at
    http://www.apointinhistory.net and would like to use the plot map shown above. In doing so I will link it back to this site.

    Incidentally, I am also a descendant of André Mignier dit Lagacé thru his son, André, and young André’s son, Bernard, and Bernard’s daughter Marie-Louise Mignier married to Armand Lizotte.

    Note from Evelyn: Permission granted, arrangements made privately by email.


    Comment by Marjorie Lizotte | January 1, 2010 | Reply

  10. Hello Evelyn,

    We were in email contact several years ago. At one time, before the current admin, I managed the Acadian GenWeb site. I will soon be getting ready to publish my maternal ancestry and was writing to ask your permission to avail of the following images, with full citation being directed back to you.

    Marriage Contract

    Land Grant

    As always, I am looking forward to hearing back from you.



    Comment by crystalhealingpractitioner | June 27, 2012 | Reply

  11. I’m descended from many of the people on that map. I drove through this area on July 20, 2013 and visited several graveyards filled with familiar names, bought a sandwich and drink at a convenience store and ate it at a picnic table by the Rivière Ouelle. I felt so at home there! Now, when I’m back in California I’m dong more research and find all of the Ouellet branches! Does anyone know if the River was named for the Ouellet family?


    Comment by JoAnn LaGasse | September 20, 2013 | Reply

  12. I am related to Jean Pelletier! I would love to know more. Who owns this land today?
    Also if we have native blood. Nothing is written down.
    Julie Feilberg
    Mother Yvette Pelletier (Romuald Pelletier)
    Father John C. Wilson


    Comment by Julie Feilberg | January 24, 2018 | Reply

    • I am related to Joseph Ouellet. My last visit to the farm was back in the late 50’s early 60’s. Unfortunately all of my relatives are deceased. I remember going with my parents and grandmother to visit Pierre and Marie Ouellet and at that time they had 2 men that worked on the farm named Rene(Ouellet) and Celou? If I remember correctly they was also a sister named Alice.


      Comment by Jean Lipscomb | January 25, 2018 | Reply

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