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Berube, Emond, Roussel Memorial Headstone

This is one of the memorial headstones that I photographed during my genealogical vacation in Riviere-Ouelle a few years ago. It was placed there by the Association des Roussel d’Amerique in honour of Jacques Roussel (1720-1805) and his first and second wives. His wives were  Marie-Genevieve Berube (1731-1766) and Genevieve Gabrielle Emond (1735-1802). The stone also states that Jacques Roussel was from Evran in Bretagne (France). The final inscription at the bottom calls these couples : “the ancestors of the Roussels in America”.


Berube, Emond, Roussel Memorial Headstone



Genealogy of the first Roussel generations

Jacques Roussel was born in 1720 in Evran Bretagne FR and died in 1805. Jacques was the son of Jean Roussel and Jeanne Charpentier. Jacques married Genevieve Berube on 12 Jan 1750 in Riviere-Ouelle (Kamouraska )  in Notre-Dame-de-Liesse Church. Genevieve was born in 1731 and died in 1766. Her  parents were  Mathurin Berube and Marie-Angelique Miville / Deschenes.


Children from this marriage

Josephte Roussel  married Jean Berube on 19 Nov 1781 in Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec. His parents were Louis Berube and Ursule Emond.

Francois Roussel married both his first and second wives in St-Jean-Baptiste parish.

He  married his first wife –  Therese Cote  – on 21 Aug 1785 in L’Isle-Verte (Temiscouata) Quebec. Her parents were Jean Basile Cote and Marie Lepage.

He married his second wife – Elisabeth Chaloux – on 27 Nov 1809 in L’Isle-Verte, Quebec. Elizabeth’s first husband had been Ignace Cote.

Jean Roussel married Catherine Ouellet on 20 Nov 1780 in La Pocatiere, Quebec. Catherine’s parents were Joseph-Francois Ouellet and Marie Sirois.

5. Catherine Roussel  married Joseph Marie Paradis on 21 Oct 1782 in Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec. His parents were Jean Paradis and Felicite Pelletier.

Charles Roussel  married Anne Morin on 20 Aug 1787 in La Pocatiere, Quebec. Her parents were Andre Morin and Claire Vaillancourt.

Jacques Roussel  married Josephte Dionne on 14 May 1786 in La Pocatiere, Quebec. her parents were Joseph Dionne and Marie Anctil / Saint Jean.

Jacque Roussel’s second wife was Genevieve Gabrielle Emond / Hemond. Jacques and Genevieve were married in Notre-Dame-de-Liesse parish. She was the daughter of Augustin Emond and Ursule Mignot.


Children from this marriage

8. Louis Roussel  married  Judith Simon on 8 Nov 1790 in Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec. Judith’s parents were Jean Francois Simon and Judith Ouellet.

9.  Lambert Roussel  married Genevieve Simon on 14 Jul 1794 in Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec. She was Judith’s sister (see above).

10. Henri Roussel  married Marie Levesque on 26 Sep 1807 in Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec. Her parents were Dominique Levesque and Angelique Pelletier.

11. Charlotte Roussel  married Louis-Marie Levesque on 30 Jan 1792 in Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec. His parents were Jean-Baptiste Levesque and Angelique Miville-Deschenes.



Related Posts

Index: Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Berubes of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Emonds of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Roussels of Quebec

Index: Riviere-Ouelle | Memorial



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  1. I just found your site this morning while looking for family History. The only history we have of our branch of the Roussel Family goes back to Francois Roussel. We had no idea of his parents names and your site has now given us this information. I am the the Great Great Great Granddaughter of Francois Roussel


    Comment by Dawn Little | July 3, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s so nice to hear from another Riviere Ouelle descendant – especially a Roussel!
      Thanks for the comment,


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | July 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. Updated info for your wonderful site: Genevieve Gabrielle Emond had the following children as well: Marie Roussel born 12 March 1780, Pierre Roussel born 11 Feb 1776 and Marie Theotiste Roussel born 14 Oct 1767, all in Riviere Ouelle. Supported by the Drouin records, albeit the handwriting is hard to read.


    Comment by Lynn Morley | September 16, 2013 | Reply

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