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Riviere-Ouelle: Une Paroisse Canadienne au XVII Siecle


One day I was on my knees in a cramped, second-hand book shop in the east end of Montreal. What was I doing there? I was rummaging through a slighly damp, crumpled cardboard box shoved up under a metal shelving unit. Under a pile of old French cathechism books and church notices, I noticed an ornate red leather binding sticking out. It turned out to be an original copy (1890) of Abbe. Casgrain‘s “Une Paroisse Canadienne au XVII Siecle – La Riviere-Ouelle” – a parish history covering the Riviere-Ouelle of the 17th century.

The book is a treasure trove of historical and genealogical information as well as anecdotes. Leafing through the pages gives you some real insight into the French Catholic rural world of the late 1600s. From time-to-time I’ll be sharing selected portions. For today I’ve scanned a few of Abbe Casgrain’s tables which highlight the family names of the original settlers of Riviere-Ouelle.




Riviere Ouelle Catholic Registers from 1681 to 1690



Bonin – Bouchard – Boucher

De Saint-Pierre – Dube – Durant


Gauvin – Grondin


Laboye – Lebel – Lissot

Mignot – Mignot dit Labrie – Miville



Renouard – Soucy – Trottier








Riviere Ouelle Catholic Registers from 1690 to 1703


Ancelin – Aubert – Aubert de Gaspe

Berube – Boiry dit Lavergne – Bordeliere dit Laplante

Bouchard – Boucher – Brisson


D’Auteuil – Dancosse – Dionne

Dubroc dit Dutertre – Duval

Fouquereau – Fournier de Belleval

Gagnon – Galbruin – Grondin

Hayot – Hudon – Hudon

Janneau – Juchereau de St-Denis – Juin

Letartre – Loignon

Martin – Meigne – Meigne dit Lagace

Michaud – Mignot – Morin

Paradis – Peltier – Pierrot

Pinel – Plourde

Raby – Roy dit Desjardins


Testu – Thibaudeau – Vaillancourt









Source: Casgrain, Abbe. H.R. (1890) Une paroisse Canadienne au XVIIe Siecle: La Riviere-Ouelle. Pub. C.O. Beauchemin & Fils 




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Index: Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History


Micro Posts that include Riviere-Ouelle Pioneers

French Canadian Pioneers: The Asselins of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Auberts of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Berubes of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Bouchards of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Bouchers of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Dubes of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Duvals of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Emonds of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Fourniers of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Gagnons of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The (Hudon) Beaulieus of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Huots of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Martins of Quebec

French-Canadian Pioneers: The Michauds of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Mignots of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Morins of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Ouellets of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Pelletiers of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Plourdes of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Roys of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Thibodeaus Of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Trottiers of Quebec


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  1. I happened upon this site while in search of the heroes of Rivière Ouelle since so many of my ancestors were part of the skirmish with Phips, and were also associated in some way with M. de la Bouteillerie.

    At least half of the ‘heroes’ are ancestors of mine.

    Thanks for creating this page. The Casgrain book is indeed a wonderful source.


    Comment by Marjorie Lizotte | January 1, 2010 | Reply

    • Could you tell me more on “skirmish with Phips” please?
      I would love to hear about this incident since many of my ancestors are also fron Rivière-Ouelle..


      Comment by Fernand Pelletier | August 15, 2012 | Reply

      • I never got around to translating that part of the book – will see what I can do over the Christmas vacation!


        Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | September 1, 2012 | Reply

      • Are you related to Jean Pelletier and son Noël Pelletier of the article on the confrontation of Phipps. I am.


        Comment by Julie Feilberg | January 24, 2018 | Reply

        • Hello cousin Julie.
          Yes, here’s a link to one of the articles on the subject.

          Who is your main ancestor?


          Comment by Fernand Pelletier | January 25, 2018 | Reply

          • Kind of crazy when you learn about your ancestor (Pierre Dancosse/Dancause) i know why this place feels so much like home now every time we go at our second house in St-Denis-de-la-boutheillerie, part of my family still to this day lives around there. I know now why i am so patriotic and so proud of where i comes from. Thank for this part of Quebec history !


            Comment by Nicolas Dancause | March 11, 2021

  2. this is a WONDERFUL resource!!! thanks so much for making this available. to me, this is what the internet is all about. and this is what genealogy is all about… the sharing of great resources like this! the people in Chart 1 are almost ALL my people!!! and a quick glance at Chart 2 tells me that there are some of my peeps there too! will have to check out the rest of your site too! what a great thing you have done!


    Comment by Donella | July 2, 2010 | Reply

    • Donella,
      I’m just back in town for a few days. What a lovely surprise to find your comment.


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

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your find! Been wondering why we can’t find info about those early years, now I’m satisfied. I do wonder tho, where they buried everybody before 1680 or so. Also, do you know where Jean Galleran Boucher is buried. He died in 1714. Supposedly in RO. I
    So much want to visit someday. I have loved finding my French roots!


    Comment by Arlene Burgie | September 3, 2010 | Reply

  4. This site is very nice and may possibly save many days of research. I’m also trying to find how Joseph, My grandfather and Georgianna Boucher (Grandmother) got to Fitchburg MA.


    Comment by Joseph A. Ouellette | December 30, 2010 | Reply

  5. Hi , 🙂

    Well, i think you are my savior…

    I search some information about Robert Morin (wife: Françoise Migner) beadle in Grande Anse (may be Riv Ouelle ) in 1693 and more.
    In the net all i found, it is beadle in St anne Lapocatiere, but La Pocatiere was named La Pocatiere in 1721 only. I think that was Grand Anse 2-3 km from Riv Ouelle.

    I will apreciate if you’ll ahve this information..

    One thousands thanks!!!!


    Comment by Georges morin | January 29, 2013 | Reply

  6. All of my Beaulieu Hudon family were born, married and died in Riviere Ouelle (traced back as far as Pierre Hudon b. 1649 in Anjou, Isere, Rhone-Alpes, France who seems to be the first to arrive in Riviere Ouelle). Would love to take a trip there and see if I can find any further info. Until then, if there are any notations in your book regarding the Beaulieu Hudon family, I would be most appreciative to see it! Thank you!!


    Comment by Daniel Kirby | August 14, 2014 | Reply

  7. Am looking for any Metis connections to my family, have read Riviera Ouelle was large native area…..Hudon de Beaulieu, Grondin, Langlais, Bouchard….Help! Genealogy is SO HARD.

    Note: Answered privately


    Comment by Cara | June 13, 2015 | Reply

    • Cara if you connect with Nicolas Pelletier has a Metis line. Also thanks this collection of great info. Most of my ancestors are on that list too.


      Comment by Natural By Design | May 9, 2016 | Reply

    • I am also doing the same. For the family of Jean Pelletier.


      Comment by Julie Feilberg | January 24, 2018 | Reply

  8. I was born Ouellette, in Maine, and never heard anything about my family history. I cannot thank you all enough for all the information you’ve worked so hard to find. I finally feel I have family and it’s wonderful. The thing that keeps striking me though….”we are all a human quilt” is an understatement! I never would have guessed so many people throughout the world are researching the same names as I am. Trouble with all of this? It’s terribly addicting!! But I’m loving it.


    Comment by Carolina Bradford | March 19, 2017 | Reply

  9. Julie,
    I forgot to tell you that Jean Pelletier is one of my oldest ancestors.


    Comment by Fernand Pelletier | January 25, 2018 | Reply

  10. Does anyone know if there’s any modern reprints of this book? I’d love to have a hardcopy that I wouldn’t have to make myself from a PDF. Also does the original poster have any more photos of the book they found? Great find! Pierre Emond is my ancestor and it was great to learn about his heroic role here.


    Comment by Matt Emond | July 24, 2018 | Reply

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