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Levesque, Chevalier Lechevalier of Riviere-Ouelle (La-Pocatiere)

Levesque, Chevalier Lechevalier of Riviere-Ouelle (La-Pocatiere)

This is another memorial headstone that I photographed while in Riviere-Ouelle a few years ago. It’s dedicated to one of the very earliest pioneer couples to settle the area – Robert Levesque and Jeanne Lechevalier.  Father Casgrain (author of “Une Paroisse Canadienne”) includes them in his list of the first 11 families of  Riviere-Ouelle. Here is a loose translation of what Father Casgrain had to say about Levesque and Le Chevalier.

 

Robert Levesque was a carpenter and he accompanied M. De La Bouteillerie when he established his seigneury (La Pocatiere). Like his seigneur, Robert Levesque was from Rouen, France and his parents were Pierre Levesque and Marie Caumont of St-Sulpice parish. He married another Norman – Jeanne Le Chevalier at Ange-Gardien on April 22nd, 1679 in Ange Gardien and the couple were granted land at one end of the seignury.

 

Jeanne was the daughter of Jean Le Chevalier and Marguerite Romian of St-Nicolas parish in the diocese of Coutances. She was a widowed mother of two children (Nicolas and Charles) when she married Robert. Her first husband’s name was Guillaume Lecanteur dit Latour.  Robert and Jeanne also had many children and Casgrain states that the Levesques were one of the most prolific families of the area and that one of their descendants (Charles Levesque) still owned the original ancestral land grant in the 1890s.

 

Father Casgrain also extracted information from a census of  Nouvelle France. From that census we learn that in 1681 Robert Levesque & Jeanne LeChevalier were living in Riviere-Ouelle with three children: their firstborn son – 2 year old son Francois, and  Jeanne’s two sons by her first husband (7 yr. old Charles and 9 yr. old Nicolas). The census also confirms that Robert was a carpenter and  that he owned 15 arpents of land, 12 head of cattle and 3 guns.

I mentioned that there were 11 families in this first wave of settlement. Here are the names from the 1681 census along with some places of origin which were supplied by Casgrain. Jean Baptiste Deschamps/Catherine Gerrude Macard, Damien Berube/Jeanne Sauvnier (Rouen, Paris), Pierre Hudon dit Beaulieu/Marie Gobeil  (Angers,Poitiers), Jacques Miville dit Deschenes/Catherine Baillon (Quebec, Chartres), Jean Galleran Boucher/Marie Leclerc (Quebec, Rouen), Michel Bouchard/Marie Trottier (La Rochelle), Pierre Dancosse/Madeleine Bouchard (France, Quebec), Jacques Thiboutot/Marie Boucher (Rouen, Quebec), Joseph Renault/Marie Leboux/Marie Cloutier (Maillezais,Quebec). In addition to the children of these couples, the 1681 census lists several servants: Guillaume Foguenet, Francois Jouineau and Madeleine Lehous.

 

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

 

 

Related Posts

Index: Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Chevaliers of Quebec

French-Canadian Pioneers: The Levesques of Quebec

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History

 

March 1, 2009 - Posted by | . | , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. On my to-do list is that I must go to Riviere-Ouelle. So many of my French-Canadian ancestors settled there and of course, my mother was a Lévesque so it would be important for me to see the above monument.

    Thanks for your good work and for sharing Evelyn!

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    Comment by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino | March 17, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Lucie,

      My name is Phyllis (Levesque) Caron and I live in Manor, TX, but born in Caribou, Maine, USA. My grandfather was Dennis Joseph Levesque of Ft. Fairfield, ME, USA.

      My brother, Thomas Levesque & I have done some family research and found this link that was posted. Do you know who the ancestors were that establised the Levesque Monument that was posted on the link?

      You can visit Thomas’ site on my Heritage.com under Romeo Joseph Levesque, Sr.

      Thanks for your response.

      Phyllis

      Note from Evelyn: Replied

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      Comment by Phyllis Caron | June 26, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hello Phyllis,
    I believe that this organization erected the monument –

    http://associationlevesque.org/elevesque.php

    Evelyn Yvonne Theriault

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    Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | July 5, 2011 | Reply

  3. My mother was LaVerne Levesque and her father was Edmond Levesque and her mother was Phyllis Pelkey, both from Frt Fairfield, Maine. My name is Doria Garrett and I live in Frisco Texas. I have two cousins born if Fort Fairfield, Maine that also live in Texas.

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    Comment by doria garrett | December 5, 2012 | Reply

  4. I just stumbled upon this website and want to thank you as I am a descendant of Robert Levesque and Jeanne Chevalier.

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    Comment by Judy Fudge | December 11, 2017 | Reply


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