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Main Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec



Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec is a series of micro-posts containing information I’ve collected over the years about many of Quebec’s earliest settlers. The list is not comprehensive. It contains surnames from my family trees and other family trees I’ve worked on as well as surnames that appear in my First Nations, Metis and Mixed-heritage projects.

Each micro-post begins with marriages from founding couples. These have been sourced at projects such as the Fichier Origine and BMS2000. I usually include associated surnames. Those surnames are mostly derived from my own family tree and BMS2000 but I’ve also included related First Nations or Metis surnames from my own transcripts.

If your primary interest is in First Nations related material, don’t forget to check the Surname Anchor Posts in the sidebar to your right.

Good luck with your research!



I’m presently updating pioneer posts with links

to existing / new census and marriage records 🙂



Early French Canadian Pioneers:  Index A – K


Early French Canadian Pioneers:  Index L – Z




Related Posts

Index:  Indigenous, Metis & Mixed-Heritage Surname Anchor Posts

Index:  Portrait Gallery of Traditional Quebec Life, Trades & Professions

Core Index: Acadian and French-Canadian Genealogy and History




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  1. Louis Garnaut is a rogue Garneau and doesn’t fit into the Garnaud aka Garnault families? Do you have any information on him?
    marriage 1686 (about) RIVIERE OUELLE, QUEBEC
    (II)-Marie Anne Huot born January 9, 1666 Riviere Ouelle, Quebec * daughter (I)-Nicolas Huot dit Saint Laurent b-1629 and Marie Fayette b-1641 **; 1st married Louis Garnaut about 1686; 2nd marriage January 8, 1689 Riviere Ouelle, Quebec Jean Pelletier. Riviere Ouelle, Quebec is 10 miles west of Kamouraska on the south side of Saint Lawrence River, * it was founded in 1672 very strange. **They were married 1662 in Quebec, moved to Chateau Richer 1662 to 1664 then to Riviere Ouelle 1666 to 1668 then back to Chateau Richer 1670 to 1680 then back to Quebec in 1682. However Nicolas Huot was still listed at Riviere Ouelle in 1682?

    Note from Evelyn: http://acanadianfamily.com/2009/08/27/evelyn-in-montreal-garneau-m-huot-1692/


    Comment by Dick Garneau | August 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. Dear Evelyn,

    I am looking for possible ancestors at the Kahnawake reservation, and found the following surnames from my family listed there: Desjardins, Lafrance, Langlois.

    Please contact me if you can look into these for me, and let me know what your fees are.

    Thank you



    Comment by Tina | September 1, 2009 | Reply

    • Hello Tina,
      I don’t charge fees.
      What we can do is work offline via email so that no confidential information is shared by mistake. Then if we make a connection I will publish something related to the surnames in question from the turn of the twentieth century.
      I’ll contact you this evening from my home computer.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | September 1, 2009 | Reply

  3. My grampa always told me i was french canadian my last name from his side is Lecomb iwas wondering if you ever heard that name before


    Comment by Brittny Lecomb | October 25, 2009 | Reply

    • Hello Brittny,
      It’s nice to meet you. Lecombe with a silent “e” at the end most definitely occurs as a French Canadian surname. If you want to you can contact me at the following email address:
      at (replace with @)
      I am quite busy over the next few days preparing the Festival of Postcards but I will get back to you later.
      Evelyn in Montreal


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | October 25, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hello Evelyn,

    I am decended from the Mathurin Filion dit Champagne line. I have searched in vain for information on this line. I am wondering if you could point me in the right direction. Great work by the way. It is a great thing that you are doing here. 🙂



    Comment by Tracy Fillion | November 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank you for the comment. I’ll get back to you later this evening when I get home!


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | November 23, 2009 | Reply

      • Hello Evelyn,

        I am following up on our previous emails. I understand that you are busy, but were you able to find anything on this line? I would appreciate any little tid bit you could offer.

        Best regards,

        Tracy Fillion


        Comment by Tracy Fillion | December 2, 2010 | Reply

  5. Hi there,
    My family history is Leblanc, Girard, Sutton and Mcginnis.
    I wondered if you have anything on them. I can give more info on names and such. I also am looking for photos of early gaspe quebec, such as Newport, Chandler, Pabos and Cascapedia.
    Thanks Mary

    Note: Replying by email for now


    Comment by Mary | December 16, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hello. I am seeking information on a John Carter (aka Jean Baptiste Chartier) and Mercy Carter (Chartier) who were taken from Deerfield, MA during the raid of 1729 and were marched over 300 miles to Canada. I understand that John Carter (Jean Chartier) married a Marie Courtemanche and had children that eventually some returned to upstate New York (my great grandmother was Laura Carter who married to Peter Mousso in Redford, NY). I have most of the info on John Carter but none on Mercy Carter. They were taken in by the priests who ran a mission in Kanawake and family history states that Mercy married an indian and had two sons. Her sons returned from Canada a few times to meet their grandfather, Samuel Carter of Deerfield and later Norwalk, Connecticut. I’m wondering how I can find any information on Mercy Carter???? There was also a children’s book written about Mercy Carter, but I tried to contact the author and never received an answer. Could yo possibly point me in the right direction to obtain any information at all on Mercy Carter / Mercy Chartier?? Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you need detailed genealogical information, I can scan it and send it to you via email or U.S. postal mail. Thank you so much.
    Meg San Souci

    Note from Evelyn: I am corresponding via email for the moment.


    Comment by Meg San Souci | January 8, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Meg,
      My 8th generation grand father was John Carter(aka Jean Baptiste Chartier). My aunt has been researching our family for years now and probably give you more information. Please contact me. Thanks!


      Comment by Erin Hannan | September 14, 2010 | Reply

      • Hello Erin. Thank you for your response to my inquiry. I’m hoping you or your family would be able to help me regarding Mercy Carter as I would love to know what happened to her in Canada after the forced march from Deerfield, Massachusetts and the massacre. I’m sure you are aware of the historical significance of Deerfield if you have researched the Chartiers/Carters. It has been many years, but I have found most of the online information about Jean Baptiste Chartier (John Carter) and the Chartier/Carter, family in Canada. I know about John/Jean’s marriage to Marie Courtemanche and most of the ancestry as I have spoken many years ago to Vernon Chartier who at the time, was the Chartier family historian. But I have never been able to find out what happened to his sister, Mercy. I know she married an Indian but I do not know his name nor do I know the names of her sons. I know that Mercy had at least two sons, and perhaps one daughter, and that the sons visited their grandfather (Mercy’s father) in Norwalk, CT. I visited Deerfield and found a pass for one of Mercy’s sons to visit CT but there was no signature or name of the son on it. If you have any information regarding Mercy, I would be truly grateful. My great grandmother was Laura Carter of (Keesville, NY) then later, Redford, New York, (aka Marie Angelique Bricault Lamarche or actually, Lamoureux, married to Antoine Chartier of Canada). Laura’s daughter, Dellamae or Della, often referred to in records as Delia or Delimma, which is incorrect in church records, married Pierre Mousseaux or Mousso and they resided on Lyon Mountain, near Dannemora, New York. The Mousso’s Americanized their name as did the Chartiers. it has been extremely difficult for Franco-Americans to locate their ancestors due to the many name changes by churches and record keepers in the U.S., not to mention the poor record keeping system of the time in sparsely populated areas of upstate New York. If you have detailed information on Mercy and if it is too much to put online, you may contact me via my email at megsansouci@yahoo.com. Thank you very much for your response to my inquiry. I look forward to hearing from you.


        Comment by Meg San Souci | September 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi,
      I too am looking for ant information on Mercy Carter. I am a descendant of John Carter (Jean Chartier). Any help would be greatly appreciated.
      Dianne Sperre


      Comment by Dianne | June 27, 2015 | Reply

      • My husband and children are direct descendants. I have a tree on ancestry called Parry-Sigleo tree that has all of my information.


        Comment by daena mousso | June 28, 2015 | Reply

  7. Hi Evelyn,
    I am also searching for info on the Chartier line married to the Mousso line as Meg is above. I am trying to trace family lore that Laura Chartier was Native American. Looking at pictures of her and her mother, Marie Lamoreaux, it certainly is not a far fetch. The problem I have found is finding documented evidence of such. Can you point me in the right direction for researching this information?


    Comment by Daena Mousso | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  8. Evelyn, just one other comment that I would like to make. About five years ago I had a genealogy DNA test completed. At the time, this test was a tad expensive but since then, the tests have come way down in price and are now relatively inexpensive $200 or so).
    The test indicated that I am of 19.8% asian descent. I am positive this is not from my fathers side of the family and therefore, it must come from my mothers side.
    I traced my grandfather Shelters side back to Prussia, and from there, to Germantown in New York, so I do not believe there was asian blood in his family, that could only leave asian blood in Laura Carter’s side of the family which would mean that I am a descendant of John Carter (Jean Chartier), not Mercy Carter, yet, in all of my family history from word of mouth from my mother (Laura Carter’s daughter, Delah – Della Mae Carter who married Peter Mousso), I was told that I had indian blood from my great grandmother’s side of the family.
    Needless to say, this is very confusing and I have tried in vain to have my 3 sisters have the genealogy DNA test completed, which I feel would solve my ancestral issue once and for all. It is so very sad that records cannot be found for Kanawake/Kanienkehaka, but I feel there must be records stored somewhere since the jesuits kept excellent records. Perhaps others from the Carter/Mousso heritage might consider having the genealogical DNA test completed, there may be some interesting results. Thank you, I look to hear from you when you have found data or have time in your busy schedule. I appreciate your feedback.

    To reiterate information on Mercy and John Carter (Chartier), see below:
    Generation 4a
    Mercy CARTER born 1693-1694 Deerfield, Franklin Co, Msachusetts (1704/02/29 She was taken as one of the hostages in the Deerfield, Franklin Co, Massachusetts Indian attack & marched to Québec, Canada. She was raised in the Kanienkehaka Indian community; died Québec, Canada; married about 1710 Kanawakee, Québec, Canada to a native Indian.
    John CARTER born 22 Sep 1695 Deerfield, Franklin Co, Massachusetts (1704/02/29 He was also taken captive & marched to Québec, Canada. John CARTER was raised by Jesuits In Montréal, Québec, Canada. When finally ransomed by his father, he refused to leave & remained in Québec, Canada (note: you have his mother as Marie FRIDENNE … I don’t know who she is … unless she is a woman who raised him when he was taken to Québec, Canada?); baptised 1724/04/31 [sic for 1724/01/31] Rivière-des-Prairies, Île-de-Montréal, Co Hochelaga, Québec, Canada as (Joseph) Jean CHARTIER; died Aug 1772, Co Chambly, Québec, Canada; burd St-Antoine, Richelieu-River-Valley, Québec, Canada; married 29 Oct 1718 Rivière-des-Prairies, Île-de-Montréal, Co Hochelaga, Québec, Canada to Marie COURTEMANCHE-JOLICOEUR.
    Meg Sans Souci-Florida


    Comment by Meg San Souci | February 2, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for writing in Meg…I have lost contact with you. I think I am willing to fork over the money to have the right person tested. I know who she is, I just need to convince her to have it done! Laura Chartier Mousso’s grandmother’s name was Mary Walker. Walker is listed as one of the Kanawake Iroqouis surnames. I too believe through my research that Laura, your great grandmother, is the Native woman in the family lore. One of Laura Mousso’s granddaughters is still living. I believe she would be the closest link to the Native American lore. By doing a mitochondrial DNA test that traces her back through her mother and grandmother (Laura), I think we will have our answer. contact me directly if you would-daenamousso@charter.net.


      Comment by Daena Mousso | February 2, 2010 | Reply

    • Mercy chose to stay in the Indian culture and married a Mohawk man. A version of her experience is contained in a teen read book by Caroline B. Cooney titled, “The Ransom of Mercy Carter”, New York: Delacorte Press, 2001. Bio by Pam Wilson


      Comment by Liz Chartier | March 13, 2020 | Reply

  9. Hello Evelyn; I would love to find any information on the DuCharmes. Especially Leandre, Dominique, or Jean-Marie. I have many stories but I am always looking for more. I have no pictures.

    Note from Evelyn: contacted by email


    Comment by Sharon Wesoloski | February 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi, his name is Eugene Rouillard and he is my 2nd great uncle, he is 1 of my great grandmothers older brothers. I just found this post by you so i hope this helps or you have found out about him within the last few years


      Comment by Adam St. Pierre | November 14, 2012 | Reply

  10. I wonder if you might have any information about an early 20th-century painter named Rene Rouillard? My friend lives in an Old Orchard Beach, Maine, house with wonderful murals by him. I searched a few academic and art web sites and cannot find anything.

    Many thanks for your attention to this.



    Comment by Anne Goslin | February 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Sorry – not that I’m an expert but I did some searching in French and came up empty-handed. Also asked my sister who is enrolled in a History of Art course and it doesn’t ring a bell with her.


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | February 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Could this be René Richard?? If you look his hame up on the internet, you may find his paintings. He was born in western Canada and Passed away in Baie-St-Paul (Quebec) where we can visit his house.


      Comment by Ghislaine Fissiault dite Laramee | November 22, 2011 | Reply

  11. Hi: I found your site very interesting. I have information that my ancestor, Damien Berube, was one of two masons who landed in Canada with Deschamps de la Bouteillerie on a voyage from Dieppe, France.
    Mr. Bouteillerie later (1681) ceded to my ancestor land that was a half mile by one-and-one half miles located along the Ouelle River that my ancestor had been cultivating for two years. I didn’t see my ancestor’s name on the land ownership chart that you show. I am decended from Damien’s son, Pierre. Do you have any information on Damien or Pierre? Pierre was married to Genevieve Dancosse in Riviere-Ovelle on August 1, 1706. I’d appreciate any information you can provide. Thanks.


    Comment by Bernardine Berube | March 19, 2010 | Reply

    • This is an excellent question! I will have to look more closely into this as I’m not seeing his name on the list of settlers either!
      If I don’t come up with an answer, I/ll publish your query and see if other readers can provide some insight.
      Have a good day,


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | March 20, 2010 | Reply

  12. Hey! I’d love to know what you guys think about being a quebecois in Canada. Check out my blog and leave a comment. I wanna get the country talking. unitedcanada.wordpress.com
    Your blog is super informative. I really love it!


    Comment by unitedcanada | April 11, 2010 | Reply

  13. Hi Evelyn,
    I found your site to be very interesting, I just happened to of stumbled onto it. My family were some of the first in Canada from France. The La Fond from my grandfathers side and the Laferriere on my grandmothers side. I also found it interesting our first names are the same and I have a sister named Yvonne.


    Comment by Evelyn Dye | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  14. Hi Evelyn: I’m question #11 on your Web site. I e-mailed you in March 2010 regarding my ancestors Damien and his son, Pierre Berube. Thanks so much for your reply, indicating that you did not know why they were not in the land records for the time period, nor do they appear on any list as settlers. You said you were going to research it further. Since my e-mail has changed, I thought I’d touch base with you again. Were you able to find anything? Thanks again.


    Comment by Bernardine Berube | June 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Hello Bernardine,

      1. Damien arrived in summer 1671 from Dieppe on the St-Jean-Baptiste (a 300 barrels ship) with le seigneur Jean-Baptiste Deschamps de la Bouteillerie.

      2. I have a map of the land distribution in Rivière-Ouelle (1725] where Damien’s land is shown.

      If you care to email me, I’ll gladly forward it to you.

      Gilbert Beaulieu
      of the Rivière-Ouelle Hudon dit Beaulieu


      Comment by Gilbert Beaulieu | February 5, 2011 | Reply

    • Bernardine,
      Il y a un Pierre Bérubé qui aurait déménagé à Beaumont en Alberta en 1899. Ils ont eu 16 enfants. Plusieurs descendants sont encore à Beaumont, Alberta.
      Est-ce le Pierre Bérubé que vous cherché?
      Gilberte Favreau


      Comment by Gilberte Favreau | March 2, 2011 | Reply

  15. Hello: I am new to any research in Canada. On this site I did see the names I am researching but have not figured out how to access the surnames. Please help. I am looking for Lefort, Ross, Thiffault, Thompson, Viau and Vieau.

    Enjoyed the many post cards. Can see much history in them.
    Thanks Susie

    Note from Evelyn: Answered privately

    Partial answer here http://wp.me/pp92w-8wV


    Comment by Susie Perkins | July 23, 2010 | Reply

  16. Hi,
    I’m interested in my family tree. I think my grandfather (Joseph b 1880 – d 1922) came from
    Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec and settled in Limoges, Ontario when the government was handing out land grants.
    If you can point me in the right direction…….please and thank you.


    Comment by Anthony Lajeunesse | September 1, 2010 | Reply

  17. I am trying to find anything on Francois Blondeau (1642?-1702)and his wife Nicole Rolland in Quebec. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



    Comment by melissa harvey | January 23, 2011 | Reply

  18. I am descended from the Juchereau family and was under the impression that they were among the founders of Quebec though I did not see their name listed among those on your site. Have attached a web address with my lineage from the generation just prior to the move from France to Canada. My line moves down through Louis Juchereau Seur De St. Denis who became famous for his exploits in Texas and Louisiana.

    Note: Jim has some great Juchereau information online here –


    Comment by Jim Flores | February 8, 2011 | Reply

    • Hello there, Jim – and are you contacting us from Louisiana?
      You are of course correct that I have not listed all the founding couples of Quebec. I list only those that are found in my family tree, or in those of the other family researchers whom I am working with. I am adding to these gradually as I go along – and will also be adding other links and information at a future date.
      Thank you very much for your comment!


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | February 8, 2011 | Reply

      • Hello Evelyn,

        I currently live in Arlington, Texas but have very strong familial ( and emotional ) ties to Louisiana. My family still owns some property there as well.
        You have done a great job on this site! I will check back in more in the near future…




        Comment by Jim Flores | March 8, 2011 | Reply

  19. Has anyone with Lagace ancestry had a MtDNA test completed? I believe my Passino ancestor is actually a Pinsonneau that married a Lagace, and I’m hoping my MtDNA test might prove or disprove it.

    Thanks for any help.


    Note from Evelyn: Replied privately


    Comment by Jerry England | April 26, 2011 | Reply

  20. Hello, my mother has always told me we were French Canadian. she doesn’t know much about her father’s side except his name was: William R Pitts. her mother was: Marcha Belle Andruss and grandparents were: Martha R Fansler & Elmo Andruss. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Note from Evelyn: Answered by email


    Comment by Robin | May 10, 2011 | Reply

  21. Evelyn,
    I stumbled across your wonderful postcard website while looking for family history in the area of Quebec City. Apparently I have roots in the region so I may travel there in June and take a historical tour. I am decended from the Giroux clan and I recently started to look for any available geneology information. I am new at doing this type of thing. My French Canadian roots are rumoured to have Native roots also. I am wondering if I could purchase postcards or pictures that you may have about the areas of Beauport/Charlesbourg/Fargy. I am also interested in a picture of palisade forts in the area that were apparently constructed to protect these families of Nouvelle France from the Iroquois. I would like to put together a scrap book type of thing for my aging mother and ma tante. Any information, advice or help you could offer to begin my research would be greatly appreciated. Also, any suggestions of places I should see in relation to the Giroux family when I visit the area in June would also be appreciated. One place that I heard of is the Musee du Fort.
    Thank you very much,


    Comment by Cheryl | May 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Hello Cheryl,

      Welcome to Quebec.

      If you care to email me at address below, I could help you planning part of your trip to ensure seeing what you are looking for and give you references.

      Gilbert Beaulieu


      Comment by Gilbert Beaulieu | May 25, 2011 | Reply

    • HI Cheryl, I’m a GIROUX and wonderer if you would like to share some of the info you have with me (and vice versa). I too have native roots that I have been trying to establish. My aunt had documentation but in time, they were lost / destroyed due to their age. I am trying to reconnect that link. If interested, send me an email girouxsg@gmail.com. Hoping you get this reply.


      Comment by Sylvain Giroux | April 29, 2020 | Reply

  22. Hello,
    I am still searching for the METIS CONNECTION of my grandmother, Elmyre Paquette. She was born on February 17, 1879 in Gloucester, Ontario, Canada to Joseph Guillaume Paquette and Marie Brule.
    Elmyre (Emilie) died on June 18, 1944, aged 61, in Ottawa, Ontario. She was buried in Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa. Married WILLIAM ARTHUR DUFFY. Elmire(Emilie) Harriot Paquette’s name is spelled “Elmyra” on her tombstone.
    Parents: Both her parents were supposed to be METIS.
    JOSEPH GUILLAUME PAQUETTE was born on April 1, 1854 in Hawkesbury, Ontario to Charles Paquette and Marie Louise Catherine Periard or Perillard dit Bourguignon.
    His Marriage license says “Hansbury, Kentucky”. NOTE:1883-77 ” Joseph Guillaume PAQUETTE, 24, laborer, Hansbury Kentucky, Ottawa, s/o “Charles PAQUETTE & Marie L. Catherine PERIARD, married Marie BRULEE, 26, St. Andre Avelin, Ottawa, d/o Joseph BRULE (sic) & Angelique DUBREUIL, witn: Jean PAQUETTE & Nancy BRULE, both of Ottawa, October 16, 1877 at Ottawa.”
    (The Mohawk people from New York, having converted to Roman Catholicism, settled in New France, with the Jesuits establishing Kahnawake as their home in 1716. The Kahnawake Mohawk Territory (formerly called Caughnawaga) is an Indian reserve on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, across from Montreal & near Hawkesbury. It has been a Mohawk settlement since 1719.”
    SOURCES: Americans in Canada
    1851 Canadian Census Online eMedia: Census,Province/Territory: Canada West (Ontario)
    District Name: Prescott (county) Sub-District Name/Description:Hawkesbury, east township
    Schedule: A, p. 14d, 15a, (30).
    Joseph Guillaume Paquette married Marie Brule on October 16, 1877 in St. Andre Avelin, St-Joseph Parish, Ottawa. She was born on November 15, 1852 in Montebello, Quebec to Joseph Alexis Brule and Angelique Dubreuil.
    The Papineau seigniory (Montebello) was originally designated by the name “La Petite Nation”, from the name of the Algonkian tribe that originally inhabited this locality. Marie died on March 26, 1924, aged 71, in Ottawa, Ontario. She was buried in Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario – Lot 492 1/2 South Section A-Purchased by Honora Pauquette in 1882.


    Comment by Michele Martin | August 27, 2011 | Reply

  23. I am having a hard time with my ancestry I am the line of Pierre Charron 1640 and Catherine Pillard. I do not look French but am always mistaken for native Indian. I was reading up on my family and one article had my first grandmother here in Canada was a daughter of a Huron war chief. They say she was born in a town just like the one in France My name is Percy (Bill) Gerald Joseph Charron


    Comment by Percy (Bill) Charron | December 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Greetings,
      I’m sorry I have no specific information about the Charrons although I am aware of the interest in her origins. I have no opinion on the question but here is a useful link –
      Information for readers – Excerpt: The adventure of Catherine Pillard continues to occupy our research. Following the appearance of the first articles in Le Chaînon[1] in the fall of 2007 and in 2008, Gail Moreau-DesHarnais, member of the Société franco-ontarienne d’histoire et de généalogie (SFOHG) La Pionnière du sud-ouest in Lakeshore, near Windsor (Ontario) and also a member of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan (FCHSM), joined a discussion group created specifically to allow genealogists to express their opinions regarding the validity of mtDNA analysis in genealogy, and more specifically, the mtDNA test results of the descendants of Catherine Pillard, which had caused a controversy in the genealogical world. At the beginning, Gail was one of the genealogists who were skeptical about the real origins of Catherine Pillard. The lively debates unleashed by the differing interpretations of genetic tests and the negative comments which followed, motivated her to dig deeper using traditional genealogical research methods. To verify the precise origins of Catherine, Gail unearthed and dissected all available documents concerning Catherine. As her research progressed, her skepticism diminished. She is now completely convinced of the validity of the genetic tests of Catherine’s descendants that have been conducted so far. The results of four of these tests were fully explained in preceding issues of Le Chaînon. …


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | December 14, 2011 | Reply

  24. Hi, this is a wonderful site and you are doing a marvelous job. Thank You. My name is Rod Bricco from Wisconsin and my family is from Canada and many still live there, in fact the family in Canada is bigger than the one here in the states. I could not find my family on your website as I know they were one of the first pioneers in Canada as well. My great Grandfather ( 10 generations back was with the Carignan Salerais regiment and he came to Canada in 1665. The name was spelled Bricault dit Lamarche. The Canadien relatives still spell the last name Bricault and some relatives go by the name of Lamarche. I would be glead to help you out with anything you may need on this website. Thank you again. Rod Bricco


    Comment by Rod Bricco | December 22, 2011 | Reply

    • Hello Rod,
      Thanks for your comment and I think it’s great that you are aware of your family history even though the name has certainly evolved. As a matter of fact when I saw your comment I figured you for an Italian!
      For what concerns the French Canadian pioneers index, the list is not exhaustive. I have been adding names that relate to volunteer work that I do with readers, or in some cases names that appear in my own family tree.
      Happy holidays,


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | December 22, 2011 | Reply

    • I’m also a descendant o Jean Bricault dit Lamarche.


      Comment by Bryan Houlihan | April 11, 2018 | Reply

  25. Hello, My husbands family, from Quebec City, name is Audet, and we know that the name Lapointe was also used and they were from France and came to Quebec very early. His family came to Australia in 1967. I am surprised that his name is not listed on your list of early canadian pioneers..? Do you know anything about his family? Thankyou, Carolyn Audet


    Comment by carolyn | March 3, 2012 | Reply

    • Hello Carolyn!
      The list is by no means complete. I add names as they come up in my research with readers or because they appear in my paternal or maternal family trees.

      Note: I’m continuing this conversation by email.


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | March 3, 2012 | Reply

      • Hello Carolyn.

        There is a Audet Family Association you can check to learn of your ancestor’s history and, most probably, get in touch with people or indications on searching for your genealogy.

        Here is the reference to their English pages:


        There is much on Audets in French on the internet but barely anything worthwhile as per a fast search I made.

        Be sure to contact the Association.

        Good luck to you.

        Gilbert Beaulieu


        Comment by Gilbert Beaulieu | March 5, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Carolyn, I have found a bit about that may be helpful to you. Nicolas Audet dit LaPointe (1637-1700) was born in the parish of St Pierre de Maulais, bishopric of Poitiers, France on July 12, 1637, he was the son of Innocent Audet (1615-) of Potiers, Poitou, France and Vincente Reine Roy (1614-1670) of Potiers, Poitou, France. Nicolas sailed to Nouvelle-France February 26, 1664 aboard the vessel, Le Brézé, with the French Army, a part of the Monteil (Poitou) company au Regiment de Salieres-Carigan. He was confirmed March 23, 1664 in the Archidiocèse de Quebec, and became the first Audet in the colony. He went by his dit name thereafter, and was buried as a Lapointe. He worked on the estate of Monseigneur Francois de Laval (1623-1708), Bishop of Quebec, who arrived in 1659. This area was then at St. Joachim near Cape Tourmente.
      In October, 1668 he worked at the episcopal palace in Quebec, even though in 1667 he received a concession Monseigneur Francois de Laval (1623-1708) allowing him to settle on the Ile d’Orleans. This concession measured three acres of frontage on the St. Lawrence River by the depth that can stand between the river and the midline crossing the island from point to point. (Registry, Vachon, June 22, 1677) This concession is now described as lots 192 and 193 of the cadastre of the parish of St. Jean de Ile d’ Orleans (study conducted by Leo Roy author of Land of the Isle of Orleans, 1650-1725, ed. 1978 at Bergeron & Fils, Montreal).
      It is hard to say if this land had been cleared earlier, or if it was still a primeval forest. In 1663, King Louis XIV de France (1638-1715) ordered the owners to clear their lands within six months, or loose it. It appears that this law was loosely enforced.
      Nicolas Audet dit LaPointe (1637-1700) married Madeleine Despres (c 1653-1712), a native of the parish of St. Saviour in the city of Paris, on September 15, 1670 (Contract signed, 30th of April). Madeleine was fourteen years old and under the gaurdianship of Anne Gasnier (Gagne) and Elisabeth Estienne. Her father had been Francois Despres (1625-in France), who had been born in Paris, France. Her mother had been Madeleine Legrand (c 1630-in France), born in Paris.These two women were responsible for those that have been called “les filles du Roi.” Madeleine’s dowry was valued at two hundred Livres and a “royal gift of 50 Livres,” granted by the King.
      Twelve children were born of this marriage. Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe II, (1671- before November, 1671); Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe III (1672- 1751); Pierre Audet dit Lapointe (1674- 1715); Jean Baptiste Audet dit Lapointe (1675- 1728); Madeleine Audet dit Lapointe (1677- 1761); Joseph Pierre Audet dit Lapointe (1680- 1732); Marie Audet dit Lapoint, (1682- 1775); Francois Audet dit Lapointe (1684- 1725); Margaurite Audet dit Lapointe (1686- 1758); Innocent Audit dit Lapointe (1689- 1774); Joachim Audet dit Lapointe (1691- 1752).
      Nicolas Audet dit LaPointe (1637-1700) was a major builder of the mission of St Jean de Ile d’Orleans, his name appears frequently in the parish registers between 1682 and 1694. He was often chosen as godfather or witness at weddings or burials. It was at that time regarded as a mark of some public notoriety.
      After a life of hard work, Nicolas Audet dit LaPointe (1637-1700) died on December 9, 1700 and was buried the next day in the parish cemetery. He was 63 years old.
      On September 27, 1706 the inventory of property prepared by the Notary E. Jacob of Nicolas demonstrates that his stubbornness to come and succeed in Canada had paid off. Nicolas Audet dit LaPointe (1637-1700) eft personal property valued at 323 livres and 19 sols, his land between Charles Genes and Pierre Asselin on which there were 75 acres farmable, or in grassland tillage, a almost new 2 story home, twenty-four feet long by eighteen feet wide, two fireplaces, basement and attic. There was also two barns, the two sixty feet long and twenty wide. In addition he left a legacy of 2100 pounds. (Registry, E. Jacob, September 27, 1706)
      Madeleine Despres (c 1653-1712), survived him twelve years. After three days of”disease”, she died on December 18, 1712. She was then 56 years.
      The descendants of Nicolas Audet dit LaPointe (1637-1700) bearing the family name are in Canadian provinces and in the U.S. as well.
      Known Name Variants.
      Among the known variants are Audet, Odette, Oded Oudet, Oudait, Houdet, Houde, and Odette.
      1. Institut Drouin, Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760 (AFGS 1968), page 30.
      2. *PRDH (University of Montreal – Online).
      3. Gagné, Peter J., King’s Daughters and Founding Mothers: The Filles du Roi, 1663-1673 (Pawtucket, RI: Quinton Publications, 2001), page 216.
      4. Tanguay, Cyprien, Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Cnadiennes, Vol 2 (Global Heritage Press, 2001 with permission of la Société généalogique Canadienne-Française ), page 73.
      5. Title: Répertoire des actes de baptême mariage sépulture et des recensements du Quebec ancien 47 vols., Publication: Montreal: Universite de Montreal, 1980, Abbrev: *PRDH, Quebec, Type: Book, Multi-Volume, Date: JUNE 23, 2002
      6. Title: Genealogie des Familles Originaires des Comtes de Montmagny, L’Islet, Bellechasse, Author: Eloi-Gerard Talbot, comp, Publication: Chateau Richer, Quebe, Abbrev: Genealogie des Familles, Montmagny, L’Islet, Bellechasse, Type: Book, Comp. Records, Date: JUNE 22, 1999
      8. Le Centre de généalogie francophone d’Amérique, URL: http://www.genealogie.org


      Comment by Michele Martin | October 31, 2020 | Reply

  26. Hi. I just happened on your site and hope you can help me out. I have quite a bit of my mother’s family tree information, however, we have been told there is native indian ancestry in our family, but I am having trouble finding it. My grandmother is Zabine Larade and my grandfather is Joseph Lefort, both born in the Inverness, Nova Scotia area. I can provide names farther back if it will help, just thought I would check to see if you thought you could help first. I appreciate any information you can provide. I have been told some of the indians in the area would move in with french families and take their surname, so this may be why I am having trouble. My mother’s aunt told me her aunt was definitely native, but died she died before I was able to get more information. We all have a definite Meti appearance and I would love to trace this back. Thanks. Kathleen MacEachern.


    Comment by Kathleen MacEachern | May 29, 2012 | Reply

  27. Hello. I am sort of looking for a needle in the proverbial haystack. My grandmother did not know until she applied for social security that the parents that raised her were not actually her biological parents. Instead, she was told that her biological mother died in childbirth and then her biological father was killed soon after, so the midwife and her husband raised her. The only information that we have is that the father’s surname may have been Forestal, or something close to that, and that he was born in Paris, France, then immigrated to Ontario, Canada and was a trapper. He supposedly married a young Iroquois girl from possibly Caughnawaga (Kahnawake) or Saint Regis Ontario. They left Ontario in 1906 and made their way to Thompson, Winnebago County, Iowa. That is where my grandmother was born and her mother died. I believe that my great-grandmother was born about 1887. I know this is not much information to go on, but I would dearly love to identify any potential names of young women living in Kahnawake or Saint Regis between 1887 and 1906. Thank you in advance for any assistance. Pamela Sanders

    Note from Evelyn: Answered privately


    Comment by Pamela Sanders | October 22, 2012 | Reply

  28. Hi, I am researching for any information pertaining to Veronique Mabkateinini, Algonquin woman from the Maniwaki, Grand Remous, Quebec area.


    Comment by Judi Killeen | February 5, 2014 | Reply

  29. I am looking for native connections to Algoquin with the name Scholastique Cousineau who married Clément Guertin on Nov. 4th, 1844 in Aylmer, Quebec. She is Algonquin but a need a positive connection that says so. She may have come from Lake of Two Mountains or Golden Lake. I’ve already been to and checked the Kitigan Zibi without success. To me, it would mean the difference between ‘fiction and non-fiction’ in my novel writing. your help would be greatly appreciated. Norman

    Note from Evelyn:
    some information here http://wp.me/pp92w-gJU
    more assistance required


    Comment by Norman Guertin | April 13, 2014 | Reply

  30. Hi I’m looking for any information on Louis Thibault and his wife Marie Agnes Jones
    , Children were Napolean, Rose, Caroline and Joseph. Children lived in Ottawa Ontario but were from Louiseville Quebec. Napolean was born April 13 1878, Rose was born 1872.


    Comment by Glen Forgie | October 26, 2014 | Reply

  31. Did the Martins come from Normandy area of France? My great great grandfather was born in Canada and my great grandfather George Martin was born in New Hampshire. He married Diana Lachance from St Gabriel Quebec. I think Diana was born in 1879.


    Comment by Maryann Foote | February 13, 2015 | Reply

  32. Hi,
    I’m looking into my LeClaire family history, But it see that’s its spelled as Leclerc. Because i know for a fact my family was settled in Quebec, Canada for a time before moving to Upper Michigan. I’m wondering if there is any information under the name spelled like “LeClaire” Please get back to me. I would really appreciate it.


    Comment by Michaela LeClaire | April 8, 2015 | Reply

  33. I was always told by my grandmother LaPlante the family came from Quebec CN and was one of the first 5 settlers in Quebec coming from France. My research identified a Nicholas Plant and son Jean may be the Plant family origin. Grandmother also told me her great grandfather established the first fur trading post west of the Mississippi in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. I would appreciate so much any information you may have regarding the Plante/LaPlante family. Thank you for posting and making this type information available.


    Comment by Robert | February 9, 2016 | Reply

  34. Hello – I am trying to research my family. I am a Beaubien thru my grandmother. Our family came to Canada in approx. 1640. (We are descendants of Gilles [Jules] Trottier). The mixed marriages of Beaubiens in the American Beaubiens is well documented, but the Canadian side is much harder to find. I found an entry for Mathieu Onwaientatenni Beaubien (wife Anne Konwaseronni Taylor) on your website. Are you able to give suggestions for how I can learn more about the Beaubien family? Thanks. Susan. P.S. Very excited to have found your website!


    Comment by Susan Plensky | February 11, 2016 | Reply

  35. I am searching for information on Marie Anne Chipakighokwe of Algonquin decent
    Married to Laurent Brown on July 2 1803


    Comment by Andrea Martin | February 19, 2016 | Reply

  36. Where are the “Lemelins”?


    Comment by Al Lemna | February 23, 2016 | Reply

    • This is not an exhaustive list. I only include information on surnames which appear in my family tree or in the trees of those that I assist.
      Have a good day,


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | February 23, 2016 | Reply

  37. I am a direct descendant of Jean Lemelin dit Tourangeau. Do you have any information on this family?
    Thank you


    Comment by Al Lemna | February 23, 2016 | Reply

    • My husband is a Lemna thru his grandmother Ruth Louella Lemna Marsh Nugent. Her parents were Frederick Albert Lemna and Leona Pearl Mary Harrison Lemna. I know the name traces back to France and settled in New France. Eventually they immigrated to the United States, but eventually our branch of the family migrated to Alberta, Canada. I am a Beaubien with origins back to early New France. I am curious to find out if our families may have crossed paths back in New France.


      Comment by S Plensky | April 10, 2016 | Reply

  38. I may be mistake but I don’t see as “French Canadian Pioneers” : Jean Laspron (Lampron) /dit LaCharite dit Lampro/ etc And Bellemares (Gelinas) Dit Jellineau and Deziel (Delegal) Laspron arrived 1665 with one of the Regiments He Married Anne Michele Renauld in 1669 and Died in Quebect in 1698 abt and Gelinas (Jellineau) arrived abt 1655 as an indentured servant to pay off his passage.
    Claude Lampron/LaCharite/Laspron abt 1756 married Marie Gertin in Nicolet (she supposedly was a Native (first people))
    Thanks for compiling this–it is tedious and time consuming, I know some of the effort you have sweated to do. I appreciate MY French Canadian Heritage being NOT forgotten.
    George Lampron


    Comment by George Lampron | May 24, 2016 | Reply

  39. Hi I am doing family research on my mothers side and was wondering if anyone can help me in my search I am looking for my G. Grandparnets: His name Was Frank LaPlante and he was born Nov 15, 1847 in Quebec, Canada and he married Mary Ann Causley who was Born 8-8-1848 in Port Huron If you have any information you can email me at christyderidder68@yahho.com Thank you


    Comment by christy | July 9, 2016 | Reply

  40. Hello I am a Legacy (Lagace) from South Tetagouche, Gloucester County New Brunswick Ancestory. My name is Cherie (Legacy) Gray.
    I have marriage certificates etc but need more info on our Lagace history etc


    Comment by Cherie Gray | October 1, 2016 | Reply

    • Hello Cheri,
      Are you able to,tell me the names of your Legacy grandparents or great grandparents who were from Tetagouche?
      Evelyn Theriault


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | October 2, 2016 | Reply

    • I am looking for any information on My G.G. Grandfather Frank LaPlante I don’t know who his parents were All I know he was born in Canada and moved to Bay City Michigan for 75 years he has a brother named David LaPlante who used to live in Trois River, Canada any information you can help me with would be most helpful


      Comment by christy | October 2, 2016 | Reply

      • If he was born in Canada chances are his birth name was Francois, and he changed it to Frank after coming to the USA. I did a quick look and there are a ton of Francois LaPlantes born in Quebec province. You’ll need a birth date at the very least. Try his headstone for more info. Good luck.


        Comment by Jerry England | October 2, 2016 | Reply

        • He was born Nov 15.1847 Canada and pasted away Feb 4, 1937 I Bay City he is buried at Calvary Cemetery


          Comment by christy | October 2, 2016 | Reply

          • Found on ancestry:

            Francois Xavier “Frank” LaPlant / LaPlante
            Birth: 11-14-1847 (14 Nov 1847) – Canada
            Death: 04 Feb 1937 (4 Feb 1937) – Bay City, Bay, Michigan, USA
            Marriage: 1877 – Bay City, Bay, Michigan, USA
            Spouse: Mary Ann “Annie” Causley
            Ancestry Member Name: matulevichs

            Good luck


            Comment by Jerry England | October 2, 2016

          • Yes that is him did you see if there were parents names or any sibblings


            Comment by christy | October 2, 2016

          • Ancestry.com usually offers a free two-week membership for new comers. I tried to do you a genealogy act of kindness, but I have no more time to spend. You’re welcome.


            Comment by Jerry England | October 3, 2016

          • Thank You but I have ancestry but my time ran out I do have my family tree on there but had no luck finding much stuff on his parents


            Comment by christy | October 5, 2016

  41. I was also told that my LaPlante’s were Indian right along with my Cazelet (Causley’s) my G.G G Ignance Cazelet


    Comment by christy | October 2, 2016 | Reply

  42. First of let me tell you Your website and you are doing a wonderful job Changing the lives of people looking for there roots I myself found my birthmother after 43 years so i have alot of rooting to do..I have done the one side of the family to 1622 confirmed (villemere nit Corbeau)
    However I’m trying to find my Metis connection on the Berube side. I can trace as far back as Damien Berube Parish/City: Rocquefort
    Country: France
    Death: 07 March 1688 – Age: 41
    Parish/City: Riviere Ouelle, Kamouraska Quebuc
    Country: Canada B.1647-1688.D Which was the first i think that came to Canada

    And son Pedigree Pierre Berube B.1682 – 1736.D Daughter Jeanne-Marguerite 27 Oct 1680
    Ignace 1683 Mathurin 17 Oct 1688
    – son
    -son etc etc

    Down to my Great Great Grandfather Joseph-Ferdinand Berube-Adélard B.May 1 1880 St Ulic Matane Que,
    My Great Gradfather Alfred Berube Lived in Sudbury 1900? 1903 Birth Married 1920 11 kids Lea Berube married Orval Villemere and are my grandparents lived in Sudbury My mother Rose Marie Villemere and me Darryl Orval Villemere Sudbury Ontiaro

    I would like to find the Metis part of the line From what i heard we have Cree Native blood in the line
    But i havent been able to find a odd name to fill in the blanks ..And we also had something to do with the Hudson bay co. when they had a revolt and burned down one of the records buildings 100+ years ago?
    Any Help would be gratful thank you and keep up the great work


    Comment by Darryl Villemere | October 11, 2016 | Reply

  43. What about the Tremblays?


    Comment by Gloria Tremblay Coles | November 26, 2016 | Reply

    • The Tremblays are most definitely early pioneers (or at least some of them)” My list of pioneers, however, is not exhaustive. I’ve only included the pioneers of people appearing in my family tree or in the family trees of people’s families whose genealogies I’ve done.
      Have a nice day,


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | November 28, 2016 | Reply

  44. Hi my father was from Maine, his last name is Therrien. I have been trying to find out the Indian side he came from.


    Comment by Bonnie Flowers | February 5, 2017 | Reply

  45. I have search everywhere for information on my French/Canadian ancestory. Jermain Taillion – BIRTH SEPTEMBER 6, 1784 • Les Cedres de Soulanges, Quebec, Canada was fairly easy. His family traced back to France. How ever, his wife, Marie Therese Ballard is a dead end. I know this, BIRTH 1789 • Akwesasne, St. Regis, Quebec, Canada. Information shows that their children were born and baptised in St. Regis. They farmed land and were “inmates” at the school in 1852. Supposedly sometime after moved to Glengarry where they are supposedly buried at St. Raphael’s. Marie around 1855 and Jeremiah around 1865. The odd thing is that when a search is done web sights such as this are found but I can find no information on her. Anything known about her or her ancestry would be appreciated.

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    Comment by Pamela Joyce Compton | April 26, 2017 | Reply

    • Hi Pamela, I am stuck at the same point as you. Have you been able to find anything since you have posted?


      Comment by Natalie | February 24, 2020 | Reply

  46. I have French ancestors who were pioneers of Montreal, Canada, having emigrated to Canada in about 1870 from Normandy. Chapter V of my book ‘Petrosellum’ – A Global History of the families Duperouzel / Duperrouzel’ tells their story. Their family tree is also available on my web site. Who can I email to share their story? William Duperouzel based in the UK

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    Comment by William Duperouzel | January 24, 2018 | Reply

  47. Hi, I am descended from the Courtemanche family. I am confused and wonder if someone could clear something up. Is Antoine Augustin Legardeur De Courtemanche from the Courtemanche family or is he from the town of Courtemanche? I was reading a Metis site and he is listed as married to a gggggggaunt Marguerite Vaudry. This appears to be impossible. I believe the wrong Antoine was sited on that page. it was Antoine Courtemanche b. 5/22/1668 . Two different people – am I right? Thanks, Nancy

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    Comment by Nancy Rapchak | December 5, 2018 | Reply

  48. Hi Evelyn

    My partner’s ancestors are from the Miꞌkmaq Indians from around the New Brunswick district, She would appreciate any information you may have on possible marriages between the Miꞌkmaq and the French family name of Letourneau.
    Thank you, would prefer email reply if possible.


    Comment by Clive Whitehead | March 9, 2019 | Reply

    • Hello,
      I am unable to work on this at the moment but will contact you in about a week or so.
      Have a good day,


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | March 9, 2019 | Reply

      • I would love to know the Indian on my father’s side. Eugene (Gene) Therrien.


        Comment by Bonnie Flowers | March 9, 2019 | Reply

      • My father was Eugene (Gene)Therrien. From Portland, Maine.


        Comment by Bonnie Therrien Flowers | March 9, 2019 | Reply

  49. Thank you so much for this post!!!

    I am American, however, in Ancestry, so many of these names I am linked to ny DNA. Specifically, Belanger-paternal Grandmother. Cloutier-Maternal Grandfather from Quebec & Tardif higher in generation. DNA matches with many many of the names!

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    Comment by Julie Mourey | April 10, 2019 | Reply

  50. Info on Sevigne’ Lafleur, fathers side. Was present at the 300 yr wedding anniverary of Charles Julien Sevigne’ dit Lafleur . Was around 1995.Was m to Margueritt Rognon .Charles b1668 Magueritt b1678. The location was Neuville Can. They had many children.Names connected Beland,Laporte, Leblanc, Brissard St. Germaine, Dupuis, Brisett, Bourbeau, Laberge, Champoux, Boisvert, Laurent, Mercier, Morand, Galinas, Bellemire, Dubois, Lacours, Laferte, . His full moniker was Charles Julien Sevigne’ dit Lafleur. Due to circumstances, was unable to follow up on much of the info at the time. Spent hours at the Unnivercity Genology Laval Quebec. Everything in French. Unable to Xerox had to write info. Much much info to be gathered there. All for the present.

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    Comment by Leonard Sevigny | April 20, 2019 | Reply

  51. Hi Evelyn,

    Part of my family are the Belley’s, I’ve done a little bit of research and found out that it’s a direct lineage to the Quebec Pioneers René Belley.
    The section Native – Firt Nation – Metis [CND Marriage Extracts], there is an Aime Belley that married Annecy Gagnon.
    I’ve done research about him and found out that he a direct link to my family as well. (The records matched and his father’s brother was my grandfather’s great grandfather)
    Anyways, my question is the following, since he appears in the Native – First Nation – Metis [CND Marriage Extracts], I wanted to know if that means that he is either Native, First Nation or Metis?

    My second question is about the Natashquan Belley’s, I wanted to know if the names showing up for this specific section were a family of 6? Because when I did some research I found a Marie Belley, a Therese Belley and a Marguerite Belley in my family, but I just found these three out of the 6 names for the Natashquan area.

    And would they be related to René Belley or Aime Belley?

    I’ve done all of the research I could at this moment and now I am stuck with these questions..

    I am so greatful and thankful for your hardwork!

    Thank you so much,


    Comment by Sunflower | December 1, 2019 | Reply

    • I don’t squat about your family. My question is: Is there a section in this –about Lampron’s and/or Bellemares or Deziels or Heroux. Thanks–sorry to usurp your questions–but Canadian history/family is my endeavor.


      Comment by John Laspron | August 11, 2020 | Reply

  52. Bonjour. My mother was adopted, born in Quebec. Today we got news her real name was Marie Luccette Menard, born March 24, 1941. We are looking for family members of hers and mine. Can you help us locate them?


    Comment by Antoinette Liegel | December 23, 2019 | Reply

  53. Mercy chose to stay in the Indian culture and married a Mohawk man. A version of her experience is contained in a teen read book by Caroline B. Cooney titled, “The Ransom of Mercy Carter”, New York: Delacorte Press, 2001. Bio by Pam Wilson


    Comment by liz | March 13, 2020 | Reply

  54. Jehan (Jean) Gauvin arrivé en 1662, 19 ans. Mariage à Anne Magnan (Fille du Roi) en 1665. Elle avait 16 ans.


    Comment by Linda Gauvin-Miller | August 7, 2020 | Reply

  55. Hi I do not know if my initial comment was posted. Here it goes again. My father’s family were pioneers of New France. (Guillet/Cinq-Mars) I found several links that are of interest. One that is really interesting is http://guilletcinqmarsfamily.homestead.com/home.html
    That link has a lot of background on French Canadian history. His family is related to many pioneers (just like most French Canadians) Cloutier, Lemay, Dubeau, Rivard, Germain, the list goes on and on.
    I enjoy your website. Thought I’d add a bit more just for fun.

    Eva W.


    Comment by Eva W. | November 16, 2020 | Reply

    • Hello there!
      Yes, I’m familiar with your pioneer ancestors. Thanks for offering the information.
      I add Quebec pioneers to the list as they appear in my family tree, or that of trees I’ve helped people with, or as they cross over into First Nations/Metis family trees.
      These few months I have to finish up a long series of First Nations surname posts but I when I come back to the French Canadian pioneers I’ll be happy to have one for this surname.
      In fact, I’ve always been fascinated by the “Cinq-Mars” surname. It’s very unusual.
      Thanks for the offer,


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | November 16, 2020 | Reply

      • I’m not sure my ancestors are Metis or Pioneers they arrived about 1650 plus or minus 5 years and then one was on Port Royal in about 1610/20 Trahan, my two significant ancestors are Lampron/Lampro/LaCharite/Laspron and Jelllineau/Gelinas/Bellemare so there is no doubt my ancestors are tied to early New France. I’d love more information on Anne Michelle Renauld or Renault. In looking at the Daughters of the King incoming women, some appear to be sisters of hers. If you or anyone has that data I’d be more than pleased to see it. or anything on the ubiquitous Lampron/Lampro/LaCharite/Desfossee family thank you


        Comment by George Lampron | December 8, 2020 | Reply

      • Hi Evelyn, so glad you responded. Love your site. Funny coincidence you would wonder about my last name “Cinq-Mars” Since my ancestors are not here to answer that question I may have some speculation that may be of even more interest. One speculation that it is related to a land grant in the 1600’s. There is another speculation i have is that it was created to pay homage to Henri Coffier de Ruze, Marquis of Cinq-Mars who along with Francois Auguste de Thou (a French Hueguenot) was beheaded ((around 1642) for conspiring against Cardinal Richelieu. My ancestor Pierre Guillet was born in 1623 (his brother Mathurin was born a couple years later) in the area of La Rochelle, France. They were small children in that area during Cardenal Richelieu’s siege of La Rochelle (1627-28 against Huguenots) Many people died but they survived. Please understand this is speculation but I remember as a child my father telling us how evil Cardinal Richelieu was and we had a book by Vigny about Cinq-Mars. Perhaps that story was handed down generations. I don’t know but there was a connection. If you ever find out anything about my name I’d appreciate you letting me know.
        Best wishes, happy safe holidays, and and thank you again for your wonderful site and all the work you have done. – Eva Walters (Cinq-Mars)


        Comment by Eva Walters (Cinq-Mars) | December 10, 2020 | Reply

  56. I was wondering if you found any Marceau’s in your research! François Marceau settled on Isle D’Orleans and shows in the 1667 census! He married a Filled De Roi in 1671 Marie-Louise Bolper or Beaupere


    Comment by jerrymarceau | December 30, 2020 | Reply

  57. Hello… I have been following my ancestors on my father’s side and came across this website. My 8x great-grandfather is Pierre Aubin Lambert Champagne who married Elisabeth Aubert in 1670. Thank you for having this information available…


    Comment by Mark Aubin | February 10, 2021 | Reply

    • Mark—if you or your relative were from Maine, USA—then your Lambert could be related to Lampron or Bellemare from the Maskinonge or St Boniface area’s of Quebec Prov. They arrived there in 1660 Bellemare (as Gelinas arrived in 1635–when there were less than 3000 Europeans in French New France.

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      Comment by james kerwin | February 11, 2021 | Reply

  58. Hello Cynthia and Evelyn through DNA testing before Louis Thibault and Marie Jones, there was Joseph Francois Thibault and Euphemie Banville. Euphemie was born in Oct 8 1808, and Joseph in 1800. From there it’s pretty easy to trace them back to France.

    Meegwetch Glen Forgie


    Comment by Glen Forgie | March 18, 2021 | Reply

  59. Hi. I have come across your website while trying to google information on my ancestors. My great-grandmother was Clemence Simard (married to Francis Labadie), her father was Nazaire Simard from what I can find online. I am wondering if they are connected to the Simards on here? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have no family left to help in my search. Long story.


    Comment by Mary Randall | April 19, 2021 | Reply

    • Hey Mary,
      I’m not sure if my Simard’s are related to yours but here are their names, birth and death dates and spouses. Perhaps this might help? Happy hunting!

      Gen1 – Antoine Simard dit Lombrette: 1500 (?)-1588 Spouse was Francoise Berthon (12x great grand parents)

      Gen 2 – Marsault Simard I dit Lombrette: 1535-1600 Spouse was Léonarde M. Berthoulme (11x great grand parents)

      Gen 3 – Marsault Simard II dit Lombrette: 1568-1625 Spouse was Ozanne Soullet dit Boozer (10x great grand parents)

      Gen 4 – Pierre Simard dit Lombrette : 1602-1681 Spouse was Suzanne Durand dit LaFortune (9x great grand parents)

      Gen 5 – Noel Simard dit Lombrette: 1637-1715 Spouse was Marie Racine (8x great grand parents)

      Gen 6 – Francois Simard dit Lombrette: 1678-1732 Spouse was Ursule Paré (7x great grand parents)

      Gen 7 – Dorothée Simard dit Lombrette: 1721-1760 Spouse was Léonard Borel-Clermont. (6x great grand parents) After this, Simard becomes Clermont and we start to see Métis in the family tree from there.

      Anywho, I hope that helps in one way shape or form.
      Have a great day!


      Comment by Maggie | August 15, 2021 | Reply

  60. Hey there! I am researching my family tree and my 5x Great Grandmother was Niganihijigak (Big Sky Woman). She was married to Jean Baptiste Clermont around 1795-1805. I am related through their daughter Francoise Clermont. I was wondering if perhaps anyone on here was looking for Niganihijigak’s information as well. If you have anything please let me know. Thanks in advance!


    Comment by Maggie | August 15, 2021 | Reply

  61. My name is Chris kelly I have researched and found that Nicholas Gendron and Marie Hubert are my relatives. I read an article that referenced a legal decision that was part of a case where Marie Hubert
    was raped by a First Nation man and the law was changed . My question is was there a child ?I cannot find the article circa 1670


    Comment by Chris Kelly | February 26, 2022 | Reply

  62. Hello,

    I am a descendant of Pierre Dorion who was married in Quebec City and settled on the Saint Charles river. I have him coming to Quebec in 1684 from Saline Des Bearn, his father, Armand came from a small commune named Orion, hence the D’Orion surname, born around 1610.

    I have some details about our family and some pretty good info dating back to my Great (x2) grandfather Isaac Dorion who built a house in Quebec City in the 1800’s that still stands today.

    I would be very grateful for any info you have on Pierre and his (my) family.

    All the best



    Comment by Roland Sells | January 17, 2023 | Reply

  63. Hello everyone. I wandered here from Ancestry.com Turns out I’m French Canadian and Swedish. Joseph Bonneville dit Bellefleur seems to be my 5th Great Grandfather. So much to find out, Im just so excited .


    Comment by Tina | February 27, 2023 | Reply

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