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Sommier/Lajeunesse (aka Saulmier/Saulnier) | Papineauville, Petite Nation

Elise had the following query: “Hello, my grand parents were native Adelard Lajeunesse and Yvonne Paquette. I do know they were married at Montebello QC. I am trying to learn more but I don’t find them on any census, family search, roots web, archive national… If someone can help me please contact me. We have pictures of them of Adelard doing canoe, sleigh, and tipi… Thank you very much”

Greetings – as I mentioned in our correspondence, when trying to find evidence to prove or disprove oral family history, the best way to start is by establishing your main line and filling out your family tree. After that you if you do have Aboriginal heritage you should be able to find the connection.

Information 1 – Surname Notes

I’m not surprised that you have trouble finding information since there are so many natural variations and/or mis-transcriptions. Here are some I ran across: Lajeunesse, La Jeunesse, Laganneur, Lagenneur – Saulmier, Saulmiers, Saumier, Saulnier, Sommier. Also mistranscribed at Ancestry as: Saimier dit Lageunase.

Information 2 – Family Tree (Ascendancy)

Your grandparents Adelard Lajeunesse/Sommier and Yvonne Paquette were married on the 21st May, 1917 in Montebello (Papineau, Outaouais, Quebec) in Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours parish. Yvonne’s parents were Pacifique Paquette and Emma Renaud.

Adelard’s parents were Leon Lajeunesse/Sommier and Marie Josephine Patrice. Leon and Marie Josephine were married in Papineauville (Papineau, Outaouais,Quebec) on the 28th of January in 1884 . Marie Josephine was the daughter of Firmin Patrice and Josephine Villeneuve. She had been baptised on the 11th of July 1863 in Montebello.

Leon’s parents were Leon Lajeunesse/Sommier and Julie Gravelle and they were married on May 11th, 1863 in Ste-Angelique parish in Papineauville (Papineau, Outaouais).Leon’s parents were already deceased at the time of the marriage. Julie’s first husband had been Nazaire Sigouin.

Leon’s parents were Antoine Lajeunesse/Sommier and Marie Monet Boismenu. Antoine and Marie Boismenu were married on February 4th, 1805 in Ste-Therese (Terrebonne). Marie was the daughter of Joseph Monet Boismenu and Marie-Anne Robidoux.


Antoine was the son of Nicolas Lajeunesse/Sommier and Marie Loiselle, the founding couple of this line in North America. If you go to Fichier Origine and enter the search term “Sommier” you will find a lot of information about Nicolas including the fact that he was from the Haute-Saone region of France and that he arrived as a soldier in the La Sarre Regiment. Nicolas and Marie were married on February 14th, 1763 in Ste-Rose (Ile-Jesus, Quebec).


Information 3 – Land Grant

If you go to the index of Cadastres abrégés des Seigneuries du Bas- Canada, 1861 you will find a record of a land grant to three Sommier dit Lajeunesses in the Petite-Nation region. Petite-Nation is the French translation of the Algonquin word Oueskarini which was the name of the Amerindian tribe which had lived there previously. These Sommiers had land grants for Ste-Angelique and St-Andre-Avellin which are modern place-names included in the traditional Petite-Nation territory. What was Ste-Angelique parish is now part of Papineauville.

Related Post

A Lajeunesse/Paquette Family of Montebello Quebec


Further Reading:

The Seigneury of La Petite Nation

Histoire de la Petite-Nation (en francais)



February 15, 2010 - Posted by | . | , , ,


  1. Thank you very much, there is a lot of information you found, I really appreciated!

    I will search the wifes linages if there is Metis.

    Thank you very much!

    Note from Evelyn: You’re very welcome, Elise!


    Comment by elise | February 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. Wow–that’s so amazing. I can’t imagine the amount of work that goes into this–and the wonderful stories from the past you must be uncovering. I’ve only heard and read snippets of the stories of my ancestors.


    Comment by Beth | February 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. Excellent info. My father was Adelard Lajeunesse married to MARGUERITE AYOTTE.
    I have quite a lot of info on the Saumier dit Lajeunesse tree. Some of the info you post will give more on my ancestors. Thanks

    Note from Evelyn: Replied by email.


    Comment by Serge Lajeunesse | March 26, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi,
      I am looking for information on the Lajeunesse line. My great great grandfather was Albert Jean Lajeunesse, born 1842, died 1916. His wife was Marie LaTour, as listed on her son’s death certificate. (They had only one child, Jean Albert Lajeunesse). I have no records of birth or marriage on either of them. I do not know if they had another part of their name, such as Saumier. Could you please let me know where I might find information?

      Note from Evelyn: Answering privately


      Comment by Mary Nemeth | August 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. Hello,
    After years of looking I have finally traced back to Nicolas LaJeunesse and Marie Loiselle as my grandparents. Could you tell me anything more about them?

    Thank you,


    Comment by Cindy McVoy | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  5. Any information on a Marie Clothilda Lidia Saumier married (1890’s)to a Joseph Lablanc and living in Aitkin, Minnesota?

    dit Lajeunesse – what does the “dit” translate to?
    Thank you.

    Note from Evelyn:
    Answered privately


    Comment by Michael Voronyak | May 11, 2011 | Reply

  6. Hello, doing Chalut family research and have Marguerite Menard widow of Michel Chalut living with her son William who owned the Railroad Hotel in Papineauville. She died there in 1902. Does anyone know of a picture of this hotel? Thanks in advance.

    Reply: http://wp.me/pp92w-g4J


    Comment by Denise | December 21, 2013 | Reply

  7. Julie Gravelle’s first husband was François-Xavier Birabin dit St-Denis. Her second Husband was Nazaire Sigouin and the third one was Léon Sommier.


    Comment by Jonathan | January 22, 2017 | Reply

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