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French Canadian Pioneers: The Menards of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers 

Cap-St-Ignace, Menard Pioneer Genealogy


Adrien Menard | Marie-Angelique Dupont

November 19th, 1764, Cap-St-Ignace

[Occ. sailor/navigator]

Jean-Baptiste Menard / Minard / Vive L’Amour | Marie-Josephe Ethier

May 1st, 1758, Repentigny

[Occ. military, troupes de Montcalm, La Sarre, de d’Oms]

Jean-Louis Menard | Marthe-Marguerite French

May 4th, 1733, St-Laurent (Island of Montreal)

[Occ. -]

Louis Menard / Mesnard / Saint Onge | Genevieve Andegrave

November 11th, 1712, Montreal (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. troupes de la Marine, Montigny]

[Genealogical notes – French]

Pierre Menard / Lachavanne | Marie-Jeanne Blais

January 10th, 1735, Berthier-sur-Mer

[Occ. Master cobbler]  [Baptismal record]



Antoine Vermet dit Laforme | Barbe Menard / Mesnard

August 26th, 1669 Ste-Famille (Ile d’Orleans)

Barbe Menard was a Fille du Roi (see 2nd note below).



Variations and associated surnames

Adiren – Bellerose – Bé(s)nard

Bonenfant – Brindamour – Carignan

Deshaies – Deslaurier(s) – Jourdain – Lafontaine

Lemay – Magog – Marchand

Maynard/Mesnard – Montour – Partenais/Parthenais/Parthenay

Potvin – Saint-Nicolas – Saint-Onge




This series of Early French Canadian Pioneer microposts is dedicated to the earliest settlers of Quebec. If you are new to the genealogy of French-speaking Canadians, please be aware that the earliest French settlers can also descend from the Acadian pioneers who originally settled in what are now Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In addition, please note that any Native related links refer back to other posts citing census, marriage or other documents with indigenous or Metis individuals of that surname, however those individuals do not necessarily descend from these particular French Canadian settlers. All these posts are intended as Finding Aides – a place to find possible clues and start your own research!


Filles du Roi is the name that’s been given to about 700/800 women who emigrated from France to Quebec in the middle of the 17th century. They were called the King’s Daughters because Louis XIV (King of France) had sponsored their trips to the New World. Each Fille received her passage, a hope chest and room and board until her marriage (read further at The Canadian Encyclopedia).

Barbe Menard was a Fille du Roi. Barbe was born in St-Martin-de-Re (France) about 1649. Her parents were  Rene Mesnard and Judith Veillon. She died or was buried on June 16th, 1685 in Ste-Famille, d’Orleans (Canada).



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