A Canadian Family

First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

Monet dit Bellehumeur | Pt. 1/2


Hello. I guess I am at a loss of where to start. My 3rd Great grandfather was named Michael Monette, sometimes called Mitchell in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 28,1830. He was a fur trader for the American Fur Company in 1855 and ended up settling in Nebraska, US. I have no proof but, according to family stories, he was mixed blood. He married a woman named Mary Bono in Nebraska and she was 1/2 Omaha Indian. Do you have any suggestions on where to search please? I do not know the names of his parents or siblings.

This is the only Michel Monette born in that period in Quebec  that I have found. The birth and baptismal date is off by one year but it is the precise date of the month. In addition, I found no marriage for a Michel Monette born to these parents. So if I were you I would use this as a promising research lead.


Monet dit Bellehumeur Lineage

Your 3rd great-grandfather Michel Monette (son of Pierre Monette and Pelagie Morin) was born in La Presentation (St. Hyacinthe, Quebec)  and baptized on April 28th, 1829 in La Presentation-de-la-Ste.-Vierge Church. The godparents were Michel Lacaillade and Magdeleine St-Pierre.

Michel’s parents were Pierre Monet (son of Francois Monet and Charlotte Jarred-Beauregard) and Marie-Pelagie Morin (son of Jean Morin and Marie-Magdeleine Proulx) who were married in Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire Parish in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec on January 1st, 1815. [Note:  Saint-Hyacinthe  is a town just east of Montreal (not far from my house) so it is plausible for your ancestor to say he was from Montreal].

Francois Monet (son of Martin Monet and Josephte Boisel) married Charlotte Beauregard (daughter of Pierre Beauregard and Marguerite Burel**) were married in St-Francois-Xavier Parish in Vercheres, Quebec on November 16th, 1789.

Martin Monet dit Belhumeur (son of Jean-Baptiste Monet and Rose Liotard) married Marie-Josephte Boiselle (daughter of Charles Boiselle and Therese Daudelin)  on May 2nd, 1757 in St. Francois-Xavier Parish in Vercheres, Quebec. Martin died or was buried in Bertheriville, Quebec on May 2nd, 1769.


This is the founding couple of the Monet Belhumeur  lineage in Canada. Martin Monet  arrived in Canada with Montcalm’s troops (reg. Royal-Roussillon, de Boissel company). He had been born on January 25th, 1726 in Pernes-les-Fontaines (Vaucluse) France. in Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth parish. His parents were Jean-Baptiste Monet and Rose Liotard.  In France, Martin  had at least one brother (Antoine Monet born February 11th, 1728) and two sisters (Madeleine born on April 30th, 1723 and Marie born on November 10th, 1732). Martin’s father was buried on March 6th, 1748. His mother was buried on December 23rd, 1770. [Genealogical notes – French]

Notes about Martin Monet dit Bellehumeur’s regiment:

“The Régiment Royal-Roussillon :

Origin: Perpignan, Roussillon and Catalogne Regions
The Régiment Royal-Roussillon, which came to New France in 1756, was at first stationed in Montreal, except for a detachment that was sent to Carillon. In 1757, the entire regiment was mobilized and headed for Fort William Henry. In 1758, the regiment also shared in the Carillon victory. It then marched towards Québec to defend the city, and participated in the battles of Montmorency, the Plains of Abraham and Sainte-Foy36.

The Régiment Royal-Roussillon uniform consisted of a greyish-white justaucorps with blue turnback cuffs (six buttons). The jacket was blue, the breeches greyish white, the stockings white and the shoes black with metal buckles. The tricorn was trimmed with gold braid37.” [Source]


Part 2 – under construction

March 19, 2018 - Posted by | .


  1. This is absolutely Amazing! Thank you. There is no way I could of found out this information without you.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Kimberly Cole | March 20, 2018 | Reply

  2. Hi. I just wanted to thank you again for helping me. I actually just had a DNA match with someone for Marie-Magdeleine Proulx. You were on the right tract! Thanks again


    Comment by Kimberly Cole | April 23, 2018 | Reply

  3. Do you know if there is any relation to the artist Monet?


    Comment by Kimberly | November 24, 2021 | Reply

    • Hello,
      None that I know of – but that s an interesting question 🙂


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | November 24, 2021 | Reply

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