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Pedro da Silva/Dassylva/Desilva/dit le Portugais Descendants | Documentary Launch

Dassylva, Desilva, le Portugais

Carlos Taveira contacted me recently to let me know that the French-language launch of a new documentary about Pedro da Silva will take place in Laval on January 26th, 2014. Those planning to attend are asked to R.S.V.P. by January 10th. Bill Moniz (the producer) and Francine Dassylva will both be present at the screening. Carlos Taveira contributed his research (which will be published as a book) for Bill Moniz’ project.

You can find further information here –  Pedro Da Silva, premier courrier de la Nouvelle-France | Facebook.  Whether or not you can attend, you may wish to “like” the Facebook group or this post so that the word gets out to others in the family history community 🙂

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Evelyn In Montreal: Pierre (Pedro) dit le Portugais m. Jeanne Greslon / Laviolette

Bonjour Evelyn,
I am hoping you might be able to help me. I also live in Montreal and am working on my own family history. Pierre (Pedro) Da Silva is my great grandfather (11 times). I have looked through many of the Drouin records (on ancestry.ca) for his marriage to Jeanne Greslon dite La Violette in 1677, but can’t find the specific record. I’ve looked through Château-Richer, Beauport, Québec Notre-Dame and cannot find any mention. Would you be able to direct me to the right place?
Many thanks,


In my database I have the following sources:

1. Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec – Dictionnaire …

Click on – Dictionnaire genealogique – Volume 1, 1608-1700, Dictionnaire, D, page 158 D’AR – DAU

2. Drouin Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Francais, page 342,

My Drouin research was done in pre-computer times from the hard copy index, and the online Drouin Index – as you’ve probably noticed – contains many mis-spellings for the Dasilva name (e.g. Decilva). My suggestion is to check your library index to see the Drouin spelling and then check back again at Ancestry.

 3. The marriage information in my database is:

16 May 1677   L’Ange Guardien – Quebec.


Information from researcher D. Ritchot


The marriage record of Pierre DaSylva dit Le Portuguais &  Jeanne Greslon dit Laviolette can’t be found on the L’Ange Gardien parish register or any other parish registers of New France. They were married before P. Vachon, notary, May 16, 1677. The contract is available at the Archives nationales du Quebec (ANQ) on microfilm. I can check at my local genealogical library to see if a transcription is available.

Note: Another post contains links to places to contact Dominique Ritchot online.


January 30, 2010 Posted by | . | , | 3 Comments

A Canadian Family M-Line: Eveline Melvina Luce

An M-line is a lineage built by beginning with a woman and tracing her line back mother-to-mother.  As a result, the surname changes with each generation. This is a big trend right now, especially with the advent of genetic genealogy which allows both men (through their mothers) and women to trace their bloodlines through their mtDNA.

Eveline Melvina Luce’s  M-Line

 (M. Caplan’s mother  was Native, but not necessarily Mi’kmaq)


First Named Generation

Marguerite Caplan m. Francois Larocque

About 1729 – Acadie

Second Generation

Catherine Larocque m. Jean Chapados

1750 –Gaspesie, Quebec

Third Generation

Anne Chapados m. Jean Baptiste Anglehart

1787 – Gaspesie, Quebec

Fourth Generation

Marie Anglehart m. Alexandre Huard

1826 – Gaspesie, Quebec

Fifth Generation

Marie Huard m. Paul Hypolite Blais

1849 – Gaspesie, Quebec

Sixth Generation

Marie Blais m. Clement Desilva

1871 – Gloucester, New Brunswick

Seventh Generation

Clementine Desylva m. George H. Luce

1896 – Gloucester, New Brunswick

Eighth Generation

Eveline Melvina Luce m. Adelard Lagace

1924 – Gloucester, New Brunswick

Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh Generations


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 Luces from Jersey (Channel Islands) to Canada

 Mamma-mia, I’ve got an M-line!

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February 7, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | 22 Comments

Historical Document: George Lewis & Clementine Desilva – Marriage, 1896

This marriage of George Lewis (son of Philippe Luce and Anne Ward) and Clementine Desilva (daughter of Clement Dassylva and Marie Blais) took place on November 8th, 1896 in St-Urbain Parish in Lameque (Gloucester, New Brunswick). George’s father Philippe Luce was already dead.

Official witnesses – Thomas Desilva and Marie Lewis.

Father Doucet officiated.


Surname var.:  Desilva, Dasilva, da Silva, Dassylva & Lewis, Luce, Lusse

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February 7, 2009 Posted by | . | , | Leave a comment

Pedro da Silva dit le Portugais, Premier Messager en Nouvelle-France

dasilvagood1In 2003 Canada Post wanted to celebrate the contributions that Portuguese Canadians had made to the country and they chose to do this by highlighting the work of Pedro da Silva, 18th century immigrant to New France.

Here’s an extract from the Canada Post ” … Based on the 1681 census, da Silva had settled with his family in Beauport, Quebec where he worked as a common carrier. He later moved to Sault-au-Matelot in Quebec City’s lower town, and became involved with the shipping of goods. His proximity to the St. Lawrence River gave da Silva easy access to the ships off-loading goods for delivery within Quebec City and the colony. It is believed that da Silva built a good reputation for transporting goods, packages and letters by offering delivery in all seasons, even the harsh winters ….. da Silva received a letter of commission signed by Jacques Raudot, Intendant of New France, bestowing on him the duty of ‘first courier’ in Canada. He also received permission to carry letters “… from private persons to their address and to bring back the replies…” It was da Silva’s punctuality, “…diligence and loyalty…” that earned him the privilege of being a ‘regular messenger’ of goods as well as royal dispatches and those of the Governor General of New France between Quebec City and Trois-Rivières or Montreal.”

Surname var.: Dasilva, Dassylva, Desilva

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February 5, 2009 Posted by | . | , | 7 Comments

Historical Document: Pedro Dasslyva – Burial, 1717

This is the burial record of the founder of our Desilva line, whose descendant Clementine Desilva married into our Luce line. Pedro Dassylva was known by many names including: Pedro/Pierre, da Silva/Dassilva/Dassylva/Desilva.


According to this document, Pierre Dassylva the Portuguese (aged about 70 years) was buried in the Quebec city Notre Dame parish cemetery on August 25th, 1717 after having received the sacraments of the church. His wife Jeanne Greslon / Laviolettte died some time later.

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Pedro da Silva dit le portugais Premier Messager en Nouvelle France

February 4, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | 1 Comment

Historical Document: Clement Dassylva & Marie Blais – Marriage, 1871

This is the original marriage record of Clement Dassylva (son of Thomas Dassylva and Anastasie Savard) to Marie Blais (daughter of Paul Hypolite Blais and Marie Huard) on November 23rd, 1850 in Grande-Riviere (Perce) in Gaspe, Quebec. Father Saucier officiated. Witnesses at their marriage were Clement’s father Clement Dassylva and Joseph Beaudin a friend of the bride.

These are our Desilvas who left the Gaspe, moved to Miscou and became Golda Lagace‘s great-grandparents through Clementine Desilva.


Surname var.: Da Silva, Dasilva, Dasylva, Desilva, le Portuguais

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Map: Lamecque, Miscou, Shippegan

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February 4, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment