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French Canadian Pioneers: The Hamelins of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers 


Jacques Hamelin  |  Marie-Barbe Sulliere

January 13th, 1749 L’Assomption Continue reading

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Reader Query: Duquettes in Caughnawaga – Disaster Strikes! | Part 3/3

This is the third part of a series examining Duquettes associated with the history of Caughnawaga/Kahnawake.

Chateauguay Duquettes in Caughnawaga/KahnawakeThe 1881 census for Sault-St-Louis shows a Pierre Duquette and wife Celanire living in Caughnawaga with their children Pierre, Delima, Marie and Joseph. Pierre was a “pilote” (captain/navigator) – for a steamboat that was plying the waters between Kahnawake and Lachine.

Pierre Duquette parents were Paul Duquette and Catherine Auger. Pierre’s grandparents were Paul Duquette and his second wife Marie Louise Primeau,and his grandparents were Jean Baptiste Duquette and Francoise Daigeault Deniau (which intersects with Donna Lee Duquette’s line).

Celanire’s parents were Clement Chateauguay Caughawaga DuquetsBouthillier and Marie Louise Gagnon.

Pierre Duquette and Celanire Bouthillier had been married on July 29th, 1865 in Chateauguay’s St-Joachim Parish (Witnesses: Clement Bouthillier, Pierre Primeau).

Unfortunately, just one year after this census a great tragedy ensued. On September 21st, the Richelieu steamer had left Lachine headed for the Chateauguay Basin with Pierre Duquette as Captain. Pierre’s son was also on board as Purser, as well as his nephew Joseph Duquette who was at the helm at the time of the accident. In addition to other crew the Richelieu carried about Continue reading

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Reader Query: Duquettes in Caughnawaga | Part 2/3

This is a follow-up to an earlier post in which Donna Lee Duquette was asking whether I could shed light on any possible connections between her Duquette ancestors and Caughnawaga.

My basic findings are that one line of Duquettes settled in the region of Chateauguay, and some of these were among the French Canadians who were allowed at one time to live in Caughnawaga. Most of these were farmers who were permitted to lease land (which is no longer the case).

Here are a few connections I’ve found after a cursory examination of several online sources and I would ask that any readers with connections (or further information) about these Duquettes  consider leaving information or contact details in the comment boxes below. Merci!

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A Caughnawaga marriage from 1864

Duquettes in Caughnawaga KahnawakeJean Baptiste Duquette (son of Jean Baptiste Duquette and Josette Laberge) married Virginie Viau (daughter of Joseph Viau and Marie Anne Gervais) on January 25th, 1864 in St-Francois-Xavier Parish in Caughnawaga.

Note 1: Viau family – At a certain point, Virginie’s uncle Alexis Viau died, and his wife Theotiste Guerin remarried and gave birth to many children in Caughnawaga.

This Jean Baptiste Duquette (who married Virginie Viau) descends as follows from Denys Duquette and Catherine Gauthier –

Jean Baptiste Duquette and Marie Josette Laberge who married on 12 January 1761 in Chateauguay. Continue reading

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Duquets of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Vercheres pioneers Duquet(te) surname


Pierre Duquet / Duthier / Sansregret  |   Marguerite Boissel

January 12th, 1767, Vercheres Continue reading

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