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French Canadian Pioneers: The Greniers of Quebec

Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec



Charles Grenier | Louise Vezina

December 21st, 1664  Beaupre

[Genealogical notes – French]

Etienne Grenier / Garnier / Parisien | Marie-Josephe Rate Continue reading

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French Canadian Pioneers: The St-Pierres of Quebec

Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec


QUEBEC SURNAMES: St-Pierre + Angard, Arbour, Barbeau, Crete, Ethier, Fontaine, Gerbert, Godefroy, Guerin, Guilbert, Lebeau, Onelle, Thibault LOCATIONS: Neuville, Quebec, Charlesbourg, St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Ile-d,Orleans | old painting of Charlesbourg, Quebec fort at the time of New France (Nouvelle France, Quebec)


Andre-Joseph St.Pierre / Michel | Marie-Madeleine Arbour

February 1st, 1762 Neuville

[Occ. mil., troupes de Montcalm, de Languedoc, de Rennepont] Continue reading

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St.Constant Cemetery: Guerin, Provost


SIMON GUERIN Continue reading

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Bourget, Guerin | Cimetiere Sainte-Philomene (Mercier, Roussillon, QC)

Guerin Bourget


NEE 1875 DEC 1916 Continue reading

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They Passed Through Kahnawake: Joseph Laramee and Philomene Boudrias, Alphonse Laramee and Victorine Guerin

Joseph Laramee (son of Jean Baptiste Laramee and Olive Pitre) married Philomene Boudrias (widow of Joseph Mallette) on March 4th, 1889 in Ste-Philomene Parish in Mercier. At the time of the 1911 census, they were living in Caughnawaga with their children Joseph, Cecille, Lucenne, Arthur, Edouard.

Another household with the same family surname in the Sault-St-Louis census consisted of the couple Alphonse Laramee and Victorine Guerin, and their children Aime, Alphonce, Leonie, Bernadette, Jeanne, Gabrielle and Jean-Baptiste. Continue reading

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Reader Query: The Viaus of Kahnawake (2/2)

Following some research I did awhile back for Carmen Vieau   about her father’s belief that their family was in some way connected to Caughnawaga, I decided to list the Caughnawaga-related Viau marriages that I have from their parish records, as well as some links to related census records.

The first Viau couple that I identified who were associated with  Caughnawaga for many years consisted of Alexis Viau (son of Joseph Viau and Felicite Briault) who had married Theotiste Guerin (daughter of Jean Guerin and Marie Louise Marotte) on February 14th, 1825 in her parish of La-Nativite-de-la-Ste-Vierge in Lapraire. The Viaus were from Laprairie. Alexis descended from Joseph and Felicite and then  1. Louis Viau who had married Felicite Breau on January 17th, 1791  and 2. Pierre Viau who had married Marie Menard  in Longueuil (Chambly)  on January 17th, 1747.

If we turn our attention back to Alexis Viau and Theotiste Guerin at the time they were living in Kahnawake, we can see the following offspring who were all married in St-Francois-Xavier Parish:

Caughnawaga Kahnawake marriages | Mohawk genealogyOctave Viau married Hermine Brunot (daughter of Augustin Brunot and Catherine Decoste) on January 14th, 1856.

Francois Xavier Bourdeau (son of Francois Bourdeau and Charlotte Gagnon) married Anne Viau on November 3rd, 1857.

Gilbert Viau married Odile Gibeau (daughter of Jacques Gibeau and Angelique Perras) on July 4th, 1864. (A note on the marriage records states that he had previously been married to Cleophee Bourdeau but I haven’t located the marriage record).

Hormidas Viau married Alphonsine Gagnon (daughter of Francois Gagnon and Marie Rufiange) on February 11th, 1870.

Isaie Viau L’Esperance married Marie Livernois (daughter of Francois Livernois and Sophie Viau) on October 9th, 1871.

Other Viau marriages from the St-Francois-Xavier Parish records

Gedeon Viau (Louis Viau/Catherine Demers of St-Constant)

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Guerin m. Lefebvre | Evelyn in Montreal

Deborah Waddell wrote –

I am looking for LeFebvre Perrie around the early 1800′s. I am looking him up as my great great grandfather I know that he had a child name Zoe, and Zoe married Hormisdas Guerin had a girl name Emma Guerin. Emma was born in March of 1884. If you could help with any information I would greatly appreciate it.

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Andres of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec

QUEBEC SURNAME: Andre + Cantara, Fredin, Guerin, Lamontagne, Samson LOCATIONS: Lachine, Les Cedres, St- Polycarpe


Charles (Charles-Romain) Andre / Larose  | Marie-Elisabeth Cantara

October 20th, 1760, St-Michel-de-Yamaska

[Occ. military, troupes de la Marine]

[Genealogical notes – in French] Continue reading

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Guerins of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Traditional Quebec spinning | habtant


Bertrand Guerin | Marguerite Gariepy

February 9th, 1739, Lachenaie

[Occ. storekeeper]  [Baptismal record] Continue reading

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2. Jean Baptiste Raientonni CANADIEN (Big John) & Malvina MCCOMBER of Kahnawake (Series: Families of Caughnawaga)

This is a follow-up to:

1. Jean Baptiste Raientonni CANADIEN (Big John) & Malvina MCCOMBER of Kahnawake

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Second Generation

2. John Ariwakenha Canadien (Jean Baptiste Raientonni) was born in 1866 in Caughnawaga and died on the 24th of November 1936. Two of his brothers (Joseph & Georges) were present at his burial in Caughnawaga.John married Marie Karakwiio French on 3 Feb 1890 in Caughnawaga (now Kahnawake Laprairie Quebec). Marie was the daughter of Pierre Kaneratiron and Elisabeth Kawennaneron Delisle.  Marie was born on 18 May 1866 in Caughnawaga and died after 1911. Continue reading

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1. Jean Baptiste Raientonni Canadien (Big John) & Malvina McComber of Kahnawake | Series: Families of Caughnawaga

Big John of Kahnawake (Caughnawaga) A Canadian Family Vintage Postcard CollectionA few weeks ago reader Shawlee Canadien came across my vintage postcard of Big John of Kahnawake negotiating the Lachine Rapids and left the following comment:  I just stumbled across your site. Big John is my great, great, great…. grandfather. My name is Shawlee Canadien. I was hoping you might know about my family, and could tell us more. It was such an honour to hear from a descendant of  one of Caughnawaga’s most historically prominent peopleand since I noticed that you can read alot online about Big John’s achievements but there’s no extended discussion of his family’s genealogical roots, I’ve prepared a series of posts exploring some pre-1920 genealogical information about –

The Canadiens – a Mohawk Family of Caughnawaga/Kahnawake

The First Generation

1.According to his marriage certificateJean Baptiste Raientonni (aka Big John) was the son of Ignace churchkahnawakeBriwakennhen Canadien and Louise Konwanonwehon. Jean Baptiste was born in 1843 in Quebec and died on February 16th, 1919.  He married Malvina McComber on 16 Feb 1863 in St-Francois-Xavier Church in Caughnawaga (Laprairie Quebec, Canada).  Malvina was a member of another well-known Kahnawake family – the McCombers. Her parents were  Gervais McComber and Agathe Pauline/Hyppoline Vincent DeJean. Malvina was born in 1845 in Kahnawake  and died after 1911.


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Children from this marriage included:

+ 2 M i. John Ariwakenha Canadien – born 1866, Quebec(m. Marie Karakwiio French)  + 3 M ii. Joseph Atihentonko Canadien – born 1869 Kahnawake (m. Anne Katsitsioronkas Diaume) + 4 M iii. Alexandre – Louis Tonaokate/Tanahokathe Canadien – born 1871, Kahnawake (m. Celine Guerin) + 5 M iv. George Kasennakeron Canadien, born 1875 , Kahnawake (m.Marie Karonhienhawe Laforce)  6 M v. Thomas Anenharison Canadien born 1880 Kahnawake + 7 F vi. Cecilia/Cecile Tierente Canadien – born 1874, Kahnawake (m. Ignace Skahetatii Jacobs)  + 8 M vii. Jean Baptiste Lindo Tiohatekwen Canadien – born 1884, Kahnawake (Anne Tekonwakennion McComber)  9 M viii. Frank/Francois/Xavier Canadien –  born 1887 Kahnawake. (Note: Birth dates extracted from various census documents are notoriously unreliable, but good indictors of birth order) Continue reading

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