Looking for info on Marie Charlotte Aubert and Francois Robert Levesque married on Nov 7th 1701, Thank you Matthew Perreault
Francois Levesque (son of Robert Levesque and Jeanne Lechevalier) married Marie-Charlotte Aubert (daughter of Felix Aubert and Claire-Francoise Thibault) on November 7th, 1701 in Notre Dame de Liesse Parish in Riviere Ouelle (Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada)
If you drive along the St-Lawrence River today you can still see the way the land was originally distributed under the seigneurial system. The first settlers were allotted long strips of land set up in such a way that each farmer had access to river frontage. In the earliest days of la Nouvelle France (New France) the river was the quickest way of transport and was also an important source of food.
We are indebted to the Rouleau Family Association for making a clear distinction between Pierre’s two Josette Boucher wives and I’ve included a link below to their excellent website. Their website introduces several Rouleau lines from Quebec so I think it’s a must for those just beginning Rouleau/Rullo/Rullots research.
1. Pierre Rene Rouleau and Elisabeth Pholin were married in 1710 in Bacilly Avranches Normandie France. Two children from this marriage were: + 2 M i. Pierre Rouleau / Rullot + 3 M ii. Jean Baptiste Rouleau/Rullot. Both Pierre and Jean Baptiste emmigrated to Quebec, Canada and by 1747 were settled in the Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere region. According to the Rouleau Association (see link), Pierre and his brother were both farmers and Jean-Baptiste’s farm was actually in family hands until 1967.
2. Pierre Rouleau / Rullot I (Pierre Rene 1) was married three times. His first two wives were both named Josette Boucher!
He first married Josette Boucher/St Pierre, daughter of Pierre Boucher and Anne Darde on 15 Jan 1748 in Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere (Kamouraska) Quebec. Some children from this marriage were: + 4 F i. Anne Joseph Rouleau + 5 F ii. Marie Josephte Rouleau + 6 F iii. Catherine Rouleau + 7 F iv. Marguerite Rouleau.
Pierre’s second wife was Josephte Boucher – the daughter of Philippe Boucher and Marie Dionne. They were married on 20 Sep 1756 in Riviere-Ouelle (Kamouraska) Quebec. Some children from this marriage were: + 8 F i. Angelique Rouleau + 9 F ii. Charlotte Rouleau + 10 F iii. Euphrosine Rouleau + 11 M iv. Jean Baptiste Rouleau + 12 M v. Pierre Joseph Rouleau + 13 F vi. Victoire Rouleau
A modern-day farm in Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec – home of some of the earliest French-Canadian settlers.
Riviere-Ouelle was one of the earliest French-Canadian settlement areas at the time of Nouvelle France.
If there’s one thing my own students love it’s a field trip – so I thought I would offer a virtual field trip to Riviere-Ouelle to those readers who may never get to visit their ancestral homelands.
Forestry is one of the traditional forms of livelihood in the La-Pocatiere region.
This is another memorial headstone that I photographed while in Riviere-Ouelle a few years ago. It’s dedicated to one of the very earliest pioneer couples to settle the area – Robert Levesque and Jeanne Lechevalier. Father Casgrain (author of “Une Paroisse Canadienne”) includes them in his list of the first 11 families of Riviere-Ouelle. Here is a loose translation of what Father Casgrain had to say about Levesque and Le Chevalier.
Robert Levesque was a carpenter and he accompanied M. De La Bouteillerie when he established his seigneury (La Pocatiere). Like his seigneur, Robert Levesque was from Rouen, France and his parents were Pierre Levesque and Marie Caumont of St-Sulpice parish. He married another Norman – Jeanne Le Chevalier at Ange-Gardien on April 22nd, 1679 in Ange Gardien and the couple were granted land at one end of the seignury.
Jeanne was the daughter of Jean Le Chevalier and Marguerite Romian of St-Nicolas parish in the diocese of Coutances. She was a widowed mother of two children (Nicolas and Charles) when she married Robert. Her first husband’s name was Guillaume Lecanteur dit Latour. Robert and Jeanne also had many children and Casgrain states that the Levesques were one of the most prolific families of the area and that one of their descendants (Charles Levesque) still owned the original ancestral land grant in the 1890s.
Father Casgrain also extracted information from a census of Nouvelle France. From that census we learn that in 1681 Robert Levesque & Jeanne LeChevalier were living in Riviere-Ouelle with three children: their firstborn son – 2 year old son Francois, and Jeanne’s two sons by her first husband (7 yr. old Charles and 9 yr. old Nicolas). The census also confirms that Robert was a carpenter and that he owned 15 arpents of land, 12 head of cattle and 3 guns. Continue reading
This plaque is dedicated to the founding couple of the Anctils in North America
and has been placed in Riviere-Ouelle at the exact location of Jean Anctil’s land grant.
Anctil/St-Jean/Levesque – Founding Family
Jean Anctil/St-Jean married Marguerite Levesque on 25 Nov 1738 in Riviere-Ouelle (Kamouraska) in the Bas-St-Laurent region of Quebec, Canada. Jean was from Ducey (St-Pair, Manche) in France and he was the son of Louis Anquetil and Jeanne Fontaine. He arrived in Quebec in 1734 and was a fisherman. His wife Marguerite was the daughter of Francois-Robert Levesque and Charlotte Aubert. The couple settled in La Pocatiere.
Children from this marriage were:
Jean Baptiste Anctil/St Jean who married Elisabeth Fournier on 18 Feb 1765 in Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours parish in Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec. Elisabeth’s Fournier’s parents were Jean Francois Fournier and Marie Genevieve Gagnon. They had at least one child – Noel Anctil – who married Modeste Levesque in 1796 in Notre-Dame-de-Liesse church in Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec. Noel and Modeste had a son Louis Anctil/St-Jean who married Angele Theriault on 17 Feb 1840 in St-Pascal (Kamouraska). Angele’s parents were Joseph Marie Theriault and Euphrosine Paradis. Continue reading
In a former post Riviere-Ouelle: Une Paroisse Canadienne au XVII Siecle I introduced Abbe. Casgrain’s book and shared some of his genealogical tables of the founding families of Riviere-Ouelle. Today I’d like to recount some of what Abbe Casgrain had to say about one of Riviere Ouelle’s most historic moments.
The year was 1690. The British were attacking Nouvelle France (today’s Quebec) and word had reached all the French settlements that a flotilla of thirty British ships was coming down the St-Lawrence river.
Riviere-Ouelle’s leader – the seigneur de La Bouteillerie – was expected to stay at Gov. Frontenac’s side to defend the walled fortress-city of Quebec and there was no militia present because they had all been sent either to Quebec City or to other crucial points along both shores of the St-Lawrence.
So Riviere-Ouelle’s other natural leader – Father de Francheville – took charge and exhorted the habitants of Riviere-Ouelle to do their part in the defense of La Nouvelle France by preventing any disembarkment by the British.
The habitants kept an eye out for the ships – and when they were spotted on the horizon Father de Francheville led a group of men down to a hidden place where the shore juts out and waited for the British to land. They were not disappointed. Once the tide rose, Admiral Phipps from Boston (U.S.A.) sent rowboats towards the beach at Riviere-Ouelle. The tide was so high that the boats landed very swiftly on the shore where they were met by a volley of musket balls. This must have been completely unexpected because they immediately retreated in great panic and never returned!
List of habitants presumed by Casgrain to have taken part in this incident because they wer of an age to carry arms:
Francois and Joseph Deschamps (sons of M. de la Bouteillerie who was in Quebec City), Robert Levesque, Pierre Hudon, Charles and Jean Miville, Galleran Boucher (and his 3 sons), Pierre Dancosse, Joseph Renault (and son), Guillaume Lissot (and son), Rene Ouellet (and 5 sons), Jean Pelletier, jean Lebel (and son), Pierre Emond, Mathurin Dube, Jean Mignot, Noel Pelletier, Jean Gauvin (and son) Pierre de St-Pierre, Nicolas Durand (and son), Francois Autin, Sebastien Boivin and Jean de Lavoye. Natives believed to have taken part: Pierre Oustabany, Gabriel Keskabogouet and Guillaume Meokerimat.
I am not sure why our ancestor Andre Mignier dit Lagace appears on this list. He was a soldier and he is supposed to have settled in the area by 1685. Casgrain explains the absence of four other habitants but does not mention Andre Mignier. I suppose one possibility is that he went to Quebec City with de la Bouteillerie (I’ll update this post when I have more information).
Casgrain, Abbe. H.R. (1890) Une paroisse Canadienne au XVIIe Siecle: La Riviere-Ouelle. Pub. C.O. Beauchemin & Fils