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