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Natives, French Canadians, Acadians

French Canadian Pioneers: The Richards of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Claude Richard | Charlotte Perigneau dit Lamarche

September 30th, 1776, Montreal (Notre-Dame)

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Archambaults of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneersquebec historical vinyard | early settlers | Archambault surname

Jacques Archambault | Francoise Tourault


[Occ. labourer and vinyard]

Laurent Archambault | Catherine Marchand

January 7th, 1660 Montreal (Notre-Dame)

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Tessiers of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Presbytere de St Augustin | Portneuf, Quebec | Tessier Genealogy


Joseph Tessier / Laliberte | Marie-Elisabeth Normand

October 30th, 1730, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

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A Tessier Lineage Back To Jacques Tessier and Laurence Boiglou of Limoges

A message from Steven Lemire

I’m going out on a limb here .. But I’ve been told I have 2 Mohawk grandparents.. I’m working with these following surname’s (Pilote and Tessier) . My grandfather is Francois Xavier Tessier. I can not find much on them at all. I’ve been at this for 5 years now.. And now hoping to dig alot deeper. I’ve viewed all the surnames listed on this site and can’t really find any matches. So maybe the myth of my Grandparents has been solved. But any help or good direction would help. I tried Ancestry .ca. But nothing at all.. Thank for any reply or information…

IntroductionVintage postcard | Quebec pioneer settlers | farm, peasants

Many people begin tracing their family history when they want to prove/disprove a family belief – in your case that of Native heritage. In the vast majority of cases that I’ve examined, there is a kernel of truth in family oral history claiming native descent, however it is commonly only one strain and it frequently comes through a female who married into the line. For example, if you look at your maternal Tessier line below you have many generations and in each of these generations each wife has multiple generations leading back, any one of which could provide evidence  to support (or not) your family’s belief.

So if you are looking for Native roots the approach I recommend never varies.

Track your generations back one-at-a-time.

Record each generation in a family tree program.

As you complete a lineage do methodical online searches by names/region.

You will need patience to tease out this information – and I hope that in the meantime you will enjoy the wonderful history you discover along the way – such as your descent from the 17th century French Canadian settlers Mathieu Tessier and Marguerite Carrreau (see below).

Your Lemires

Valmore Lemire (son of Lucien Lemire and Juliette Fleurent) married Henriette Tessier (daughter of Francois Continue reading

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Evelyn in Montreal: Barbeau, Andre m. Barre, Marguerite – Ascendancy to Barbot, Pierre m. Babin, Madeleine

Query from Pat Erickson

I am so sorry for answering you so late. All I have is Andre Barbeau, m. Marquerite Barre..there son Joseph Barbeau m.Marcelline Menard or Minor…there son was my grandfather Henry Barbeau m. Amanda Venne. Don’t know why some changed there name spelling from Barbeau to Barboo.  If you anything on this family I would love to have it.Thanks.


Andre Barbeau married Marguerite Barre (daughter of Joseph Barre and Marguerite Colpron) on July 25th, 1831. The marriage took place in St.Constant Parish in St.Constant, Laprairie (Quebec). Andre’s first wife was Charlotte Maillou. Andre Barbeau’s parents were Rene Barbeau and Marie Josette Lemieux.

Andre was married to his first wife on November 26th, 1810 at La-Nativite-de-la-Ste-Vierge in Lapraire Quebec. That was the parish of his first wife Charlotte Mailloux, daughter of Jean Baptiste Mailloux and Charlotte Longtin.

Horse drawn sleigh

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Evelyn in Montreal: Ascendancy of Louis Vincent (m. Chevrefils, Marie Eulalie) | Pt.1

This is for reader Nicole Getty who is attempting to firm up her lineage  through the Quebec Vincents.

Your great grandparents Louis Vincent (farmer)  and Marie Eulalie Chevrefils were married on October 19th, 1875 in Ste-Martine Parish (Chateauguay county) – though bans were posted in both Ste-Martine and St-Urbain. His parents were  Seraphin  Vincent and Henriette Lacoste while Marie Eulalie was the daughter of Georges Chevrefils (also a farmer) and Angelique Allard.

Your great-great grandparents Seraphin Vincent (son of Seraphin Vincent and Desanges Riendeau) and Henriette Lacoste (daughter of Francois Lacoste and Marguerite Riendeau) were married in St-Antoine-de-Padoue Parish (Longueuil)  on October 6th, 1840.

Your great-great-great grandparents were Seraphin Vincent and Desanges Riendeau (Reguindeau). Seraphin was the son of Francois Vincent and Marguerite Benoit. Desanges was the daughter of Jean-Baptiste Riendeau and Marie Paquet. Seraphin and Desanges were married on February 17th, 1817 in St-Antoine-de-Padoue Parish (Longueuil).

St-Antoine-de-Padoue, Longueuil Chambly | ChurchFrancois Vincent and Marguerite Benoit were married on July 17th, 1786 in St-Antoine-de-Padoue Parish (Longueuil). Francois’ first wife was Marie Varry. (daughter of Charles Varry and Magdeleine Thuot) and that marriage had taken place on February 4th, 1771. Francois’  parents were Francois Vincent and Marguerite Tessier while Marguerite’s parents were Toussaint Benoit and Marie Louise Rouille.

Francois Vincent  and Marguerite Tessier were the founding couple of this Quebec lineage. Francois was from Lyons (France) and was the son of Francois Vincent and Catherine Clement. Marguerite, on the other hand, was born in Montreal and her parents were Jean Baptiste Tessier and Elisabeth Renaud. The Tessiers had been in Quebec since the 17th century. Francois and Marguerite were  married in St-Antoine-de-Padoue Parish on September 15th, 1738.

See also: Evelyn in Montreal: Ascendancy of Louis Vincent (m. Chevrefils, Marie Eulalie) | Pt.2


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