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Re: Berard dit Lepine
Posted by: Lena Gilchrist Date: April 09, 2001 at 18:14:31
In Reply to: Re: Berard dit Lepine by Susan Rowe of 359

Hi Susan, sorry I misunderstood you. Gabriel Berard settled in Canada around 1670. In 1673 he married Genevieve Hayot, a young girl from Quebec. Her family had been in Canada since the time of Champlain, around 1635. Her grandfather , Thomas Hayot was a farmer for the Jesuits at Beauport. Gabriel and Genevieve soon settled in Sorel Quebec and had their own land. The 1681 cencus gave the following information: Gabriel Berard, 38 Genevieve 25 : Children Louise 7, Gabriel One month. Also : 15 arpents[1 arpent is about 1 acre] of value, 4 horned animals, 1 rifle. Considering the era and comparing them to other farmers, the number of arpents of value and of horned animals indicate they were well off. Gabriel and Genevieve left Sorel around 1692 to return closer to Quebec, the region where Genevieve Hoyot was born and her family were still living. June 19th 1702 we find in the registers of la Pointe-aux-Trembles de Quebec that the first baptism performed in the new church was that of their son Francois. It is at la Pointe-aux -Trembles de Quebec that Gabriel Berard and Genevieve lived the rest of their lives.They raised a large family. Four sons and two daughters reached adulthood and started families. The four sons are Gabriel,Jean-Francois,Francois,and Pierre. The Berard family stayed at la Pointe-aux-Trembles until around 1720. Gabriel, the father died around 1711, at the age of 69, and his wife Genevieve remarried in 1712 to Jean Turcot in la-Pointe-aux Trembles. Around 1720, we find the four sons all return to settle in Sorel, which indicates that despite a 25 year absence from Sorel the Berard family kept their ties to the region. Perhaps the land of which 15 arpents had been cleared in 1681 was still their property. Sorel is therefore the home of the Berard family of Canada. It is from there they spread out to l'Ile-du-Pads and to Berthier, then to Vercheres, Varennes and Repentigny. Gabriel is the only head of the family to come to Canada and the ancestor of all of the Berards of Canada. He was known by the name LePine and this name has been kept until now. Both names refer to the same person. Gabriel came from Chateau du Loire France. He was baptised in the St.-Guingalois church. His birth certificate can be found under the St. Martin church records in Le Mans France. The St.Martins church was burned and St. Guinglois took its place. I have been to Chateau du Loire and have seen the church that now stands where St. Martins church was. Chateau du Loire is a very beautiful village about one and one half hours south of Paris. The Berards originally came from Carcassonne [the old walled city] near to Spain in the 800's. We also went there and saw the Berand turret in the wall. Carcassonne is very much a tourist city and I can tell you very hot in August. I hope this gives you a little more information on our ancestor Gabriel [LePine] Berard. My more recent ancestors used the name LePine. Regards Lena Gilchrist


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