I have recently discovered my Dicaire ancestors. I am a descendant of Ursule Dicaire, who was the daughter of Ursule Ranger and Francois Dicaire, s/o Jean Louis Dicaire/Decker. Ursule Dicaire’s granddaughter, Helen Lalonde, married Pierre Elie Dufort, who is a surname ancestor of mine (DeFord being an Anglicized version of Dufort) . Ursule Ranger, incidentally, was a sister-in-law to Jean-Baptiste Dufort, Pierre Elie’s father. He was married in and lived in Oka for a time but eventually moved to Vaudreuil and Les Cedres.
I am writing to because you seem to be one of the more knowledgeable researchers of the Dicaire family. This is the story that I have netted together from various postings:
The country of origin for John Decker is thought to be England, for his son was referred to as being English in his baptismal record. John was a fisherman who lived in Hanzerburg, Newfoundland, (the location of which is not known today). He was married to Sarah Teckel. They had at least one son, John, who was born around 1694. In the fall of 1705, son John was kidnapped by Indians and was ransomed by a Frenchman, Louis Thomas de Junquiere (Joncaire), a horsemaster for a Marine detachment. Young John was baptized on 24 April 1706 in Montreal. He took the name of Louis (Jean-Louis) at that time and later his surname was also changed to Dicaire.
On 8 Jan 1720, Jean-Louis Dicaire married Marie-Suzanne Lorain, daughter of Peirre Lorain. Pierre and his daughter were born New France but their Lorain ancestors may have originated from a Calvinist community in southern France. Pierre Lorain was also abducted by the Indians and while captive fathered a child with another woman.
Jean-Louis and Suzanne had at least five children: twins Pierre and Louis, b. 12 Aug 1721 in Sault-des-Recollets, Francois, b. 1723; Laurent, b. abt. 1729; and Genevieve. Pierre married on 7 Feb 1743 to Cecile Visse/Risse in Oka. Cecile was refereed to as a ‘sauvagesse’, her mother was Iroquois and her fathers ancestry is unknown, but he used the name Annonharrison.
Francois Dicaire married on 19 Feb 1748 at Ste.-Anne-de-Bellevue to Marie-Ursule Ranger. The Ranger family apparently moved freely between Oka and Bellevue as members of the family are wed in both communities.
This is the story I have netted together from the postings. The only question I have is whether or not the Lorains were Huguenots. Both Suzannne, b. 25 May 1703, and her father, Pierre. b. 14 May 1657 are reported to have been born in New France. It is possible that Pierre’s parents, Pierre and Francoise Haulin were Huguenots. I have other Huguenot ancestors who were taken captive to Montreal and forced to convert. I don’t believe Catholics were tolerant of Huguenots at this time.
In any case, is this your general understanding of the family story. Are there any errors here or major omissions? Thanks for any help you can offer.
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