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Jean-Baptiste LeBrun (aka de Duplessis) of Quebec
Posted by: Charlene Herreid (ID *****2744) Date: July 10, 2010 at 06:52:12
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Hello,

My husband is descended from Adelaide Lebrun, daughter of Jean-Baptiste LeBrun of Quebec. He is also called Jean-Baptiste LeBrun de Duplessis.

I knew that he had something to do with the French and then the English governments in Canada around the time that the English came to power in Canada, but recently found more information on him in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online Volume 5 and the Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada, 2nd series volume VI, Meeting of May 1900.

He seems to have been a notable character with some rascally (perhaps worse) tendencies. He came from France as as artillery scrivener in the Regiment de Bearn (I would like to know more about that). It was later reported that he was put in the army and sent to New France for being a "blackguard" although happily not a "vagabond." When the English came to Canada, he sided with them and when the Americans came to try to conquer Canada in 1776 he sided with them. Later he was found guilty of sexual offences against young girls. In spite of these things, he seems to be a person of note. He was admitted to the court of Common Pleas as a lawyer in 1765, one of only six persons who could practice in that court. He was a pamphleteer, merchant and at his death a bailiff in Montreal.

He was born in Corbie, France, which is in Picardy, I think. He was born c. 1739 and his parents were Jean-Baptiste Lebrun de Duplessis and Marie de Champigny. He married 12 Oct 1762 Marie-Catherine Methot of Quebec. They had nine children:

1. Charlotte-Catherine
2. Jea-Baptiste, born c. 1765
3. Marie-Anne, b. 1769
4. Julie-Louise born 1774 m. Nehemiah Beckwith (brother of Adelaide's husband)
5. Elisabeth m. Antoine Ferland
6. Adelaide m. Samuel Beckwith (brother of Julie-Louise's husband)
7. Angelique
8. Colette
9. Francois

This is from the "Proceedings" article, which I could only find in French. There is more information about the family there, and I am slowly trying to translate it with my high school French and a translator program I found on Google. Jean-Baptiste's granddaughter, Julia C. Beckwith, seems to have written a book called "St. Ursula's Convent." I don't know if it is a history or a novel.

I would like to hear from anyone who is interested in this family. It would be nice to know more about the Methot family in Quebec and the LeBrun family back in France. There are some very old messages about this man on this genforum, but I did not send this response to those messages because it might have gone unnoticed in the back of the pile and the original writers might not have the same e-mail connections.

Thank you.

Charlene


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