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Pioneer Jean Pelletier
Posted by: Janet Manseau (ID *****2030) Date: May 16, 2011 at 13:23:02
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Descendants of Jean Pelletier/Peltier
Compiled by Janet Manseau Donaldson
Use as a guide

Generation No. 1

       1. Jean1 Pelletier/Peltier was born about 1570 in Beauce, France. He married Catherine Tessier. She was born about 1570 in Beauce, France.
Child of Jean Pelletier/Peltier and Catherine Tessier is:
+       2       i.       Nicolas2 Pelletier, born 04 Jun 1596 in St. Pierre de Gallardon, Chartres, Beauce, France; died Bet. 09 Nov 1674 - 1681 in Sillery, QC.

Generation No. 2

       2. Nicolas2 Pelletier (Jean1 Pelletier/Peltier) was born 04 Jun 1596 in St. Pierre de Gallardon, Chartres, Beauce, France, and died Bet. 09 Nov 1674 - 1681 in Sillery, QC. He married Jeanne Devoisy-dit-Roussi about 1632 in St. Pierre de Gallardon, Chartres, Beauce, France. She was born about 1614 in St. Pierre de Galardon, Beauce, France, and died 12 Dec 1689 in St. Pierre, Sorel, Richelieu, QC.

Notes for Nicolas Pelletier:
©Association des Familles Pelletier Inc.
Historical Glimpse of Nicolas Peltier and His Family in New France:

Signature abstracted from the registry of Antoine Adhémar, 10 October 1673 is on the web.
The first Pelletier family to settle in New France was that of Nicolas Peltier (1596-c. 1679), who arrived in early colonial Québec City accompanied by his wife, Jeanne de Voisy (c. 1612-1689), and their two sons, Jean and François (c. 1633-1692 and c. 1635-c. 1688, respectively), during the mid-1630s.

Nicolas Peltier was originally from the parish of Gallardon, found in the Beauce region of north central France, southeast of Paris at the confluence of the Voise and Ocre rivers. The parish church, like many Catholic edifices, is dedicated to saints Peter and Paul. Consecrated at the beginning of the eleventh century under the auspices of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the church was consecrated definitively during the thirteenth century. Enlarged and expanded over the course of two centuries, its construction evinces three architectural movements, Roman, Gothic and Renaissance. It was at the Church of Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul that Nicolas Peltier was baptized on 4 June 1596.

Arriving at the “Habitation” of Québec City about 1636, Nicolas Peltier and his wife Jeanne de Voisy lived there until 1645 and Nicolas worked there as a carpenter. In 1639, he and fellow carpenter Pierre Pelletier appraised the timber frames of the house of the late Guillaume Hébert [The identity of this Pierre Pelletier is unknown; he might have been Nicolas’ younger brother; he is not the ancestor from Saint-Martin-de-Fraigneau, who was still in France at this time – Ed.]. Later, in 1647, Nicolas constructed the steeple of Notre-Dame de Québec Church, and the next year he installed the roof of Château Saint-Louis, the governor’s residence. Finally, on several occasions over the next decade, Nicolas hired himself out to construct and maintain various houses and barns in the area. On 12 September 1645, Governor Charles Huault de Montmagny granted Nicolas a concession of fifty arpents of land in the nearby seigneury of Sillery, where the Peltier family settled soon after.

Nicolas Peltier and Jeanne de Voisy arrived with two sons, Jean (c. 1633-1692) and François (c. 1635-c.1688), and over the years, their family grew to include eight children. As is true for many other pioneers, the children and grandchildren of these early colonists went on to settle in different regions New France, and several ventured west to explore the American continent. Two sons in particular, François and Nicolas, went on to pursue a life of adventure. The first is known to have been a fur-trader in the company of Noël Jérémie dit La Montagne, who wed François’ sister Jeanne in 1659.

Nicolas Peltier the Younger, the last child born of the Peltier family, lived at the trading post at Tadoussac, at the mouth of the Saguenay River, and was the first Frenchman to settle permanently in the Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean region. He has also likewise given rise to many writers’ imaginations.
Inspired by Victor Tremblay’s “Histoire du Saguenay,” Claire Domey’s novel “Ilinishu, Enfant des Bois” recounts the lives of Nicolas Peltier the Younger and his son, Charles, called “Ilinishu” in the book. Elsewhere, author Arthur Buis imagined a fantastical character and wondered if this Peltier was a “coureur des bois,” a philosopher, or a hermit.

An extract from the “Almanach historique du Saguenay,” which appeared in Chicoutimi’s Le Quotidien newspaper in June 1988, reads, “A unique character, Nicolas Peltier lived on the shores of the Saguenay, at a place that today still bears his name. In fact, on the map of the Domaine du Roi that shows the part of the region visited by land surveyor Joseph-Laurent Normandin in 1732, we can see the location of the home of a particular ‘Monsieur Peltier,’ 183 miles from Lac Saint-Jean.”
All the same, not everyone has spoken admirably about this early pioneer, like Monsignor Amédée Gosslin, who made this harsh remark: “He was neither a philosopher nor a hermit, but a ‘coureur des bois,’ a mere errand-boy, and, worst of all, a French-Canadian with the morals of a Savage.”
We end here by recalling the thoughts of Mona Gauthier, who spoke at the second annual Pelletier Family Association Reunion, which took place in Laval in 1988. Reminiscing about a time when she snow-shoed along the Saguenay in Saint-Fulgence, she said, “I wanted to know the man who had admired, as I was doing, the magnificence of the Saguenay, at this place where the river is lost among the mountains, having formed in its flow the famous Baie-des-Ha.” Indeed, with her words, Ms. Gauthier reveals her search for this individual who, surely never dreaming of it during his lifetime, left his name to as poetic a spot along the Saguenay as “Anse-à-Peltier.”
Claude E Pelletier, m.g.a. and Laure Gauthier, m.g.a.
Text translated by Benoit Pelletier Shoja, October 2005 (Revised december 2009).

Latest News About Nicolas Peltier and His Family in Gallardon
On 21 July 2005, at the Eure-et-Loir Departmental Archives in Chartres (France), in the register of a seventeenth-century Gallardonian notary, a descendant of Nicolas Peltier named Benoit Pelletier-Shoja discovered his ancestor’s apprenticeship contract, dated 29 February 1612. This contract is inestimably important for several reasons.

First, it bears the signature of Nicolas Peltier, which allows us to prove irrefutably and therefore definitively that this is the signature of Canadian ancestor Nicolas Peltier.

Nicolas Peltier’s Signature extracted from his apprenticeship contract, 29 February 1612
Moreover, it reinforces what we already knew about the origins of this ancestor from the Notre-Dame de Québec parish register (17 October 1650): that Nicolas Peltier came from the parish of Gallardon.
The contract also bears the signature of the person who instructed young Nicolas in the art of carpentry, the trade that he would later continue in New France. This master-carpenter was named Michel Delaval, and the contract bears not only his signature, but also his mark. He traced beneath his signature the silhouette of a broadax, the indispensable tool of a carpenter or joiner for hewing posts and beams. This identifying mark would have also undoubtedly appeared on any timber framework constructed by Delaval.

In addition, it shows that Michel Delaval lived in Épernon, a neighboring commune of Gallardon, where he would have quite likely brought his young pupil. This represents the first indication of Nicolas’ early migrations before his arrival in Québec in 1636.

Nonetheless, the ultimate reason that this document is so precious to us is that it bears the names of Nicolas Peltier’s parents! It would later serve as the key to “opening up” research in the parish registers of Gallardon.

Transcription :
Du mercredy vingtneufviesme
et dernier jour de febvrier 1612

Fut presente simonne pichereau veuve de deffunct francoys
pelletyer demeurant a gallardon laquelle baille comme aprenty et alleve
du premier jour de mars prochain jusqu’ à quatre ans
ensuivant à michel delaval maistre charpentyer demeurant a espernon
present, cest assavoir nicollas pelletyer filz dudyt deffunt
pelletyer et deladyte pichereau ses pere et mere
pour par ledyt delaval son maistre luy aprendre
monstrer & enseigner sondyt estat de charpentyer
& luy querir & aprester son boire manger [mecher] [ de]
chaufer blanchir tant sain que malade durant ledyt
temps et oultre alacharge de par ledyt delaval
son maistre l’entretenir tant d’habits que linges et chaussures
selon qu’a son estat et qualitte apartient [________]
aussi que ledyt nicollas pelletyer sera tenu servir
ledyt delaval son maistre a sondyt estat et a touttes
ses autres affaires licittes & honnestes que luy commendera
sans s’en deffier n’y ailleurs servir a quoy faire
ledyt pelletyer sy est [s ] & [oblige] mesme par
enprisonnement de sa personne ce bail faict [_____]
& alacharge que ledyt pelletyer sera tenu servir
sondyt maistre durant ledyt temps sans luy en payer
aucune chose car ainsy en presence maistre thomas
deleau [___________________________]
lesdytes partyes [_______________]

[avec hache à main]

[avec paraphe] [avec paraphe]

On Wednesday the twenty-ninth
and last day of February 1612

Was present Simone Pichereau, widow of the late François
Pelletier, residing in Gallardon, who leases as apprentice and student
from the first day of March next and for the next four years
following to Michel Delaval master carpenter residing in Épernon,
present, to wit: Nicolas Pelletier son of the said late
Pelletier and of the said Pichereau his father and mother
for the said Delaval his master to teach
show & instruct him his said condition of carpenter
& to provide him and prepare his drink food [participate] [ de]
to warm and clean as much healthy as ill during the said
time and otherwise at the expense of the said Delaval
his master to maintain as much clothes as linens and shoes
according to his condition and quality [________]
also that the said Nicolas Pelletier will be obliged to
the said Delaval his master in his said condition and to all
his other licit and honest affaires that he will be commanded
without mistrusting or elsewhere serving in any task
the said Pelletier has [s ] & [obliged] himself even by
imprisonment of his person; this lease made [_____]
& that the said Pelletier will be obliged to serve
his said master during the said time without paying him
any thing; for; thus; in presence of Master Thomas
Deleau [___________________________]
the said parties [_______________]

[with broad axe]

[with paraph] [with paraph]

The original of this contract is conserved at the Eure-et-Loir Departmental Archives (call number: 2 E 49 / 35); transcription by Michel Thibault, Brigitte Feret and Benoit Pelletier-Shoja, with additional help from Émilie Lebailly and Guy Perron. Note that the spelling here conforms to the original document and that italic characters “complete” the abbreviations and shorthand employed the notary.

The Registers of Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul of Gallardon :
We cannot talk about the parish registers of Gallardon without mentioning – and obviously thanking – Florine Perry, chief administrative assistant in charge of the civil registry at the city hall. To say that Ms. Perry is a friend of the Pelletier family is not saying enough. Without knowing either Nicolas Peltier or the young American writing to ask for information about the family of his ancestor, without even knowing what she might find, she undertook the immense task of reuniting the descendants of this “native son” with their ancestor. Ms. Perry not only granted Nicolas’ descendants access to the oldest registers for Gallardon, she also performed substantial research on her own, as much in the municipal archives as at the Departmental Archives in Chartres – not to mention her role in the dedication of a commemorative plaque in honor of Nicolas Peltier unveiled in Gallardon. With invaluable help from scholar and historian Maurice Vié, himself an indefatigable researcher and the author of several tomes about the history of Gallardon and its environs, Ms. Perry has allowed us a glimpse of the great Pelletier family of Gallardon.

Following the discovery of Nicolas Peltier’s apprenticeship contract and armed with the names of his parents, Benoit Pelletier-Shoja set himself to “thumbing through” the oldest of Gallardon’s parish registers.

In the second register, which begins in March 1591, he found not one, but three of Nicolas’ sisters – older sisters at that. Nicolas was the fourth child and the first son of his family. His parents eventually brought thirteen children into the world, which is to say nine daughters and four sons, from 1592 to 1610. We cannot however at this time confirm how many of these children lived to adulthood.

The images of the baptismal acts of the Pelletier children come to us courtesy of the Eure-et-Loir Departmental Archives. Archives director Michel Tibault has indicated that by 2007, the Departmental Archives will offer on its website (, digitized images of all vital records within the department, including Gallardon, up to 1853.

Burial records for the parish of Gallardon do not exist before 1658, but given that the word “défunt” (deceased) is absent from Simone’s baptism, we can presume that her father was still living in June 1610. He therefore died between that time and the signing of Nicolas’ apprenticeship contract. Mr. Thibault indicates: “It is therefore probable that the death of François not only made it impossible for Nicolas to learn his father’s trade but also posed for his widow the very real problem of subsistence; the father’s trade is completely unknown to us, as are the family’s means, but it is possible that Nicolas began his apprenticeship at a very early age because quite simply his mother did not have the means, following her widowhood, to provide for her children.”
He was born about 1590 and was the first Pelletier known to emigrate from France to New France.
In about 1632, Nicolas married Jeanne de Voissy (de Vouzy) (de Roussy). She was about 18 living at Saint-Pierre Church in Gallardon (Galardon). Gallardon is located in the Beauce region of France, southwest of Paris between Chartres and the forest of Orléans.
Nicolas, his wife and two sons, left France in the spring of 1636 and arrived in New France, at Québec City, on June 11 of the same year. Arriving on the same ship is Charles Huault-de-Montmagny, the new governor general of New France, succeeding Champlain.
Nicolas was a carpenter-woodworker. Among the Québec City buildings he is known to have worked on are Louis Hebert's house, the first private home to be built outside the Québec fortification, the frame of Notre-Dame Church's steeple, and the roof of the Chateau Saint-Louis.
In 1649, Nicolas was granted land outside Québec City, to the southwest, adjacent to St-François-Xavier Fort, near Cap Rouge, along the St-Lawrence River. In 1650, his family is attacked by 2 Iroquois Indians, but Nicolas successfully defends his family and the homestead against the intruders.
He was recorded as being 77 years old in the 1667 census at Cap Rouge.
In 1669, Nicolas rented out a large portion of his property to his son Jean for five years, and in 1670, he joined his son François, who now is known as Pelletier-dit-Ontaya (or Anthaïa, later Antaya), and his family in Saurel (Sorel). Nicolas and his son also acquire property across the St-Lawrence River at Dautray (Seigneurie d'Autray), near what is now Berthierville.
It is here that Nicolas apparently died. He must have died before the 1681 census, the exact date is unknown. His wife, Jeanne, died at Sorel on December 12, 1689.

Notes for Jeanne Devoisy-dit-Roussi:
She can be found in the 1681 census as a widow at the seigniory of Dautray with her son Jean Pelletier. In 1667, she was recorded as being 53 and in 1681, she was recorded as being 70 years old.
Notes about her daughter-in-law:
"Filles à Marier", page 215, Marie Genevieve Manovely de Reville was baptized 28 April 1643 in the parish of Saint-Pierre (village of Psot) in La Chapelle Montligeon, Perche, the last of five children of nobleman Charles de Manouvelli, Seigneur de Réville and Françoise de Blavette. Her godparents were François de Blavette (cure of the neighboring parish of Saint Martin de Corbon) and Marie de Pilliers.
Marie-Genevieve Manovely de Réville's father was secretary to the King in Paris in 1632, at which time he lived in the parish of Saint Nicolas-des-Champs. Charles de Manouveli was then Master of Waterways and Forests of Perche at Mortagne in 1647 and King's councilor in 1656. He is the son of banker Raphael de Manoveli and Marie-Genevieve Bruscoli from the parish of Saint-Jean-en-Grève in Paris. Raphael was the son of Paris bourgeois Raphael de Manoveli, of Italian origin (probably Florence), who was buried 08 January 1624 in the parish of Saint Nicolas des Champs in Paris at the age of 80. Marie-Genevieve's mother died some time before 1656. She is the daughter of squire Louis de Blavette and Marie de Renvoisay, who was buried at Saint-Pierre de La Chapelle Montligeon on 14 September 1661. Marie-Genevieve came to Canada in 1662 as a single girl.
On 21 August 1662, Marie-Genevieve married Jean Pelletier at Sillery, though the marriage is recorded at Québec City. No marriage contract has been found for this couple, and it is not known if Marie-Genevieve could sign her name, though her husband could.
Notes about her son Francois:
François was first married to Dorothée "Amerindian," who is also identified as "Marie" from the Montagnaise tribe. The marriage took place in April 1660 at Tadoussac. Apparently took place without the publication of banns and without consulting anyone, which caused quite a commotion. François' native wife was buried 13 April 1661 at Québec City.
On 22 October 1675, François Pelletier bought the seigniory of Dorvilliers (or Antaya or Comporté) from Philippe Gauthier de Comporté.

Children of Nicolas Pelletier and Jeanne Devoisy-dit-Roussi are:
       3       i.       Jean3 Pelletier-dit-Antaya, born about 1632 in St. Pierre, Gallardon, Beauce, Orleanais, France; died 02 Nov 1692 in Sorel. QC. He married Marie-Genevieve DeManovely 21 Aug 1662 in Québec City, QC; born 28 Apr 1643 in St. Pierre, Psot, LaChapelle Montligeon, Perche, France; died Bet. 22 Jun 1670 - 1681 in Unknown, QC.
+       4       ii.       Francois Pelletier-dit-Antaya, born about 1635 in St. Pierre, Gallardon, Beauce, Orleanais, France; died Bet. 14 May 1690 - 09 Jul 1697 in Dautray, QC.
       5       iii.       Anne-Marie Pelletier, born 03 Apr 1638 in Québec City, QC; died Aft. 09 Mar 1711 in Unknown, QC. She married (1) Nicolas Goupil, (Julien & Pierrette Mellime) 17 Oct 1650 in Québec City, QC; born about 1637 in Normandie, France; died Bef. 24 Aug 1655 in Sillery, QC. She married (2) Denis Jean, (Elie & Elisabeth Lambade) 30 Aug 1655 in Sillery, QC; born about 1635 in Saintonge, France; died Bef. 1681 in Cap Rouge, QC.
+       6       iv.       Louise Pelletier, born 10 May 1640 in Notre Dame de Québec City, QC; died 19 Nov 1713 in Notre Dame de Québec City, QC.
       7       v.       Francoise-Marie Pelletier, born 13 Apr 1642 in Québec City, QC; died 16 Jul 1707 in Ste. Foy, QC. She married (1) Jean Beriault 17 Aug 1654 in Québec City, QC; born about 1635 in Poitou, France; died Bef. 11 Oct 1655 in Sillery, QC. She married (2) Sebastien Lienard-dit-Durbois 11 Oct 1655 in Québec City, QC; born about 1627 in Lorraine, France; died 07 Nov 1701 in Ste. Foy, QC.
       8       vi.       Jeanne Pelletier, born 19 Mar 1644 in Québec City, QC; died 23 Jan 1715 in St. Nicolas, QC. She married Noel Jeremie, Sieur de LaMontagne 29 Jan 1659 in Québec City, QC; born about 1648 in Champagne, France; died Bet. 04 Aug 1696 - Jun 1697 in Hôtel Dieu de Québec City, QC.
+       9       vii.       Genevieve Pelletier, born 06 Apr 1646 in Québec City, QC; died 16 Dec 1717 in Québec City, QC.
       10       viii.       Nicolas Pelletier-dit-Marolles, born 30 Apr 1649 in Sillery, QC; died 12 Feb 1729 in Tadoussac, QC. He married (1) Madeleine Tegochix/Tegoussi Bef. 10 Dec 1675 in Unknown, QC; born about 1650 in Amerindienne; died 24 Mar 1677 in Tadoussac, QC. He married (2) Francoise Ouechipichinokique 03 Jun 1677 in Tadoussac, QC; born about 1649 in Algonquine.

Generation No. 3

       4. Francois3 Pelletier-dit-Antaya (Nicolas2 Pelletier, Jean1 Pelletier/Peltier) was born about 1635 in St. Pierre, Gallardon, Beauce, Orleanais, France, and died Bet. 14 May 1690 - 09 Jul 1697 in Dautray, QC. He married (1) Dorothee "Amerindienne" Sauvage Apr 1660 in Unknown, QC. She was born about 1635 in Montagnais Indian Tribe, Canada, and died 13 Apr 1661 in Québec City, QC. He married (2) Marguerite-Madeleine Morisseau 26 Sep 1661 in Sillery, QC, daughter of Julien Morisseau and Anne Brelancour. She was born about 1642 in St. Pierre in Roye, Picardy, France, and died 15 Dec 1707 in Hôtel Dieu de Québec City, QC.

Notes for Francois Pelletier-dit-Antaya:
They had 10 children. I recorded only those that married my great+++grand uncles and aunts.

On October 22, 1675, François Pelletier dit Antaya and his wife, Marguerite Morisseau purchased the Seigneurie d’Orvilliers from Philippe Gauthier de Comporté. Found on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, this fief ran one and a half miles along the river and extended three miles inland. François and Marguerite went on to bequeath one-half of their estate to son Jean-Baptiste dit Pierre Pelletier dit Antaya (1676-1757), while dividing the remaining half among their other surviving children: Michel (c. 1674-c. 1744), Marguerite (1666-????), Marie-Angélique (1662-1741), Geneviève (1668-aft. 1716), and Catherine (c. 1672-aft. 1716).

Notes for Dorothee "Amerindienne" Sauvage:
She was known as "Marie" from the Montagnais tribe.
Children of Francois Pelletier-dit-Antaya and Marguerite-Madeleine Morisseau are:
       11       i.       Marie-Angelique4 Pelletier-dit-Antaya, born 14 Oct 1662 in Sillery, QC. She married Francois Banhiac-dit-Lamontagne 17 Apr 1681 in Louiseville or Sorel, QC; born about 1640 in Angoumois, France; died Bet. 01 Dec 1705 - 25 May 1709 in Louisville, QC.
       12       ii.       Francois-Xavier Pelletier-dit-Antaya, born 02 Dec 1663 in Sillery, QC; died Bef. 09 Jan 1698 in Montréal, QC. He married Marie-Madeleine Tune/Thunay-dit-Dufresne 02 May 1690 in Champlain, QC; born about 1673 in Unknown, QC.
       13       iii.       Marguerite-Agnes-Marie Pelletier-dit-Antaya, born 30 Aug 1666 in Sillery, QC. She married Charles Boucher 07 May 1685 in Sorel, Richelieu, QC; born 04 Apr 1658 in Québec City, QC; died 10 Aug 1728 in Berthier en Haut, QC.
       14       iv.       Catherine Pelletier-dit-Antaya, born about 1672 in Unknown, QC; died 27 Jan 1743 in Nicolet, QC. She married Denis Foucault-dit-Courchesne-LeFrancois 12 Nov 1697 in Trois Rivières, St. Maurice, QC; born 14 Sep 1672 in Québec City, QC; died 29 Dec 1751 in Nicolet, QC.
       15       v.       Michel Pelletier-dit-Antaya, born about 1674 in Unknown, QC. He married (1) Francoise Meneu-dit-Chateauneuf 09 Jul 1697 in Ste. Famille de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 20 Apr 1676 in Ste. Famille de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 01 Jan 1743 in Sorel, Richelieu, QC. He married (2) Francoise Meneu-dit-Chateauneuf 09 Jul 1697 in Ste. Famille de I. O., QC.

       6. Louise3 Pelletier (Nicolas2, Jean1 Pelletier/Peltier) was born 10 May 1640 in Notre Dame de Québec City, QC, and died 19 Nov 1713 in Notre Dame de Québec City, QC. She married Jean Ayotte/Hayot 17 Nov 1653 in Québec City (celebrated in Sillery), QC (ct 15 Apr, Audouart), son of Thomas Ayotte/Hayot and Jeanne Boucher. He was born about 1636 in St. Jean de Mortagne au Perche, France, and died 07 Dec 1712 in St. Antoine de Tilly, Lotbiniere, QC.

Notes for Jean Ayotte/Hayot:
He can be found in the 1667 census at Cap Rouge and in the 1681 census at Neuville.
Children of Louise Pelletier and Jean Ayotte/Hayot are:
       16       i.       Genevieve4 Ayotte/Hayot, born about 1658 in Unknown, QC; died Aft. Dec 1724 in St. Laurent, Montréal, QC. She married (1) Gabriel Berard-dit-Lepine 23 Oct 1673 in Unknown (presumed Neuville, Portneuf, QC (ct Becquet); born 09 Oct 1644 in St. Martin du Chateau du Loir, Le Mans, France; died Bet. 17 Jun 1705 - 12 Jan 1710 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC. She married (2) Jean Turcot, (Antoine & Jeanne Mandin) 14 Dec 1712 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC (ct 10 Feb 1713, Rivet); born about 1643 in Chavagnes en Paillers, Vendée, France; died 07 Jun 1729 in St. Laurent, Montréal, QC.

Notes for Gabriel Berard-dit-Lepine:
He was noted as being in Québec City on 19 Sep 1672. In 1673 he was living at the seigniory of Dautray at Lanoraie. Gabriel was also listed in the 1681 census at Dautray.

       17       ii.       Jean-Baptiste Ayotte/Hayot, born 03 Sep 1661 in Sillery, QC; died 20 Oct 1714 in Rivière Ouelle, Kamouraska, QC. He married Sainte Grondin 07 Feb 1695 in Rivière Ouelle, Kamouraska, QC; born about 1677 in Unknown, QC; died 04 Jun 1731 in Berthier en Bas, Montmagny, QC.
       18       iii.       Marie-Louise Ayotte/Hayot, born 29 Apr 1664 in Sillery, QC; died 26 Mar 1720 in Champlain, QC. She married Daniel Normandin 11 Feb 1687 in Sorel, Richelieu, QC; born about 1661 in La Rochelle, Saintonge, France; died 18 Sep 1729 in Batiscan, QC.
       19       iv.       Marie-Madeleine Ayotte/Hayot, born 14 Feb 1666 in Sillery, QC; died 24 Jul 1746 in Montréal, QC. She married Michel Robert-dit-Picard, (Philippe & J. Dupuis) 22 Jul 1681 in Sorel, Richelieu, QC; born 10 Oct 1640 in St. Jacques de Amiens, Picardie, France.
       20       v.       Angelique Ayotte/Hayot, born 09 Jun 1668 in Sillery, QC; died 12 Nov 1743 in Hôpital Général de Québec City, QC.

Notes for Angelique Ayotte/Hayot:
She became Sister St. Joseph, a professional nun on 31 Jul 1700 and mother superior in 1714 to 1717.

       21       vi.       Marie-Therese Ayotte/Hayot, born 04 Jan 1671 in Québec City, QC; died 23 Sep 1732 in Québec City, QC. She married Jean-Baptiste Larcheveque-dit-Lapromenade 13 Jan 1705 in Québec City, QC; born 22 Aug 1678 in Gaudarville, QC; died 30 Sep 1742 in Québec City, QC.
       22       vii.       Etienne Ayotte/Hayot, born 04 Feb 1673 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC; died 23 Jul 1758 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC. He married Felicite-Anne Bonhomme-dit-Beaupre 20 Jan 1702 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC; born 07 Oct 1673 in Québec City, QC; died 08 Feb 1757 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC.
       23       viii.       Marie-Francoise Ayotte/Hayot, born 09 Dec 1674 in Québec City, QC; died 18 Mar 1703 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC. She married Claude Garnier/Grenier, (Jean & Mad. Guay) 06 Feb 1702 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC; born 14 Feb 1672 in Québec City, QC; died 06 May 1731 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC.
       24       ix.       Jean-Baptiste Ayotte/Hayot, born 04 Jan 1677 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC; died 18 Jun 1743 in Cap Santé, QC. He married Marie-Charlotte Badel-dit-Lamarche 16 Feb 1711 in Lachine, QC; born 12 Dec 1684 in Montréal, QC; died 05 Jun 1711 in Hôtel Dieu of Montréal, QC.
       25       x.       Louis-Joseph Ayotte/Hayot, born 12 Dec 1679 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC; died 17 Jan 1703 in Neuville, Portneuf, QC.

       9. Genevieve3 Pelletier (Nicolas2, Jean1 Pelletier/Peltier) was born 06 Apr 1646 in Québec City, QC, and died 16 Dec 1717 in Québec City, QC. She married (1) Vincent Verdon 05 Nov 1663 in Québec City, QC. He was born about 1625 in La Rochelle, Aunis, France, and died Bef. 28 Jul 1665 in Sillery, QC. She married (2) Thomas Lefebvre, (Jacques & Anne Auzou) 08 Sep 1669 in Sillery, QC. He was born about 1625 in St. Vincent de Caen, Normandie, France, and died Bet. 1713 - 1715 in Acadie, QC.
Child of Genevieve Pelletier and Vincent Verdon is:
       26       i.       Genevieve-Marie4 Verdon-dit-LeFebvre, born 21 Jan 1666 in Sillery, QC. She married Jean Cote 25 Feb 1686 in Québec City, QC (ct 24, Genaple); born 25 Feb 1644 in Québec City, QC; died Bef. 26 Mar 1722 in Unknown, QC.

Notes for Jean Cote:
His mother Anne Martin is recorded in the 1666 census as the widow of Jean Costé with sons Martin, Mathieu and Noel. I have not found Jean in the 1666 census, not even under his "dit" name Lefrise.
Their daughter Marguerite became a nun at Hôtel Dieu (Québec City's Hospital) and was named Sister St. Paul. She was a novice 7 Feb 1693 and completed her vows on 17 Aug 1694.
Their daughter Anne became a nun, named Sister Sainte Genevieve, at Hôtel Dieu (Québec City's Hospital). She was a novice on 28 Feb 1698 and a full nun on 8 Sep 1699.
In a document from the church of St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC, an Indian named Jean-Baptiste was buried on 16 Jan 1703 and was listed as a domestic of Jean Costé. Jean Costé and Philipe Noel assisted at the burial and signed the records. I believe ( and I could be wrong) this to be the Jean in the document above because the son of Philipe Noel assisted in the burial of this Jean Costé/Coté's grandson Jean Baptiste (1682-1736).
Jean Coté was Captain of the militia in Beauport in 1704 and 1707 and a church warden .
He died before the reading of their inventory by notary Babel on 26 Mar 1722.
Several web sites have recorded him as "Jean Coté dit LeFrisé". I believe this to be wrong. Jette records "Jean Coté dit LeFrisé" as the son of Martin Coté and Suzanne Pagé, married to Marie Anne Langlois on 8 Feb 1694 at Beauport.

Children of Genevieve Pelletier and Thomas Lefebvre are:
       27       i.       Pierre4 Lefebvre, born 14 Mar 1672 in Sillery, QC; died 23 Apr 1749 in Québec City, QC. He married Marie Savard 30 Jul 1696 in Notre Dame de Québec City, QC; born 20 Feb 1661 in St. Pierre de Montreuil sous Bois, Bobigny, Paris, France; died 09 Jan 1703 in Québec City, QC.
       28       ii.       Thomas Lefebvre, born 12 Mar 1676 in Québec City, QC; died 09 Mar 1723 in Québec City, QC. He married Marie-Helene Gonthier 07 Mar 1707 in Québec City, QC; born 22 Apr 1687 in Pointe de Lévy, Lauzon, QC; died 23 Jul 1717 in Québec City, QC.

Hi, I have decided to post all my Québec pioneer ancestor at the different GenForums because a lot of individuals doing genealogy research don’t realize that their ancestors can be found as early as the 1600s.

My resources are limited because I live in Oregon. I hope that you use this information only as a guide. I welcome corrections and additions from anyone that has access to the original files.

Originally I paid a genealogy society to trace the direct lines for 6 of my 8 great grandparents. They used the books that were compiled by volunteers for each parish. Because so many individuals had the same name, I eventually found some errors in these books. Then I used Tanguay and found out that he may be about 75% right and Jette (that goes to 1730) is about 90% right. Then just as I thought that I was finished, I found PRDH (University of Montreal) and I believe that they may be 98% right and still make corrections to their records. They go up to 1799 for marriage contracts and 1850 for some deaths. Some people have the luxury of having the original records at their disposal. I do not have that and with 17,000 individuals in my data base, I can not afford to pay for copies of all the originals. At that point I confirmed every that I had with the records at PRDH. Whenever I say “about” for a birth date it means that PRDH did not find it or if it is in the 1800s, I did not look it up because of my lack of resources.

PRDH uses the most common spelling variation for the names. This makes it easier to trace the families. They do not always use the original name that appears on the contracts or birth records. That is ok with me, because many individuals before the 1900s could not sign their names and did not even care how others spelt it. As a result the same person’s name took on a variety of spellings. I also kept the “dit” (aka) names because eventually brothers from the same family, picked a different aka name. For a very small fee PRDH has all the Canadian records from 1600-1799 and some death dates up to 1850. Their records are about 18% accurate. They can be found at:

As for the pioneers, I also used Peter Gagné’s English books on the single girls that arrived in New France between 1634 & 1662 and his book on the single girls that are referred to as the King’s Daughters that arrived between 1663 & 1673. These girls were recruited and paid by the King to go to New France (Québec) to get married and colonize the area.

For the 1800-1900s I paid to prove my direct lines. My data for their extended family come from people on the web. The program that I use does not allow for baptismal dates, so if I don’t have a birth date, I use the baptismal date. The same goes for death vs. burial dates and actual wedding vs. contract dates. The newer programs have these features, but I will not be going through 18,000 records to make the changes.

Use this information as a guide only. I view genealogy as a hobby and not as pure science. As for the stories, I got them all in French on the web and I translated them for my grandchildren. I had not read or spoken French in over 40 years, so it was difficult and may not be the best translation.

Enjoy, Janet

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