Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Ancestral Anniversaries for January 2013

For the past few months, I’ve posted articles about some of my ancestors' life events that marked an anniversary in October 2012, November 2012 and December 2012. I’m continuing this series by presenting a selection of ancestral events for January 2013.

1 January 1643:
Baptism of Jeanne Langlois in Quebec. She was a younger daughter of Noël Langlois and his first wife Françoise Grenier, early immigrants to the French colony. Jeanne was only 12 years old in October 1655 when she entered into a marriage contract with René Chevalier, a master mason, originally from Anjou, France. The couple married in January 1656, after she turned 13.

4 January 1723:
Birth of François Lunégand dit Beaurosier in Lannion, Bretagne, France. He arrived in Nouvelle-France in or about 1745; he was an infantry soldier. In February 1748, he married Marie Louise Ouimet in Montreal. François’ military duties took him to Fort St-Frédéric (now Crown Point in Essex County, New York) and Fort Carillon (now Ticonderoga, also in Essex County, New York).

9 January 1923:
Death of Arline Deschatelets in Ripon, Papineau County, Quebec. She was the widow of Pierre Beauvais, by whom she had seven children, including Joseph, my maternal great-grandfather. Arline’s exact dates and places of birth and baptism are a mystery to me, but based on declared ages on census and other records, she was born either in 1845, 1846 or 1847 in the province of Quebec.

14 January 1833:
Death of Pierre Drouin in Ste-Scholastique, Deux-Montagnes County, Quebec. He seems to have lived all his life in this county: first in St-Eustache, where he was born and married his first wife Agathe Brunet (my ancestress), then in St-Benoît, where he married his second wife, and finally, in Ste-Scholastique, where he died and was buried.

20 January 1713:
Marriage contract of Pierre Rasset (Racet) and Marie-Anne Caron. Five days later, their union was blessed in St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Portneuf County, Quebec. It was a short marriage, however, because Pierre died, aged 34, in April 1715, while his wife was expecting their second child.

22 January 1643:
Baptism of Marie Pontonnier in the parish church St-Vincent in Le Lude, Anjou, France. Marie came to Canada as a “fille à marier” ("marriage girl", a predecessor of the “filles du roi”) in about 1656. She married three times. Her first marriage, to Pierre Gadois in August 1657, was annulled two years later. (The couple, who didn’t have children, were said to be under a ‘barren’ curse by Marie’s original, but jilted, suitor.)

24 January 1883:
Death of Ménésippe Meunier in Ste-Cécile-de-Masham, Gatineau County, Quebec. Thirty years earlier, he married his fourth cousin Louise (Eloise) Drouin in Masham. She survived him and remarried the following year. Ménésippe was the maternal grandfather of my paternal grandfather Fred Belair. (Fred, who was baptized “Jean-Baptiste-Ménésippe Bélair”, was presumably named for his grandfather.)

29 January 1693:
Birth of Françoise Valade in Quebec. Daughter of Guillaume Valade and his wife Françoise Ancelin, she was their 11th of 14 children. Françoise appears on the 1716 census in Quebec, employed as a domestic. She entered into a marriage contract with a widower, but it was annulled in March 1718. A few months later, in October 1718, she married André Michel dit St-Michel in Montreal. They are my paternal ancestors.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.


  1. Happy New Year! An interesting way to celebrate you ancestors. I'm grateful for this community of bloggers. I received "An Early Christmas Gift" and it was great to share it with this community on my blog. Happy Blogging.



    1. A happy New Year to you, Grant! Thanks for dropping by.