Friday, June 13, 2014

52 Ancestors: #24 Olivier Charbonneau

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small has issued herself and her readers a challenge for 2014. It’s called “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks”, and as Amy explains, the challenge is to “have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor”.

During the month of June, I’m focusing on distant, immigrant ancestors. And so, for the 24th week of this challenge, I chose Olivier Charbonneau (ca 1607-1687).

Olivier is my 7x great-grandfather, and is number 1212 in my ancestor list. Interestingly, I have a total of 7 lines of descent from Olivier, which makes him my 7x, 8x, 9x and 10x great-grandfather. Through his daughter Anne (born 1657), I descend four times from him, through his son Joseph (born 1660), I descend two times, and from his daughter Elisabeth (born 1664), I descend one time.

Here are some highlights of Olivier’s life.

About 1611:
Olivier is born in Marans, Aunis, France. [1] Other possible dates are about 1607, about 1615, and about 1631. [2]

Unknown date (pre-1654):
Oliver married first Marguerite Roy in France, by whom he was predeceased. [3]

Olivier married second Marie Garnier in La Rochelle, Aunis, France [4] or about 1656 in Marans, Aunis, France. [5]

5 June 1569:
Olivier and other heads of families from Marans appear in a notary’s office in the port city of La Rochelle to sign up as colonists for New France. [6]

2 July 1659:
Olivier, his wife Marie and their young daughter Anne, along with a group of about 200 others (including individuals, families, and nursing sisters), set sail for the colony of New France on board the 300-ton Saint-André. [7]

29 September 1659:
Olivier and his family arrive in Montreal (known as Ville-Marie), after having landed in Quebec city three weeks earlier. [8]

Island of Montreal and its surrounding areas
L'île de Montreal et ses environs.
[The island of Montreal, including “Isle de Jésus” just to the north of it.]

25 August 1662:
Olivier acquires some land. [9]

11 May 1664:
Olivier receives the Sacrament of Confirmation in Montreal. [10]

1666 census:
Olivier and his family are enumerated in Montreal. [11]

1667 census:
Olivier and his family are enumerated again in Montreal. [12]

10 November 1669:
Olivier received a quittance for the sum of 175 livres transacted in the office of notary Basset in Montreal. It took him 10 years to be discharged from his debt of the cost of his transportation to New France. [13]

23 November 1671:
Olivier’s daughter Anne marries Guillaume Labelle; she is the first of his children to marry. [14]

20 November 1674:
Olivier’s first grandchild Antoine Labelle (son of daughter Anne) is baptized in Montreal. [15]

1681 census:
Olivier and his family are enumerated in l’Ile Jésus, north of Montreal. [16]

20 November 1687:
Olivier died in Pointe-aux-Trembles, near Montreal. [17]


Image credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. R9266-4045.

1. Archange Godbout, Les passagers du Saint-André. La recrue de 1659 (Montréal: Société Généalogique Canadienne-Française, publication no 5, 1964), 72.

2. René Jetté, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec (Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 1983), 225. Olivier was born about 1607 (he was 80 years old at his burial), about 1611 (he was 70 on the 1681 census), about 1615 (he was 52 on the 1667 census) or about 1631 (he was 35 on the 1666 census).

3. Jetté, Dictionnaire, 225.

4. Godbout, Passagers, 72.

5. Jetté, Dictionnaire, 225.

6. Godbout, Passagers, 20.

7. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français, 1608-1760, 3 vols. (Montreal: Institut généalogique Drouin, 1958), III: 1359. Also, Marcel Trudel, Catalogue des immigrants 1632-1662 (Montréal: Editions Hurtubise HMH, Limitée, 1983), 419.

8. Godbout, Passagers, 4, and Dictionnaire National, III: 1474.

9. Trudel, Catalogue des immigrants, 419.

10. Godbout, Passagers, 21.

11. Jetté, Dictionnaire, 225.

12. Jetté, Dictionnaire, 225.

13. Godbout, Passagers, 20.

14. Godbout, Passagers, 21.

15. Jetté, Dictionnaire, 619.

16. Jetté, Dictionnaire, 225.

17. Jetté, Dictionnaire, 225.

Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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