À la recherche de nos héros de Rivière-Ouelle

Je le savais!

Je ne me méfie pas assez. André Mignier dit La Gâchette n’aurait pas été présent à Rivière-Ouelle en 1690…

Je le savais que mon histoire de Père Noël allait déraper.  Une chance qu’il reste encore 13 jours  avant la veille de Noël.

Si vous pensez que je suis un passionné, visitez le site d’Evelyn. Je le connais depuis 2008 quand j’ai commencé à bloguer. Je me demandais à cette époque comment on pouvait être aussi passionné d’histoire et de généalogie.

J’ai eu ma réponse depuis.

Evelyn parlait des héros de Rivière-Ouelle dans son billet du 22 février 2009!

Ce sont les commentaires laissés depuis à la fin du billet qui sont révélateurs de l’impact qu’a eu la découverte de cette histoire chez ses lectrices et ses lecteurs. 

28 commentaires à ce jour dont ce dernier daté du 18 novembre 2012…!

Evelyn –

André Mignier dit Lagacé and Jacquette Michel are my seventh-great-grandparents and I have been researching my French-Canadian roots for several years. Your blog is a great resource; thank you very much for all you’ve done to develop it. I believe the reason that André does NOT appear at the Battle of Rivière-Ouelle is that the family had not yet moved to the Grand Anse.

The first evidence I have seen of André and family moving to La Pocatière, where they would spend the rest of their lives, is a three-year lease that he signed on 28 June 1692. Moreover, Abbé Casgrain’s 1890 history of the Rivière-Ouelle parish of the 17th century, “Une Paroisse Canadienne au XVII Siècle – La Rivière-Ouelle” has one table that shows the families who were in the Rivière-Ouelle Catholic Registers from 1681 to 1690. André is NOT listed in that table, but IS listed in a second table that shows families from 1690 – 1703. Together the tables, along with the lease, suggest that the family did not relocate to the Grand Anse region until after 1690.

So, where were they?

Would you believe Acadia?

In 1686, the census taken in Beaubassin shows:
“CHIGNOUCTOU DIT BEAUBASSIN
Michel LENEUF Sr. de la Vallière, seigneur of Beaubassin 45;
children:
Alexandre 20,
Jacques 17,
Marie-Josephe 15,
Jean-Baptiste 12,
Juditte 10,
Michel 8,
Marguerite 6,
Barbe 4;
servants:
Francois 
LEGER 55,
GABRIEL 20,
Michel LARCHE 22,
Marie LAGASSE 16;
and Me PERTUIS, gunsmith; 70 guns, 60 arpents, 19 cattle, 22 sheep, 12 hogs.”

So we see André’s sixteen year-old daughter Marie is working in the household of Michel Leneuf de la Vallière, the seigneur of Beaubassin.

Then, Genealogist Paul Delaney, from the Center for Acadian Studies at the University of Moncton in New Brunswick, found in a 1688 census of Sieur Richard Denys de Fronsac, the seigneur of Miramichi, a region in Acadia north of Beaubassin,

“a man named Lagassé a native of St Martin de Ré, La Rochelle and his wife of La Rochelle”.

Delaney concludes that André and Jacquette were indeed present on the Miramichi River in 1688 as one of five families living in the manor of Richard Denys. We do not know how long they stayed after 1688, but we do know that daughter Marie-Françoise married Robert Morin in Charlesbourg in 1690. Since she was only 16 years old at the time, we can guess that the Mignier/Lagacé family probably returned to Charlesbourg before 1690.

But whenever it was that they did return, their oldest daughter Marie, who had worked for LaVallière, stayed in Acadia. In 1692, she married Joseph Gravois and gave birth to a son, Joseph. In less than a year, Gravois himself died and Marie, with her son, married René Martin de Barnabé and moved to Port Royal, Acadia. There, she and René would raise Joseph and would have 11 children of their own.

I hope this is helpful.

http://acanadianfamily.com/2009/02/22/riviere-ouelle-les-habitants/

Ce commentaire n’est pas le mien.

André Mignier dit La Gâchette n’aurait pas été présent à Rivière-Ouelle en 1690 et l’information sur le site de l’Association des Lagacé m’aurait induit en erreur…

Vers 1685!

Vers 1685, André Mignier et toute sa famille allèrent se fixer sur une terre à la Rivière-Ouelle.

Maintenant le 29e commentaire est le mien…

That would explain why he was not on the list… If he had been in Rivière-Ouelle in 1690, he would have been with all the others.

Quand à ceci…

On oublie ça si vous voulez mettons…

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