Transcribing Old French to read Loisel birth certificates in France

February 1, 2016

Our Loisel ancestor first came to Canada from France around 1643. His parents were from France. What we know about his parents, Louis Loysel and Jeanne LeTerrier, and his siblings Philippe Loiselle and Marie-Madeleine Loiselle are provided here:

I really hope that we can trace the birth/death certificates for this family. So far, I found Louis Loysel’s birth certificate on the internet:

Louis Loysel baptism record

So far, with Kenneth Loiselle’s help, I have come up wit the following transcription:

On the left-hand margin, it definitely says “Baptism of Louis Loisel.”

en Samedi Second ????
? Lois Loysel fils de louis et de
????? ???? baptised par
notre ?????? pbre ??? de
????? et ???? par ??? julieltt???
??? pbre ????

Per Kenneth “pbre”  is a term used for priests in the Old Regime

Kenneth Loiselle provides this website to get more tips for deciphering French handwriting :

I will try to visit the UofT library soon to see if they are able to help us.

So sometime, when the funds and the time become available, will take a trip, but not the last week of Jun and first week of July because they are closed then for summer holidays.  Per Kenneth, the place to go is the Archives Departementales du Calvados in Caen [ ].  We will be able to provide the archivist with the details of the birthplace of Courseulles-sur-Mer and estimated dates, so they will be able to tell us which series to look for “acte de naissance pour l’Ancien Régime avant la Révolution française” (the series are different before and after the Revolution of 1789).

If anyone is planning a trip to France and the Normandy coast and wants to try checking things out, let us know!



Where in the world is Rue Loiselle (or Loiselle St)?

September 27, 2015

There are Rue Loiselle or Loiselle Streets all over the place.

Here is one in Saint-Dominique, Quebec: Rue Loiselle, Saint-Dominique, Quebec

Rue Loiselle in Saint Dominique Quebec

And there are more:

Let me know where yours is!

Are you related to Bertha Loiselle Hurley?

September 24, 2015

Are you related to Bertha Loiselle Hurley?

Bertha Loiselle Hurley is daughter of Napoleon Loiselle and Amelia Girard. Napoleon would have gone to Connecticut from Stoke QC around 1910.  Jean Baptiste Loiselle who married Marie-Anne Beaudry in 1719 is third generation descendant of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot. our first Canadian ancestor!

Ancesters  for Napoleon Loiselle

Here is her obituary from Sep 20, 1918.

Norwich bulletin. (Norwich, Conn.) 1895-2011, September 20, 1918, Page 2, Image 2

Is Robert Harry Loiselle your long lost great great uncle!

September 24, 2015

I came across this article about the funeral of Robert Harry Loiselle that died in 1906 in Salt Lake City. Let me know if if he is your long lost great great uncle. He apparently moved from New York to Salt Lake City as part of the production of Corianton in 1902 and then went on to open his own dance school.

The Salt Lake herald., February 19, 1906, Page 10, Image 10
RH Loiselle Passes Away
Salt Lake Dancing Teacher Succumbs to Pnemonia After Brief Illness.
Robert Harry Loiselle, known in Salt Lake as a dancing teach, died in the Holy Cross Hospital of pnemonia yesterday after a brief illness. He was 56 years old and was a native of New York.
While Mr Loiselle was a well known figure here, little is know of his antecedents. He came to Salt Lake to take chart of the ballet in Corianton, when that opera was produced here in 1902. He left the company before it disbanded and started a dancing class in the old St. Mark’s school house on East First South Street.
So far as known, Mr Loiselle left no family. The funeral will be held at 1 oclock Tuesday afternoon at the funeral chapel of Joseph William Taylor, 21 South West Temple Street.

In another article it talks about his friends that gathered to remember him at a memorial service.

The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah), February 21, 1906, Page 10, Image 10
Loiselle’s funeral held
Friends Hold Services in Honor of the Late Dancing master.
Remarks were made by Bishop Whitaker in which he refered to Mr Loiselle as having died away from home and relatives but not without friends who had assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to him with whom they had been pleasantly associated.

Do let us know if you are related to this adventuring, dancing Richard Harry Loiselle.

Generation 6: Prudent Loiselle-Sinot and his Children

July 22, 2013

The children of Prudent Loiselle migrate to Chile, Dakota’s and various points of New England …

 Aurora Loiselle 7th great granddaughter of Louis Loisel.png Prudent Loiselle-Sinot is 6th Generation of Loisel’s in Canada, descendant of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot.

Aurora Loiselle is great granddaughter of Moise Loiselle, and 10th generation descendant of Louis Loisel.

Aurora has a great collection of letters exchanged by Veronique Poulet and the children of Prudent Loiselle as the family was separated by the distance places that their lives took them. Aurora had copies of many of these photos and letters for display at the Louis Loisel descendants meeting in Jun 2013. A copy of a presentation that she created is attached here. Moyse Loiselle by Aurora Loiselle


Prudent Loiselle-Sinot was born Jan 22, 1797 in Beloeil Quebec. In his baptism certificate, his name was written at Prudent Sinode, his parents and godparents were listed as “Toussaint Sinode laboureur et de Josette Tetro…Le parain a ete Prudent Sinode et la marain Marie Anne Tetro”

Prudent was married twice and had a total of sixteen children. Click on the Family Chart below to see his children:

Prudent Loiselle Sinot Family chart

Prudent Loiselle Sinot Family

Prudent married first to Julie Tetreau on February 17, 1817.

February 17, 1817: Marriage de Prudent Loisel f. mn. feu Toussaint & Josephte Tetreau (S. Marc) et Julie Tetreau f. mn. Augustin et feu Cecile Tetreau (S. Marc); Dispense du 4e au 4e degree consanguinite. Tem. Antoine Guyon: beau-pere de l’epoux, Toussaint & Amable Loisel: freres de l’epoux; Edouard Tetreau: frere de l’epouse. (Xource: Transcript of Register of Paroisse St.-Marc-sur-Richelieu, Co. Vercheres, Quebec; LDS film # 1293424)

They were 3rd cousins!

Relationship Prudent Loiselle Sinot to Julie Tetreault Ducharme

Julia Tetreau died in childbirth in 1831 leaving behind 8 living children.  Prudent remarried to Veronique Poulet in 1833.

Prudent’s children ended up spreading across North America

  • Moise Loiselle b 1819 went to Fort Vancouver in 1856 working as a baker with with the Sisters of the Providence and arrived in Valparaiso, Chile in January 1859
  • Marguerite Loiselle b 1822 maried Isadore Jodoin in St Marc in 1846. They migrated to Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • Mathias Loiselle b 1824 married Vitaline Provost in St Marc in 1848. They migrated to Bottineau, North Dakota
  • Abraham Loiselle b 1826 married Adele Charron in 1847 in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu and then remarried Elmire Lapierre in 1873 in St-Hyacinthe, QC. He was for a time in Lowell MA (1883) and died in 1909 in New Hampshire.
  • Odile Loiselel b 1828 married Marc Chicoine in St Marc in 1851.  They migrated to Sioux City Iowa on way to Jefferson South Dakota.
  • Prudent Loiselle b 1838 maried Philomene Jodouin in 1860 in St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu. They migrated to Killingly, Connecticut

Abraham Loiselle and Adele Charron 1880

Abraham Loiselle and Odile Charron

Marc Chicoine and Odile Loiselle

Odile Loiselle and Marc Chicoine, 1881

    Joseph Trudel and Mathilde Loiselle 1889

Mathilde Loiselle and Joseph Trudel, 1889

Marguerite Loiselle in Manchester NH

Marguerite Loiselle married Isadore Jodoin

And perhaps there are other Prudent Loiselle descendants out there that have other letters and photos shared between the siblings as they were separated by distance.

Some Synott and Sinnett Cousins (How we are connected Part III)

July 17, 2013

In a previous post, we talked a little bit about “dit” names. There are a number of “dit” names used amongst descendants of Louis Loisel. This includes the surname spelling Sinotte, Synott and Sinnett.  The various versions of Loisel dit names are introduced here.

While the Synott and Sinnett surnames are most often “Irish”, we have confirmed most definately that there are indeed some Synott and Sinnett cousins.

From the “How we are Related Part III” chart provided below you can see that both Angela Rupert (of the Sinnett line) and Elizeth Davis (of Sinnett line) are Karen Sinotte’s 6th cousin once removed … and you can likely calculate how you too are related to these Cousins!

From the “How we are related Park III, you can see Elizabeth Davis, Angela Rupert and Pamela LaGrandeur share a common ancester in Joseph Loiselle-Sinotte (b. 1783) and Marie Josephte Pinsonneault  (married in St Marc) .  Making Elizabeth, Angela and Pamela 5th cousins 1x removed.

  • Pamela LaGrandeur is descendant of their son Joseph Loiselle-Sinotte b. 1807 in St Charles.  Pamela  is 12th generation in North America, 4th generation American. Her gg grandfather Augustus Synott migrated from St-Barnabe QC to Grafton MA about 1879 and then to Waterbury CT by 1889.  Why did Augustus Synottt to Waterbury CT while his brother’s descendants ended up in New York State?

In this chart “How we are Related III”, you can see that Angela (nee Dickerson) Rupert and Elizabeth Davis share a common ancester in Charles Loisel-dit-Sinott b. 1815 who married Isabelle Plante in 1841 in Saint-Hugues QC and ended up in New York State by 1850s.  That would make Elizabeth and Angela 5th cousins!

The Relationship Charts

How we are related Part IRelationship chart for Louis Loisel descendants that attended our meeting on June 29, 2013 How we are related Part IIIThis shows our relationship to the Sinnett’s and the Synott’s
Montreal Meeting How we are all related Jun 29 2013Click here for PDF Version of Part I How we are Related: Loisel History for Meeting in Montreal Jun 29 2013 How we are related Chart How we are related Part III Synott and SinnettClick here for PDF version of Part III of How We are Related:  How we are related Part III Synott and Sinnett

From the chart you can see that Elizabeth is descendant of their daughter Rose Sinnett.

  • Elizabeth Davis is expecting a new Loisel descendant in August so was unable to attend the Loisel family reunion this year. She is connected to the Loisel family tree through John Fields (Beauchamp) that married Rose Sinnett (sometimes recorded as Wiswell) in Mariah NY.  Rose Sinnett is 9th Generation descendant of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot.  When this branch of the family migrated to New York State, their names were recorded in a number of different ways finally continuing on as Sinnett.
  • Elizabeth is actually “cousin” multiple times over because John Fields is a  descendant of Jean Beauchamps  that married Jeanne Loisel, Jeanne Loisel was daughter of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot!

Angela is descendant of their son, Joseph Loiselle-Sinotte, and several siblings, and their descendants ended up in Seattle WA.

  • Angela and her family live in PA now. Her sons have been on the lookout for their Canadian roots. While they weren’t able to make it to the Sinotte-Loiselle family gathering in Montreal last month, in the Summer 2012, they made their own pilgrimage to Montreal and had their own chance to explore Old Montreal.
  • Angela’s sons are 9th Generation Americans and 14th generation descendants of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot!
Angela Rupert and Family 2013 Allan Rupert and sons in Montreal on rue St Paul 2012
Angela Rupert and Family 2013.

Allan, Austin and Allan in Old Montreal in Summer 2012.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to learn about why Charles Loiselle-Sinnett choose to go to New York and how some of his children ended up making the trek out West. And why Augustin Synott ended up in Waterbury CT!

And how many more Sinnett and Synott cousins are there out there!

Instructions on how to read this chart are provided in previous post. All this is just provided for “fun”. If there are any errors … oops! You can let me know of any alternative points of view, and we can work together to resolve any information.

Tom Loiselle, one of our musical “cousins”

July 17, 2013

Tom Loiselle came up to join our Sinotte Loiselle Wisell gathering in Montreal on Jun 29, 2013.  He came with his wife, Paula and son, Christopher, from Rhode Island.

Christopher Paula and Tom Loiselle

Lunch at the Serafim was a great choice because they let us really “take over” the space. This allowed some of the Loiselle talent to entertain us.

Tom Loiselle entertained the group with some of his own music.

Tom Loiselle the musician

Here are the lyrics to one of the songs that he performed.

Stay with me for Awhile
© 2011, Thomas E. Loiselle. All  rights reserved.
Intro (Verse Progression)  (1x)
Verse 1
I can see the light in your eyes  when you smile it makes me happy
I can hear the sound of your voice  when you laugh it makes me happy
And when you touch my hand then I  understand you love me
And when I hold you close then you  understand I love you
Verse 2
I can feel the beating of your heart when we are lying here together
I can stare at you when I’m awake  admiring your beauty
When I caress your face and look  into your eyes you look so lovely
When you look at me and see the  love I have for you it makes you happy
Chorus 1
Won’t you stay with me for  awhile?
Won’t you play with me and make me  smile?
Won’t you stay with me for  awhile…? La, da, da, da, da, da…
Verse 3
You can see the light in my eyes  when I smile it makes you happy
You can hear the sound of my voice  when I laugh it makes you happy
And when I touch your hand then  you understand I love you
And when you hold me close then I  understand you love me
Chorus 2
Won’t you stay with me for  awhile?
Won’t you play with me and make me  smile?
Won’t you stay with me for  awhile…? La, da, da, da, da, da…
And here is how Tom, Paula and Chris are connected to Louis Loisel who came to Canada in 1647.
Christopher Loiselle son of Tom and Paula is 12th generation 12. Chris Loiselle is the 12th generation descendant of Louis Loisel and 5th generation of Loiselle’s in Central Falls.
11. His father Thomas Loiselle married Paula and they have three sons.
10. His Father Jean-Paul Loiselle
9. His Father is Adrien Loiselle
8. His father Pierre Loiselle  was born in Farnham Quebec. He and his wife Zenaide Robert immigrated to Central Falls sometime between 1906 and 1910 with 10 children.
7. His parents, Toussaint Loiselle-Sinotte and Luce Viens moved from Marieville to Farnham and had 9 children.
6. His parents Toussaint Loiselle and Apoline Letourneau moved from St Charles to Marieville, they had 17 children.  After Apoline died, Toussaint Loiselle-Sinotte remarred to Marguerite Timineur and had another 3 children.
5. His parents Pierre-Toussaint Loiselle married Genevieve Deslandes. Pierre was born in St Charles, married in St Antoine. His wife Genevieve died in St Marc.
4. His parents Toussaint Loiselle married Marie-Anne Hogue. While Toussaint Loiselle was born in Pointe-aux-Trembles, he moved to St-Charles in 1751 on land that was ceded from his uncle, Jean-Baptiste Beaudry. He married in 1752 and raised his family in St-Charles and died in St Marc.
3. His parents were Jean-Baptiste Loiselle and Marie-Anne Beaudry.
2. His parents were Joseph Loiselle and Jeanne Langlois
1. His parents were Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot.

Notes from Loiselle Sinotte Wisell family gathering in Montreal on Jun 29, 2013

July 16, 2013

It was great meeting of Loiselle, Sinotte and Wisell family gathering in Montreal on Jun 29, 2013.  We were able to stick to the original agenda quite well.   Some of us have been to Old Montreal alot, for others this was our first visit to Old Montreal.  But how cool was it to walk the steps of our first Canadian Ancesters …. with cousins coming from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Rhode Island and even as far as Chile and back again to our roots.

We are slowly gathering all the notes from the meeting … and collecting some of the memorabilia from the different branches.  Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.

                                                                     Sinotte Loiselle group
The photo was taken in the Chapelle Bonsecours, Jun 29, 2013 In the photo are (from left to right): Our “coureur de bois” guide, Fern Sinotte and Glenda Harris, Aurora Loiselle, Tom his son Chris Loiselle, Henri Loiselle, Andree Sinotte, Karen Sinotte, Mona Sinotte, Raymonde Sinotte and her beau Norman.  Missing from the photo are Paula, Bruce, Marcelo who were taking photos!

And here are the notes that have been collected so far!

A Road trip to Pointe-aux-Trembles Photos to follow
The day started out at Chateau Ramezay
Aurora presented on Montreal and New England Historical  Context Click here for her notes.The Early Establishment of Montreal Loiselle Pioneer Family.

Click here for more on Early History of Montreal

Karen presented on EARLY common Ancestry, How We are Connected   and Loiselle Diaspora Click here for a Copy of Karen’s Presentation Notes (Updated a little bit from the original presentation): Loisel History for Meeting in Montreal Jun 29 2013 Final Version.And for additional notes on the topics in the presentation have been posted to the blog:


Tom gave us background on Loisel Coat of Arms Notes to follow
Round Table sharing family stories
  • Aurora Loiselle is great granddaughter of  Moise Loiselle, who immigrated to Chile in mid 1800s. Aurora has a great collection of letters from Moise’s siblings and had copies of many of these photos and letters for display at the Louis Loisel descendants meeting in Jun 2013. A copy of a presentation that she created is attached here. Moyse Loiselle by Aurora Loiselle

Other Notes to follow

Tour of Chapelle Bonsecours  and Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum

  •   Group Photo with Family Crest
Photos to follow
Lunch at Serafim, with Entertainment by Loiselle Cousins Tom Loiselle is one of our cousins that entertained the group over lunch … all the way from Rhode Island!More Photos to follw.
Tour of Notre Dame Basilica Photos to follow
Dinner at Restaurant Fourquet Fourchette Photos to follow

More Loiselle Cousins!

July 9, 2013

Descendants of Louis Loisel can probably calculate a relationship with most any descendant of the first settlers of Quebec and specifically Montreal.

In my efforts to connect Loiselle cousins, two most common questions that I am asked from Loiselle cousins include:

  • How  are they related to Angelina Jolie (most commonly asked by the “guys”)
  • How are they related to Pierre Trudeau

So, to calculate relationship to anyone, you just have to find your common ancesters, and then start counting generations between you and the first cousins of that common ancestor.  So a “Loiselle’ cousin would calculate your relationship to Angelina Jolie or Pierre Trudeau in the same way.

Taking myself as an example of a Loiselle cousins, our Relationship to Angelina Jolie:

  • Angelina Jolie is ninth cousin 1x removed to Karen Sinotte through common ancesters Joseph Loiselle and Jeanne Langlois.  Angelina Jolie is descendant of their daughter Angelique Loiselle that married Nicoholas Chaput. Karen Sinotte is descendant of Jean Baptiste Loiselle that married Marie Anne Beaudry.
  • Angelina Jolie is also ninth cousin 1x removed to Karen Sinotte through common ancestors Toussaint Beaudry and Francoise Archambault.   Angeline Jolie is descendant of their son Pierre Beaudry. Karen Sinotte is decendant of their daughter Marie Anne Beaudry who married Jean-Baptiste Loiselle in 1719.

Our Relationship to Pierre Trudeau:

  • Pierre Elliot Trudau is 8th cousin 3 x removed cousin to Karen Sinotte through common ancesters Gilbert Barbier and Catherine Delavaux.  Their daughter Barbe Barbier married Toussaint Beaudry, who had a son Toussaint Beaudry who married Francoise Archambault, and their daughter Marie-Anne Beaudry married Karen Sinotte’s ancestor Jean-Baptiste Loiselle, who was son of Joseph Loiselle and Jeanne Langlois.

I have shown these relationshops on the chart below:   HOW WE ARE RELATED PART II below.

If you overlay this chart with the previous chart HOW WE ARE RELATED PART I chart  provided, and any Loiselle Cousins can calcualte their relationsip to Pierre Trudeau and Angelina Jolie.

On the HOW WE ARE RELATED PART II, I have also included another Loiselle cousin, Mitch Loiselle:

  • Our American Loiselle cousin Mitch has been connecting with his Canadian Roots. It turns out that he is descendant of Rene Venet who came to Canada almost 100 years after our Louis Loisel.  But Mitch is connected to the Louis Loisel family tree through marriage with Trudeau’s! Our common ancestors are also Gilbert Barbier and Catherine Delavaux. Mitch is descendant of their daughter Adrienne Barbier who married Etienne Pierre Trudeau. Their descendant  Laura Trudeau married Mitch’s grandfather Harvey Loiselle.
  • [NOTE: Mitch isn’t “famous” so don’t try to find him on wikipedia or anything. I just didn’t have a chance to including him on the PART I chart previously and he very conveniently fits in on this chart! ]


 How we are related Part I

This shows the relationship to a number of Louis Loisel descendants that attended or had hoped to attend our meeting on June 29, 2013

 How we are related Part II

This shows the relationship to Pierre Trudeau, Angelina Jolie and Mitch Loiselle

Montreal Meeting How we are all related Jun 29 2013Click here for PDF Version of Part I How we are Related: Loisel History for Meeting in Montreal Jun 29 2013 How we are related Chart Our Connection to Angelina Jolie and Pierre TrudeauClick here for PDF version of Part II of How We are Related:  Our Connection to Angelina Jolie and Pierre Trudeau

Instructions on how to read this chart are provided in previous post.

All this is just provided for “fun”. If there are any errors … oops! You can let me know of any alternative points of view, and we can work together to resolve any information.

The Early Establishment of Montreal Loiselle Pioneer Family, By Aurora Loiselle

July 9, 2013

On Jun 29, 2013, descendants of Louis Loisel met up in Montreal. Aurora Losielle started off the day’s events with a presentation on the early history of Loisel’s in Montreal. Her speech is provided here.

The Early Establishment of Montreal Loiselle Pioneer Family

Prepared and Presented by Aurora Loiselle

With extracts from the section on the Loiselles of the book by  Fr. DeJordy  “Genealogies des Principales Familles du Richelieu”, Vol II, 1927

The purpose of this introduction is to situate our families who descend from our one common ancestor, Louis Loiselle,  in the history of  the founding of Montreal, where we are meeting today, 29 of June 2013  (the feasts of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul in the Catholic world).

This reunion, will allow us to experience live our family history linked to Montreal’s beginnings, today, through our visit and presentations in both the Notre Dame Basilica and the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum and during our supper with New France themed show.  There are no sufficient words  to say how special this event is since we are all from elsewhere; our family is so old  in this country, many left  for different reasons and today we are trying to connect with our common roots. We have with us Loiselles from Rhode Island, Ontario, Saskatchewan and from Santiago, Chile (my family), Sinotte’s from different parts in Canada. All descendants from Louis Loiselle and Marguerite Charlot, one of the first 50 French families who settle in Ville Marie in the 1600’s, today’s Montreal.

Fr. De Jordy published in 1927, the book “Genealogy of the Principal Families of the Richelieu” and I will now refer to what he wrote, then, in his introduction to the chapter on our Loisel ancestor because it gives us a glimpse of this family in its historical context.  So, he writes:

“Among the families of the Richelieu  of normand origins and whose ancestors  came to establish themselves in Ville Marie while Paul de Maisonneuve still lived and before the arrival of the recruits of 1653, there are no more respectable and older than the Loiselles, the Hebert, the Demers and the Messier.

Louis Loiselle, the founder of the family of this name lived in the Island of Montreal and had reached the age of 30 when he married on the 13 of January of 1648, Marguerite Charlot, originally from St. Jean de Gres, near Paris.  She was a virtuous girl who accompanied Mlle. Jeanne Mance to Ville Marie and who had lived under her care until the day of her marriage.

“”It was Mr. de la Vallee Poussin, eminent conferencier in Paris, who raised his voice one more time to denounce a slander that found some credit in some circles. It was Baron de La Hontan, an aristocrat but one who liked fights, who threw injury to our first French colonists.   There was no proof found that Canada was first settled by delinquents and women of bad life.   To the contrary, with the arrival of the Regiment de Carignan, many of them were the best soldiers of regiments in the mother country.  The women who were recruited to come to New France to marry were young women of Parisian orphanages, young peasants of normand parishes chosen by their priests among the healthiest, strong and virtuous.   They were brought by religious or lay women of faith, were given  money by the King and were married shortly after arrival”.   These are called  the Daughters of the King.  A parenthesis:  the first Daughters of the King (Les Filles du Roi) arrived in 1663 and this year, 2013,  marks the 350 th anniversary of their  arrival.  There are various commemorations around Quebec to celebrate who are known as “the first Mothers of French Canadians.”

Another excerpt from the same book: “According to Mr. James Douglas, published in the bulletins of the history courses at Queen’s University, a reputable work on the situation of women in New England and in New France, a comparative work where he researches the role that women played in both colonies.  He says the inhabitants of New England arrived with their spouses and children and the majority in New France arrived alone. It was necessary that the religious authorities concern themselves on bringing in young women of age to marry and establish families in the new colony.”

We should underline here, that the first girl born and who survived in Montreal beyond the crib stage and  who   married here, is our Jeanne Loiselle, that she was not part of the Daughters of the King group, she was born in 1649, married Jean Beauchamp in 1666, a Frenchman, they had eight children and she lived until  59 years of age.   At the time, there was Mlle.   Jeanne Mance, who played the role of nurse in the colony and who found Hotel –Dieu of Montreal, the first hospital.  She was of great influence in Ville Marie during the first years of the colony and is often referred to as the co-founder of Montreal.  After, it was Marguerite Bourgeoys, another key figure, the founder of the Notre Dame Congregation and who dedicated herself to teaching and grooming the first children of the colonists, of which Jeanne and her sister Francoise.  Marguerite Bourgeoys was made a Canadian Saint in 1982, she is the first Canadian Saint.

From the same book:  “While these women worked for the betterment of New France, there were no equivalents in New England, no women who occupied themselves actively in the public welfare .  The religious authorities of that period, according to Winthrop, prohibited women to gather each week to even discuss doctrinal questions and the Holy Bible.”  In New England the puritan spirit dominated.

“As Mr. Douglas remarked, the concept of the role of women in the life of the original American colonies, was different;  it is with no doubt that New France benefitted more from the influence of some women of courage who devoted themselves to the colony, than in New England, where women were left at home by “exaggerated  religious doctrine beliefs”, and had practically no role in the public welfare of the colony.”

From the preface:  “Lodge, the American Senator during the heavy French Canadian immigration to the USA, in his speech on Immigration, said “these Immigrants represent one of the oldest establishments on the continent, they are now Americans in the large sense of the word.  It is then acknowledged that the French-Canadian immigrants in New England had reached a population of 750,000, that  in at  least 13 of their towns, the Canadians and their descendants were over 10,000. One of these towns, Fall River with its 35.000 Franco-Americans came in third place after Montreal and Quebec, as center of French population. They find Franco-Americans in all legislative bodies of New England. The first Rhode   Island citizen to have received the honor of five successive elections to the post of Governor (in 1912) crossed the border at the age of 16.”

Back to our pioneer, excerpt from the book:

“The Montreal “high society” of the period, had great estimation for the Loiselle couple;  thus, the 26 of February of 1652, mayor Lambert Closse and Francoise Code had little  Francoise in their arms in the baptismal fountain ; when son Joseph Loiselle was born the 26 of November of 1654,  Paul de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance, founders of Montreal, served as godfather and godmother.”,_Sieur_de_Maisonneuve

The oldest of Louis Loiselle  children, “ Jeanne,  born the 21st of July, 1649, was the 1st girl of the colony to survive;  eight years had passed without being able to  keep children alive in Montreal.   Jeanne just turned age 4 and a half when Sister Bourgeoys arrived from France and took charge of her instruction and grooming until marriage.  Jeanne and her sister Francoise were among the first students of Marguerite Bourgeoys.  Jeanne is still the first Canadian in Montreal who married there.  The marriage was celebrated the 23rd of November of 1666 at the Notre Dame parish in Ville Marie.”

Extracts from  “Nos ancetres # 18”  Biographies des ancetres,  St. Anne de Beaupre 1990

“It is written in a few records of history, that Louis Loiselle appeared in Montreal without a word.  The first time they noticed him, he was getting married in the parish of Notre Dame in 1648.  Present in the ceremony were:  Paul de Maisonneuve, governor of the island, Gilbert Barbier and Charles Le Moyne.

Monsieur Paul de Chomedey Maisonneuve helps Louis Loisel to establish himself with dignity and gives him 1 000 pounds, an exceptional gratification. That is why there are questions, if M. de Chomeday had a special friendship with the Loiselle couple,  both Louis and Marguerite Charlot may have traveled with the governor in his return to the colony the summer of 1647”.  Major Lambert Closse also arrived in 1647 and may have traveled with Louis Loiselle, he was chosen as the godfather of Louis’ second daughter, Francoise.

“On 1667, the censors noted the that the urban neighbors of Louis Loiselle were Charles Dailleboust and Louis Artus, royal Juge.

People in Ville Marie helped each other. After 12 years Louis felt more at ease financially;

The 20th of March of 1661, he sold cattle to Robert Cavelier dit Deslauriers.  Money, nothing.

The buyer gave him eight days of labour with cattle in addition to 40 cords of wood for heating delivered to his home. But sometimes people picked on each other. Thus, on the 20th of December 1662, a dozen of colonists were witness of an altercation during which the mason Urbain Brassard directed publicly horrible insults to locksmith Louis Loisel.  He treated him as “Canard” or cocu.  Next January, the tribunal ordered the said Brassard to draft in the presence of the notary an official reparation within 24 hours and to give 10 pounds to the church.

Ville Marie, lived in 1663 under the threat of the Iroquois.  Monsieur de Maisonneuve organized the Milice de la Saint Famille.  It had to do guard duties day and night.  It was structured into 20 squads of 7 defending men each, or 140 men. Louis Loisel formed part of the 17th with Nicolas Hubert as corporal.

Louis got in trouble with his neighbors’, moving the land limits to his advantage.  In 1680, Langevin, his neighour, was again complaining through the notary.  This time our ancestor Loisel was cutting wood in his neighbors’ property according to his own land measurements.  He was forced to pay for damages. After three centuries, one cannot exaggerate the importance of these various facts that put some spice in the life of the first colonists.  In 1682, Paul Aguenier was condemned to pay damages that his animals has caused to Louis Loisel’s grains”.

Generation Charlot-Loisel:

The generosities of life offered 8 children to the Charlot-Loisel couple:  Jeanne, Francoise, Joseph, Charles, Marie-Marthe, Charles, Barbe and Louis.  Marie-Marthe, the two Charles and Louis died just a month after birth.  The 7th of April of 1682 Joseph married Jeanne Langlois, daughter of Honore and Marie Pontonnier.  He had  bought property from Francois Beau in Pointe aux Trembles.  With his 13 children, Joseph was the only one capable of transmitting to the descendants of le patronyme Loiselle.  He died in Pointe aux Trembles on June of 1724.

But we cannot finish this synthesis of the settlement of our pioneer Loiselle in Ville Marie without mentioning that Louis  and his family lived there during one of the worst periods of survival of New France under the constant attacks from the Iroquois against the French, the very reason why the Regiment de Carignan was sent to New France to try to avoid the total collapse of the colonial settlement. The very year Jeanne Loiselle was born, there was a Huron massacre at the hands of the Iroquois and in 1650 the martyrdom of Fathers Jean de Brebeuf and Lalemant . Major Lambert Closse, was only one of the several victims of Iroquois attacks.

“To save Ville Marie was to save New France” (from Marraine Mance booklet, Beauchemin 1962) .


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