Montreal 1666 Census

Montreal in 1666 had 625  inhabitants and 107 families – that was out of 3,215 people in Canada total at that time.   The census was taken in the months of Febuary and March. Jean Talon conducted the census largely by himself, travelling doo-to-door throughout the colony.   The Royal Troups in Canada at that time, are not included in the census and neither did he include Native Americans or religious orders like the Jesuits.

There were ony 137 individuals with Trades listed in census. Louis Loisel was the only Locksmith. There were 7 carpentiers listed of which Gabriel Barbier would have been one of them.

The list of names from the census are provided here and includes the families of Louis Loisel and part of the Loisel family story in those early years.  

Table 1 – Families, Population, Sexes, Conjugal Condition

Localities
Fam
Pop’n
Sexes
Married
Wid’d
Child & Unmar’d
M
F
M
F
T
M
F
T
M
F
T
Québec
71
547
360
187
65
53
118
1
9
10
294
125
419
Beaupré
89
533
315
218
84
83
167
2
4
6
229
131
360
Beauport
29
185
117
68
28
28
56
2
2
4
87
38
125
Isle d’Orléans
96
452
291
161
93
84
177
2
2
196
77
273
Côte St. Jean
Côte St. François
27
153
99
54
24
26
50
1
2
3
74
26
100
Côte St. Michel Sillery
23
140
93
47
23
21
44
2
2
68
26
94
Notre-Dame des Anges
Riviere St. Charles
24
112
67
45
28
24
52
39
21
60
Charlesbourg Lauzon
3
13
9
4
3
3
6
6
1
7
Trois-Rivières et
ses. Env.
69
455
299
156
75
64
139
2
5
7
222
87
309
Montréal et
ses. Environs
107
625
384
241
105
105
210
1
7
8
278
129
407
Total
538
3,215
2,034
1,181
528
491
1,019
13
29
42
1493
661
2,154

One Response to “Montreal 1666 Census”

  1. John in NL Says:

    At the same time, the resident English population of Newfoundland was relatively constant at between 1,000 and 2,000. Seasonal fishers would have been many times larger and included Basques, Portuguese as well as West Country fishermen from England. The climate was milder, fish were plentiful and distance to the motherland was much shorter.

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