Francois Fafard de Lorme

Francois Fafard was shown in 1666 Census in Trois Rivieres, QC and in 1681 Census in Quebec, QC with his parents.

“Francois dit Lapavane or Delorme (1660-1734), first marriage in 1683 to Madeleine Jobin, second marriage in 1713 to Barbe Loisel. This coureur-des-bois and trader followed his brother Jean to Detroit.”

Thomas J. Laforest, Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume VII, Page 88

Francois Faford Delorme was one of the first settlers of Detroit with land grant given in 1707. He followed his brother Jean there.

28      Francois Fafard de Lorme, March 10, 1707, for 4 livres and 10 sols rent, and 10 livres for other rights.

From his first marriage to Marie-Madeleine Jobin, he had 10 children. 

Francois Fafard dit Delorme was hired to be an interpreter with the First Nations people, and was a founder of Detroit with Antoine de Lamothe Cadillac.

On 18 May 2002 the plaque honoring the first 51 French-Canadian voyageurs who accompanied Antoine Lamothe-Cadillac to Detroit on 24 July 1701 was dedicated. You can find the plaque next to the Cadillac statue and state historical marker in Hart Plaza, Detroit. To our knowledge, this is the only historical plaque in the state of Michigan erected by a genealogical society

After his first wife died, Francois Fafard remarried. On Dec 30, 1713, he married Barbe Loisel, her third husband.  They married in Sainte-Anne de Detroit, MI.  Francois Fafard died 10 years later, on Jan 28, 1734. He was 80 years old. 

Barbe Loiselle survived him by another 9 years, she died Dec 24, 1742 in Quebec, QC.

5 Responses to “Francois Fafard de Lorme”

  1. Barbara Olson Says:

    Just found this website. I too am a Sinnett cousin. My grandmother was Elizabeth Sinnett Weber. Her father was Henry Moses Sinnett. He was the son of Charles and Elizabeth Sinnett. He was born in Moriah, Essex Co., New York, apparently under the name Wissell.
    Very fun to read all this family genealogy. Barbara Olson

    • karensinotte Says:

      Very nice to hear from you. You may have sent notes from Elizabet Davis And from Angela Sinnett Rupert. Both descendants of Charles Stinnett.
      The wissell name was likely the misspelling of the French pronunciation of loiselle. As Charles was born Charles loiselle-dit-sinot son of Joseph loiselle-Sinotte ans Josephte Pinsonneault

      • Barbara Olson Says:

        I saw Elizabeth Davis’s name on findagrave and was thinking of contacting her. She has done a lot of work putting the Sinnett family on there. I believe my grandmother always spelled it Sinnett so I was interested in seeing all the different spellings. She passed away before I was born so never got a chance to meet her.

      • karensinotte Says:

        Elizabeth has done a lot of work. The name changes probably are more about spelling and pronounciation than a real “name change”. Your answer was born as “Loiselle dit Sinotte” with two last names. Going to the states, when you say “loiselle” with a strong french Canadian accent, an English person would hear it and spell it as “wisell”. So instead of having it spelled incorrectly perhaps they reverted to the “dit Sinotte” name. Again, if there were a lot of Irish in Moriah NY area, then Sinnett would have been a more common spelling than Sinotte. Who knows now though.

      • Barbara Olson Says:

        Your explanation for the different spellings makes sense. As far as more Loisel descendants go, I have 14 first cousins and one brother from Elizabeth Sinnett Weber. She was named after her grandmother Elizabeth LaPlante Sinnett, Charles wife.

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