Our Roots in France

Louis Loysel and Jeanne LeTerrier were the parents of Louis Loisel that came to Canada in 1647. 

The Loisel coat of arms was researched by Tom Loiselle.  The origines of the name Loisel is reported to be an archaic form of the word “oiseau” or “la legerete”.  The symbols on the coat of arms include: a helmet, two birds, a gold chevron and a greyhound. 

Loiselle Coat of Arms from Tom Loiselle.jpg


Louis Loisel/Loysel was born 1590 in St. Germain de la Blanche Herbe, pres de Caan, Bayeux, Normandie, France, and died Bet. 1624 and 1684 in St. Germain-de-la-Blanche-Herbe, Normandy, France. He married Jeanne LeTerrier 1616 in St. Germain-de-la-Blanche-Herbe, Normandy, France.

A description of the town:

Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, is a Normand community which  is located today on the outskirts of the city of Caen, in the department of Calvados, along the national highway leading to Bayeux. In the last century, Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe sheltered a population of 177 residents some of whom were occupied in extracting stone from a local quarry. In this territory, Henry V of England built a leper asylum. Today, a cultured visitor will admire the ruins of the abbey of Ardenne, its monumental doors and the impressive remains of its arched hall. Bishop Richard de Bayeux, consecrated this monastery of the Premontres in the year of 1138.

Louis Loisel was the Chatelain for Chateau Courselle Sur Mer.  Courselle Sur Mer is near Caen’s on the Normandy coast of France.

Courselle sur Mer on Normandy Coast

Here is a photo of the Chateau. [see also Chateau de Courseulle sur Mer ]

Chateau de Couselles sur mer

Jeanne LeTerrier was born 1590 in France, and died 21 Jun 1624 in St Germain Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados), France . She was buried 22 Jun 1624, St Germain Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados), France

Louis Loysel and Jeanne LeTerrier had three children:

i. Philippe Loiselle, b. 1617, France. Baptism: 02 Apr 1617, St Germain Courseulles-sur-Mer Normandie (Calvados), France (parrain: Philippe Quertiers, avocat en vicomte a Caen; marrain: Damoiselle Anne Le Sens )

ii. Louis Loisel/Loysel , b. 02 Jun 1618, Saint-Germain-la-Blance-Herbe, de Caen (Bayeux), Normandie, m. Marie-Marguerite Charlot, 13 Jan 1647/48, Montreal, QC (Notre Dame) b. 1612, Saint-Jean-en-Greve, Paris, France. He was baptised on: 02 Jun 1618, Courseulles-sur-Mer (St-Germain) (Calvados : 14191) (Source: Roland-Yves Gagn̩, MSGCF, vol. 50, p. 43 РDGFQ, p. 740 Notes: Catholique. Son pere est procureur au chateau de Courseulle-sur-Mer.) and Burial: 04 Sep 1691, Montreal, QC.

iii. Marie-Madeleine Loiselle, b. 1619, France. Baptism: 04 Dec 1619, St Germain Courseulles-sur-Mer Normandie (Calvados), France ( parrain:  Noble Homme Charles Le Sens; marrain: Damoiselle Marie Madeleine Tirel)

It was their second son, Louis Loisel that decided to come to Canada in 1647. He did not know how to write, but could scribble his mark at the bottom of a sheet of paper.  But he obviously had spirit, heart and courage.  And came to Canada as a skilled locksmith. There is no record of any continued communication between Louis Loisel the Canadian immigrant and his family back in France.

Shortly after his arrival, he married Marguerite Charlot … and started the Canadian family tree.

[ I have to thank people like Terry, Larry, Tom and the late, Otto Palfenier, that have provided me with information about this couple from their lives in France. And this shows the possibility of relatives in France!]

6 Responses to “Our Roots in France”

  1. John Austin Says:

    I wonder whether you know that the town of Courseulles-sur-mer is better known to Canadians by the name used on June 6, 1944: Juno Beach. The first motion pictures of Operation Overlord that were shown in newsreels in North America were shot by Bill Grant of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit, returned to England, edited and flown across the Atlantic within two days.

    We have all seen this footage and I wonder how many Loiselle descendants completed a four-hundred year circuit when they set foot on that beach. The film shows soldiers of the North Shore Regiment which was raised in northern New Brunswick. Fifteen thousand Canadians landed on that beach on that day. Hundreds of thousands followed over the course of that summer.

  2. henri loiselle Says:

    Karen, That is sooooo Cooooool! henri

    Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 20:19:55 +0000 To: loiselh@msn.com

  3. H loiselle Says:

    I find it hard to believe that Louis loysel son of louis Sr. would not have been able to read. The son of a “procureur” would certainly have had a good education. I also wonder why he would have come to New France and ville Marie and not down to the Caribbean islands. I think about that when its -40 here in sask

    • karensinotte Says:

      It was the marriage record, I think that indicates that he couldn’t write/sign his name. Does seem odd given his fathers role, and there is a note from someone else’s research, that his brother was an avocat

  4. Allan Parson Says:

    I have enjoyed this genealogy enormously, and in particular am delighted to see that my distant cousin H Loiselle lives a few miles from me, here in Saskatoon.
    I found the comments regarding Louis Loisel’s illiteracy very intriguing. As H Loiselle (are you Henri Loiselle, the excellent singer, by the way?) commented, it seems unusual that the son of a chatelain would be illiterate. Perhaps his illiteracy was the motivating factor in his emigration.
    I did some reading about France and particularly about Normandie at the time. There was a peasant revolt (1639) over a newly-imposed salt tax a few years prior to Louis’ departure, as well as the earlier religious wars between Protestants and Catholics which, according to Wikipedia, spared no village in the course of their 100-year duration. Protestants had abandoned their villages in very large numbers to emigrate to England, Germany, and the Low Countries, taking their trade (weaving, it seems) with them and leaving few economic possibilities in their absence.
    An illiterate Louis Loisel, despite his trade of locksmith, would have almost no way to make an income, given that any need for locks was disappearing with half of each village as it left for Protestant countries.
    It also seems, and this is almost baseless speculation, that Louis Loisel may have been somewhat of a scoundrel. Moving the land limits to his benefit and cutting wood on his neighbour’s land are not the actions of a completely principled man, after all! Perhaps he found the possibility of renewal in New France to be just what he needed.

    Here are some links where the information mentioned above can be found:
    -look for “Les guerres de religion” and “La Normandie au siècle de Louis XIV” in the above article; also, follow the links to “Revolte des va-nu-pieds” and “Gabelle du sel”.

    Thank you for this amazing work!

    • karensinotte Says:

      Thanks for Sharing your additional research. All these tidbits make for some interesting stories that we could make up about our Louis Loisel.

      Boy can Henri sing. He sang for us when the Loisel/Sinottes met up for lunch in Montreal a few years back.

      I am not sure that our Louis Loisel was that much of a scoundrel, because if you look in the records so many people had similar types of incidences with so few people living in such relative tight proximity, it was important to manage these types of conflicts in a formal way with all these records.

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