Louis Loiselle son of Jacques Loiselle and Catherine Deloire

January 20, 2011

There was a Jacques Loiselle who married Catherine Delores . They had a son Louis Loisel b 1676 in Lisieux, Bayeux on the Normandy coast of France.

Louis Loisel, son of Jacques Loiselle and Catherine Deloire, was from the town of Bonneville la Louvet or Bonneville sur Touques in France. He was married by contract (ct 11 Jun 1696 Charles Rageot) in Quebec  City.  He was  mentioned at Hotel-Dieu de Quebec the 1 Sep 1693 as a soldier of the fort of Quebec as 25 years old.

Louis Loiselle was married first to Madeleine Martel-Lamontangue and then to Marie-Anne Michel-Taillon.

Some of his descendants ended up in St Louis Missouri and in New Orleans Louisiana initially as part of the migration related to the fir trade.

One of the descendants was Registre Loisel, son of Francois Registre Loisel and Madeleine Massue, was born in L’Assomption near Montreal about 1773.  Registre Loisel became involved in the fur trade at an early age, and came to St. Louis in 1793.  He cross paths with the Lewis and Clark expeditions. And was involved in the establishment of Fort Cedres (or Cedar Island).  He died in New Orleans, LA in 1804. His wife was Helene Chauvin.

Not sure if this Mary Loiselle [daughter of Victoire Loiselle and Pierre Baribeau, daughter of Francois Alexis Loisel]  that married Marcus Wincester , one of the founders of Memphis Tennessee is related to this “branch” of Loisel’s or not.


Francois Le Gautier (1663-1710)

September 26, 2010

Francis Le Gautier. son of Louis Le Gautier and Marguerite de Bongars, arrived in Canada in 1687 as part of the garde-marine since 1685.  Listed as: Lieutenant réformé; lieutenant 1692; commandant le fort de l’église à Lachine en 1692 et 1696

If Francois Le Gautier arrived in 1687, then he likely came as part of the 800 naval recruits that came under the command of Chevelier de Vaudreuil (Philippe de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil).  They joined the 700 soldiers that had arrived previously in 1685 with Governor Denoville

In Spring 1687, shortly after Francois’s arrival in Canada, 2,000 soliders under Denonville were fighting and protecting against various English and Iroquois attached from Quebec to Montreal.

Not sure if Frncois Le Gautier was was involved with the aftermath of the Massacre of Lachine in Aug 1689.

After the massacre of Lachine by the Iroquois  in 1689, Chevelier de Vaudreuil prevented the Iroquois from attacking Montreal (1689).  [Note: Denonville was ineffective in dealing with the English and the Iroquois and other indians. In 1689, Denonville was replaced by Comte de Frontenac.]

In 1690, Chevelier de Vaudreuil shared in the defence of Quebec against Phips – and perhaps Francois Le Gautier participated in that. Although he was already newly married by that time.

But in any case, as a lieutenant in the army, Francois Le Gautier was commandant of the fort at Lachine in 1692 and 1696.

Francois Legantier was Barbe Loiselle’s second husband.  They married Novermber 28, 1689 in Montreal, QC at Notre Dame des Neiges.
In 1690, when Barbe’s father, Louis Loisel, liquidated all his property in Montreal, Barbe and Francois took charge of supporting Barbe’s parents. Louis Loisel died Sep 1691. 
In 1692, Joseph Loisel was an engageur ouest as well, like his father, organizing a trading trip out west. 

Barbe Loisel and Francois Legantier moved to Detroit Oct 2, 1709. Her mother, Marguerite Charlot, must have moved to Pointe-aux-Trembles where her son Joseph Loisel had settled.
Francois LeGantier died Nov 11, 1710 in Ste-Anne-de-Detroit, IL.

Francois Legautier, esquire, sieur de la Vallee Ranee, (Deranee), died November 12, 1710.

Francois Fafard de Lorme

September 26, 2010

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.

Barbe Loiselle

September 26, 2010

Barbe Marie Loiselle, daughter of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot was born on 30 Aug 1663, Montreal, QC. She was born the day before the eclipse of the sun in New France.  1663 was also the year of the Earthquake in Montreal that lasted from February 5th to the month of September.

Barbe Loiselle died  24 Dec 1742, Hopital General de Quebec, QC after three marriages but no children. She was 79 years old.

Her first marriage was to Pierre Roussel, 26 Oct 1676, Montreal, QC; b. 1644, Dieppe, France; d. 25 Apr 1687, Montreal, QC.  She was first married at the age of 13.   At that time, it was a practice of girls in New France to marry early, as described in this document about the “charm of girls” in New France.  Barbe Loisel and Pierre Roussel were married for 11 years although they had no children.  Pierre Roussel was a edgetool maker (tallandier) in Montreal. He is reproted in 1666 census and in 1681 Census of Montreal, QC.

For some reason, there is some record of a possible intention to marry  Jean Miquelly, 25 Sep 1688, Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC; b. Abt. 1660. But not sure that this was formalized because not mentioned in her subsequent marriage to Francois Legauthier.

And her second marriage was to Francois LeGantier, 28 Nov 1689, Montreal, QC (Notre Dame des Neiges); b. Bef. 1663, LaChartre-sur-le-Loir, Maine, France; d. 11 Nov 1710, Ste-Anne-de-Detroit, IL. She was 22 years old, widowed just two years, when she married the second time.  They were married 21 years, when Barbe Loisel was widowed a second time.  The couple had just settled in Detroit just the year before Francois LeGantier died.  Barbe  married again three years later in Ste-Anne – so that might indicate that she was in St-Anne on her own during that time.

Francois Legautier, esquire, sieur de la Vallee Ranee, (Deranee), died November 12, 1710,  arrived October 2, 1709, wife Barbe Loisel, departed for Detroit September 6, 1708, she married three times, 1st. Pierre Roussel, 2nd Legautier and 3rd in 1713 Francois Fafard dit Delorme, no rent

Sep 6, 1708:    Barbe Loisel set out to go to her 2nd husband Francois Legauthier, esquire, sieur de Lavallee Ranee lieutenant, 1st husband Pierre Roussel, 3rd husband 1713 Francois Fafard dit Delorme.

And her final and third marriage was to Francois Fafard-Delorme, 30 Dec 1713, Sainte-Anne-de-Détroit (Fort Ponchartrain), Detroit, MI; b. 1660, Trois Rivieres, St. Maurice, QC; d. 28 Jan 1733/34, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI.

“Barbe, the youngest of the daughters,.. joined her life in a first marriage to the edgetool maker Pierre Roussel; then in a second marriage to Francois Legantier, career soldier; finally in a third marriage to Francois Fafard dit Delorme, king’s interpreter at Detroit. Barbe died without leaving any posterity.”

Among the earliest marriages which were celebrated at Fort  Pontchartrain is that of Francois Fafard dit Delorme, the interpreter, and Barbe Loisel, the widow of a distinguished officer, Francois Le Gautier, Sieur de la Vallee Ranee; it occurred October 30, 1713; the witnesses were, Francois de la For6t, Commandant, Du Buisson, Lt. of Marines, J. B. Fachot, Louis Gatheau Mallet, Francois Rivard, Sieur de Montendroe, Etienne Campau, Trutard and Joseph Parent. [Source: Legends of Le Detroit, Marie Caroline Watson Hamlin, page 314]

By 1724, Barbe Loisel’s nephew Toussaint Loisel had also come down to Detroit IL area to marry, settle and have a family in Kaskaskia, IL.

At some point, though, after her third husband Francois Fafard died, Barbe Loisel would have returned to Quebec, because she died there in 1742, eight years after the death of her last husband.

Epidemics in Quebec

June 13, 2010

I was noticing that there were some families that had many deaths in the same year  – so checked on various epidemics in Quebec. There were many. I found these.  

1732-1733 Influenza Epidemic  

1755-1757 Smallpox epidemic, the worst epidemic in French Canada occurred between 1755 and 1757 and spread to New England.  

1759 – Measles Epidemic  

1761 Influenza Epidemic  

1772 Measles Epidemic  

1775-1776 Influenza Epidemic  

The Patriotes Party

June 12, 2010

The Patriotes was a political party led by Louis-Joseph Papineau in 1832.  

 The party had collected 80,000 signatures in support of 92 resolutions of the party around ensuring equal representation of French Canadians.  The British didn’t support any of the recommendations and this led to the party encouraging boycotts on British imports and then on armed rebellions.  

In Oct 1837, the Assembly of the Six Counties met in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu.     

The first conflict on Nov 22, 1837 at St-Denis was their only victory against the Loyalists. 
Then there was the battle of the Patriotes against the Loyalists at St-Charles in Nov 25, 1837. At St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, Lieutenant Colonel George Wetherall with 430 men in his command. They approached the town where maybe as many as 200 Patriotes at St-Charles under the command of Thomas Storrow Brown.  At the battle of St-Charles, 3 English soldiers died, but from 60 to 100 Patriotes died depending on the source.       
  • Antoine Loiselle died that day  
  • Also died, Amable Hebert b 1791 husband of Adelaide Loiselle m 1817 in St-Marc and his brother Jean-Baptiste Herbert b 1793.

The Battle of Saint-Eustache was on Dec 14, 1837. The British were lead by John Colborne with 1,280 regular soldiers and and 220 Loyalist volunteers. The Patriotes had maybe 200 men lead by Jean-Olivier Chenier and Amury Girod. They were barricaded in the church at the centre of the villige. After 4 hours, 70 Patriotes killed vs 3 British Soldiers.    

After the uprisings, the British imprisioned, exiled and hung participants of the rebellion.  The list of Patriote prisoners detailed in Montreal between 1837 and 1839  is provided here.  They were arrested because of their participation aux guerres patriotiques de 1837 and 1838 accused of high treason, sedition or spying.      


On Nov 4, 1838, there were 115 individuals arrested/detained that day of a total of 1,839 arrested in total over the three years.  



These are the three Loiselle’s listed.
  • Loiselle, Jean-Baptiste, Journalier, de Châteauguay – 4 Nov 1838
  • Loiselle, Paul, Cultivateur, de Châteauguay – 4 Nov 1838
  • Loiselle, Toussaint – 4 Nov 1838


The British also retaliated by burning and pillaging rebellious villages through the countie of Deaux-Montagnes including Saint-Eustache and Saint-Benoit. In Saint-Joachim, Sainte-Scholastique and Sainte-Therese.     

St-Charles-sur-Richelieu Quebec

June 12, 2010
It is on the Richelieu River, northwest of St-Hyacinthe.
The land belonging to Saint-Charles seigneury, granted in 1698.

Two children of Jean-Baptiste Loiselle and Marie-Anne Beaudry settled in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu from Pointe-aux-Trembles.

  • Jean-Bapstie Loiselle b 1721 married Apoline Desbles on 1748 in Pointe-aux-Trembles. They had 14 children in St-Charles between 1750 and 1770. Jean Baptiste died in 1788 in St-Charles, his wife, Apoline Desbles died in 1797 in St-Marc.
  • Toussaint Loiselle b 1725 married Marie-Anne Hogue on 1752 in St-Charles.  He settled on land that was conceded from his uncle, Jean-Baptiste Beaudry. Toussant and Maire-Anne had 6 children from 1752 to 1761 in St-Charles. And this was the time frame when the “dit Sinotte” name was introduced.

It was a granddaughter of Toussaint Loiselle, Adelaide Loiselle that married Amable Hebert in 1817 in St-Marc. They settled in St-Charles having 10 children. Amable Hebert, as did some of his siblings, died in the Patriotes battle of St-Charles on Nov 25, 1837. This family seemed pretty settled there.

St-Charles was had an important role in the Patriotes Rebellions of 1837.

At the battle of St-Charles – lead by Thomas Storrow Brown on the Patriotes side with maybe 60 to 100 militia and by Lieutenant Colonel George Wetherall onthe Loyalist side – with 430 in his command. 3 English soldiers died, but from 60 to 100 Patriotes died depending on the source.   These included Amable Hebert b 1791 husband of Adelaide Loiselle m 1817 in St-Marc. As well as Amable Hebert’s brother Jean-Baptiste Herbert b 1793.

Some of the casualities from this battle are remembered on the Monument of Patriotes at St-Charles. 

Face is: “Killed in the battle of November 25, 1837: Abraham Remy Bellefleur, Joseph Boulé, Henri Chaume, Peter Emery Coderre, Joseph Comeau Joseph Fénix said Dauphinais, Dauphinais said Louis Fénix, Pion said Isaac Fontaine, Joseph Goddu, Gabriel Gosselin, Amable Hebert, Jean-Baptiste Hébert, Pierre Hébert-Lambert, Marc Jeannotte dit Lachapelle, Moses Lemoyne, Olivier Lescault, André Lévesque André Loiselle, “said Gabriel Amiel Lusignan, Lusignan said Amiel N. .. N. .. Menard, Francois Mingot Moses Pariseau, Xavier Pariseau, N. .. Provost and some other unidentified. “

In early 1800s the village flourished with trade associated with river transportation . But with the rail and roads, St-Charles lost its advantage of being on the river and returned to agricultural focus.

There are still Loiselle descendants in St-Charles today.

Early History of Montreal

June 11, 2010

Sep 14, 1535 – Jacques Cartier first arrives in Quebec City – the Iroquoian capital of Stadacona. [He had sailed to Canadian Atlantic Provinced, Gulf of St Lawrence and Chaleur Bay the year before in 1534 thinking that he had reached the Asian coast. ]

Oct 2, 1535 – Jacques Cartier firsts arrives in Hochelaga (Montreal) on the smallest of the three ships of his fleet. At Hochela he climbs Mont-Royal the next day. He was stopped from proceeding further by the rapids, which were thought to be the passage to China and thats why they were named Lachine Rapids.  Cartier, though, was one of the first to formally acknowledge that the New World was a separate land mass from Europe/Asia.

Jul 3, 1608 was when the first  permanent European settlement was established in Canada by Samuel Champlain in Quebec City.  He had previously participated in the settlment of Port Royal, Acadia in 1605.

Jun 1641, Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance, with three other women and about fifty men, set sail to Canada and arrive in Quebec by end of August.  The intent was to set up a mission in Montreal. 

Jan 1, 1642 – There are 7 inhabitants in Montreal, 107 years after Jacques Cartier first landed there.

May 5, 1642 – Paul de Chomdey de Maisonneuve leaves Quebec for Montreal, he and 50 others founded the post of Ville-Marie (Montreal).  On May 18, the first mass in Ville Marie was celebrated by Barthelemy Vimont, the superior of the Jesuits, with both French and Indians present.

Jun 9, 1643 – The Iroquois kill their first victims in Montreal. Forty Iroquis warriors suprise six frenchmen hewing timber within a gun shot of the fort, the Iroquis kill three of them and take the remaining three as prisoners.  For the next two years, the Iroquis continue to harass Montreal with attacks on March 16, 1644, and March 30th.    At this time, the inhabitants of Ville Marie were living for the most part communally in barracks within the fort, with only a few living on their own private means.

Jan 12, 1644  – Jeanne Mance opens the first hospital in Montreal within the fort.

In 1645,  Maisonneuve granted the first concession outside the fort to Jeanne Mance so that she could build Hotel Dieu de Montreal.

1646 – The Palisade of Fort Ville Marie was complete, after started in 1642.

Feb 27, 1647 – the first ball in Montreal.

Aug 1647 –  Louis Loisel first arrived in Montreal on Maisonneuve‘s second recruitment trip to France. Marguerite Charlot was on the same ship.   At that time, the situation in the colonies was becoming quite dangerous with the Agniers and the Iroquois, limiting movement outside the fort – not even able to go to collect firewood without armed guards.

Jan 4, 1648 – Pierre Gadois is awarded by Chomedey, then governor of the colony, the first land grant  outside  the fort and is the first farmer. But in 1645 his house is broken into on several occasions to steal food and he returns to Quebec city from 1646-1647.   [A map of the early land grants in Montreal are provided here.  My Louis Loisel got his first land grant in 1655.]

Jan 13, 1648 – Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot are married at the home of Jeanne Mance, with Paul de Chomedey, Gilbert Barbier and Charles le Moyne in attendence.

Nov 24, 1648 – Barbe Meusnier, daughter of Mathurin Meusnier and Francoise Fafart, is the first white child born  in Montreal -she died shortly thereafter [Dec 3, 1648].

Jul 24, 1649 – Jeanne Loiselle is born, she is the first white child born in Montreal to grow to school age and adult hood.

Jan 1, 1650 – Montreal has 196 inhabitants.  That is the year that Michel Chauvin is accused of bigamy.

1650 – Father Claude Pijart is appointed to Montreal, coming from Ste-Marie among the Algonquins.  He will later baptise Francoise and Joseph Loiselle.

1650 – Maisonneuve builds a house for himself of Rue Saint-Paul. Between 1650 and 1672, 94 houses were built in Montreal. Louis Loisel’s house being #51 on map of Montreal on 1672.

Jun 18, 1651 – Montreal battles 50 Iroquois and in July 26, 1651 – Iroquois attack the hospital.  

The start of the 1650s, Ville-Marie (Montreal) was in danger. The settlement was under constant attack by the Iroquois and there were only a few dozen men left to defend the colony. Some of the first to arrive here became discouraged and returned to France, their homeland. 1651 was a particularly difficult year. No one dared go out unarmed and no month went by without victims. Jeanne Mance had to abandon the Hôtel-Dieu and take refuge, like many others, in the Ville-Marie fort.

Feb 26, 1652 – Francoise Loiselle is born. She was baptised by Claude Pijart, her godparents were Lambert Closse and Francoise Gode

April 16, 1652 – “Le Cid” is performed in Montreal. Kind of fun to imagine Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot watching the play – although their second daughter Francoise is just about two months old at the time – would Marguerite have gone to the play?

Sep 22, 1653 – 100 soldiers arrive to defend Montreal against the Iroquois. They were recruited by Jeanne Mance, who used the money that was to be spent on the hospital, the Grande Recrue.

Nov 25, 1654 – Joseph Loisel is born, baptised by Father Claude Pijart.   The godparents were Paul de Chomedey, now governor,  and Jeanne Mance.

1655 – A treaty with the Iroquois is signed.

1655 – Louis Loisel is awarded his first land grant in Montreal. Louis Loisel’s house being #51 [on rue Saint-Paul] on map of Montreal on 1672. He earned his living as a locks smith.

1657 0- Notre Dame du Bonsecours is build in Montreal

Sep 3, 1657 – L’Abbee de Queylus is the first priest in Montreal, replacing Father Claude Pijart that baptised the Jeanne and Francois Loiselle.

Nov 25, 1657 – Marguerite Bourgeois opens the stable school in Montreal. Jeanne and Francoise Loiselle are two of the first seven first students.

Jun 2, 1658 – Charles Loiselle  is born. He dies less than a month later.

1658 –  Maisonneuve contracts Jacques Archambault to dig a well it the Fort Ville-Marie

Feb 6, 1662- Lambert Closse died fighing the Iroquois.

Aug 30, 1663 – Barbe Loiselle is born in Ville Marie – the day before the eclipse of the sun in New France. At the start of the year, there were 2,000 inhabitants of the town.  That was also the year of the Earthquake in Montreal. The earthquake last more than 6 months from February 5th to the month of September.

1666 – another Census is completed.

1666 – The boys school is opened in Montreal.  The boys of the colony at that time, were attending Marguerite Bourgeois’s school with the girls. Did Joseph Loiselle attend, he would have been abut 10 at that time?

1669 – Louis XIV institutes mandatory military service for all valide men of NewFrance between ages 16 and 60 with each parish having its militia.  Which is just at Joseph Loiselle turns 16.

1670 – the first map demonstrating that the Great Lakes were all connected, the year that the Hudson’s Bay Company is founded. 

1674 – Pointe-aux-Trembles is founded.  Laurent Archambault and Francois Bau were elected churchwarded for the construction of the church in Pointe-aux-Trembles.

1679 – The Brigantine Le Griffon, is towed to the southern end of Niagara River to become the first ship to sail the Upper Great Lakes.

1680-1685 – More and more voyageurs, coureurs des bois and missionaries exploring the regions upriver from Montreal toward the Great Lakes, impacting the fur fairs in Montreal.

In the Montreal census of 1681, Louis Loisel, locksmith, 64 years old, and Marguerite Charlot, 57 years old, had as neighbors Jean-Vincent Philippe, Sieur de Hautmesny, and Charles d’Ailleboust, Sieur des Mousseaux. Louis and Marguerite owned 1 gun, 2 head of cattle, and had 30 arpents under cultivation. A single son, Joseph, still lived with them.

Dec 9, 1681, Joseph Loisel bought land in Saint-Jean (later Pointe-aux-Trembles) from Francois Bau and his wife.

On 26 May 1682, Paul Aguenier was ordered to pay the damages that his animals had caused to the grains of Louis Loisel

1682 – Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, travelled all the way to the mouth of the Mississippi River. 

8 August 1684,  Loisel won his case against Marthe Autreux, wife of Pierre Chauvin, who had killed one of the plaintiff’s pigs after having surprised the animal in the act of ransacking his fields

18 June 1686, Loisel was ordered to do so because he had refused to ‘have thrashed les fredoches, which spoiled a homestead”.

On 2 August 1688, Louis Loisel (engageur ouest) with some partners, Antoine Bazinet, Jacques Chaperon, Pierre Janot and Robert Janot all invested in a trading journey to the West.  Bazinet, Chaperon and Janot would make the trading journey and return in the autumn of 1689 in order to pay the creditors in good beaver pelts and to share the profits.

3 March 1690, Louis Loisel liquidated all his property in Montreal with his daughter Barbe Loisel and her husband Frncois Langantier taking charge of supporting her parents.

Sep 4, 1691 – Louis Loisel, our Canadian ancester, dies in Montreal.

1692, Joseph Loiselle was engageur ouest, like his father Louis Loisel earlier in 1688.

Oct 3, 1706 – Margureite Charlot dies at Pointe-aux-Trembles , 15 years after her husband.

Kaskaskia IL

June 7, 2010

As early as 1688/9, Louis Loisel, of Montreal was “engageur ouest” to Kaskaskia, IL. He died in 1691.

In 1692,  after his death, Louis’s son, Joseph Loiselle organized trade voyages to Kaskaskia as “engageur ouest” as well.  He had a son Joseph born that year 1692.

In 1708, Barbe Loisel, Joseph Loiselle’s sister, with her then husband Francois LeGantier were both in Ste-Anne-de-Detroit, MI.

Toussaint Loiselle b 1689, the oldest surviving son of Louis Loisel,  married Cecile Brunet in 1723 in Kaskaskia IL. They settled and raised their family and future Loiselle’s in the area of Fort de Chartres.   One child Toussaint Loisel b 6 Feb 1726 in Fort de Chartres IL and he died  10 Dec 1746 in Kaskaskia. 

 There are other Loiselle’s shown born in this area after 1723 that may be their children:

Madeleine Loisel married Andre Chevalier 1758 in Kaskaskia and then Pierre de Giradeau in 1760 in Fort de Chartres, IL.  

There is a Joseph Loiselle married to Genevieve Kensero in 1754 in Kaskaska. Not sure how he is connected to Toussaint’s Loiselle. 

There is an Antoine Loisel b 1726 in Fort de Chartres, IL and marrie d Joseph Texier in 1743 in Fort de Chartres.  Toussaint Loisel  had business in 1726  related to custody of the late Pierre Milleret to be transfered to Jean-Baptiste Texier, brother in law and tenant of the said children.  So Antoine Loisel may be someohow related to Toussaint Loisel.

There was a Nicolas Loisel in some records, but I wander if  he might might be the Nicolas Loisel from St-Martin Parish, LA.

There is mention of Regis Loisel in the Kaskaskia area, a missionary and his father  Regis Loisel, a fur trader,  born in Montreal area about 1773 and becoming involved in fur trade early on and in St-Louis by 1793.  They are descendants of  another Louis Losiel born about 1676 in Liseiux, Bayeux, Normandie. He came to Canada as a soldier at Fort Quebec in 1693 and died in Charlesbourg, QC in 1743.  There is no known relationship of these Loiselle’s to the Louis Loisel descendants born 60 years earlier and settled in Montreal when he came to Canada in 1647.

[Will add more Loiselle connections to Kaskaskia as I get to them]

The route from Montreal to Kaskaskia was generally from Montreal they would go on the Ottawa River and across to Lake Nipissing. Then down the French River to Lake Huron. They would then travel to where Lake Huron, Lake Superior, and Lake Michigan all meet and go down Lake Michigan (called Lake Illinois or “lac des Illinois” by the French).

In 1673, Jesuit Father Jacques Marquette and French-Canadian explorer Louis Joliet go south from Green Bay, up Fox River and down Wisconsin River to Mississippi.  But  on return trip, they describe going along the Illinois River east to Lake Michigan instead.

Rob Louisell provided this photograph taken by his wife Linda. It is a photo of a sign in Mackinaw City which details the French explorers’ travels around the Great Lakes.


And from there, along the Mississippi St. Louis, Pairie du Rocher and Ste Genevieve to Kaskaskia.

What a trip of over 1,300 miles by canoe and trekking.

Here are some of the early marriages in Kaskaskia and this one lists the three Loisel marriages there.

Lambert Closse

June 6, 2010

Son of Jean Closse and Cecile de la Fosse, born in Lorraine Region of France.

He crossed to New France in 1647 and settled in Ville Marie.

He was equerry (in charge of the stables) and Sergeant Major of the city garrison.

He replaced the governor, Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, during his absences.

On Feb 26, 1652, Lambert Closse and Francoise Gode were godparents to Francoise Loiselle, b. Feb 26, 1651 in Montreal, QC

In 1651, on Sainte-Anne’s Day, 200 Iroquois attacked Ville-Marie, particularly the hospital. Lambert Closse and his men continued this desperate struggle throughout the whole day. The attackers lost a lot of men. Denys Archambault, oldest son of Jacques Archambault, while lighting a cannon for the third time, “was killed by an explosion from this weapon which shattered and killed a lot of the enemy”.

He was given a land grant in Montreal in 1658.

Lambert Closse married Elisabeth Moyen on 12 Aug 1658 and they had two daughters.

Lambert was killed in combat against the Iroquois on 6 Feb 1662 in Montreal.