A newspaper article caught my eye this morning.

“After years of research, officials at Montreal’s archaeology and history museum say they’re now able to pinpoint the precise location of the city’s first European settlement.”

The settlement was known as Ville-Marie and, of course, some of our ancestors were there!  I have blogged about them  before.  See here and here.

You can read more about this discovery at CBC.



We arrive in Montreal

Up until this point in our story, our ancestors have been in Quebec (city) and Trois-Rivières.  Now they arrive in Montreal.  A group of very religious people in France formed the Société de Notre-Dame de Montréal pour la conversion des sauvages de la Nouvelle-France (I believe the name speaks for itself). They obtained the seigneury of the island of Montreal and recruited Paul de Chomedey, better known as Sieur de Maisonneuve, to establish a mission on the island, and Jeanne Mance to build a hospital.

In 1641 Maisonneuve arrived, and some of our ancestors were with him. It was late in the year and the colonists had to spend the winter at the fort in Quebec before they could go to the island in May of 1642.  They called the settlement Ville Marie.

Remember the Heritage Minutes that used to be on television? Here’s a link to one about Maisonneuve, although for some reason this clip is audio only.

Les amis de la montagne (Friends of the Mountain) have an interesting video about the history of  the cross on top of Mount Royal.  Click on the Audio-Video button.

You knew there would be a plaque right? It’s on the Founders Obelisk erected in Place d’Youville by the Montreal Historical Society in 1893.

Picture posted with the kind permission of Robert Jackson  The Duval Family of Unity and Marshfield, Wisconsin

Picture posted with the kind permission of Robert Jackson
The Duval Family of Unity and Marshfield, Wisconsin

Augustin Hebert dit Jolicoeur and Adrienne Duvivier, Girardin ancestors, have their names on  this plaque. Since the plaque was made in 1893, research has shown that Adrienne was not actually there in 1642.  Augustin was a soldier who came to the fort at Quebec around 1637, and then joined Maisonneuve at the founding of Montreal.  Augustin returned to France and married her there in 1643 in Paris.  Their daughter Marie Jeanne was born around 1647, just before the family came back to settle in Montreal.

Robert Jackson tells us on The Duval Family website that in 1648 Augustin was given

“nearly 40 acres, bounded today by Rue St-Pierre (Rue de Bleury), Rue St-François-Xavier, Rue la Moyne, and Boulevard Maisonneuve in downtown Montréal.”

Adrienne was widowed at the age of 27 when Augustin died tragically (a story for another post).

Here’s our descent:

1-Augustin HEBERT DIT JOLICOEUR (abt 1620-1653)
+Adrienne DUVIVIER (abt 1626-1706)
2-Marie Jeanne HEBERT (abt 1647-1687)
+Jacques MILOT LAVAL (1629-1699)
3-Catherine MILOT LAVAL (1665-1708)
+Jean Baptiste JOFRION (abt 1670-1740)
4-Marie Catherine JOFRION (1698-1761)
+Pierre TAILLEFER (1700-1773)
5-Jacques TAILLEFER (1733-1769)
6-Jean-Baptiste TAILLEFER (1765-?)
+Marie Angelique DEBONNE (1766-?)
7-Marie TAILLEFER (1801- 1872)
+Jean Baptiste BERNARDIN (1784-1857)
8-Marie Louise BERNARDIN (1824- 1912)
+Paul GIRARDIN (1801-1878)
9-Napoleon GIRARDIN (1851-1929)
+Onesime ALLARD (1852-1896)
10-Marie Emma GIRARDIN (1878-1979)