Monday, February 13, 2012

A Suit From Samuel de Champlain – Marin Boucher

B. about 1589 in St-Langis-les Mortagne, France
M. (1) 7 Feb 1611 in St-Langis-les-Mortagne, France
Wife: Julienne Baril
M. (2) 29 Mar 1629 in St-Langis les-Mortagne, France
Wife: Perrine Mallet
D. 29 Mar 1671 in Château-Richer, Quebec
Emigrated: 1634 on the ship "St-Jehan"

Marin Boucher was one of a group of early settlers in Quebec. He was born in about 1589 in St-Langis-les-Mortagne, Normandy, France to Jacques Boucher and Françoise Paigne. It is known that he had at least two sisters.

Where Marin Boucher was from

On February 7, 1611, Marin married Julienne Baril in St-Langis-les-Mortagne. Between 1611 and 1625, they had seven children. Julienne died in 1627 and Marin married a second wife, Perrine Mallet on March 29, 1629. They had two sons born in France.

Marin was a stone mason and possibly this is why he was recruited in 1634 by Robert Giffard to help settle the colony of Quebec. He and his oldest son sailed on the ship "St-Jehan" and the rest of the Boucher family would arrive the following year. It's believed that the new colonists stayed in Fort St-Louis before moving to a permanent settlement. The fort was built by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, and it was said that at some point Marin did some stonework for the colony's founder. When Champlain died in December 1635, Marin was remembered in his will: "I give to Marin, mason, living near the house of the Récollet Fathers, the last suit I had made from material which I got at the store." Unfortunately, the will was contested by a cousin back in France and was overturned.

Marin had five more children with wife Perrine born between the years 1636 and 1647. He cultivated land in the settlement of Beauport, a short distance down the river from Quebec City. Some of this had been abandoned by Récollets (a French order of the Catholic church) when the French were driven out of Quebec in 1629. Years later in 1670, the Récollets returned and reclaimed their land. Marin contested this and lost; by this time, he had moved on to Château-Richer.

Marin died at Château-Richer on March 29, 1671. He was recorded by the local priest as having received the last rites and was buried in the cemetery of Château-Richer. Because he had 14 children, Marin has several hundred thousand descendants living today. Some of the more famous people who trace back to him include Madonna, Celine Dion, Angelina Jolie and Jack Kerouac.

Children by Julienne Baril: 
1. Nicole Boucher – B. 8 Nov 1611, Mortagne, France

2. Jean Boucher – B. 15 Mar 1613, Mortagne, France; D. 21 Sep 1617, Mortagne, France

3. Louise Boucher – B. 15 Aug 1615, Mortagne, France

4. François Boucher – B. 21 Nov 1617, Mortagne, France; D. 18 Nov 1678, Sillery, Quebec; M. Florence Garemam (1629-1686), 3 Sep 1641, Quebec City, Quebec

5. Étienette Boucher – B. 11 May 1620, Mortagne, France

6. Charlotte Boucher – B. 15 Jan 1622, Mortagne, France

7. Marie Boucher – B. 8 JUn 1625, Mortagne, France

Children by Perrine Mallet:
1. Louis-Marin Boucher dit Boisbuisson – B. 25 Aug 1630, Mortagne, France; D. 18 Dec 1700, Quebec City, Quebec

2. Jean-Galleran Boucher – B. 16 Feb 1633, Mortagne, France; D. 29 Mar 1714, Riviere Ouelle, Quebec; M. Marie Leclerc, 10 Oct 1661, Château-Richer, Quebec

3. Françoise Boucher – B. 22 Jun 1636, Quebec City, Quebec; D. 18 Apr 1711, Château-Richer, Quebec; M. Jean Plante (1621-1706), 1 Sep 1650, Quebec City, Quebec

4. Pierre Boucher dit Pitoche – B. 13 Feb 1639, Quebec City, Quebec; D. 3 May 1701, Riviere Ouelle, Quebec; M. Marie-Anne Denys (1650-1705), 4 Apr 1663, Château-Richer, Quebec

5. Madeleine Boucher – B. 4 Aug 1641, Quebec; D. 28 Oct 1709, Laneuville, Quebec; M. Louis-Noel Houde, 12 Jan 1665, Château-Richer, Quebec

6. Marie Boucher – B. 11 Apr 1644, Quebec; D. 15 Jul 1730, L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec; M. Charles Gaudin, 6 Nov 1656, Château-Richer, Quebec

7. Guillame Boucher – B. 5 May 1647, Quebec; D. 1 Jul 1729, Château-Richer, Quebec

Sources:
Our French-Canadian Ancestors, Gerard Lebel (translated by Thomas J. Laforest), 1990
Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Canadiennes, Volume 1, Father Cyprien Tanguay, 1871
Wikipedia article on Marin Boucher

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