Sunday, March 18, 2012

Making a Fresh Start in Quebec – Pierre Morin

B. about 1662 in Port-Royal, Acadia
M. 8 Nov 1682 in Beaubassin, Acadia
Wife: Françoise Chiasson Lavallée
D. April 1741 in Montmagny, New France

Pierre Morin was uprooted from his native Acadia to the St. Lawrence River area of New France because of the actions of his brother and corruption in the town where he lived. Pierre was born in Port-Royal, Acadia in about 1662, the son of Pierre Morin dit Boucher and Marie-Madeleine Martin. He was the oldest of their 12 children. On November 8, 1682, he married Françoise Chiasson Lavallée in the town of Beaubassin, located on the isthmus where modern-day Nova Scotia joins New Brunswick. Beaubassin had been founded in 1672 by Michel Leneuf, who became the most powerful man in town.

In 1688, Leneuf's unmarried 17 year-old daughter became pregnant and Pierre's brother Louis was named as the father. Leneuf in collaboration with the parish priest Father Claude Trouve sought to punish not just Louis, but all of his close relatives, which included Pierre and his family. It was ruled that the entire clan be banished from Acadia, with Louis sent away on a ship to serve in the French Navy. He was not heard from again by the family.

The Morins first moved to Ristigouche, a village of M'kmaq Indians, where Pierre's father died within a year. The rest moved on to the Quebec City region by 1694. Pierre and Françoise had 11 children together, with three born in Beaubassin, one in Ristigouche and the youngest seven in towns along the St. Lawrence River. By 1697, Pierre lived in Montmagny and he stayed there for the rest of his life.

All of Pierre's children lived to maturity, giving him many descendants. Françoise died sometime between 1727 and 1731. Pierre died in April 1741 at Montmagny and was buried on the 15th of that month.

Children:
1. Pierre Morin – B. about Dec 1683, Beaubassin, Acadia; D. 1767; M. Marie Boulé, 10 Jan 1707, St-Thomas, Quebec

2. Barbe Morin – B. about 1685, Beaubassin, Acadia; M. Michel Harbour (?-1758), about 1701, Quebec

3. Marie Morin – B. about 1688, Beaubassin, Acadia

4. Sébastien Morin – B. about 1692, Ristigouche, New France; D. Nov 1756, St-Pierre-du-Sud, New France; M. (1) Françoise Blanchet (?-1743), 3 Nov 1717, New France; (2) Marie-Anne Frégeau

5. Denis Morin – B. about Aug 1694, Quebec City, New France; M. Madeleine Boulet, 20 Nov 1718, New France

6. Agathe Morin – B. about Mar 1697, Montmagny, New France; D. Jul 1733, St-François-du-Sud, New France; M. Jacques Boulet, 6 Jan 1715, New France

7. Michel Morin – B. about 1698, Mont-Louis, New France; D. Jun 1767, Kamourska, New France; M. Marie Frégeau, 7 Jan 1727, New France

8. Jean-Baptiste Morin – B. 22 Apr 1702, Montmagny, New France; M. Félicité Lemieux, 25 Jun 1739, Cap-St-Ignace, New France

9. Antoine Morin – B. about Oct 1704, St-Thomas, New France; M. Marguerite Daniau, 25 Oct 1734, St-François-du-Sud, New France

10. Charles Morin – B. about Jan 1707, Montmagny, New France; M. Claire Destroismaisons, 1731, St-Pierre de Montmagny, New France

11. Marie-Françiose Morin – B. about May 1709, Montmagny, New France; D. 1800; M. Joseph Coté, 22 Nov 1734, New France

Sources:
"The Morins of Acadia," French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogical Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1968
Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Acadiennes, Stephen A. White, 1999

3 comments:

  1. I have a geneology of my branch of the Morin family going back to Pierre (dit Boucher),through Pierre(1662-1741) and just now found out about the happenings in Beaubassin. That was a sad state of affairs.

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  2. I am a descendant of Pierre and Marie Martin,indeed a sad state of affairsI have known about this tragic event for years and have spent countless days looking for what became of the child conceived by Marie Josephe de la Valliere,and if they married (where)did they wed.I have to much conflicting info. to satisfy my curiosity...Please help me fill in the blanks......morin3354@gmail.com thanks Denis Morin.

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  3. I am a descendant of Pierre and Marie Martin,indeed a sad state of affairsI have known about this tragic event for years and have spent countless days looking for what became of the child conceived by Marie Josephe de la Valliere,and if they married (where)did they wed.I have to much conflicting info. to satisfy my curiosity...Please help me fill in the blanks......morin3354@gmail.com thanks Denis Morin.

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