Tracings by SAM...Discovering our Past
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For a photo of the plaque in Quebec listing the first French-Canadian settlers,
Gilman Family History
Joseph Gilman of Taylor County, Wisconsin:
His French-Canadian Ancestry
A Family History that goes back to Seventeenth-Century Quebec
and, in some cases, to Sixteenth-Century France
Thomas O. Gilman's surname originates with Jean Conrad Heinmann --
Jean Conrad Heinmann (D 1815) of Boucherville, Chambly, Quebec, Canada
Our French-Canadian Ancestors
Hélène Desportes The descendants of Thomas O. Gilman can trace their ancestry to many of the first French to settle in New France, including Hélène Desportes (1620-1675), the first child of French descent to be born and to survive in Quebec.
Hélène Desportes of Early Quebec: Her Years of Exile in France
Marriage records of Hélène Desportes of Seventeenth-Century Quebec
Midwives of Early Quebec
Hélène Desportes was one of the first officially-recognized midwives in Quebec.
Weather -- A Formidable Foe for the French-Canadian Pioneers
The Marriage of Charles Gariepy and Marie-Anne Cloutier
Chȃteau-Richer, Quebec, Canada; February 7, 1684
Beautiful image of a record more than three hundred years old!
Catherine Ducharme (1657-1719) Fille du Roi
City Girl Survives and Thrives on Pioneer Life in La Prairie
This article was first published in the Spring 2014 issue of Sent by the King,
Journal of La Société des filles du roi et soldats du Carignan, Inc.
Pierre Roy and Catherine Ducharme
Parents of 18 provide a home for Elizabeth Casse, an English child kidnapped in 1704
raid on Deerfield, MA
Zacharie Cloutier was another pioneer ancestor who came to the New World in 1634 with his wife and five children. According to the Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH), he had 10,000 married descendants before 1800. Famous descendants of Zachary Cloutier include: Celine Dion, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Hillary Clinton, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Guillaume Richard Lafleur -- Among our French-Canadian ancestors are several men who served as soldiers with the Carignan-Salières Regiment that arrived in 1665 to defend the colony against the Iroquois. One of these men was Guillaume Richard Lafleur who settled near Montreal, became a Captain of the Militia, and was killed by Iroquois warriors in 1690.
Soldiers Among Our French-Canadian Ancestors
Jacques Agement Son dit Martin of La Prairie, Quebec
A Soldier with the Régiment Royal-Roussillon in the French and Indian War (1756-1763)
André Poutré dit Lavigne (1639-1724): Soldier, Settler, and Village Shoemaker
A Soldier with the Carignan-Salières Regiment who arrived in Quebec in 1665
Descendants of Thomas O. Gilman
Joseph and Barbara (Fox) Gilman: Pioneers of Taylor County, Wisconsin
Joseph Gilman Family Portrait and Biographical Sketch
written by Joseph's oldest daughter, Marietta Gilman Aschenbrener, in 1930
Marietta Estelle Gilman (1880-1981) Pedigree Chart
Lines of Descendancy
Relationship Charts to the above ancestors:
Hélène Desportes to Matilda Gratton, wife of Thomas O. Gilman
Hélène Desportes to Marietta Gilman Aschenbrener
Zachary Cloutier to Matilda Gratton, wife of Thomas O. Gilman
Zachary Cloutier to Marietta Gilman Aschenbrener
Guillaume Richard Lafleur to Thomas O. Gilman
Catherine Ducharme, Fille du Roi, to Marietta Gilman Aschenbrener
Note: Information on the individuals born in Canada in the charts above comes from two sources: The Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH) and the Quebec Catholic Parish Registers 1621-1900, digitized (although not indexed) and available at www.familysearch.org, under the published collections for Quebec, Canada.
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