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immigrant flag  Jacques  MENARD dit LAFONTAINE

  (b. abt. 1629, France   d. 14 January 1707Boucherville, Canada, New France )  

Jacques MENARD dit LAFONTAINE was born abt. 1629 in , France. Jacques MENARD dit LAFONTAINE was the child of

Jacques was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1657.

He married  Catherine FORESTIER (FORTIER) 19 November 1657 in Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 10 children. Catherine FORESTIER (FORTIER)  was born 6 January 1640 in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France .  She died 31 March 1694 in Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville) . 

Jacques MENARD dit LAFONTAINE died 14 January 1707 in Boucherville, Canada, New France .
Over time, Quebec has gone through a series of name changes
From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France.
1760 to 1763, it was simply Canada
1763 to 1791 - Province of Quebec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Quebec, Canada.

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.
Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? The Canadian horse was introduced to New France in July of 1665. The first load of twelve horses was sent by King Louis XIV... From 1665 to 1793, the horse population in New France grew from 12 to 14,000 animals... For almost one hundred years, the horses multiplied in a closed environment without the benefit of other blood lines. Their common source, lack of cross breeding, and their rapid reproduction created a particular genetic group giving rise to a unique breed: the Canadian horse...

Source: The Story of the Canadian Horse ( breed.htm)
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son of Jean Menard and Anne Savinelle
Did You Know? What is a 'dit/dite' name?  When the first settlers came to Canada from France it was a custom to add a 'dit' nickname to the surname. The English translation of 'dit' is 'said'. The Colonists of Nouvelle France added 'dit' names as distinguishers. A settler might have wanted to differentiate their family from their siblings by taking a 'dit' name that described the locale to which they had relocated. The acquiring of a 'dit' name might also be the result of a casual adoption, whereby the person wanted to honor the family who had raised them. Another reason was also to distinguish themselves by taking as a 'dit' name the town or village in France from which they originated. This custom ended around 1900 when people began using only one name, either the 'dit' nickname or their original surname.

Source: American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, Rhode Island (

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Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville) - Ste-Famille, Boucherville, est. 1680
Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)
Ste-Famille, Boucherville, est. 1680
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Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)

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Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)

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Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

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Jacques MENARD dit LAFONTAINE married immigrant Fille a Marier flag Catherine FORESTIER (FORTIER)-- Date: 19 November 1657 Place: Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 

marriage found at Immaculee Conception, Trois Rivieres in Drouin Collection

Jacques Menard and Catherine Fortier

He is the son of Joannis Menard and Auare Lavinelle

She is the daughter of Joannis Fortier and Juliannae Coifus

flag Marie MENARD dite LAFONTAINE (b.7 September 1659, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 2 July 1726, Boucherville, Canada, New France )

flag Jean-Baptiste MENARD (b.27 November 1660, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 29 October 1728, Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Louis MENARD (b.28 July 1662, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 11 May 1742, Boucherville, Canada, New France )

flag Maurice MENARD dit LAFONTAINE (b.6 June 1664, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 9 May 1741, Chambly, Canada, New France )

flag Jean MENARD dit BELLEROSE (b.16 March 1666, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 7 May 1702, Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Marguerite MENARD (b.22 January 1668, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 3 April 1699, Boucherville, Canada, New France )

flag Jeanne-Françoise MENARD (b.24 May 1669, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 15 October 1747 , Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Anne MÉNARD (b.1 April 1671 , Boucherville, Canada, New France   d. 3 February 1710, Laval, Canada, New France )

flag Catherine MENARD (b.27 September 1673, Boucherville, Canada, New France   d. 1 January 1727, Boucherville, Canada, New France )

flag Thérèse MENARD (b.2 October 1676, Boucherville, Canada, New France   d. 19 June 1753, Longueuil, Canada, New France )

Events During the Lifetime of Jacques MENARD dit LAFONTAINE

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Canada 1632 - The Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye enables France to regain possession of Canada.

Canada 1634-40 - The Huron nation is reduced by half from European diseases (smallpox epidemic, 1639). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

France 1635 - France enters Thirty Years War as an active combatant. Franco-Spanish War begins.

France 1638 - King Louis XIV born in France
History of France : Highlights from Louis XIV to Napoleon

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Canada 1641 - Beginning of French and Iroquois Wars
Also known as the Beaver Wars.

Encouraged and armed by their Dutch and English trading partners, ...Read MORE...

Canada 1642 - The sieur de Maisonneuve founds Montréal (May 18). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

France 1643 - King Louis XIII dies, Louis XIV assumes French throne

Canada 1648-49 The Iroquois disperse the Huron nation. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Invention 1656 - The pendulum clock is invented (Christiaan Huygens, Netherlands)
"In 1656 Dutch mathematician, astronomer, physicist and horologist Christiaan Huygens invented the...Read MORE...

1657 Marriage / Partner
Jacques MENARD dit LAFONTAINE and Catherine FORESTIER (FORTIER) 19 November 1657, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
Canada 1659 - François de Laval arrives in Québec as vicar general of the pope (June). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

France 1659 - France and Spain sign the Treaty of the Pyrenees.

1659 Birth of Child
Marie MENARD dite LAFONTAINE was born 7 September 1659, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
Canada 1660 - Adam Dollard des Ormeaux and about sixty others withstand an attack by over 500 Iroquois at Long Sault (May). It is traditionally said that the small party fights so well that the Iroquois decide not to attack Montréal. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

News On August 26, 1660, Louis XIV made a triumphal entry into Paris with his wife, Marie-Therese. The royal couple took their places...
Louis XIV wasn't just a ceremonial king who represents the kingdom, but makes no decisions of his...Read MORE...

1660 Birth of Child
Jean-Baptiste MENARD was born 27 November 1660, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
1662 Birth of Child
Louis MENARD was born 28 July 1662, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
Canada 1663 - Québec becomes a royal province. The first Filles du roi (Kings Daughters) arrive in New France during the summer
In 1663, the King Louis XIV took over direct control of the government of New France, making it a Crown colony with Québec becoming a Royal Province. Royal governors and other officials replaced...Read MORE...

1664 Birth of Child
Maurice MENARD dit LAFONTAINE was born 6 June 1664, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
1666 Les Trois Rivieres
Jacques Mesnard d. lafontaine - 38 habitant

Catherine forestier - 29 sa femme

Marie Mesnard - ...

Canada 1666 - The Carignan-Salières regiment destroys five Mohawk villages, eventually leading to peace between the Iroquois and the French. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Invention 1666 - Isaac Newton discovers gravity
"...According to the well-known story, it was on seeing an apple fall in his orchard at some time...Read MORE...

1666 Birth of Child
Jean MENARD dit BELLEROSE was born 16 March 1666, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
News 1667 - Boucherville is founded as a seigneurial parish by Pierre Boucher. Pierre Boucher begins farming this year but does not receive his seigneury until 1672 when he builds a palisade to protect the community from the Iroquois. todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ 1660s_in_Canada -

Canada 1667 - The result of Canada's first census is 3215 non-native inhabitants. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1667 - Filles Du Roi Arrive
October 27: One hundred and nine (109) young ladies (Filles du Roi) arrived in Quebec from Dieppe ...Read MORE...

News Boucherville is one of the oldest municipalities in Québec. In 1668, Pierre BOUCHER began farming in the area and 4 years later received his seigneury, consisting of Îles-Percées and the adjacent islands.
Boucher secured the community against Iroquois attack by constructing a palisade. en/ article/ boucherville/ -

Canada 1668 - The Carignan-Salières regiment is recalled to France, but several hundred choose to remain behind, many in return for local seigneuries. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1668 Birth of Child
Marguerite MENARD was born 22 January 1668, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
1669 Birth of Child
Jeanne-Françoise MENARD was born 24 May 1669, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
Canada 1670 - The Hudson's Bay Company is founded by royal charter and, underwritten by a group of English merchants, is granted trade rights over Rupert's Land -- i.e., all territory draining into Hudson Bay (May 2). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1671 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne MÉNARD was born 1 April 1671 , Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)
Canada 1672 - Comte de Frontenac becomes governor general of New France, later quarrelling frequently with the intendant and the bishop. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1673 - Final Group of Filles du Roi Arrive
September: The last shipment of Filles du Roi arrived Quebec from France, and the program ended....Read MORE...

Canada 1673 - Frontenac sends Marquette and Jolliet to explore the Missippi. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1673 Birth of Child
Catherine MENARD was born 27 September 1673, Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)
Canada 1674 - Laval becomes the first bishop of Québec. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1676 Birth of Child
Thérèse MENARD was born 2 October 1676, Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)
News 1680 - Église de la Sainte-Famille established at Boucherville -

1681 Canadian Census Seigneurie du Boucherville
Jacques Menard (dit Lafontaine), charron, 52
Catherine Forestier, sa femme, 46
Jean,...

Canada 1686 - De Troyes and D'Iberville capture three English posts on James Bay (June-July). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1689 - Attacked by Iroquois - Lachine Massacre
On the night of August 4-5, 1689, nearly 1,500 Iroquois warriors crossed the St. Lawrence at Lake...Read MORE...

World History 1689 - William & Mary assume English throne. Peter the Great assumes Russian throne.

Canada 1690 - Port Royal is captured by British forces led by Phipps. acadtime.htm -

Canada 1690 - Frontenac repels Phips' (sent from Massachusetts) attack on Québec (October) about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1694 Death of Spouse/Partner
Catherine FORESTIER (FORTIER) died 31 March 1694, Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)
Invention 1698 - The steam engine is invented (Thomas Savery, England)
"Thomas Savery was an English inventor credited with making important advancements and discoveries...Read MORE...

1699 Death of Child
Marguerite MENARD died 3 April 1699, Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)
Canada 1701 - 40 First Nation tribes, French Colonial Government signed Great Peace of Montreal
On August 4, 1701, some 40 Aboriginal nations gathered in Montreal. On that day, their representatives dinged the Treaty of Montreal. People in Montreal would remember this ceremony for a long time....Read MORE...

Canada 1702 - Having begun in Europe in 1701, The War of the Spanish Succession spreads to North America (Queen Anne's War) in Acadia and New England. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1702 Death of Child
Jean MENARD dit BELLEROSE died 7 May 1702, Montréal, Québec, Canada


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