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Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? On February 5, 1663, a great earthquake was felt throughout Northeastern North America. No deaths were recorded, but some people got the scare of their lives. For the clergy in New France, the cause was obvious. The earthquake was a sign of devine anger. For a time, this put a stop to the liquor trade between the settlers and the Native people.

Source: History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd.

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

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immigrant Fille a Marier flag  Isabelle-Elisabeth  Gobinet

  (b. 1642, France   d. 2 April 1715Longueuil, Canada, New France )  

Isabelle-Elisabeth Gobinet was born 1642 in , France. Isabelle-Elisabeth Gobinet was the child of

Isabelle-Elisabeth was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France by 1658.

She married  Paul Benoit dit Livernois 16 September 1658 in Montréal, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 12 children. Paul Benoit dit Livernois  was born 1 January 1626 in , France .  He died 1 January 1686 in Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil) . 

Isabelle-Elisabeth Gobinet died 2 April 1715 in Longueuil, Canada, New France .

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Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Isabelle-Elisabeth Gobinet married immigrant flag Paul Benoit dit Livernois-- Date: 16 September 1658 Place: Montréal, 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 Notre-Dame de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec in Drouin Collection

Paul Benoit and Elisabeth Gobinet

"...Paul must have been about 32 years old in the summer of 1658. The time to set up a home had sounded a long time ago. He courted a young girl, newly arrived from France, one Elisabeth Gobinet, daughter of the late Nicolas Gobinet and of Marguerite Largeleux, from Gondesse au Vexin, arrondissement of Montmorency, archdiocese of Paris. His fiancee was about 17 years old. Elisabeth and Paul had their marriage contract drawn up on 9 September 1658 by the notary Benigne Basset... According to the custom, the nuptial blessing took place on a Monday..."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XVI, Page 49

Updated: 10/7/2010 4:40:43 PM

flag Pierre Benoit (b.abt. 1658, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 9 June 1733, Saint-Ours, Canada, New France )

flag Elisabeth-Isabelle Benoit dite Livernois (b.13 July 1659, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 5 November 1685 , Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Laurent Benoit dit Livernois (b.2 January 1661, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 7 December 1728, Longueuil, Canada, New France )

flag Étienne Benoit dit Livernois (b.25 December 1662, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 20 March 1746, Longueuil, Canada, New France )

flag Barbe Benoit (b.9 May 1665, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Marie-Anne Benoit dite Livernois (b.9 May 1665, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 9 August 1697, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

flag Helene Benoit (b.17 September 1667, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 18 July 1693, , Québec Province, Canada )

flag Marguerite Benoit (b.27 December 1669, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 30 September 1718, Boucherville, Canada, New France )

flag Geneviève Benoit (b.26 May 1672, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 9 December 1689, Longueuil, Canada, New France )

flag Jacques Benoit (b.4 June 1674 , Montréal, Canada, New France   d. ,  )

flag François Benoit dit Livernois (b.9 August 1676, Longueuil, Canada, New France   d. 7 March 1750, Verchères, Canada, New France )

flag Yves Benoit (b.19 July 1679, Longueuil, Canada, New France   d. ,  )

Fille a Marier

"When the Company of 100 Associates began their settlement scheme, their plan of recruiting only families proved to be too costly, so instead they signed on single men; tradesman and labourers; who would be indentured for three years. However, this meant that more than 80% of the colonists were men, so even if they decided to stay at the end of their term, there was little hope of them starting a family, unless they chose a Canadian girl. But, since her family would never allow her, or her children, to leave their village; the company directors needed to avoid this from happening.

So instead, they began recruiting "marriagable young girls", who would first sign a contract in France and then be given passage and a small dowry to become the wife of a Quebec settler. You might wonder why these young girls (many under 16), would risk the dangers and hardships, which by now most of France were well aware of; but believe it or not; for many it was the best option.

At the time, marriages were arranged, so if the girl's family did not have the means to provide a sutable dowry, her only option was to become a nun, if she was Catholic; or marry beneath her station. In the case of the young Filles a Marier, though a marriage contract must be signed before departure, she had every right to refuse the union, once she met her husband-to-be. As a matter of fact, many of them did just that, and were provided safe passage home." (
Added: 9/15/2010 11:13:45 AM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 11:13:55 AM - Beckie

1658 Marriage / Partner
Isabelle-Elisabeth Gobinet and Paul Benoit dit Livernois 16 September 1658, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1659 Birth of Child
Elisabeth-Isabelle Benoit dite Livernois was born 13 July 1659, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1661 Birth of Child
Laurent Benoit dit Livernois was born 2 January 1661, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1662 Birth of Child
Étienne Benoit dit Livernois was born 25 December 1662, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1665 Birth of Child
Barbe Benoit was born 9 May 1665, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1665 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne Benoit dite Livernois was born 9 May 1665, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1666 Montreal
Paul Benoist - 40 charpentier habitant

Isabel gabinet - 24 sa femme

Isabelle benoist - 7 fille

Laurens Benoist - 5 fils

Estienne Benoist - 6 fils

Barbe et Marie benoist - 9 mois filles jumelles
The first census of New France (1666)
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1667 Birth of Child
Helene Benoit was born 17 September 1667, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1669 Birth of Child
Marguerite Benoit was born 27 December 1669, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1672 Birth of Child
Geneviève Benoit was born 26 May 1672, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1674 Birth of Child
Jacques Benoit was born 4 June 1674 , Montréal, Québec, Canada

1676 Birth of Child
François Benoit dit Livernois was born 9 August 1676, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1679 Birth of Child
Yves Benoit was born 19 July 1679, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1681 Longueuil
Paul Benoist, (4) 60 ans; Elizabeth Gobinet, sa femme, 42 ans; enfants: Laurent, 21 ans; Helene, 14 ans; Marguerite, 12 ans; Genevieve, 10 ans; Etienne, 9 ans; Jacques, 8 ans; Francois, 5 ans; Ives, 2 ans; 5 betes a cornes, 12 arepents en valeur.

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1685 Death of Child
Elisabeth-Isabelle Benoit dite Livernois died 5 November 1685 , Montréal, Québec, Canada

1686 Death of Spouse/Partner
Paul Benoit dit Livernois died 1 January 1686, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1689 Death of Child
Geneviève Benoit died 9 December 1689, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1693 Death of Child
Helene Benoit died 18 July 1693, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec)

1697 Death of Child
Marie-Anne Benoit dite Livernois died 9 August 1697, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis)

1715 Death
"On 3 April 1715, at Sainte-Antoine de Longueuil, Elisabeth gave up her soul to God, at the age of 76. The Recollet Nicolas Bernadin gave the eulogy of the deceased before the bereaved parish..."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XVI, Page 55

Added: 10/7/2010 2:07:54 PM - Beckie  Updated: -

name: Elizabeth Gobinet
gender: Female
burial date: 03 Apr 1715
burial place: St. Antoine De Longueuil, Chambly, Quebec
death date: 02 Apr 1715
death place:
age: 76
birth date: 1639
race: White
marital status: Widowed
spouse's name: Paul Benoist
father's name:
father's birthplace:
mother's name:
mother's birthplace:
indexing project (batch) number: B03669-9
system origin: Canada-EASy
source film number: 1031703
reference number: S-4

"Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664-1955," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 04 Jan 2013), Elizabeth Gobinet, 02 Apr 1715; citing reference S-4, FHL microfilm 1031703.


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