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HELP! Ancestor is complete! immigrant flag male ancestor  Jean  BOURASSA

  (b. 1 April 1634 Bazoges-en-Paillers, Vendée, France   d. 20 January 1718 Lauzon, Lévis, Canada, New France )  

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Jean BOURASSA was born 1 April 1634 in Bazoges-en-Paillers, Vendée, France. Jean BOURASSA was the child of ?   and   ?

Jean was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1665.

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Jean  married  Perrette-Marie VALLEE 20 October 1665 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 4 children. Perrette-Marie VALLEE  was born 3 July 1644 in St-Sulpice, Chalons en Champagne, Marne, France.  Perrette-Marie died 5 May 1676 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City). 

Jean  married  (2) Catherine POITEVIN 4 November 1676 in Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 4 children. Catherine POITEVIN  was born abt. 1641 in Paris, France. 

Jean BOURASSA died 20 January 1718 in Lauzon, Lévis, Canada, New France .

Occupation: habitant


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Did You Know? Québec Généalogie - Over time, Québec 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 Québec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Québec, Canada.

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.
Did You Know?Québec Généalogie - Did you know? A common belief in old Quebec was that lutins [spirits] had the power to do many things for people. They could procure good weather for the crops. They could watch over favorite animals. They could...Read MORE...



The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 5, No. 19, Oct. - Dec., 1892, Lutins in the Province of Quebec
Did You Know? Québec Généalogie - The Seigneurial System (1627 - 1854)
The seigneurial system was a form of land settlement modeled on the French feudal system. It began in New France in 1627 with the formation of the Compagnie des Cent-Associés (or Company of 100 Associates), which was initially responsible for handing out land grants and seigneurial rights. The land was divided into five by 15 kilometer plots, usually along major rivers like the St. Lawrence. They were then further subdivided into narrow, but long lots for settlement. These lots were usually long enough to be suitable for faming, and they provided everyone who lived on them with equal access to neighbouring farms and the river. There were three main groups of people who lived off the land in this system: Seigneurs, Habitants and Engagés

Jean BOURASSA was a habitant.
Habitants were usually farmers or labourers who were initially brought over from France to live on this land. They had to pay rent and taxes to the seigneur, though they co-owned the land with the seigneur, and even had to work entirely for the benefit of the seigneur a few days each year.

Source: Canada in the Making (www.canadiana.ca/citm/index_e.html)

What is a Habitant? Habitants played an essential role in creating a permanent, settled population along the St. Lawrence River. But it was not an easy life...

Habitants had to clear the land, build a homestead, and plant and harvest a crop. The first task was never-ending, while the last one was annual. Building and repairing the house and barn were continual tasks. So were cutting and hauling firewood. The habitants had to be largely self-reliant in looking after all routine tasks such as cooking, baking, making furniture, and repairing tools. They had to attend to the educational and medical needs of the family. They had to endure the harsh physical climate and rough terrain, largely unaided by government support. The habitants had to pay taxes to the seigneurs and the church.

Canada: The Story of Our Heritage by Elspeth Deir, John Fielding, Nick Brune, Peter Grant, Stephanie Smith Abram; McGraw-Hill Ryerson School, 2000

Spouse(s) / Partner(s) and Child(ren) of Jean BOURASSA

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Jean BOURASSA married Ancestor is complete!immigrant Fille du Roi flag female ancestor Perrette-Marie VALLEE-- Date: 20 October 1665 Place: Québec, Canada, New France
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"...on 5 October 1665, before Notary Pierre Duquet, Jean, son of the late Jacques Bourasseau and of Francois Fauchard, from Saint-Fulgent, diocese of Lucon, promised to marry Perrette Vallee, daughter of Nicolas and of Madeleine Major, from Chalons in Champagne... Fifteen days later, ancestor Jean married the beautiful girl from Champagne before God and man."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume VIII, Page 42


Children of Jean BOURASSA and Perrette-Marie VALLEE:




Jean BOURASSA married Fille du Roi flag female ancestor Catherine POITEVIN-- Date: 4 November 1676 Place: Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France
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He is listed as the widower of Marie Vallee

"A man usually does not remain single with so many young children to raise without trying to find them a new mother. That is just what Jean died on 5 November of the same year in Quebec, when he married another King's daughter, Catherine Poitevin. She was the daughter of Guillaume and of Francoise Macre, from the parish of Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs in Paris. The contract had been made by notary Rageot on 25 October."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume VIII, Page 43


Children of Jean BOURASSA and Catherine POITEVIN:


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birth1634 Birth
1 April 1634
Bazoges-en-Paillers, Vendée, France
Jean BOURASSA - Title Historire de la seigneurie de Lauzon, Volume 1 Historire de la Seigneurie de Lauzon, Joseph-Edmond Roy Author Joseph-Edmond Roy Published 189
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Title Historire de la seigneurie de Lauzon, Volume 1
Historire de la Seigneurie de Lauzon, Joseph-Edmond Roy
Author Joseph-Edmond Roy
Published 1897
Original from Columbia University
Digitized Dec 7, 2009


'...our ancestor, Jean Bourasseau, then a young man of 23, went to the port town of La Rochelle to sign up for work in New France. On 5 April 1657... he agreed to a three year contract at a salary of 90 livres a year... Once his period of servitude was ended, Jean became a farmer.'

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume VIII, Pages 41-42
marriage1665 Marriage / Partner
Jean BOURASSA and Perrette-Marie VALLEE 20 October 1665, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
Jean BOURASSA - Source: Les Vieilles Families DYamahiche, Vingt-Cinq Genealogies by F. L. Desaulniers, Montreal, 1900
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Source: Les Vieilles Families D'Yamahiche, Vingt-Cinq Genealogies by F. L. Desaulniers, Montreal, 1900
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1667 Birth of Child
François BOURASSA was born 13 April 1667, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1669 Birth of Child
Pierre BOURASSA was born 11 February 1669, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1671 Birth of Child
Jean BOURASSA was born 24 May 1671, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1673 Birth of Child
Marie-Madeleine BOURASSA was born 13 September 1673, Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)
marriage1676 Marriage / Partner
Jean BOURASSA and Catherine POITEVIN 4 November 1676, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada
1676 Death of Spouse/Partner
Perrette-Marie VALLEE died 5 May 1676, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1678 Birth of Child
René BOURASSA was born 27 April 1678, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1681 Census - Lauzon
'Jean was 50 years old and his wife was 40, so it was written. Their children were Francois, Pierre, Jeanne, Jean, Marc, Madeleine, Catherine and Marie-Anne. In actual fact, Marc and Catherine were those of Isabel. The family owned a gun, three head of cattle and worked fifteen arpents of land.'

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume VIII, Page 44
1682 Birth of Child
Marie-Jeanne BOURASSA was born 1 July 1682, Cap-St-Ignace, Québec, Canada (Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola)
1687 Birth of Child
François BOURASSA was born 2 May 1687, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
Jean BOURASSA - 1718 Death Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Levy, Lauzon, Levis, QC, Canada
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1718 Death Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Levy, Lauzon, Levis, QC, Canada
Familysearch.org. Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) (Mormon Genealogy Records).
death1718 Death
20 January 1718
Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)
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