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HELP! Ancestor is complete! immigrant flag male ancestor  Mathurin  MASTA

  (b. abt. 1643 St-Denis-la-Chevasse, Vendée, France   d. 1 May 1688 Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France* )  

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Mathurin MASTA was born abt. 1643 in St-Denis-la-Chevasse, Vendée, France

Mathurin MASTA was the child of ?   and   ?

Mathurin was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1665.

Spouse(s)/Partner(s) and Child(ren):

Mathurin  married  Antoinette-Catherine ÉLOY 14 December 1665 in Montréal, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 7 children. Antoinette-Catherine ÉLOY  was born abt. 1644 in St-Etienne-de-Brie-Comte-Robert, France.  Antoinette-Catherine died 12 April 1728 in Laval, Québec, Canada (Saint François-de-Sales-de-l'Ile-Jésus). 

Mathurin MASTA died 1 May 1688 in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France* .

Occupation: Habitant et macon

son of Jacques Masta and Marie Coutaud

Details of the family tree of Mathurin appear below.

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? Before Vermont became a state they tried to become part of Quebec, but Quebec refused so Vermont joined the United States instead.
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

Mathurin MASTA 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 (

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
Mathurin was a Habitant et macon.
The maçon, or mason, was a person who worked in stone or brick construction. Also known as a brick mason, stone mason or bricklayer, the mason was a craftsman who laid bricks to construct brickwork, or who laid any combination of stones, bricks, cinder blocks, or similar pieces.

A Journey Through Time: Life as a Maçon in 18th Century New France

Spouse(s) / Partner(s) and Child(ren) of Mathurin MASTA


Mathurin MASTA married immigrant Fille du Roi flag female ancestor Antoinette-Catherine ÉLOY-- Date: 14 December 1665 Place: Montréal, Canada, New France Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) (Mormon Genealogy Records).

Marriage found at Notre-Dame de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec in Drouin Collection

Mathurin Marsta and Antoinette Eloy

Children of Mathurin MASTA and Antoinette-Catherine ÉLOY:

flag female ancestor Cunegonde MASTA (b.11 February 1667, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 29 January 1723, Montréal, Canada, New France )
m. Jean-Baptiste DEMERS 25 February 1686 in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles)
m. Joseph DAMBOURNAY 22 September 1696 in Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul)

flag boy ancestor Antoine MASTA (b.26 August 1669, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 18 July 1679, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France* )

flag male ancestor Pierre MASTA (b.18 July 1672, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 2 July 1690, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France* )

Ancestor is complete!flag male ancestor Toussaint MASTA (b.29 January 1675, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 13 September 1755, Laval, Canada, New France )
m. Marie-Thérèse LECLERC 14 February 1702 in Laval, Québec, Canada (Saint François-de-Sales-de-l'Ile-Jésus)

flag girl ancestor Marie-Jeanne MASTA (b.29 November 1677, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France*   d. 8 November 1687, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France* )

Ancestor is complete!flag female ancestor Marguerite MASTA (b.12 December 1680 , Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France*   d. 23 September 1699, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France* )
m. Jean-Baptiste LALONDE 3 February 1698 in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles)

flag girl ancestor Barbe MASTA (b.27 August 1683, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France*   d. 8 November 1687, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France* )

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marriage1665 Marriage / Partner
Mathurin MASTA and Antoinette-Catherine ÉLOY 14 December 1665, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul)

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1666 Montreal
Mathurin masta - 22 Maçon habitant

Antoinette Esloy - 22 sa femme
The first census of New France (1666)
1667 Birth of Child
Cunegonde MASTA was born 11 February 1667, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul)
1669 Birth of Child
Antoine MASTA was born 26 August 1669, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul)
1672 Birth of Child
Pierre MASTA was born 18 July 1672, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul)
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1675 Birth of Child
Toussaint MASTA was born 29 January 1675, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul)
1677 Birth of Child
Marie-Jeanne MASTA was born 29 November 1677, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles)
1679 Death of Child
Antoine MASTA died 18 July 1679, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles)
1680 Birth of Child
Marguerite MASTA was born 12 December 1680 , Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles)
1681 Canadian Census Ville de Montreal
Mathurin Masta, macon, 37
Antoinette Eloy, 36
Gunegonde, 15
Pierre, 10
Toussaint, 7
Marie, 4
Marguerite, 2

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
1683 Birth of Child
Barbe MASTA was born 27 August 1683, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles)
1687 Death of Child
Barbe MASTA died 8 November 1687, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles)
1687 Death of Child
Marie-Jeanne MASTA died 8 November 1687, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles)
1688 Death
Death record found at L'Enfant Jesus de la Pointe aux Trembles, Point aux Trembles, Quebec in Drouin Collection

1 May 1688
Mathurin Masta, husband of Catherine Eloy Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) (Mormon Genealogy Records).
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