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  (b. 22 October 1606 France   d. 20 April 1690 Château-Richer, Canada, New France )  

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Mathurin GAGNON (GASGNON) was born 22 October 1606 in France. Mathurin GAGNON (GASGNON) was the child of Pierre GAGNON   and   Renee ROGER

Mathurin was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1637.

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

Mathurin  married  Vincente GAUTHIER .  The couple had (at least) 1 child. Vincente GAUTHIER  was born abt. 1616 in France. 

Mathurin  married  (2) Françoise GODEAU 30 September 1647 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 12 children. Françoise GODEAU  was born abt. 1630 in Rouen, France.  Françoise died 14 September 1696 in Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer). 

Mathurin GAGNON (GASGNON) died 20 April 1690 in Château-Richer, Canada, New France .

Occupation: Marchand, Cultivateur, Habitant

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.
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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 GAGNON (GASGNON) 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 (

  • 'Mathurin was born on 22 October 1606 at La Gagnonniere, two miles from Tourouvre where he was baptized. he lived there with his parents until he was twenty-nine-years old.'

    Thomas J. Laforest
    Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume I, Page 102
  • Biography
    GAGNON (Gaingnon, Gangnon, and Gaignon), MATHURIN, farmer, business man, member of the Communauté des Habitants; b. 1606 at Saint-Aubin de Tourouvre (Perche), son of Pierre Gagnon (Gaignon) and Madeleine-Renée Roger; d. 1690 at Château-Richer.

    The propaganda of Robert Giffard and of Noël Juchereau, who were recruiting settlers in Perche, probably had an influence on Mathurin Gagnon, and he decided to establish himself in Canada with his...Read MORE...

    Dictionary of Canadian Biography (
  • 1606 Birth
    22 October 1606
    , France
  • Mathurin GAGNON (GASGNON)
    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
    Habitants by Cornelius Krieghoff (1852) wikipedia
  • 1647 Marriage / Partner
    Mathurin GAGNON (GASGNON) and Françoise GODEAU 30 September 1647, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
  • 1650 Birth of Child
    Marie-Madeleine GAGNON was born 26 June 1650, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
  • 1653 Birth of Child
    Mathurin GAGNON was born 27 August 1653, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
  • 1655 Birth of Child
    Françoise GAGNON was born 15 December 1655, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

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