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HELP! Ancestor is complete! immigrant flag male ancestor  Nicolas  RIVARD dit LAVIGNE

  (b. 16 June 1617 St-Aubin de Tourouvre, Perche, France   d. 1 July 1701 Batiscan, Canada, New France )  

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Nicolas RIVARD dit LAVIGNE was born 16 June 1617 in St-Aubin de Tourouvre, Perche, France

Nicolas RIVARD dit LAVIGNE was the child of ?   and   ?

Nicolas was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1649.

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

Nicolas  married  Catherine ST-PERE 21 June 1653 in Québec Province, Canada .  The couple had (at least) 10 children. Catherine ST-PERE  was born 26 August 1634 in St-Jean-d'Angély, Charente-Maritime, France.  Catherine died 27 June 1709 in Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier).  Catherine was the child of Étienne ST-PERE dit CHAMPOUX and Marie-Madeleine COUTEAU (COUSTEAU).

Nicolas RIVARD dit LAVIGNE died 1 July 1701 in Batiscan, Canada, New France .

son of Pierre Rivard and Jeanne Mullard

Details of the family tree of Nicolas 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 - What is a 'dit/dite' name?  When the first settlers came to Québec 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 (

Spouse(s) / Partner(s) and Child(ren) of Nicolas RIVARD dit LAVIGNE


Nicolas RIVARD dit LAVIGNE married Ancestor is complete!immigrant Fille a Marier flag female ancestor Catherine ST-PERE-- Date: 21 June 1653 Place: , Québec Province, Canada
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal

Catherine ST-PERE was the child of Étienne ST-PERE dit CHAMPOUX and Marie-Madeleine COUTEAU (COUSTEAU)

PRDH has no record of this marriage, however there are records of their children's baptisms, the first one being in 1654 in Trois-Rivieres.

Nicolas Rivard Lavigne and Catherine St-Pair

"The date of marriage of Nicolas Rivard is not exactly known to us. Some genealogists say that the ceremony took place on 25 November 1652 others opt for 21 June 1653."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume V, Page 217

"...Nicolas Rivard, baptized 10 Jun 1617 at Saint-Antoine de Tourouvre, son of Pierre Rivard and of Jeanne Mullard, was married to Catherine de Saint-Pere. She was baptized on 26 August 1634, at Saint-Jean d'Angely de Tourouvre and was the daughter of Etienne de Saint-Pere and of Neomie Coutaud, and widow of Mathurin Guillet. Nicolas was 35 and Catherine 18. Their first child was born on February 1654, a son named Nicolas like his father."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume V, Page 218

So Many Children! French-Canadian Family Size in the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries

Children of Nicolas RIVARD dit LAVIGNE and Catherine ST-PERE:

flag male ancestor Nicolas RIVARD dit LAVIGNE (b.1 February 1654, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 2 December 1719, Batiscan, Canada, New France )
m. Elisabeth TROTTIER 20 November 1678 in , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec)
m. Françoise MARIEN 27 June 1709 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

Ancestor is complete!flag female ancestor Jeanne RIVARD dite LAVIGNE (b.24 August 1656, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 25 November 1698, Champlain, Canada, New France )
m. Charles DUTEAU 22 April 1669 in , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec)

flag male ancestor Julien RIVARD dit DUFRESNE (b.9 December 1657, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 9 December 1708, Batiscan, Canada, New France )
m. Elisabeth THUNAY (TUNÉ) dite DUFRESNE 3 February 1682 in Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)

flag male ancestor François RIVARD dit LACOURSIÈRE (b.27 September 1659 , Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 14 September 1726, Batiscan, Canada, New France )
m. Madeleine LEPELLE 18 February 1697 in Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)
m. Geneviève CHAINE (CHESNE) 1 April 1717 in Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

flag male ancestor Pierre RIVARD dit LANOUETTE (b.abt. 1661, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 1 March 1724 , Batiscan, Canada, New France )
m. Catherine TROTTIER 9 January 1685 in Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

flag female ancestor Marie-Madeleine RIVARD (b.abt. 1663, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 11 March 1737 , Batiscan, Canada, New France )
m. Pierre LAFOND 10 January 1677 in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marie-Madeleine)

flag male ancestor Michel RIVARD (b.abt. 1665, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 17 August 1687, Batiscan, Canada, New France )

flag male ancestor Jean RIVARD dit PRÉVILLE (b.abt. 1668, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 30 June 1731, La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas, Canada, New France )
m. Geneviève TROTTIER 5 September 1703 in Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

flag female ancestor Marie-Catherine RIVARD (b.abt. 1673, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 15 February 1703, Batiscan, Canada, New France )
m. Alexis MARCHAND 18 February 1697 in Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

flag male ancestor Antoine RIVARD (b.abt. 1675, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 12 February 1728, New Orleans, Territory of Orleans)
m. Marie BRIARD 17 August 1704 in Mobile, Alabama, USA

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birth1617 Birth
16 June 1617
St-Aubin de Tourouvre, Perche, France

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'The Rivards are historically privileged in comparison with the large number of colonists who arrived in New France in the XVII century. Thanks to recent research by Madame Pierre Montagne, we can now trace them back as far as Thomas Lousche and Perreine Mercier, the great-grandparents of Jeanne Mullard, the mother of Nicolas and Robert Rivard, two pioneers of the Mauricie. Through the Lousches and the Mullards, the North American Rivards can be proud of the fact that they know, at least partially, a past which goes back in time nearly half a millennium. Who can say more, apart from families descended from the noblility?'

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume V, Page 216
Nicolas RIVARD dit LAVIGNE - Source: Les Vieilles Families DYamahiche, Vingt-Cinq Genealogies by F. L. Desaulniers, Montreal, 1900
Source: Les Vieilles Families D'Yamahiche, Vingt-Cinq Genealogies by F. L. Desaulniers, Montreal, 1900

'It was on Friday, 6 March 1648, when Nicolas knocked on the door of notary Chouaiseau in Tourouvre. He was there to sign a contract to work in Canada. He had been recruited by Pierre Juchereau, Sieur des Moulineaux, on behalf of his brother Noel Juchereau, Sieur des Chastellees, living in Quebec, for 'a time of three years to begin the day of embarkation which will be this year form la Rochelle.' Rivard was promised free passage to and from Canada, including meals and 66 livres 'tournois' as an annual wage. He was also advanced 15 livres, deductible from his first years pay. A normal livre was worth 25% less than a livre tournois at the time.'

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume V, Page 216-217
Nicolas RIVARD dit LAVIGNE - 1649 Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec  Cap de la Madeleine First land concessions 1649 The map above shows the first land concessions on the Cap. One s
1649 Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec

Cap de la Madeleine
First land concessions 1649
The map above shows the first land concessions on the Cap. One sees Pierre and Mathurin's lots (5th and 6th from right). On a modern map of Cap de la Madeleine, Pierre's land was, according to Marcel Trudel, author of "Le Terrier du St Laurent en 1663", between Celina and Viviers steets and from the bottom of Erables street up to the first park on the street.

One also finds the lands of men that played role's in our ancestor's life and/ or are in our family tree: Claude Houssard dit le Petit Claude was his father-in-law, Nicolas Rivard was his brother-in-law (his great grandaughter married Pierre's grandson, Joseph - ancestral grandparents!), Pierre Boucher - his sister, Marie was the grandmother of Marie Trottier who married Pierre's son, Louis.
1 june 1649

I the undersigned superior of the residence of the Company of Jesus at 3 Rivieres declare that in virtue of the commission given to me by
my superiors in which Monsignor the Abbe of la Magdeleine gave the right and the power to distribute the lands that bear his name on the
Cap of 3 rivieres I have assigned fourteen concessions of two arpens each of waterfront on the great river, starting at the mouth of the
river tanneval at the bottom and twenty arpens in depth on each arpen by a line starting at the north-east of the said concessions given by
order to those that are marked below, under the charges and conditions dictated by the seigneur here ... the names in order in which the said concessions were granted are Francois Boivin, Jean Houdan, Claude Houssart, Jean Veron, Pierre Guillet, Mathyrin Guillet, Etienne de Lafond, Mathyrin Baillergeon, Pierre Boucher, Emerie Galteaux, Urbain bodrie, Jacques Aubuchon, Bertrand Farfard, Jean Aubuchon

Passed at 3 rivieres
On the 1st of Juin 1649 CapdelaMadeleinedoc.html
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marriage1653 Marriage / Partner
Nicolas RIVARD dit LAVIGNE and Catherine ST-PERE 21 June 1653, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec)
1654 Birth of Child
Nicolas RIVARD dit LAVIGNE was born 1 February 1654, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Three Rivers)
1656 Birth of Child
Jeanne RIVARD dite LAVIGNE was born 24 August 1656, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Three Rivers)
1657 Birth of Child
Julien RIVARD dit DUFRESNE was born 9 December 1657, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Three Rivers)
1659 Birth of Child
François RIVARD dit LACOURSIÈRE was born 27 September 1659 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Three Rivers)
1666 Les Trois Rivieres
Nicolas Rivard d. laVigne - 42 habitant

Catherine saint pere - 30 sa femme

Nicolas Rivard - 12 fils

Jeanne Rivard - 9 fille

Jullien Rivard - 7 fils

françois Rivard - 5 fils

Pierre Rivard - 4 fils

Marie Magdelaine Rivard - 3 fille

Michel Rivard - 3 mois fils

Et Jacques - 25 domestique
The first census of New France (1666)
1681 Canadian Census Batiscan
'In the census of 1681, Nicolas was 60 years old, and he lived with his wife and ten children at Batiscan. There he worked at the duties of Captain of Militia until 1697, that is to say until the age of 81 years old.'

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume V, Page 220
1687 Death of Child
Michel RIVARD died 17 August 1687, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)
1698 Death of Child
Jeanne RIVARD dite LAVIGNE died 25 November 1698, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)

'...He had achieved his work in this world and, on 1 July 1701, he was carried to his final resting place in the small parish cemetery. On his death certificate the Curate wrote that Nicolas had shown all the sings of a singular piety. His wife Catherine survived him for almost eight years, then she too, died and was buried at Batiscan, on 28 June 1709.'

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume V, Page 220

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death1701 Death
1 July 1701
Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)
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