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HELP! Ancestor is complete! immigrant flag male ancestor  Mathurin  FUSEAU dit ROCH

  (b. abt. 1704 France   d. 16 August 1779 Lavaltrie, Province of Québec, Canada )  

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Mathurin FUSEAU dit ROCH was born abt. 1704 in France. Mathurin FUSEAU dit ROCH was the child of ?   and   ?

Mathurin was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1736.

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

Mathurin  married  Marie-Françoise SERRE dite ST-JEAN 23 January 1736 in Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 8 children. Marie-Françoise SERRE dite ST-JEAN  was born 5 March 1717 in Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul).  Marie-Françoise died 15 January 1791 in Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine).  Marie-Françoise was the child of André SERRE dit ST-JEAN and Marie-Anne BOILARD.

Mathurin FUSEAU dit ROCH died 16 August 1779 in Lavaltrie, Province of Québec, Canada .

Occupation: faux sauniers (salt smuggler) deported to Nouvelle-France after 1730

Child of Mathurin Fuseau Roch and Marie Soulard

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? On Sunday mornings, residents of New France attended Mass. The rest of the day was spent playing games or dancing or in friendly visits of one family with another.
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 (
Mathurin was a faux sauniers (salt smuggler) deported to Nouvelle-France after 1730.
Historically, a saunier, or salt manufacturer, harvested salt in salt marshes. In New France, however, a saunier was a salt merchant. Because of the high taxes levied on salt in France, especially the gabelle, salt merchants faced intense competition from faux-sauniers, traders dealing in contraband. These traffickers traded in salt without paying the tax.

Hundreds of convicted salt traffickers in France were deported to the colony of New France in the 18th century to work as labourers. It's a little known fact that these salt smugglers made a significant contribution to the settlement of Canada.

The Salty Tales of 18th Century New France: Life as a Saunier

Spouse(s) / Partner(s) and Child(ren) of Mathurin FUSEAU dit ROCH


Mathurin FUSEAU dit ROCH married Ancestor is complete!flag female ancestor Marie-Françoise SERRE dite ST-JEAN-- Date: 23 January 1736 Place: Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Canada, New France
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal

Marie-Françoise SERRE dite ST-JEAN was the child of André SERRE dit ST-JEAN and Marie-Anne BOILARD

Sere (5) Andre, fils de Jean at de Marie Magdeleine, de St-Martin, dans le Languedoc.
Boilard (7), Marie-Anne, b. 1682.

Marie Francoise, b. 6 mars 1717; m. 23 janvier 1736 a Mathurin Fuseau

Title Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie jusqu'à nos jours, Volume 7
Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie jusqu'à nos jours, Cyprien Tanguay
Author Cyprien Tanguay
Publisher E. Senécal, 1890
Original from Oxford University
Digitized Sep 20, 2007
Page 171

Children of Mathurin FUSEAU dit ROCH and Marie-Françoise SERRE dite ST-JEAN:

flag female ancestor Madeleine FUSEAU dite ROCH (b.abt. 1736, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 27 November 1799, Lavaltrie, Lower Canada )
m. François VIALET dit LAVIOLETTE 29 May 1752 in Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)

flag male ancestor Mathurin-Joseph FUSEAU dit ROCH (b.abt. 1738, Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Canada, New France  d. 7 April 1820, Berthierville, Lower Canada )
m. Josephte COUTU (COTTU) 3 October 1763 in Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)
m. Marguerite BUSSEAU dite LACOUTURE 11 January 1802 in Berthierville, Québec, Canada (Berthier-en-Haut) (Ste-Genevieve-de-Berthier)
m. Françoise TRUDEL 7 February 1820 in Saint-Cuthbert, Québec, Canada

Ancestor is complete!flag female ancestor Marie-Françoise FUSEAU dite ROCH (b.6 August 1740, La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas, Canada, New France   d. 3 March 1810, Lavaltrie, Lower Canada )
m. René Ernst LIPPÉ abt. 28 April 1763 in , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec)

flag male ancestor Antoine-Sulpice FUSEAU dit ROCH (b.15 February 1750, Lavaltrie, Canada, New France   d. 7 April 1821 , Berthierville, Lower Canada )
m. Geneviève TELLIER 25 October 1773 in Berthierville, Québec, Canada (Berthier-en-Haut) (Ste-Genevieve-de-Berthier)

flag male ancestor François-D'assises FUSEAU dit ROCH (b.1 June 1752, Lavaltrie, Canada, New France   d. 24 July 1810, Berthierville, Lower Canada )
m. Marie-Judith TELLIER 21 June 1779 in Berthierville, Québec, Canada (Berthier-en-Haut) (Ste-Genevieve-de-Berthier)

flag girl ancestor Elizabeth FUSEAU dite ROCH (b.15 December 1754, Lavaltrie, Canada, New France   d. 15 March 1757, Lavaltrie, Canada, New France )

flag baby boy ancestor Jean-Baptiste FUSEAU dit ROCH (b.20 April 1756, Lavaltrie, Canada, New France   d. 19 August 1756, Lavaltrie, Canada, New France )

flag female ancestor Marie-Reine FUSEAU dite ROCH (b.25 September 1757, Lavaltrie, Canada, New France   d. , )
m. Jean-Jacques COUSSY dit LAFLEUR 11 September 1780 in Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)

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marriage1736 Marriage / Partner
Mathurin FUSEAU dit ROCH and Marie-Françoise SERRE dite ST-JEAN 23 January 1736, Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Québec, Canada
1740 Birth of Child
Marie-Françoise FUSEAU dite ROCH was born 6 August 1740, La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas, Québec, Canada (Isle Dupas)
1750 Birth of Child
Antoine-Sulpice FUSEAU dit ROCH was born 15 February 1750, Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)
1752 Birth of Child
François-D'assises FUSEAU dit ROCH was born 1 June 1752, Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)
1754 Birth of Child
Elizabeth FUSEAU dite ROCH was born 15 December 1754, Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)
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1756 Birth of Child
Jean-Baptiste FUSEAU dit ROCH was born 20 April 1756, Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)
1757 Death of Child
Elizabeth FUSEAU dite ROCH died 15 March 1757, Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)
1757 Birth of Child
Marie-Reine FUSEAU dite ROCH was born 25 September 1757, Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)
death1779 Death
16 August 1779
Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)
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