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HELP! Ancestor is complete! immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag male ancestor  Pierre  RICHER dit LAFLECHE

  (b. abt. 1646 Angers, France   d. 3 May 1722 La-Pérade, Canada, New France )  

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Pierre RICHER dit LAFLECHE was born abt. 1646 in Angers, France

Pierre RICHER dit LAFLECHE was the child of ?   and   ?

Pierre was a Carignan-Salières soldier, arriving in New France in 1665.
To learn more about the Carignan-Salières soldiers, visit: Who Were the The Carignan-Salières Regiment? Uncovering the Heroes of New France

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

Pierre  married  Dorothee BRASSARD 5 October 1671 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 12 children. Dorothee BRASSARD  was born 30 July 1656 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City).  Dorothee died 7 November 1738 in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Québec, Canada.  Dorothee was the child of Antoine BRASSARD dit MASON and Françoise MERY.

Pierre RICHER dit LAFLECHE died 3 May 1722 in La-Pérade, Canada, New France .

Occupation: habitant

Details of the family tree of Pierre appear below.

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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 - 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 (
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

Pierre RICHER dit LAFLECHE 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

Spouse(s) / Partner(s) and Child(ren) of Pierre RICHER dit LAFLECHE


Pierre RICHER dit LAFLECHE married Ancestor is complete!flag female ancestor Dorothee BRASSARD-- Date: 5 October 1671 Place: Québec, Canada, New France Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) (Mormon Genealogy Records).

Dorothee BRASSARD was the child of Antoine BRASSARD dit MASON and Françoise MERY


Pierre Richer, son of Jean Richer and Marie Galander
Dorothee Brassart, daughter of Antoine Brassart and Francoise Mery

"Dorothee, born on 30 July and baptized at Quebec on the first of August 1656; buried at Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade on 7 November 1738. Married at Quebec on 5 October 1671 (contract Duquet, 5 September), to Pierre Richer dit Lafleche (1646-1722), son of Jean and of Marie Galarde, from Saint-Pierre de Thouarce, near Angers, in Anjou (4 sons and 8 daughters). This family settled successively at la petite riviere Saint-Charles, Batiscan and Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XVII, Page 24

"Without parents, Dorothee was now free to take a husband. Pierre Richer dit La Fleche was the man of her choice. In the afternoon of 5 September, in the home of master cabinet maker Jean Lemelin, notary Duquet made known the terms of the marriage contract agreed upon by the parties. Pierre, inhabitant of riviere Saint-Charles, son of the late Jean Richer and of Marie Galar (sic), from the parish of Thourace, diocese of Angers, committed himself to marry Dorotee, daughter of the late Antoine Brassard and the late Francoise Esmery (sic). Since none of the parents were present, the young man and woman stipulated for themselves. Pierre was accompanied by the master tailor Julien Jamain and by his neighbor Jean Merienne. As for Dorothee, she had come with her brothers Guilluame and Louis, and her brother-in-law Jacques Hedouin, the Sieur de la Forge."

"...Exactly one month later, on 5 October 1671, Pierre and Dorothee became husband and wife in the presence of God and man. The union was blessed at Notre-Dame de Quebec by the curate Henry de Bernieres, in the presence of friends and relatives, including Guillaume and Louis Brassard, Jean Merienne and Francois Jacquet."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XVII, Pages 183-184

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Children of Pierre RICHER dit LAFLECHE and Dorothee BRASSARD:

flag female ancestor Étiennette RICHER (b.17 July 1673, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag female ancestor Marie-Catherine RICHER dite LAFLECHE (b.1 July 1674, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 8 June 1746, L'Assomption, Canada, New France )
m. Joseph PINEAU (PINEAULT) dit LAPERLE 12 October 1693 in Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

flag female ancestor Marie-Thérèse RICHER dite LAFLECHE (b.5 May 1676, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 10 November 1746, Grondines, Canada, New France )
m. Jacques GRIGNON 12 February 1692 in Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

flag male ancestor Pierre RICHER dit LAFLECHE (b.17 January 1680, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 2 November 1755, La-Pérade, Canada, New France )
m. Marguerite HUBERT 12 October 1716 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
m. Marie-Charlotte HAMEL 4 May 1726 in Sainte-Croix, Lotbinière, Québec, Canada

flag girl ancestor Christine RICHER (b.3 May 1682, Champlain, Canada, New France   d. 1 September 1688, Batiscan, Canada, New France )

flag male ancestor Michel RICHER dit LAFLECHE (b.13 February 1686, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 21 February 1727, La-Pérade, Canada, New France )
m. Louise-Charlotte PILOTE 4 November 1714 in Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada (Mission Saint-Joseph-de-Sillery) (Saint-Colomb-de-Sillery)

flag male ancestor Jean-Baptiste RICHER dit LAFLECHE (b.10 December 1688, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 4 November 1748, Grondines, Canada, New France )
m. Jeanne-Françoise PILOTE 14 July 1715 in Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada (Mission Saint-Joseph-de-Sillery) (Saint-Colomb-de-Sillery)

flag female ancestor Marguerite RICHER dite LAFLECHE (b.23 May 1691, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 22 August 1761, La-Pérade, Canada )
m. Charles-Simon RICARD 7 March 1709 in La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade)

flag female ancestor Marie-Josephe RICHER (b.2 August 1693, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 8 November 1758, Cap-Santé, Canada, New France )
m. Michel FRENET (FRENETTE) 20 August 1714 in La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade)

flag female ancestor Marie-Thérèse RICHER (b.7 December 1697, La-Pérade, Canada, New France   d. 6 September 1747, Québec, Canada, New France )
m. Jean-Baptiste HOUDE 7 January 1722 in La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade)

flag male ancestor Antoine RICHER (b.21 May 1698, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag female ancestor Marie-Anne RICHER (b.14 April 1700, La-Pérade, Canada, New France   d. 20 June 1741, Québec, Canada, New France )
m. Simon LEMAY 14 August 1719 in La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade)

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marriage1671 Marriage / Partner
Pierre RICHER dit LAFLECHE and Dorothee BRASSARD 5 October 1671, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1673 Birth of Child
Étiennette RICHER was born 17 July 1673, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1674 Birth of Child
Marie-Catherine RICHER dite LAFLECHE was born 1 July 1674, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1676 Birth of Child
Marie-Thérèse RICHER dite LAFLECHE was born 5 May 1676, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1680 Birth of Child
Pierre RICHER dit LAFLECHE was born 17 January 1680, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)
1681 Canadian Census Batiscan
Pierre Richer, 34
Dorothee Brassard, sa femme, 24
Catherine, 7
Marie, 5
Pierre, 2

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
1682 Birth of Child
Christine RICHER was born 3 May 1682, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)
1686 Birth of Child
Michel RICHER dit LAFLECHE was born 13 February 1686, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)
1688 Death of Child
Christine RICHER died 1 September 1688, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)
1688 Birth of Child
Jean-Baptiste RICHER dit LAFLECHE was born 10 December 1688, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)
1691 Birth of Child
Marguerite RICHER dite LAFLECHE was born 23 May 1691, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)
marriage1692 Marriage of Child
Marie-Thérèse RICHER dite LAFLECHE married 12 February 1692, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier) to Jacques GRIGNON
1693 Birth of Child
Marie-Josephe RICHER was born 2 August 1693, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

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marriage1693 Marriage of Child
Marie-Catherine RICHER dite LAFLECHE married 12 October 1693, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier) to Joseph PINEAU (PINEAULT) dit LAPERLE
1697 Birth of Child
Marie-Thérèse RICHER was born 7 December 1697, La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade)
1698 Birth of Child
Antoine RICHER was born 21 May 1698, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)
1700 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne RICHER was born 14 April 1700, La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade)
marriage1709 Marriage of Child
Marguerite RICHER dite LAFLECHE married 7 March 1709, La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade) to Charles-Simon RICARD
marriage1714 Marriage of Child
Marie-Josephe RICHER married 20 August 1714, La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade) to Michel FRENET (FRENETTE)
marriage1714 Marriage of Child
Michel RICHER dit LAFLECHE married 4 November 1714, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada (Mission Saint-Joseph-de-Sillery) (Saint-Colomb-de-Sillery) to Louise-Charlotte PILOTE
marriage1715 Marriage of Child
Jean-Baptiste RICHER dit LAFLECHE married 14 July 1715, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada (Mission Saint-Joseph-de-Sillery) (Saint-Colomb-de-Sillery) to Jeanne-Françoise PILOTE
marriage1716 Marriage of Child
Pierre RICHER dit LAFLECHE married 12 October 1716, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) to Marguerite HUBERT
marriage1719 Marriage of Child
Marie-Anne RICHER married 14 August 1719, La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade) to Simon LEMAY
1722 Death
''The year one thousand seven hundred twenty two, the third day of May, buried in the cemetery of Sainte-Anne near Batiscan, Pierre Richer about seventy-seven years old, having the marks of a good Christian.''

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XVII, Page 190
Added: - Updated: 2/2/2024 4:58:51 PM
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