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Verchères is 62 km northeast of Montréal, situated on the south shore of the St Lawrence River between LONGUEUIL and SOREL.
In 1665, François Jarret, Sieur de Verchères (1641-1700), obtained a commission with the CARIGNAN-SALIÈRES REGIMENT and was sent to New France. In 1672 he was granted the seigneury of Verchères for his military service. During wartime, the seigneury was subjected to frequent Iroquois attacks. To combat this problem, de Verchères erected a palisade around the manor house. It was from the defence of this palisade that the legend of his daughter, 14-year-old Marie-Madeleine Jarret deVERCHÈRES, originates...
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François-Xavier Jarret arrived in what was to become Vercheres in 1665 with the regiment of Carignan-Salières.
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In 1672, Intendant Jean Talon, acting as the king's representative, granted a seigneury to François-Xavier Jarret de Verchères.
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1681 - The parish of Verchères opened
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal
1690 - Iroquois Indians attacked Ft. Vercheres but were not successful.
Marie Perrot, wife of François-Xavier Jarret, defended Fort Verchères for two days.
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1692 - Madeline de Vercheres saved Vercheres from a surprise Indian attack.
1692 - October 22 - Madeleine de Verchères gathers about 20 local habitant farmers into her family's fortified home, Fort Dangerous, when some Iroquois appear; fires cannon to warn other families; with her father François de Verchères, a militia colonel, away in Montreal, the 14 year old will defend the fort against Iroquois siege for the next 8 days, with only 2 militia and her young brother; when help arrives, she says: 'I surrender my arms to you', then collapses; Jarret seigneury about 32 km east of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River opposite Repentigny, Québec.
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1709 - Église de Saint-François-Xavier established at Verchères
1818 - Church Destroyed by Lightning
The Church at Vercheres, in the vicinity of Montreal, has been destroyed by lighting. 1800 pounds sterling, of the property, we understand, were insured in the Phoenix Company.
November 19, 1818
1832 - VERCHERES,
seigniory, in the co. of Vercheres, on the south side of the St. Lawrence, is bounded N.E. by St. Blain; S.W. by Bellevue; in the rear by Cournoyer; in front of the St. Lawrence. - One league in front by two in depth. Granted, Oct. 29, 1672, to Sieur de Vercheres, and is now the property of Madame Boucherville. - The land is generally good, with several varieties of soil; the largest proportion of which is in a creditable state of culture. It is watered by a small river and two or three rivulets, that turn a grist-mill, and some saw-mills. It has a neat church, a parsonage-house, and a chapel, in the centre of a small village. - In the parish of Vercheres all the lands are conceded, some as far back as 1727; and there are roads in all directions. The terms of concession were various; some were charged 2 bushels of wheat and 42 sols for 60 superficial arpents; some, one bushel of wheat and one pisstre for 90 superficial arpents; some, 1 bushel of wheat for 60 superficial arpents; and... Read MORE...
1859 - Vercheres
A town of Lower Canada, on the r. bank of the St. Lawrence, 23 m. below Montreal.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
VERCHERES, a county in the S.W. part of Quebec, bounded by the St. Lawrence on the W. and the Richelieu on the E. Area 124,812 acres. Capital, Vercheres. Pop. 12,717.
VERCHERES, a thriving post village of Quebec, capital of the. co. of Vercheres, on the S. shore of the St. Lawrence, 24 miles below Montreal. It contains a church, college, convent, 7 or 8 stores, a telegraph office, an iron foundry, 2 tanneries, and a saw and gristmill. Pop. 900.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
1895 - Vercheres
Verchères, a post-village, capital of the co. of Verchères, Quebec, on the S. shore of the St. Lawrence, 24 miles below Montreal. It has a church, a college, a convent, 7 or 8 stores, a foundry, 2 tanneries, a saw-mill, and a grist-mill. Pop. 900.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
VERCHERES, QUEBEC, CANADA
Vercheres, a post-village, capital of Vercheres co., Quebec, on the S. shore of the St. Lawrence River, 21 miles below Montreal, on the Quebec Southern R.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1911 - French Girl's Heroism
To Madeleine de Vercheres a monument is to be erected and the parliament of Canada is to pay $15,000 toward the cost of the undertaking. Madeleine de Vercheres was a brave French girl who held a little fort successfully against the attacks of hostile Iroquois. A brave little woman was the heroine of Castle Dangerous. To work such as she did Canada owes her freedom from internal troubles in the later days of the French occupation. It is well that the courage of Madeleine de Vercheres is to be commemorated. Her story ought certainly to be handed down to posterity to illustrate the good qualities of the pioneers. - Toronto Mail and Empire.
Salt Lake Telegram
Salt Lake City, Utah
May 5, 1911
1911 - English Sign is Spurned - Under Leadership of Priest French Canadians Post New One
NEW YORK., May 18. - A dispatch from Vercheres, a village on the St. Lawrence, 30 miles from Montreal, says:
"A demonstration unique in the history of Vercheres has just been held. The postoffice was indicated by a notice bearing the English sign 'postoffice.' The population, wholly French-Canadian, assembled in front of the postoffice under the direction of a priest and after signing patriotic songs, posted a new signboard on the building bearing the words 'bureau de poste.' The curator of the parish delivered a speech in favor of the French language."
May 19, 1911
Verchères, Qué, Municipality, pop 5243 (2006c), 4782 (2001c), inc 1971. Verchères is 62 km northeast of Montréal, situated on the south shore of the St Lawrence River between LONGUEUIL and SOREL.
In 1665, François Jarret, Sieur de Verchères (1641-1700), obtained a commission with the CARIGNAN-SALIÈRES REGIMENT and was sent to New France. In 1672 he was granted the seigneury of Verchères for his military service. During wartime, the seigneury was subjected to frequent Iroquois attacks. To combat this problem, de Verchères erected a palisade around the manor house. It was from the defence of this palisade that the legend of his daughter, 14-year-old Marie-Madeleine Jarret deVERCHÈRES, originates.
The old windmill of Verchères was originally erected in 1730 by Jean-Baptiste Jarret. In 1913 it was acquired by the federal government and transformed into a lighthouse until 1949. Since then, it has been an historical exhibition centre.
Verchères's economy is primarily agricultural.... Read MORE...
2023 - Here's a list of places to visit and things to do in Verchères:
Fort Verchères: Start your journey with a visit to Fort Verchères, a national historic site. This fort played a significant role in Canadian history during the 18th century, particularly during the French and Indian War. Explore the reconstructed fort, learn about its history, and enjoy the scenic views of the St. Lawrence River.
Verchères Marina: If you're a fan of boating or simply enjoy waterfront views, the Verchères Marina is a great place to visit. You can take a leisurely stroll along the marina, watch the boats, or even rent a kayak or paddleboard for a peaceful trip along the river.
Verchères Boardwalk: This picturesque boardwalk runs along the riverbank and offers a serene place for a leisurely walk or bike ride. It's especially beautiful during sunset, providing breathtaking views of the river and surrounding landscapes.
Verchères Beach: On a hot summer day, head to the Verchères Beach to cool off. It's a small but lovely sandy beach where you can swim, sunbathe,... Read MORE...
Discover Your Roots: Verchères Ancestry
Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Verchères, Québec, CanadaWe currently have information about ancestors who were born or died in Verchères.
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François JARRET DE VERCHÈRES (26 September 1632, St-Chef, La Tour-du-Pin, Dauphine, France - 26 February 1700, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-Xavier-de-Vercheres))
Andre BARSA (1635, , France - 29 November 1698, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-Xavier-de-Vercheres))
Pierre CHICOINE (7 February 1639, , France - bef. 14 May 1692, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-Xavier-de-Vercheres))
François CHAGNON dit LAROSE (8 July 1640, , France - 3 June 1693, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-Xavier-de-Vercheres))
Andre JARRET dit BEAUREGARD (9 August 1642, Vignieu, St-Ferréol, Dauphiné, France - 22 June 1691, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-Xavier-de-Vercheres))
Martin FOISY (29 December 1643, Champagne, France - 12 January 1729, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-Xavier-de-Vercheres))
Jeanne AMYOT (AMIOT) (6 February 1645, St-Pierre-de-Losne, Côte d'or, Bourgogne, France - 5 February 1745, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-Xavier-de-Vercheres))
Thomas NEVEU (NEPVEU) dit LACROIX (7 April 1647, Vessey, év. Avranchers, Normandie, France - 20 June 1732, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-Xavier-de-Vercheres))
Jean-Roch CASAVANT dit LADÉBAUCHE (1649, , France - 2 May 1732, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-Xavier-de-Vercheres))
Ancestors Who Were Married in Verchères, Québec, CanadaWe currently have information about ancestors who were married in Verchères.
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Pierre GEOFFRION (JOFFRION) (bet. 1638-1644 - 18 October 1704) and Marie PRIAULT (BRIAULT) (1649 - 25 February 1699) married 1668
Jean DE DOUHET (1660 - December 1687) and Marie-Jeanne JARRET DE VERCHÈRES (8 March 1674 - ) married 4 November 1686
Simon-Dominique PITON dit TOULOUSE (11 January 1658 - 29 May 1737) and Marie BARSA dite LAFLEUR (14 March 1673 - 11 March 1752) married abt. 1689
Antoine DUVERGNER D'AUBUSSON (22 May 1664 - 1691) and Marie-Jeanne JARRET DE VERCHÈRES (8 March 1674 - ) married 13 April 1689
Pierre FONTAINE dit BIENVENUE (26 February 1668 - 17 March 1738) and Marie-Marguerite ANTHIAUME (1659 - 4 October 1699) married 13 April 1692
Daniel TETREAU (TETREAULT) (16 August 1674 - 16 October 1746) and Catherine CHARRON (23 September 1666 - 5 June 1746) married 10 October 1694
Raymond VEGIARD dit LABONTÉ (1661 - 13 November 1731) and Marie-Charlotte CHARRON (1667 - 20 December 1720) married abt. 1695
Jacques Rene FOUET (1658 - 2 September 1708) and Genevieve PLOUFFE (10 September 1677 - 22 June 1724) married abt. 1696
Jacques CHEVIGNY dit DURAND (1679 - 10 May 1729) and Charlotte LEMAIRE (LEMAITRE) (1688 - 4 February 1754) married 5 February 1705
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