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L'Islet is located between Cap-Saint-Ignace and Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, about 100 kilometers west of Rivière-du-Loup and one hour from Quebec in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, part of of the MRC of L'Islet.
The territory of the municipality of L'Islet stretches over an area of nearly 120 square kilometers of dry land and 177 square kilometers in total.
Today, three parishes are found on the territory of L'Islet, namely Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, Saint-Eugène and Sacré-Cœur.
L'Islet is located within the former seigneuries of L'Islet-St-Jean and Bonsecours (granted 1677).
Before the arrival of the first resident parish priest in 1745, L'Islet was served by missionary priests, and the parish of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours-de-L'Islet was founded in 1721. Until the end of the 19th century, agriculture was the principal economic activity.
The arrival of the railway in 1860 brought some industrial development: several brickworks exploited but soon exhausted the local clay deposits; a foundry that was in operation for several years has more recently become a trailer factory; a large cabinetmaking enterprise also established several shops in the village.
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Seigniory (L'Islet) granted May 17, 1677, to Demoiselle Genevieve Couillard
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1679 - Parish of Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours-de-l'Islet is established at L'islet
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal
1721 - Église de Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours is established at L'Islet
1832 - L'ISLET,
seigniory, in the co. of L'Islet is bounded by the St. Lawrence in front; by Lessard in the rear, and lies between Bonsecours and St. Jean Port Joli. - One league in breadth by two in depth; granted May 17, 1677, to Demoiselle Genevieve Couillard. - The front is low, but receding from the river towards the mountains the land rises gradually; the soil in general is good, producing grain of all kinds; in the rear it is a light-coloured loam that continues up to the high lands. About one-third is under occupation and is tolerably managed and thickly inhabited. - Watered by a continuation of the Bras St. Nicholas and by several small runs of water. - Beech, birch and maple are the prevailing kinds of timber, but there is likewise some pine of very good growth. - The church and parsonage-house are close to the St. Lawrence, near a point of land on which is placed the telegraph station, No 7. At high water this pint is completely insulated, from which circumstance it derives its name of... Read MORE...
1837 - June 26 - Rebellion of 1837 - Patriotes hold illegal protest meetings in Bellechasse and L'Islet; prelude to Rebellion
canadachannel.ca/ todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ June_26
1837 - Horrible Murder Attempt
The Canadian of Monday gives an account of a horrible attempt at murder in the parish of L'Islet, under circumstances of almost unparalleled atrocity. The circumstances are thus related by a correspondent of that paper: - a young girl about 19 years of age, of a respectable family in the parish, had gone to gather raspberries at the end of her father's farm, in company with a young girl, a cousin, about ten years of age. As they were preparing to return, a labourer, named Charles Gaudreault, a native of Cap St. Ignace, who has been long resident in the parish, joined them with his gun upon his shoulder, returning from pigeon shooting. After some conversation between them on different matteres, he appeared to be suddenly seized with diabolic phrenzy, and seizing the two young girls by the throats, he threw them to the ground; by dint of struggling, the younger girl got free and ran to seek assistance.
Gaudreault, left alone with his victim, took a large stone and struck her several... Read MORE...
ISLET (L'), a county of Lower Canada, in the district of Quebec, bounded on the NE by the co. of Kamouraska; on the NW by the St. Lawrence; and on the SE by the S boundary of the prov. It comprises an area of 3,034 sq. mil, the central point of which is N lat. 46 40 30, and W long 69 52. It is intersected by numerous rocky ridges, but contains much good land, and is abundantly watered by rivers and lakes. Of the former, the principal are Riviere-du-Sud and its branches, and the river St. John. Pop, chiefly French Canadians, 12,777. This co. is remarkable for the number of handsome villages which it contains. It has also a seignory of the same name, bounded in front by the St. Lawrence. It is watered by the Bras St. Nicholas and several small streams, and has a good deal of valuable timber. It derives its name from a point of land on which is a telegraph station, and which is insulated at high water.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Volume... Read MORE...
1867 - Église de Saint-Eugène is established at L'Islet
L'ISLET, a county of Quebec, extending from the St. Lawrence on the N W. to the State of Maine on the S E., and comprising an area of 507,625 acres. Capital, St. Jean Port Joli. Pop. 13,517.
L'ISLET, a flourishing post village in L'Islet co , Que., on the S shore of the St Lawrence, and on the G T R. 63 miles below Quebec In contains a Roman Catholic church a telegraph office, 7 stores, and a shipyard and has a large lumber trade Pop 1,000 .
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
1885 - Canadian Towns which are Infected
The State Board of Health of Maine announces, that besides Montreal and its suburbs, the following named places in the Province of Quebec are affected with small-pox; Batiscan, Oct. 22, 7 families; Bersenels, below Tadousac, Nov 6, 4 families; Cap St. Ignace, Oct. 29, 50 cases, Chambly, Oct 27, 2 cases; Grondines, Oct. 18, several deaths; Lachine, Nov. 4, another new case, Laprairie, Oct. 22, 1 child died and 3 sick, L'Islet, Oct. 29, 6 cases; Longueuil, Nov. 3, 7 cases, have been 20 in all, Lorette, Oct 28, six cases; Maissonneuve, Oct. 31; Mascouche, Oct 31; Montmagny, Oct 29, one case; Ottawa, Nov. 6, several cases; Pointe aux Trembles, Port Neuf, Oct. 29, six cases, Rivier du Loup, Oct 23 ten cases, Rimouski, Oct, 21, 8 cases, St Francis, Temisconata Co, Nov 7, 7 cases, St Joseph de Levis, Oct 31, St. Lambert, Nov 3, 1 case, St. I in, Nov. 5; St. Martin, Oct 27 2 houses, St. Michel, Oct. 27, 4 deaths recently, St. Paschal, Oct 23 3 cases; St. Remi, Oct 27, 2 houses, St Roch, Nov.... Read MORE...
1890 - Free land for large families
The Quebec legislature a few days ago passed a bill offering 100 acres of land to every man who is the father of twelve children. The persons entitled to this novel bonus appear to be numerous. At Trois Pistoles there are two families, named Roulette and Belzil, who each have fifteen living children. Another named Gingras, in Bellechasse, has no fewer than thirty-four children born to him. Still another named Cretion, in L'Islet, has twenty-seven, and one Villancourt, in Kamouraska, has just had his thirty-seventh infant baptized.
Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah
February 20, 1890
1895 - L'Islet
L'Islet, a post-village in L'Islet co, Quebec, on the S. shore of the St. Lawrence, and on the Grand Trunk Railway, 63 miles below Quebec. It contains a church, 7 stores, and a ship-yard, and has a large lumber-trade. Pop. 1040.
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
1914 - Severe Earthquake is Felt in Canada
Quebec, Feb. 14. - An earthquake shock was felt all over the city and district of Quebec at 5:40 a. m., to-day. The shock was violent enough to wake hundreds of citizens.
Messages from Levis, Baie St. Paul and L'Islet recorded the same disturbance. No damage was reported.
Asheville, North Carolina
February 14, 1914
L'Islet, Qué, Municipality, pop 3866 (2001c), 3878 A (1996c), area 120.02 km2, on the South Shore of the ST LAWRENCE RIVER, 100 km east of Québec City, within the former seigneuries of L'Islet-St-Jean and Bonsecours (granted 1677). Before the arrival of the first resident parish priest in 1745, L'Islet was served by missionary priests, and the parish of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours-de-L'Islet was founded in 1721. Until the end of the 19th century, agriculture was the principal economic activity.
The arrival of the railway in 1860 brought some industrial development: several brickworks exploited but soon exhausted the local clay deposits; a foundry that was in operation for several years has more recently become a trailer factory; a large cabinetmaking enterprise also established several shops in the village. These industries have had an influence on urbanization: in 1911 the village of L'Islet-sur-Mer separated from the parish municipality (est 1845), and in 1950 L'Islet-Station... Read MORE...
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in L'Islet, Québec:
L'Islet-sur-Mer: Start your visit in the heart of L'Islet by strolling through the quaint streets of L'Islet-sur-Mer. This historic area features charming heritage homes, artisan boutiques, and cozy cafes. It's a great place to soak in the local culture and enjoy a leisurely day of shopping and dining.
Moulin de la Rémy: This beautifully restored watermill is a must-visit for history enthusiasts. Learn about the milling process, and explore the exhibits that showcase the region's milling heritage. The mill is set against a picturesque backdrop, making it a perfect spot for photos.
Église de Saint-Jean-Port-Joli: Marvel at the stunning architecture of this historic church, which dates back to the 18th century. The interior features impressive woodwork and religious art. Don't miss the chance to attend a concert or event held at the church, as the acoustics are exceptional.
Parc des Trois Bérets: This lovely park offers a peaceful escape with scenic views of the St. Lawrence... Read MORE...
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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in L'Islet, Québec, CanadaWe currently have information about ancestors who were born or died in L'Islet.
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François BELANGER (7 October 1612, Lisieux, Normandie, France - 1686, L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer) (Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours))
Julien FORTIN dit BELLEFONTAINE (9 February 1621, , France - 10 August 1692, L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer) (Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours))
Geneviève GAMACHE (13 October 1636, , France - 5 November 1709 , L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer) (Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours))
Genevieve-Fortin-Dit-Bellefontaine GAMACHE dite LAMARRE (10/13/1636, Chartes-de-Bretagne Ille-et-Vilaine Britany, France - 11/5/1709, L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer) (Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours))
Marie DE BEAUREGARD (1645, St-Germain-l'Auxernois de Paris, France - 24 October 1715, L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer) (Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours))
Pierre LAMY (1646, Rouen, France - 23 April 1726, L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer) (Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours))
Pierre TONDREAU dit LASOUCHE (17 March 1648, , France - 24 July 1729, L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer) (Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours))
René CLOUTIER (19 February 1651, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - bef. 10 October 1713, L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer) (Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours))
François-Xavier GUYON SIEUR DU BUISSON (15 October 1651, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - 20 October 1715, L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer) (Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours))
Ancestors Who Were Married in L'Islet, Québec, CanadaWe currently have information about ancestors who were married in L'Islet.
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Damien BERUBE (1 February 1647 - 7 March 1688) and Jeanne SAVONNET (1647 - 12 March 1721) married 22 August 1679
Jean BOILARD (1645 - 24 April 1737) and Jeanne MARANDEAU (MARANDA) (30 July 1656 - 3 June 1734) married 19 November 1680
Pierre RICHARD (26 January 1646 - 13 February 1719) and Françoise MIVILLE dite DESCHENES (5 June 1663 - 5 December 1727) married 6 November 1680
François REMILLARD (24 November 1647 - 4 April 1700) and Anne GABOURY (15 July 1668 - 26 May 1740) married 7 May 1681
Pierre CHAUSSE (1651 - 19 March 1701) and Marie-Madeleine SEL (DECELLES) (1652 - 10 December 1700) married 24 August 1681
Martin ROUSSEAU (25 December 1673 - 15 May 1715) and Elisabeth THIBAULT (16 March 1673 - 14 June 1756) married 3 May 1700
Alexis GAGNÉ (27 October 1680 - 19 March 1748) and Marie-Catherine CLOUTIER (17 May 1686 - 2 October 1746 ) married 24 April 1702
Jean DUMAY (13 August 1667 - ) and Marie-Anne THIBAULT (3 April 1680 - 25 April 1736) married 25 October 1704
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