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Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada - Léglise de Saint-François-du-Lac (exterior) Église de Saint-François-Xavier 440, rue Notre-Dame, Saint-François-du-Lac, QUÉBEC Established 1714

Saint-François-du-Lac, Yamaska, Québec, Canada

The municipality of Saint-François-du-Lac covers an area of more than 63 square kilometers in the administrative region of Centre-du-Québec. It is part of the regional county municipality of Nicolet-Yamaska. Saint-François-du-Lac, located south of Lake Saint-Pierre, along the Saint-François River.

The name of the municipality was chosen in honor of Saint François Xavier, Jesuit missionary the Apostle of the Indies who lived in the 16th century and who evangelized in China and in honor of François de Lauzon, son of Jean de Lauzon, whose seigniory was located on the banks of the Saint-François River. The “du Lac” part was added because of the proximity of Lac Saint-Pierre.

Abenakis Springs is a source of mineral water on the territory of the municipality of Saint-François-du-Lac.

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Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada

L'église de Saint-François-du-Lac (exterior)
Église de Saint-François-Xavier
440, rue Notre-Dame, Saint-François-du-Lac, QUÉBEC
Established 1714

Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada

L'église de Saint-François-du-Lac (interior)

Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada

St. Francis River, Abenakis Springs, P. Que., Canada

Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada

Abenaquis Spring, St-Francois-du-Lac, P.Q.

Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada

Abenakis Springs Hotel Lawn

Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada

Abenaquis Springs Hotel, 1920

Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada

Town Hall

Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada

Abenakis Springs Hotel

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  • 1678 - Seigniory (St. Francois) Granted, Oct. 8, 1678, to Sieur Creviere
    The seigneury of Saint-François, as sold by Pierre Boucher to Jean Crevier in 1673, had a frontage and a half leagues on the lake and a league deep inland. It extended on the left bank of the Saint-François river, but still included, on the right bank, along the Tardif channel, a strip where it touched the seigniory of Lussaudière. A few years later, in 1678, Jean Crevier had Governor Frontenac and Intendant Duchesneau grant him another league deep, behind his seigniory and also behind that of Lussaudière, i.e. two and a half leagues wide.

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  • 1681 - Population - 51 (31 men and 20 women)
  • 1687 - Saint-François-du-Lac - Construction of Fort Saint-Francois (or Fort Crevier), a wooden fortified fort, as protection against the Iroquois. Bebeau/ CanadaSaintFrancoisduLac.htm
  • In the census of 1692, the population was 78 souls, that is 35 men and 43 women: married men or widowers 10, married women or widows 10, little boys 25, little girls 29.
  • The census of 1695 gives 101 souls, forming 15 households with 29 little boys and 34 little girls.
  • At the request of the governors of Canada, the widow of Jean Crevier and her son Joseph ceded to the Abenakis, in 1700, half a league deep in the rear part of the seigniory, over the entire width of it.
    Then, in 1705, a quarter of a league further down, but only on the right side of the river. It was on this quarter of a league that the Savages rebuilt their village, where it still is today.

    Read more about Marguerite HERTEL
  • 1714 - Saint-François-du-Lac - Foundation of the parish of St.Francois-Xavier.
    The parish boundaries cover the approximately territory of the modern day parishes of St. Francois-du-Lac and St-Thomas-de-Pierreville which are separated by the St. Francois River. Bebeau/ CanadaSaintFrancoisduLac.htm
  • 1759 - Saint-François-du-Lac - The village and buildings were burned in an attack by Rogers' Rangers, an irregular British provincial force, during the Seven Years' War (also known as the French and Indian War) on October 4, 1759.
  • 1832 - ST. FRANCOIS,
    seigniory, in the co. of Yamaska, is bounded N.E. by Lussaudiere; S.W. by Yamaska; in the rear by De Guir; in front by Lake St. Peter. - 1 1/ 2 league in front by nearly 2 in depth. Granted, Oct. 8, 1678, to Sieur Creviere, and is now the property of M. Le Gendre and some families of the Abenaqui Indians. This S. is low towards Lake St. Peter. The Bay of St. Francois and some others indent it rather deeply and occasion large tracts of marsh land along their shores; at a short distance from them are some very fine meadows, and farther to the interior the soil is good, in most parts rather light and sandy. The timber is but of indifferent quality, and chiefly consists of spruce fir, hemlock, and cedar; on the driest land there is a little maple and beech. The river St. Francis, with a few smaller streams, water it very well. - About one half of this grant is in a state of cultivation; the best settled and most improved parts lie on each side of the St. Francis. At the descent of this... Read MORE...

  • 1873
    ST. FRANCOIS DU LAC, a thriving post village of Quebec, capital of the co. of Yamaska, on Lake St. Peter, 27½ miles below Sorel. It contains several stores and mills, and a telegraph office, and has a large trade in lumber and grain. Pop. 800.
    Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
  • 1890 - St Francois du Lac
    St Francois du Lac. chef-lieu of Yamaska co., and on Lake St Peter, 15 m. E. by N. of Sorel. P. of sub-dist. 2,331.
    The Pocket Atlas and Gazetteer of the Dominion of Canada John George Bartholomew John Murdoch Harper January 1, 1890 London : J. Walker
  • 1895 - Saint-François-du-Lac
    ST, FRANCOIS DU LAC, a post village in Yamaska co., Que.. on the St. Francois River, 18 miles from St. Guillaume Station, on the C.P.R. It contain 1 Roman catholic church, 6 stores, 1 hotel, 2 flour mills, 1 saw mill, 2 cheese factories and 1 telegraph office. Pop. of parish 2255.
    Crossby, Peter Alfred. Lovell's gazetteer of British North America. (John Lovell & Son)., 1895
  • 1906 - Saint Francois du Lac
    Saint Francois du Lac, a post-village of Yamaska co., Quebec, on Lake St. Peter, 27 1/ 2 miles below Sorel, 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

  • 2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Saint-François-du-Lac:
    Visit the Musée des Abénakis: Start your exploration of Saint-François-du-Lac by learning about its indigenous heritage at the Musée des Abénakis. This museum showcases the history and culture of the Abenaki people, who have a deep connection to the region.

    Explore Parc régional des Grèves: This regional park is a haven for nature lovers. You can go hiking, bird watching, or have a picnic in the lush green surroundings. The park's location along the Saint Lawrence River offers picturesque views.

    Go Fishing: The Saint Lawrence River is renowned for its fishing opportunities. Bring your fishing gear and try your luck catching various species, including walleye, bass, and sturgeon.

    Saint-François Bay Marina: If you're into boating, head to the marina and rent a kayak, paddleboard, or even a small motorboat. The calm waters of Saint-François Bay are perfect for leisurely water activities.

    Attend the Festival Saint-François en Blues: If you happen to visit in July, don't miss... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorPierre COUC dit LAFLEUR (2 May 1627, Cognac, Charente, France - 18 May 1690, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada)
male ancestorJacques MAUGRAS (19 June 1636, Ligny-le-Chatel, Auxerre, Bourgogne, Yonne, France - 1690, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada)
male ancestorJacques HUDDE (1636, , France - 24 February 1688, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada)
male ancestorPierre-René NIQUET (NIQUETTE) (1637, St-Gemme Brizambourg, St-Jean-D'angely, Saintonge, France - 21 October 1722, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada)
male ancestorLaurent PHILIPPE dit LAFONTAINE (1638, , France - 21 February 1690, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada)
male ancestorGilles COUTURIER dit LABONTÉ (7 January 1640, Toussaint, Rennes, Bretagne, France - 23 March 1726, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada)
male ancestorJacques-Louis JOYAL dit BERGERAT (JOUIEL) (1642, Bergerac, Guyenne, France - 26 March 1716, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada)
male ancestorFrançois BIBEAU (10 December 1642, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 24 September 1708, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada)
male ancestorFrançois-Noel VANASSE (10 April 1643, Rouen, France - bef. 9 February 1718, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorPierre PASSERIEU dit BONNEFOND (1667 - ) and female ancestorThérèse MARAIS dite MARET (30 July 1673 - 13 December 1755) married 16 November 1687
male ancestorLouis COUC dit LAFLEUR dit MONTOUR (27 November 1659 - 1709) and female ancestorJeanne QUIQUETIGOUKOUE (1656 - ) married 7 January 1688
male ancestorClaude FORSAN (FORCAN) (1666 - 22 November 1699) and female ancestorSuzanne HUDDE (6 September 1671 - 26 July 1711) married 24 October 1688
male ancestorRené ABRAHAM dit DESMARAIS (23 November 1645 - ) and female ancestorMarguerite GIRARD (1649 - ) married 30 November 1690
male ancestorJean GUILLET (1640 - ) and female ancestorMarie MEUNIER (1642 - ) married 21 November 1690
male ancestorPierre GAMELIN dit CHATEAUVIEUX (1667 - ) and female ancestorMarie-Jeanne MAUGRAS (1670 - 25 October 1755) married 8 January 1690
male ancestorCharles MARIN dit DELMARGUE (1633 - 14 May 1713) and female ancestorMadeleine NIQUET (1671 - 15 March 1703) married 5 July 1691
male ancestorGilles COUTURIER dit LABONTÉ (7 January 1640 - 23 March 1726) and female ancestorMarie-Jeanne MORAL (14 February 1651 - 20 January 1714) married 9 December 1692
male ancestorPierre BILLERON dit LAFATIGUE (15 February 1665 - ) and female ancestorMarthe FORCIER (10 February 1675 - 25 February 1703) married 8 October 1692
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