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Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada - Église de Saint-Antoine 238, ch. du Roi, Isle-aux-Grues, QUÉBEC Established 1834 Source: Google maps

The parish of Saint-Antoine-de-l'Isle-aux-Grues is made up of the islands of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, sometimes called the Montmagny archipelago and populated by around 160 Gruoises and Gruois. It was incorporated in 1860 on an archipelago of islands, located in the center of the St. Lawrence east of Quebec City, between Île d'Orléans and Île-aux-Coudres, with a total area of almost 27 kilometers.

The Isle-aux-Grues archipelago is made up of the following islands:

Grosse Ile
Sainte-Marguerite Island
A number of small uninhabited islands and islets: Île-à-Deux-Têtes, Rochers-Rouges, Île-aux-Oignons, Île-au-Héron, Île-aux-Corneilles.
The name of Île-aux-Grues comes from this wandering bird sung by Horace, the crane: gruem advenam. Returning from Florida during the great fall and spring migrations, the birds have found this island a meeting place for resting, feasting and incubation.

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Église de Saint-Antoine
238, ch. du Roi, Isle-aux-Grues, QUÉBEC
Established 1834
Source: Google m
Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada

Église de Saint-Antoine
238, ch. du Roi, Isle-aux-Grues, QUÉBEC
Established 1834
Source: Google maps
Cheese Factory
Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada

Cheese Factory

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The colonization of Isle-aux-Grues began in 1679, but in 1683, the year of the constitution of the parish, the island was home to only three families, in all, there were fifteen people.
Mr. Pierre de Bcart, Sieur de Grandville, acquired it in 1678. He sold it to Mr. Louis Liénard Villemmonde de Beaujeu. The island has changed owners many times.
1831 - Parish of St. Antoine de I'll Aux Grues is established

Guide to Quebec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records, Compiled Jeanne Sauve White
1832 - Isle au Grues
The parish of St. Ignace comprehends the fief of that name with Goos and Crane Islands (Ilse aux Oies and aux Grues), which are the property of Mr. McPherson and contain several settlements, which with the salt marshes are very valuable; the proprietor has an extensive farming establishment and rears a large stock of cattle: the excellent butter which he sends to the Quebec market in considerable quantities is sold for 1d. or 2d. per lb. higher than any other.

A Topographical Dictionary of The Province of Lower Canada by Joseph Bouchette, Esq., London, 1832
1834 - Église de Saint-Antoine established at Isle-aux-Grues
1836 - Vente des âmes (Sale of Souls)
Another amazing tradition is called the Sale of Souls. It is a festivity that consists of selling objects at auction for the benefit of the island's factory. The auction began in 1836 with the sale of wheat and meat donated by parishioners. The first auction brought in the sum of 3 pounds 17 shillings. In the following years, eel, salt cod, corn, wool, sheep, tow, etc. were offered. The warden in charge made his rounds in the early days of the year for the quest for the Child Jesus. The parishioners then gave him effects instead of money. Today, the money from the collection of the Child Jesus is paid into the account of the factory and the effects collected and sold at auction are used to pay for services for the souls in purgatory.
1890 - Isle au Grues
Isle aux Grues, vil., Quebec, on an island in St Lawrence R., 6 m. from St Thomas. P. of island 639.
The Pocket Atlas and Gazetteer of the Dominion of Canada John George Bartholomew John Murdoch Harper January 1, 1890 London : J. Walker
1895 - Isle aux Grues
Isle aux Grues, eel 5 grü, a post-village in Montmagny co., Quebec, on an island in the St. Lawrence, 6 miles N. by E. of St. Thomas. Pop. 639.
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
2023 - This small island in Québec, Canada, has a lot to offer despite its size. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Isle-aux-Grues:
Historic Church of Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague: Start your journey with a visit to the island's historic church. Built in 1730, this church is a testament to the island's rich history. The architecture is impressive, and the serene surroundings make it a peaceful spot.

Nature Walks: Take a leisurely stroll or rent a bike to explore the island's natural beauty. The island is relatively small, making it easy to navigate by foot or bicycle. Enjoy the fresh air and scenic views as you explore the winding paths.

Bird Watching: Isle-aux-Grues is a haven for bird enthusiasts. The island is part of the Grands-Ducs Regional Park, home to various bird species. Bring your binoculars and camera to capture the beauty of the feathered residents.

Visit La Maison de l'Oie Blanche: This museum is dedicated to the island's most famous inhabitants—the snow geese. Learn about their migratory patterns, habits, and the importance of preserving their natural habitat.

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorLouis LEMIEUX (6 February 1652, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - 30 December 1693, Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine))
male ancestorPierre THERRIEN (28 September 1672 , Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine) - , )
male ancestorJean-Baptiste MICHAUD (3 January 1674, Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine) - , )
female ancestorMarie-Anne SOUCY (15 February 1675, Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine) - 1 February 1755 , Yamaska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Michel-d'Yamaska))
female ancestorMarie-Anne MICHAUD (12 November 1676, Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine) - 12 June 1755, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))
male ancestorGuillaume SOUCY (5 April 1677, Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine) - , )
male ancestorJoseph PEPIN dit LACHANCE (7 July 1679, Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine) - 24 January 1721, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada (Saint-Jean))
male ancestorPaul PEPIN (7 July 1679, Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine) - 20 April 1749, Montmagny, Québec, Canada (Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire))
male ancestorPierre MICHAUD (2 February 1681, Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine) - 18 April 1760, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Isle-aux-Grues, Québec, Canada

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photo of Olivier VEZINA Olivier VEZINA (5 March 1805 - 18 September 1879) and photo of Sophie LEMIEUX Sophie LEMIEUX (20 July 1806 - 14 February 1864) married 24 November 1835
male ancestorPierre LAVOIE (6 February 1813 - 6 January 1887) and female ancestorMarie-Elisabeth VEZINA (10 December 1815 - 1 May 1886) married 23 July 1839
photo of Wilfred-Jeremie VEZINA Wilfred-Jeremie VEZINA (10 April 1842 - 9 November 1917) and female ancestorAurelie LAVOIE (1 April 1840 - 18 November 1902) married 9 November 1865

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