Antoine DRAPEAU - Birth
"Antoine Drapeau, son of Pierre and of Marguerite Mergatonne, was born about 1646 in the parish of Notre-Dame, town of Fontenay-le-Comte, today the capital of the arrondissement of the department of Vendee, part of the former province of Poitou... When about 20 years old, Antoine heard the call of the sea, to the unknown America. The death of his father eased the burden of separation. He bid his adieux to his loved ones, shouldered his seabag and headed towards La Rochelle, the large seaport which had already seen many others depart."
Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XVIII, Page 93
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