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Jean CUSSON - Jean Cusson


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"JEAN CUSSON CUSSON THE ANCESTOR OF AMERICA, WAS BAPTIZED NOVEMBER 11, 1636 (OR 1630), STE-MARGUERITE-SUR-DUCLAIR DIOCESE OF ROUEN, IN THE FORMER PROVINCE OF NORMANDY, THE PRESENT DEPARTMENT OF SEINE-MARITIME .

SON OF JEAN CUSSON AND JACQUELINE PEPIN SAID LAFOND. BOTH WERE BORN IN STE-MARGUERITE-SUR-DUCLAIR JOHN (FATHER) IN 1611, JACQUELINE IN 1615. THEY WERE MARRIED IN 1629, STILL IN STE-MARGUERITE-SUR-DUCLAIR.

JEAN CUSSON ARRIVED IN THE COLONY BEFORE 1656. IT IS HIS PRESENCE AT TRIAL FROM JANUARY 15, 1656 AT TROIS-RIVIERES. WE DO NOT KNOW THE DATE OF ARRIVAL, OR ON WHAT SHIP HE MADE THE CROSSING.

HE SPENDS A MARRIAGE CONTRACT SATURDAY, AUGUST 2ND OF THAT YEAR, THE NOTARY AMEAU. HE MARRIED, SEPTEMBER 16, 1656, IN THE CHAPEL OF TROIS-RIVIERES (PARISH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION), MARIE FOUBERT SAID LACROIX, BORN FRIDAY, JULY 13, 1640, IN SAINT-VIVIEN IN ROUEN, NORMANDY. THE GODFATHER WAS ROBERT FOUBERT, HIS UNCLE AND GODMOTHER PERRETTE RIVIÈRE (PROBABLY HIS AUNT). SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF PHILIPPE FOUBERT AND JEFFINE RIVIÈRE.

IT BINDS FIRST TO CAP-DE-LA-MADELEINE, WHERE THE JESUITS GRANT HIM A LAND OF AN ACRE AND A HALF HEAD JULY 15, 1659. ON FEBRUARY 5, 1662, THESE SAME JESUITS THROUGH THE FRÉMIN FATHER, GRANT HIM A NEW LAND OF TWO ACRES IN FRONT OF CAP. ON 8 SEPTEMBER, HE SOLD TO NICOLAS GATINEAU, PRICED AT 800 POUNDS, THE LAND WHICH WAS GRANTED IN 1659. THERE ARE ALREADY EIGHT ACRES OF CLEARED LAND ON EARTH. IT NOTES THAT IN 1663 HE WAS CHURCHWARDEN AND TAX ATTORNEY IN CAP. THE JESUITS SAW HIM AS A BRAVE PIONEER, MAY 28, 1666, GRANT HIM LAND IN THEIR MANOR OF BATISCAN. HE DOES NOT LIVE THERE BECAUSE THE CENSUS OF 1667, HE STILL LIVES IN CAP-DE-LA-MADELEINE. THE COUPLE THEN HAS 7 HORNED CATTLE AND 28 ARPENTS IN VALUE, WHICH WAS ITSELF EXTRAORDINARY. CUSSON CERTAINLY HAD ENOUGH RESOURCES TO HIRE ASSISTANTS, FARMERS, SUCH FRANÇOISE VANNASSE (ALREADY THERE IN 1666) AND JEAN PILON, AGED RESPECTIVELY 25 AND 40, IDENTIFIED IN 1667. ON MAY 24, 1667, HE GIVES HIS LAND BATISCAN FRANCOIS FRIGON THAT PROMISES TO CLEAR TWO ACRES OF LAND TO SOW CORN AND TO PAY HIM AN ANNUAL PENSION OF SIX BUSHELS OF WHEAT.

WE KNOW THAT FRANÇOIS FRIGON BATISCAN WAS IN EARLY JANUARY 1667, BY THE TESTIMONY HE RECORDED DURING THE SURVEY DEALS WITH THE WATER OF LIFE. HIS TESTIMONY IS DATED 29 JANUARY. HE SAID THAT TWO OR THREE WEEKS AGO, "BATISCAN BEING IN A SHACK WHERE HE LIVED WITH JEAN CUSSON TO CUT TIMBER ON A CONCESSION," TWO WILD DRUNKEN NIGHT CAME A KNOCK AT THE DOOR OF THEIR HUT TO ASK FOR HOSPITALITY. AS THEY SEEMED TO WANT TO MAKE A BAD MATCH TO BOTH FRENCH, THEY SENT THEM BACK, AND THE INDIANS WENT TO SLEEP IN THE SNOW TO RETURN AT DAWN, SHIVERING WITH COLD, IMPLORING FOR HEATING.

ON APRIL 16, 1669, THE INTENDANT CLAUDE BOUTEROUE GIVES IT A ROYAL COMMISSION AS A NOTARY IN THE LORDSHIP OF CAP-DE-LA-MADELEINE, WHERE HE IS ALREADY ACTING AS TAX COUNSEL OF THE JESUITS. HE THEN PRACTICED AS A LAWYER IN CAP AND AS SUCH IS ENTRUSTED WITH SEVERAL IMPORTANT TASKS. WHEN, IN 1669, THE JESUITS, LORDS OF CAP-DE-LA-MADELEINE, GAVE A COMMISSION LAWYER, TAX ATTORNEY AND CLERK CUSSON, THE STEWARD BOUTEROUE AUBIGNY STRUGGLED JUST TO QUEBEC, TO DEPRIVE THE COMPANY WEST INDIES ENTITLED TO APPOINTMENT OF NOTARIES, AND TO RESTRICT THE POWERS OF THE LORDS IN THE AREA OF JUSTICE. IF HE HASTENED TO RECEIVE CUSSON IN ITS EXPENSES TAX ATTORNEY AND CLERK, THE STEWARD DOES, HOWEVER, AUTHORIZED TO EXERCISE THE NOTARY ONLY PROVISIONALLY, AND ON THE EXPRESS CONDITION THAT HE TAKE THE TITLE OF ROYAL NOTARY . THE LORDS WOULD SOON BE MORE THAN A RIGHT PRESENTATION OF NOTARIES, THE APPOINTMENT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SUPERINTENDENT.

IN 1673, HE ACTED AS ATTORNEY OF MR. NICOLAS MARSOLET. ON MARCH 25, 1674, ON BEHALF OF THE LATTER, HE CONCEDES IN A LAND FEUD MARSOLET TO ÉTIENNE LAFOND. PIERRE GUILLET WITH WHOM HE EXCHANGED LAND IN 1667 GAVE HIM A RECEIPT, MARCH 9, 1676. HE CONTINUES, DESPITE HIS WORK AS A NOTARY, TO BE CONCERNED WITH ASSERTING HIS LAND. INDEED, DESPITE THE DUTIES HE WOULD SOON FILL IN THE FIELD OF JUSTICE, CUSSON NOT NEGLECT THE USE OF HIS LAND: THE 1681 CENSUS, HE SAID 2 GUNS, 6 CATTLE AND 40 ACRES OF LAND WORTH.

IN 1681, THE CAP HAS 38 HOUSEHOLDS (204 RESIDENTS) WHILE THREE RIVERS HAS ONLY 26 HOUSEHOLDS (150 RESIDENTS).

FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER (BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 16, 1656 AND DECEMBER 23, 1661), HIS WIFE MARIE FOUBERT HEIRESS BECOMES PART OF A LAND IN SMALL-CAP IN THE MANOR OF BEAUPRÉ. IT PROVIDES PROXY, JULY 2, 1687, TO JEAN MARANDEAU TO SELL. AS ATTORNEY THOMAS FRÉROT, HE ALSO SELLS LAND TO JOHN DE BÉCANCOUR GAILLOU, DECEMBER 27, 1686. NOT REALLY LEAVE THE CAP-DE-LA-MADELEINE, HE WORKED FOR SOME TIME (BETWEEN 1687 AND 1700) AS A NOTARY IN THE LORDSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN. ON SEPTEMBER 12, 1687, ANTOINE ADHEMAR SELLS LAND IN THIS PLACE TO HIS SON JEAN CUSSON. AS COUNSEL FOR THE LATTER, HE SELLS, OCTOBER 17, 1689, TO JACQUES TURCOT. ON JUNE 25, 1687, HE BOUGHT MR. ADHEMAR LAND AT CAP-DE-LA-MADELEINE. WHEN THE PURCHASE AGREEMENT, HE AGREED TO PAY A RENT OF TEN BUSHELS OF WHEAT PER YEAR TO MR. MICHEL LAPRADE, LORD OF GENTILLY. ON JUNE 21, 1691, HE ADDRESSED A PETITION TO CHANGE THE ANNUITY. THE LATTER REFUSED, THEY ARE ABOUT TO APPEAR BEFORE THE SOVEREIGN COUNCIL SEPTEMBER 29, 1692, WHEN THEY REACH AN AGREEMENT. THE CORN RENT IS CHANGED TO AN ANNUAL RENT OF 25 LIVRES.

ON MAY 5, 1693, HE RENTED A PEW CAP "ON THE SIDE OF TAKING THE GOSPEL THROUGHOUT THE NOROUEST HAS PAROY OF LAMBRY THEREOF CHURCH OF THE LENGTH OF QUATTRE FEET AND THE OTHER IN SOUTHEAST TO THE ROAD WHICH IS BETWEEN DITTE UP AND THE MIDDLE AND ONE SIDE IN AMOUNT IN THE SAID CHURCH BY THE WIDTH OF THREE FEET AT THE PLACE DE LA DAMME MARIE CREVIER WIDOW OF THE LATE SR. DUPLAISI GASTINEAU, THE OTHER SIDE IN DESCENDANT THEREOF CHURCH INSTEAD OF MICHEL ROCHEREAU, AT 3 POUNDS AND 10 FLOORS EACH YEAR. ON JULY 7, 1695, THE NOTARY NORMANDIN SAID HE HAD RECEIVED FROM HIM THE PAPERS OF NOTARY LARUE. HIS SON JOHN WAS FINALLY ESTABLISHED IN THE MONTREAL AREA, HE DECIDES TO JOIN HIM THERE. ON AUGUST 16, 1698, THE SEMINARY HIM A LAND GRANT OF SIXTY ACRES IN SIZE FOR THE RIVIERE-DES-PRAIRIES, BUT OCTOBER 17, LENDS IT TO THEM. HOWEVER, THEY CONCEDE HIM AGAIN ON THE SAME PLACE JUNE 10, 1699. THIS TIME, HE ACCEPTS AND SELLS BOTH LAND CAP-DE-LA-MADELEINE, SEPTEMBER 9 NEXT TO JEAN JOLLIET FOR THE SUM OF 1000 POUNDS. IT IS AS NOTARY AT THE POINTE-AUX-TREMBLES, JUNE 5, 1700, SOLD HIS LAND TO THE RIVIÈRE-DES-PRAIRIES AT 25 POUNDS CLAUDE GUERIN WHICH HE GIVES FIRST CONFIRM AN FÉVRIER 1702. ON JANUARY 30, 1703, JEAN VOYNA AS GUARDIAN FOR MINOR CHILDREN OF THE LATE JACQUES VOYNA GIVES PROXY TO SELL THE LAND OF THE LATTER. CUSSON PRACTICED AS A NOTARY IN CAPE TOWN UNTIL 1687, THEN FROM 1687 TO 1700, IN THE LORDSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN. IN 1700 HE WENT TO MONTREAL, WHERE HE SERVED FOUR YEARS. HE LIVED AT POINTE-AUX-TREMBLES.

BEGINNING IN 1704, IT IS DESCRIBED AS ROYAL NOTARY OF CHAMBLY. HE PRACTICES IN EFFECT AT THAT LOCATION. ON NOVEMBER 10, 1704, PIERRE DESROCHES GIVES HIS PROXY TO APPEAR ON HIS BEHALF BEFORE THE LIEUTENANT GENERAL OF MONTREAL AFTER THE REQUEST FOR SEPARATE PROPERTY OF MARY BAUDRY, HIS WIFE. ON JULY 8, 1706, ON BEHALF OF HIS SON ANGELO, HUSBAND OF JEANNE BARITEAU, HE ATTENDED THE SWAP OF LAND BETWEEN BARITEAU LOUIS AND FRANÇOIS BOURASSA. IN 1704, AGED ABOUT 70 YEARS, CUSSON RETIRES, WHICH HE LEFT TEMPORARILY IN 1707-1708, WHEN HE WAS KING'S ATTORNEY ACTING IN MONTREAL. ON MARCH 14, 1710, SAID HE HAD RECEIVED FROM JEAN JOLLIET FOR THE SALE OF TWO LAND AT CAP-DE-LA-MADELEINE, THE SUM OF 400 POUNDS. JOLLIET PAID FOR HIM TO SIEUR ANTOINE ADHEMAR THE REMAINING 600 POUNDS. DURING THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT OF HIS SON JOSEPH, JANUARY 15, 1715, HE WAS ALWAYS CALLED THE ROYAL NOTARY IN CHAMBLY.

HIS WIFE, MARIE FOUBERT DIED AT AN UNSPECIFIED DATE AFTER JANUARY 21, 1715, IN SAINT-SULPICE. JEAN CUSSON DIED IN 1718, HE WAS BURIED APRIL 8, SAINT-SULPICE."



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