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I have mentioned before the family history on my mother’s side and ancestors arriving in the new world in 1665. I find tracing family roots very interesting, giving identity to who we are… because we are made up of all those who came before us, physically and spiritually.

Recently we received a translation (parts were in French) of some family history that my great aunt, Sister Mary Peter Vaillancourt, had researched and hand written copied for relatives over thirty years ago. It revealed some new information about our family.

First was that my Great (7x) Grandfather, Robert Vaillancourt, came to New France (Canada) with the Carignan-Salières Regiment in 1665. We knew the year he arrived but the how and why was not known.

Sister Peter writes:

“Our first ancestors in Canada – Robert Vaillancourt was the first and unique Vaillancourt ancestor in North America. He was born at St. Nicholas d’Aliermont, Roves diocese, Normandy and baptized October 3, 1644, son of Robert Vaillancourt and Jacqueline Peppius. Robert came to Canada as a settler with the Carignan Regiment sent by Louis XIV carrying 2000 soldiers plus three ships with many families of settlers, builders, masons and workmen. Also, sheep, cattle and percheron horses were aboard. Robert as all settlers had to give three years service to a Lord or a liberated settler.”

Information on the Regiment was found on the Internet and includes a “List of Ships Carrying the Regiments”.

Second is that my Great (5x) Grandmother Therese Martin who married Joseph Vaillancourt was a descendent of Abraham (Scotsman) Martin.

Sister Peter writes:

“Ancestor of Therese Martin spouse of Joseph II Vaillancourt, Abraham Martin nicknamed (Scotsman) was among the first settlers of New France, he arrived in 1619.  He married Marguerite Langlois (French).  His first child, a son, was baptized by Fr. Demis, pastor of Quebec and named Eustache after his grandfather Eustache Boalay (Boulle) Champlain’s brother in law and godmother was Guillamette Hebert (Louis Hebert’s daughter) spouse of Guillaume Coullard (Sovey’s lineage, my mother). The child was the first Canadian born in Quebec (Canada).  Unfortunately, the baby did not survive. Another son was born to the couple Charles Amadore in 1648 and he became a priest (the 2nd ordained in Canada).  He spent several years in Quebec Seminary and was named Cannon of Quebec’s Cathedral in 1684. He also was a gifted writer and musician. Abraham Martin’s estate near Quebec is now known at the “Plains of Abraham” – spot where the famous battle between Wolfe & Montcalm was fought after which Canada passed into English hands.

Abraham Martin was the first pilote of the St. Lawrence River – he came before the pilots of the Raven Co. came.  Therefore, he’s really the founder of the Canadian National Marine. He traced the first map of the St. Lawrence River.  A small ship used to sail from Pointe au Pere to Remoaski south shore.  It bore the name of the first pilote (Abraham Martin) until recently found unsafe to sail anymore.  Abraham Martin left a numerous posterity and a lasting souvenir. In Canadian history, his talents, his devoutness and courageous works in his adopted country are strongly stressed and in 1823 the Historical Society of Que paid him a wonderful tribute by setting up a monument to commemorate this outstanding ancestor (of our lineage).”

Abraham (Scotsman) Martin seems to raise many questions, was he French or Scottish? Was he an official river pilot? Many variations of stories can be found… that’s what makes this continuing research fun, the mystery…

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2 Comments

  1. Hi, stumbled acrossed your web page looking for E. Boule and Champlain stuff.
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    His first child, a son, was baptized by Fr. Demis, pastor of Quebec and named Eustache after his grandfather Eustache Boalay (Boulle) Champlain’s brother in law and godmother was Guillamette Hebert (Louis Hebert’s daughter) spouse of Guillaume Coullard (Sovey’s lineage, my mother).
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    I think I remember reading this story years ago. But, I think he is named Eustache for his GODfather not Grandfather. Eustache was born in 1600. His sister helene (champlain’s wife) was born in 1598. Too young to have grandkids. In addition, a sentance or two later mentions GODmother was G. hebert is GODmother.

    Peace

  2. Just been searching for information on Robert Vaillancourt and came across your entry here. Sister Peter has different information than I have. Robert Vaillancourt 1644, son of Robert and Jacqueline Pepin, was married to Marie-Francoise Gobeil in autumn of 1668. As far as I can tell Abraham ( my 11th great grandfather) did not have a daughter Therese. His children were Eustache, Marguerite, Helen, Marie, Adrien, Madeleine, Barbe, Anne and Charles Amador. The book Our French-Canadian Ancestors by Thomas J. Laforest The LISI Press Palm Harbor, Florida Volume 10, Chapter 19, Page 201- 209 has a biography on him.


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