The Lamoureux Family

text by Hélène-Andrée Bizier

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The man and woman from whose union the LAMOUREUX family was to spring never revealed the secrets of their respective origins. Throughout his life, Louys LAMOUREUX (or Lamouroux) left no clues that would help his numerous descendants identify the French province from which he came. And all that is known of his wife, Françoise Boivin, is that she was a "native of Normandy."

Louys LAMOUREUX (or Lamouroux) was 25 when he was first confirmed by Bishop de Laval, from Québec on June 3, 1664. The land grant he received during October or November of the following year would indicate that he arrived in New France around 1662, and decided to remain there after serving out his contract as a hired man. Another possibility is that the settler could have landed in the colony before he was confirmed since the Bishop was reluctant to postpone the ceremony of confirmation. Still another possibility is that LAMOUREUX, to become one of the founders of Boucherville, was one of the hundred men recruited by Pierre Boucher during his voyage to France in 1661, or one of the hundred soldiers who were placed under Boucher's command by the King and landed in Québec on October 22, 1662. Out of the 200 men, 60 died during the crossing, but the others brought new blood and able bodies to the colony.

Louis LAMOUREUX settled on land granted to him by master surgeon-barber Jean Landry, on the sub-fief of Grandpré in the Notre-Dame-des-Anges seigneury, where he was the neighbor of Michel Boutet dit Lespine. The land on the other side of his property still belonged to the Jesuits. The 1666 census makes no mention of this settler, but the following year he is definitely living on his land where, curiously, two arpents have been cleared. Was LAMOUREUX a settler and a soldier, a settler and a coureur des bois, or did he travel with the Jesuits? One thing is certain, he did not intend to live in Bourg-Royal, and on Saint-Joseph's Day in 1668, he sold the 40 arpents of land he had there to upholsterer Jacques Leproux. What came next? According to Georges-Robert Gareau, it is possible that "after selling his assets, Louis LAMOUREUX returned to France, possibly Normandy, where he would marry Françoise Boivin, a native of Normandy." However, in his work on the filles du roi, demographer and historian Yves Landry situates the young woman among the wards of Louis XIV, and even determines that her arrival is in 1668.

The marriage contract and certificate have never been found but, as genealogist Yvette LAMOUREUX remarks, "we have proof that Louis LAMOUREUX was living in Longeuil in 1669 from his son Jean-Baptiste's baptism certificate, dated September 14 of that year."

The couple, whom we find traces of successively in Longeuil, then in Chambly and Boucherville, seems to have been prosperous since land purchases and sales followed one after another. LAMOUREUX enters into transactions with Adrien Saint-Aubin, Jean Petit, François Lanctôt, Jean Poirier dit Lajeunesse, Mathurin Besnard's heirs, and many others. One of his most interesting transactions took place on October 8, 1686, when Pierre Boucher, the seigneur of Boucherville, acting on behalf of his son-in-law, René Gaultier de Varennes, signed over an "island known as Sainte-Marguerite, one of a group known as the Îles Percées. This island, together with the subsequently acquired Nôtre-Dame Island and the smaller Dufort Island, later called Charron Island, were shared between the LAMOUREUX parents and four of their children: Jean-Baptiste, Adrien, François, and Anne. Louis LAMOUREUX was about 60 when he officially left the Îles Percées to settle on Jésus Island. The 80 arpents of land granted to him on June 20, 1700 were not new for him, since he had "long enjoyment of them." The following July 9, LAMOUREUX sold his portion of Sainte-Marguerite Island and, on July 24, 1702, yet another title was added to the patrimony he had built up on Île Jésus. Twelve years later, on September 23, 1714, Louis LAMOUREUX would sell a parcel of land measuring 6 by 20 arpents to his son Adrien. On February 25 of the following year, Louis LAMOUREUX was interred in the church of the Saint-François Parish on Jésus Island.

Françoise Boivin returned to Boucherville, to live with the family of her eldest son Jean-Baptiste. It is there that she died, April 13, 1717, one day after writing the will that would distribute her property between the Sainte-Famille de Boucherville Parish Council and her children, "a fair and suitable amount to be set aside as compensation for her son Jean LAMOUREUX and his wife for the extra work they have had and will continue to have caring for her in her illness." Two days after her death, Françoise Boivin, "native of Normandy, about 75 years of age," was interred in Boucherville Parish church.

Louis LAMOUREUX and Françoise Boivin had six daughters and four sons. Only two of their sons married, Jean-Baptiste to Marie Gareau and Adrien to Dénise Véronneau. The six daughters, writes Yvette LAMOUREUX, were the ancestors of the "Chapleau, Viger, Sicotte, Bachand, Cotineau dit Laurier, and Labelle families, and of certain branches of the Millet, Roy, and Ranger families."

Hélène-Andrée Bizier

 

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