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Hi Boisseaus and Assorted Folks,

Welcome to my Boisseau Family Geneaology project. 

First read the timeline which includes a lot of the history of our ancestors who were the pioneers and first inhabitants of New France now known as Canada. Ours settled in the Quebec Province.   There are cities and streets named for them, statues and plaques and monuments that are still honoring our first pioneer ancestors.  It will give you an idea of what it was like for them, making friends with Algonquins and enduring attacks from Iroquois and the English. Enduring the cold and lack of food, and having to build everything from nothing. If you wish to skip that then read further down on some highlighted family members or tips of how to utilize this site. 


In 1497 Cabot came and drew a map of what is now Quebec.
In 1535 Jacques Cartier and his crew of 61 men first visited  an Iroquois settlement called Stadacona, in a site located in present-day Quebec City. 
In 1541 Jacques Cartier returned with 400 men to form Fort Charlesbourg Royal (present day Riviere Cap Rouge) which was a fort on a hill which is on the other side of Quebec City of the Stadacona settlement. Many were killed there by hostileIroquois indians including the Stadacona, and abandoned the fort by 1543 due to the attacks, scurvy, and frigid winters. 
I believe some of our ancestors were part of that group as many of them knew the Native languages and sailed with Champlain in later years when documentation became prevalent. 
In 1604 Samuel Champlain brought a group of people from Aquitaine/Occitaine France to Acadia (Nova Scotia) where Port Royal was established. Almost half died from Scurvy. The 44 of 79 pioneers  who survived had perhaps lived with the local Mi'kmaq Abenaki Indians who were friendly. Some French moved to Fort St Louis.(see next)
In 1608 Samuel Champlain's small trading post on Cap Diamond called Fort Saint Louis became KEBEC or Quebec, later to be known as Quebec City. There were 28 inhabitants, some from Acadia. 
By 1620 Kebec (Quebec City) 60 inhabitants. 

*1627 upon the founding of the  Company of One Hundred Associates, a group of philanthropists in France, a man named Robert Giffard along with Noel Juchereau, our ancestor and a founding member of the Company, went to New France.  They decided to go back to Tourouvre, Perche to recruit skilled men and their families to go back to New France with them. They were the best in their field,  skilled craftsmen, many of them are our ancestors. They built windmills, churches, they were master blacksmiths, master weavers, etc. They started sailing over the next few years, settling in Beauport (a borough of Quebec City) where Robert Giffard built the first home. They will be identified in my tree by a plaque that still exists in Tourouvre, Perche, France.

Through 1629  The population was  76 men and women who were there under the guidance of the Company of One Hundred Associates of France, a group of philanthropists,  but the English Kirkes attacked a ship carrying goods to New France and took over. Samuel Champlain was captured and they took him to England but upon returning there, Champlain found the war was over 3 months prior to the takeover. He told Britain that they took Quebec from the French illegally and through the Treaty of St Germain-En-Laye, Quebec was returned to the French. 
*we have many ancestors from St Germain-En-Laye.

In 1634 another post was founded along the St Lawrence River called Trois Rivieres or Three Rivers. The LeNeufs, the Godefroys and others in our family resided there, mostly nobles and educated persons.  Keep in mind, they were nobles in France but during the Revolution a lot of them lost their riches but managed to keep their titles.  Our family were all Seigneural Lords meaning, they were in charge of a row of 10 farms and the Seigneural Lord lived by the River. The Lord would choose the inhabitants of each farm. The Lord had a windmill made and everyone had to participate in the Church.
The Lord was educated, kept records and made sure everyone had food and grains and did their jobs. 

In 1642 on the 17th of May, according to Jesuit Relations a group of about 40 people went from Quebec City to an Isle called Ville Marie later called Montreal. Paul d Chomeday de Maisonneuve  Jean Mance and their companions , Marie-Madeleine de Chauvigny de la Peltrie, founder of the Ursulines in Qu├ębec, set up a rough altar and decorated it with wildflowers. Father Vimont celebrated the first mass ever said on the island. An algonquin boy named Joseph was baptised there. They built a hospital. They experienced a floor on their first year from the thaw.
As the water rose, Paul de Chomeday put a cross by the river and prayed that if they survived he would put a much larger cross up on the hill, which he did, and named it Mount Royal.

1667 An explorer named LaSalle, real name Robert Cavalier, founded a village named Lachine. Our Perette Cavalier is his niece. 


You may want to begin by utilizing the toolbar above in a few ways. 

1) Look in the 'list of last names' section and then look through the names of our ancestors listed alphabetically. The ones who are capitalized in ALL UPPER CASE are direct ancestors. You can click on the and go up or down in any direction. You can find yourself using your maiden name if you are in this tree, and go upward in each branch to see your many ancestors. They will go back to the settlers of the Province of Quebec. Some will go back to their parents in France and you can see the church they were baptized in.  I have used UPPER CASE letters to identify our ancestors as there are many added that are siblings and second spouses that are not our ancestors.
2) Use 'people' section to find  the 'relationship' link 
 between yourself and any given ancestor if you want to know how you are related.

The Boisseaus 
The Boisseaus go back to the first Boisseau that came over,  Pierre Boisseau son of Rene Boisseau  and Renee Martin of France.  Rene Boisseau was with the archdiocese of Nantes France. Pierre was a Carignan Soldier who married a Fille du Rois or Daughter of the King of France. Both were sent by the King of France to populate what was known as Kanada. You will see that we have several of the Filles du Roi and Carignan Soldats. If you go to the marriage of Vincent Boisseau and Francoise Radisson you can climb up to see our relationship to the famous fur trader Pierre Radisson who was kidnapped by Iroquois and he wrote about it in the Adventures of Pierre Radisson which is held in the London Society Museum.

The Boisverts. They changed their name to Greenwood for a time, and they descend back to Jean DeNevers. There were two sets of Boisverts who were first settlers, the DeNevers and the Jobins, ours being the DeNevers. Joseph Greenwood is a famous painter out of Spencer MA. His father and his fathers second cousin came to Southbridge and Spencer together and resided next to each other. He was the cousin and best of friends to Florence's mother Rosalie Boisvert or Greenwood. Joseph belonged to the Bohemian Club of Spencer, MA.

The Lalondes go back to Native American territory such as Oka, Quebec and descend from the Native Americans who lived there. 
One of our great grandmothers is Sarah Allen who married Guillaume Lalonde. She brought English Scotch DNA to Dads side. Sarah married Guillaume in Canada after she was kidnapped from Deerfield MA and marched to Quebec with the French and Indians who attacked their village. It was known as the Deerfield Massacre.

We also have Abigail Nims and Josiah Rising who were kidnapped from the English village of Deerfield, MA. The too marched to Canada, adopted by Indians and settled in Oka where they were married and lived under the name Raizenne.

We also have Robert Hinsdale who from the Great English Migration who was a founder of Dedham, Hadley and a few other colonies, but was killed while travelling with goods from Hadley to Deerfield in a different massacre.

Lastly, we have Captain George Lamberton who settled here from England. He was the first to sail a ship from this continent, as it was known as a British Colony at the time, it is now known as CT. He did not believe the ship was worthy but was forced to sail it, and it disappeared. Longfellow would write a poem about him called the Phantom Ship.

Mainly, every one else was from France. They came to what would be known as the Province of Quebec. It contained settlements of Quebec or Kebec City, Trois Rivieres, and Montreal, then other areas were settled such as Lachine and Sorel, etc.
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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