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1 Contr. 14 October 1696, Charles Rageot (Jette). Family: F75
2 Contr. 25 august 1670, Becquet (Jette). Family: F19
3 _STATMARRIED Family: F30
4 _STATMARRIED Family: F1139
5 _STATMARRIED Family: F2183
6 Christen // Christen
7 Huron Anenontha Catherine
8 Distinguished chieftain from the Bear Clan of the Huron nation who was massacred by Iroquois Warriors Arendanki Nicolas
9 Ward 2 Bassett Edith Josephine
10 The Descendants
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The history of the Beaudreau and Graveline families began in 1653 with the arrival from France of a young man pioneer named Urbain Baudreau dit Graveline. Sailing form the small port of LaRochelle in France aboard a small vessel, a determined group of soldiers and adventurers began its perilous journey.

Urbain had signed a contract for five years to serve the colony of Montreal as a militiaman to protect it from the attacks of the dreaded Iroquois Indians. Following his discharge from his original contract in 1658, Urbain returned to France brieftly, but returned again in July of 1659 aboard the St-André.

Upon his return, he received from the owners of the colony, a land grant as compensation for his service. He decided to settle down and raise a family, so in 1664 he married Mathurine Juillet, the daughter of another colonial hero, Blaise Juillet, who had given his life in defense of the colony. Together they had eight children : four sons and four daughters.

During his early years in Ville-Marie, as Montreal was then known, Urbain worked as a landclearer for others in addition to working his own land. But, beginning in 1660, he began to acquire parcels of land on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. In 1663, he was elected syndic (trustee) of the colony, a position of some importance, though unpaid. He represented the other colonists in their dealings with the owners of the colony. His term lasted three years.

He lived a long and full life. Urbain passed away in 1695 in Montreal at about 70 years of age. He was buried in the cemetery adjoining the Church of Notre-Dame the next day.

His children inherited their father`s sense of determination and adventure. The second son, Jean-Baptiste, was a soldier, businessman and adventurer who later became a pioneer settler along the Gulf Coast in the Mobile, Alabama area. Gabriel was a carpenter and businessman who, along with his wife, lost his life on a trip exploring the Mississipi River while they were searching for minerals.

Paul, the third oldest son, stayed in the area of Montreal for most of his life. He married and had eight children who lived to adulthood. The youngest son, Jean (John), was a butcher, soldier, and farmer. He also married, had five children and lived in the Richelieu Valley region.

Today, the descendants of Urbain Baudreau dit Graveline are scattered from coast to coast in the United States and Canada. We hope that this book will serve as a catalyst to future generations of family researchers and historians to continue the work only begun here. 
Baudreau dit Graveline Urbain
11 Fille du roi Bertin Marie
12 Fille du roi Blaise Marguerite
13 Fille du roi Bois dit Bouat Marie
14 [Aube.FTW]


He came to new France in 1634 with his family[Aubin.FTW]

He came to new France in 1634 with his family 
Boucher Marin Galeran
15 Irving Brenholdt was among the group that developed the atomic bomb inWW2. Clarissa Brenholt told me she remembers going to JensBrenholdt's (Irving's Father) funeral and that Irving came in agovernment limo, attended the funeral and left again as soon as thefuneral was over.

Carol Brenholt Medchill told me that the federal government came toall the Brenholt homes in Cushing and to Luck High School during WW2and removed all pictures of Irving to be sure that no photos of himwere available to the enemy.

Irving was included in the 2000 outstanding scientists of the 20thcentury by the International Biographical Center at Cambridge,England. 
Brenholdt Irving Richard
16 "Just before Christmas of 1870 a terrible tragedy occurred among thesettlers there in Cushing. The young man, Jens Brenholdt, was out inthe woods when H. P. Christensen who was hunting mistook him for adeer. He shot and hit and there was death in the new settlement whenafter being brought home and having lain wounded for about a week,Jens Brenholdt died. This event became a lifelong sorrow for H. P.Christensen. "

From Danes in Polk County, Wisconsin by A. Bobjerg

" His brother Niels deeded a portion of his land for a cemetary forthis first grave. Land has been added from time to time to theCushing Cemetery through the years, but a marker can still be found onthe top of the hill for this first burial.
When in June 1872 a son was born to Neils and Karen, they named himafter his Pioneer Uncle. This Jens P. Brenholdt lived all of his 73years on the family farm in Cushing."

From "A bit of early family history" by Agnes Marie Brenholdt Skone 
Brenholdt Jens
17 The following is from a letter written by Marie Hoffmier to herdaughter.

" My folks came here about May 1, 1870. In Madison, Wi. They boughtcows and provisions and traveled up into Polk county where they hadbought wild land to settle on. There were five families that traveledin covered wagons. It took 3 weeks to make the trip from Madison toSt. Croix Falls. Their land was at Cushing, Wi. The last two milesthere was no road, only as they cut one.
Arriving, father Niels P Brenholdt, put up a shed of boards with nofloor and no windows and only a door frame, no door. At night theypiled their trunks in the doorway to keep out wild animals. Motherthought she never could live there in such a place, having come fromthe beautiful country of Sheland, Denmark. So Father pried off one ofthe roof boards so the sun could come in.
During the summer, father put up a two room log house with a pantry,closet and cellar. There were 4 windows, a door and a small attic.
I was born the next January 7, 1871. My brother Jens P. Brenholdt wasborn June 26, 1872 and sister Sophie was born May 6, 1875. There wasanother little sister born who only stayed with us 3 days. There wereno doctors near so mother depended on an old lady that lived near.
They had no furniture, only homemade things. St. Croix Falls was theTrading Post for years, and as long as their money lasted they hadenough to eat. But that was gone before father could get enough landcleared to farm on. Some hunted and trapped, but father did not doany of that.
The winters were very cold with much snow. Then it would melt alittle and form a hard crust, strong enough for us to run on top ofthe snow, over the fences with our sleigh which was in reality an oldchair.
The Indians used to gather Ginsing weed in the wood around ourschoolhouse. They minded their own business and we did ours. But,one spring when I was about 10 years old, they had a pow-wow about 16miles north of Cushing and someone gave out the story that the Indianswere coming to scalp us all. Everybody left their homes, let thecattle in on the fields and left. One woman got so excited, she putthe cat upstairs with two loaves of bread and a pail of water. It allturned out to be a false report. However, many had gone to St. CroixFalls and there were about 200 people that stopped in Cushing. Iremember them sleeping in our house on the floor packed like sardines. After that there were no more disturbances.
We had, I think 4 cows and some chickens, but eggs were only 8 cents adozen and sometimes there was no sale for them at all. Calico, whichwas what mother made our dresses from, was only 6 cents a yard.
Most of the farmers had oxen to do the work and for transportation andto pull the lumber wagons. At that time, the world seemed very largeto us, for we did not get far from home.
Religious services were held in the different homes. When I was about13 years old, there was a small Lutheran Church built on father'sfarm. I, being the oldest child, was the Sunday School teacher.
When I was 16, I went to St. Paul to work at housework for $8 permonth. Soon I was back in Cushing and started a dressmaking andmillinery shop there. I met Dr. Hoffmier soon after that and we weremarried and moved to Centuria and then to Frederic when that place wasnew. Stumps were still in the middle of Main Street. A Mr. Harmonran a sawmill and logging camp there. Dr. Hoffmier took care of themen that got hurt. It was an untamed wilderness. The blackberrieswere large and sweet and plentiful around there at that time. Oneday, I was picking away, talking to my friends, whom I heard pickingjust at the other side of the bush, but when I realized they didn'tanswer, I stepped back to see why I did not get an answer and thereinstead of people, I met a black bear. He evidently was a friend ofmine, too, for he had enjoyed my company and walked off quietly.
A few years later we sold out to Dr. Arvidson and moved to Superiorwhere we stayed for over 40 years.

Marie Brenholdt Hoffmier died in 1968 at the age of 97 years in thePioneer Home at Luck, just 10 miles from where she was born. She isburied in the Cushing Cemetery.

In 1885 the Lutheran Church in Cushing held their first confirmation.Marie was among the 4 confirmed. 
Brenholdt Julia Maria
18 Nels Pedersen Brenholdt was born in Brenholdt, Holbeck Sjelland,Denmark on 3/21/1838. He was married to Karen Marie Jensen. Togetherthey imigrated to the USA in 1870 along with his sister Karen andseveral young couples from Sjelland.
The group had definite plans to settle in the same area as had youngJens Pedersen Brenholdt, who had come to Wisconsin earlier and thenurged family members and friends to join him here.
The group of young immigrants bought their land, sight unseen, inMadison for $1.25 an acre. Nels and Karen purchased 160 acres, butlater, realizing it would take years to clear all that thickly woodedland for farming they wrote to brother Christen and family in Denmarkurging them to come over and take over the east 80.
In Madison these Danish immigrants also bought cattle, wagons, oxenand other needed supplies for making the very difficult journey ofsome 300 miles to St. Croix Falls. At this trading post theypurchased the supplies they would need to get settled on their landwhich was still 12 miles north. It took them many days to reach andclaim their land, for while the first 10 miles were barely passable,the last two had to be cleared by the men while the women and childrenwaited anxiously. Finally they arrived. Their land was to the eastin Laketown township of Polk County. Others would come to settle westof the new road in Sterling Township.

Signed by Agnes Marie Brenholdt Skone

Niels and Karen Brenholdt sailed to the U.S. on the Steamship OceanQueen. They arrived in the port of New York on May 2, 1870. Arrivingwith them were Karen's sister Kirsten and Niels's sister Karen. 
Brenholdt Niels Pedersen
19 Betty Zinski
Age: 72
Published: Thursday, April 5, 2007 3:00 AM CDT
Bayfield County Journal

Betty L. Zinski, 72 of Washburn, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 29 at her home. She was born Oct. 29, 1934 in Washburn, daughter of Floyd and Elizabeth (Stuer) Brenholt.

Zinski graduated from Ondossagon High School in 1951. She was married to Ervin Harnois in 1955. She married her second husband, James Zinski, in 1974. She worked in the Washburn School District as a library aide for the past 15 years.

Survivors include: children, Michael Harnois, Duluth, Kathy Green, Pascoe, Wash., Gregory (Charlene) Harnois, Manteno, Ill., Amy Zinski, Washburn, Daniel Zinski, Washburn, Elizabeth (Richard) Kallio, Ashland, Jaimie Zinski, Chippewa Falls, and Maren Zinski, Washburn; grandchildren: Cory, Shalina, David, Arianna, Chelsie, James, Andrew, Alicia, Tyler, Lauren, David, Logan, Luke and Olivia; a great-granddaughter, Harmony; brothers: Floyd (Kay) Brenholt, West Bend, Donald (Vivian) Brenholt, Iron River, and Thomas (Jean) Brenholt, Eau Claire; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband James Zinski.

A memorial service was Monday, April 2, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Washburn with Rev. Jerry Lamb officiating. Spring Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Washburn.

Memorials may be made to Regional Hospice of Ashland or to the American Cancer Society.

Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn assisted the family with arrangements. 
Brenholt Betty Lou
20 Niels Brenholdt settled in Cushing in 1870 and after finding he hadfar more land than he could clear, Niels wrote to his brother Christenand offered him the east 80 acres if Christen would come to America.Christen came in 1871 along with their mother, Maren, his sister,Maren, his brother, Hans, and his wife Ane Marie. This 80 acres isstill in the Brenholt family today. Carol Brenholt Medchill, greatgrand daughter of Christen lives there presently.
The family agreed to take the name of their place in Denmark as afamily name when they came to America. How or why the brothers eachspelled it a little differently I guess we will never know.

Above is from a history of Cushing read at the dedication of Brenholdt Park in 1976. 
Brenholt Christen Pedersen
21 A Lutheran congregation was formed in Cushing in 1870. The firstcouple to be married in the new congregation were Hans Peterson andKaren Brenholt. The first Church was built in 1871 on top of the hillin the cemetery. Brenholt Karen
22 Buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery Brenholt Maren Pedersen
23 Ruth Harnois
Age: 87
Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 3:00 AM CST
Bayfield County Journal

Ruth Chambers Jacob Harnois, 87, Washburn, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004 at the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. She was born April 10, 1917 in Estherville, Iowa, the daughter of Lou and Augusta (Raake) Chambers.

Ruth spent her early childhood on a farm near Brule. After graduating from UW-Madison, she began teaching in Ondassagon and other local communities. She also held the position of county agent for home ecomonics, was a leader of the local 4H chapter, and judged competitions at fairs. Ruth enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid gardener. Ruth was an active member of Washburn United Methodist Church and Washburn Area Historical Society Museum. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, playing cards, needle work, preserving history.

Ruth is survived by four sons, Clifford Harnois, Grant (Barb) Harnois, Richard (Jan) Harnois, and Mark (Martha) Harnois; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Fred Jacob; her second husband, Art Harnois; and her daughter, Mary Lou Bade.

A funeral service was held Jan. 17 at the United Methodist Church in Washburn with Rev. Jim Ross officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Washburn in the spring. Memorials may be made to Washburn UMC or the Washburn Area Historical Society and/or museum.

The Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn assisted the family with arrangements. 
Chambers Ruth
24 Washburn Historical pillars: Johnson and Harnois pass
By Eric Hjerstedt Sharp
Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 3:00 AM CST
Bayfield County Journal

WASHBURN -- Two pillars of the Washburn Area Historical Society died earlier this month: Catheryn Johnson, 97, and Ruth Harnois, 87. A blow to the community, these long-time residents contributed immensely to Washburn's overall community knowledge.

Catheryn R. Johnson died Sunday, Jan. 4 at Northern Lights Health Care Center in Washburn, where she was a resident. She was born Sept. 12, 1906 in Stanley, the daughter of Otto and Karen (Mattson) Higholt Peterson.

Ruth Chambers Jacob Harnois died at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. She was born April 10, 1917 in Estherville, Iowa.

Johnson researched and compiled the vast majority of local information for two hard-cover books: Washburn Memories (1983) and Washburn Pioneers (1986). According to Washburn Area Historical Society President Tony Woiak, Johnson was a storehouse of knowledge, having lived here for most of her life.

Woiak remembers she ran the Chequamegon Bakery with her husband, the late Earl Johnson, for more than 30 years. Earl Johnson, started the Washburn Airport in 1946, and flew polio victims to the Twin Cities that same year.

A member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Washburn, Catheryn Johnson also taught at Stanley and Ondossagon schools, as did Earl.

A past president of the Women?s Civic Club and founder of the Washburn Foundation, she served on the Washburn Parks and Recreation Committee, many homecoming committees, and the Washburn School Board.

According to Woiak, she contributed a lot of work to the Washburn Area Historical Society before he became involved with the group. She was also a member of the Bayfield County Historical Society.

Like Johnson, Ruth Harnois was deeply involved with both the Washburn and Bayfield County historical societies. Although born in Iowa, her family soon afterwards moved to northern Wisconsin, where she was raised on a farm near Brule.

She also taught at Ondassagon School, and was the county agent for home economics, a leader in local 4H chapters, and judged at the Bayfield County Fair.

Executive curator for the Washburn Historical Museum since its founding, she also served on the board of directors of the Washburn Area Historical Society.

"She helped accumulate a lot of things for this museum," Woiak said. "She was instrumental in getting the Chick Sheridan Collection organized, inventoried and donated by the family.

According to Woiak, Harnois spent countless hours working on the collection which consisted of 24 boxes, seven, four-drawer file cabinets and more than 200,000 photos, negatives, slides, newspaper clippings and other items.

In 2000, the second floor room, where her desk and several exhibits are, was dedicated at the Ruth Harnois Room.

"We wouldn't have a historical society if it wasn't for here," Woiak said. "She was the backbone of the Washburn Area Historical Society."

Woiak said he will be acting as temporary curator, but he said: "Ruth will never be replaced. No one will be able to fill her shoes." 
Chambers Ruth
25 Rope Maker Charron Gilles
26 []

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Charron Marie-Thérèse

Pierre was known as a master leather tanner (maitre megissier).

His son, Nicolas-Pierre sailed to New France (Canada ) c. 1661-2 and there at Montréal, Québec, m. Catherine Pillard. They were the CHARRON's first French-Canadian ancestors.

Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes, L'Abbe Cyprien Tanguay;
by Province of Québec 1924; Volume 1 Page 118.
Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles du Québec; by Universite de Montréal & Rene Jette; Page 233

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Charron Pierre, II
28 Merchant furrier Charron Pierre


age 60 years, from Longueuil
age 31 years
age 42 years[Nicolas-] Pierre Charron was born 1635/1636 in St-Martin, diocese of Meaux, Champagne, France. He married Marie-Catherine Pillar/Pilet/Pillard on 19 Oct 1665 in Longueuil, Montréal, Québec. He arrived in Québec in 1664. He died 25 Dec 1700 at the Hospital General in Montréal at the age of 60. They had 12 Children.

Marie Catherine arrived in Montréal in 1664 as a Daughter of the King. She was confirmed 11 July 1664 by François de Montmorency Laval, bishop of New France. She 2m Sebastien Brisson in 1709.

Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes, L'Abbe Cyprien Tanguay;
by Province of Québec 1924; Volume 1 Page 118.
Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles du Québec; by Universite de Montréal & Rene Jette; Page 233.

Pierre was from the parish of St. Martin des Meaux. He was 60 when he died, 31 at the 1667 Census in Montréal, 42 at the 1681 Census in Longueuil and was confirmed in May 1664 in Montréal

His name appears in the Québec census as Nicolas. The spelling of the surname then was Charon. The accepted Québecois spelling of the surname today is Charron.

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Charron dit Ducharme Nicolas Pierre, III
30 Bigamist, he was married to Louise Delisle, his cousin, Ste-Suzanne on 10-08-1637. Il rentre en France en 1650. He returned to France in 1650. Fichier Origine Chauvin dit Ste-Suzanne Michel
31 Fille du roi Chemereau Marguerite
32 [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 32 (Disk #2), Ed. 1, Tree #0143, Date of Import: Oct
8, 1999]

Baptism Date: August 29, 1655 in Quebec, Canada 
Choret Ignace
33 [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 32 (Disk #2), Ed. 1, Tree #0143, Date of Import: Oct
8, 1999]

Baptism Date: December 9, 1657 in Quebec, QC, France.
Married durning the depression. He shot himself in his woodlands. Discovered by his child .... sad.
Burial Date: June 6, 1699 in St Pierre, Ile d'Orleans 
Choret Jean
34 [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 32 (Disk #2), Ed. 1, Tree #0143, Date of Import: Oct
8, 1999]

Birth year is 1684 
Choret Jean
35 [Edworthy.FTW]

[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 32 (Disk #2), Ed. 1, Tree #0143, Date of Import: Sep
30, 1999]

Born January 21, 1662 in Quebec Hospital Hotel Dieu, Quebec, Canada [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 32 (Disk #2), Ed. 1, Tree #0143, Date of Import: Oct 8, 1999]

Born January 21, 1662 in Quebec Hospital Hotel Dieu, Quebec, Canada
RACE 100% French 
Choret Pierre+*
36 Robert was a aSeigneur ( Lord) of Bonsecours de St. Croix.
He was a carpenter.
Occupation: Contracteur of buildings.
Source: Tanguay's Genelogical Dictionary. 
Choret Robert
37 [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 32 (Disk #2), Ed. 1, Tree #0143, Date of Import: Sep
30, 1999]

Much appreciation should be given to persons like Claire Farmer, who put in a lot of time and effort to make our ancestors history come alive as accurately as possible. Tom Edworthy (who wrote none of these notes)

Our Frist Canadian Ancestors.

Mathieu Chaure


Canadian ancestor of the Choret and Charette was named Mathieu Chaure. As the fact has often been presented for many other names, this one has been submitted as an easy transformation in the old registers. The Charette only entered into usage after the 1800, heresy of the Family genealogist. The F.Jean -Benoit Charette (brother) of St-Anicet.

Mathieu Chaure married in France. Before hand he had made a short stay in Canada. The first mention that we can find is in the Jesuites Journal. AT the start of his chronicle in October 1645, Father Jerome Lalemant writes " The three men who were at Three -Rivers earned 100 pounds. One was named Chestinnot, the other Mathieu Chaure and the 3rd Antoine Desrosiers." Father Lalemant adds, the 12th November, that Mathieu Chaure who was residing in Quebec, went to replace Pierre Conthier, at Trois -Riv .

Did Mathieu Charue passe a contract of 3 years as was the habit, so he could know the country before he’d install himself definitely. It’s possible.
In any case in the fall of 1646, wanting to establish a home with a young girl he knew, he went to France and got married on the 4th of March , 1647. He embarked the same year with his wife, Sebastienne Veillon. The marriage is inscribed in the St. Marguerite registers, before known as Notre Dame de Cogne, in the city of LaRochelle.

Marriage Act doesn’t mention the parents names, but the marriage contract makes up for it. That contract was written by the lawyer Teuleron, at LaRochelle on the 27th day of February, 1647. Surprisingly in that contract there’s no mention of a dowry or marriage settlement in favor of the wife. No parents accompany the future couple. On the husband’s side, 3 good friends stand up for him who had resided in Canada. Report the Jesuites.

Sebastienne Veillon, the future bride, daughter of Maixent Veillon and deceased Bernarde Venet was assisted by Thomas Venet, a merchant, with whom she might have been residing and had the last same name as her mother. There is no mention if they were related. The Registers of the sick of Hotel Dieu of Quebec, tells us that Sebastienne Veillon, was formally of the parish of Verdille, situated at 25 miles from LaRochell.

The brother, Jean-Benoit Charette, wanting to verify if his ancestor Mathieu Chaure and his family were originally of LaRochelle went through the registers in Aunis of 1600-1660 so he could finally find the name of Thomas Chaure’s buried in 1636 and of Mathieu Chaure the one which is mention here. It is clear that this family wasn’t of the province of Aunis. On the other hand we find in the history of LaRochelle, that in 1628 that part was totally ransacked and destroyed by the Huguenots.

Therefore, the port had to be reconstructed. They called upon carpenters of Breton (French province). In that era the Chaure families are known in Bretagne, France. Some still exist today. The name changed from just like in Canada and it became Chauret-Chaurette- and Charette. Compared to the Chaure name, the name of Veillon is very popular in LaRochell as is the Venet name, mother of Sebastienne. There also a street Venet in the city of LaRochelle. There’s probability that the ancestors Chaure was a Breton and his wife was a Rochelaise ( means from LaRochelle).

The couple Mathieu Chaure(Choret) and Sebastienne Veillon established themselves at Beauport in 1647. On March 6th 1649, Father Jerome Lalemant, Jesuit grant’s to Mathieu Charue, land measuring 3 acres at the front of St-Laurent River, and 10 miles long joined by Bonsecours farm on one side belonging to the Brothers Jesuites and Michel HuppJ dit la Croix on the other side.

The Jesuites tell us that Mathieu Chaure’s house burned while he and his wife were at Church in Beauport. That happened on the 12th March 1651, 2 years after the purchase of his farm. It happened in the middle of winter and they had already had 2 babies. It mush have been very hard times to pass. During there 17 years of marriage, Mathieu Chaure and Sebastienne Veillon gave birth to 7 children, 6 boys, and 1 girl, one set of twins, amount the 6 boys. We can consider the 6 boys seen as head (or chief) of the family trees.

Mathieu Chaure’s deed of his death carriers as the 28th March 1664 in Beauport. Five months later, Sebastienne Veillon married Pierre Auffroy. She reached her 84th birthday as she died in 1698.

In the first Canadian Generation, the oldest child of Mathieu was born in Beauport in 1648. They named him Robert for his godfather Robert Haches cousin by relation of Robert Drouin. That Robert Hache was a witness at the marriage of Mathieu Chaure at LaRochelle. Robert Chaure surely went to school; he signs all the contracts that appears at the lawyers office and there were many of them. He practiced the trade of carpenter-cabinet maker- joiner (whatever, he was a carpenter). He worked at the construction of the Quebec Church. He lived a few years on the I’Tle d’OrlJans, St. Pierre parish, then he resided in Quebec. Of his two marriages 14 children were born. One of them, Gaspard established himself at St-Crouix de Lotbiniere where he was a church warden.

The old registers gives us a few little funny stories of the lives of our ancestors. Gaspard Choret’s 3rd wife Catherine Grenier, acted often as mid-wife and also often as served as god-mother. At the baptism of Jean Vaillancout, on the 9th of August 1750, the priest believed he has to write this fact or action "Baptized in the belly of the mother by the mid wife Catherine Genevie Grenier, wife of Gaspard Choret".

A few of Gaspard’s children went up the river at Trois Riviere, at Louiseville and at St. Cuthbert de Berthier where they established themselves.

The second child of the ancestor Mathieu, Joseph married Ann Loignon a young girl of I’Tle d’Orleans. This is where he chose to establish himself. In a deed of Lawyer Chambalon, we see Joseph Choret giving a part of his land to construct the St-Pierre Church. He died very young at the age of 33 years after being married only 8 years. He left one son.

The only daughter of ancestor Mathieu, Jeanne was baptized in 1642. She was the fist to leave home, she married at 17 yrs Jean Morisset, a pioneer of I’Tle d’Orleans where she went to reside. She was the oldest in a long line of Morisset ( maybe they mean ancestral line).

In March of 1655, Mathieu Chaure and Sebastienne Veillon had twins baptized, baptism act was signed: Father Jerome Lalement. They were named Ignace and Pierre. Pierre was later named as the oldest Pierre todiffer him from his younger brother also named Pierre. They were known in all the documents . Pierre the oldest married in Beauport, Madeleine Giroux, daughter of Toussaint Giroux, they baptized 9 children in Beauport.

Igance twin of Pierre married in Beauport to Marie Belanger. He raised 6 children in Beauport. One of his sons also named Pierre was a farmer and a shoe maker.

Jean the 6th child of Mathieu, married in 1684 at I’Tle d’Orleans in Ste-Famille Church, with Claire Bosche, daughter of Guillaume. They had 8 children. One of them established himself at Kamouraska. Jean Choret died at 42 years of age. Seven of the sixteen children of Pierre( the youngest) established themselves towards Montreal, Sainte Genevieve De Pierrefonds Pointe Claire, Sault au Recollet, Saint Laurent and Lachine, ( all in Quebec).

Fact to note: None of Mathieu Chaure’s children died at an early age, although infantile mortality was widespread. All these ancestors were practicing agriculture and sometimes different occupations, except for the oldest of Mathieu, Robert, who was rather carpenter and business men instead of being a farmer. The first professional seems to have been Jean-Baptiste who practice notary or lawyer’s occupation at Sainte Croix de Lotbiniere at the start of the 1700.

According to Tanguay, Mathieu was the founder of Beauport, Quebec.

Which benevolent ship carried them to the newly formed colony? This question of which ship Mathieu and Sebastienne embarked on when they came to Canada may be a question which will never be answered with one hundred percent assuriaty. However I have found out that it could of only been
one of four ships:

1.La Taureau
2.La Maria
3.Le St-Pere
4.La Marguerite

Note: Claire Farmer (who wrote the original notes in this portion of the file) wrote on Nov 14 1999, to say that the ships were wrong and that the information should be:

1. ships name unknown, but the Captain was Pierre Legardeur de Repentigy
2. Angie Gabriel
3. Saint Francois/Bon
4. Notre-Dame
5. Marguerite

(Much appreciation should be given to persons like Claire, who put in a lot of time and effort to make our ancestors history come alive as accurately as possible. Tom Edworthy, I wrote none of this)


I have taken the time to start a list of the different ways of spelling our last name that I have found over the years.

Chaure, Choret, Chorest, Charest, Charrest, Charestte, Chorette, Chorett
I just want to thank you for the enjoyable and enlightening history
of Mathieu Choret. How I wish we had such in-depth descriptions
of our other ancestors.
You neglected to put the Charette name as an other way the spelling changed
over the years.
It evolved this way: Mathieu Choret (Chaure)
son: Pierre Choret born 21 Jan. 1661/62 his son Ignace Choret
born 7 July 1701 his son Joseph Choret Born 6 Mar 1745,
His son became Jean-Baptiste Charette born 9 Jan 1775.
Jean-Baptiste must have be an adventurous lad as he came west
as the middle man in a fur trading canoe, I have his contract from
the Montreal Archives dated 1794. Jean-Baptiste married in
1801 in what was known then as the North West Territories but that was all
the area around Winnipeg then. I am still searching for when he died. Hope
the St. Boniface Historical Society can help me out on that. That is the line
I come from. Regards, Cathy Taylor - Winnipeg

Choret Robert Mathieu
38 Fille du roi Chrétien Madeleine
39 Died in a train wreck May 28, 1906 Christensen Christen
40 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Christensen Susan Kay
41 CLOUTIER, ZACHARIE, master carpenter, pioneer at Beauport, originally from Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Mortagne in Perche; b. c. 1590; d. 17 Sept. 1677 at Château-Richer.

Having married Xainte Dupont on 18 July 1616, Cloutier entered into an undertaking at Mortagne with Robert Giffard, the seigneur of Beauport, on 14 March 1634; by the terms of this agreement he was to come to Canada that same year with his fellow-countryman Jean Guyon Du Buisson, senior, and he received at the same time the grant of an arriere-fief at Beauport. The two settlers took formal possession of their lands on 3 Feb. 1637. The previous year, if not before, their families had joined them in Canada, for the two households figure in the marriage contract of Robert Drouin and Anne Cloutier on 27 July 1636.

Cloutier's holding, the fief of La Clouterie (or La Cloutièrerie) brought him into conflict with his neighbour Guyon and with Giffard, his seigneur. He sold it to Nicolas Dupont* de Neuville on 20 Dec. 1670 in order to go and settle at Château-Richer, where he had already received a grant of land from Governor Jean de Lauson on 15 July 1652. Zacharie Cloutier brought up five children; he appears to be the ancestor of all the Cloutiers in Canada. He signed himself with a mark shaped like an axe.

Honorius Provost

AJQ, Greffe de Jean de Lespinasse, 3 févr. 1637; Greffe de Gilles Rageot, 20 oct. 1670, 20 déc. 1670. ASQ, Documents Faribault, 2, 48. JR (Thwaites), passim, JJ (Laverdière et Casgrain). F.-L. Desaulniers, Recherches généalogiques . . . (Montréal, 1902). [T.-E. Giroux], Robert Giffard, seigneur colonisateur au tribunal de l'histoire, ou la raison de fêter le troisième centenaire de Beauport, 1634– 1934 (Québec, 1934). 
Cloutier Zacharie
42 Ste. Genevieve Parish Coutu Louis-René
43 Fille du roi Curé Francoise
44 St-Julien, Archeeveche de Lisbonne, Portugal. Da Silva Joseph
45 Jean and Jeanne lived in St Thomas de Touques, Lisieux, Normandie, France. de Rainville Jean
46 Paul DE RAINVILLE was born in 1619 in St-Thomas-de-Touques, Lisieux, Normandie, Kingdom of France. He lived in St-Thomas-de-Touques, Lisieux, Normandie, Kingdom of France before 1652. He emigrated before 1655 from France. He lived in the seigneural manor in Beauport, Bellechasse, Québec, New France in 1655. He owned a concession in Fargy Village between November 11, 1655 and 1660 in Beauport, Bellechasse, Québec, New France. Conveyed to by Seigneur Robert Giffard, a farm with one arpent of frontage by ten in depth. He lived on the coast in Beauport, Bellechasse, Québec, New France in 1659. Location later occupied by the Beauport Town Hall. He owned a concession between February 10, 1662 and January 1672 in Beauport, Bellechasse, Québec, New France. Conveyed to by Seigneur Robert Giffard, land with one arpent of frontage by twenty in depth on the border of the town of Fargy. He served in the military in February 1664 in Beauport, Bellechasse, Québec, New France. Militia. Sergeant. He owned land with a house in 1674 in Beauport, Bellechasse, Québec, New France. On the road between the village of Fargy to the ruisseau des Ecailles. About 1680 he was a Farmer in Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec, New France. On the coastline. He lived on the south shore of the river in Bellechasse, Quebec, New France from 1680 to 1685. At the end, exchanged homes with his nephew Pierre Bazin. Before 1685 he was a Farming Business Owner in Bellechasse, Quebec, New France. He lived on the road from St-Michel in Beauport, Bellechasse, Québec, New France after 1685. Later in the 20th century, owned by the Joseph Mailloux Family. He died on December 10, 1686 in Beauport, Bellechasse, Québec, New France. He was buried on December 12, 1686 in Québec, New France. Cemetery on the side of the mountain. He has Ancestral File Number 2562. He was a Seigneural Bailliff in Québec, New France. Beauport and Norte Dame des Anges. He was Roman Catholic. Descendants in September 1955 celebrated the tricentennial of his arrival in Canada with a grand reunion in Beauport with banquets, parades, dances, and folk songs. 
de Rainville Paul
47 Also spelled De VauzyAlso spelled De VauzyAlso spelled De Vauzy De Vousy Jeanne
48 Fille a marier Delaunay Anne
49 They resided in the parish of St. Marguerite, diocese of La Rochelle, Fran ce. Louis was a physician at La Rochelle, France. Delaunay Louis
50 Fille du roi Despernay dit Charpentier Marie-Anne

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