Joseph Gaultier: Birth: 15 MAR 1677/78.
Note: Charpentier In France, Gauthier was a family name as familiar as that of Tremblay in Canada. A bishop of Rouen, from 1184 to 1207, Gautier de Coutances, one day received this homage in Latin, which is translated "you have conquered, Gautier, here are the forests of your triumph." This complement undoubtly meant that under the Gautier shepards crook, numerous sound and fervent Christians had replaced the trees of the forests. Jacques was born in Rouen came to Canada around 1665 to work with master carpenter Jean Lemire, a fellow citizen of Saint-Vivian, who had come to Canada in 1650 and settled at Ste-Foy. In 1671 Jacques took up residence in Sillery. The name of Sillery draws its origin from Noel Brulart, the first Commandant of Sillery, and the great benefactor of the Jusuit mission dedicated to Saint-Joseph, near Quebec. This powerful man at the court of Henry IV, one day became a priest and dedicated a part of his fortune to this Canadian missionary work. The Seigneurie of Sillery was made up of five distinct parts: (1) the " lands of the Sauvages," (2) that of the Jesuits, theSaint-Francois-Xavier coast, (3) that of Sainte-Genevieve, (4) the coasts of Saint-Michel and (5)Saint-Ignace. Jacques` land was on the Saint-Ignace coast, 90 square arpents in the virgin territory called Saint-Gabriel farm. It was uncleared land with no buildings. He was married in 1672. Was in the lumber business with a couple of partners; bought land in Riviere-Saint-Charles which he sold to Pierre Morin in 1676. In 1679 we discover him in thr Signeurie of Lauzon, where he owned two pieces of land cut by a brook "without any fish". Finally, after tiring of the lumber business, we find Jacques Gauthier with the Lemay, Beaudet, Hamel, Debord families in the Seigneurie of Lotbiniere where he farmed but mostly, with his river frontal land, engaged in eel fishing. Elizabeth-Ursule de Nevers and Jacques had nine children all but one lived to adulthood and were married. For more than twenty years the Gauthiers led a tranquil but hard life at le Platon. Notaries provide us with some news of this family. In the Autunn of 1689 Jacques sold 10 barrels of eels to Jean Le Picard, a merchant from Quebec for 18 livres a barrel. Elizabeth died in 1702. Jacques took a new wife, Francoise-Marguerite Lambert, widow of Michel Chatel, herself the mother of 6 children, 5 of whom were living. Three more children blessed their marriage and by 1715, Jacques stood before St Peter for an inventory of his earthly works. In 50 years of Canadian life he had given his adopted country his labor, his courage and his talents. He indeed deserved blessedness. Source: Our French-Canadian Ancestors- Laforest
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