Jean Gandin: Birth: 1650.
Continued: AT The GODIN, A COUPLE Of A REMARKABLE FRUITFULNESS The four pioneers of this name who raised families in News-France during the XVIIe century spelled their Gaudin patronym. Some of our fellow-citizens retained the original form, but the very great majority signs Godin, so that we will stick to this phonetic transcription. The patronym comes from an old Christian name of origin Germanic formed of two words meaning god and good. The first of the colonists mentioned above prénommait Barthélémy and was a wet cooper. At the time of the census of 1667, he and his wife, Marthe Coignat, lived on a ground of theSaint-Ignace coast, close to Quebec. The couple had four children including three girls; as for wire, Jean, born in 1650, it lived with his parents in 1667, but one loses then his trace. March 22, 1639, with the temple calvinist of the Small rock, Elie Godin (***), originating in Saintonge, married Esther Ramage, which was Rochelaise. But the Protestants could with difficulty cut a place with the sun in News-France. The husbands were done catholic and Mgr François of Laval managed the confirmation in 1660 to them, with the Castle-Richer. The couple had crossed the Atlantic with two children: Anne was to marry with Rene Lavoie in 1656 and Pierre died at the 23 years age, apparently single person. Two others transfer the day in the colony: Charlotte, who choose for companion of life in 1671 Pierre Fréchet, and Jacques, whose genealogists did not find the trace. We already evoked the memory of some-a of the pioneers who were recruited by Jerome Royer of Dauversière and the sior of Maisonneuve in order to save City-Marie of the threat Iroquoise. They were a hundred and arrived in 1653. Pierre Godin says Châtillon was their number. Wire of Claude and Marie Bardin, it was originating in Savolles, not far from Dijon. He was a master carpenter and one had promised to him by contract of the pledges of one hundred books per year. As of the following year, February 2, the sior of Maisonneuve concedes a ground of 30 arpents to him. October 13, the pioneer led to the furnace bridge Jeanne Rousselier, girl of Louis and Isabelle Parisé, Saintongeaise. In 1655, it buys a house built on a ground of one arpent: the colonists emphasized their ground the day, but came to spend the night in the borough to withdraw itself from the incursions Iroquoises. The threat was such as the sior of Maisonneuve instituted a militia in 1663; Pierre Godin enrôla in the nineteenth section. Astonishing thing, the census takers note the presence in 1666 of the family in the seigniory of Our-injury-of-Angels, close to Quebec. Why the colonist did temporarily leave City-Marie? We are unaware of it. Perhaps did it choose to practise its trade rather than to cultivate the ground? It is in Quebec that will be baptized the sixth and seventh children. At the time of the birth of the eighth, the family returned to Montreal. The couple had nine children including four wire and at least three of those founded hearths: Laurent, who was known as Châtillon and Beauséjour, in 1675 with Anne Guerin, girl of François and Anne Blanchard; Pierre, in 1689, with Jeanne Cauchon, girl of Jacques and Bore-Delphine Tardif; and Gabriel, which was known as Bellefontaine, in 1690, with Jeanne Andree-Angelica, girl of Robert and Francoise Savard. After the birth of all the children, the family of Pierre Godin is established in Acadie. It is there besides that the three wire mentioned above at the time of their marriage lived. But most prolific of Godin come to News-France was undoubtedly Charles, files of Jacques and Marguerite Nieule. It was originating in Aubermesnil-Beaumais, a small commune of the district of Dieppe. D 915, which leads to Dieppe, passes very close to it with less than ten kilometers of this city. November 6, 1656, Charles Godin married Marie Boucher, girl of Sailor and Perrine Mallet. The same year, the colonist had received a concession of two arpents and half of face to the Angel-Guard. The couple was to raise there seventeen children, of which sixteen founded in their turn of the hearths, that is to say five wire and eleven girls! Even the first child, Francois, reached the adulthood, being deceased at 24 years. Exceptional family that the infant mortality did not decimate! Of the five wire which married, Charles was the first, in 1689, with Madeleine Perron, girl of Daniel and Louis Gargottin (11 children including 6 wire); he contracted one second union, in 1736, with Ursule Laisdon known as Champagne, girl of Jean and Louise Côté and widow of Pierre Baret (a son). In 1704, Pierre married Anne Mathieu, girl of Jean and Anne Letartre (without), then Catherine Pellerin (10 children including 5 wire). The following year, Jean-François led to the furnace bridge Genevieve Lefrançois, girl of Charles and Marie-Anne Triot (13 children including 9 wire); he was to contract two other unions, but those apparently remained without. In 1706, Alexis chose for partner Madeleine Jacob, girl of Étienne and Jeanne Fresnel (12 children including 2 wire). Lastly, in 1712, Antoine was combined to the same family by marrying Catherine Jacob, the sister of Madeleine (8 children including 6 wire). With them only, the five wire of the Godin/Boucher couple gave to this one more than one around fifty of grandchildren, of which nearly about thirty grandsons. Let us see now to which families were combined the eleven girls: Marie in 1682 convola with Louis Narrow part; Marguerite in 1687 with Late Guillaume; Genevieve in 1689 with François Gariépy; Ursule, the same year, with Denis Quentin; Catherine in 1694 with Pierre Dumesnil; Anne in 1698 with Jean Perron; Madeleine, the same year, with Jacques Amelot says Sanspeur; Francoise in 1704 with Martin Pagé; Louise in 1705 with Charles Vézina; and Charlotte in 1717 with Vincent Guillot. These eleven couples carried to the thirty-five baptism son and forty-three girls. When Jacques Godin and Marguerite Nieule died, they were going to survive in the memory of a remarkable number of descendants: their children gave them beyond an about sixty grandsons and as many grand-daughters. They had deserved fatherland well! Extract of: Portraits of pionnières families of Robert Prévost. Miracles with Sainte-Anne *** This account bears the name of wonders, and not of miracles, in order to not contravene of anything the orders the Holy Church, which defends to qualify these extraordinary things of this name of miracles until it made judgement. Like God always chose some churches especially between the others, where, by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, the angels and the saints, it largely opens the centre of his mercy and fact quantity of miracles which it does not operate usually elsewhere, it has also seemed that it wanted to choose in our days the church of Sainte-Anne-du-Petit-Cap. [... ] In the year 1662, Marie Esther Ramage, 45 years old, woman of Élie Godin, the parish of Sainte-Anne-du-Petit-Cap, being remained for eighteen months very curved, so that she could not at all rectify herself and that she was obliged to trail itself as she could with to recover by the human remedies its health, remembered what her husband had said to him that in its presence Louis Guimond, of the same parish, had been suddenly cured of a great pain of kidneys, by putting by devotion three stones at the bases of the church of Sainte-Anne that one started to build. Then it claimed the holy one, requesting it to make on it a miracle as it had made on this man; at the same time, forgetting its stick which disappeared, it was on its feet very right, going with as much facility than it had ever made; and very astonished by a so sudden change, it starts to return thanks to holy Anne of the benefit which it had just received, and since it remained in perfect health [... ] (Relations of the Jesuits, 1667)
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