Name: Anne* Cloutier
Birth: 6 AUG 1607 in Perche, France 1
Death: 3 FEB 1647/48 in Chateau-Richer, P.Q.
As soon as the family settled down in New France, Zacharie the elder, lost no time in getting organized. He had already begun to plan for the future of his children and on the 27th of July 1636, he arranged for his daughter Anne to take a husband. This was unusual for two reasons. First the marriage contract with Robert Drouin was the first of its kind in Canada, and second, Anne was only ten and one half years old when the contract was signed !
Anne had been born in France on Jan 26, 1626. She was only 8 years old when she came to Canada with her parents . Her time of childhood with its attendant freedoms and happiness was short lived. The marriage contract was first drawn up on July 27th. with the intention that the sacrament would not be consummated until a year later. The religious ceremony took place when Anne was eleven but Robert had to content himself with non -conjugal visits for two more years.
himself was a young man of good character. He had recently arrived from France and was staying with Zacharie and Xainte, who were very impressed with his qualities of honesty and his work ethics. Robert Drouin was thirty years of age at the time. The marriage of Anne Cloutier and Robert Drouin was short-lived.
Roger Cloutier in his book "The Story of the Cloutiers" noted that young eligible women were so scarce in New France at this time that Drouin did not wish to risk not having a wife so he accepted the conditions of the contract. Cloutier goes on to say that the contract also stipulated that the first three years of the marriage had to be spent "under the roof of Zacharie and Xainte".
The years were difficult for Anne. She had her first child when she was but 15 years old herself. She had six children over all - three of whom died at birth. Of the remaining children only two names are known, Genevieve and Jeanne. Genevieve was also married at the age of 13, and her descendants are numerous as her story below will show.
died the 4th of February 1648 at the age of 22 after eleven and a half years of marriage. She was buried in Quebec the next day. Her daughters were brought up by Zacharie and Zainte until their marriages.
Robert Drouin, husband of Anne found himself a widower a the age of 41, but not for long. he married the widow Marie Chapelier on the 29th of November 1649 and fathered eight additional children.
Father: Zacherie Cloutier b: ABT 1590 in Jean-Baptiste, Mortagne, France - arr new France 1634
Mother: Xainte Dupont
Robert Drouin b: 6 AUG 1617
- Jeanne Drouin b: 1647
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