Name: Robert Giguere
Birth: in See note
Death: ABT 1704 in Beaupre, P.Q.
One of the pioneers (1651) and founders of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre (1658).
Source: Plaque on the front of the original chapel of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre.
The Giguère family
Robert Giguère, born from the union from Jean and Michelle Journel, he is baptized with the church of Saint-Aubin of Tourouvre on March 19 1616. The family remained in Giguerie, a hamlet located on Secondary road 282 in direction of Bivilliers. He arrives to News-France into 1644. Robert Giguère marries in Quebec on July 2 1652, Aimée Miville, baptized on August 12 1635 in Brouage in Saintonge. At least thirteen children are born from this union between 1653 and 1678. Robert Giguère dies in Beaupré between 1704 and 1713. In September 1986, a commemorative plate was affixed in the church of Tourouvre by the Association of the Giguère Families.
from Aet Giguere:
"...family of Giguere (Robert and Amy) who were some of the original settlers in what is now Quebec Province of Canada. Old maps indicate that they had a plat of land along the St Lawrence seaway. A couple of their sons (of 11 children) were trappers or courriers de bois (runners in the woods). One (Jean Baptiste) may have been a scout for the burning of the Fort in Scenectedy NY and the beginning of the French & Indian Wars in 1689. He was also possibly involved in the building of Fort Detroit and Fort Duquense (Pittsburgh PA). "
Villages of our ancestors
by Marcel Baker
Tourouvre, fatherland of many pionnières families of which Gagnon, Giguère, Draper and Rivard
The Saint-Aubin church of Tourouvre dates from the 15th centuryJune 1998
To satisfy several genealogists curious to discover the village of their ancestors, we continue our series of chronicles the purpose of which is to present the cities and the villages of the pioneers and the pionnières of News-France. You will monthly find on site Quebec the Planet the presentation of the places of origin our ancestors. In June 1998, we present to you the town of Tourouvre to the Pole. In July-August 1998, it will be a question of Rennes in Brittany.
Perche, country of our ancestors
Perche is located at the south of the department of the Flowering ash, on both sides of main road 12 enters Verneuil-on-Avre and Alençon. Born into 1515 from the fusion of the county of Mortagne and the seigniories of Nogent and Bellême, This area of the Paris basin made of wooded hills and green scrap-metals is strewn with small cities whose history goes up with the Middle Ages.
The boroughs of Mortagne-au-Perche, Randonnai, Tourouvre, Bellême and the Ferté-Bernard evoke for many Québécois of the villages to the sources of our history. To the 17th century only, Perche provides 207 pioneers to News-France. This significant participation in the colonization of the valley laurentienne makes of it the most known area of the genealogists québécois.
The commune of Tourouvre is indisputably one of the high place which marked the emigration percheronne in Canada. Chief town of canton of 1 600 inhabitants, the village is located on a spur resulting from the forest of Perche. Tourouvre comes from Latin " tortum robur ", the twisted force whose legend points out an enormous oak reopens whose foliage would have been twisted by the forces of nature.
The Saint-Aubin Church
The church was built towards the end of XVe century on the remainders of a primitive construction. Its name points out that of Saint-Aubin, bishop of Anger to VIIe century. The nave, to the significant proportions, presents a vault drink some in broken cradle. In the heart, two stained glasses evoke the role played by Tourouvrais in the colonization of News-France. Commemorative plates also point out the memory of the Canadian pioneers baptized in the Saint-Aubin church.
The museum of the emigration percheronne
The municipality opened a museum of the emigration percheronne on the St. Lawrence Place, name which point out I twinning of Tourouvre with Saint-Laurent-in-the island. This museum was rested by Mr Jacques Nortier, former mayor of the commune and current president of Flowering ash-Quebec Association.
The museum was fixed as objective to present objects which recall the departure of the emigrants Percherons towards the New World during years 1630 and 1640. A library and a bank of genealogical data constitute the other elements of the museum.
The pioneers tourouvrais
About thirty colonists are originating in Tourouvre. According to the geographer Élisé Reclus (1830-1905) the number of emigrants tourouvrais is one of most considerable of Europe during first half of the 17th century. It is on the initiative of the brothers Jean, Christmas and Pierre Juchereau that engaged the colonists of this borough for the New World.
Contrary to our practice to present detailed biographies of the pioneers to you, we will limit ourselves to give you principal information concerning the history of the pioneers before their departure for News-France. The researchers will easily find in Quebec a many documentation on these pioneers who form part of the genealogy of several Québécois. The baptismal certificates indicated in the biographical notes are drawn from the File Origin.
Following the example other Tourouvrais pioneers and of other French areas, there exists in Quebec of associations of families Gagnon, Giguère, Mercier and Rivard. These associations are gathered within the Federation of the families stocks québécoises................
Travel to France at the time of the congress of Brest
Within the framework of the 15th congress of the French Federation of genealogy which will be held in Brest, in Brittany, from the 13 to May 16, 1999, I am pleased to organize a voyage in France for the genealogists québécois interested to take part in discovered of the top-places of France of the West. The voyage 18 days will make it possible to the 45 participants to discover Paris, Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley. The stages in the principal cities are almost very two nights thus allowing a more pleasant stay. The price of the voyage is approximately 2 300 $. It includes/understands air transport Montreal-Paris-Montreal, the circuit in the coach, lodging in hotel of the type 2 and 3 stars, 18 breakfasts and 14 meal, several guided tours and the inscription with the congress of Brest. In addition, a voyage one week, including/understanding international transport Montreal-Paris-Montreal, lodging in hotel of the type 2 or 3 stars for 3 nights in Paris and 4 nights in Brest, the Paris-Brest-Paris way in the train and the inscription with the congress of Brest east being developed so more than 15 people are interested. The price will be approximately 1 350 $. If one of these stays interests you, you can communicate with me by courriel or telephone in evening to (514) the 647-1240 to obtain the preliminary program and to know the conditions of participation.
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Father: Jean Gigueret b: in Perche, Mortagne, France
Mother: Michelle Journel
Aimee* Miville b: 12 AUG 1635 in Brouage, France
2 JUL 1652
in Quebec, P.Q. 1
- Martin Giguere b: 2 JAN 1654/55 in Quebec, P.Q.
- Married: 02 JUL 1652 in Notre-Dame, Quebec,, QC, CAN
Act of marriage, quoted by C.E.Marquis: "Le deux juillet 1652, apres
publication des bans faicts le 23eme, le 24eme, et le 30eme du mois de
et ne s'estant trouve aucun empeschement legitime, je, Joseph Poncet, ay
interroge Robert Giguier, fils de Jean Giguer et Michel Jornel de la
paroisse de Tourouvre, au Perche, et Aymee Miville, fille de Pierre
et Charlotte Mongis de la paroisse de Kebec et ayant eu leur consentement
mutuel les ay solemnellement maries en presence de plusieurs personnes,
entre autres Mr. de Lauson, gouverneur, et Mr. de Hauteville et autres."
1Title: Robert Giguere, Le Tourouvrain 1616-1711(?)
Abbrev: Robert Giguere
Author: George-Emile Giguere
Text: p 3