Name: Paul DENYS de St Simon
Given Name: Paul
Suffix: de St Simon
Birth: 13 Jun 1649
DENYS DE SAINT-SIMON, PAUL, provost of the marshalcy, member of the Conseil Souverain; b. 1 3 June 1649, baptized in the church of Saint-Sauveur in Paris, son of Simon Denys* de La Trin ité and Françoise Du Tartre; married Marie-Madeleine de Peiras, sister of Jean-Baptiste de Pe iras, on 18 Jan. 1678; d. in Quebec, 14 Oct. 1731.
Change Date: 3 Dec 2007 at 08:26:54
From August 1671 to August 1672 Denys de Saint-Simon accompanied the Jesuit Charles Albanel * on an arduous journey from Tadoussac to James Bay for the purpose of claiming the territor y for France and of christianizing the Indians. In accordance with his instructions from Talo n*, he planted the arms of France at Lake Nemiskau on 9 July 1672.
In 1678 Denys de Saint-Simon was appointed lieutenant of the marshalcy or ?Prévôté des Maréch aux.? The marshalcy had been established in Canada by royal edict of 9 May 1677. It was a bod y of law enforcement officers, called ?archers,? headed by a provost. The office of lieutenan t, second in command to the provost, is said to have been created especially for Denys de Sai nt-Simon. Denys was named provost of the marshalcy on 24 May 1689, after the death of the fir st incumbent. The office carried an annual stipend of 500 livres. Denys continued to hold i t until 12 May 1714 when he relinquished it to his son, Charles-Paul Denys* de Saint-Simon. I n 1710 Denys was appointed temporarily to the Conseil Souverain and in 1714 was given permiss ion to attend sessions; he received a permanent appointment to it on 1 April 1717. Towards th e end of 1717 he was acting as attorney general.
Denys de Saint-Simon also had farming and commercial interests. The census of 1681 shows tha t he had land under cultivation. In 1700 he took shares in the Compagnie de la Colonie, forme d to exploit the beaver trade. It is probable that, like other prominent members of the colon y, Denys de Saint-Simon continued to invest in land and in commercial ventures, but his princ ipal contribution appears to have been his public service as lieutenant and provost of the ma rshalcy and as a member of the Conseil Souverain.
Father: Simon DENYS-DE LA TRINITE b: 12 Jan 1599 in Tours, Archev de Tours, Touraine, Indre et Loire, France
Mother: Francoise DUTARTRE b: 14 Apr 1622
Madeleine Marie de PIERAS
- Charles Paul DENYS De St Simon b: 31 Jan 1688 in Quebec City, Quebec
- Guillaume Emmaneul Theodose DENYS