Name: Charles SEVESTRE
Given Name: Charles
Birth: 20 Nov 1607 in St Etienne du Mont Paris, Seine, France
Death: 8 Dec 1657 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Burial: 9 Dec 1657 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
SEVESTRE, CHARLES, clerk in the Quebec warehouse, procurator-syndic of the Communauté des Hab itants, special lieutenant of the seneschal?s court of Quebec; son of Charles Sevestre and Ma rguerite Petitpas; d. 1657 at Quebec.
Change Date: 6 May 2008 at 13:26:10
The Sevestre family came from Paris, where, some time around 1627, Charles had married Mari e Pichon, the widow of Philippe Gauthier de La Chenaye. We know of four of Charles?s brothers : Louis, who was a bookseller; Étienne, Ignace, and Thomas, who probably arrived at Quebec wi th Charles not later than 1636. They brought with them their widowed mother. The Compagnie de s Cent-Associés granted them lands at Quebec in the spring of 1639.
Charles Sevestre?s first occupation is unknown to us; he is referred to in 1641 only as a ?se ttler living at the aforesaid Quebec.? But in 1645, when the Communauté des Habitants was fou nded, Sevestre makes his appearance as clerk of the warehouse. On 23 Aug. 1648, at a meetin g of all the notables of the Quebec region, he was elected procurator-syndic of the Communaut é. It was in this capacity that he was required, in 1649, to initiate the construction of th e first church at Trois-Rivières. On 8 May 1651 he is mentioned as being provost judge of th e Lauson seigneury, an office that he was the first to hold. During the years 1651 and 1652 h e was one of the churchwardens of the parish of Quebec. Finally, from 1651 until his death, h e was the first appointee to the important office of special civil and criminal lieutenant i n the seneschal?s court of Quebec, created by Governor Jean de Lauson.
Charles Sevestre died at Quebec and was buried on 9 Dec. 1657 under his pew in the church; hi s wife was to follow him on 4 May 1661.
It seems evident, however, that Sevestre?s book-keeping, while he was a clerk in the warehous e, was not all it should have been towards the end of his term, for his son-in-law, Louis Rou er de Villeray (who succeeded him in the position through the favour of the interim governor , Louis d?Ailleboust) was held responsible for Sevestre?s errors or poor administration. Inde ed, Villeray was forced to go to France to exonerate his father-in-law. This did not preven t the advocate, Jean Peronne Dumesnil, who arrived in 1660 as an inspector on behalf of the C ompagnie des Cent-Associés, then in its death throes, from heaping abuse on Rouer and his fat her-in-law, along with other highly respectable citizens of Canada, Bishop Laval* included.
Charles Sevestre was the only member of his family to leave descendants in Canada and he lef t only girls, as his male descendants died without issue.
Father: Charles Etienne SEVESTRE Levesbre b: BEF 1585 in Paris, Seine, France
Mother: Marguerite PETITPAS b: 1583 in Paris, Seine, France
Madeleine Marie PICHON b: 1591 in St Etienne Dumont, Paris, France
- Denyse Marie SEVESTRE b: 1628 in Quebec City, Quebec
- Marguerite SEVESTRE b: 1635 in St Etienne du Mont, Paris, Seine, France
- Ignace SEVESTRE b: 12 Nov 1636 in Quebec City, Quebec
- Madeleine SEVESTRE b: 2 Jan 1639 in Quebec City, Quebec
- Jeanne SEVESTRE b: 29 Dec 1641 in Quebec City, Quebec
- Catherine SEVESTRE b: 25 Jul 1644 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
- Charles Jr SEVESTRE b: 20 Nov 1646 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada