1579, St. Seurin, France
My great great great great
great great great great grandfather. This is the family's last link to
France. Vincent, his son came to Quebec in 1665 and never returned to
his family in the homeland. (Perhaps because his home town burned to the
ground in 1674 or perhaps because his voyage to the new world was so horrible.)
Jean was married to Jeanne
Born in the parish of Saint-Seurin
de Montagne France, Diochese of Saintes.
Jean was dead as of Vincent's
wedding in 1669 according the notaries statement, another reason, perhaps,
why Vincent did not make a return trip to the homeland.
A cousin from Quebec, visiting
France in 1998, has reported on the current status of the original town
where our family came from:
I went to St-Surin d'Uzet (France) last June 10th, (1998) and I
found very beautiful village . It is a small sailor village and
it's the "caviar" capital . But our ancestor (Vincent)
left for Canada in 1665 and the village burned to the ground in
All the registers were
lost in the fire.
The village has been
reconstructed beside the original village. The church of the village
is there since 1710. The ancient graveyard no longer exists and
the only souvenir of the ancient village is a small castle.
I didn't find out the
coat of arms of the Boissonneault's family. Around and in the village,
I didn't see any Boissonneault's.
Saintes was in the historic
region known as Saint Onge. This is where Vincent took his "dit name"
from. It was in the Bordeux Region of France, situated on a the river.
Very close to the Atlantic ocean. Click here to
see the historic regional map.
view of St. Seurin-d'uzet, France
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