Arthus, Michelle – marriageable daughter

Michelle Artus

Michelle Artus was born on April 1, 1623, in the parish of St-Germain, of De Bousse, Malicorne, La Feche, Anjou, France. His parents were Louis Artus and Renee Testard.

1653 (a bit of history)

When Maisonneuve began his first recruitment for the proposed colonization in Ville Marie (Montreal), he also signed several young girls, who received instructions and later became the wives of the unmarried men engaged in the defensed and construction of the colony.

Michelle is among this group of young girls, and she embarks on Saint-Nicolas-de-Nantes on June 25, 1653. We also note on board, Marguerite Bourgeoys, who is responsible for monitoring the loading of goods. When everything was ready to leave, Captain Pierre le Besson left the port of Saint-Nazaire with 122 passengers and headed for Quebec.


If Michelle is unsure of her future before, she certainly questioned him as the old and decaying ship begins to take water after only several days at sea. Although men are doing their best to clog The holes, it is clear that they must abandon the ship. De Maisonneuve, fears that if they return to France, most of his recruits retire, take them safely to a small island, with little chance of escape (although some have tried it) until To obtain another vessel. Marguerite Bourgeoys managed to calm passengers and avoid a mutiny; But just barely.

It took several weeks to find another ship and equip it, but finally they leave the second time on July 20, 1653, which is the feast of Marguerite Bourgeoys daisies.

On September 23, 1654, Michelle Artus signed a marriage contract with Jean Descaries, known as LeHoux, before the notary Guillaume Audouart, in the presence of Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, governor of Montreal, of Dame Barbe de Boullongne d’Ailleboust, wife of the governor of New France, Charles LeMoyne, Nicolas Godé, Jean de Saint-Père and several other personalities. Jean was born in 1621, son of Michel Descaries and Claudine Desgardes.

 On October 5, 1654, Michelle Artus married Jean Descaries, known as LeHoux, in Quebec City. The marriage is celebrated by Father Jérome Lallemant, in the chapel of the College of ‘la Compagnie de Jésus’. Paul de Chomedey Sieur de Maisonneuve, Jacques Sauvé, Jean Gervaise, Nicolas Hubert are present during this nuptial mass.

The couple have five children.

 Paul Descaries (1655-1725) was born on August 7, 1655, in Montreal, godson of Paul de Chomedey Sieur de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance.

Michel Descaries (1656-1716) was born on 5 December 1656 in Montreal, QC.

Charles Descaries (1658-1671) was born on September 15, 1658, in Montreal, QC, godson of Charles LeMoyne and Élizabeth Moyen, wife of Lambert Closse, major of the garrison.

 Louis Descaries was born on November 8, 1660, in Montreal, godson of Louis Chevalier and Jeanne Morin (?).

Jeanne Descaries, born and baptized on May 10, 1665, in Montreal, goddaughter of Louis d’Ailleboust,  governor of New France, and Jeanne Le Ber, wife of Jacques Le Ber, a celebrated Ville-Marie merchant.

In 1666, a land of Coteau Saint-Pierre was granted to Jean Descaries, who on June 23, 1675, bought a batch of 80 arpents from Claude Rimbault at Rivière-Saint-Pierre; In 1679, Monsieur Dollier de Casson conceded to him another land of 80 arpents at the end of the concession which he already possessed at Riviere Saint-Pierre.

In the census of 1666, one finds its following information:
Montreal
Jean Descarris, 46, inhabitant;
Michelle Arthust, 37, his wife;
Paul, 10;
Michel, 9;
John, 7;
Louis, 5;
Jeanne, 1.

At the 1667 census, we find the following information:
Island of Montreal of New France
Jean Descarris (known as Le Houx), 45, inhabitant
(Jean is here younger than in the census of 1666);
Michelle Arthust, 39, his wife;
Paul, 12;
Michel, 10;
John 8;
Louis, 7;
Jeanne, 2;
Louis Chevalier, Resident, 38;
7 cattle;
30 arpents in value.

 In the spring of 1671, a misfortune struck the young family. During an Iroquois attack, their son Charles, aged only 12 and a half, was wounded and died. Charles Descaries was buried on April 6, 1671 in Montreal, QC.

In 1675, Jean Descaries bought a property located east of what is now the former Glen yards of Canadian Pacific, and part of the municipalities of Westmount, Saint-Laurent (Montreal) and Notre-Dame-de-la-Madeleine -Thanks.

 On January 4, 1681, Jeanne, 16, married Lambert Leduc, son of Jean Leduc and Marie Soulinier, in Montreal, Que. (1)

At the 1681 census, we find the following information:
Island of Montreal of New France
Jean Descarris (known as Le Houx), 60;
Michelle Arthust, 42, his wife (in 1667 she is 39 years old);
Paul, 25;
Michel, 23;
Louis, 20;
Gilles, Domestic, 12;
2 rifles;
9 horned cattle;
25 arpents in value. (In 1667 the family owns 30 arpents in value)

On November 9, 1682, the birth and baptism of Lambert Leduc, grandson of Michelle and Jean, son of Lambert Leduc and Jeanne Descaries took place. (1)

 On July 29, 1684, the birth and baptism of Jeanne Leduc, granddaughter of Michelle and Jean, daughter of Lambert Leduc and Jeanne Descaries took place. (1)

 On January 4, 1686, Paul married Marie Hurtubise, daughter of Marin Hurtubise and Étiennette Alton, in Lachine. Qc. (2)

 On August 27, 1686, the birth and baptism of Jean-Baptiste Leduc, grandson of Michelle and Jean, daughter of Lambert Leduc and Jeanne Descaries took place. (1)

On January 10, 1687, Jean (father) died, he was buried in Montreal, Que.

 On December 26, 1687, the birth and baptism of Louis Descaries, grandson of Michelle and deceased Jean, son of Paul Descaries and Marie Hurtubise took place. (2)

 On January 2, 1688, Louis Descaries, grandson of Michelle and deceased Jean, son of Paul Descaries and Marie Hurtubise, died and buried. (2)

 On September 22, 1689, the birth and baptism of Marie Leduc, granddaughter of Michelle and deceased Jean, daughter of Lambert Leduc and Jeanne Descaries took place. (1)

 On August 6, 1691, the birth and baptism of Joseph Descaries, grandson of Michelle and deceased John, son of Paul Descaries and Marie Hurtubise took place. (2)

 On August 30, 1691, Michel married Marie Cuillerier, daughter of René Cuillerier and Marie Lucos, in Montreal, Que.

 On July 27, 1692, the birth and baptism of Marie-Barbe Descaries, granddaughter of Michelle and deceased Jean, daughter of Michel Descaries and Marie Cuillerier took place. Unfortunately, Maie-Barbe died and was buried on August 2, 1692. (3)

 On May 5, 1693, Louis married Marguerite Cuillerier, daughter of René Cuillerier and Marie Lucos, in Lachine. Qc. (4)

On September 1, 1693, the birth and baptism of François Descaries, granddaughter of Michelle and deceased Jean, daughter of Michel Descaries and Marie Cuillerier took place. (3)

 On September 27, 1693, the birth and baptism of Paul Descaries, grandson of Michelle and deceased Jean, son of Paul Descaries and Marie Hurtubise took place. (2)

 On April 1, 1694, the birth and baptism of Marie-Catherine Descaries granddaughter of Michelle and deceased Jean, daughter of Michel Descaries and Marie Cuillerier took place. (3)

 On October 23, 1694, the birth and baptism of Pierre Descaries, granddaughter of Michelle and deceased Jean, daughter of Michel Descaries and Marie Cuillerier took place. Unfortunately, he died and was buried on October 25, 1694. (3)

 On February 12, 1696, the birth and baptism of Louis Descaries, grandson of Michelle and deceased Jean, son of Paul Descaries and Marie Hurtubise took place. (2)

 On December 7, 1696, the birth and baptism of Marie-Catherine Descaries, granddaughter of Michelle and deceased Jean, daughter of Michel Descaries and Marie Cuillerier took place. (3)

 On August 15, 1698, the birth and baptism of Jean-Baptiste Descaries, grandson of Michelle and deceased Jean, son of Paul Descaries and Marie Hurtubise took place. (2)

 On September 14, 1698, Michelle Artus-Descaries dies and leaves behind many descendants.

Sources et references

(1)- La famille de Jeanne : Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes, Collection Tanguay, Québec, 1608 à 1890, pages 257, 364.
(2)- La famille de Paul :Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes, Collection Tanguay, Québec, 1608 à 1890, p 186, 364.
(3)- La famille de Michel : PRDH, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes, Collection Tanguay, Québec, 1608 à 1890, pages 186, 364.
(4)- La famille de Louis : Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes, Collection Tanguay, Québec, 1608 à 1890, pages 186, 364.

 

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