This couple would be my 6th great grandparents. I believe that I have just figuered out what his occupation was with the help of people at the Quebec GenForum. I am open for comments and corrections. Here are my notes so far.Janet In the 18th century the people of Poitou were very poor and many suffered from famine.Jean Toussaint left Poitou (Vienne) for La Rochelle in hopes to find a better life in Canada.On 20 May 1715, when he was about 20 years old, Jean contracted to work in Canada (this most likely would have been a standard three year contract) as a "retailleur de roues".Retailler is French for "re-sharpen" and roues is French for "wheel".Formerly, a man who specialized in sharpening the mill stones in windmills (used to grind flour) was called a retailleur or rhabilleur.Jean must have earned his living by sharpening mill stones/mill wheels that had grown dull through usage. The miller tested the quality of the flour.If anyaspect or odor left something to be desired, hecalled the "rhabilleur de meules" to repair the grindstones.The repairer played a dominating role in this field.The grinding stones constantly wore down while turning. They had to be re cut periodically.After having raised the stone, he marked the raised surface to be beaten down with a red coat. The colored parts were hammered until the unit was smooth, in order to restore the regularity and the scratches of the grinding stone.This slow moving work was very tedious.The individual must kneel on a bag the entire time.He used a heavy mallet to beat the grindstone.One recognized the repairer of grinding stones by his black and blue hands covered with the bright glares of iron filings.It was the job of a "rhabilleur de meules" to go from one mill to another to sharpen the stones. This was a poor family.Generally one would received land after their 3 year contract.Jean did not get established till 1752 (a full 37 years after his arrival in Canada and 27 years after he got married and than only after all his children were born).A small portion of land at the seigneurie of St. Michel was donated to him by Rene Cauchon in appreciation for the services that Jean did for him through the years.Ten years later this family settled in St. Jean, Port of Joli where Jean Toussaint died.He lived to be 80.One wonders if hard work accounted for his longevity. One of his grandsons took on the dit name Turgon.As a result many of Jean Toussaint's descendants go by the new surname Turgon. Other variations for this surname: Toussin, Tozin, Grou, Jourdain, Labonte, LaFrance.