Very little is known about my earliest known LaBruyere ancestor Pierre Normand LaBruyere (I) - probably born and died in France, he married Marie Guilman. It is not known when or where Pierre or his wife died.
Their son was Pierre Normand dit LaBruyere (II) - born 1638 in Chartres, France and he died in Quebec, Canada. Chartres is located southwest of Paris. It is an ancient city, first populated by Celtic Druids. During Roman times, the city was known as Carnutum. It was burned by Viking Normans in 858 A.D., and was passed to the French crown in 1286. Later it became a grain-trading center. The city is known for the world-famous Cathedral of Notre Dame, its two spires towering over the highest point of the hilly area.
Pierre Normand dit LaBruyere II immigrated to Quebec before 1665 and made his living as a tailor. He married Catherine Pajot in Quebec, 9/7/1665; daughter of Jean-Baptiste Pajot & Catherine St. Hilare. Catherine, born 1646, Village of Sens in the Bourgogne area of France. Their 10 Quebec born children were: Pierre (b.1666), Charles (b.1669), Marguerite (b.1671), Phillipe (b.1673), Jean-Baptiste (b.1675), Anne (b.1677), Jean (b.1679, Louis Norman dit Labruyere, born 10/13/1680, Francois (b.1683), and Marie-Catherine (b.1685). Catherine died on 2/5/1703, at age 58.
Little is known about Louis Normand dit LaBruyere, birth Oct 13, 1680, married Anne Bruneau on June 19, 1701 and died in Quebec on July 15, 1729, age 49. The only known child was Louis Ratte Normand dit LaBruyere.
Louis Ratte Normand LaBruyere came to Kaskaskia in November of 1731, where he signed as a witness to a land transaction between Indians and a settler. His signature appears as a witness or as a notary throughout the Kaskaskia records until January, 1758; his name also appears often as a record of his personal life. He was a Mastersmith and Locksmith, as the records note his contracts to furnish other villagers with metal tools, lime (for roofing), ironworks and Lock Smithing for homes. In return for his services, he was paid in money (the livre was the currency), flour, livestock, land, labor, or the use of tools or slaves. he also hired apprentices, and, for a brief time, went into a business partnership with another tradesman. Records found at the Kaskaskia Archives list contracts to make and furnish hinges and locks for many of the Kaskaskia homes. In 1837 he furnished 30 hoes to Mr. Dominique Quesnel. He moved to St. Genevieve about 1760.
Even though Louis Ratte's father, Louis Normand dit LaBruyere died in 1729 in Quebec, it wasn't until 1741 that Louis Ratte managed to settle his estate. There is a passage in the Kaskaskia records that states: "Agreement by Pierre Charbot, former voyager-trader in the Illinois country, residing now in Canada, to act for Louis Normand LaBriere, master smith of Kaskaskia, in all matters pertaining to his inheritance from the late Louis Labriere, his father, in exchange for one half of Labriere's share in the estate, dated 4-4-1741." So, twelve years after his father's death, Louis Ratte agreed to forfeit half of the estate to have his father's affairs put to order by a Canadian resident. The reason it took so long may have been the vast distance between southeastern Illinois and Quebec, covered by paddling a canoe upriver; add to that the slow pace of communication, and each transaction between Illinois and Quebec could take months or years.
Meanwhile back in 1747 a Kaskaskia Indian maiden named Dorthee Accia married Pierre Hulin who was from New Orleans. The only entry found in the Kaskaskia records, besides Pierre's death was that he bought a slave named Chocolat from a merchant for 1,500 livres. After Pierre's death Dorothee Accica, went on to marry or live with several other men before her death. Their daughter was Agnes Hulin who married Louis Ratte Normand LaBruyere - born at Quebec; died 1809 at Ste. Genevieve (Ste. Genevieve Co), Missouri. Their son, Raimo