Hi, I am posting the data and notes that I have for some of my pioneer ancestors, in hopes that they may be of interest to some of you that are doing research on your ancestors.
Descendants of Jean Maheu
Generation No. 1
1.Jean1 Maheu was born about 1605 in Perche, France.He married Michelle Chauvin.She was born about 1605 in Perche, France.
Notes for Jean Maheu:
He was a tailor of clothes.
Child of Jean Maheu and Michelle Chauvin is:
+ 2 i. Pierre2 Maheu, Sieur Des Hazards, born 23 Dec 1630 in St. Jean de Montagne, Au Perche Orne, France; died 02 May 1717 in Beauport, QC.
Generation No. 2
2.Pierre2 Maheu, Sieur Des Hazards (Jean1) was born 23 Dec 1630 in St. Jean de Montagne, Au Perche Orne, France, and died 02 May 1717 in Beauport, QC.He married Jeanne Drouin 10 Nov 1659 in Notre Dame de Québec City, QC (ct 8 Sep, Vachon), daughter of Robert Drouin and Anne Cloutier.She was born Nov 1646 in Québec City, QC, and died 24 Jun 1732 in Beauport, QC.
Notes for Pierre Maheu, Sieur Des Hazards:
This pioneer's name is spelt in many different ways.In the 1666 Beaupre census it was spelt "Maheut".Few people could read or write in those days and they did not care if it was right or wrong.Perhaps it once was the biblical name "Mathieu".He was sieur of Hazards. Hence the misspelt "dit" name.
On 22 May 1651 he signed a contract to work in New France.He did not leave till 1655 with his very good friend Jean Trudel.After working out their three year contract as farmers for Nicolas Juchereau, sieur of St. Denis, they each received 31 arpents of land situated next to each other.
Between 1661 and 1663 all inhabitants of the coast suffered greatly with chicken pox, Iroquois attacks and a large earthquake.Pierre and his friend Jean Trudel never moved from this area.In 1664 Pierre was elected as church warden of L'Ange Gardien.
In the 1666 Beaupre census Pierre was listed as 32 and Jeanne as 19.His trade that of a "maheut" a canvas weaver.In 1681 Beaupre he was 57 and she was 34.He owned one rifle,5 horned animals and 25 arpents.
Four of their five children married Charles Garnier/Grenier's children.
Notes for Jeanne Drouin:
Jeanne lived in her Grandfather Zacharie Cloutier's house since the second marriage of her father.Jeanne was 12 1/2 when she married.Her mother was only 111/2 when she married.
Children of Pierre Maheu and Jeanne Drouin are:
3 i. Marie3 Maheu, born 21 Jan 1663 in Château Richer, QC; died 12 Mar 1747 in L'Ange Gardien, Montmorency, QC.She married Charles Letarte 03 Nov 1678 in L'Ange Gardien, Montmorency, QC (ct 11 Sep, Vachon); born about 1657 in La Poterie au Perche, France; died 06 Aug 1714 in Unknown, QC.
Notes for Marie Maheu:
She was 3 in the Beaupre 1666 census with her parents
Notes for Charles Letarte:
He was about 8 when he arrived in Canada with his pioneer parents.In the 1681 Beaupre census he is listed as a "sabottier" (a wooden shoe maker).He owned a rifle, 12 horned animals and 22 arpents of land.His name was spelt "Le Tac".
4 ii. Charles Maheu, born about 1666 in Unknown, QC; died 09 Jan 1703 in L'Ange Gardien, QC.He married Marie-Charlotte Garnier/Grenier 26 Apr 1688 in L'Ange Gardien, QC; born 30 Dec 1666 in Château Richer, QC; died 04 Apr 1736 in Beauport, QC.
5 iii. Pierre Maheu, born 03 May 1669 in Château Richer, QC; died 09 Jan 1703 in L'Ange Gardien, QC.He married Marie-Louise Garnier/Grenier 15 Jan 1691 in L'Ange Gardien, QC; born 27 Feb 1676 in L'Ange Gardien, QC; died 06 May 1761 in St. Jean de l'Île d'Orléans, QC.
6 iv. Jeanne-Angelique Maheu, born 06 Jun 1671 in L'Ange Gardien, QC; died 01 May 1717 in Beauport, QC.She married Charles Garnier/Grenier 15 Jan 1691 in L'Ange Gardien, Montmorency, QC; born 04 Oct 1668 in Château Richer, QC; died 10 Feb 1734 in Beauport, QC.
7 v. Marie-Jeanne Maheu, born 10 May 1681 in L'Ange Gardien, QC; died 10 Mar 1754 in Beauport, QC.She married (1) Joseph Garnier/Grenier 21 Nov 1695 in L'Ange Gardien, Montmorency, QC; born 19 Apr 1671 in L'Ange Gardien, QC; died 24 Jan 1703 in Beauport, QC.She married (2) Paul Belanger 07 Apr 1704 in Beauport, QC; born 24 Mar 1674 in Beauport, QC; died 01 May 1717 in Beauport, QC.
My resources are limited because I live in Oregon.I hope that you use this information only as a guide.I welcome corrections and additions from anyone that has access to the original files.
Originally I paid a genealogy society to trace the direct lines for 6 of my 8 great grandparents.They used the books that were compiled by volunteers for each parish.Because so many individuals had the same name, I eventually found some errors in these books.Then I used Tanguay and found out that he may be about 75% right and Jette (that goes to 1730) is about 90% right.Then just as I thought that I was finished, I found PRDH (University of Montreal) and I believe that they may be 98% right and still make corrections to their records.They go up to 1799 for marriage contracts and 1850 for some deaths.Some people have the luxury of having the original records at their disposal.I do not have that and with 17,000 individuals in my data base, I can not afford to pay for copies of all the originals.At that point I confirmed every that I had with the records at PRDH. Whenever I say “about” for a birth date it means that PRDH did not find it or if it is in the 1800s, I did not look it up because of my lack of resources.
PRDH uses the most common spelling variation for the names.This makes it easier to trace the families.They do not always use the original name that appears on the contracts or birth records.That is ok with me, because many individuals before the 1900s could not sign their names and did not even care how others spelt it.As a result the same person’s name took on a variety of spellings.I also kept the “dit” (aka) names because eventually brothers from the same family, picked a different aka name.
As for the pioneers, I also used Peter Gagné’s English books on the single girls that arrived in New France between 1634 & 1662 and his book on the single girls that are referred to as the King’s Daughters that arrived between 1663 & 1673.These girls were recruited and paid by the King to go to New France (Québec) to get married and colonize the area.
Most of my information for the 1800-1900s comes from people on the web.The program that I use does not allow for baptismal dates, so if I don’t have a birth date, I use the baptismal date.The same goes for death vs. burial dates and actual wedding vs. contract dates.The newer programs have these features, but I will not be going through 17,000 records to make the changes.
It is like I said in the beginning; use this information as a guide only.I view genealogy as a hobby and not as pure science.
As for the stories, I got them all in French on the web and I translated them for my grandchildren.I had not read or spoken French in over 40 years, so it was difficult and may not be the best translation.