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Did You Know?Did you know...It is said that on the stroke of midnight, farm animals acquired the marvellous and unusual gift of speech. Oxen, cows, horses, pigs, and poultry began to speak to one another and to exchange strange secrets about humans, particularly their masters. Bad luck, the risk of being struck dumb or, worse still, even death came to those who tried to spy on them. This belief was prevalent not only in France but also in Francophone Canada. Another belief says that at midnight, farm cattle kneel in the stable to worship the Infant Jesus. It is clear that these two beliefs are closely linked to the even older one that Jesus was born at midnight.


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Fille du Roi - Find out More.France  Catherine  Clerice

  (abt. 1653Paris, Ile-de-France, France  - 1 March 1715Varennes, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Cap Saint-Michel) (île Sainte Thérese) )  

Catherine Clerice was born abt. 1653 in Paris, Ile-de-France, France. Catherine Clerice was the child of

She married  Jacques Lussier 12 October 1671 in Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City) .  The couple had (at least) 9 children. Jacques Lussier  was born abt. 1646 in Paris, Ile-de-France, France .  He died 12 June 1713 in Sorel, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre-de-Sorel) . 

Catherine Clerice died 1 March 1715 in Varennes, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Cap Saint-Michel) (île Sainte Thérese).

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Occupation: Fille du Roi

Born at Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France

Marriage / Union(s) and Child(ren)

Catherine Clerice married France Jacques Lussier-- Date: 12 October 1671 Place: Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City) Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 

Jacques, widower of Charlotte La Marche
Catherine, daughter of Pierre Clerice and Marie Le Fieber

"At Quebec, he met the eighteen year old Catherine Clerice, another Parisian, a native of Saint-Sulpice and daughter of Pierre and of Marie Lefebvre... Romain Becquet recorded their marriage act on 4 October 1671 at the house of Anne Gasnier, the patroness of the Kings Daughters. The religious ceremony took place on the following 12 October at Notre-Dame de Quebec."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XI, Page 146
Updated: 12/9/2014 11:01:01 AM

Canada/New France Christophe Lussier (3 October 1673, Boucherville, Québec, Canada - 5 February 1752, Varennes, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Cap Saint-Michel) (île Sainte Thérese))

Canada/New France Pierre Lussier (20 May 1675, Boucherville, Québec, Canada - 2 March 1720, Longueuil, Québec, Canada)

Canada/New France Catherine Lussier (20 January 1677, Boucherville, Québec, Canada - 10 August 1719, Longueuil, Québec, Canada)

Canada/New France Jacques Lussier (15 September 1678, Varennes, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Cap Saint-Michel) (île Sainte Thérese) - 26 October 1744, Varennes, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Cap Saint-Michel) (île Sainte Thérese))

Canada/New France Madeleine Lussier (21 September 1681, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* - 24 August 1759, Varennes, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Cap Saint-Michel) (île Sainte Thérese))

Canada/New France Marguerite Lussier (3 September 1683, Boucherville, Québec, Canada - 7 May 1748, Repentigny, L'Assomption, Québec, Canada)

Canada/New France Isaac (Jean Baptiste) Lussier (11 August 1685, Varennes, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Cap Saint-Michel) (île Sainte Thérese) - 2 November 1708 , Varennes, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Cap Saint-Michel) (île Sainte Thérese))

Canada/New France Louise-Marie Lussier (26 March 1689, Boucherville, Québec, Canada - 22 January 1764, Saint-Sulpice, L'Assomption, Québec, Canada (St Sulpice))

Canada/New France Marie-Anne-Jeanne Lussier (20 February 1692, Varennes, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Cap Saint-Michel) (île Sainte Thérese) - 16 April 1749, Verchères, Verchères, Québec, Canada (Vercheres))

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Invention1656 - The pendulum clock is invented (Christiaan Huygens, Netherlands)

Fille du Roi
Clérice, Catherine, m. Lussier, Jacques, Oct. 12, 1671

Filles du Roi1663-1673 Filles du Roi

"The filles du roi, or King's Daughters, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Most were single French women and many were orphans. Their transportation to Canada and settlement in the colony were paid for by the King. Some were given a royal gift of a dowry of 50 livres for their marriage to one of the many unmarried male colonists in Canada. These gifts are reflected in some of the marriage contracts entered into by the filles du roi at the time of their first marriages.

The filles du roi were part of King Louis XIV's program to promote the settlement of his colony in Canada. Some 737 of these women married and the resultant population explosion gave rise to the success of the colony. Most of the millions of people of French Canadian descent today, both in Quebec and the rest of Canada and the USA (and beyond!), are descendants of one or more of these courageous women of the 17th century. "

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Invention1666 - Isaac Newton discovers gravity

1671 Marriage / Union
Catherine Clerice and Jacques Lussier 12 October 1671, Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City) (see below)

News1672 - Varennes founded

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1681 Canadian Census Seigneurie du Varene
Jacques Lhussier, 35
Catherine Clery (Clerice), sa femme, 28
Marie, 11
Christophe, 8
Pierre, 6
Catherine, 4
Jacques, 2

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882

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World History1689 - William & Mary assume English throne. Peter the Great assumes Russian throne.

News1692 - Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes established at Varennes -

Invention1698 - The steam engine is invented (Thomas Savery, England)


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