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HELP! Ancestor is complete! immigrant flag male ancestor  Claude  BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT

  (b. abt. 1626 St-Cosme-de-Vair, Mamers, Le Mans, France   d. 25 November 1699 Baie-Saint-Paul, Canada, New France )  
Age: 73

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Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT was born abt. 1626 in St-Cosme-de-Vair, Mamers, Le Mans, France. Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT was the child of ?   and   ?

Claude was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1654.

Spouse(s)/Partner(s) and Child(ren):

Claude  married  Louise GAGNÉ (GASNIER) 25 May 1654 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 12 children. Louise GAGNÉ (GASNIER)  was born 21 January 1642 in St-Martin d'Ige, Orne, France.  Louise died 27 April 1721 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-de-Baie-Saint-Paul).  Louise was the child of Louis GAGNÉ and Marie MICHEL.

Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT died 25 November 1699 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Canada, New France .

Occupation: Tailor

Claude was the child of Jacques Bouchard and Noelle Touschard of France. Baptsim St Come De Vair, Le Mans, Maine, France

Details of the family tree of Claude appear below.
Did You Know? Québec Généalogie - Over time, Québec has gone through a series of name changes
From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France.
1760 to 1763, it was simply Canada
1763 to 1791 - Province of Québec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Québec, Canada.

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.
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Did You Know? Québec Généalogie - What is a 'dit/dite' name?  When the first settlers came to Québec from France it was a custom to add a 'dit' nickname to the surname. The English translation of 'dit' is 'said'. The Colonists of Nouvelle France added 'dit' names as distinguishers. A settler might have wanted to differentiate their family from their siblings by taking a 'dit' name that described the locale to which they had relocated. The acquiring of a 'dit' name might also be the result of a casual adoption, whereby the person wanted to honor the family who had raised them. Another reason was also to distinguish themselves by taking as a 'dit' name the town or village in France from which they originated. This custom ended around 1900 when people began using only one name, either the 'dit' nickname or their original surname.

Source: American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, Rhode Island (

Spouse(s) / Partner(s) and Child(ren) of Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT


Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT married Ancestor is complete!immigrant flag female ancestor Louise GAGNÉ (GASNIER)-- Date: 25 May 1654 Place: Québec, Canada, New France Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.

Louise GAGNÉ (GASNIER) was the child of Louis GAGNÉ and Marie MICHEL

Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, Quebec, Canada

"In the paternal house at Beaupre, in the presence of the missionary Paul Ragueneau on 25 May 1654, Louise, French by birth, married ancestor Claude Bouchard, who succeeded her father on the Saint-Charles farm. Her descendants are numerous in Charlevois. Louise was buried at Baie Saint-Paul on 27 April 1721."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XII, Page 131

Children of Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT and Louise GAGNÉ (GASNIER):

flag female ancestor Marie BOUCHARD (b.27 October 1659, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 29 April 1739 , Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag male ancestor Jacques BOUCHARD (b.abt. 1662, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 12 December 1690, Château-Richer, Canada, New France )

flag baby boy ancestor Gilles BOUCHARD (b.8 March 1664, Château-Richer, Canada, New France   d. March 1664, Château-Richer, Canada, New France )

Ancestor is complete!flag female ancestor Marguerite BOUCHARD (b.15 October 1665, Château-Richer, Canada, New France   d. 6 April 1731, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Canada, New France )
m. René LAVOIE (DELAVOYE) 4 November 1683 in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)

flag female ancestor Louise BOUCHARD (b.abt. 1668, , Québec Province, Canada   d. December 1696, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Canada, New France )

flag female ancestor Anne BOUCHARD (b.20 February 1670, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Canada, New France   d. 8 April 1731, Château-Richer, Canada, New France )
m. Louis JOBIDON 20 November 1690 in L'Ange-Gardien, Montmorency, Québec, Canada

Grave has been locatedAncestor is complete!flag female ancestor Geneviève-Marie BOUCHARD (b.25 April 1672, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Canada, New France   d. 23 March 1754, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Canada, New France )
m. Michel TREMBLAY 20 June 1686 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-de-Baie-Saint-Paul)

flag male ancestor François BOUCHARD (b.8 April 1674, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Canada, New France   d. 12 October 1756, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Canada, New France )
m. Anne-Marguerite SIMARD 15 June 1699 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-de-Baie-Saint-Paul)

flag female ancestor Rosalie BOUCHARD (b.6 April 1676, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Canada, New France   d. 22 June 1733 , Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Canada, New France )
m. Étienne SIMARD dit LOMBRETTE 22 November 1695 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-de-Baie-Saint-Paul)

flag baby boy ancestor Claude BOUCHARD (b.14 October 1678, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Canada, New France   d. 28 October 1678, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Canada, New France )

flag male ancestor Louis BOUCHARD (b.12 February 1680, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Canada, New France   d. 17 November 1727, Montréal, Canada, New France )
m. Susanne LEFEBVRE 25 February 1715 in La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis) (La Nativité)
m. Marie-Françoise DANIAU (DANIA) 02 December 1724 in La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis) (La Nativité)

flag male ancestor Antoine BOUCHARD (b.15 October 1682, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Canada, New France   d. 24 January 1759, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Canada, New France )
m. Madeleine SIMARD 20 November 1704 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-de-Baie-Saint-Paul)

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Claude Bouchard
'Claude Bouchard, a tailor from Saint-Cosme-de-Vair in Maine, France, first settled on the coast of Beaupré to the east of Québec. He was nicknammed 'little Claude' to distinguish him from a namesake and because of his stature.

Claude Bouchard, no doubt influenced by his father in law, Louis Gasnier, decided to take his family and settle on the new lands of Petite-Rivière. On July 26 1682, he contracted to sell his farm at Château- Richerto Jean Boucher, also of Sainte-Anne. He did not go immediately and passed 1682 and 1683 at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. In fact, his daughter, Marguerite was married in November 1683 at Sainte-Anne. It is only in the summer of 1684 that Claude Bouchard and his family settled on their new farm at Petite-Rivière.

Claude Bouchard lived the rest of his life at Petite- Rivière. His death certificate dated November 25 1696 shows him aged 70. His wife, Louise Garnier survided him by more than 24 years. She was buried in the Petite-Rivière cemetary on April ...Read MORE...

'In March of 1650, at the White Horse Inn, situated near the county seat of Saint-Come, on the road leading to Rouperoux, Sir Robert Giffard, surgeon and Canadian colonizer, was giving lectures to attract settlers to America. Claude and his friend Julien Fortin answered the inviation and voluteered: They put their affairs in order and embarked for New France.'
Laforest, Thomas J., Our French Canadian Ancestors, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, 1984
'After landing on Canadian soil, Claude and Julien went to the Seigneurie of Beauport to secure food and lodging…Claude was his father's heir and an accomplished tailor as well. He didn't come to Canada as an indentured servant, but under the protection of Giffard. He had the freedom to travel, which he did.'
Laforest, Thomas J., Our French Canadian Ancestors, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, 1984
1654 Marriage / Partner
Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT and Louise GAGNÉ (GASNIER) 25 May 1654, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1659 Birth of Child
Marie BOUCHARD was born 27 October 1659, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
'Claude enjoyed life but had no stomach for a fight, espcially with the Indians. On 18 June 1661, the Mohawk Iroquois began to terrorize the region. They descended on Claude's farm too. At the same time, father-in-law Louis Gagne mysteriously disappeared from the land of the living. Shocked beyond belief, Claude and his family departed the area in haste.'
Laforest, Thomas J., Our French Canadian Ancestors, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, 1984
1664 Birth of Child
Gilles BOUCHARD was born 8 March 1664, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)
1665 Birth of Child
Marguerite BOUCHARD was born 15 October 1665, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)
1666 Habittans de Beaupré
Claude Bouchard - 40 tailleur d'habits

Louise Gasnier - 24 Sa femme

Marie Bouchard - 6 fille

Jacques Bouchard - 4 fils

Et Margueritte Bouchard - 4 mois fille
The first census of New France (1666)
'In the census of 1666, the family Bouchard was listed as having four children, living at Cap Tourmente, with the widow Gagne and her children nearby.'
Laforest, Thomas J., Our French Canadian Ancestors, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, 1984
1670 Birth of Child
Anne BOUCHARD was born 20 February 1670, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)
1672 Birth of Child
Geneviève-Marie BOUCHARD was born 25 April 1672, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)
1674 Birth of Child
François BOUCHARD was born 8 April 1674, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)
(Petite-Rivière-Saint-François) - In 1675, the Seminary of Quebec, owner of the Beaupré Seignory that stretched from Beauport to Baie-Saint-Paul, granted land to Claude Bouchard, followed by another 15 concessions until the end of the 17th century.
The settlement, the oldest in the Charlevoix region, grew at the mouth of the Little River in a deep valley east of Cape Maillard where natural open grassland accommodated the early colonizers.
Visit Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-Xavier-de-la-Petite-Rivière)
1676 Birth of Child
Rosalie BOUCHARD was born 6 April 1676, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)
1678 Birth of Child
Claude BOUCHARD was born 14 October 1678, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)
1680 Birth of Child
Louis BOUCHARD was born 12 February 1680, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)
1681 Canadian Census Seigneurie de Beaupre
Claude Bouchard, 55
Louise Gagnier, sa femme, 40
Marie, 20
Jacques, 18
Marguerite, 14
Francois, 12
Louise, 11
Angelique, 9
Jean, 8
Rosalie, 7

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
'…Claude seems to have lived at the Cap a Maillard. In 1681, the census shows him as being 55 years old, together with his wife Louise who was 40, his children...'
Laforest, Thomas J., Our French Canadian Ancestors, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, 1984
1682 Birth of Child
Antoine BOUCHARD was born 15 October 1682, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)
1690 Death of Child
Jacques BOUCHARD died 12 December 1690, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)
1696 Death of Child
Louise BOUCHARD died December 1696, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-Xavier-de-la-Petite-Rivière)
1699 Death
25 November 1699
Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-de-Baie-Saint-Paul)
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