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HELP! Ancestor is complete! immigrant flag male ancestor  René  BRANCHE

  (b. abt. 1641 Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendée, France   d. 9 January 1681 Québec, Canada, New France )  

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René BRANCHE was born abt. 1641 in Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendée, France. René BRANCHE was the child of ?   and   ?

René was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1665.

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René  married  Marguerite-Geneviève LANGLOIS 17 February 1665 in Québec, Canada, New France .  Marguerite-Geneviève LANGLOIS  was born abt. 1602 in France.  Marguerite-Geneviève died 17 December 1665 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City).  Marguerite-Geneviève was the child of Guillaume-Jean LANGLOIS and Jeanne MILLET.

René  married  (2) Marie VARIN 23 October 1667 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 1 child. Marie VARIN  was born abt. 1644 in Rouen, France.  Marie died 25 March 1701 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City). 

René BRANCHE died 9 January 1681 in Québec, Canada, New France .

Occupation: habitant

Son of Jean Branche and Jeanne Bardon

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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.
Did You Know?Québec Généalogie - Did you know? Saint-Jean-Vianney was originally created as a parish municipality in 1935, and became a village on December 29, 1951. By 1971, the village had a population of 1,266. On May 4, 1971, the village cease
Did You Know? Québec Généalogie - The Seigneurial System (1627 - 1854)
The seigneurial system was a form of land settlement modeled on the French feudal system. It began in New France in 1627 with the formation of the Compagnie des Cent-Associés (or Company of 100 Associates), which was initially responsible for handing out land grants and seigneurial rights. The land was divided into five by 15 kilometer plots, usually along major rivers like the St. Lawrence. They were then further subdivided into narrow, but long lots for settlement. These lots were usually long enough to be suitable for faming, and they provided everyone who lived on them with equal access to neighbouring farms and the river. There were three main groups of people who lived off the land in this system: Seigneurs, Habitants and Engagés

René BRANCHE was a habitant.
Habitants were usually farmers or labourers who were initially brought over from France to live on this land. They had to pay rent and taxes to the seigneur, though they co-owned the land with the seigneur, and even had to work entirely for the benefit of the seigneur a few days each year.

Source: Canada in the Making (

What is a Habitant? Habitants played an essential role in creating a permanent, settled population along the St. Lawrence River. But it was not an easy life...

Habitants had to clear the land, build a homestead, and plant and harvest a crop. The first task was never-ending, while the last one was annual. Building and repairing the house and barn were continual tasks. So were cutting and hauling firewood. The habitants had to be largely self-reliant in looking after all routine tasks such as cooking, baking, making furniture, and repairing tools. They had to attend to the educational and medical needs of the family. They had to endure the harsh physical climate and rough terrain, largely unaided by government support. The habitants had to pay taxes to the seigneurs and the church.

Canada: The Story of Our Heritage by Elspeth Deir, John Fielding, Nick Brune, Peter Grant, Stephanie Smith Abram; McGraw-Hill Ryerson School, 2000

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René BRANCHE married Ancestor is complete!immigrant flag female ancestor Marguerite-Geneviève LANGLOIS-- Date: 17 February 1665 Place: Québec, Canada, New France
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Marguerite-Geneviève LANGLOIS was the child of Guillaume-Jean LANGLOIS and Jeanne MILLET

Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Children of René BRANCHE and Marguerite-Geneviève LANGLOIS:

René BRANCHE married Grave has been locatedimmigrant Fille du Roi flag female ancestor Marie VARIN-- Date: 23 October 1667 Place: Québec, Canada, New France
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Rene Branche came to Quebec in 1661
1665 Marriage / Partner
René BRANCHE and Marguerite-Geneviève LANGLOIS 17 February 1665, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1665 Death of Spouse/Partner
Marguerite-Geneviève LANGLOIS died 17 December 1665, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1667 Marriage / Partner
René BRANCHE and Marie VARIN 23 October 1667, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
1681 Death
9 January 1681
Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
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