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(Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire)

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Montmagny, Québec, Canada - Église de Saint-Thomas 140, rue Saint-Jean-Baptieste Est, Montmagny, QUÉBEC Established 1714 Source: Google maps

Montmagny, a county in southern Quebec, fronting on the south shore of the St. Lawrence river, and bounded by L'Islet county on the east, the international boundary on the south, and Bellechasse county on the west. It was named after Charles de Montmagny, governor of New France (163648). County town, Montmagny. Pop. 22,049 [in 1948]. See Abbé A. Dion, Topographie de Montmagny (Quebec, 1935).

Montmagny, a town in Montmagny county, Quebec, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence, at the mouth of the South river and the St. Nicholas river, and on the Canadian National Railway, 32 miles east of Quebec. It was founded in 1678 and incorporated in 1845, when it was named in honour of the Sieur de Montmagny, second governor of New France, to whom part of the land which now comprises the town was granted in 1646. The surrounding district is chiefly devoted to farming, dairying, and market-gardening. The principal industrial plants of the town include saw, pulp, grist, and carding mills, foundries, sash-and-door, furniture, brush and broom, silk, and butter factories, and rolling mills. It has two colleges, two academies, a hospital, and two French weekly newspapers (Le Peuple and Le Courrier-Sentinelle). See F. k. J. Casault, Notes historiques sur la paroisse de St. Thomas de Montmagny (Quebec, 1906).

W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. IV, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 400p., p. 324.

Note that it is off Montmagny that approximately 50% of all black sturgeon consumed in the world are caught.

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Église de Saint-Thomas
140, rue Saint-Jean-Baptieste Est, Montmagny, QUÉBEC
Established 1714
Montmagny, Québec, Canada

Église de Saint-Thomas
140, rue Saint-Jean-Baptieste Est, Montmagny, QUÉBEC
Established 1714
Source: Google maps
Montmagny, Québec, Canada

Train Station
Montmagny, Québec, Canada

Train Station
Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Montmagny, Québec, Canada

Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Maison de Sir Etienne-Pascal Tache, premier ministre sous le Canada-Uni.
Montmagny, Québec, Canada

Maison de Sir Etienne-Pascal Tache, premier ministre sous le Canada-Uni.
St Thomas de Montmagny
Montmagny, Québec, Canada

St Thomas de Montmagny
Chateau Canadien
Montmagny, Québec, Canada

Chateau Canadien
Le Palais de Justice (Court House)
Montmagny, Québec, Canada

Le Palais de Justice (Court House)

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On May 5, 1646, a seigniory, including Île aux Grues, Île aux Oies, Grosse île and Petite île, was granted by the Compagnie de la Nouvelle-France to Charles Huault de Montmagny, Governor of New France, who named it Rivière-du-Sud.
On January 10, 1654, the governor sold the seigniory to Louis-Théandre Chartier de Lotbinière and Jean Moyen des Granges who sold it in turn.
Then, this territory changed hands many times, and some parts were detached from it, as is the case of the Grues and Oies islands.
The first settlers came to live there around 1678.
They settled in Pointe-à-la-Caille because of the Rivière à la Caille which flows into the river near the western limit of Montmagny. At high tide, this river reached a sufficient level to enter the land by boat and thus promote trade and supplies.
1679 - Parish is established at Montmagny
The first settlers therefore settled there around 1678 and the following year, the registers of the parish of Saint-Thomas-de-la-Pointe-à-la-Caille were opened, which was canonically erected on November 4, 1714.
1714 - Église de Saint-Thomas established at Montmagny (Saint-Thomas)
Built in 1716, the first church in the parish was abandoned and carried away by the eroded banks of the St. Lawrence River.
The village of Saint-Thomas was therefore moved in its entirety to the area of the current Saint-Thomas church. This place is the heart of the development of the urban fabric of Montmagny.
The development of the village was interrupted by the Seven Years' War: on September 9, 1759, two corps of Scottish rangers commanded by Major George Scott landed in the seigneury of Rivière-du-Sud to burn almost all the houses.
In the 1820s, in order to meet their own export needs, William Price established a shipyard in the Montmagny basin. In addition to building ships dedicated to transporting wood and paper, the Price factory supplied patrol boats for the coast guard, barges and a tug.
1845 - The Municipality of the Parish of Saint-Thomas-de-la-Pointe-à-la-Caille was erected under Act 8 Vict. Chap. 40, July 1, 1845. The city of Montmagny was erected by proclamation of October 13, 1845. paroisse_montmagny_saint_thomas.html
MONTMAGNY, a county in the S.E. part of Quebec, having the St. Lawrence for its N. boundary and the State of Maine for its S. Area 393,953 acres. It is traversed by the Grand Trunk railway. Capital, St. Thomas. Pop. 13,555.

MONTMAGNY, or ST. THOMAS, an incorporated village of Quebec, capital of the co. of Montmagny, on the S. shore of the St. Lawrence, and on the G. T. R., 49 miles E. of Quebec. It contains, besides tie county buildings, a Roman Catholic church, a telegraph office, a college, about 25 stores, and saw grist and carding mills. Pop. 1,512.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
1889 - Parish of Notre Dame du Rosaire is established at Montmagny

Guide to Quebec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records, Compiled Jeanne Sauve White
In 1892, the Syndicat des cultivateurs de Montmagny was one of the first unions founded in Quebec.
1895 - Montmagny
MONTMAGNY, a county in the south-eastern part of Quebec, having the St. Lawrence for its northern boundary and the State of Maine for its southern. Area 418,158 acres. It is traversed by the I. C. R. Capital, Montmagny. Pop. 14,726.
Crossby, Peter Alfred. Lovell's gazetteer of British North America. (John Lovell & Son)., 1895
Montmagny, or Saint Thomas, a village of Quebec, capital of the co. of Montmagny. on the S. shore of the St. Lawrence River and on the Intercolonial R., 49 miles NE. of Quebec. The banking point is Levis. It has saw and carding-mills,e tc. Pop. in 1901, 1919.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
On April 2, 1966, the municipalities of the parish of Saint-Thomas-de-la-Pointe-à-la-Caille and the city of Montmagny merged to become the new City of Monmagny.
Montmagny, Qué, City, pop 11 353 (2006c), 11 654 (2001c), inc 1845. Montmagny is located on the South Shore of the St Lawrence River, 50 km downriver from Québec City at the junction of the St-Nicholas River and the Rivière du Sud. In a very picturesque setting, Montmagny is a port and manufacturing centre producing such goods as household appliances and wood products. It is well served by highway, rail and ferry transportation. The city is named for Charles Huault, Sieur de MONTMAGNY, the second governor of New France.

Jacques CARTIER passed Montmagny and its many offshore islands in 1535 and noted its beautiful surroundings. In 1646 a seigneury containing the area was granted to Huault, although permanent European habitation did not begin until the 1670s. Montmagny was a thriving pulp and paper centre at the time of its official founding, although this and the river transportation industries were severely affected by the Great Depression. Recently, the tourist industry has grown... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Montmagny:
Parc Saint-Nicolas:

Start your visit with a relaxing stroll through Parc Saint-Nicolas. It's a beautiful green space with walking paths, benches, and lovely scenery.

Musée maritime du Québec:

Explore the maritime history of the region at the Musée maritime du Québec. It showcases the maritime heritage of the St. Lawrence River, featuring exhibits on shipbuilding and navigation.

Promenade des Gouverneurs:

Take a leisurely walk along the Promenade des Gouverneurs. This scenic boardwalk offers stunning views of the river and the town. It's a perfect spot for a sunset stroll.


If you're up for a boat trip, consider visiting Île-aux-Grues. This island is known for its picturesque landscapes and birdwatching opportunities.

Chocolaterie de l'Île d'Orléans:

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Chocolaterie de l'Île d'Orléans. Indulge in handcrafted chocolates and treats made with care and precision.

Cidrerie et Vergers Pedneault:

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Montmagny, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorNoel MORIN (1609, St-Étienne, Paris, France - 10 February 1680, Montmagny, Québec, Canada (Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire))
female ancestorHelene DESPORTES (1620, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - 24 June 1675, Montmagny, Québec, Canada (Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire))
male ancestorGuillaume FOURNIER (1623, , France - 24 October 1699, Montmagny, Québec, Canada (Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire))
male ancestorLouis COUILLARD DE L'ESPINAY (18 May 1629 , Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - bef. 24 September 1678, Montmagny, Québec, Canada (Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire))
male ancestorMathurin TESSIER (1630, , France - 19 January 1703, Montmagny, Québec, Canada (Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire))
male ancestorRobert BOULET (BOULAY) (18 May 1631, Réveillon, St-Martin, Orne, France - 24 March 1707, Montmagny, Québec, Canada (Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire))
female ancestorFrançoise GRENIER (GARNIER) (1637, , France - 28 January 1709, Montmagny, Québec, Canada (Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire))
male ancestorCharles DAVENNE (1638, , France - 23 November 1708, Montmagny, Québec, Canada (Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire))
female ancestorLouise ROBIN (1641, , France - 14 November 1703, Montmagny, Québec, Canada (Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Montmagny, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorGuillaume THIBAULT (22 December 1617 - 21 August 1686) and female ancestorMarie-Madeleine FRANCOISE (1633 - 23 March 1707) married 11 January 1655
male ancestorJacques BOULET (BOULAY) (6 February 1664 - 30 April 1738) and female ancestorFrançoise FOURNIER (30 April 1671 - 15 July 1734) married 21 April 1686
male ancestorPierre BERNIER (26 January 1659 - 17 September 1741) and female ancestorMarie-Françoise BOULET (BOULAY) (09 August 1674 - 23 September 1751) married 21 February 1689
male ancestorDominique RIGAUD (26 January 1649 - 31 July 1743) and female ancestorLouise GAUMONT (GAUMOND) (8 January 1673 - 30 April 1748) married 2 October 1690
male ancestorJacques COUILLARD (5 June 1665 - 23 August 1737) and female ancestorElisabeth LEMIEUX (12 February 1672 - 28 August 1739) married 21 January 1691
male ancestorArnould LAVERGNE (13 August 1672 - 12 January 1712) and female ancestorMarguerite DANIAU (11 February 1674 - 23 December 1708) married 25 November 1693
male ancestorPierre FOURNIER (23 April 1669 - 22 August 1750) and female ancestorMarie ISABEL (1675 - 11 December 1754) married 24 November 1695
male ancestorPierre-Noel MORIN dit VALCOURT (26 February 1672 - ) and female ancestorMarguerite ROUSSEAU (7 September 1676 - ) married 30 May 1696
male ancestorFrançois-Alphonse MORIN dit VALCOURT (2 December 1670 - 3 June 1737) and female ancestorMarie-Catherine CHAMAILLARD (12 July 1677 - 21 April 1753) married 11 November 1697
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