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Saint-Gervais, Bellechasse, Québec, Canada (Saints-Gervais-et-Protais)
1832 - ST. GERVAIS,



seigniory, in the co. of Bellechasee, is bounded N.E. by the T. of Armagh; S.W. by the S. of Montpeine; in the rear by the T. of Buckland; in front by the augmentations of Beaumont and St. Michel and the S. of Livaudiere. - 2 1/ 2 leagues in breadth, by the same in depth. Granted September 20th, 1752, to Sieur Michel Jean Hugues Pean de Livaudiere. - On account of the irregularity and mountainous nature of its surface, one half of the S. is unfit for cultivation, although the soil itself is not bad, being principally light-coloured loam. It abounds in timber of the best species, and is watered by the rivers du Sud, le Bras, Ruisseau du Moulin, &c. besides 4 lakes and sheets of water of minor size. - One of the principal occupations of the inhabitants during the spring is the manufacture of maple-sugar, of which they contrive to send considerable quantities to market... The village contains 30 houses... - The apparel of two-thirds of inhabitants is made of Canadian cloth, nevertheless, more of English manufacture is uesd here than in any of the seigniories lower down the St. Lawrence...

Statistics of the Parish of St. Gervais
Population 1,147


1832 - Bellechasse county, bounded N.E. by the co. of l'Islet; S.W. by the N.E. boundary lines of the SS. of Lauzon and Jolliet and of Frampton, Cranbourne and Watford, and thence by a line prolonged S.E. to the S. boundary of the province; N.W. by the R. St. Lawrence, and it includes all the islands in that river nearest to the co. and in the whole or in part fronting it; and on the S.E. by the S. boundary of the province. It comprise the seigniories of Berthier, St. Vallier, St. Michel, Beaumont and its augmentation, la Martiniere, Montapeine, Vincennes, St. Gervais and Livaudiere, and the townships of Buckland and Standon... it contains 581 sq. m. and seven parishes.. The surface is uneven and in many places, particularly in the rear, mountainous; the soil nevertheless is susceptible of cultivation and produces abundance of good timber. - It is watered by the rivers du Sud, Boyer, Bellechasse, and their several branches, besides numerous other streams that fall into the St. Lawrence. In the front of the co. is a chain of flourishing and interesting settlements. The population consists entirely of French Canadians.

Population 14,965
Churches, R.C. 8
Curates 7
Presbyteries 8
Convents 1
Schools 4
Villages 2
Grist mills 7
Saw mills 30
Carding mills 2
Fulling mills 3
Tanneries 3
Medical men 3
Notaries 9
Shopkeepers 23
Taverns 21
Artisans 130
River-craft 2
Tonnage 36
Keel-boats 7

A Topographical Dictionary of The Province of Lower Canada by Joseph Bouchette, Esq., London, 1832

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Saint-Gervais, Bellechasse, Québec, Canada (Saints-Gervais-et-Protais)