Name: Mathias Claude Farnsworth PHANEUF DIT PHAN
Birth: Aug 6, 1690 in Groton, Middlesex, ME, Massachusetts
Christening: Jan 10, 1706 , Montreal, Ile DE Montreal, Quebec
Death: Aug 7, 1773 in St Antoine Sur R, Quebec, Canada
Burial: Aug 8, 1773 St Antoine Sur R, Quebec, Canada
Ancestral File #: MDXW-9M 1
Change Date: Jan 29, 1999 at 17:38
From records of Alan/Ruth Lamoureux, 11333 Quail Run Drive NW, Silverdale, WA
98383, (206) 698-4075/4076
2 PLAC St. Antoine sur Richelieu,PQ, Canada
2 PLAC Riviere des Prairies,PQ, Canada
!DEATH, BURIAL: St Antoine Sur Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Information supplied by Mrs. Carolyn W. Camp,3109 N. Century, Odessa, TX
79762-7912, by letter dated 5 Jan 1998.
Born Mathias Farnsworth, he was living in Deerfield, Mass when he was
captured 11 Aug 1700 at the age of 14 by raiding Iroquois Indians of the
Sault-aux-Recollect tribe. They raided the town, killing most of the adults and taking several children as captives. He was taken to Montreal as a prisoner.
Raised by the Sulpician Fathers who took charge of him on 11 August 1704,
they converted him to Catholicism and he was baptised CLAUDE MATHIAS FARNETH on 10 Jan 1706 at Notre Dame de Montreal. His first name, Claude, was given in honor of his godfather, Claude de Ramesay, Governor of Montreal; his godmother was Elisabeth Squart, wife of Charles Lemoyne of Longueil. In October 1706 Mathieu-Claude Farnet requested his naturalization papers along with Jean Thomas Charpentier, among others.
Mathias IV was given a land grant by his adopted family, the Seminarians
and particulary by Abbe Francis Vachon of Belmont. His age was 21. The document reads, in part, "to obtain for the named Claude-Mathias, Englishman, who is in the employ of the Brothers of the Sault-au-Recollect Mission, after having been snatched from the hands of the indians who held him as a slave, with the understanding that he would remain in New France and live a Christian life."
This condition was necessary because the land was being given to a man who was not a legal citizen of Canada.
Mathias IV received title in March 1714. Jean Charpentier received his
land grant on 19 July 1711. Each man received 6 arpents (an arpent = .85 acres) which had belonged to Jacques Lemoyne de Saint-Helene.
The land bordered the Prairie River on L'Ile de Montreal. On 14 Sep 1713
Mathias IV added 3 more arpents to his holdings, and on 25 Sept 1713 he signed a marriage contract with Catherine, the daughter of his friend Jean
At the time of his marriage, Mathias IV Fanef owned a home, land which ran 3 arpents and 2 perches (rods) along the river front and 40 arpents deep, and a 4 year old cow in good health. Catherine's dowry was equally rich because her parents gave her "for the hard work and many services they had received from their daughter" the following items: land - one half arpent (3 by 40 deep) adjoining the land of her future husband; 2 bulls, 18 months of age; a four year old cow; an 18 month old pig; and 2 sheep to supply their clothing needs for the future.
Mathias IV and Catherine were married on 2 Oct 1713 by Robert Gay,
Seminary priest from St. Joseph de la Rivire-des-Prairies
Four daughters and eight sons were born on that homestead. In 1764 the
family moved to Saint Antoine-sur-le-Richlieu where he was buried on 8 Aug
1773. Catherine died the night of 29 Jun 1777 and she was buried the next day.
The descendents of Mathias IV spread along the Richlieu river and some
returned to New England where one, not wanting a French sounding name, assumed the name "Makenine".
Probably due to the difficulty of pronouncing it, the name FARNSWORTH became FARNETH at his baptism. By 1713, he was known as FANEF; later the name was written as FANEUF, and finally PHANEUF.
Birthplace listed as "Groton, Nouveau Angleterre" in Tanguay.
"On Sunday, 10 January 1706 the rites of baptism were administered by me, the
Priest undersigned, to Mathias Farneth, who, born at Boston (GROTON) in New
England the ___ of the year mil six cent quatre vingt of the marriage of the
late Mathias Farneth, Weaver, and of Sara Nutting, haven been taken the ___ of August 1704 and brought to Canada, is living at the Mission of N.D. de Lorette on the Island of Montreal (At Sault au Recollet). His godfather was Messire Claude de Ramezay, knight of the order of Saint Louis, Seigneur de la Geste, Boisfleurant and Governor of the Island of Montreal and other places, who has given him the name of Claude; And his godmother was Dame Elisabeth Souart, wife of Charles le Moine, Knight of the order of Saint Louis, Baron de Longueuil and Captain d'une compagnie du Detachment de la Marine, who have
Other : TANGUAY: Dictionaire Gen. des Fam. du Quebec: Comp. v6, p156
Partial or complete information supplied by a GED from Teri Ann Cochran Allred, P.O. Box 2976, Soldotna, Alaska 99669-2976
!Archive Record, FHL - no mention made of birth name, Farnsworth.
!He was kidnapped during the French & Indian War and taken to Quebec, where he married and changed his name to Fanef.
From FIDONET BBS message by Tom Stevens, P.O. Box 4858, Elkhart, IN 45614-0858
Hearsay evidence only. Material posted on the FidoNet BBS by Tom Stevens,
1994-09-11 and listed as having been taken from a "local researchers file".
Needs to be investigated, verified and documented.
Full name: Claude Mathais Phaneuf/Farnsworth or Farnsworth/Phaneuf
Place of death: St. Antoine sur Richelieu
Stevens record lists birth as 1688 in Montreal Quebec Canada.
Father: Mathias FARNSWORTH b: Jan 1649 in Of Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Mother: Sarah NUTTING b: May 29, 1663 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Catherine CHARPENTIER b: Abt 1690-1692 in Of, Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec
Oct 2, 1713
in Riviere Des Prai, PQ, Canada
- Change Date:
Jan 29, 1999
- Marie Catherine PHANEF FANEF b: Jul 6, 1714 in Riviere Des Prai, Quebec, Quebec, Quebec c: Jul 17, 1714 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec
- Marie Josephe PHANEF FANEF b: Dec 25, 1715 in Riviere Des Prai, Oka, Quebec c: Dec 25, 1715 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec
- Joseph PHANEUF b: 1716
- Claude Mathias PHANEUF b: Bef Nov 22, 1717 in , Riviere Des Prai, Ile DE Montreal, Quebec c: Nov 22, 1717 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec, Quebec
- Jean Baptiste PHANEUF b: Jul 14, 1719 in , PQ, Canada, Quebec c: Jul 14, 1719 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec, Quebec
- Francois PHANEUF b: Feb 8, 1721 in Rivieres Des Pra, Ile DE Montreal, Quebec, Canada c: Feb 8, 1721 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec, Quebec
- Joseph Marie PHANEF FANEF b: Jan 13, 1723 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec, Quebec c: Jan 14, 1723 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec, Quebec
- Marie Francoise PHANEF FANEF b: Sep 13, 1725 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec, Quebec c: Sep 13, 1725 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec, Quebec
- Marie Anne PHANEF FANEF b: Jul 5, 1727 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec, Quebec c: Jul 6, 1727 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec, Quebec
- Pierre PHANEUF b: Mar 23, 1729 in Riv Des Prairies, PQ, Canada, Quebec c: Mar 24, 1729 in Riv Des Prairies, Hochelaga, Quebec, Quebec
- Francoise PHANEUF b: Mar 20, 1731 in Riviere Des Prai, Ile DE Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Marie Mathias PHANEUF b: Mar 26, 1732 in , Riviere Des Prai, Ile DE Montreal, Quebec
- Paul PHANEUF FANEF b: Apr 20, 1734 in , Riviere Des Prai, Ile DE Montreal, Quebec c: Apr 29, 1734 in Pte-Aux-Trembles, Hochelaga, Quebec
- Abbrev: Bud Shumway
Title: Sherman Family history Gen File sent to me by E-mail on 1-29-98
Author: Bud and Sarah Shumway
Publication: Bud and Sarah Shumway
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