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  • ID: I16609
  • Name: Jean Gervaise
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 MAR 1616 in Souvigne, pres de Chateau-LaValliere, Tour, Touraine, France
  • Death: 12 MAR 1690 in Montreal, Quebec
  • Note:
    Engagé le 9-4-1653 La Flèche, Arrivé le 16-11-1653, Substitut du procureur fiscal en 1672-1678, Maitre boulanger

    Sa sœur Jeanne a été baptisée à Souvigné (St-Michel) le 12-08-1613. Son frère René a été baptisé dans la même paroisse le 17-01-1615. Engagé de la recrue de 1653 (ct LaFousse, La Flèche, 09-04-1653) (Fichier Origine)

    Our Tangled French Canadian Roots By Jan Gergoire Coombs
    Jean Gervaise who could trace his origins to Jean Gervaise, the Duke of Brittany, was born on March 24, 1616, in St-Michel, Souvigne sous Chateau, Tours, Tourraine, France. He arrived in the colony in 1653 with M. de Maisonneuve and received thirty arpents of land located on what is now Rue de St. Sulpice in Montreal.

    Our Tangled French Canadian Roots By Jan Gergoire Coombs
    Jean Gervaise was one of the Grande Recrue who arrived in 1653 in Ville-Marie. Jean came from an upper class family in Touraine, France. Within four months of his arrival in Ville-Marie, he married Anne Archambault, who had emigrated to the colony with her parents in 1645 and was about to become an unmarried woman with two children. Anne had married Michel Chauvin in Quebec in 1647 when she was 16 years old, but their marriage was annulled five years later when authorities discovered he still had a wife in France. Michel was sent back to France even though Anne already had one child and was about to have another. Governor Louis d'Ailleboust and Ville Marie founder, Jeane Mance served as godparents for her new baby. Jean and Anne went on to have ten children of their own. Jean Gervaise received 25 acres of land located on what is now Rue de Saint Sulpice in Montreal and became one of Ville-Marie's most respected settlers. In 1657 he was the first church warden of Notre Dame Church. The 1661 Census reported that Jean and Anne had four children from 2 to 11 years old and two male servants. From 1673 to 1689 he was a fiscal procurator who represented the public before tribunals. He also served as a judge from 1674 until 1689, a year before he died at Ville-Marie.

    1666 Census Montreal
    Jean Gervaise 55 Habitant, Anne Archambault 45 Epouse, Marguerite Gervaise 11 Fille, Cunegonde Gervaise 9 Fille, Jeanne Gervaise 6 Fille, Louis Gervaise 2 Fils, Gilles de Rennes 45 Domestique, engage, Antoine de Serre 22 Domestique, engage

    1666 Census Montreal
    Jean Gervaise 52, Anne Archambault sa femme 36, Marguerite 13, Conegonde 11, Jeanne 8, Jean 6, Louis 4, Nicolas 1, 2 domestiques, 4 bestiaux, 36 arpents en valeur

    1681 Census Montreal
    Jean Gervaise 60, Anne Archambault sa femme 50, enfants: Louis 18, Nicolas 16, Cecile 10, Urbain 8, 1 fusil; 8 betes a cornes; 70 arpents en valeur

    Marguerite Bourgeoys and Montreal, 1640-1665 By Patricia Simpson
    Anne Archambault found a second husband in the recruitment of 1653. Jean Gervaise a widower in his early forties at the time of his arrival in Montreal, was to become one of the first church wardens when Ville-Marie became a parish. He also served as fiscal procurator and substitute judge. One month after their marriage, de Maisonneuve contracted to pay Anne the same wages as her husband was receiving from the Montreal Associates as long as the family remained in the service of the society and provided for the welfare and education of Charlotte Chauvin, Anne's child by her first invalid marriage.

    History of the French colony in Canada, Volume 2 By Stephen M. Faillon
    Jean Gervaise of the Parish of Souvigné-sub-Castle, in Anjou, contracted engagement with Mr. de la Dauversière on April 2, 1653, in front of Lafousse, which he signed the act. On June 20, he admitted being on the building in the harbor SaintNazaire, having received one hundred and twenty pounds in advance of his wages, and signed the act of recognition prepared by the notary Belliotte. In 1663, he enlisted in the 8th squad of the militia SainteFamille for national defense, and was until his death in high esteem among his countrymen.

    ADHÉMAR -- Fiche Biographique
    Occupations of Jean Gervaise
    Agriculture Cultivator from March 30, 1655 to December 21, 1661
    Commerce Trade from January 1, 1662 to December 31, 1671
    Crown and Procurator Fiscal Merchant from January 1, 1672 to December 31, 1679/12/31
    Deputy Procurator Fiscal from January 1, 1680 to March 11, 1690

    ADHÉMAR -- Fiche Biographique
    Jean Gervaise owner of parcel located on Saint-Joseph, west side, Street between St. Paul and Notre-Dame. Plot formed by concession on March 30, 1655 and modified on July 25, 1701 by division.

    Quebec Federation of Genealogical Societies
    GERVAISE, John
    Date of Baptism 24-03-1616
    Place of origin Souvigné (St-Michel) (Indre-et-Loire) 37 251
    Parents Urbain and Jeanne bristles
    First mention of the country in 1653
    Committed occupancy upon arrival of rookie of 1653 (ct LaFousse, La Fleche, 09-04-1653)
    Wedding Date 03-02-1654
    Place of marriage Montreal (Notre Dame)
    Spouse Anne Archambault
    Death or burial Montreal 12-03-1690
    Remarks Her sister Joan was baptized in Souvigné (St Michel) on 12-08-1613. His brother Rene was baptized in the same parish on 17-01-1615.
    Identification DGFQ, P. 492
    Researcher (s) Idelette Ardouin et al.
    Reference PTC, P. 27
    Copy of act: SGCF digitized




    Father: Urbaine Gervaise
    Mother: Jeanne Herisse

    Marriage 1 Anne Archambault b: 1631 in Dompierre, sur mer, Aunis, France
    • Married: 03 FEB 1654 in Notre-Dame, Montreal, Quebec
    Children
    1. Has Children Cunegonde Gervais b: 30 JAN 1657 in Montreal, Quebec
    2. Has No Children Marguerite Gervaise b: 26 OCT 1654 in Montreal, Quebec
    3. Has No Children Jeanne Gervaise b: 05 MAY 1659 in Montreal, Quebec
    4. Has No Children Jean Gervaise b: 13 APR 1661 in Montreal, Quebec
    5. Has No Children Louis Gervaise b: 24 NOV 1663 in Montreal, Quebec
    6. Has No Children Nicolas Gervaise b: 11 MAY 1666 in Montreal, Quebec
    7. Has No Children Charles Gervaise b: 18 NOV 1668 in Montreal, Quebec
    8. Has No Children Cecile Gervaise b: 17 SEP 1691 in Montreal, Quebec
    9. Has No Children Urbaine Gervaise b: 08 DEC 1673 in Montreal, Quebec

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