Name: Martin Prevost
Birth: ABT 4 JAN 1611 in Montreuil sous Bois, Bobigny, France
Death: 27 JAN 1691 in Beauport, P.Q.
Baptism: 4 JAN 1611 Montreuil sous Bois, Ile de France, France
Burial: 28 JAN 1691 Beauport, P.Q.
Reference Number: 4699
Taken from a passage in a chapter of a book entitled "Potraits of Pioneer Families", Volume 1, by Robert Prevost, Editions Libre Expression, Montreal, 1993.
The Marriage of Martin Prevost to a Native Indian Women, "MANITOU ABE8ICH". The number 8 in her name is not a printing error, as the number represents the letter "W". In the first half of the 17th century french printers generally used "8" for "W". Later "W" was taken from the German language and became accepted in french writing.
Here is in part the quote of Samuel de Champlain to the native Indians in 1633, "Our sons will marry with you daughters and we will become one people;" A feathered chief replied, " You always say something to cheer us; If this comes to be we will be very happy".
The first marriage did not occur for another eleven years, November 3, 1644, when our ancestor Martin Prevost Married MARIE MANITOU ABE8ICH an Indian.
Martin Prevost was born at Mont Reuil-Sous Bois (outskirts of Paris), and baptisted Jan. 4 1611. He is the youngest of five sons of Pierre Prevost and Charlotte Vie. A sister was born later and married Gaston Guay from the same parish, one of their sons took the surname of Gastonguay.
It is not certain when Martin arrived in New France (Quebec), but it is certain that he was there Dec. 1 1639. His signature is present on a marriage contract dated Dec. 27 1639. Did he arrive on Aug. 1 1639? It seems likely as the first Ursulines and Hospitalieres arrived on this date. The Company of 100 Associates, which had been established by Cardinal Richelieu to colonize New France. Cardina Richelieu most likely recruited him in France. On arrival his task was that of a clerk or agent for the Company of 100 Associates at Cape Diamond, below the cliffs of Quebec City.
At that time
Algonquin and Montagnais Indians often came to the installations at Cape Diamnod. During the autumn of 1637 an Indian couple with a son and a daughter in search of a safe haven for the winter. The french missionaries baptisted both children, the boy was named Francois after Francois de Re de G and was the Godfather. The girl was named Marie, it is not clear who the Godfather was, but most likely Oliver le Tardif who was the Commissioner General of the Company of 100 Associates. he subsequently adopt her has his daughter. Le Tardif en truster Marie to a very fine home, that of Guillaume Hubou and Marie Rollet. Marie Rollet is the widow of Louis Hebert who was the first colonist of New France. Matin Prevost was very much aware of the exotic charm of Marie Olivier Manitou Abe8ich, for he saw her every day strolling past the Company store.
Marie de L'incarnation and Madam de la Peltrie the founders of and head of the Ursuline convent made sure that Marie continued her scholastic development. Marie was considered very attractive, also her brother Francois was a fine child.
On Nov. 3 1644 Father Barthelemi Vimont consecrated the marriage of Marie and Martin in the presence of Olivier le Tardif, Guillaume Couillard and Louis Hebert. Three months later Martin obtained land in the Seigneurie of Beaumont, west of Montmorency Falls, which today stands the church of Courville. Their marriage lasted twenty years, Marie died in 1665. They had eight children, only survived through the marriage and established families. The four survivors are Louis, Jean, Jean Baptiste and Therese. Louis Married Francoise Gagnon i 1672 and then Marguerite Carreau in 1681. Jean took the name of his Godfather Paschal, married Francois Cadieux in 1690. Jean Baptiste married Marie Anne Giroux in 1683 and Genevieve Sedilot in 1712. Therese Married Michel Giroux. Louis had nine children in his two marriages, Jean Pascha had one child who died at birth. Jean Baptiste had fourteen children in his first marriage and eleven in his second. Therese had twelve children from her marriage to Michel Giroux.
Has a widower with four children Martin did not delay in remarrying. On Nov 8 1665, he married Marie d'Abancourt who also was a widow from two previous marriages. Her pervious husbands were Jean Jolliet and Geoffroy Guillot. Marie is the mother of Louis Jolliet "The Explorer" who discovered the headwaters of the Mississippi River in 1683. It is not known when Marie died, but there was a will dictated on December 1678 and was not listed in the census of 1681.
Martin Prevost aged and weary entered the hospital "Hotel Dieu" in July 1690 and again in Jan 1691 where he died on Jan 27 1691.Martin participated in the defence of New France against the British invasion led by Admiral Phipps. Martin and Marie are the ancestor of a large portion of North American Provost and Prevost.
A plaque dedicated to their memory was unveiled in 1983 in Paris, France by Rene Levesque the Premier of Quebec. The plaque was erected in the Baptistery of the church St. Pierre et St. Paul in Montreuil Sous Bois.
Marie Olivier-Sylvestre b: 1620 in St. Andre de Madawaska, New Brunswick
3 NOV 1644
- Louis Prevost b: ABT 1651 in Quebec City, P.Q.
- Jean Prevost b: 31 JAN 1660 in Quebec City, P.Q.
- Jean Baptiste Prevost b: 16 MAY 1662 in Quebec City, P.Q.
- Marie Therese Prevost b: 3 JUN 1665 in Quebec City, P.Q.
Marie D'Abancourt b: 1618 in St. Vaux, Soisson, Aisne, France
8 NOV 1665