Name: Mathieu d'Amours
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History, Genealogy of the D'Amours Family
The American ancestor of most Damours was MATHIEU D'AMOURS,
seigneur des Chauffours et de La Morandiere, who was born in France in 161 8,
legitimate son of Louis D'Amours and Elizabeth Tessier.
At 33, Mathieu Damour married Marie Marsolet
first daughter of NICHOLAS MARSOLET and Marie LeBarbier
Many of Mathieu and Marie's descendants played key roles in America, li ke their Grand-daughters Marie-Joseph D'Amours de Chauffours, dame Pier re de Morpain, wife to the famous San Domingo buccaneer, and her sister Ch arlotte D'Amours Dechoffours, baronnesse Anselme d'Abbadie de St.Cast in ; Charlotte (Guyon) D'Amours was the wife of the renowned Abenaki Lead er who came to the rescue of Port-Royal in 1711 and who was also a private er, though we are not dealing with these and other descendants at this tim e.
Mathieu's Father, Louis D'Amours, first Counselor to the King of France (u sually seated at the Chatelet), was married to Anne de Gravelle. Though Lo uis was married to Anne, he had two children by Élisabeth Tessier, Mathi eu and Élisabeth D'Amours, (dame Louis-Théandre Chartier de Lotbinière), w ho were legitimized and came together to New France in 1651.
An early Damours had saved Saint Louis' a.k.a Louis IX's life c.1246 duri ng the "Noble's Revolt" and the King rewarded him and also Jean de Catalor gnewho had just saved his life in one of his Holy Crusades, in Egypt. Bo th were held in high esteem by the Court of France, in succeeding generati ons since those early times. The D'Amours and Catalorgne would inter-mar ry several times.
The DAMOURS were furthermore rewarded by LOUIS XII by having a seat on t he "Conseil Royal" (Royal Council): Sieur François Damours du Serrin was a ppointed on July 5th 1489, both as Councillor and as Maitre d' of King Lou is XII's household.
François D'Amours married seven years later Gillemette Hennequin, daught er of Sieur Pierre Hennequin de Mathau, Scavières, Blines et Saint-Utin a nd of Marguerite de Marle. François and Gillette signed their marriage con tract at Me Perrault, Notary, on August 10 1496.
All his descendants were kept as advisors by the subsequent Kings of Franc e, until the French Revolution of 1789. The D'Amours people were reliabl e, trusthworthy and did not usually get mixed up in Court intrigue. Th at is why even LOUIS XIV had Gabriel D'Amours, half-brother to Mathieu Dam ours, as his Confessor: the King who had created
"le Château de Versailles"
believed that the Damours were good counsellors.
1450 - First D'Amours coat-of-arms granted to
Mathurin D'Amours by the King of France:
[left-pointing double-angle quotation mark] d'argent au porc-épic de sab le accompagné en chef d'un lambel et en pointe de trois clous de même [rig ht-pointing double-angle quotation mark]
Which means: "On Silver backdrop, a sable porcupine, "lambel" on top, thr ee nails below"
As per 'Précis d'héraldique' by Théodore Veyrin-Forrer, Larousse, Paris, 1 951.
The 15th century French ancestors were: MATHURIN D'AMOURS (1399-1459), Sei gneur du Serrin, born in 1399, who married Marguerite de Bridée and receiv ed the first Damours Family Crest in 1450
Now, attention, not all researchers agree on the next-in-line: most say Fr ançois D'Amours, born in 1455, but I believe they skipped one generatio n, and that Pierre D'amours, born in 1425 in Durtal, Anjou, was fath er to François.
FRANCOIS D'AMOURS (1455-1510), seigneur du Serrin, maitre d'hotel de Sa Ma jeste, who on August 10th 1496, married GILLETTE HENNEQUIN in Paris.
Their son, GABRIEL D'AMOURS, seigneur du Serrin, born in Durtal, Anjou, w as married on June 14 1531, at the time when Jacques Cartier was prepari ng for one of his famous trips to America, in Paris to MADELEINE DE BIDAU T, daughter of Charles de Bidaut (secretary to the King) and Catherine Auv rillot de Champlastroux.
Gabriel and Madeleine had several children:
---Louis Damours Louviere
---Denis d'amours 23 oct 1533
---Baron Pierre D'Amours Louviere, GrandFather of MATHIEU D'AMOURS
---Lady Bonne d'Amours Louvière 1536
---François d'Amours Louviere 1537 married Perette LeBigot
---Gabriel sieur de Malbert b.1538 married Catherine Laporte
---Geoffrey d'Amours Louvière, born in 1539
---Lady Jeanne Louvière
Gabriel and Madeleine's son, Pierre D'AMOURS Louvières, a knight, sie ur du Serrin, Conseiller d'Etat et prive du Roi, surintendant of Justi ce in Troyes, France, also had several children after he married in Par is on January 13th 1561 JEANNE LE PREVOST, daughter of Jean Le Prevost, co unsellor to the King, and Anne Leclerc.
In years to come, one of their relatives, Élisabeth Prevost would become t he Mother of Françoise Foucault who would marry in 1701 Jean-François Lemi re Marsolet and they would start a dynasty from Trois Rivières.
So, yes, Louis D'Amours, the second son to Pierre D'AMOURS, was marri ed in St-Gervais, on September 11 1614 to Anne de Gravelle, and Louis D'Am ours had a son by ELISABETH TESSIER (daughter of Jean-Valere Tessier and L ivia Branbille), Mathieu, born in 1618 in the Parish of St-Paul, in Paris.
Mathieu D'Amours Family coat-of-arms where the porcupine was changed f or a 'Sanglier', a boar, as was approved on October 8 1725 by the Conse il Souverain for Mathieu's son, Philippe DAMOURS.
When Mathieu was 33 yrs old, he came to New France to marry MARIE MARSOLE T, who was 15 yrs old and was the eldest child of Nicholas Marsolet & Mar ie LeBarbier.
Mathieu arrived in Québec in 1651 with the Governor Lauzon. His sister Éli sabeth was on the same ship, married to Louis-Théandre Chartier de Lotbini ère, whose Mother was the First Chambermaid of the Queen.
Mathieu D'Amours was "Major des Troupes" and was member of the Conseil Sou verain from 1663 to his death in 1695, succeeded by his son Mathieu.
Mathieu D'Amours and Marie Marsolet,
daughter of NICOLAS MARSOLET de St-Aignan
Marie Le Barbier (or de La Barbide du Bocage)
were married in 1652, a year which the Archbishop of Rouen declared as Jub ilee. Mathieu and Marie, with their large family, had a house in Québec ci ty and another home in New Brunswick (l'Acadie) and earlier on they l ed a quiet life between the two homes, registering themselves in Québec, b ut spending most of their time at their Rivière St-Jean establishment.
Mathieu and Marie had sixteen children but only 11 survived. All their so ns were titled. Their children were: Nicolas, Joseph, Commander of "La Ren ommee", Louis(1655) Mathieu(1657), Élisabeth(1658), Rene(1660), Charles(16 62), Claude(1666), Bernard(1667), Geneviève(1673), Marie-Jacquette(1675 ), Marguerite(1677), Philippe(1680).
Mathieu Damours (the Father)remained in New France for the rest of his lif e, serving his Sovereigns. He became member of the Conseil Souverain, wh en it was first created. His seat on the Conseil Souverain was then giv en to his son Mathieu, who from then on, to meet their requirements h ad to live in Québec city, as opposed to being at his Rivière Saint-Jea n, New Brunswick property with Louise, where his young family of three so ns and also the two daughters of his eldest brother Louis which were in th eir care, Charlotte and Marie-Josèphe, had spent most of their time.
In 1681, four years after the death of Mathieu D'Amours's Father-in-Law, N icholas Marsolais, the
Count of FRONTENAC, then Governor of New France,
imprisoned Mathieu without just cause and it was one of the events which l ed to FRONTENAC's recall to France in 1682. It was due to Mathieu's wife M arie and his in-laws (brothers-in-law) that he was released (read the sto ry under FRONTENAC)
Again, Mathieu D'Amours came from a powerful family which had served faith fully the Kings of France since Louis IX when one D'Amours saved his li fe in the 1248 Holy Crusade, but it had been a powerful family even befo re then.
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In 1664, his half-brother Gabriel was the Confessor to the King (Louis XI V) and another half-brother, Pierre, was "Grand Marechal de France". His f ull sister, Elizabeth D'Amours, married Louis Chartier de Lotbiniere. Math ieu D'Amours' Father was Louis Damours, First Counselor to the French Ki ng Henri IV, then LOUIS XIII his Paris Castle, which would be better kno wn as "le Château de Versailles" under Louis XIV. Mathieu was raised in Pa ris. All his sons, received titles from the King.
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THE CHILDREN OF MATHIEU DAMOURS & MARIE MARSOLET:
Seven boys & Four girls reached Adulthood (11/16):
LOUIS (1655) Sieur des Chaufours, Seigneur de Jemseg, Acadie;
MATHIEU (14 mars 1657) Seigneur des Chaufours da La Fresneuse et de La Mor andiere;
RENE (9 avril 1660) Sieur de Clignancourt;
CHARLES (5 mars 1662) Sieur de Louvieres et Seigneur du Lac Matapedia;
CLAUDE-LOUIS (1666), sieur des Chauffours, married on January 17 1708 in P ort-Royal, Anne Commeau, daughter of Jean Comeau and Françoise Hebert, b ut he died 5 months later, on May 9, 1708, and she re-married, in 1710, Fr ançois Richard.
BERNARD (1667) Sieur des Plaines et Seigneur de La Fresneuse;
PHILIPPE (1679) Sieur de La Morandiere;
ELIZABETH/ISABEAU (1658), dame Claude Charron de la Barre (he Husband w as Gouvernor of New France in 1682.)
GENEVIEVE (1673), dame Jean-Baptiste Celoron de Blainville;
MARIE-JACQUETTE (1675), dame Étienne de Villedonne;
MARGUERITE (1677), dame Jacques Festard-Montmigny.
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1686 - TWO DAMOURS BROTHERS MARRY TWO GUYON SISTERS:
The first two sons of Marie Marsolet and Mathieu D'Amours, Louis and Mathi eu D'AMOURS lived lives which were so intertwined, even after Mathieu, t he youngest of the two brothers, died in 1696, that their story h as to be told together.
LOUIS D'AMOURS, son of Marie Marsolet and Mathieu Damours was named aft er his paternal Grand-Father. He married Marguerite Guyon the same d ay as his brother Mathieu married her sister Louise (who was already a you ng widow), on October 1, 1686.
It is a fact that Villebon, when Governor of Acadia, accused the bo ys (7 of them) of the Damours household to be unproductive and interest ed only in pleasure, (and Villebon must have dearly regretted the comment s, for Mathieu's death happened because Mathieu courageously went to Ville bon's rescue) but the barb was definitly aimed at Mathieu who was a slight ly un-ruly young man: charming, fun, listening to the person in front of h im, never at a loss for a word, loved by everyone around him, but it was u nfair to call him unproductive, as his farm on the St-John River was THE m odel per excellence... and he was very dependable, hard working and was gr ateful for both his parents and children, which were not fickle qualities.
... Naturally, all the boys had been raised by their Mother, Marie Marsol et de Saint-Aignan. She had yet to learn austerity and rigidity. Her great est quality was to be a loving, giving and versatile person. Marie was ta ll for a woman and quite striking, and she was an effervescent, changeabl e, inventive, impulsive, headstrong, empathic lady who liked to gossip, en joyed travelling and defended her children like an ogre. It was not conduc ive to her boys having a calm or boring demeanour. You had to be fast on y our toes with this Mom, as she might change her mind in a blink...
It is a certainty that Mathieu's Father would have been heartbroken by h is early death, he had been the "chosen one" to follow him on the Conse il Souverain in 1689, but he was spared this since he died before his so n. Still, Mathieu's death in 1696 was a blow to the whole family, especial ly for his brother Louis who carried a grudge against the English who h ad killed him and had also been responsible indirectly for his own wife Ma rguerite's death the same year and he devoted the rest of his life to gett ing some revenge.
When Mathieu married Louise Guyon, she had been a widow, but he swayed h er off her feet and she settled with ease with her life with him, giving h im several children in their ten years of marriage, but only three boys su rvived. After Mathieu's death, though keeping an eye on both her own child ren and her sister Marguerite's two daughters, Louise GUYON simply resum ed an active, pleasurable social life. Because of her caring disposition a nd beauty, she had always been welcomed everywhere and it continu ed to be so. Though she had many affairs, she never re-married, and the of fers for her hand must have been many, for not only was she eminently pres entable, but she was a woman of means. For several reasons, she was o ne of the most "talked about" lady in New France. Whatever she did, wor e, said, was reported again and again, gaining something in the saying.
At the 1686 joint wedding ceremony of LOUIS and MATHIEU (Marsolet) D'AMOU RS was their cousin, Suzanne Guyon Despres, daughter of Madeleine Marsol et and François Guyon des Pres, who in the year 1701 fell in love with Phi lippe-Olivier Morel de La Durantaye, Sieur Du Houssay, and bore him a chi ld out-of-wedlock, Marie-Henriette, who died two weeks after birth. Suzan ne and Philippe would be counted in the 103 people who died in January 17 03 in the city of Québec during the smallpox epidemic. You can read this s tory as told by Dan Cote in his French website at
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LOUISE GUYON d'AMOURS,
where love, scandal, courage and fame meet:
Louise (Racine) Guyon lived many events, moreso after marrying Mathieu (Ma rsolet) D'Amours. Let us go back when her sister Marguerite was marri ed to Louis, the brother of Louise's husband, in the year 1696:
Louis Damours, Sieur des Chaufours, seigneur de Jemsee, Acadie, lost his b eloved wife Marguerite Guyon, in 1696, 10 years after their wedding and ne ver remarried. They had had several children but only his two daughters su rvived to adulthood. He bought a ketch captured by the famous d'Ibervil le and his vessel took part in the attack on Fort Pemquid in 1696 with LEM OYNE d'Iberville, his cousin-in-law, and his friend Vincent de St-Castin a nd he was later captured by the English and made prisonner at Boston for o ver 2 years.
Eventually, LOUIS D'AMOURS de CHAUFFOUR's daughter Marie-Josèphe (b.169 4) D'Amours married Pierre Mospain (Morpain) and his daughter Charlotte (b .1690) married in 1707 in Annapolis (Acadie) Anselme d'ABBADIE de St.Casti n, son of Vincent. As it was, LOUIS continued sailing his ship and bei ng a privateer for the French. In 1696, the care of his two daughters, Cha rlotte and Josèphe, was left to his large family, including to Louise Guyo n, Marguerite's sister and widow of his brother Mathieu, who was widowed t he same year as he was, in 1696.
His brother, Mathieu, died following wounds received during an English ass ault by Colonel John Hathorne on Fort St-Joseph, NAXOUAT (Nashwaak) on t he St.John River, which was the Headquarters of General Joseph Robin au de VILLEBON. Mathieu D'Amours, the youngest, contributed to the it's de fense and victory, but his own farmhouse was burnt with it's 150 fowl s, 50 hogs and 22 cattle heads stolen or destroyed by the British. Despi te Villebon's unfair accusations of feckleness, Mathieu did not hesita te in going to his help when the British attacked him. Until 1696 Mathieu 's farm was a great example of the possibilities in farming in the New wor ld. His brother Louis had helped him build also a sawmill there. As it wa s, his two girls, Charlotte and Josie (Marie-Josèphe), and his brother's t hree sons, Joseph, Louis and little Mathieu-François, both lost a parent t hat year, one a mom, the other a dad. These children, double-cousin, we re all of the same age, and were raised together in their wide extended fa milies.
Louise Guyon was a very beautiful woman and she eventually went to li ve in Port-Royal, becoming the mistress of its governor, Jacques-Franço is de BROUILLAN (1655-1705) who became Governor of Plaisance. (Brouillan w as the son of Jacques de Monbeton-Bourouillan, seigneur de Bourrouillan, d ioçèse of AUCH, France, and of Demoiselle George Dupouy. He "abjured" h is Protestant faith in 1687, the year of his arrival to Canada, and was ma de "Chevalier St-Louis" in 1698. He had a nephew, Joseph de Brouillan de S t-Ovide, who was a lieutenant in Plaisance in 1705, and became Govern or of Île Royale (Louisbourg) for 22 years, suceeding Pastour de Costebel le in 1717. It appears that Louise GUYON, it is reported, was also givi ng her favours to Sieur DENYS de BONAVENTURE during the same time period.
Louise, widow of Mathieu D'Amours, became the most "talked about" wom an in New France... Yet, she was still taking an active interest in all h er children's welfare, including Charlotte and Marie-Josèphe as their subr ogate Mother. Years later, in 1708, in Québec, Louise GUYON d'AMOU RS de la FRESNEUSE was still received in the most closed circles of the ca pital.
Louise Guyon had great courage and in 1711, she was also part of the dari ng plan (which failed) in retaking Port Royal from the British which was d esigned by her son-in-law, Anselme de St-Castin, risking her life acti ng as a spy, arriving alone with her second son and one Abenaki, in the mi ddle of winter, in a canoe, crossing the Bay of Fundy and asking shelt er to the British Commander of the town, which was granted... and soon aft er the English fell in a trap at the Bloody Bridge Battle and she escap ed with the French.
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The third son of Marie Marsolet, Rene, Sieur de Clignancourt baptised in Q uébec August 9 1660, lived in Port-Royal (Acadie); he married, in Québe c, October 13 1689, Charlotte Françoise de Gardeur (LeGardeur) du Tilly, d aughter of Charles de Tilly, member of the Conseil Souverain.
Their children were:
Marie-Judith (1696) - Sister Hospitalière dite Sr (Thecle) who died in Qué bec in 1722
Marie-Angélique, (1697) who became Sister Ste-Ursule-CND, died in Mtl in 1 749
Louis-Mathieu (1699), married in Montréal in 1730 to Madeleine Guyon-des-P res, grand-daughter of Madeleine Marsolet, and consequently his cousin.
Their son, Mathieu-Benjamin, married to Marie de Lorimier did not have a ny sons.
The daughters of Louis-Mathieu Damours & Madeleine Guyon-des-Pres marri ed in the families of Monsieur de Lorimier (Joseph-Antoine Guillaume) a nd of M. Festard de Montigny (Jean Bte).
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Each son of the Marsolet-Damours received the same letter: this one is f or René DAMOURS, their third child:
Extract from "Deliberations du Conseil Souverain":
"6 mars 1690": Brevet d'une concession faite à René Damours (1er) sie ur de Clignancourt le 20 septembre 1684 de ce qui se rencontre de terre n on concédée le long de la rivière St-Jean, depuis le lieu de Medoctec, Ice lui compris, jusqu'au Long Sault qui se trouve en remontant la dite riviè re St-Jean, Icelle comprise, et deux tiers de profondeur de chaque cô té de la dite rivière St-Jean"
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The fourth son of Marie Marsolet, Charles Damours, sieur de Louvieres, sei gneur du Lac Matapedia, baptised in Québec March 5th 1662, married twic e: First to Marie-Anne Genaple-Bellefond (daughter of François Grenaple) in Québec City in January 1683. They had two daughters and two sons:
1. Charles-Nicolas Damours, born in 1692, who married on May 20 1717 Angél ique Rouer de Villeray and they had two daughters who entered a convent (t he Hospitalieres: Mère St Stanislas and Mere St-Jean-Bte) and a son Jose ph Damours who married to Catherine Blondeau, but they did not have any ch ildren
2. Jean Damours, married twice, first Marie-Anne Morel de la Durantaye, a nd they had several daughters and then in 1735 to Marie-Jeanne Renoyer, t he widow of Louis Boucher- which formed the roots of the large Damours fam ily from Trois-Pistoles.
3. Marie-Anne Damours, born in 1688
4. Françoise Damours born in 1689
Charles D'Amours de Louvieres, Sieur de Matapedia's second marriage was do ne in Acadia in 1697 to Marie-Anne Thibodeau. They had 10 children.
Their children were:
- - Louis, baptized in Ste-Foye (Québec) July 16 1698, married twice: fir st in Montréal on December 2 1730 to Marie-Geneviève de Catalogne (Catalor gne), daughter of Gedeon de Catalorgne, the Engineer and Architect who wor ked to design the plans for the Lachine Canal, several buildings and the F oundations of Louisbourg and of Marie-Anne Lemire-Marsolet, Charles' cous in tru his Mother Marie Marsolet-Damours, sister of Louise Marsolet-Lemir e, wife to Jean Lemire; Louis and Marie-Geneviève had several children, in cluding Louis-Michel Damours who would marry Marie-Josèphe Lecompte and wo uld raise only daughters. Then, after Geneviève Catalogne died, Louis d'am ours de Louvieres married Marie-Josèphe de Fonty and had some daughters wi th her.
- -Rene-Louis de Courberon was Charles de Louviere's last known son : René -Louis first married to Angélique Couillard, de St-Thomas, and they h ad a son, Joseph D'Amours de Couberon who would marry Marguerite Mignier-L agace, of Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, in 1768.
Rene-Louis Damours de Courberon second wedding was to Madeleine Pelletie r, of St-Roch, in 1755, the Year of the Great Move(le Grand Derangeme nt or la Grande Deportation) for the 7,800 Acadians who were deported by t he English Sovereign (Queen Anne) all across the United States Atlantic a nd Gulf of Mexico Sea Shores.
One of the children of Rene-Louis and Madeleine was Jean-Baptiste Rene Cou rberon Damours who got married in 1784 to Geneviève Chouinard of St-Jean-P ort-Joli. Their son, Jean-François Damours de Courberon (Couberon), bo rn in 1791, two years before the Treaty of Utrecht was going to marry Angé lique Lebret Saint-Amant.
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The fifth son of Marie Marsolet,
Claude-Louis Damours, b. in 1666, married Anne Comeau (daughter of Jean Co meau & Françoise Hebert, of Annapolis) in 1708; they had no children.
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The sixth son of Marie Marsolet, Bernard,
b. in 1667, sieur des Plaines (et de Freneuse) married twice
1. Marie-Jeanne LeRoyer (LeRoyen?)
2. Élisabeth Couillard
His sons married in the Boucher, Montbrun, Valeran, Joncas families.
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The seventh son of Marie Marsolet,
Philippe Damours, Sieur de la Morandiere, married twice:
1. Madeleine Menage
2. Marie-Anne Louise Juchereau.
He was an officier and died before 1746
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The daughters of Marie Marsolet de St Aignan & Mathieu Damours, were:
-Élisabeth/Isabeau), b.1658, married in 1684 to Claude Charron de la Barr e, Governor in 1682, widower of Dame Claude Camus
-Geneviève, b. 1673, married in 1703 to J.Bte Celoron de Blainville, ve uf de dame Hélène Picoti de Belestre
-Marie-Jacquette, b. 1675, m. in 1697 to Étienne de Villedonne
-Marguerite, b. 1677, m. in 1698 to Jacques Festard-Montigny
M. de Vaudreuil was Godfather to their daughter Marguerite Festard-Montmig ny
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Following is an Excerpt about the DAMOURS Family as it stood in the 1693 C ENSUS to be found at:http://gennb.tripod.com/histry2.htm
1693 Lands .... at the St.John River in New-Brunswick owned by the so ns of Mathieu D'Amour de Chaufours:
........ the area from the mouth of the St John River to Grand Falls New B runswick, Canada, was granted to the four sons of Mathieu D'Amour in 16 93 who were:
Louis D'Amour de Chauffour, Mathieu D'Amour de Freneuse, Rene D'Amour de C lignancourt, Bernard D'Amour de Pleine
The 1686 census gave Sieur Louis d'Amour de Chauffours ...... had 65 acr es of land, in 1694 he had cultivated wheat, peas, Indian corn and oat s, he owned 228 bushels, 22 cattle, 50 hogs, and 150 fowls.
.......... Mrs De Chauffours saved her home and stock from destructi on by the English who advanced on Fort Nashwaak. Her husband being at se a, she wrote an appeal to the English commanding officer and fasten ed it on her door, then she was hidden with her children by a boy named Jo hn Gyles. She died shortly after 1696 and her sister Mrs Freneuse took h er children.
... (LOUIS D'AMOURS) took part in the attack on Fort Pemquid in 1696 a nd he was later captured by the English and made prisonner at Boston for o ver 2 years. Two sons of the Chauffours married at Port Royal a daughter M arie-Charlotte married the second Baron St Castin, and Marie-Josèphe marri ed the notorious buccaneer of St.Domingo(Haiti) Pierre Morpaine...
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THIS SITE'S INFORMATION WAS TAKEN MOSTLY FROM:
"The Columbia University Encyclopedia" - Edition 1942
"Historical Geography of the British Dominions - Vol.5 : CANADA" by Sir Ch arles Lucas, Oxford University Press, 1923
"Histoire des Acadiens"
by Bona Arsenault - Lemeac 1978
"Extraits des Délibérations Du Conseil Souverains : 1663-1700"
"Maine, Resources, Attractions and it's People, a History"
Compiled by Harrie B. Coe, The Lewis Historical Publishing Company (1928)
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Ancêtre de presque tous les d'Amours d'Amérique
Mathieu D'Amours, sieur de Chauffours, jeune militaire de 33 ans arri va en Nouvelle France le 14 octobre 1651. Il y accompagnait Jean de Lauzo n, nouveau gouverneur de la Colonie, de qui il était un parent. Sa soeu r, Marie-Élisabeth, était également du voyage. Elle était mariée à Louis-T héAndré Chartier, sieur de Lotbinière. Ils descendaient d'une ancienne fam ile de la noblesse française. Leur père, Louis d'Amours était conseill er du roi au Châtelet de Paris. Leur mère se nommait Élisabeth Tessier.
Le 30 avril 1652, Mathieu épousait à Québec Marie Marsolet, file de Nicol as Marsolet et Marie Barbier. Quinze enfants allaient naître de leur unio n. Il ne fut pas long à cumuler les charges et les fonctions au se in de la nouvelle colonie. C'est ainsi qu'on le retrouve au poste de Maj or de Québec, de Conseiller du Roi, puis siégant au Conseil Souvera in de la Nouvelle-France.
Fait intéressant, l'intendant Talon lui concédait, en 1672, la seigneur ie de Matane. Mathieu désirait y exploiter la pêche au saumon. A son décè s, en 1695, la seigneurie n'avait cependant pas été mise en valeur.
Le 8 octobre 1725, Philippe D'Amours, fils de Mathieu, fait enregistr er au Conseil Souverain de la Nouvelle-France des documents prouvant la no blesse des D'Amours. On leur confirme ainsi des titres de noblesse, de mê me qu'à leurs descendants, avec les armoiries suivantes :
[left-pointing double-angle quotation mark]D'argent, à un sanglier de sab le surmonté d'un lambel à trois pendants de gueules et accompagné de tro is fers de lance du second, rangés en pointe[right-pointing double-angle q uotation mark].
La devise : "FÉRIR JUSQU'À MOURIR". Combattre, frapper, guerroyer sans ces se pour le beau, le bon, le vrai, la justice, la foi, etc.
Source: Le Centre de généalogie francophone d'Amérique and http://www.gene alogie.org/famille/damours/damours7_e.htm
L'ancêtre - Mathieu d'Amours
Mathieu d'Amours est presque l'ancêtre de tous les d'Amours d'Amériqu e. Il convole en justes noces avec Marie Marsolet, le 30 avril 1652, à Qué bec. Le couple eut 15 enfants:
Nicolas - Décéde peu après sa naissance.
Louis - Il épouse Marguerite Guyon en 1686 - Ils auront 5 enfants.
Mathieu - Il épouse Louise Guyon (soeur de Marguerite et veuve de Charl es Thibeault) en 1686 - Ils auront également 5 enfants.
Élisabeth - Elle épouse Claude Charron (veuf) en 1684 - Ils auront 2 enfan ts.
René - Il épouse Charlotte-Françoise Legardeur en 1689 - Ils auront 7 enfa nts.
Charles - Il épouse en premières noces Marie-Anne Genaple (son père e st le notaire François Genaple), le 26 janvier 1699, à Québec - Ils auro nt 4 enfants. Il épouse, en secondes noces, Marie-Anne Thibodeau (fil le du seigneur de Kaouaskagouche) en 1695. Ils auront 10 enfants.
Joseph-Nicolas - Décède à l'âge de 26 ans.
Claude-Louis - Il épouse Anne Comeau en 1708.
Bernard - Il épouse, dans un premier mariage, Marie-Jeanne Leborgne en 169 8. Ils auront 6 enfants. Il épouse, dans un second mariage, Élisabeth Coui llard en 1716. Ils auront 7 enfants.
Daniel - Décède en bas âge.
Madeleine - Elle ne se serait pas mariée.
Geneviève - Elle épouse Jean-Baptiste Céloron de Blainville en 1703. El le décède 2 mois après leur union.
Jacquette-Marie - Elle épouse Étienne de Villedonné (Lieutenant) en 169 7. Ils auront 3 enfants.
Marguerite - Elle épouse Jacques Testard (garde-marine) en 1698. Ils auro nt 4 enfants.
Philippe - Il épouse Marie-Madeleine Ménage (veuve de Pierre Gauvrea u) en 1722.
Dans les prochaines semaines, nous intégrerons ici des notes généalogiqu es intéressantes sur les familles d'Amours et sur nos origines. Ne manqu ez pas d'y revenir...
Marie Marsolet b: 22 FEB 1638 in Ville de Québec (Québec City), Québec
30 APR 1652