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  • ID: I27020
  • Name: Pierre Miville
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Pierre /LeSuisse/
  • Birth: 1602 in Canton de Fribourg, Suisse (Switzerland)
  • Birth: 1600 in Canton de Fribourg, Suisse (Switzerland)
  • Death: 14 OCT 1669 in Age 67; Lauzon, Lévis, Québec
  • Burial: 15 OCT 1669 Notre-Dame-de-Québec City, Québec
  • Endowment: 5 MAY 1970
  • Sealing Child: 5 MAY 1970 COMPLETED; Temple: OAKLAND
  • LDS Baptism: 6 FEB 1970
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    Pierre Miville dit LeSuisse (known as the Swiss) (about 1602-1669) and Cha rlotte Maugis (about 1607-1676)
    Pierre Miville is the first pioneer of Swiss origin to come with his fami ly to New-France. According to noted genealogist and historian Raymond Oui met, Pierre Miville is "an exceptional ancestor". Pierre and his wife Char lotte are 9th Great Grandparents to Vernon, Lila, Edward, Valoie, and Coll een's generation.
    Pierre Miville is believed to have been born about 1602, in the diocese a nd canton of Freiburg, in the west of Switzerland. Freiburg is a chief to wn of the canton through which the Sarine River flows, taking its sour ce in the north of Sion (Sitten) in the Alps. However, we have no document ary proof that Pierre Miville was born in the canton of Freiburg (no menti on in the parochial registers).
    Captain (Capitaine) Pierre Miville was a master cabinetmaker (Maitre menui sier). Probably accompanied by many Swiss companions who came to fight wi th the French army, Pierre Miville arrives in France during the 1620's. Si nce the year 1515, when François the 1st defeated the Swiss in Marignan, S witzerland supplied soldiers to the king of France and at the sei ge of La Rochelle (1627-1628) Cardinal Richelieu's army included a large S wiss effective force (1).
    Was Pierre one of them? It's very possible for, on a wedding act celebrat ed in St-Hilaire d'Hiers on June 25, 1635, Pierre Miville's roles as witne ss is qualified as "souice de Monseigneur le cardinal demeurant en Brouage ..." (Monsignor the Cardinal's Swiss, living in Brouage). This Cardinal co uld be no other than Jean Armand du Plessis, Cardinal and Duke of Richelie u, the famed Prime Minister to Louis XIII.
    Originally established as Jacopolis on Brouage about 1555 as a trading po rt for salt, the city becomes rich and famous. With all the major languag es spoken in its walls by the 17th century, the prosperity and strategic l ocation of Brouage gave it added importance during the religious struggl es in France between Catholics and Protestants. Richelieu, who had been ma de titular governor of Brouage by the king, set out to strengthen the city 's defenses. The cardinal transformed the landscape through magnificent bu ilding contracts that made Brouage the most beautiful harbor in Fran ce as well as encouraged its expansion into one of the largest seapor ts of the time with 4,000 inhabitants.
    Cardinal Richelieu's persecution of the Huguenots (the name given most Fre nch Protestants) would culminate in the siege of La Rochelle, their maj or stronghold. La Rochelle appeared among the fortified towns conced ed to the Protestants by the Edict of Nantes, 30 years earlier. The citize ns of La Rochelle (called Rochelois) resisted the royal authority and even tually rose up in revolt, aided by English allies. But Richelieu decid ed to finish the resistance by building a dam to close the port. Cut o ff by land and sea, the Rochelois endured a terrible famine until they we re forced to capitulate. Miville the soldier was in camp in Brouage in 162 8, at the time when Richelieu took control of La Rochelle. On 1 November 1 628 king Louis XIII made his entry into a city ruined and depopulated by t he siege. He proved kind in victory, though, granting the rebels the pea ce of Alès which confirmed religious tolerance but reduced the military pr ivileges granted to the Protestants. The Protestants were still too influe ntial in the kingdom to revoke the generous Edict of Nantes but already ma ny Catholics were looking to ridden the kingdom of the "troublesome" minor ity. The fall of La Rochelle eventually destroyed the center of Protesta nt power in France and forced over 200,000 Huguenots to flee for more tole rant lands, such as Switzerland, Germany, Holland, and Britain.
    Miville married Charlotte Maugis (or Mongis) dit (known as) Mauger about 1 629 (definitely before 31 December 1632). The wedding ceremony was he ld in Brouage, in the évêché Saintes ("Holy ones"), in Saintonge, of the c urrent department of the Charente-Maritime, France. Charlotte Maugis was b orn about 1607 and came from Saint-Germain in Saintonge. Together, they ha ve seven children, all born in France. From 1630 to 1643, Pierre Miville a nd they lived in Brouage, fatherland of Champlain, where Pierre belong ed to the garrison.
    Three of Miville's children's baptismal acts give precious indicatio ns on Pierre Miville's relationship to local leaders: That of Aimee tel ls us that her godfather was François Guibourg, lord of Val and secreta ry to the governor of Brouage, and Suzanne's baptismal act indicates Re né Yvon, butler and cellarman to the same governor, as her godfather(2). T he most interesting christening act is that of François:
    "Ce seize may 1634 a esté baptisé François fils de Pierre Miville et de Ch arlotte Mongis & a eu pô parrain François Saboureux Sr de St Thomas serge nt Major de Brouage et marraine Marie Boursier."
    St Thomas
    P. Goupil Curé Marie Boursier
    His godfather was a soldier, quartermaster-sergeant of the city's garriso n. The quartermaster-sergeant was the one who presided over the troops exe rcises. One of the act's signers was François Chauvin, an important pers on in Brouage for he was the engineer in charge of supervising the erecti on of the fortification of the city. These baptismal acts prove witho ut a doubt that Pierre Miville was in good relationship with Brouage nobil ity.
    The last mention of the Miville family in Brouage is on May 17, 1643, wh en Charlotte Mongis is godmother to Claude Cotart, the son of Nicolas a nd of Jeanne Mouchette(3). The Mivilles seem to have left for better skie s. Why? In December 1642, Richelieu dies in Paris. As foreseen, Arma nd de Maille, duke of Breze, becomes governor of Brouage, but in June 16 46 he is killed while fighting in Orbitello (Italy). Ann of Austria, the r egent of the kingdom of France, succeeds him. Since she can't fulfill h er duty, she is represented by lieutenant-general Louis Foucault, cou nt of Daugnon, already on the premises, who dismisses the former governor s' menservants to replace them by partisans.
    The disorders about the succession to government in the city pushed Mivil le to be established at La Rochelle. On 5 November 1646, before the nota ry Teuleron of La Rochelle, he purchased for the annual rent of 16 poun ds a piece of land situated at the foot of the wall of Saint-Nicholas. T he same day he hired the master mason and stone-cutter Jacques Rionte au to build him a stone house of 20 feet in length. However, this agreeme nt was cancelled on 12 December 1647. We do not know the reason for thi s, but the family's stay in La Rochelle was of short duration.
    Pierre Miville, now approximately 46 years old, is probably jobless wh en in 1648 an uprising known as "war of the fronde'' breaks out, which wi ll become a civil war. Having lived in Brouage for 15 years, the Miville f amily had definitely heard of Samuel de Champlain's discoveries, himse lf a Brouage kid and since known as "the father of the new France". Probab ly attracted by the new world promises, Pierre then decides to try his lu ck with all his family. Their elder child had died at five years of age, b ut the rest of the Miville family emigrated from La Rochelle to New Fran ce on 23 August 1649. The remaining children were Marie, age 17, Françoi s, age 15, Aimee, age 14, Madeleine, age 13, Jacques, age 10, and Suzann e, age 9. We will look at some of them in more detail below.
    One must ask himself whether or not, prior to his departure for Québec, Pi erre had guarantees about his settlement in the colony for shortly after h is arrival, he obtains not one but two grants of land: The first occurr ed on 28 October 1649 Pierre, his sons, and four other men each receiv ed 30 arpents of frontage land in the Lauzon seigniory from Governor Lou is d'Ailleboust. This is on the coast of Lauzon (Côte Lauzon) across fr om what is now called the Plains of Abraham, situated today near Patton Ro ad in the parish of Saint-David-de-l'Auberivière. The other was in the sub urbs of Québec, on the Grande-Allee, between the seignories of Saint-Franç ois and Saint-Jean(4).
    And that's not the end of it. Pierre also obtained 26 arpents of land ar ea in Québec, on 19 November 1650. He had settled in Québec and in 1654, P ierre Miville will proclaim having a "house located in Québec continuo us on one side to the enclosure of Squire Guillaume Vignal Priest and Chap lin ... consisting in twenty-four fathom-measure of land in one directi on and twelve on the other.. due to the deed gift made over by Monseign or Jean de Lauzon advisor to the King on his State and Privy Council Gover nor and lieutenant general for his majesty in the Country of New France... "(5). But on 9 August 1654 he sold his home and his land in Québec to Char les Phiippeau for the price of 500 pounds.
    In the autumn of 1655, he went to France and on September 19 he promised C laude Auber to release him from the sum of 19 pounds that he owed to Switz erland, in the name of Abraham Richard, from La Rochelle. In the spri ng of 1656, Miville made an agreement before the notary Moreau of La Roche lle with the master stone-cutter, André Bougret, but this contract was n ot followed.
    Pierre Miville probably had continued dealings with Jean de Lauzon. Had th ey not both been to the service of Richelieu? Besides, at Aymee's weddi ng Miville's second daughter, Lauzon will attend the ceremony thus showi ng his esteem to the family(6). So following Miville's return from Fran ce on 20 May 1656, the governor of Lauzon gave Pierre Miville a piece of l and in downtown Québec, a site of 20 feet by 26 feet at the Basse-Vill e, on Saint-Pierre Street.(7)
    Miville (who practiced the trade of carpentry) was a good worker and m an of initiative. In 1657 he established in conjunction with the famous Le vasseur the brotherhood of the carpenters of Madame de Sainte-Anne. On Ju ly 30 of that year, Jean Fouquet recognized as having received from Pier re Miville the sum of 40 pounds that he had promised to replace in his na me to Jean Ranaud for 2 casks of wine. On 31 July 1661, Antoine Pepin cont racted an obligation of 56 pounds and 8 sols to Miville's consideration.
    Pierre Miville will maintain throughout his life continuing relations, som etimes turbulent, with the upper crust of the colony. Very quickly, the fa mily acquired a certain notoriety in New France. Indeed, this exception al ancestor was courageous and his gaze inspired confidence (to use the co lloquial expression, he was cold with the eyes or "n'avait pas froid aux y eux"). Once Miville alone faced a band of Iroquois tribesmen. Le Journ al de Jesuites tells us that the "Iroquois Onontagues" took one of his co ws and a sow on 6 May 1657 from in front of his house. Seven years late r, he rebelled against the colonial authorities who had refused to help hi m. Extremely dissatisfied, Miville on 1 July 1664 organized a sedition a nd attempted to seize a number of volunteers on board a ship in Québec har bor. He was stopped. Such an act could not remain unpunished and Pierre w as sent to the prison at Château Saint-Louis in Québec. There he was judge d, condemned to a fine of 300 pounds and banned in perpetuity from the to wn of Québec. This condemnation failed, however, to tarnish Miville's repu tation in New-France.
    On 27 August 1664, he and his wife acquitted Louis Rover de Villeray of t he sum of 55 pounds for the receipt of the inheritance of Ignace Sevestr e. Miville apparently tried to entice some of his compatriots to Canad a. On 16 July 1665, the lieutenant-general of the king (Sieur de Tracy, t he lord of Tracy) gave Miville, his sons and four other Swiss colonists fr ontage land of 21 arpents by 40 arpents in depth (Rivière-Ouelle) at Grand e-Anse which is today in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière. Pierre Miville direc ted them in the clearing of their farms on this concession which became kn own as the "County of the Fribourg Swiss" ("Canton des Suisses Fribourgeoi s"). This attempt at colonization did not last and the Swiss returned to t heir country, but not Pierre Miville. He stayed on the coast of Lauzon whe re he had a fief on the Chaudière River. Respected by his fellow-citizen s, Pierre Miville was also named captain of the militia for the coast of L auzon (Capitaine de la Côte Lauzon).
    The 1667 census reports that Pierre Miville owned 8 horned animals, a nd 30 arpents of valuable land in Lauzon. On 6 October 1667, Miville recei ved 2,000 pounds from Jean Talon, to whom he had sold a small boat. The n ew owner of the vessel proclaimed himself extremely satisfied with the tra nsaction.
    The eldest daughter of Pierre Miville and Charlotte Maugis was named Mari e. Marie Miville was baptized on December 13, 1632, at Notre-Dame de Broua ge. She married Mathieu Amyot dit (known as) Villeneuve on November 22, 16 50, in Québec. Together they have sixteen Amyot-Villeneuve children, wi th five in particular who create many genealogy bonds for later French-Can adian descendents. Among the most important were Pierre Amyot, born in 165 3, who married Louise Dodier in 1686. The second, Anne-Marie Amyot was bo rn in 1654. She is the wife of Jean Huard, born about 1641 in the Chartr es évêché. The third, Marie-Françoise Amyot, was born in 1660. She marri ed Charles Gingras in 1675. The fourth was Catherine-Ursule Amyot, bo rn in 1664, who became the wife of Jean Duquet dit (known as) Desroch es in 1683. Jeanne Amyot, the fifth, was born in 1670 and married Paul Tes sier in 1691.
    The sons will be well-noted. The second Miville child, François, is baptiz ed in Brouage on May 16, 1634. He will become lord of the manor of Bonne-R encontre and was married in Québec on August 10, 1660, to Marie Langloi s. Marie, born in 1646, is the daughter of the pioneers Noël Langlois a nd Françoise Grenier. Langlois arrived in New-France in 1634 along with Ro bert Giffard. Of the twelve children of François Miville and Marie Langloi s, two girls are especially important. Marie Miville, born in 1665, marri ed Michel Gosselin in 1684. The second, Jeanne Miville, born in 1671, marr ied Denis Boucher in 1689.
    The third Miville, Suzanne, was also baptized in Brouage on January 24, 16 40. She is the key ancestor for us as it is through her and her husband An toine Paulet, a naval carpenter, that we descend. Suzanne married Antoi ne Paulet on April 12, 1655. Paulet was born about 1625, in Dieppe, Norman die. Of their seven children, the eldest one, Antoine Paulet married twic e. His first wife was Renée Graton. Following her death, Antoine's seco nd wedding was on February 13, 1685, to Anne Loignon, daughter of Pierre L oignon and Françoise Roussin. It is through the marriage of Antoine Paul et and Anne Loignon that our line continues.
    Finally the fourth Miville, Jacques, was baptized at St-Hilaire d'Hie rs on May 2, 1639. He married Catherine DeBaillon on November 12, 166 9, in Québec. Jacques Miville dit (known as) Deschênes and Catherine DeBai llon die the same day, January 27, 1688, victims of an epidemic that kill ed 1,400 people that year. The patronym Deschênes (des Chênes = The Oak s) in the beginning was a nickname adopted in 1669 by Jacques to impress h is wife, who was of noble origin. Catherine was born about 1645, the daugh ter of Alphonse DeBaillon, écuyer et seigneur (rider and lord) of Valen ce and Mascotterie, and of damoiselle Louise de Marles, of Montfort-l'Amau ry, Île de France, herself a daughter of the seigneur (lord) of Vaugien. C atherine Baillon came to Canada in 1669 as one of the "fille du roi" (daug hters of the king) emigrants sponsored by King Louis XIV. Because she belo nged to an influential and noble family, research has made it possib le to go back 29 generations before Catherine to Bernard, king of Italy, w ho died into 815. Bernard was himself the son of Pépin Ier, also king of I taly (died 795), whose father was none other than Charles Ier, known as Ch arlemagne, king of the Francs from 768 to 814, and his wife queen Hildegar de. Charlemagne was crowned emperor in Rome by the pope Léon III on Christ mas Day in the year 800. The singer Céline Dion, Jean Chrétien and Luci en Bouchard are three illustrious Québécois who directly trace their lin es back to Charlemagne. However, our personal family record does not co me through Jacques and Catherine, so we cannot claim such descent.
    Our ancestor Pierre Miville dit (known as) LeSuisse (the Swiss) died on t he evening of October 14, 1669 in his home in Lauzon, which also serv ed as a chapel to all the inhabitants of the seigniory. His funeral took p lace the following day at the church in Québec and his body is buried in t he parochial cemetery.
    Charlotte Maugis followed in death on October 11, 1676. She is buried in t he cemetery of the church on the Coast of Lauzon (la Côte de Lauzon).
    Notes: Parts of this story are adapted from e/MivilleP.htm. Other information comes from "Les descendants de Pierre Mi ville Inc." by Raymond Ouimet, a well-known and highly respected Canadi an Historian, appearing in the 1988 edition of Le Fribougeois and reproduc ed online at
    1. Vaux de Foletier, François de, Le siège de La Rochelle, éd. Quartier La tin et Rupella, p. 206.
    2. Baptisimal Acts of August 12, 1635 and January 24, 1640, Brouage.
    3. Vigé, E. and J., Brouage, history, visity, imprimerie Delavaud, Sainte s, 1987, p. 8.
    4. Audouart Registry, October 28, 1649.
    5. Audouart Registry, August 9, 1654.
    6. July 2, 1652, Québec.
    7. West Indies court-scroll 1667-1668: declaration by François Mivil le on behalf of Pierre Miville, his father.
    Armorial bearings of some of the descendants of Pierre Miville. Device: S' unir pour construire ("To link itself to build.")
    Etymology: Mivelaz comes from Mievilla quoted in Dompierre in 1320. Myevil le is a locality with Lentigny region known since 1320. This name would co me from Latin media villa and would indicate a site located between two lo calities. Source: Paul Aebischer, Sur l'origine et la formation des no ms de famille dans le canton de Fribourg (On the origin and the formati on of the surnames in the canton of Freiburg). Geneva, Olschki, 1923.
    Variant Alternatives: Miville des Chaisnes, Miville-Deschênes, Miville-Déc hène, Deschènes, Déchène, Deschenes, Mainville, Minville
    Biography: Ouimet, Raymond. Pierre Miville, un ancêtre exceptionnel. Sille ry (Québec): Éditions du Pellican/Septentrion. 1988. See also Honorius Pro vost, "Le canton de Suisses Fribourgeois," BRH, XX (1914), 233ff ; and J.- E. Roy, Histoire de la seigneurie de Lauzon, I, 69-71.
    Other Links:
    L'Association des descendants de Pierre Miville/The Association of the des cendants of Pierre Miville
    Miville des Chênes website
    Société de généalogie de l'Outaouais website
    Dictionnaire Généalogique Des Familles Canadiennes, Tanguay, vol 1, p. 435 .
    Pierre was nicknamed "The Swiss" - he was one of the first colonizers fr om Switzerland. Settled city Louson, Québec. child #6 Suzanne also used su rname.
    Master joiner, pioneer and captain of the Lauson shore. Swiss by birth, Mi ville came to Canada via La Rochelle at a date that has not been establish ed with certainty but that was previous to 28 Oct 1649, on which date h e, along with his son François, received from the governor, LOUIS D'AILLEB OUT, a grant of land in the seigneury of Lauson, which was later rais ed to the status of arrière-fief. Miville apparently tried to entice so me of his compatriots to Canada. In fact, on 16 July 1665, M. de PROUVi le de Tracy granted him, along with his sons and four other persons, a con cession measuring 21 arpents by 40 at Grande Anse (La Pocatière), naming t he locality "the Canton of Fribourg Swiss." This undertaking was unsuccess ful. Pierre Miville stayed at Lauson until his death, 14 Oct 1669. In Fran ce he had married Charlotte Maugis, who bore him six children, at least; o ne of them, Jacques, was the founder of the Miville-Deschenes famili es of North America. Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biographies, Vol I 100 0-1700. University of Toranto Press, 1966. Death notice printed in Le Frib ourgeois dated Dec 1990 Known as "Le Suisse". Reéut le 16 juillet 1665, av ec ses deux fils et quatre autres de ses compatriotes fribourgeois,la conc ession du "Canton des suisses fribourgeois" La Pocatière.
    Source: David Patrick Robert
    Name: Pierre Miville dit LeSuisse 1
    Sex: M
    Birth: ABT 1602
    Death: 14 OCT 1669 in Lauzon, Lévis, Québec 1
    Burial: 15 OCT 1669 Québec City, Québec, Québec 1
    Residence: canton de Fribourg, Suisse 1
    Census: 1667 Lauzon, Lévis, Québec
    Note: age 65 years 1
    Occupation: maître menuisier 1
    PROP: concession à sept Suisses du canton de Fribourg (Pierre
    Miville, son fils François Miville, son fils Jacques Miville,
    François Rimé, François Tisseau, Jean Gueuchard et Jean
    Cahusin), du Canton des Suisses Fribourgeois, à La Pocatière 16 JUL 1665 1
    PROP: concession du fief Miville (sur la rivière Chaudière, avec
    lÎe Fortunée, après ?) 03 NOV 1672 1
    Marriage 1 Charlotte Maugis b: ABT 1607
    Married: ABT 1631 in Brouage, ar. Rochefort, év. Saintes, Saintonge (Chare nte
    Maritime), France 1
    1. Marie Miville
    2. François Miville dit LeSuisse
    3. Aimée Miville
    4. Madeleine Miville
    5. Jacques Miville dit Deschênes
    6. Suzanne Miville
    1.Title: Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec des origines à 1 730
    Author: Jetté, René
    Publication: Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, Montréal, 1983
    Page: page 817
    See also the association "Les descendants de Pierre Miville":
    Pierre Miville remains, still today, somewhat mysterious person to anyo ne interested in his biography. We know neither his birth place nor whe re he married, but a quick survey of the people who dealt with him all ow us to better know the man.
    Additional notes from:
    The Mivilles in Nouvelle-France
    It is assumed that Pierre Miville arrived in Nouvelle France in the 1640 's His family is said to be one of the largest families to settle in Nouve lle-France. In the Month of October 1649, Pierre Miville is given land mea suring some 25 acres in Ville de Québec (near today's Bois-de-Coulonge ). a land of 570 feet wide by 7600 feet long on the sieinory of Lauzon an d, for his son François, another piece of land on the same domain. Pier re Miville keeps the Ville de Québec land for one year only, givi ng it to his son-in-law in 1650. Let's mention that Miville's four daughte rs get rapidly married, before they reached 18 years of age: Marie gets ma rried to Mathieu Amyot in 1650, Aimée to Robert Giguère and Madeleine to J ean Cauchon in 1652, and Suzanne to Antoine Paulet in 1655. As for his son s, François gets married in 1660 at the age of 26, while Jacques still liv es with his parents. The latter gets married in 1669, at the age of 3 0. He probably helped his father farm the land.
    According to several deeds and other documents, Pierre Miville was kno wn as "Le Suisse" (The Swiss). A concession contract awarded by Tracy in 1 665 clearly identifies Pierre Miville as being Swiss. He emigrated to Fran ce and lived in the region of La Rochelle from where he sailed to Nouvelle -France France in the middle of XVIIth century. His children were all bapt ized in the Brouage region and their father's Swiss origin is clearly stat ed in certain deeds. for instance: This second day of May 1639, in the chu rch of St-Hilaire d'Heirs, was baptised Jacques, son of Pierre Mivill e, of Swiss origin, and of Charlotte Mougis, his wife residing in the to wn of Brouage. Jacques is the godson of Issac Miville and Salome Lomene.
    None as yet has been able to determine Pierre Miville's birthday. He is ce rtainly from the township if not from the city Fribourg, since he is ident ified as "Suisse fribourgois" in the 1665 contract. Born around 1602, acco rding to enumerations. Pierre Miville's date and place of marriage are sti ll unknown. Jetté says "around 1631" in Brouage, an assumption probably fo unded on Marie Mivlle's birthday in 1635. Charlotte Maugis, his wife, clai med to be from Saint-Germain, in Saintonge and according to the census, s he would have been born in 1607. However, when she died in 1676, she was s aid to be 95 years old, which is very whimsical because she would have giv en birth to her last daughter at the age of 60 or 61.
    Was Pierre Miville Protestant? We know that he lived in the region of La R ochelle, a Protestant stronghold, and that a man named Issac Miville sto od godfather to Jacques, Pierre's second son. This leads us to assume th at he was Protestant.
    See also:
    Pierre Miville was Swiss, born in 1602 at Fribourg in Switzerland. Marri ed there in 1629, he crossed over to Canada via La Rochelle in the spri ng of 1649 (before October 28 1649) with his wife and six children. On Oct ober 28, he, his sons and four others received a land grant in the Seigneu rie of Lauson from Governor Louis D'Ailleboust. This grant of land on t he coast of Lauzon is across from the Plaines of Abraham, today near Patt on road in the parish of Saint-David- de-l'Auberivière.
    On July 16 1665, Mr. de Prouvile de Tracy granted a concession at Grande A nse (La Pocatière) and named it "the county of the Frigourg Swiss".
    In 1669, many settlers from Fribourg obtained land grants at Grande-Anse w hich is today Sainte-Anne- de-la-Pocatière. Pierre Miville directed th em in the clearing of their farms which were named "County of the Fribou rg Swiss". This attempt at colonization did not last and the Swiss return ed to their country, but not Pierre Miville. He stayed on the coast of Lau zon and soon became captain of the militia.
    This settler, who carried the nickname "The Swiss" has left numerous desce ndants.
    Source: First Canadian Ancestors (from the "Ancestors of Jean-Guy Coté" Da tabase)
    10517 Pierre MIVILLE dit Le Suisse, buried 15 October 1669, in Québec. Sa ys the footnote on his name, Tome 1, p 435, "Un de ses descendants est mo rt à la Louisiana, en 1896 à l'àge de 120 ans."
    One of his descendants died in Louisiana, in 1896 at the age of 120 years.
    Pierre Miville
    OCCUPATION: Maitre-menuisier (master Joiner or carpenter).
    Capitaine de la Cote Lauzon de La Rochelle.
    IMMIGRATION: Aug 23 1649 Québec from La Rochelle, France. Trudel, Marce l. Catalogue des Immigrants, 1632-1662. Cahiers du Québec Collection Histo ire. Montréal: Editions Hurtubise HMH, 1983, Source Page # 216.
    Michel Langlois in his "Dictionnaire Biographique des Ancetres Québecois ( 1608 - 1700) Tome 3, Lettres J a M", article on Pierre Miville dit le Suis sse on page 453, relates the following incident:
    "Le premiere juillet 1664, il tente d'enlever des engages que se trouve nt abord d'un vaisseau en rade de Québec. On l'arrete et on le bannit de Q uébec pour cette offense."
    I translate that on "1 July 1664 he tried to take some contracted men fr om a ship in the anchorage of Québec and was arrested and banished from Qu ébec for this offense."
    ). Pierre Miville-LeSuisse, born c 1580 in Lauzon, La Rochelle, FRA; di ed c 13 Oct 1669 in Québec City, Québec (Source: Cyprien Tanguay's Dict Gé néalogique, vol 1, p435). He married Charlotte Maugis in Fribourg, Switzer land
    Children of Pierre Miville-LeSuisse and Charlotte Maugis are:
    i. François Miville-LeSuisse, born 1630 (Source: Cyprien Tanguay's Dict
    Généalogique, vol 1, p435); died c 22 Nov 1711 in Rivière-Ouelle,
    Kamouraska Co, Québec; married (1) Marie Langlois 10 Aug 1660 in
    Québec City, Québec (Source: Cyprien Tanguay's Dict Généalogique, vol 1,
    p435); married (2) Jeanne Savonet 7 Nov 1692 in Rivière-Ouelle,
    Kamouraska Co, Québec (Source: Cyprien Tanguay's Dict Généalogique, vol
    1, p435).
    ii. Marie Miville, born c 13 Dec 1632 in FRA (Source: Cyprien Tanguay's
    Dict Généalogique, vol 1, p435); died 5 Sep 1702 in Hôtel-Dieu, Québec,
    Québec (Source: Donna Marie Lemieux's ancestry
    (, 3-Jun-1997); married
    Mathieu Amiot=Villeneuve 22 Nov 1650 in Québec City, Québec (Source: Cypri en
    Tanguay's Dict Généalogique, vol 1, p435).\
    iii. Aymée Miville, born c 1634; died Unknown; married Robert Giguère 2 Ju l
    1652 in Québec City, Québec (Source: Cyprien Tanguay's Dict Généalogiqu e, vol
    1, p435).
    iv. Madeleine Miville, born c 18 Nov 1636 in Notre-Dame-de-Brouage; died
    Aft. 16 Sep 1708 in Château-Richer, Montmorency Co, Québec; married Jean
    Cauchon 20 Nov 1652 in Québec City, Québec (Source: Cyprien Tanguay's Dict
    Généalogique, vol 1, p435)
    v. Jacques Miville-Deschênes, born May 1639 in Saintonge, FRA; died c 25
    Jan 1687/88 in Rivière-Ouelle, Kamouraska, Québec; married Catherine Baill on 12 Nov
    1669 in Notre-Dame, Québec City, Québec.
    vi. Suzanne Miville, born 1642 (Source: Cyprien Tanguay's Dict
    Généalogique, vol 6, p263); died c 27 Aug 1675 in Ste-Famille,
    Île-d'Orléans, Québec; married Antoine Paulet 12 Apr 1655 in Québec,
    Québec (Source: Cyprien Tanguay's Dict Généalogique, vol 6, p263).
    Dictionnaire Généalogique Des Familles Canadiennes, Tanguay, vol 1, p.435
    Pierre was nicknamed "The Swiss" - he was one of the first colonizers fr om Switzerland. Settled city of Louson, Québec. child #6 Suzanne also us ed surname.
    For a discussion over errors about his parentage, See also: http://www.fra

    Father: Isaac-François Miville b: 1551 in Canton de Fribourg, Suisse
    Mother: Salomée Lomene b: 1555 in Canton de Fribourg, Suisse

    Marriage 1 Charlotte Maugis b: 1602 in Switz
    • Sealing Spouse: 5 MAR 1970 in COMPLETED; Temple: OAKLAND
    1. Has No Children Marie Miville c: 1633
    2. Has No Children Aymee Miville b: ABT 1629
    3. Has No Children Jacques Miville b: ABT 1632
    4. Has Children François Miville b: 16 MAY 1634 in Brouage, France c: 20 MAY 1634 in Notre-Dame-de-Brouage, France
    5. Has Children Madeleine Miville b: 18 NOV 1636 in Brouage, Rochefort, Saintonge, Charente-Maritime, France c: 18 NOV 1636 in Notre-Dame-de-Brouage, Rochefort, Saintonge, Charente-Maritime, France
    6. Has Children Suzanne Miville b: 24 JAN 1640 in Saint-Hilaire, d'Hiers-Brouage, ar. Rochefort, év. Saintes, Saintonge (Charente Maritime), France c: 24 JAN 1640 in Saint-Hilaire, d'Hiers-Brouage, Saintes, Rochefort, Saintonge, France

    Marriage 2 Charlotte Maugis b: 1607 in St-Germain, ev. Saintes, Saintonge, Charente-Maritime, France
    • Married: ABT 1629 in Saint-Hilaire, d'Hiers-Brouage, Saintes, Rochefort, Saintonge, France
    • Married: 1629 in Fribourg, Suise
    • Married: BET 1629 AND 1630 in Brouage, ar. Rochefort, ev. Saintes, Saintonge, Charente-Maritime, France
    • Sealing Spouse: 5 MAR 1970 in OAKLAND
    1. Has No Children Gabriel Miville b: 1630 in La Rochelle, France?
    2. Has Children Marie-Anne Miville b: 13 DEC 1632 in Notre-Dame-de-Brouage, Charente-Maritime, France
    3. Has Children François Miville b: 16 MAY 1634 in Brouage, France c: 20 MAY 1634 in Notre-Dame-de-Brouage, France
    4. Has No Children Aimée Miville b: 1635 in Brouage, France c: 12 AUG 1635 in Notre-Dame-de-Brouage, France
    5. Has Children Madeleine Miville b: 18 NOV 1636 in Brouage, Rochefort, Saintonge, Charente-Maritime, France c: 18 NOV 1636 in Notre-Dame-de-Brouage, Rochefort, Saintonge, Charente-Maritime, France
    6. Has Children Jacques Miville b: 1639 in Brouage, France c: 5 MAY 1639 in Saint-Hilaire d' Hiers, France
    7. Has Children Suzanne Miville b: 24 JAN 1640 in Saint-Hilaire, d'Hiers-Brouage, ar. Rochefort, év. Saintes, Saintonge (Charente Maritime), France c: 24 JAN 1640 in Saint-Hilaire, d'Hiers-Brouage, Saintes, Rochefort, Saintonge, France
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