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François Bienvenu dit Delisle

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François BIENVENU was baptized on 19 September 1666 at Saint Pierre le Vieux, in the department of the Vendee in France, a community situated about a dozen kilometers south of Fontenay-le-Comte, next to Maillezais and the Marais poitevin.

At that time, St-Pierre le Vieux was part of the province of Aunis and was a parish of the diocese of La Rochelle.


St Pierre le Vieux


François was born or lived in La Porte de l'Ile which might be an explanation for his "dit name" of Delisle which he took when he became a soldier. This community is located next to St-Pierre le Vieux and which, at the time, had no church.


La Porte de l'Ile


He was the youngest son of Michel Bienvenu, born on 23 September 1621 in Maillezais and of Hélène Guyard who died on 9 November 1677.

His parents also had two other children : Jean, born in 1661, who remained unmarried, and Catherine, of whom I am a descendant, born 19 August 1663 at St. Pierre le Vieux and who married Jacques Roy on 4 September 1692.

François was orphaned at the age of 11 in 1677. At this time it is not known who took care of the children. Perhaps it was the family of their mother, Hélène, whose father, Jehan, was a royal notary in La Rochelle.

It is not known at what age nor from where François decided to leave for New France. Nor is the name of the boat known on which he embarked to cross the Atlantic.

He may have married about 1700 in Quebec his first wife, Geneviève CHARRON dit LAFERRIERE, born 7 December 1679 in Quebec, the daughter of Jean Charron and of Anne d'Anneville, who was the widow of Anthoine Fillion.

In 1701, he was possibly in the group of soldiers who accompanied Antoine Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac on his founding voyage to Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit du lac Érié which subsequently became the modern city of Detroit, Michigan. U.S.A.


Fort Pontchartrain

Fort Pontchartrain


Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac left Lachine on 5 June 1701 with 25 canoes, 50 soldiers whose names are not known ( In research that has been done to date, a few of these names have been found but not the names of 50 as reported to have gone in this first convoy.) and 52 voyageurs, and three months of provisions.

He was accompanied by his lieutenants, Alphonse de Tonty, baron de Palaudy; Pierre Dugué dit Boisbriand; Chacornac, baron de Joannès; the Recollet priest, Father Constantin Delhalle and the Jesuit, Father Vaillant de Gueslis.

 

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