Louis Pelletier

 

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Louis Pelletier Sansoucy, was born and baptized in 1713, in Notre-Dame-de-Poitiers, in the former French province of Poitou. He was the son of François Pelletier and Michelle Coulon. Although the date of his arrival in New France is still unknown, it is certain that he was a soldier in the Company of Saint-Ours – where he was known as “Sansoucy,” undoubtedly due to his carefree personality –, and it is most likely the case that he was stationed in Montreal. 
On October 29, 1742, at Sainte-Agnès in Lachine, Louis wed Marie-Josèphe Cécyre, daughter of the late Joseph Cécyre and Anne Trottier; the groom was twenty-eight years old, the bride, twenty. The young couple had signed their marriage contract the previous day, October 28, in the presence of Father Vallière, but it was not deposited with notary public Claude Poirier until January 25, 1743; the contract included no more than the usual information found in such documents. 
During the seven years that Louis and Marie-Josèphe were married, they brought five children into the world, indicating that they were wealthy in at least one sense. On December 10, 1749, at the age of 35, Louis died in Montreal; he was buried there as a soldier, and under the name “Pelletier.” He left to mourn him his twenty-seven-year-old widow and their four surviving children; the couple’s second child, Marie-Josèphe, died at the age of six months on September 29, 1745. 
Two years after her husband’s death, on May 21, 1751, by order of the court, Marie-Josèphe Cécyre obtained joint guardianship of her children with her uncle, Joseph Cécyre. Shortly thereafter, another soldier, Henry Miclette Laplume, came into the young widow’s life, and the two married later that year. Born in 1721, seven years before Louis Pelletier Sansoucy, Henry was the son of Henri Miclette and Angélique Senet of the parish of Saint-Nicolas-de-Brème, in Poitou. 
Four days after the aforementioned court order, notary public Gervais Hodiesne penned the fol-lowing inventory, replete with Old French legalese: “On the afternoon of May 25, 1751, at the request of Marie-Josèphe Cécyre, widow of the late Louis Pelletier, cobbler, resident of Faubourg de Saint-Joseph, in the area of this city of Montreal, as much in her name as for the community between her [late] husband and herself, who, as guardian of Antoine, age 7 years or about, of Paul, age 6 years or about, of Jean-Baptiste, age 3 years or about, and of Magdleine, age twenty months, minor children of the said late Louis Pelletier and herself: with the exception of, she has accepted, if she should judge it fitting by council, to renounce the community between them, and in the presence of Mister Joseph Cécyre, carpenter, living in the said Faubourg de Saint-Joseph, her maternal uncle and subrogate tutor to the said minors, by act of guardianship signed by the Lieutenant General of the Royal Jurisdiction of Montreal, recorded by notary public Blanzy on May 21 of the present year 1751, the said minors, qualified to inherit from their late father, via the preservation of the property and rights of the said parties [their parents] and said names and of all others, it is fit, per the royal notary for the city and royal jurisdiction of Montreal, underwritten, in presence of witnesses hereafter named, has been done, a good and loyal inventory and de-scription of all the personal property, clothes, linen, titles, papers, information and other items left after the death of the said Louis Pelletier, which were common between him and the said widow, on the day of his death, December 10, 1749, at the general hospital of this city, found in the resi-dence of the said widow, as presented or detailed to the said notary by the said widow, after her oath to the said notary to present and detail all the said properties, without hiding or diverting the attention from anything….” The contract continues by noting that Laurent Surprenant Sanssoucy and Joseph Lombard, both residents of Faubourg de Saint-Joseph, were chosen to perform the inventory and appraisal in the presence of Pierre Jussome, tailor, and Louis Varin, cooper, both residents of Montreal, who, with Joseph Lombard and the notary, Gervais Hodiesne, signed the contract. 
The following are but a few of the items inventoried, and their estimated values:

• One old frying pan: 30 sols
• One small pot: 30 sols
• One small rotisserie skewer: 20 sols
• One folding pine table: 50 sols
• One very old bed, straw mattress, down blanket, and a pair of sheets: 24 pounds
• One very old cherry table with turned feet, drawers and cloth: 8 pounds
What becomes very interesting, later in the contract, are the property holdings declared by the widow, translated below from the Old French legalese:

Before notary Antoine Adhémar, on June 6, 1728, a bill of sale by Louis Guillet and his wife, Françoise Bardet Lapierre, for a property measuring forty feet of frontage by eighty feet deep;
Before notary Pierre Raimbault, on May 26, 1736, François Bardet and his wife sell to Agathe Larchevesque, widow of Jean-Baptiste Brunet, a property hereafter described. Then, a bill of sale from Agathe Larchevesque, widow of Jean-Baptiste Brunet, for a property measuring forty feet of frontage by eighty feet deep, with a house on it, to Louis Pelletier, by act of notary Donne de Blanzy, December 14, 1745, at the end of which the perfect and entire payment of the price of the sale is borne. 
Later on in the inventory, the property is described as follows: “The real estate of the community, which consists of a land measuring forty feet along its front by eighty feet deep, abutting by its front the [land of] Glassis, at its end, in Montreal, on one side, [the land of] the widow Larivière, and on the other side, [the land of] Chevautier, on which property is a house measuring eighteen square feet, with a floor and ceiling, the roof heavily worn, two little windows with sashes and one outside shutter, at one of the gables of which is a chimney of stone and masonry, and lastly, behind the said house, is a little stable measuring eighteen feet, at the end of the house, without a floor …, and covered only by its boards, and behind the said house is a little garden surrounded by old cedar stakes.” 
Marie-Josèphe Cécyre also mentions a bill of sale from Claude Cécyre. Louis Pelletier, from his rights of succession of his inheritance from his late father and mother, by act of notary Donne de Blanzy and his colleague, notary royal in Montreal, on November 18, 1745. 
The inventory also mentions a fourth part of the land of the late father and mother of the said widow, and in the structures thereupon, situated in Lachine, following the contract of acquisition made by the said late Pelletier, above inventoried. 
On September 6, 1751, widow Marie-Josèphe Cécyre and soldier Henry Miclette Laplume wed in Montreal. They had signed their marriage contract before notary public Gervais Hodiesne on August 29, 1751, “before noon.” This contract states that the “future husband” is a soldier in the Company of “Fort de Cabana” in Montreal, and that his father, a wine merchant, was already de-ceased by this time. As for the “future wife,” she lived in Faubourg de Saint-Joseph, close to Montreal. Later in the contract, Henry Miclette promises expressly that “the children of the said future wife and of the late Louis Pelletier, her husband, will be provided for and educated in the Apostolic Roman Catholic faith, in the care of the said future husband and at the expense of the said future community stipulated between the said future couple, until they are each eighteen years old.” 
Henry Miclette is therefore quite special to the descendants of Louis Pelletier, as he is responsible for having established this family in the area of Chambly. 
On October 4, 1755, the court permitted the sale of the house located in the Faubourg de Saint-Joseph, detailed above, in order that the couple be able to acquire land in the Seigneury of Cham-bly, on which Marie-Josèphe Cécyre’s children obtained “privileges and special mortgage rights.” At the time of this ruling, Henry and Marie-Josèphe were already in Chambly, as they had bap-tized their daughter, Marie-Joseph Miclette, on April 6, 1755, at Saint-Joseph de Chambly. Two other children followed, Joseph-Amable, baptized August 15, 1756, and Charlotte, baptized No-vember 25, 1757. 
At this same time, the Pelletier children, Antoine, Paul-Louis, Jean-Baptiste, and Marie-Madeleine, were growing up. At the age of nineteen, the eldest, Antoine, married Marie-Josèphe Poulin, the fourteen-year-old daughter of Berthélémy Poulin and Marie-Josèphe Monette. Their marriage took place November 19, 1764, at Saint-Antoine de Richelieu. Paul-Louis Pelletier, bap-tized July 13, 1746, in Notre-Dame-de-Montréal, married Hypolyte-Pauline Poirier in Saint-Joseph de Chambly on August 20, 1770. Marie-Madeleine, baptized in Montreal on August 25, 1749, married François Denis-Laporte in Chambly on June 30, 1766, at the age of seventeen. As for Jean-Baptiste Pelletier, the sole evidence of his existence is his baptism at Notre-Dame-de-Montréal, February 18, 1748. 
Digest of a text written by Germain F. Pelletier

Translation : B.J. Soja 2003

Latest Discoveries about Our Ancestors :

In May 2001, Gerald D. Messier, who is descended from Louis Pelletier, and his wife, Doris M. Pelletier, descended from Guillaume, traveled to France to visit not only Bresolettes, in Perche, but also Louis Pelletier’s native parish, Notre-Dame-de-la-Petite, in Poitiers (Poitou). Thanks to Gerald and Doris, we now know of three generations in France that preceded Louis. They presented four documents to the Pelletier Family Association last year in Sherbrooke, where they participated in the annual Pelletier Family Reunion and met our genealogists, Laure Gauthier and Claude E. Pelletier. 
Here now for the first time, two of the four documents uncovered by Gerald D. Messier and Doris M. Pelletier. The remaining two documents will be available soon, as some minor technical difficulty prevents us from showing them now. 

Baptismal certificate of François Pelletier, grandfather of Louis Pelletier Sansoucy ;

 

« Le dimanche neuvième octobre mil six cent cinquante fut baptisé François fils de Martin Pelletier et de Perrine Guilly son parrain fut François Petit ________ et marraine fut Jeanne Fratasse qui ont dit ne scavoir signé »

signé _______ (le curé)

Translation: “On Sunday, October 9, 1650, was baptized François, son of Martin Pelletier and of Perrine Guilly. The godfather was François Petit… and the godmother, Jeanne Fratasse, all of whom declared to not know how to sign”
Delaporte (paraphe)

Baptismal certificate of Louis Pelletier-Sanscoucy ;
 

 

« Le dix septième jour de septembre mil sent cent treize a esté baptisé Louïs fils de François Pelletier mecordonnier, et de Michelle Coulée son espouse, né ce jour a esté parrain Louïs Auguste Chevallier _____ _____ dit __________, et marraine este Marie Jianne Dutertre »

Translation: “The seventeenth day of September, 1713, was baptized Louis, son of François Pelletier, master cobbler, and of Michelle Coulée, his wife, born this day the godfather was Louis-Auguste Chevallier… and the godmother, Marie-Jianne Dutertre.”

 

Town Hall
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Inside Notre-Dame of Poitier
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