Ecuyer Pierre Boucher de Grosbois

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  • Name Ecuyer Pierre Boucher de Grosbois 
    Born 1 Aug 1622  Orne, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Apr 1717  Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2594  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 

    Father Gaspard Boucher,   b. 1599, Lemans, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1662, Trois Rivieres, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Nicole Lemaire,   b. 1598, Lemans, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 1662  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F1896  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Jean Crevier,   b. 1636, St Cande Le Jeune, Rouen, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1727, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 9 Jul 1652  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Pierre Boucher,   b. 18 Aug 1653, Three Rivers, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1740, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
     2. Genevieve Boucher,   b. 19 Aug 1676, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Ignace Boucher,   b. 17 Jan 1657/58, Trois Rivieres, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1699, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)  [natural]
     4. Jacques Boucher,   b. 6 Dec 1673, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1688, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 14 years)  [natural]
     5. Jean Baptiste Boucher,   b. 6 Dec 1673, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1748, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     6. Jeanne Boucher,   b. 5 Dec 1670, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     7. Lambert Boucher,   b. 12 Aug 1656, Trois Rivieres, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     8. Madeleine Boucher,   b. Abt 1661, Trois Rivieres, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     9. Marguerite Boucher,   b. 26 Jul 1663, Trois Rivieres, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     10. Marie Boucher,   b. 8 Mar 1653/54, Trois Rivieres, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     11. Nicolas Boucher,   b. 14 Nov 1672, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     12. Phillippe Boucher,   b. 19 Dec 1665, Trois Rivieres, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     13. Rene Boucher,   b. 18 Jun 1668, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1742, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     14. Rene Jean Boucher,   b. 6 Feb 1665/66  [natural]
     15. Marie Ursule Boucher,   b. 8 Mar 1654/55, Trois Rivieres, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1733  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F1791  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Marie Madeleine Chretienne,   b. Abt 1625,   d. Trois Rivieres, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 17 Jan 1647/48  Trois Rivieres, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jacques Boucher,   b. 11 Dec 1649, Trois Rivieres, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F1897  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Statue of Pierre Boucher
    Statue of Pierre Boucher
    In front of the Parliament Building, Quebec.
    Map of Trois Riviere, 1650
    Map of Trois Riviere, 1650
    Residence of Pierre Boucher (No. 6)
    Pierre Boucher, 1653-1740
    Pierre Boucher, 1653-1740

  • Notes 
    • - Wikipedia: Pierre Boucher and later Pierre Boucher de Boucherville, born and baptized 1 August 1622 in Mortagne-au-Perche, died 19 April 1717 at the age of 95 at Boucherville, came to Canada from France in 1635 with his father. At the age of 18, he entered the services of the Jesuits and spent 4 years with the Huron missions at Georgian Bay (see Sainte-Marie among the Hurons).

      In 1641, Governor Huault de Montmagny took him into his service as a soldier in the garrison of Quebec city, but especially as an interpreter and agent to the Indian tribes due to his familiarity with the Huron dialects. In this capacity he took part in all the parleys of the authorities with the Indians.

      In 1645 Boucher was appointed official interpreter of Indian languages at Trois-Rivieres. He was appointed commissary-general of the trading post in 1648 and elected captain of the militia in 1651. While in this capacity he distinguished himself against an attack by the Iroquois in 1653 and concluded a peace treaty with them on favorable terms. The next year, owing to this success he was named governor of the settlement. In 1661 he was sent to France to represent the colonies. He returned with soldiers, supplies, additional settlers and a commitment of support to the New France colony by the French Monarch, Louis XIV. Re-appointed governor in 1662 he continued this position until his resignation in 1667. His "L'histoire veritable et naturelle des moeurs et productions du pays de la Nouvelle-France, vulgairement dite le Canada", a description of the flora, fauna and native societies in the region (and a significant, pioneering documentation of North American natural history) was published in Paris in 1664. He was succeeded in the governorship by his son-in-law, Rene Gaultier de Varennes.

      Pierre Boucher had 15 children. His first wife, Marie Madeliene Chretienne, was a Huron girl who had been educated by the Ursuline order of nuns; she died in childbirth. He was survived by his second wife, Jeanne Crevier. The family is still in existence today. Surnames in the Boucher line include Grosbois, or de Grosbois. Descendents have spread beyond Canada including the United States, Mauritius, France and the West Indies.

      He withdrew from public office to establish his seignorial parish at Boucherville on the south shore of the St Lawrence River near Montreal.

      Pierre Boucher was the first Canadian settler to be ennobled by King Louis XIV. He died at his seignory at Boucherville, which was named in his honour.

      - Pierre arrived in "New France" in 1635. He was a companion to the Jesuits as they visited the Huron Indian tribe for the purpose of conversion to Christianity. He later worked at the trading post in Trois-Rivi'e8res. In 1649, he married an indian woman who had converted to Christianity. Her name was Marie-Madeleine Ou'e9badinoukou. Both mother and son died a few years after his marriage. In 1652, he married Jeanne Crevier. They had 15 children and spread the name of Boucher in America with many descendants. King Louis XIV made Pierre Boucher a Noble in 1653. Pierre was known as the Sieur de Gros-Bois, Seigneur de Boucherville and Gouverneur des Trois-Rivi'e8res. (Cyprien Tanguay)

      - 1652: July 9; Quebec, marriage (II)-Pierre Boucher (1622-1717) (Ancient Governor Trois Rivieres) son (I)-Gaspard Boucher and Nicole Lamie; 1st. married January 17, 1649 Kebec, Marie Madeleine (Chretienne) Ouebaddinoukoue a Huron Indian; 2nd married July 9, 1652 (II)-Jeanne Crevier, Metis b-1636 daughter (I)-Christophe Crevier and Jeanne Enard, b-1619 Metis or savageese. See notes 1734, I suspect Pierre Boucher is himself a Metis.
      TWO CHILDREN ARE RECORDED in 2nd marriage
      (III)-Louise Boucher, Metis born December 5, 1670, died October 25, 1756, Montreal.
      (III)-Charles Boucher, Metis married Marie Anne Lavaltrie

      - Ecuyer Pierre Boucher de Grosbois was baptized Aug. 1, 1622, at Notre-Dame, Mortagne-with-Pole, Orne, France. He and Gaspard Boucher immigrated in June 1634 to Quebec, Canada. The marriage contract of Jeanne Crevier and 'c9cuyer Pierre Boucher of Grosbois is signed on July 5, 1652 at Saint-Louis in Quebec. He married Jeanne Crevier, girl of Sieur Christophe Crevier of the Fray and Jeanne 'c9vard on July 9, 1652 in Quebec. He obtains concession of the Grosbois stronghold in 1653. He was governor of the Three-Rivers in 1663 to 1665.
      In 1666, Rider Pierre Butcher of Grosbois, Marguerite Butcher, Philippe Butcher, Jean Deforms, Pierre Lefebvre, Pierre Picard, Marie Boucher, Sieur Ignace Boucher of Grosbois, Sieur Lambert Butcher, Pierre Boucher, lord of Boucherville, Sieur Thomas Fr'e9rot of Chenaye, Demoiselle Madeleine Boucher, Nicolas Nervaux and Jeanne Crevier live at Three-Rivers. He and his family of twenty people lived in 1667 at the Cape-of-the-Madeleine, Mauricie. He had twelve cattle and a hundred and fifty arpents of ground in value. Rider Pierre Butcher of Grosbois, Jeanne Butcher, Louise Butcher, Genevieve Butcher, Rene Butcher of the Stone quarry, Sieur Jean Butcher of Monbrun, Jacques Butcher, Nicolas Butcher, Sieur Jean-Baptiste Butcher of Niverville, Marguerite Butcher, Philippe Butcher, Sieur Ignace Butcher of Grosbois, Sieur Lambert Butcher thePre ones, Pierre Butcher, lord of Boucherville and Jeanne Crevier live in 1681 with the seigniory of Boucherville, Quebec. 'c9cuyer Pierre Boucher of Grosbois has eight rifles, six guns, thirty animals with horns and hundred arpents of ground in value.
      He dies on April 19, 1717 with Boucherville 13,62. He is buried on April 21, 1717 with Boucherville.

      - During a meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Feb. 17, 1897, Mr. Henry H. Edes “called attention to the fact that the full name and antecedents of Pierre Boucher de la Broquerie, who led the French and Indians in the attack made upon Wells in the summer of 1693, has apparently been hitherto unknown to our American historians'85 indeed, so little appears to have been known of La Broquerie by our American writers that they have obscured his identity under various misspellings of his titular appellation.” Mr. Edes than communicated correspondence he had with John G. Bourinot, D.C.., secretary of the Royal Society of Canada, re. the Index of the first volume of the Publications of this society: “Dear Mr. Edes: I am not able for a day or two to go fully into the La Brognerie question. I know, however, it is a misprint for La Broquerie, one of the names of the Boucher family.”
      A later letter from Mr. Edes noted he had obtained information respecting La Broquerie from Benjamin Sulte, author of “Les Canadiens Francais” and the best informed man in Canada on such subjects:
      Pierre Boucher de Brosbois, governor of Three Rivers, was the father of Pierre Boucher de la Broquerie, born, Three Rivers, 1653, married, Quebec, Oct. 25, 1683 to Charlotte Denys de la Trinite. La Broquerie lived at Boucherville. He is the officer of 1693 mentioned by Mr. Edes.
      His father, Pierre Boucher de Grosbois and Boucherville, lived from 1668 until 1717 on his Seigniory of Boucherville, and was known by the name of Mr. de Boucherville.
      After 1717, Pierre Boucher de la Broquerie, being the eldest son, took the name of Boucherville and the Seigniory; he died there Aug. 17, 1740.
      Joseph, son of the latter, called also La Broquerie, did good services during the wars of 1744-60. In 1756, he built ships on Lake Ontario; we have a map of that Lake by him, 1757. He died at Boucherville (of which he was the Seignor) Feb. 28, 1762. - B. Sulte; May 24, 1896.

      - Pierre Boucher, Seigneur de Boucherville, arrived in Canada in 1635 at the early age of 13, with his father and 11 brothers and sisters; in 1651, he saved the Trois-Rivieres colony, of which he was at one time Governor, from an invasion by the Iroquois; he returned to France and was entrusted with the colonization programme in Canada, which proved to be Colbert's success; for this Louis XIV created him a noble. Pierre Boucher died in 1717, at 97, leaving 15 or 16 children and a hundred grandchildren, among whom were 7 priests and 13 nuns. The most celebrated of them were the La Verendryes, father and son, explorers of the lands west of Lake Superior; a grandson of the Seigneur de Boucherville, Joseph Boucher de la Broquerie, born in 1732, married in 1753 Clemence Gamelin, daughter of Pierre Gamelin Maugras and of Marie Clemence Dufrost Lajemmerais, sister of Mother d'youville, founder of the Order of the Grey Nuns in Canada.