Francois Pierre Boucher

Male 1689 - 1767  (78 years)


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  • Name Francois Pierre Boucher 
    Born 9 Jun 1689  Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Sep 1767  Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I13039  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2022 

    Father 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) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Charlotte Denys de la Trinite,   b. 30 Aug 1663, Tours, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1740, Chambly, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 25 Oct 1683  Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F1786  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Marguerite Raimbault,   b. 26 Mar 1711, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1781, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 14 Sep 1731  Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rene Amable Boucher,   b. 12 Feb 1735, Kingston, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1812, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F5250  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • - Pierre Boucher de Boucherville (La Broquerie) b. June 9, 1689 at Boucherville, son of Pierre Boucher de Boucherville and CharlotteDenys de La Trinite, d. September 1767 in the seigneury of Boucherville, of which he had been joint seigneur; buried Sept. 12, 1767 at Boucherville.
      Following family tradition, Pierre Boucher de Boucherville had a military career. His grandfather, Pierre Boucher, had been a soldier and his father and several of his uncles were officers in the colonial regular troops. His career can easily be reconstructed by means of a report he wrote in 1748 for the minister of Marine, Maurepas, with a view to obtaining a promotion.
      He joined the colonial regular troops in 1702 as a cadet, and in 1707 he was sent to Detroit to serve under Lamothe Cadillac. After returning from Detroit in 1710 he was appointed intelligence agent to the commandant of the garrison at Sault-Saint-Louis (Caughnawaga, Quebec.) Later he carried out several different missions, some of which were normally reserved for officers whereas he was only a cadet. On at least one occasion he acted as peacemaker with the Indians.
      In 1720 he went to France; he returned to the colony the following year with the rank of ensign and a post as commandant of the Iles de la Madeleine, where he served for two years. In 1724 he was sent to Lake Champlain at the head of a detachment in order to prevent smuggling there.
      In 1727, when it was decided to establish a post among the Sioux, he was chosen second in command under his uncle, Rene Boucher de La Perriere, who led the expedition. They reached Lake Pepin (Wis.-Minn.) around the end of the summer and there they set up Fort Beauharnois. The following year, on his way to Montréal, he stopped at Michilimackinac, where he joined Constant Le Marchand de Lignery's expedition against the Foxes. After this unsuccessful campaign he returned to Fort Beauharnois, where he assumed command in place of his uncle, who had had to return to Montreal because of illness.
      But in September 1728, on the advice of Lignery, who feared an attack by the Foxes, Boucherville left the fort by means of the Mississippi, which he believed the least dangerous route. He was nevertheless attacked, and was a prisoner of the Kickapoos and Mascoutens for over five months. He took advantage of his forced stay among these Indians to make friends with them; he offered to try to make peace with the Illinois for them and during the winter succeeded in concluding a treaty embracing the three tribes. According to Maximilien Bibaud, he left an account of his stay in the Sioux country, "Relation des aventures de M. de Boucherville a son retour des Sioux en 1728 et 1729, suivie de observations sur les murs des sauvages," but thewhereabouts of this manuscript is not known.
      After returning to Montreal, probably during the summer of 1729, he was married there on Sept. 14, 1731 to Marguerite, Pierre Raimbault's daughter, by whom he had six children. In 1732 he obtained permission from the minister of Marine to go to France on private business, and in 1734 he was appointed to Fort Frontenac (Kingston, Ont.) The following year he was sent to Fort Niagara (near Youngstown, N.Y.), and in 1736, when the commandant of the fort, Nicolas Blaise Des Bergeres de Rigauville, was relieved of his post, Pierre replaced him. That same year he was appointed a lieutenant in the colonial regular troops. He served as commandant at Niagara for three years, then returned to Montreal. In 1745 he received command of Fort Chambly, and the following year he was sent to Fort Saint-Frederic (Crown Point, N.Y.), where he served as lieutenant and interpreter. He did garrison duty in Montreal again in 1748, and was appointed captain in March 1749.
      On Jan. 1, 1758, after 56 years in the colonial regular troops, he was retired with a pension and received the cross of the order of Saint-Louis in recognition of his services. He remained in Canada after the conquest (by Britain in 1760.) A note in his military record dated Sept. 25, 1766 mentions that his advanced age and infirmities had not permitted him to return to France and that from 1760 on he had not received the pension of 540 livres granted him in 1758.
      He died in 1767 in the seigneury of Boucherville, of which he had been joint seigneur.

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] FamilySearch Family Tree, FamilySearch.org, "Family Tree," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : modified 02 February 2018, 12:12), entry for Pierre Boucher Deboucherville(PID https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/4:1:LX3R-6LR); contributed by various users. PersonID LX3R-6LR.
      Pierre Boucher Deboucherville