My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | F for Fouquet

You know why I love this Challenge so much? While writing the posts, I often get curious and distracted, and surf to visit my friend Google. And sometimes—like today—luck plays a part!

Thanks to my ancestor Charles Fouquet, I found some precious census online, like the one of 1752 from Sieur de La Roque—so exhaustive!

Charles Fouquet lived in Havre Saint-Pierre on Isle Saint-Jean (Prince Edward Island nowadays). From such census, I learned that Charles, 50, was an “habitant” and fisherman, and had been living there for 30 years. He is married to Marie Poitevin, a native of Acadia (she’s supposedly 37 years, but is in fact 48).

The couple has 9 children, 5 sons and 4 daughters—Louis, 24; Jean Aubin, 22; Marie-Françoise, 16 (my ancestor); Jean Martin, 14; Anne, 12, Élizabeth, 8, Simon, 6; Françoise, 4; and Charles, 8 months.

The cattle they own include 4 bulls, 3 cows, 2 heifer calves, 4 calves, 12 rams or ewes, 7 pigs, 1 mare, and 15 roosters or hens. The land they lived on was conceded to them.

The family, dispersed on at least two different ships, was deported from Isle Saint-Jean in late fall 1758. The mother, Judith Poitevin, was on an English ship with her daughters Marie, 23 (my ancestor); Anne, 17; Élizabeth, 14; Françoise, 12; and her son Charles, 8. They reached Saint-Malo on January 23, 1759. Judith Poitevin died on February 17, 1759, and was buried in Saint-Servan, as well as her daughter Élizabeth who died just a month later. As I wrote previously, my ancestor Marie went to Saint-Jacques-de-l’Achigan with her husband Honoré Thériault after a few years in France.

On another ship were her sons Jean Aubin Fouquet, 26, and Martin Fouquet, 21, who were in Saint-Malo on March 24, 1759, having disembarked earlier in Cherbourg.

The other members of the family were not found on ship passenger lists yet, although, Charles Fouquet, Judith Poitevin’s husband, attended the burial of his daughter Élizabeth. Less than a year later, he is presumably deceased when my ancestor Marie was married in Saint-Servan.

Remember when I wrote that families were separated?

Daughter Anne, married to Georges Gilles Paulin in Rochefort, France in 1764, died at Saint-Pierre-le-Mouillage, in Martinique, France at age 41, in 1782.

And what about her son Jean Aubin? This guy had a rough life for sure. After Saint-Malo, he went to the Saint-Pierre and Miquelon Islands, where he married Marguerite Quimine on November 6, 1764, in Saint-Pierre. Hardly four years later, his name appeared on a list of Port-Louis (Morbihan, Britany, France), on March 24, 1768.

Then in 1785, he was aboard the ship L’Amitié along with his wife Marguerite, and their two daughters, Marie-Charlotte, and Jeanne-Madeleine. Their destination: New Orleans, Louisiana. Both daughters were married there. If I have identified grandchildren for Jean Aubin and Marguerite, such is not the case for their final resting place.

I cannot end this post without sparing a thought for poor Jean Aubin Fouquet who crossed the ocean four times!

3 thoughts on “My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | F for Fouquet

  1. Great. I know it takes a lot of time and effort when sometimes you would just rather be doing the research. It is really a gift you are sharing with your family.

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