My 2021 French ChallengeAZ: J for Joly

L’église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul. Bosc-Guérard-Saint-Adrien. Par Nortmannus — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 3.0,

My ancestor Nicolas Joly, from my maternal grandmother Charbonneau’s side, was born about 1651 in Bosc-Guérard-Saint-Adrien, in the department of Seine-Maritime, son of Jean Joly and Marguerite Duquesne.

Only his sister Marie’s baptismal record was found in the parish register of Saint-Pierre-et-Paul, dated September 29, 1643. Nicolas came to New France in 1671 and was married to Françoise Hunault on December 9, 1681.

While working on this post, I happened to learn that Nicolas was killed by the Iroquois during the battle of the coulée Grou that took place in Pointe-aux-Trembles in the summer of 1690. Among the victims were also two of my ancestors, Jean Grou and François Fortin. It was a small world at the time. Jean Grou was the husband of Marie-Anne Goguet, daughter of Pierre Goguet and Louise Garnier whom I wrote about for the letter “G”.

An inventory after death was done in 1692 for Nicolas Joly and I think it will be a very interesting document to read. Strange coincidence: his widow Françoise Hunault married Jean Charpentier, another one of my ancestors, which means I descend from both couples. A small world indeed…