When Mathieu Hubou left Le Mesnil-Durand, in France, in 1641, he first settled in Quebec City. Then, in 1675, the family moved to Lachenaie, near Montreal. In the 17th century, his descendants did not move much, either staying in Lachenaie or nearby, principally in Mascouche, Terrebonne and St-François-de-Sales (now Laval).
On April 3, 1790, brothers Pierre and Toussaint Tourville, respectively 26 and 20 years old, signed an indenture contract before notary Louis Chaboillez, as “voyageurs” for Todd, McGill and Co. and left Lachenaie. The destination was at the discretion of the Company, North excluded. This trip took them to St. Louis which at that time was administrated by the Spanish. In 1800, this territory was given back to France and in 1803, Napoleon Bonaparte sold it to the United States. As you probably know, Missouri became a territory in 1813 and reached statehood in 1821.
If Pierre came back several times to Lachenaie after this first trip, Toussaint settled down in Florissant, Missouri, near St. Louis. In 1797, he married Marie-Reine Calvé and left numerous descendants in Missouri and Illinois.
In the 1800’s, many families moved from Lower Canada or Quebec Province towards the United States. If some, like Charles Tourville, his sister Catherine or his brother Jean-Baptiste, settled near the Canadian border, respectively in upstate New York (Chateaugay) or Vermont (South Hero) around 1840, others like Louis Tourville and his nephew Alphonse, went to Chicago in the late 1870s and later to Nebraska in search of a better life. It is the children of those families who moved to other states: mainly Wisconsin, Colorado and Massachusetts.
For the children of Prosper Tourville and Julie Bélisle, in the 1880s, the destination is the Far West. Julie, Marie-Louise and Magloire (Mack) settled in Montana, the latter living for a while in Lethbridge, in Alberta. As for Napoléon, his new home was Brandon, in Manitoba.
- The map of the 20th century will be even more colorful (!). To be continued in a future post.