My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | R for Richard

How about meeting my ancestors Jean-Baptiste Richard and Marie-Josephte Hébert? This couple was married on May 11, 1739, in Port-Royal.

Three children were baptized in Port-Royal (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Parish), i.e. Marie, 1740, Rosalie, 1742, and Joseph, 1751. But the youngest, my ancestor Jean-Baptiste, was most likely born in Connecticut in 1757.

In 1763, Jean-Baptiste and Marie-Josephte are in Preston, Connecticut with sons Joseph and Jean-Baptiste. The name of their son-in-law Simon Forest—who was married to their daughter Rosalie—also appears on that list. Eldest daughter Marie was in Connecticut as well (exact place unknown) with husband Louis Mirault.

By August 1767, Simon Forest and Rosalie were in L’Assomption—September 1767 for Louis Mirault and Marie. And it was surely the case for our featured couple.

Rue Principale, L’Assomption, Québec, 1930, BAnQ, Collection Félix Barrière

Joseph Richard married Anne Dugas in 1771 in L’Assomption. And my ancestor Jean-Baptiste married Mathurine Thériault—daughter of Honoré Thériault and Marie Fouquet—in Saint-Jacques-de-l’Achigan in 1778.

Jean-Baptiste Richard and Marie-Josephte Hébert died respectively in 1799 and 1801, in Saint-Jacques-de-l’Achigan.