Maurice-Louis-Alexandre Kerouac dit Breton (1706 - 1736)

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Birthplace: Beriel, Cornouailles, Bretagne, France
Death: Died in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada
Occupation: Marchand
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Notes for Maurice-Louis-Alexandre LeBrice dit De Keroack: [isyl020101.GED]

Some Genealogical Notes on Jack Kerouac's Paternal Ancestry by Paul R. Keroack #157: -Maurice-Louis had come to Canada from Brittany about 1730, and first settled at Kamouraska. On October 22, 1732, at Cap-St.-Ignace, he married Louise Bernier. He was about twenty-six, and she twenty. She was the daughter of Jean Bernier and Genevieve Caron.

Maurice-Louis was a merchant of trader and while preparing to go to a business voyage to France, he was stricken ill and died in Kamouraska on March 6, 1736. He left two other sons, Louis-Gabriel, whose descendants form the other branch of the Kirouacs (from where I {Paul} descend), and Jacques, about whom nothing else is known.
Maurice-Louis' use of "de Keroack" after the original family name of LeBrice indicates a claim of noble origin. In France at that time, a title of nobility was dependent on the lane owned, rather than being the personal possession of the individual. Thus, a Seigneur, the lowest noble rank, was the lord of at least one village or parish. Of course, any noble family residing in the poor province of Brittany in the days of the glittering court at Versailles was of minor nobility indeed. Nevertheless, noble origin, however minor, was a great status symbol in New France. Titles were even assumed by ambitious individuals without the slightest right to them. Although no documentary evidence has been found, the circumstantial evidence suggests that Maurice-Louis was of the origin he claimed. His marriage to the daughter of the leading land-owner of the area indicates his acceptance as a gentleman.
He was literate, not a norm of the day, and signed his name as "Keroack," or "Keroak," rather than "LeBrice," and was buried as "Alexandre Keroak." His occupation as a merchant was not in contradiction to possible nobility. The King in 1685 had allowed nobles in Canada to engage in trade, the fur trade being by far a more lucrative source of income than the small rents paid by tenants in a country of vast, unclaimed acreage. As his young widow burned many of his papers, little is known for sure about his family in France. It is not even clear from what part of Brittany he came. Kerien, Berien, and Beriel are mentioned, all near the coast of the westernmost tip of the Breton peninsula. Plougar is also mentioned, since his uncle Charles LeBrice, brother of his father Francois-Hyacinthe, moved to that town. Charles was the abbot of a monastery, and a noted Breton poet of that era.

Some Genealogical Notes on Jack Kerouac's Paternal Ancestry by Paul R. Keroack #157: -Maurice-Louis had come to Canada from Brittany about 1730, and first settled at Kamouraska. On October 22, 1732, at Cap-St.-Ignace, he married Louise Bernier. He was about twenty-six, and she twenty. She was the daughter of Jean Bernier and Genevieve Caron.

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1706
1706
Beriel, Cornouailles, Bretagne, France
1732
February 25, 1732
Age 26
Cap St.-Ignace, Montmagny, Quebec, Canada
October 22, 1732
Age 26
Cap-St-Ignace, Quebec
1735
May 24, 1735
Age 29
Cap-St-Ignace, Quebec
1736
March 5, 1736
Age 30
Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada