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François Bélanger, sieur de Bonsecours

Also Known As: "Belanger", "Bellenger"
Birthplace: Saint-Thomas, Touques, Normandie, France
Death: Died in L'Islet, Québec, Canada
Place of Burial: L'Islet, Québec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of François Bélanger and Françoise Horlays
Husband of Marie Belanger and Marie Guyon
Father of Mathurine Bélanger; Charles-Philippe Bélanger, sieur de Bonsecours; Marie-Madeleine Bélanger; Marguerite Bélanger; Jean-François Bélanger and 8 others
Brother of Nicholas Belanger

Occupation: Seigneur de BonSecours, maçon, défricheur, cultivateur, censitaire, capitaine de milice; landowner, bricklayer, mason; Captain of the Militia
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About François Bélanger, sieur de Bonsecours

(see French)


  • Francois's name varies between Bellenger and Bélanger. The earlier records have his name as Bellenger; later records as Bélanger. A possible reason for this was that Bellenger is not as easy to pronounce as Bélanger. The priest wrote what they 'heard' and in time Bellenger became Bélanger. Interesting theory but just a theory.


Francois Belanger married Francoise Horlay about 1611 in Calvados, Touques, Normandie, France. Francoise was from the Diocese of Liseux in Normandie, Marcou, France.


One of their sons Francois Belanger, was christened in 1612 in St. Thomas de Touques, Normandie, France. He was born on October 7, 1612 in St. Pierre de Sees, Touque, Normandie, France, and died between 1690 - 1691 in L'Islet sur Mer, L'Islet, Quebec, Canada. Records show that he arrived in New France (Quebec) between 1630 and 1635 on the "Perche", during the rule of Louis XIII. Francois (age 25) married on July 12, 1637 to Marie Guyon (age 13, daughter of Jean Guyon and Mathurine Robin). Marie was born 18 March 1624 St. Jean, Mortagne, Perche, France and died 29 AUG 1696 Cap St. Ignace, Quebec. Thus begins our Belanger heritage in North America. Fran�ois B�langer 1612 - 1688

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Birth: St Pierre Normandie France

Death: L'Islet, L'Islet, Quebec, Canada -------------------- Born between 1612 and 1621. Died between 1685 and 1687. -------------------- Francois arrived in New France (Canada) in 1636.

__________________________________________________ -------------------- He was captain of the militia at Beaupre 1663-67. Grant of land at Bonsecours at L'Islet 1 Jul 1677; inherited by his son Charles.

  1. Occupation:
  2. Note: Mason 1
  3. Emigration: St-Thomas-de-Touques, ar. Lisieux, Normandie 1
  4. Event: Cité 27 Jun 1636 Quebec, Co. Quebec 1
  5. CONF: 2 Feb 1660 1
  6. Census: 1666 Beaupré, Co. Montmorency 1
  7. Census: 1681 L'Islet 1

-------------------- One of the original pioneers of Beaupré, Quebec and also the first seigneur of Bonsecours, L'Islet, Québec. Francois was born in 1612 in Saint-Pierre, village and church of Seez in the south of Normandy. He was brought over by Robert Giffard in 1636 (according to a note of the Jesuits) and married in 1637. Records of Notre-Dame-de-Québec, marriages show François and Marie Guyon (July 12, 1637) had two children married there, Marie Madeleine & Nicolas (who married Marie de Rainville).. He married thirteen year old Marie Guyon, daughter of Jean and Mathurine Robin. This union was blessed by Father Charles Lallemant, of Notre-Dame-des-Anges. The marriage contract was signed in 1640. This document described him as a mason by trade. It was drawn up by Jean Guyon, notary royal of Canada. This couple had 12 children, of which 10 had children of their own.

1. Charles (1640-1692) was married in 1663 to Barbe Cloutier, the daughter of Zacharie Cloutier, Jr., and Madeleine Émard. They had 4 boys and 5 girls. Charles inherited a half of the Bonsecours fief.

2. Marie-Madeleine (1643-1670) married Seigneur Bertrand Chesnay de la Garenne in 1656. They had 2 boys.

3. Marguerite (1645-1703), married Antoine Berson dit Chatillon in 1663. They had 2 girls. Marguerite remarried in 1666 to Louis Levasseur and they had 5 boys and 6 girls.

4. Jean-François (1648-1699) was married in 1671 to Marie Cloutier and settled at L'Islet. They had 3 boys and 2 girls. It was Jean-François who succeeded his father as a captain of militia.

5. Françoise-Charlotte (1650-1707?) was married in 1665 to Jean Langlois dit Boisverdun. They had 11 children, 6 of whom were boys. She remarried in 1691 to Thomas Rousseau and they had one son.

6. Mathurine (1652-1698) had three husbands: Jean Maheu in 1673, Antoine Deserre in 1674 and François Gregoire in 1688. She had a total of 10 children by her second and third husbands.

7. Louis (1655-1724), married in 1682 to Marguerite Lefrançois, was the first Seigneur of L'Islet. They had 13 children, of whom 5 were boys.

8. Louise (1657-1726) was married in 1679 to Jean Cloutier. They had 12 children.

9. Geneviève (1659-?) was married in 1682 to Guillaume Ferté. This family settled in L'Islet and had 3 children.

10. Guillaume was born and died in 1661.

11. Jacques (1662-1699), was married in 1691 to Élisabeth Thibault, also a pioneer at L'Islet. They had 4 children, 3 of whom were boys.

12. Anne (1664-1665) lived only a little more than a year. -------------------- Biography

Information, Other Kids, Notes etc.

Occupation: Premier Seigneur, Mason

According to Denis Beauregard, he died between 25 October 1685 and 25 April 1687 (G. Benoit)

Bapt./Source Birth: about 1612 ev. Lisieux, Normandie (Calvados) PRDH

He is 54 years old in the 1666 census

He is confirmed by the 02 February 1660 in Lisieux

He is captain of the militia 1663-1677, in Beaupré

Burial / Source PRDH Union makes no mention of his death or parents

Concessions Lordship of Bonsecours in the Islet 01/07/1677, inherited by his son Charles (note: François Bélanger, son of François and Françoise Horlays was baptized on 7 October 1612 at St-Pierre de Sées, Normandy, Orne)

Jean de Lavoie was a domestic servant in 1681 of François Belanger in the lordship of Bellechasse

Marriage or Union

François at 25 & Marie Guyon at 13

12 July 1637

Québec, Notre-Dame, Quebec, Canada

Source: Mariage PRDH

Death Source: Denis Beauregard (G. Benoit)

Burial Source: PRDH

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Marriage Source: Mariage PRDH

Parents Source: PRDH

Baptism Source: PRDH

Burial Source: PRDH

Sieur François Bélanger /Bellenger/[1][2][3][4][5][6] was born 7 October 1612 in the province of Normandie or Perche, France.[7][8][9][10]

He arrived in Québec in 1636 or 1637.[11][12] His occupation was Capitaine de milice.

François married Marie Guyon on July 12, 1637. The marriage was performed by Father Charles Lallemant, in Notre Dame des Anges church in Québec, Québec, Canada.[13][14][15]

He died 25 October 1685, Seigneurie de Bonsecours (auj. L'Islet), Québec, Canada.[16]

About François Bélanger, sieur de Bonsecours (Français)

Les noms des parents de François ne figurent pas sur son acte de mariage, car celui-ci a été ré-écrit de mémoire après l'incendie de l'église. Des généalogistes ont trouvé l'acte de naissance d'un François Bélanger à Touques et le lui ont attribué, mais rien ne prouve, jusqu'à présent que cet acte de naissance est bien le sien ni que les parents de ce François Bélanger sont ceux de notre ancêtre. Rien ne prouve non plus que Nicolas Bélanger est son frère ni quiconque de sa parenté.



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François Bélanger, sieur de Bonsecours's Timeline

October 7, 1612
Touques, Normandie, France
October 7, 1612
Séez, Normadie, France
October 7, 1612
St-Pierre-DE-Seez, Normandie, France
October 7, 1612
St-Pierre DE Séez, Orne
June 4, 1634
Age 21
June 27, 1636
Age 23
Québec, Qc.
July 12, 1637
Age 24
Québec, Québec, Canada

Mariage Double

Bellenger (Bélanger) François, maçon, à Québec à Marie Guyon.

Ainsi que Drouin Robert à Anne Cloustier (Cloutier)

Présents: Olivier Le Tardif et ?????

Contrat de mariage, (date à vérifier) par Jean Guyon dit Buisson.

Age 24
August 19, 1640
Age 27
August 19, 1640
Age 27
Québec, Québec, Canada