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Marie-Hélène Desportes

Also Known As: "des Portes"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Québec, Québec, Canada
Death: Died in Québec, Québec, Canada
Place of Burial: Québec, Québec, Canada
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Daughter of Pierre Desportes and Françoise Langlois
Wife of Noel Morin and Jean Guillaume Hébert
Mother of Alphonse Morin; male child Hébert; Joseph Hébert; Marie-Françoise Hébert; Angélique Hébert and 14 others
Sister of Marguerite Langlois

Occupation: Sage-Femme, Midwife, Midwife since1655, Sage-femme - Premier enfant né de parents Européens à survivre à Québec. - Elle faisait parti des bénéficiaires sur le testament de Champlain en 1635., Sage-Femme (midwife)
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About Hélène Desportes

Hélène Desportes was the first European child born in Canada.

Hélène married Guillaume Hébert, son of Louis Hébert and Marie Rolet, on 1 Oct 1634 in Québec City, Québec, Québec, Canada.(Guillaume Hébert was born about 1610 in St-Germain-des-Près, Paris, Île-de-France, France and died on 23 Sep 1639 in Québec City, Québec, Québec, Canada .)

Hélène next married Noël Morin, son of Claude Morin and Jeanne Moreau, on 9 Jan 1640 in Québec City, Québec, Québec, Canada. (Noël Morin was born about 1609 in St-Étienne le Brie-Compte-Robert, Île-de-France, France, died on 10 Feb 1680 in Québec City, Québec, Québec, Canada and was buried on 15 Feb 1680 in Québec City, Québec, Québec, Canada)

Elle faisait parti des bénéficiaires sur le testament de Champlain en 1635

Elle nait le 7 juillet 1620 à Québec, Capitale-Nationale, Québec, Canada 8. Elle est baptisée le 7 juillet 1620 à Notre-Dame-de-Recouvrance, Québec, Québec, Québec 7, 9, 10. Hélène Desportes fut du voyage avec Pierre Desportes et Françoise Langlois en France le le 24 juillet 1629 8, 11. Elle revient au Canada en 1634 8. Elle épousa Guillaume Hébert, fils de Louis Hébert et Marie Rollet le premier octobre 1634 à la paroisse Notre-Dame, Québec 3, 12. Le contrat de mariage de Hélène Desportes et Noël Morin est signé le 27 décembre 1639 à Québec par devant Martial Piraube, par devant Piraubé 4. Elle est sage-femme 8. Elle épouse Noël Morin, fils de Claude Morin et Jeanne Moreau le 9 janvier 1640 à Notre-Dame, Québec 1, 7, 10. Noël Morin, Hélène Desportes, Jean Ballié, Marie-Madeleine Morin, Charles Morin, Jean-Baptiste Morin de Belleroche, Nicolas Morin et Marie-Charlotte de Poitiers du Buisson vivaient en 1666 à Saint-Jean, Saint-François ou Saint-Michel, Québec 7. Noël Morin, Hélène Desportes, Zacharie Jolliet, Jean Ballié, Marie-Madeleine Morin, Charles Morin et Alphonse Morin dit Valcourt vivaient en 1667 aux côtes de Sainte-Geneviève, Saint-François ou Saint-Michel, Québec, Noël Morin possédait douze bestiaux et quarante arpents de terre en valeur 1. Hélène Desportes est témoin au contrat de mariage de Agathe Fournier et Louis Gezeron dit Brulot le 24 septembre 1671 13, 14. Elle décède le 24 juin 1675 à Notre-Dame, Québec 8. Elle est inhumée le 24 juin 1675 à Québec 8.

Noel Morin & Helen Desportes

During the French Regime, at least 16 immigrants bearing the Morin surname appeared in Canadian registries: the first of them was a priest, then a baker, a colonist, three soldiers and a resident of Saint-Malo who died at the Hotel-Dieu of Quebec on 4 September 1727.

In the region of Montmagny, Eloi-Gerard Talbot (a Marist and tireless researcher), discovered descendants from five different Morin families: Pierre Morin dit Boucher, the Acadian; Robert Morin, sacristan of Sainte-Anne-de-la Pocatiere, of unknown origin, husband of Francoise Mignier dit Lagace; Andre Morin, the Poitevin, husband of Marguerite Moreau; Jacques Morin, from Saint-Etienne-de-Brelay, husband of Hilaire Guery; and Noel Morin, a cartwright. Other founders were the families of Angevin Jacques Morin, Poitevin Charles, the Breton Pierre and Moise Morin dit Chesevert.

FROM LA BRIE

Noel Morin was born about 1609 in Brie-Comte-Robert, a region of the Paris Basin. Today, the town is the arrondissement of Melun and department of Seine-et-Marne. Noel was baptized at Saint-Etienne which was built in part in the 13th century. During Noel's time, la Brie had a bishop whose episcopal seat was at Meaux.

We know almost nothing about the life in France of the son of Claude Morin and Jeanne Moreau. The boy learned to write his name, to count and to make wheels and carriages. Did he practice his trade with his father? There is no way to find out. Noel's mother died before he came to New France.

QUEBEC

Noel immigrated from La Brie to Canada about 1637. He made his first official appearance in its national history on Tuesday, 27 December 1639 at the home of notary Martial Piraude (secretary of the governor Hault de Montmagny and clerk with the clerk's office and tabellionnage of Quebec) where he signed a marriage contract with Helene Desportes, daughter of Pierre Desportes and Francois Langlois, niece of Abraham Martin.

All the important people of the capital gathered to celebrate the signing of Noel's marriage contract: from Jean Bourdon to Jean Jolliet, including Robert Giffard, Guillaume and Louis Couillard, Father Jean Lesueur and, of course, their great ladies!

Why such a formal ceremony? According to Rene Jette, the bride was none other than the first white child born alive in the Saint Lawrence region, baptized at Notre Dame des Roucources, Quebec on 16 July 1620. Her godmother was Helene Boulle, the wife of Samuel de Champlain who named Helene as a beneficiary in his will of 1635.

Helene followed her parents back to France in 1629 and returned to Canada in 1634. At 14 years of age, she had married Guillaume Hebert, son of the first colonist Louis and his wife Marie Rollet. Widowed in September 1639, her uncle Guillaume Couillard undertook the guardianship of her three children, two who survived: son Joseph and daughter Francois. Three months later she chose to become the wife of Noel Morin.

On Monday, 9 January 1640, the Jesuit Nicolas Adam blessed this union in the presence of witnesses Nicolas Pivert and Robert Giffard, surgeon and seigneur in New France. Noel Morin gave his bride for "good friendship" a dowry of 200 livres guaranteed by:

"a house at Brie-Comte-Robert where hangs a sign with the blue horse in the parish of St-Etienne on rue des fontaines near the gate of the town which the said groom received from the succession of his mother."

Therefore, Noel was not a vagabond. On her part, Helene brought to the newly-formed marriage the ownership of a house located near the church of Notre Dame, with "2 arpents of land near Mont-Carmel and a garden measuring 40 perches belonging to the said house."

The 40 perches in area, which were found north of the storehouse of the One Hundred Associates, in the Upper Town, were officially ceded to the Morin couple on 4 September 1640.

Helene continued to be the wife and mother in her house which measured 24 by 18 feet. Noel also lived there until 1645 while practicing his trade of cartwright.

SAINTE GENEVIEVE COAST

On 26 April 1645, Governor Montmagny gave Noel Morin 50 arpents of land on the Sainte Genevieve coast for 90 livres. He moved his household there and, in a period of 20 years, he built "three frame dwellings, two of which had a heated room each, cellar and attic, the third serving as a shop and attic above, with a barn and two-and-a-half arpents enclosed with stakes and serving as a yard."

It seems very likely that the move to the Sainte Genevieve coast was carried out before 9 September 1648, the day on which Jean Guyon and Michel Leneuf were to examine the first Morin house and its lot located on the tip of Cap-aux-Diamants. Later, the Fabrique de Quebec would purchase it all for 800 livres.

At the same time, Morin requested the recruiter Noel Belanger to find him a hired man in France. On 4 Jun 1649, at La Rochelle, Pierre Paillereau, a laborer from Villedoux, canton of Marans, was hired to work for Noel Morin. On 6 February 1650, Antoine Rouillard and Thomas Touchet promised to build on Noel Morin's land the framework of a house "which will be thirty feet long and twenty feet wide ... six feet under beams." Noel paid 250 livres for this work, in addition to 20 minots of peas to be given to the two carpenters.

Thus, we see that Helene, Noel and their children established their residence on the Sainte Genevieve coast for a long time to come.

SEIGNEUR DE SAINT-LUC

The head of the Morin family was a man of responsibility and judgment. For example, in 1652 Marie d'Abancourt, widow of Jean Jolliet, called on his services to appraise the cartwright tools left at the home of Jean Bourdon.

On 15 November 1653, Jean de Lauzon, Governor of New France, ceded to Noel Morin a quarter-league of frontal property by a league deep, beginning an arpent below the La Caille River and going up the Saint Lawrence towards the south side. The Ile-aux-Oies were included in this concession. Thus, Seigneur Morin became the owner of a portion of the seigneury of la Riviere-du-Sud, today part of the town of Montmagny.

This acquisition as a fief entailed rights and duties. The new recipient must render faith and homage to the West Indies Company. Noel named his domain Saint Luc, and thereafter bore the title of Sieur de Saint Luc. Why this evangelist rather than another one? Nobody knows. Did the seigneur and seigneuresse intend to leave Quebec, the town where their growing children could be educated? It seems unlikely. This property which fell from the sky would later be divided among their sons, relatives and son-in-law Guillaume Fornier.

FIFTEEN YEARS OF PROGRESS

The years covering the period from 1653 to 1668 were marked by progress and expansion for both the children and the parents of this family.

On 17 May 1655, Noel and Helene were granted a pew by the Fabrique of Quebec. It was located on the north side, in the nave, near that of Charles Sevestre. In return, the Fabrique received 2 arpents of land which the Morins owned, today the land on which stands the citadel of Quebec. On the following 4th of July, the terms of the transaction were drawn up. The two arpents were appraised at 180 livres. Of this amount, 100 livres were used to pay the tuition of son Germain, a student at the Seminary.

On 5 June 1658, Louis Selillot and Noel Morin agreed to each build their half of a boundary fence between their property at Saint Genevieve. However, Sedillot delayed carrying out his promise for more than four years.

Guillaume Fornier married Francois Hebert, stepdaughter of Noel Morin, on 20 November 1651. On 12 September 1663, Guillaume was given a receipt for the 1,000 livres tournois that he had provided to the Morins over a 10-year period, and without prejudicing the rights of succession owned by his wife.

During the same era, through the intervention of his father, Nicolas Morin obtained a concession from the Jesuits at Sillery. Nicholas died a few years later at age 23. Then, on 3 August 1664, the Seigneur de Saint-Luc took part in the election of the mayor Claude Charron.

On 23 May 1666, Noel Morin ceded 30 arpents of land to Jean Pannier for the price of 60 livres. The buyer probably returned to France. On 2 August of the same summer, Jean Poitras bought the other half. In the census of 1666, Marie Charlotte Poitiers (widow of Helene's son Joseph Hebert who was killed by the Iroquois in 1661) lived under the roof of her mother-in-law.

Jean Ballie earned his bread as Noel's hired hand. The following year, Jean was still working for Morin. In addition, Zacharie Jolliet, 17 years old, learned the trade of cartwright from his master, Noel Morin. At that time, the farm had 40 arpents under cultivation and 12 head of cattle. On 20 June 1667, an official report concerning the road which went to Sainte Genevieve was drawn up. It was time to improve it.

SITUATION DURING THE LAST YEARS

In 1668, the die was cast. The homestead on the Saint Michel route, obtained from the Jesuit Fathers on 24 February 1663 in the seigneury of Sillery, 2 arpents of frontage by 25, first assigned to his son Nicholas, passed to his brother Jean-Baptiste Sieur de Rochebelle. The farm was worth 450 livres. Nicholas had died leaving a debt of 75 livres. Jean-Baptiste accepted this land for 475 livres, the value of the inheritance. On the same day, 25 February 1668, Noel Morin named Jean-Baptiste his administrator.

In 1664, Noel Morin had been chosen guardian of Charles Amador Martin, son of Abraham. On 16 April 1669, he gave a signed receipt to the Ursulines of Quebec for 240 livres, a portion of the inheritance in favor of his protege, who would be ordained a priest on 14 March 1671.

On 4 May 1670, the part of the land sold to Pannier was resold for 90 livres by Charles Aubert, Sieur de LaChesnaye.

On 4 January 1671, Helene and Noel indicated their intentions: On the day of their death all their furniture and real estate would be divided between their sons Charles and Alphonse on the condition that they support their parents. Furthermore, the sons would give their young sister, Marie Madeleine, 300 livres when she married. Then on the following 12 November, the Sieur de Saint Luc rendered faith and homage to Louis Couillard, Sier de L'Espinay.

The master cartwright, 64 years old, did not easily resign himself to idleness. On 15 June 1673, he agreed to "make and perfect" 24 canon mountings and to furnish the necessary wood. "I am familiar," he said, "with these cannons in the Upper and Lower Town." Charles Legardeur, first counsellor to the king and commandant of Chateau Saint Louis, promised to pay for this special work by giving Morin 40 livres per mounting ... in other words 960 livres.

On 30 October 1674, Noel Morin and Louis Bosse agreed to settle a suit amicably. Bosse had obtained a homestead at Montmagny. Without knowing the exact cause of the litigation, Bosse gave his land to his Seigneur Morin and even required compensation of 60 livres. We know that between 1672 and 1676, the Fief of Saint-Luc was divided to the benefit of Guillaume Fournier, Jean Proulx, Alphonse Morin, Pierre Jolliet, Jean Baillie, Michel Isabel, David Corbin, Charles Bazire and Jean Rollandeau.

This is the way things were when Helene Desportes died on the Sainte Genevieve coast on Saint Jean's Day, 24 June 1675. Her burial act was not recorded in the registry, but her name appears there more than 20 times as godmother!

Children of Noel Morin & Helene Desportes

Noel Morin, Signeur de Saint Luc, was the oldest and most known of the Morins who settled in New France. He was also the father of the largest of all lines existing in America.

All 12 children of Noel and Helene were born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where they were baptized at Notre Dame Cathedral between 1641 and 1656. They were Agnes, Germain, Louis, Nicholas, Jean Baptiste, Marguerite, Helene, Marie, Alphonse, Noel, Charles and Marie Madeleine. Marguerite died in the cradle; Helene, Noel and Charles died during adolescence; and Nicholas was 23 years old when he died.

Two sons added to Morin the "dit" names of Valcourt (Alphonse) and Rochebelle (Jean-Baptiste). The Valcourt name is commemorated by a rock located in the vicinity of Montmagny.

We are descended from Alphonse through Wilfred J. Morin and Agnes through Wildred's mother Julie L. Lareau.

AGNES MORIN was born 21 January 1641 and died 31 August 1687. She married our ancestor, Nicholas Gaudrey (known as Bourbonnier) in 1653. After his death on 22 Jun 1669, Agnes remarried in 1671 to Ignace Bonhomme (known as Beaupre).

GERMAIN MORIN was born 14 January 1642 and died 20 August 1702. He attended the Petit Seminary of Quebec and was the first native of the country to become a priest on 29 September 1665. At first secretary to Msgr de laval, he served as missionary at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre. He died at the Hotel-Dieu of Quebec on 20 August 1702.

LOUISE MORIN was born 27 April 1643 and died 29 April 1713. She married Charles Cloutier in 1659.

NICHOLAS MORIN was born 26 April 1644 and died in 1667.

JEAN-BAPTISTE MORIN-ROCHEBELLE was born 25 May 1645 and died 11 December 1689. He first married Marie-Anne Firman, the daughter of a lawyer of the Great Council at the Parliament of Paris. In 1667, he married Catherine de Belleau, daughter of Francois, sior of Contigny and Anne de Breda. He was part of the Sovereign council of New France.

MARGUERITE MORIN was born 29 September 1646 and died 17 October 1646.

HELENE MORIN was born 19 March 1649 and died 9 May 1661.

MARIE MORIN, goddaughter of Louis d'Ailleboust, Sieur de Coulonges, was born 19 May 1649 and died 8 April 1730. At the age of 13 and at the request of the bishop of Quebec, she joined the Nursing Sisters from La Fleche at Ville-Marie. She was the first Canadian woman to take the veil at Montreal in 1663. In honor of the Nursing Sisters of Saint-Joseph de France, she wrote the Annals of the Hotel-Dieu of Montreal, a priceless treasure in the understanding of history. She died on 9 April 1730.

Our ancestor ALPHONSE MORIN-VALCOURT was born 12 December 1650 and died 29 August 1711. He married first to Marie-Madeleine Normand in 1670 and later to ANGELIQUE DESTROIMASONS. Alphonse was the only one, with his 15 children, to pass on the family name of Morin and Valcourt, a faction of the great Canadian Morin clan.

NOEL MORIN was born 29 August 1654 and died during adolescence.

CHARLES MORIN was born 29 Augues 1654 and died 4 October 1671.

MARIE MADELEINE MORIN was born 29 December 1656. She married Charles Cloutier in 1673.

Helene Desportes died at Sainte Genevieve Slope on 24 Jun 1675. After her death, on 30 October 1675, Jean-Baptiste agreed to supporting his elderly father on condition that the latter pay him 1,500 livres and half the income from the fief of Saint Luc. On the following day, all members of the family agreed to sell Charles Bazire all the property at Sainte-Genevieve for 3,000 livres.

Noel Morin, probably on a visit to the home of his son Alphonse, died at Riviere du sud, Montmagny on 10 January 1680. His funeral took place on 15 February 1680 in Quebec. He was buried in a small crypt at Saint Thomas and his funeral was held 5 days later. Alphonse, Jean-Baptiste and Gilles Rageot signed the registry of Notre Dame.

Helene DESPORTES, daughter of Pierre DESPORTES and Francoise LANGLOIS , was baptized on 7 Jul 1620 in Québec, Canada and died on 24 Jun 1675 in Québec, Canada, at age 54 1783., Occupation: Midwife.

Noted events in her life were:

• Confirmation: 10 Aug 1659, Québec, Québec, Canada.

Helene married Guillaume HEBERT , son of Louis HEBERT and Marie ROLET , on 1 Oct 1634 in Notre-Dame-de-Québec, Québec, Canada. Guillaume was born in France? and died on 23 Sep 1639 in Québec, Québec, Canada.

Children from this marriage were:

         i.   Joseph HEBERT (bap. on 3 Nov 1636 in Notre-Dame-de-Québec, Québec, Canada) 
        ii.   Francoise HEBERT (bap. on 23 Jan 1638 in Québec, Québec, Canada) 
       iii.   Angelique HEBERT (bap. on 2 Aug 1639 in Québec, Québec, Canada) 

Helene next married Noel MORIN on 9 Jan 1640 in Notre-Dame-de-Québec, Québec, Canada

"The Family of Helene Desportes" by William Stone, The Genealogist Vol 15, Issue 2, Spring 1989.

Morin or Maurin is a surname which can mean "brown of skin like a Moor". For a long time a Morini family, of Italian origin had been settled in the region where Noel Morin was born. The Morin family are perhaps descended from the original Morini. During the French regime, at least 17 settlers bearing the surname Morin appeared in the Canadian registries. Noel Morin was the first of his name however, to come to the New World and found a family.

Noel was born about 1609 in Brie, a region of the Paris basin. He was the son of a Claude Morin. The boy learned how to write his name, to count and to make wheels and carriages. It is unknown whether he practiced his trade with his father. His mother died before he came to New France.

It is unknown how Noel got to Quebec. He first appears in the registers on Tuesday, December 27, 1639 at the signing of his contract of marriage. Many important people were there to witness this signing. This is because the bride was Helene Desportes, the first white child born in New France, daughter of Pierre Langlois and his wife Francoise and niece of Abraham Martin. Although Helene was born in Canada in 1620, she went with her parents to France in 1629 and returned in 1634. Helene had been married previously to Guillaume Hebert but he died in 1639 leaving her with three children.

Noel gave his bride a dowery of 200 livres guaranteed by " a house located at Brie-Comte-Robert where hangs a sign with the blue horse in the parish of St-Etienne on Rue des Fontaines near the gate of the town which the said groom received from the succession of his mother."

Therefore Noel was not a vagabond. On her part, Helene brought to the newly formed marriage the ownership of a house located near the church of Notre-Dame, with 2 arpents of land near Mont-Carmel and a garden measuring 40 perches belonging to said house.

On Monday, January 9, 1640 the union was blessed in the presence of Jesuit Nicolas Adam, and witnesses Nicolas Pivert and seigneur Robert Giffard.

The 40 perches in area, which were found north of the storehouse of the One Hundred Associates, in the Upper Town, were officially ceded to the couple on September 4, 1640. Helene continued to be a wife and mother in her house which measured 24x18 feet. Noel also lived there until 1645, practicing his trade as a cartwright.

On January 21, 1641, Noel Morin determined to buy a homestead. On April 26, 1645 Governor Montmagny gave him 50 arpents of land on the St-Genevieve Coast for 90 livres. He moved his household there. And there, in a period of 20 years he built "three frame dwellings, two of which had a heated room each, cellar and attic, the third serving as a shop and attic above, with a barn and two and a half arpents enclosed with stakes and serving as a yard."

It seems very likely that the move to the St-Genevieve coast was carried out before September 9, 1648, the day on which Jean Guyon and Michel Leneuf were to examine the first Morin house and its lot located on the tip of the Cap-aux-Dimants. Later, the Fabrique de Quebec would purchase it all for 800 livres. At the same time, Morin requested the recruiter Noel Belanger to find him a hired man in France. On June 4, 1649, Pierre Paillereau a laborer from Villedoux, hired to work for Noel Morin, resident of Quebec. In 1650, Antoine Rouillard and Thomas Touchet promised to build on Noel Morin's land the framework of a house "which will be 30 feet long and 20 feet wide six feet under the beams". Noel paid 250 livres for this work, in addition to 20 minots of peas to be given to the two carpenters.

Noel was a man of responsibility and judgment. In 1652, Marie d'Abancourt, the widow of Jean Jolliet, called on his services to appraise the cartwright tools left at the home of Jean Bourdon. On November 15, 1653, Jean de Lauzon, Governor of New France ceded to Noel Morin a quarter league of frontal property by a league deep, beginning an arpent below the LaCaille River and going up the St. Lawrence towards the south side. The Ile-aux-Oies were included in this concession. Thus Seigneurie Morin became the owner of a portion of the seigneury of la Riviere-du-Sud, today part of the town of Montmagny.

This acquisition as a fief came with rights and duties. The new recipient must render faith and homage to the West Indies Company. Noel named his domain St-Luc, and thereafter bore the title of Sieur de Saint-Luc.

On May 17, 1655 Noel and Helene were granted a pew by the Fabrique of Quebec. It was located on the north side, in the nave, near that of Charles Sevestre. In return, the Fabrique received the 2 arpents of land which the Morins owned, today the land on which we find the Citadel of Quebec. The following July the terms of the transaction were drawn up. The two arpents were appraised at 180 livres. Of this, 100 livres was used to pay the tuition of son, Germain at the Seminary.

On June 5, 1658, Louis Sedillot and Noel Morin agreed each to build their half of a boundary fence between their property at St-Genevieve. Sedillot delayed carrying out his promise for more than 4 years. More land transactions occurred. On May 23, 1666, Noel ceded 30 arpents of land to Jean Pannier for 60 livres. On August 2, 1666, Jean Poitras bought the other half of the same land. Noel also had an apprentice cartwright, Zacharie Jolliet who was 17 years old.

On January 4, 1671, Helene and Noel indicated their intentions; on the day of their death all their furniture and real estate would be divided between their sons Charles and Alphonse, on the condition they support their parents. Furthermore, the sons would give their young sister, Marie-Madeleine 300 livres when she married.

Even at the age of 64, Noel Morin did not resign himself easily to idleness, On June 15, 1673 he agreed to make and perfect 24 cannon mountings and to furnish the necessary wood. "I am familiar," he said, "with these cannons in the Upper and Lower town." Charles Legardeur, first councilor to the king and commandant of Chateau Saint-Louis, promised to pay for this special work by giving Morin 40 livres per mounting, 960 livres.

In 1675, Helene died. On October 30 after her death, son Jean-Baptiste agreed to support his elderly father on condition that the latter pay him 1500 livres and half the income from the fief of St-Luc. On the following day, all the members of the family agreed to sell to Charles Bazire all the property at St Genevieve for 3000 livres.

Noel Morin, probably on a visit to the home of his son, Alphonse, died at Montmagny on January 10, 1680, in the middle of winter. The body of the deceased was buried in a small crypt at St. Thomas. The funeral was 5 days later in Quebec.

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Helene is believed to have been the first white child born in Canada. Her son and daughter with her second husband, Germain and Marie Morin, were the first Canadian priest and nun.

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DESPORTES, HÉLÈNE, said to be the first white child born in New France, daughter of Pierre Desportes and Françoise Langlois; m. Guillaume Hébert 1634; d. 24 June 1675.

The date of Hélène?s birth has not been definitely fixed. Dionne says that she came to Quebec with her parents in 1613, Sulte that she was born in Quebec about 1622. Statistics from other sources indicate that she was 14 years old in 1634, 38 in 1659, 46 in 1666, and 48 in 1667. Anne Hébert, according to Champlain, had died in childbirth previous to 1620; but since there is no further mention of her child, it was presumably still-born. Eustache Martin was born in October 1621. If, however, we assume Hélène?s birthdate to be 1620, which seems most probable, her claim is established as being the first white child born alive in the St. Lawrence region. (Sulte, to be sure, claims for Guillemette Hébert the honour of being the first-born Canadienne, on the assumption that Louis Hébert had his wife with him in Acadia in 1606, but Lescarbot?s evidence refutes this (History (Grant).)

Pierre Desportes probably came to Quebec in 1614 with Abraham Martin: their wives were sisters. Desportes? occupation is not known, but he must have had some standing in the community and sufficient education to be able to write, for he signed on behalf of the inhabitants the document of 1621 appealing to the king. No other facts are known about him. (He is not to be confused with Pierre Desportes de Liguère, to whom the Compagnie de la Nouvelle-France ceded Île Royale (Cape Breton) in 1636.) Neither of Hélène?s parents witnessed her marriage contract, drawn up in Quebec in October 1634.

Her husband was Guillaume Hébert. About this only son of Canada?s first settler little is recorded except an occasional instance of his helping the priests in their relations with the savages. Since he had inherited half his father?s land, which included some acres on the St. Charles as well as the original site above the cliff, it is to be assumed that his chief occupation during his short life was the cultivation of his fields. He was but a little boy when he came to Quebec with his parents in 1617, therefore probably still in his twenties when he died in 1639. Three children were born of this marriage, one of whom died in infancy. The other two were a Son Joseph and a daughter Françoise (b. 1638) who married Guillaume Fournier, 1651.

Hélène?s second husband was Noël Morin (1616?80), a wheelwright, who became one of the early pioneers of Montmagny. Their son Germain* was consecrated to the priesthood by Mgr Laval* in September l665, the first Canadian-born priest. Another son, Jean-Baptiste (1645?94) was a member of the Conseil Souverain. A daughter, Marie*, was the first Canadian-born nun.

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Elle était sage-femme.

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Helene Desportes

Born: 7 Jul 1620

Quebec, [county], Quebec City, Canada

Died: 24 Jun 1675

Quebec, [county], Quebec City, Canada

Spouse 1

Guillaume Hebert

Born: 1604 in Paris, Ile De France, [region], France

Died: 23 Sep 1639 in Quebec, [county], Quebec, Canada

Marriage: 1 Oct 1634 in Quebec, [county], Quebec, Canada

Children Sex Birth

Augustin Hebert M 1623 in St Barthelemi, Paris, [region], France

Anonyme Hébert F abt 1635

Joseph Hebert M 3 Nov 1636 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Francois Hebert M 23 Jan 1638 in Quebec City, [county], Quebec, Canada

Francoise Hebert F 23 Jan 1638 in Quebec, [county], Quebec, Canada

Angelique Hebert F 2 Aug 1639 in Quebec, [county], Quebec, Canada

Germain Morin M 15 Jan 1642 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Louise Morin F 27 Apr 1643 in Quebec, [county], Quebec, Canada

Nicolas Morin M 26 Apr 1644 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Jean Baptiste Morin M 25 May 1645 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Noel Morin M 12 Oct 1652 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Marie Madeleine Morin F 28 Dec 1656 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Spouse 2

Noel Morin

Born: 1616 in St Etienne, Brie, [region], France

Died: 10 Feb 1680 in Riviere Du Sud, [county], Quebec, Canada

Marriage: 9 Jan 1640 in Quebec, [county], Quebec, Canada

Children Sex Birth

Agnes Morin F 21 Jan 1641 in Quebec, [county], Quebec, Canada

Germain Morin M 15 Jan 1642 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Louise Morin F 27 Apr 1643 in Quebec, [county], Quebec, Canada

Nicolas Morin M 26 Apr 1644 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Jean Baptiste Morin M 25 May 1645 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Marguerite Morin F 29 Sep 1646 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Hlne Morin F 30 Sep 1647 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Helene Morin F 30 Sep 1647 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Alphonse Morin M 12 Dec 1650 in Quebec, [county], Quebec, Canada

Noel Morin M 12 Oct 1652 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Charles Morin M 29 Aug 1654 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Marie Madeleine Morin F 28 Dec 1656 in Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Robert Morin M abt 1674 in Coutran, Laferte Gauche, Champagne, France

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Helene was the first non-native child born in New France (Canada).

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Mariée en 1634, Hélène Desportes perd son mari 5 ans plus tard. En effet, Guillaume Hébert est décédé lors d'une attaque menée par les Iroquois à l'Ile d'Orléans le 23 septembre 1639.

Hélène Desportes ne fut pas très longtemps veuve. Le 27 décembre 1639, elle signe un contrat de mariage et le 7 janvier 1640, elle épouse Noël Morin, avec qui elle aura 12 enfants.

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Hélène Des Portes was born on July 7 1620 in Quebec. She was the first child ever born to European parents in Quebec.

She was christened on July 7 1620 in Quebec.

She died on June 24 1675 in Québec City, Québec, New France.

She has Ancestral File number 16023.

She was a Midwife.

One of 34 people of French origin in Quebec at the onset of the English occupation.

Left Quebec at nine years old, returning to France with her parents. She left when the Kirke* Brothers took Quebec.

Returned to Quebec in 1634 at thirteen years old, a year after Quebec was returned to France. She was accompanied by her aunt and uncle Marguerite Langlois and Abraham Martin.

Had first native born priest and first native born nun. *Biography: Kirke, Sir David, an English merchant and adventurer in Canada. At the outbreak of war between France and England in 1627, Kirke and his four brothers led an attack on Quebec that was organized by a new English company seeking control of the St. Lawrence River fur trade. After completely dominating the river and the Gulf of St. Lawrence for two years, Kirke forced Samuel de Champlain to surrender the starved Quebec on July 19, 1629. The city was restored to French rule in 1632. -Copyright 1993 Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc. Took passage with her parents to France July 27, 1629. She returned to Canada around 1634.

Parents: Pierre Des Portes and Françoise Langlois.

She was married to Guilliaume Hébert on October 1 1634 in Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, New France.

Children were: Joseph Hébert, Francoise Hébert, Angélique Hébert.

She signed a marriage contract on December 27 1639. Piraube.

She was married to Noël Morin Sr. on January 9 1640 in Notre-Dame-de-la-Recouvrance Church, Quebec City, New France. Children were: Agnes Morin, Germain Morin, Louise Morin, Nicolas Morin, Alphonse Morin dit Valcourt, Jean Baptiste Morin, Marguerite Morin, Helene Morin, Marie Morin, Noel MorinJr., Charles Morin, Marie Madeleine Morin.

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Marie Helene Des Portes was born on July 7, 1620 at Lisieux, Calvados, Normandy, France; the daughter of Pierre Desportes and Francois Langlois.

She arrived at Tadoussac aboard the "Le Sallemande", as an infant, on August 30, 1620; to become one of the earliest and youngest, settlers of French Quebec. Her father was employed with the Company of 100 Associates and came to New France to assist with the administration of the Colony.

 

When the Kirke Brothers took control of Quebec in 1629, her family was deported back to France, and only Helene would return to Quebec with her aunt and uncle; Marguerite Langlois and Abraham Martin;  when it was given back to France.   

On October 1, 1634; she married Guillaume Hebert, son of Louis Hebert and Marie Rollet, in Quebec City; and the couple would have three children, before Guillaume's death on September 23, 1639:


Joseph, Marie-Francoise and Anglelique. Marie married Guillaume Fournier and had fifteen children.

Angelique did not marry and died at St. Thomas Quebec in 1665.

Their son Joseph, married Marie-Charlotte De Poiters on October 12, 1660; but the following June he was captured by the Iroquois and held as prisoner. A letter from a fellow captive noted that Joseph had been wounded in the arm and shoulder, but he was later tortured and stabbed to death by a drunken warrior. His wife was pregnant at the time of his capture, and bore him a son; whom she also named Joseph; on October 5, 1661. However, he died as an infant so the Hebert name in Quebec, that began with Louis, would be brought to an end.


Helene's Second Marriage


Helene Des Portes was just nineteen when her first husband died, and left with three small children, she quickly entered into a marriage contract with Noel Morin, a 34 year-old cartwright from Brie, France; who had been recruited for New France by Robert Giffard, in 1636. The contract was signed on December 27 1639, and the ceremony took place on January 9 1640.

In 1663, Noel Morin was granted a siegneury at Riviere De Sud (River of the South) at a place known as "Point with the Curdles"; and given the title of Sieur De St. Luc.

Marie Helene Des Portes, Madame De St. Luc; died on June 24 1675, at St. Thomas, Montmagny Quebec; and Noel, five years later on January 15, 1680. The couple had twelve children, who left thousands of descendants, and the Morin name lives on in Quebec.

-------------------- Helene's godmother was wife of Samuel de CHAMPLAIN. One source said Helene was born at Lisieux, Calvados, France. Asource also claims her parents died in France. Where didall these events actually occur?

niece of Abraham Martin . Helene, is the first whitechild, born sharp with the country. She is baptized inQuebec, July 16, 1620. She is widowed since death onSeptember 23, 1639, of Guillaume Hébert, wire of LouisHébert and Marie Rollet.

Helene Desportes, dies out the first, June 24, 1675, withtheSainte-Geneviève Slope.

More about Hélène Desportes: Personal Info 261

Source: "One Hundred French Canadian Family Histories" byPhillip J. Moore, 1994.

Notes by Jane Goodrich:

Helene was the first white child born in New France. Hercousin, Eustache Martin was the second.

• Personal Info 261

Source:"One Hundred French Canadian Family Histories" byPhillip J. Moore.

Notes by Jane Goodrich:

Helene was repatriated with her family after the conquestof Quebec by the Kirk brothers in 1629. She returned toQuebec in 1634 with her aunt Marguerite in 1634. Thespeculation is that she returned without her parents tocontract with a prearranged marriage to the colony's mosteligible bachelor. She married Guillaume Hebert October 1,1634. Guillaume and Helene had three children. Guillaumewas captured and killed by the Iroquois in 1639. The nextyear she married cartwright Noel Morin. In 1645 they wereliving on Saint Anne Street in Quebec City. They had twelvechildren."The Family of Helene Desportes" by William Stone,The Genealogist Vol 15, Issue 2, Spring 1989.

When Samuel de Champlain died he left Helene Desportes 300livres. -------------------- There is a debate on whether she is the first non aboriginal child born in Canada. If not, she was the youngest to come here with her parents. One view if below. See Wikipedia for another or Google her. There is a lot of information out there about her.

An Infant Emigrant Marie-Helene Desportes 1601-1675

Marie Helene Des Portes was born on July 7, 1620 at Lisieux, Calvados, Normandy, France; the daughter of Pierre Desportes and Francois Langlois.

She arrived at Tadoussac aboard the "Le Sallemande", as an infant, on August 30, 1620; to become one of the earliest and youngest, settlers of French Quebec. Her father was employed with the Company of 100 Associates and came to New France to assist with the administration of the Colony. When the Kirke Brothers took control of Quebec in 1629, her family was deported back to France, and only Helene would return to Quebec with her aunt and uncle; Marguerite Langlois and Abraham Martin; when it was given back to France.

On October 1, 1634; she married Guillaume Hebert, son of Louis Hebert and Marie Rollet, in Quebec City; and the couple would have three children, before Guillaume's death on September 23, 1639: Joseph, Marie-Francoise and Anglelique. Marie married Guillaume Fournier and had fifteen children. Angelique did not marry and died at St. Thomas Quebec in 1665.

Their son Joseph, married Marie-Charlotte De Poiters on October 12, 1660; but the following June he was captured by the Iroquois and held as prisoner. A letter from a fellow captive noted that Joseph had been wounded in the arm and shoulder, but he was later tortured and stabbed to death by a drunken warrior. His wife was pregnant at the time of his capture, and bore him a son; whom she also named Joseph; on October 5, 1661. However, he died as an infant so the Hebert name in Quebec, that began with Louis, would be brought to an end.

Helene's Second Marriage Helene Des Portes was just nineteen when her first husband died, and left with three small children, she quickly entered into a marriage contract with Noel Morin, a 34 year-old cartwright from Brie, France; who had been recruited for New France by Robert Giffard, in 1636. The contract was signed on December 27 1639, and the ceremony took place on January 9 1640.

In 1663, Noel Morin was granted a siegneury at Riviere De Sud (River of the South) at a place known as "Point with the Curdles"; and given the title of Sieur De St. Luc.

Marie Helene Des Portes, Madame De St. Luc; died on June 24 1675, at St. Thomas, Montmagny Quebec; and Noel, five years later on January 15, 1680. The couple had twelve children, who left thousands of descendants, and the Morin name lives on in Quebec. -------------------- SA DATE DE NAISSANCE PRECISE EST INCONNUE. ON SAIT QU'ELLE EST NEE A QUEBEC APRES LE 7 JUILLET 1620, DATE D'ARRIVEE DE SA MARRAINE, HELENE BOULLE. D'APRES SON AGE AU MARIAGE, ELLE SERAIT NEE DANS LA SECONDE MOITIE DE 1620

L'ACTE DE SÉPULTURE D'HÉLÈNE DESPORTES NE NOUS EST PAS PARVENU. CEPENDANT, UNE NOTE DU «REGISTRE DE LA CONFRÉRIE DE LA SAINTE-FAMILLE» PRÉCISE SA DATE DE DÉCÈS; ELLE SERAIT DÉCÉDÉE CHEZ SON FILS ALPHONSE, À ST-THOMAS DE LA RIVIÈRE-DU-SUD.SOURCE: ARTICLE DE LÉON ROY DANS LES MSGCF VOL. 2 (1946), P. 165-168 PRDH

Père : PIERRE DESPORTES Mère : FRANCOISE LANGLOIS PRDH

Elle revient au Canada en 1634 (CT 27-12-1639 Piraube) avec Noel Morin ----------

  • *****Premier enfant né de parents Européens à survivre à Québec. Sa marainne était Hélène Boullé, femme de Samuel de Champlain.

Elle faisait parti des bénéficiaires sur le testament de Champlain en 1635. Other Marriages of: Helene Desportes Noel Morin Québec ------Hélène Desportes From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hélène Desportes is often cited as the first white child born in Canada, New France. There is considerable disagreement about when she was born and, in particular, if she was born in Quebec or before she arrived on the continent.[1] Her parents were French habitants Pierre Desportes (1580- after 1629), who was in charge of the warehouse in Quebec as well as the village baker, and his wife Françoise Langlois (c1595- after 1629), who settled in Quebec. Her father was a lawyer in the Parlement de Paris and an investor in the Company of 100 Associates which funded Champlain's colony. Her godmother was Madame Hélène Boullé, the wife of Samuel de Champlain. In his will, Champlain left her 300 livres (about $15,000 in 1997).[2] After the fall of Québec City in 1629, Hélène and her parents, along with Champlain were transported to London, and then back to France. Shortly after peace was restored in 1632, Hélène returned to Québec, possibly with Champlain who arrived back in Québec on May 16, 1633. On the first of October 1634, Hélène married Joseph Guillaume Hébert, son of Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet. Joseph's family had remained in Québec during the occupation and had the first farm there. His father Louis Hébert had been involved in early expeditions to Port Royal with Champlain and others. After Joseph Hebert died in 1639, Hélène was left with three living children. She then married Noël Morin, a native of the parish of St-Étienne in Brie-Comte-Robert, a village near Paris, on January 9, 1640, in Quebec City. They had 12 children. Perhaps aided by having personally brought 19 of her own children into the world, Hélène learned the profession of sage femme, which is the French expression for midwife. She passed that profession on to two of her daughters.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hélène_Desportes

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Hélène Desportes's Timeline

1620
July 7, 1620
Québec, Québec, Canada

There is much debate here. Some claim she was born in Quebec City "The first child born to survive in Quebec"; others claim she was born in France and arrived in Quebec in the first few months of her life.

July 7, 1620
Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Premier enfant né de parents Européens à survivre à Québec.

Sa marainne était Hélène Boullé, femme de Samuel de Champlain

1629
July 1629
Age 8
QC, Canada
1634
October 1, 1634
Age 14
Québec, Québec

Hébert Guillaume mariage 1674-10-01 à Québec (est le fils de Louis et de Marie Rollet)

Desportes Hélène (est la fille de Pierre et de Françoise Langlois) .

Présents: Henry Pinquet et Robert Giffard chirurgien

Signataires: pas encore requis par l'état

1634
Age 13
Québec, Canada
1636
January 3, 1636
Age 15
Québec, QC, Canada
1636
- 1639
Age 15
Québec, QC, Canada

SOURCE # 1: Généalogie du Québec

Nom-------------- Naissance -----Décès -------Père --- Mère -----------Époux(se)
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Joseph Hebert 03 Jan 1636 G. Hebert H. Desportes Poithier Marie-Charlotte

Francoise Hebert 27 Jan 1638 16 Mars 1716 G. Hebert H. Desportes Fournier Guillaume

Angelique Hebert 02 Août 1639 G. Hebert H. Desportes

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SOURCE #2: CGFA Gedcom de Rioux, Bernard (10)

JOSEPH HEBERT (homme) # référence: 10,4504 Année de référence: 1636
Naissance: 1636,QUEBEC,QC,CANADA
Baptême: 3 NOV 1636,QUEBEC,QC,CANADA
Décès: VERS 1661,L'ILES-D'ORLEANS,QC,CANADA
Inhumation: VERS 1661,L'ILES-D'ORLEANS,QC,CANADA

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FRANCOISE HEBERT (femme) # référence: 10,2699 Année de référence: 1638
SAGE-FEMME
Naissance: 1638,QUEBEC,QC,CANADA
Baptême: 23 JAN 1638,QUEBEC,QC,CANADA
Décès: 15 MAR 1716,MONTMAGNY,QC,CANADA
Inhumation: 16 MAR 1716,MONTMAGNY,QC,CANADA

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ANGELIQUE HEBERT (femme) # référence: 10,4444 Année de référence: 1639
Naissance: 1639,QUEBEC,QC,CANADA
Baptême: 2 AOU 1639,QUEBEC,QC,CANADA
Décès: 1666,QUEBEC,QC,CANADA
Inhumation: 1666,QUEBEC,QC,CANADA

1638
January 23, 1638
Age 17
Quebec City, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec, QC, Canada
1639
August 2, 1639
Age 19
Québec, Quebec, Canada
1640
January 9, 1640
Age 19
Québec, Québec, Canada

Morin Noël mariage 1640-01-09 à Québec charon, à Desportes Hélène veuve de Guillê Hébert

Présents: Robert Giffard Chirurgien et Nicolas Pivert (marié à Marguerite Lesage, pas encore retrouvé d'enfants. Semblent être arrivé en 1632-07-05 au retours de la Nouvelle Francé décimée par les frères Kirk)

Signataires: pas encore requis par l'état.