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René Ouellette dit Auclair (Houâllet)

Also Known As: "Ouellet", "Ouellette", "Hoelet", "Houâllet", "Houelet", "Oylet"
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Birthplace: Saint-Jacques-du-Hautpas, Paris, île-de-France, France
Death: Died in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Québec, Canada
Place of Burial: Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Québec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of François Ouellette / Ouellet / Houâllet and Élisabeth-Isabelle Barré
Husband of Marie-Anne Rivet and Marie-Thérèse Mignault dite Châtillon
Father of Joseph Abraham Ouellet; Mathurin-René Ouellet; Grégoire Ouellet; Marie-Anne Ouellet; Alexis Ouellet and 16 others

Occupation: 'Hero of Riviere-Ouelle'
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pp 3848-3849

last name might be Hoelet or Houallet

pp 7696-7697 shows he died april 7 1675 at Chateau Richter

Alternate history:

Rene was born April 30, 1635, Saint-Jacques-du-Hautpas, Paris, France. He died January 15, 1721/22, St-Roch-des-Aulnaise, La-Pocateire, Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada. He married (1) Anne Rivet, March 8, 1665/66, de' Ile d' Orleans, Notre-Dame, Quebec, Canada. She was the daughter of N. Rivet. She was born abt. 1642, St-Gervais, Se'ez, Alencon, Normandie, France. She died April 5, 1675 in Chateau-Richer, Montmorency, Quebec, Canada.

Rene left from Dieppe, France to cross the Atlantic, sometime between 1663 and 1659, as a result of the recruitment efforts of Monseigneur Francois de Montmorency Laval. There's a possibility that he arrived abroad the ship 'Sainte Andrew' in 1659, that docked at Trois-Rivers, Quebec.

Rene worked in the service of Menard Chourat for three years to work off his passage fare to New France (Quebec). He was a cultivator. After the three years were completed he started farming. That is when he changed the spelling of his name to 'Hoelet', which in french means hoe or shovel.

Anne Rivet was the widow of Gregorie Hisse. She arrives to the country in 1665. Her passage was furnished by a program designed by the king, (Kings Daughters) women were recruited to help colonize the new lands.

Rene and Anne had three sons:

Abraham-Joseph, b. 1667

Mathurin-Rene, b. 1669

Gregoire, b. 1672

Rene marries (2) Therese (Chastillon) Migneault, February 6, 1678/79,Notre-Dame, Rivere-Ouelle, Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada,widow of Nicolas Lebel. She was the daughter of Jean Mignault and Louise Cloutier. She was born September 9, 1651.

Rene and Therese had eight children:

Marie-Therese, b. 1679

Joseph, b. 1680

Marie-Francoise, b. 1682

Sebastien, b. 1684/85

Marie-Anne, b. 1687

Angelique-Margarite, b. 1690

Francois, b. 1693

Marie, b. 1696

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René was born about 1635 in the parish St. Jacques de Hautpas, Paris, France.   He died on 15 January, 1721 or 1722, in Ste. Anne, La Pocatiere, Quebec.  His residences are listed as Ile d'Orleans, Beaupre, Riviere-Ouelle, and La Pocatiere.  He married Anne Rivet on March 8, 1665 or 1666 in Notre Dame, Québec.  Their children were: Abraham, Mathurin René, and Gregoire.
          If you are wondering why René Houallet became a colonist in New France, you are not alone.  Apparently, his life story has intrigued French-Canadian historians and genealogists for years.  The best account I have found of these early days is in the French language periodical Le Soleil.  The article by Louis-Guy Lemieux appeared on 06/27/2004, and was entitled “Les Grandes Familles: Les Ouellet.  René Houallet, pionnier de Riviere-Ouelle”, or “The Great Families: The Ouellet(s).  René Houallet, pioneer of the Ouelle River”. 
          René was born in Paris about 1635 and was in fact the son of an important French finance minister. The Avenue of Ursalines was the Park Avenue of 17th century Paris, near the Luxembourg Gardens.  Contemporaries living in this district included Chateaubriand and Jean de la Fontaine.  Why would René forsake his birthright to live as a farmer in New France?  Not only did he live as a farmer, but there are other curiosities about his life.  Some have suggested that on a number of occasions in his early life, he worked for other farmers in New France and often changed his name.  At one point, he is said to have worked for Medard Chouart des Grossiers under the name of René Vallet.  In the 1667 census, his name apparently appeared as René Oudin, and he worked for Monseignor de Laval on the Ile of Orleans. 
         René may have came to New France in the summer of 1659.  He married Anne Rivet in 1666.  Anne was the widow of a tax collector for Bretagne, in France.  She was a “fille du roi”.  The filles du roi were women who came to Nouvelle France under the auspices of a program developed by Colbert, a minister for Louis XIV.  Because of the large number of men in the colony compared to the number of women, a program sponsored by the crown was developed in the 1660's and 1670's to augment the immigration of women.  Single women would have their passage paid for by the crown to Nouvelle France, and were given a dowry as well as a small kit of necessary items.  These women were not required to marry, but most did so within three months of arrival in the New World.  About one in ten women were said to have died in the voyage by sea from France to Canada.  Many Canadian families have these brave women as their ancestors.
         René at the time of his marriage was just a contract worker.  However, the witnesses at the marriage were the provincial Governor, de Courcelle, and the Marquis de Tracy.  Attending the ceremony was the Superintendent Talon and the former provincial Governor, d’Aillebout.  No one knows for sure why René worked as a contract worker under aliases when his father was rich or why Anne made such an arduous voyage to New France when she was potentially a wealthy widow.  The fact that such important individuals attended their wedding lends itself to the mystery.
         René and Anne had three sons, Abraham, Mathurin René, and Gregoire.  However, Anne Rivet died prematurely in 1675.  René decided to restart his life near the River Ouelle by farming.  The origin of this name probably comes from Louis Houel.  Louis Houel was a director of the “Compagnie des Cent-Associes” which was a company that helped to found New France.  René’s descendents changed their name to Ouellet(t,e), probably because of the similar sound and their origins.
         According to one highly respected French-Canadian historian, René was indicted for murder shortly after Anne died.  I have taken the liberty of translating the following passage from Lemieux's text:  "Following the death of Martin Guerard, who was found dead on the ice flats of the Isle of Orleans on the 13th of April, 1676, René Ouellet was indicted…Guerard had left, Tuesday March 17th, to go to the mill of Sault-a-la-Puce, in the town of Chateau-Richer, when he went missing.  Sebastienne Loignon, wife of Louis Lepage (Guerard was staying in his house) stated that René Ouellet and Marie Boette (wife of Guerard) had planned to marry.  Authorities suspected the two of having killed Guerard and having left his body on the flats. The case was dismissed for lack of evidence".         
         In 1679, René married Thérèse Mignault and continued to live in River Ouelle.  She was the widow of Nicolas Lebel, a laborer.  René had a large farm in River Ouelle, and Thérèse had a large farm as well for a dowry.  All was not completely well, however.  René had 3 sons, and Thérèse had 4 children from her previous marriage.  Additionally, the two had eight more children!  Complicating this was the fact that René proved to be a poor farmer.  He was constantly in debt and managed by selling off parcels of his land.  Of interest, René’s son Mathurin married Marie-Angélique, who was Thérèse’s daughter from her first marriage.
         Despite these problems, René had positive moments.  He managed to provide farmlands for all of his children at his death.  He gave land for a local church.  He also played a role in one interesting episode in local history. 
         In 1690, the New England colonists were constantly harassed by French soldiers and their Indian allies.  To end this threat, on the 20th of August, 1690, a fleet of 32 ships with 2000 soldiers under William Phipps left Boston for Quebec.  Their goal was to destroy Montreal.  Colonists in the Saint Lawrence Valley learned of this attack on 5 October.
         The local clergyman in River Ouelle, Father Pierre de Francheville, was “as good a hunter as a catholic” and enjoyed the respect of all of the local parishioners.  He reasoned that Phipps’ fleet would need to replenish their stores of food and water, and that the River Ouelle was the ideal place for this to happen.  He turned out to be right when a number of English ships anchored in the bay and 6 large boats with 150 men entered the river mouth.  Waiting for them were 30-some men armed with their hunting rifles from River Ouelle who were hiding among the bushes at the riverside.  Father de Francheville gave the order to fire, and a number of the British were killed.  The landing party panicked and returned to the ships in disarray.  A Canadian parish book from the 17th Century by the catholic bishop Casagrain reports this encounter with a list of parishioners who participated in the battle.  Among them are René Houallet and four of his sons: Abraham, Mathurin-René, Gregoire, and Joseph.

More at http://www3.sympatico.ca/jeannine.ouellet/anglais.htm

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Was born near St. Jacques-du-Hautpas, France in 1642. Was the first Houallet (Ouellet-te) (Willette) to settle in New France (North America).

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Need verification:

pp 3848-3849

last name might be Hoelet or Houallet

pp 7696-7697 shows he died april 7 1675 at Chateau Richter

Alternate history:

Rene was born April 30, 1635, Saint-Jacques-du-Hautpas, Paris, France. He died January 15, 1721/22, St-Roch-des-Aulnaise, La-Pocateire, Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada. He married (1) Anne Rivet, March 8, 1665/66, de' Ile d' Orleans, Notre-Dame, Quebec, Canada. She was the daughter of N. Rivet. She was born abt. 1642, St-Gervais, Se'ez, Alencon, Normandie, France. She died April 5, 1675 in Chateau-Richer, Montmorency, Quebec, Canada.

Rene left from Dieppe, France to cross the Atlantic, sometime between 1663 and 1659, as a result of the recruitment efforts of Monseigneur Francois de Montmorency Laval. There's a possibility that he arrived abroad the ship 'Sainte Andrew' in 1659, that docked at Trois-Rivers, Quebec.

Rene worked in the service of Menard Chourat for three years to work off his passage fare to New France (Quebec). He was a cultivator. After the three years were completed he started farming. That is when he changed the spelling of his name to 'Hoelet', which in french means hoe or shovel.

Anne Rivet was the widow of Gregorie Hisse. She arrives to the country in 1665. Her passage was furnished by a program designed by the king, (Kings Daughters) women were recruited to help colonize the new lands.

Rene and Anne had three sons:

Abraham-Joseph, b. 1667

Mathurin-Rene, b. 1669

Gregoire, b. 1672

Rene marries (2) Therese (Chastillon) Migneault, February 6, 1678/79,Notre-Dame, Rivere-Ouelle, Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada,widow of Nicolas Lebel. She was the daughter of Jean Mignault and Louise Cloutier. She was born September 9, 1651.

Rene and Therese had eight children:

Marie-Therese, b. 1679

Joseph, b. 1680

Marie-Francoise, b. 1682

Sebastien, b. 1684/85

Marie-Anne, b. 1687

Angelique-Margarite, b. 1690

Francois, b. 1693

Marie, b. 1696 -------------------- René Hoûallet est né à Paris, Ile-de-France, vers 1635. Il est baptisé dans l'église de Saint-Jacques du Haut-Pas, voisine des Jardins de Luxembourg. Ses parents, François Hoûallet et Élisabeth (Isabelle) Barré habitent rue des Ursulines, Saint-Landry, Paris. François Hoûallet est contrôleur général des finances du Royaume de France. Par la suite, il deviendra receveur général de la province du Poitou. René arrive en Nouvelle-France vers 1663. Il épouse dans l'église Notre-Dame de Québec, le 8 mars 1666, Anne Rivet, de Saint-Gervais de Séez, Basse-Normandie. Veuve de Grégoire Hisse, cette «fille du roi» était arrivée au pays en 1665. Trois fils naissent et sont baptisés à Sainte-Famille, Ile d'Orléans: Abraham-Joseph, en 1667, Mathurin-René, en 1669, et Grégoire, en 1672. La famille cultive une terre à l'Ile d'Orléans, puis sur la côte de Beaupré. Anne décède le 5 avril 1675. René confie ses fils à des familles amies et va cultiver la terre que le seigneur de Rivière-Ouelle lui a concédée. En 1679, il épouse Thérèse Mignot, fille de Jean Mignaux dit Châtillon et de Louise Cloutier. Elle est veuve de Nicolas Lebel et mère de 4 enfants. Elle en aura 8 autres de son union avec René. En 1721, alors qu'il vit à Saint-Roch des Aulnaies, chez son fils aîné Abraham-Joseph,il rédige son testament par lequel il cède à la paroisse de Sainte-Anne, un arpent de terre où aurait pu s'élever la future église. Il décède le 15 janvier 1722 et est inhumé le lendemain à Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière. «i»ntbl«i»Source: Jeannine Ouellet.«/i» -------------------- Rene Ouellet (son of François Ouellet and Elisabeth Isabelle Barre) was born 1640 in St-jacques-du-hautpas, v. et archev. paris, ile-de-france (paris)4393, and died 15 Jan 1722 in St-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Qc4393. He married (1) Therese Mignault Chastillon, daughter of Jean (dit Châtillon) Mignault and Louise Cloutier. He married (2) Anne Rivet on 08 Mar 1666 in Québec, Qc4394.

More About Rene Ouellet and Anne Rivet: Marriage: 08 Mar 1666, Québec, Qc.4394

Children of Rene Ouellet and Therese Mignault Chastillon are: +Angelique Ouellet, b. 05 Nov 1691, Rivière-Ouelle, Qc, d. Bef. 07 Nov 1735.

Children of Rene Ouellet and Anne Rivet are: +Mathurin-Rene Ouellet, b. 14 Sep 1669, Ste-Famille, Ile D'Orléans, Qc, d. 1722, La Pocatière, Qc.

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René Ouellette dit Auclair's Timeline

1635
April 30, 1635
Paris, île-de-France, France
April 30, 1635
Paris, île-de-France, France
1666
March 8, 1666
Age 30
Québec, Québec, Canada
1667
April 14, 1667
Age 31
Ste-Famille, Ile-d'Orléans, Montmorency Co, Quebec, Canada
1669
September 14, 1669
Age 34
Ste-Famille, Île-D'orléans, Quebec, Canada
1672
October 7, 1672
Age 37
Ste. Famille, Île d'Orléans, Quebec, Canada
1679
February 6, 1679
Age 43
Québec, Québec, Canada
July 7, 1679
Age 44
Riviere Ouelle, Quebec, Canada
1682
July 10, 1682
Age 47
Cap-St-Ignace, Quebec, Canada
1685
April 16, 1685
Age 49
Riviere Ouelle, Kamouraska, Quebec