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Antoine Martin dit Montpellier (Martin)

Birthdate: (34)
Birthplace: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Death: Died in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Place of Burial: Notre Dame de Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean Martin and Isabelle Martin
Husband of Marie-Denise Sevestre
Father of Elisabeth Auzon; Antoine Martin dit Montpellier and Marie-Thérèse Therese Martin

Occupation: Soldier, Shoemaker, Cordonnier
Managed by: Dennis Harold Cloukey
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About Antoine Martin dit Montpellier

Benjamin Suilte has identified Antoine Martin as a soldier and cobbler. Originally from Montpellier, in Languedoc, he was born on an unknown date, to Jean Martin and Isabelle Cote.

In 1646, he was living in the region of Quebec, where his level of education and flair for business brought him to the ranks of its first settlers and administrators.

His name appeared for the first time in the religious registries when he married Marie-Denyse Sevestre, daughter of Charles Sevestre and Marie Pichon.

The young woman, who was 14 years old at the time, was born in France and was only about two or three when she crossed the Atlantic. Research conducted by Marielle Laroche-Montpetit reveals that the Martins dit Montpellier lived in Quebec, on the Grande-All? After 1649, they also acquired a piece of land located in Cap Rouge.

In this particularly dangerous settlement, the habitants had to follow definite rules in order to survive. April 19, 1654, found them at a meeting in Fort Saint-Louis, promising to follow the orders of their commander, the cobbler Antoine Martin dit Montpellier. He was awarded the responsibility of determining fines and confiscations, authorizing arrivals and departures, and certain business transactions, by the Pinel, Blondeau, Archambault, Gauthier, Boisverdun, BOUCHER, and Mezeray families. As of May 1, 1654, the residents were obliged to abide by the law of community of interests. Antoine Martin dit Montpellier, also surnamed Beaulieu, died on May 11, 1659. He was buried that same day in the Notre-Dame de Quebec church, next to his father-in-law. The summer had not yet come to a close and Marie-Denyse, who had brought four children into the world, was preparing to marry again. Before notary Guillaume Audouart, on July 20, she promised to marry Philippe Nepveu, the son of Pasquier Nepveu and Philippe Haudebrand, who were originally from Chartres, in the Orleans region.

The young woman's second husband passed his name down to 11 children, in addition to the well-known Buttes-Neveu, in Quebec. The couple's life together was not always happy, judging by the text of the last document signed by Marie-Denyse, who disowned her husband, from whom she was, voluntarily and by mutual consent, living a separate and financially independent life.

Signed on March 6, 1694, six years prior to her death, the will was contested and overruled on May 2, 1701. One line of the Martin family is related, through Marie-Denyse, to one line of the Beaulieu family, and both are related to the Neveu family. The descendants of Antoine Martin dropped the surname Montpellier.

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Antoine Martin dit Montpellier's Timeline

Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Age 25
Plouigneau, Brittany, France
August 28, 1654
Age 29
QC, Canada
November 28, 1656
Age 31
Québec City, Québec, Canada
May 11, 1659
Age 34
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
May 11, 1659
Age 34
Notre Dame de Quebec City, Quebec, Canada