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François Bigot

Birthplace: La Rochelle (Ste-Marguerite) (Charente-Maritime)
Death: October 27, 1708 (65)
Champlain, Francheville Regional County Municipality, Québec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Francois Bigot dit Lamothe and Marguerite Drapeau
Husband of Catherine Baillargeon and Marie Bouchard dite Dorval
Father of Françoise Bigot dite Lamothe; François Bigot; Marguerite Bigot; Antoine Bigot; Jean-Baptiste Baptist Bigot and 7 others
Brother of Marie Bigot

Occupation: Notary
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About François Bigot

From (English):

BIGOT, FRANÇOIS, seigneurial attorney, royal notary, court officer, son of François Bigot, dit Lamothe, and Marguerite Drapeau; b. sometime between 1643 and 1645 in France; buried 28 Oct. 1708 at Champlain.

François Bigot arrived in Canada with his parents and his sister Marie in 1662 or shortly before, and lived at first with his father, who was one of Pierre Boucher’sfarmers at Cap-de-la-Madeleine. He seems to have had a deep love for the land, and was a farmer a long time, if not all his life. On 30 June 1666 he received from Quentin Moral two grants of land, each measuring two arpents by 40, in the fief of Arbre–à–la-Croix. This must have been some sort of confirmation of a grant already made, for as early as 1667 Bigot declared that he had six acres under cultivation there. But he soon went and settled in the Prairies Marsolet, having acquired there a piece of land measuring three arpents by 40 from Pierre Durand on 12 Sept. 1669, for the sum of 80 livres; he increased this holding by buying a like amount from Mathieu Brunet on 14 April 1679, and by 1704, thanks to a grant of 13 arpents by 40 made to him by Gédéon de Catalogne, Bigot had rounded off his property nicely. Meanwhile he had rented the domain of the Marsolet fief, but he relinquished his lease on 4 March 1678. In 1681 he possessed in his own right 6 head of cattle, 13 acres of cleared land, and 3 muskets.

We do not exactly know how it happened, but at the beginning of the 18th century Bigot was holding certain legal offices: in 1702 and 1704 he was styled seigneurial attorney of the Champlain seigneury, and certainly from 1704 on he was drawing up documents as a court officer in the royal jurisdiction of Trois-Rivières. In addition, on 8 Oct. 1702 he was acting as a notary, an office that he kept until his death. His registry is now lost, but we know two of the acts that he received.

It was in the Prairies Marsolet that Bigot brought up his 11 children. He had first married, in 1666, Catherine Baillargeon, who died childless sometime between 1670 and 1672. He remarried 24 Oct. 1672 at Château-Richer, his second wife being Marie Bouchard d’Orval, who was buried 19 June 1717 at Champlain. When Bigot died in 1708 he left three children under age; the act of guardianship was drawn up on 9 Aug. 1710, and the inventory of the estate on the 26 August following. In this estate were a few books that throw light upon the naive faith of the time: Le Nouveau Testament, Le martyre d’André, catéchiste, Petite délimitation de la dévotion à l’Ange Gardien, La vie de Ste-Catherine de Sienne; and a single secular work, Le parfait notaire.

From Wikipedia (English):

François Bigot (c. 1643 – 28 October 1708) was a farmer and a seigneurial attorney as well as a royal notary and court officer in New France.

Bigot arrived in Canada with his parents around 1662 where his father was a farmer at Cap-de-la-Madeleine. From this experience he became a farmer in his own right and pursued this vocation during most of his life.

By 170'2 he held official positions including being a court officer in Trois-Rivières. In 1704 he was referred to as the seigneurial attorney of the Champlain seigneury. He was a notary from 1702 until his death.

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François Bigot's Timeline

September 27, 1643
La Rochelle (Ste-Marguerite) (Charente-Maritime)
September 27, 1643
October 3, 1675
Cap-de-la-Madeleine, , Quebec, Canada
October 3, 1675
Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Champlain, Quebec, Canada
April 16, 1678
Champlain, Somerset, New Jersey, USA
March 23, 1681
Champlain, , Quebec, Canada
August 24, 1682
Champlain, , Quebec, Canada
April 2, 1684
Champlain, , Quebec, Canada