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François Coutu (Cottu) de la Valtrie (Coutu)

Also Known As: "Francois Coutu De La Valtrie", "François Cottu dit /Lavaltrie", "François Cottu", "François Coutu"
Birthplace: Corbie, Amiens, Picardie, France
Death: Died in Lavaltrie, buried at St-Sulpice, Quebec, Canada
Place of Burial: Saint-Sulpice, Repentigny, Québec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Antoine Cottu de la Valtrie and Marguerite Patou
Husband of Jeanne Verdon and Louise-Marie Lesiège
Father of Marie-Louise Cottu / Coutu; Charles-François Cottu; Geneviève Coutu; Catherine Cottu / Coutu; Daniel-Louis Coutu and 4 others

Occupation: Boucher, Patissier
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About François Coutu (Cottu) de la Valtrie

Francois Coutu was one of the early settlers in the lordship of Lavaltrie. Upon the dismissal of the Carignan Regiment, Le Talon granted lordships to several officers to boost the population of New France. One of those who benefited was Seraphin Margane Lavaltrie, who had been a lieutenant in the company of Poitou and Allier. On 29 October 1672, he was granted an area a league and a half along the St. Lawrence and of similar depth, bounded on the west side by land belonging to the Seminary of Montreal. This grant would become the current municipality of Saint-Sulpice and the nearby manor of Lavaltrie. It should not be assumed that the lords were rolling in wealth. When Margane Lavaltrie died, he left a poor widow who retired to Montreal and the manor remained abandoned for several years. Such a situation was reflected in the lives of his tenants. Francois Coutu, who came from his native Picardy, lived some years in the manor, then returned there after a stay in Montreal.

Francois came from Corbie, which is today the chief town of the Canton of Amiens. A town of 6,000 only a dozen miles east of Amiens, including the famous Gothic cathedral which has one of highest halls of France. We do not know when Francois Coutu went to New France, but in 1681 he is found in the manor of Lavaltrie, installed on a grant of four arpents which was under cultivation. Francois then joined his fate to that of Joan Verdon, daughter of Vincent and Genevieve Pelletier. The notary Pierre Duquet, in front of whom the couple signed their marriage contract, forgot to date the document, but it is placed between a concession and sale dated respectively October 29th and November 3rd . Francis said he lived in "La Valtrie" and his surname is spelled Cottu. Their daughter, Louise, baptised in 1704, was the first act written in the registers of Dupas Island (Archipelago of Lake Saint-Pierre) and it bears the signature of the celebrant, Father Léonard Chaigneau, a Sulpician who worked as a missionary in Rivière-des-Prairies Sorel, Repentigny and St. Sulpice before becoming pastor of L'Assumption. Louise Coutu and her husband Jean-Baptiste Riel are the ancestors of Louis, the "Father of Manitoba", the indomitable leader of the Metis who mounted the scaffold in 1885 in Regina. We do not know what happened to the second child, a son, Charles-Francois.

Widower, François Coutu contracted a second marriage with Louise Lesiège, daughter of Pierre Lesiège and Marguerite Laplace. Sixteen children were born of this second marriage, most of whom would not survive. Three daughters and three sons passed away in the cradle, another son at the age of four and two were killed in their beds by bears at the age of seven years, as evidenced by the first two acts of burials contained the records of Saint-Sulpice. The children were buried in the presence of their father, Jean- Baptiste Riel and Father Chaigneau.

If the first lord of Lavaltrie knew no glory, he did found a military family. His son, Pierre, had a career in the Navy and reached the rank of captain and was made a Knight of St. Louis. His grand-son, Pierre-Paul, participated in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham as a lieutenant in the regiment of Languedoc. Heir of the manor, he devoted himself to its development and built himself a mansion there.

bpt. 1 July 1651 St. Cloud, Amiens, Picardie

m.1. 4 Nov. 1682 Notre Dame de Quebec, Jeanne Verdon (bpt. 14 Feb. 1665 Chateau Richer)

2. 1691 MARIE LOUISE LESIEGE (b.c.1673)

bur. 13 May 1729 St. Sulpice

I. Louise- bpt. 23 May 1684 Contrecoeur, m. 21 Apr. 1704 L'Ile Dupas, Jean Baptiste Riel dit L'Irlande

(b.c.1670 Limerick, Ireland), bur. 26 Oct. 1735 Lanoraie

II. Marie Genevieve- bpt. 20 Apr. 1692 Notre Dame de Montreal, m. 4 Feb. 1715 St. Sulpice, Denis

Charpentier (bpt. 21 May 1689 Varennes)

III. Catherine- bpt. 21 Mar. 1694 Notre Dame de Montreal, m. 5 Nov. 1715 St. Sulpice, Pierre Robillard

IV. Daniel Louis- bpt. 21 Jan. 1696 Notre Dame de Montreal, m.1. 1717 St. Sulpice, Catherine

Charpentier, 2. Marie Francoise Dulignon dite Lamirande

V. Marie Joseph- bpt 17 Jan., bur. 29 Jan. 1698 Notre Dame de Montreal

VI. Ignace- bpt. 6 Apr. 1699 Notre Dame de Montreal

VII. Etienne- bpt. 19 Sept., bur. 14 Dec. 1700 Notre Dame de Montreal

VIII. Jean Baptiste- bpt. 5 May 1702 Contrecoeur

IX. Francois- bpt. 15 Feb. 1704 L'Ile Dupas, bur. 10 Aug. 1708 Contrecoeur

X. MARIE JOSEPHTE- bpt. 31 Dec. 1706 St. Sulpice, m. 29 Apr. 1726 St. Sulpice, ANTOINE

BEAUGRAND dit CHAMPAGNE (bpt. 6 June 1700 Sorel, m.2. 31 Jan. 1746 Contrecoeur, Marie

Marguerite Plouf, bur. 3 Feb. 1781 Lanoraie), bur. 23 May 1744 Lanoraie

XI. Francoise- bpt. 1 May 1710 Repentigny, m.1. 8 Mar. 1734 Lanoraie, Pierre Lambert dit Aubin, 2. 12 jan. 1761 Jean Boulanger, bur. 13 Sept. 1792 Berthier

XII. Etienne- bpt. 6 Jan. 1712 , m. 7 Jan. 1733 Lanoraie, Marie Marguerite Coulon dite Mabrian

XIII. Marie Therese- bpt. 14 Jan., bur. 17 Jan. 1714 Repentigny

XIV. Jacques- bpt. 22 May 1722 St. Sulpice, m. 15 Mar. 1748 Marie Louise St. Germain, bur. 22 June 1799 Ste. Genevieve 
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François Coutu (Cottu) de la Valtrie's Timeline

Corbie, Amiens, Picardie, France
May 9, 1684
Age 35
Contrecoeur, Verchères, Québec, Canada
July 13, 1687
Age 38
Contrecoeur, Verchères, Québec, Canada
April 20, 1692
Age 43
Montreal, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, QC, Canada
March 21, 1694
Age 45
January 20, 1696
Age 47
December 31, 1706
Age 57
St Sulpice, , Quebec, Canada
December 31, 1706
Age 57
St-Sulpice QC