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Françoise Grenier / Garnier

Also Known As: "Françoise Garnier", "Garnier"
Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Algonquin village, Quebec, Canada
Death: Died in Beauport, Québec, Canada
Cause of death: Rumoured to have died in an Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Attack. It will never be known for certain.
Place of Burial: Cote de la Montagne cemetery, Québec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of UNKNOWN Garnier and UNKNOWN Marille
Wife of Jean-Noël Langlois
Mother of Marie Langlois; Robert Langlois; Marie Langlois # 303, (child); Marie-Anne Langlois; Marguerite Langlois and 8 others

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About Françoise Grenier / Garnier

Francoise Grenier was an Algonquin Native woman, born circa 1610 in Quebec. Her parentage is officially listed as unknown. We know she was Algonquin however due to Jesuit records. She is rumoured to have been born in Montreal, at the time known as Hochelaga - an Iroquois community. At the time of her birth, the land in question was frequently being fought over by both the Algonquin and the Iroquois, so this is entirely possible. Another possible area for her birth is the" Trois-Rivieres" area, which is also rumoured to be her birth place. It is in Algonquin territory, so it a likely candidate as well, though nobody knows for certain her birthplace.

She is rumoured to have died violently, and to have died by the Iroquois invasion of Beauport on October 31st 1665, though nobody knows for certain the cause of her death.

A True Pioneer: Marie Crevet was born in 1621 at Benouville, Bayeux, Normandy, France; the daughter of Pierre Crevet and Marie Le Mercier. At the age of 15, she signed a marriage contract to become one of the Filles à Marier or “marriageable girls”; the first single women to set foot in New France since its return from the English in 1632.

Her intended was Robert Caron, an indentured tradesman of Robert Giffard, and it's safe to assume that the Siegneur of Beauport, also sponsored Marie's voyage.

Though she could have backed out when she met Robert, soon after landing in Quebec, he must have met with her approval and they were married on October 25, 1637; at Notre-Dame in Quebec. Not much is known of Robert Caron, other than the fact that he was born about 1615 at La Rochelle, son of Robert-Edouard Caron, and that he arrived in New France on June 11, 1636. Because of a fire, all of his records were destroyed.


The couple would have seven children before Robert's death on July 08, 1656; at the Hotel-Dieu Hospital in Quebec:

Marie Caron - Was born in 1638. She married Jean Picard and one daughter Louise. Sadly Marie was killed in an Iroquois (or, proper term, Haudenosaunee) Raid on June 10, 1660.

Jean-Baptiste Caron - Was born July 10, 1641 and died December 28, 1706. He married Marguerite Gagnon and the couple had eight children.

Aimee Caron - Was born in 1643 and died on October 4, 1685. She married Noel Langlois Jr.; son of her future stepfather Noel Langlois Sr. and Francois Garnier. They had five children.

Robert Caron Jr. - Was born on February 8, 1647 and died on April 29, 1714. He married Marguerite Cloutier and the couple had twelve children.

Catherine Caron - Was born on November 23, 1649 and died June 14, 1725. She married Jacques Dodier and the couple had six children.

Joseph Caron - Was born on March 16, 1652 and died May 5, 1711. He married Elisabeth Bernier and the couple had twelve children.

Pierre Caron - Was born on July 11, 1654 and died June 26, 1720. He married Marie-Michelle Bernier and the couple had eight children.

After Robert's death, Marie married Noël Langlois (father-in-law of her daughter Aimée) on July 27, 1666, and the couple had one daughter, Marie-Anne, who would grow up to marry Jean Cote. Marie died on November 22, 1695 and Noel July 14, 1684.

  • *Not to be confused with Francoise Grenier who married Robert Boulay in 1657**

Note: For some reason, every time I try and put Beauport as her place of death, it changes Urban Community of Quebec City. I do not know why this is, but her place of death is Beauport, not Urban Community of Quebec City.

Francoise Grenier is not her original name, though her original name is unknown as it was changed when she was converted to Catholicism by the Jesuits - her baptismal record has not yet been recovered.

Sources aside from provided documents:

Drouin Marriage Index Vol 2 Page 757 Noel Langlois et ses fils – National Library of Canada Jette Genealogical Dictionary Archives of Notary Pinguet – National Archives of Quebec Luc Lacroix – Accredited Genealogist.

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Françoise Grenier / Garnier's Timeline

March 16, 1603
Quebec, Canada
Age 28
La Rochelle, Charente-maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France
Age 30
Age 30
July 18, 1635
Age 32
Québec, Quebec, Canada
August 19, 1636
Age 33
Quebec City, QC, Canada
September 2, 1637
Age 34
Québec, Québec, Canada
September 3, 1639
Age 36
Montreal, Ile De Montreal, Quebec, Canada
February 24, 1641
Age 37
Québec City, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec, Québec, Canada