Jean Bérard dit Réverdia
|Also Known As:||"Jean Brard dit La Reverdra"|
|Death:||Died in QC, Canada|
|Occupation:||Habitant et Soldat cie de Carignan|
|Managed by:||Jared Wesley Josiah Warkentin|
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About Jean Bérard dit Réverdia
Simon Bertrand married Francoise Aimee in France. They lived in the village of LaFerriere-Airoux, near Poitiers. They gave birth to Jean around 1667Jean came to Quebec with his brother gabriel around 1690. Jean married Charlotte Brard on Sept 23, 1697. She was a Fille de Roi or an orphan sent to Canada to marry a settler. Jean received a land grant in the Saint-Laaurent parish in 1702 shortly after the peace treaty with the Mohawks. Jacques was born Sept 5 1699. Jean died in 1728.Jacques married Louise Dumouchel in 1729 and in 1748 Vital was born. Jacques died in 1771
"The twenty-third day of September 1690, the marriage was made and solemnized between Jean Bertrand, age thirty two years, son of Simon Bertrand and of Francoise Aimee of the parish of La Ferriere in Poitou and Marie Charlotte Brar, age twenty-two years, daughter of Jean Brar and of Charlotte Coy of the Riviere du Loup. Mr. Dolier, grand vicar and Monsigneur of the Illistrious and Reverend Bishop of Quebec, has according to the dispensation of the third bann, made the marriage in the presence of Louis Juillet, resident, and Charles Milot, merchant and elder church warden of this parish: of Jean Brunion, brother of the bride and Pierre Chantereau declared they could not sign, but following signed the ordinance in question: M. Brar, Louis Juillet, Charles Milot, Suzanne St. Germain, Marie Anne De La Bretonniere."
R.C.Bresley(Performing the functions of parish Priest)
Jean Bertrand was born "near the parish of the blacksmith" in the diocese of Poitiers in the Province of Poitou on the western side of France, about half way between Paris and Bordeaux. When he came to Canada it is not known for sure; however, his brother, Gabriel, was married in Montreal in 1690, so it is very possible that Jean was also in Canada by then. One source shows that Jean's father, Simon was "defunct" or deceased at the time of Jean's marriage in 1697.Records furnished by Dorothy Strickland, who has done much research on the Bertrand family, show that Jean Bertrand lived on the shores of the St. Lawerence River, from Riviere du Loup to St. Pierre to Montreal where he died. As there was more than one Jean Bertrand in the area at that time, there is some conflict in the date of his death. One record shows 28 October 1718; another source gives it as 1748. However, records in Montreal dated 1731 show his widow and children as heirs, inheriting "three arpents of land wide, house, barn and stable; thirty arpents of tillable land and four arpents in prairie." Jean was deceased by 1729 when his son Jacques was married in Montreal. The marriage record shows Jacques as the son of the "late" Jean Bertrand and Marie Charlotte Brar.Jacques Bertrand was a mason and stonecutter according to historical accounts of the time. His brother, Laurent, born in 1707, engaged himself to Eustach Gamelin for the high country the seventh of June 1732. The high country was the great lakes and beyond in the area around Fort Millelmackinac. Francois engaged for the Nipigon Post the fifth of June 1734. Touissaint left for Michilimakinac the eighteenth of May 1740. A map of the Fort in 1749 shows Bertrands, Bourassas and Chevaliers among the families living on the post at that time.