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About Jeanne Quevillon

Ira Couvillon is something of a fanciful writer in my opinion, but I include this except from his book. I think what I dislike the most is that he assigns emotions and thoughts to the ancestors that he couldn't possibly know. He takes liberties, in my opinion, in portraying the ancestors as persecuted victims, both in the old world and the new. I believe the relationship between the Native Americans and the Colonials to be far more complex than Mr. Couvillon demonstrates.

Source: "To Avoyelles with the Couvillons" by Ira Couvillon

Adrien had grown up during the reconstruction days following the great and unholy war after which his people were subjected to persecutions and atrocities of the conqueror and this, he thought, was more than he cared to chance.He made the risky trip across the Atlantic for Canada arriving there sometimes during the year of his 23rd birthday. Establishing himself in what was then the largest village in the central part of Canada, Pointe-aux-Trembles, he soon set himself in business. It was 8 years later before he married on February 2, 1672, to Jeanne Hunault, whose parents had migrated to that area from St.Pierre-des-champs, Beauvais, France several years before him. Research has led to some of the old church records around Montreal, Canada and very interesting history. There is on record in the Archives of the Most Holy Infant Jesus Catholic Church, located at "Pointe-aux-Trembles", the same church , though not the same building, the Couvillon ancestors helped to establish and in which they worshiped, information relating to harsh and pathetic incidents that happened to our Canadian pioneers during the British's "night raids" with their young Indian warriors. These records disclosed that among the group of victims was Adrien, the first Quevillon to come to Canada and his wife, Jeanne Hunault, and two of their daughters, Catherine and Angelique. According to these records, Adrien, his wife, and their two little daughters were enjoying a peaceful slumber in the quiet sanctum of their cozy little "Masion Bussilage" at "la-Point e-aux -Trembles" one night during the late summer of 1693 when they were snatched away by the Iroquois and carried to their village of Caughnawaga during one of the infamous raids known and referred to by them as "le Massacre du la Chenaie". Adrien was killed and scalped and the mother and two daughters were taken to the Indian village where, at the break of day next morning,Francois Angelique who was then 12 years old, was burned to death by her captors before her mother' s and sister's eyes! They were then forced to eat of her charred flesh. The mother was forced to accept the advances of one of the chiefs by whom she had a child, a son, who was born in 1698 and named Louis Augustin (Courval).The other daughter,Catherine, was later able to return to her people (see Notes: Catherine Quevillon), after which they were able to redeem their mother and her young Indian son and, thus reunited, they all continued living on the old family homestead at Pointe aux Trembles where they earned their living as"Cordiers" (rope makers)."

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Jeanne Quevillon's Timeline

November 2, 1658
Montréal, Québec, Canada
November 2, 1658
Notre Dame, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
November 2, 1658
Montreal, Montreal, Canada, New France
November 2, 1658
November 2, 1658
Montréal, Île-de-Montréal, Québec, Canada
November 2, 1658
February 2, 1672
Age 13
Montréal, Quebec, Canada
August 28, 1673
Fontenay-sous-Bois, Vendée, Ile-de-France, France
March 14, 1676
Point Au Tremble, Quebec, Canada