Marie-Denise Lemaistre

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Marie-Denise Lemaistre

Birthplace: Saint-Paul, V. Et Archev. Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris), France
Death: October 29, 1691 (54-55)
Côte-Saint-Laurent, Québec, Canada (Killed by Indians)
Place of Burial: La Nativité-de-la-Prairie-de-la-Madeleine, Laprairie, Québec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Denis La Lemaitre and Catherine-Anne Ducharme
Wife of Pierre Perras dit La Fontaine and François Cahel
Mother of Jacques Perras, Lemaistre; Marie Marguerite Perras; Jean Perras dit Lemaistre; Catherine Perras; Jeanne-Marie Jeanne Perras and 2 others
Sister of François Deharme Lemaître dit Lamorille LePicard; Françoise Lemaître and Antoine Lemaitre

Occupation: Midwife
Managed by: Paul Louis Doré
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About Marie-Denise Lemaistre

Resident of St. Paul, Paris, France. Arrived in Montreal 29 Sep 1659. Recruited for Hotel Dieu. Occupation: Midwife. Killed by the Iroquois.

Source for the following: Godbout, P. Archange, O.F.M., Passagers du Saint-André, La Recrue de 1659, Societe Genealogique Canadienne-Francais, No. 5, Montréal 1964. The Saint-André sailed from France to New France in 1659. Many of those on board had been recruited by Jeanne Mance in France for employment at the Hôtel-Dieu-de-Montréal.

LEMAISTRE, Denise, was recruited in Paris by Miss [Jeanne] Mance to found a hostel. She was age 22 or 23 years in 1659. It was not long before she tried marriage. On October 5, 1659 Denise Maistre, daughter of Denis, resident of the present downtown area of Paris, St-Antoine Street, St-Paul parish. and of the deceased Catherine Desharnie, a marriage contract (gr. Basset) was issued with André Heurtebise, son of deceased André and Renée Hermange de Roissay [ Roëzé, the Sarthe ] in Champagne, the diocèse of Mans. The death of the applicant [Andr%C3%A9 Heurtebise] did not permit the marriage. Indeed, <<André Heurtebise, inhabitant, died in the hospital at the age of about 29 years and was buried on December 2>>, based on instructions in the register of the burials of Montréal. One month later, January 26, 1660, Denise Lemaistre, as consolation, married Pierre Perras dit Lafontaine, cooper, son of late Pierre Perras and Jeanne Lanier, of St-Jean-du-Perrot, La Rochelle. Perras died in Laprairie and was buried there on April 30, 1684. The Basset notary wrote an act of supervision and trusteeship for his eight minor children, ten of whom he had at the time (August 6, 1684). Denise Maistre remarried in Laprairie, October 9, 1684 to François Cahel. She was killed by Iroquois at the coast St-Lambert on October 29, 1691 and buried the following day.

Killed by the Iroquois. As a young girl in Paris, she was considered a Sage or "wise woman".

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Marie-Denise Lemaistre's Timeline

Saint-Paul, V. Et Archev. Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris), France
April 24, 1663
Montreal, Quebec
December 27, 1665
Paroisse de St-Jean-du-Perrot, Montreal, Quebec,, Montréal, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, QC, Canada
August 26, 1668
Montréal, Québec, Canada
June 9, 1670
Montreal, Quebec
July 10, 1671
Montreal, Quebec
February 2, 1673
Canada, Province of Quebec, La-Nativite-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie-de-Laprairie
June 24, 1674
Laprairie, Laprairie Co., Québec, Canada