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Pierre Deshayes dit St. Cyr (Deshaies)

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: St-Vivien de Rouen, Rouen, Normandie, France
Death: June 6, 1732 (85)
Bécancour, QC, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexandre St-Cyr and Marie-Anne Deshaies
Husband of Marguerite Guillet
Father of Catherine Deshaies dit St-Cyr; Marie-Francoise Deshaies dit St-Cyr; Jean-Baptiste Deshaies dit St-Cyr; Marie-Anne Deshaies dit St-Cyr; Angélique Deshaies dite St-Cyr and 8 others
Brother of Eugene Saint-Cyr and Josephine Saint-Cyr

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About Pierre Deshayes dit St. Cyr

Pierre Deshaies dit St-Cyr de France fut le premier St-Cyr en sol Québecois. Il a marié Marguerite Guillet en 1676.

Pierre Deshaies dit St-Cyr de France was the first St-Cyr to settle on Québec territory. He married Marguerite Guillet in 1676.

Pierre 1er ancetre au pays et des familles Deshaies, Deshayes, Deshays et St-Cyr emigra au Canada vers 1665...En 1674 Pierre sinstalla a Batiscan. Il epousa Marguerite Guillet. Peu de temps apres, il ceda sa terre a Nicolas Perrot et setablit a Becancour. En 1681 Pierre Deshaies 33 ans, Marguerite sa femme 21 ans. Marie 3 ans et Madeleine 1an et demi, 1 vache, 8 arpents en valeur...Pierre passa tout le reste de sa vie a Becancour. il y mourut en 1732 a 84 ans..Il etait capitaine de milice de sa paroisse...Les descendents de Pierre se sont surtout multiplies dans les regions de Becancour, Nicolet, Maskinonge, Artabaska, Megantic et Montreal. We are members of this old and noble Normans family. The first Deshaies dit St-Cyr, and he left Saint-Malo, Bretagne, on february 10th 1665 and arrived at Quebec on june 16th 1665. He was 18, at the time there was 3,138 in the colony. He married in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, on july 12, 1676, Marguerite Guillet- Lajeunesse. They had 7 girls and 5 boys. His father was Alexandre St-Cyr, born may 16th 1624, in Normandie, and died in 1695. His mother was Marie-Anne Deshaies born april 20th 1624, in Saint-Vivien near Rouen, Normandie. She died at 80 in 1704 in Sainte-Pazanne, Bretagne. That is where we are from....

First and only ancestor in the country of Deshaies families. Our ancestor was established in Canada about 1665. The following year a general census of the inhabitants of the colony took place. Thanks to this precious document, we know that our ancestor was first of all a servant of Marie Bouchard, a widow of Etienne Pepin de Lafond, residing at the Trois-Rivieres and a stone sister of Boucherville, governor of three rivers. In 1674, Pierre Deshaies settled on land at Batiscan. He then married Marguerite Guillet dit Lajeunesse, our elder moved in 1677 to Trois-Rivieres and had twelve children. But soon Pierre Deshaies ceded his land to Nicolas Perrot and went to settle in Becancour.

1. It is there that the census of 1681 finds it and this is what it says: "Pierre Deshayes 33 years old, Marguerite Guillet his wife 21, children: Marie-Catherine 3, Madeline 1 1/2, 1 cow, 8 arpents* worth"

  • (1. an old French unit of land area equivalent to 3,420 square meters (about 1 acre), the standard measure of land in those areas settled during the French regime and in use until the 1970s.

2. a unit of linear measure equivalent to about 190 feet (58 m), used in New France.)

Pierre Deshaies spent the rest of his life at Becancour. He was buried there on June 6, 1732, at the age of eighty-four. At his funeral, he was given the title of captain of the militia; He had served in the militia under the command of Dutort in 1726. The descendants of Pierre Deshaies multiplied throughout the province of Quebec, and even beyond, but chiefly in the regions of Becancour, Arthabaska, Megantic and Montreal. We do not know exactly which part of France, Pierre Deshaies was native but probably came from the region of Saintonge because his parents-in-law, Pierre Guillet and Jeanne Delaunay of St-Pere and their families were all from this region.

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Pierre Deshayes dit St. Cyr's Timeline

March 12, 1647
Rouen, Normandie, France
September 18, 1678
Age 31
Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, Canada
October 30, 1680
Age 33
April 2, 1683
Age 36
November 28, 1687
Age 40
Cap-de-la-Madeleine, QC, Canada
January 31, 1690
Age 42
Cap-de-la-Madeleine, QC, Canada
October 2, 1692
Age 45
Batiscan, Quebec, Canada
June 5, 1694
Age 47
Bécancour, QC, Canada
February 23, 1697
Age 49