Van Katherine Tekakwitha

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Van Katherine Tekakwitha's mother Catherine Quevillon was born 14 March 1686, the daughter of Adrien Quevillon and Jeanne Hunault(Gunault). When Catherine was an infant, she and a seven year old sister were carried off by the Iroquois and the sister was burned to death in front of Catherine. Catherine was ransomed after several years of captivity. (The records I read did not say who ransomed her). As I was reading of this event,and also checking the records of the Quevillon family, I found that the seven year old sister was probably Francoise-Angelique who was Born 13 March 1681. Catherine was a baby at the time of the kidnapping, so the age of the sister would be right. Francoise is the only child listed to Adrien & Jeanne Queillon that does not have a marriage date. I have no proof of this, only supposition. Catherine married four times and died at the age of ninety five. Catherine's four marriages are as follows:

1. Guillaume Lascombe, m. 30 July 1703 at St Amant

2. Samuel Papineau, m. 6 June 1704 at Rivieres-de-Prairies

3. Jacques Daniel, married 3 April 1742 at Sault-au-Recollet

4. Jean-Baptiste DeVerac, m. 18 February 1754

Catherine was captured and taken away by the Iriquois during the massacre of LaChanaie in 1693, where she remained capitive until the late part of 1700. She was then brought back to her people by a young Iriquois warrior who had been her protector and suitor throughout her captivity. Because of him, her life had been spared. She gave birth to his daughter during the early part of 1700. As soon as a treaty was signed between England and France, he had taken Catherine and her baby back to her people at Point aux Trembles. The little girl was named Van Katherine Tekakwitha. Little Van Katherine grew up well versed in the doctrine of the Catholic church and she dedicated her life to God, serving as a missionary working with the Iriqouis in the village of Caughnawaga in Southern Quebec

.Married July 30, 1703 to Guillaume LaCombe dit Saint Amant

Married June 16, 1704 to Samuel Papineau ("de Montigny"), they had 9 children and Samuel died April 1737

Married April 3, 1742 to Jacques Daniel

Married February 18, 1754 to Jean Baptiste de Verac "The Parisien"

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She was captured & carried away by the Iroquois Indians during the massacre of La Chenaie in 1693 where she remained a captive until the late part of 1700 at which time she was brought back to her people by a gallant young Iroquois warrior who had been her protector & suitor throughout her captivity. It was because of his gallantry & pleading that her life was spared & certainly that was enough to gain her favors. She mothered a daughter for him during the early part of 1700 & as soon as it became known to them that a treaty between England & France was signed, he had taken her & the baby back to her people at La-Pointe-au-Trembles.

The little girl's name was Van Katherine Tekakwitha...Van, after him, Katherine after her & Tekakwitha for his family's name. Little Van Katherine grew up well versed with the doctrine of her mother's church & as she rose to young womanhood she chose to dedicate her life to the service of God by serving in missionary work with the Iroquois of the village of Caughnawaga in Southern Quebec

Catherine had witnessed at the time of her capture, the assassination of her sister, Francoise Angerlique who was then in her 12th year. Angelique was burned at the stake, alive, before her mother & sister's eyes & they were made to eat of her charred flesh. She also was forced to witness the rape & adultery imposed upon her mother by the chiefs of the group. In spite of all the turmoil & fierce ordeals she had experienced, she lived a full life & died at a very old age, 95, on 30 MAR 1781 & was buried on 2 AUG 1781--4 months & a few days after her death in Notre Dame de Montreal by Pere HADRY. ( Records of Notre Da of Montreal) Iva Septem COUVILLONS, 1966.

1 -------------------- Catherine-Angelique Quevillon

14 mars 1686 Paroisse/ville: Cote-St-Dominique Pays: Canada Décès: 30 mars 1781 - âge: 95



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