Hi Catherine. I thought you would appreciate having your Cote line back to France so I followed the parish records backwards and here it is starting with Albert's parents:
Joseph Richard Cote (Fabien & Marie Solomee Ouellet)
m. 2 May 1876 St-Cecile de Cloridorme, Gaspe County, Quebec
Marie Denis (Joseph & Marie Henly)
Fabien Cote (Francois & Marie Lefebvre)
m. 24 Feb 1835 St-Thomas de Montmagny, Montmagny County, Que.
Marie Solomee Ouellet (Vincent & Marie Julie Pelletier)
Francois Cote (Joseph & Monique Mathieu)
m. 12 Oct 1802 St-Thomas de Montmagny, Montmagny County, Que.
Marie Genevieve Lefebvre dite Boulanger (Jean-Baptiste & Marie Genevieve Thibault)
Joseph Cote (Isidore & Genevieve Bouchard)
m. 1771 St-Pierre-de-la-Riviere-du-Sud, Montmagny, Que.
Marie Monique Mathieu (Charles & Therese Dufresne)
Isidore Cote (Louis & Genevieve Bernier)
m. 21 Feb 1737 Beaumont, Bellechase, Quebec
Genevieve Bouchard (Pierre & Marie Catherine Fournier)
Louis Cote (Louis & Elisabeth Langlois)
m. 8 Jan 1691 Cap St-Ignace, Quebec
Genevieve Bernier (Jacques Bernier dit Jean de Paris & Antoinette Grenier)
Louis Cote (Jean & Anne Martin)
m. 6 Nov 1662 Quebec
Elisabeth Langlois (Noel & Francoise Grenier)
Jean Cote, b. abt 1605 Montagne, Perche (Orne), France
m. 17 Nov 1635 Quebec
Here is a little history about Jean Cote:
JEAN COTE from "Our French-Canadian Ancestors" by Thomas J. Laforest
ONE OF THE FIRST COLONISTS FROM PERCHE
After the Kirke brothers sacked New France in 1632, only six French households remained plus five interpreters who lived with the Indians. Robert Giffard was in France preparing to return to this new country where he had already lived for several years. During the winter of 1633-1634, he visited various regions of Perche, vigorously recruiting settlers for Canada. He knew that he would be a Seigneur and doubtlessly he envisioned all of these habitants rendering him homage and rents. The first people he recruited were Jean Guyon, Marin Boucher, Sebastien Dodier, Zacharie Cloutier, Guillaume Isabel and a few others. For the most part, they came to Canada alone but a few did bring their families. Was Jean Cote in this first contingent of Percheron colonists in 1634? Certain historians think so, while others, including Benjamin Sulte, reckon his arrival as a year later.
We know nothing about either the early life of Jean or Jehan, Côté or Coste or his preceding life. It seems most likely that, he came from Perche but he is one of the rare settlers about whom tireless researchers, such as Pierre Montagne and his wife, have discovered nothing in the archives of this French province. Without a doubt, it is for this reason that, they do not mention him in the Percheron Cahiers, nor in Tourouvre et les Juchereau.
ANCESTOR OF NEARLY ALL FRENCH CANADIANS
For his part in his Histoire des Canadiens français, Sulte wrote these lines about Our Ancestor: "Jean Côté was married, on November 17, 1635, at Québec, to Anne, daughter of Abraham Martin and settled on the Île d'Orléans from where his descendants have spread to all the places where the Canadiens have penetrated, which is to say, in all of North America."
We know now that Anne Martin was not the daughter of Abraham, the same who gave his name to the famous plains, but rather his sister. Father Charles Lallemant, Jesuit, acting as curate at Quebec, blessed the union of Jean and Anne in the presence of Guillaume Couillard and Robert Giffard. This couple had eight children, seven of whom married and became the ancestors of nearly all the French Canadians.
FROM THE ILE d'ORLEANS TO THE REST OF AMERICA
All the sons of Jean and Anne settled on the Île d'Orléans: Louis, Martin, Mathieu, Jean and Nöel. According to genealogist Roland Auger, it was only in the third generation that the Côtés emigrated in large numbers. The children of Louis followed their mother, Elisabeth Langlois, to the Île-aux-Coudres. She married for a second time to Guillaume Lemieux, the son of Pierre and Marie Benard and settled in Berthier-en-Bas then, in Saint-Thomas de Montmagny. Martin's sons spent their lives on the Île d'Orléans and at Beauport while grandson Gabriel settled at Rimouski. The children of Mathieu went in two directions: Beaumont and Baie-du-Febvre. Jean, who had the largest family ( twelve sons and eight daughters ), had descendants who founded families everywhere: Jean-Baptiste was the first seigneur of the Île-Verte; Guillaume went to Québec; the children of Joseph III were found at Lachenaye, Laprerie, Saint-Constant, Montreal and even Detroit; the children of Ignace III were at the Grondines and Trois-Rivières; Finally, the children of Thomas III went to Baie-Saint-Paul and Saguenay.
A GOOD SERVICE WITH UNFORTUNATE CONSEQUENCES
Genealogist Alfred Cambray emphasizes that on February 5, 1645 Robert Giffard granted a homestead to Jean Côté. It measured three arpents in frontage on the river to the depth of the seigneury and was located between the holdings of Zacharie Cloutier and Nöel Langlois.
"From the time of the first settlements," writes Cambray, " the Iroquois were relentlessly at war with the French and with their Indian allies. The colonists were never sure of spending a day in peace without being exposed to raids from bands of Iroquois. It was a matter of not going far from each other in order to meet any eventuality." Nöel Langlois was a neighbor of Jean Côté and, to ensure mutual protection, he invited Jean to lodge near him. To this end, he gave him a small portion of land in order to build a habitation on it. During an interlude in hostilities, Jean Côté returned to the Île d'Orléans where he had moved his family and left the the homestead next to Langlois on which he had built a cabin. This property was abandoned by the negligence of those supposed to keep it up.
"Having become a widower, Nöel Langlois divided his property on June 10, 1683. After the division, Jean Langlois, Sieur de Saint-Jean, sold to Jean Baugy three-fourths of an arpent in a contract dated May 15, 1686. It bordered that of the Sieur Traversy, a son of Nöel Langlois also named Nöel, to the northeast. To the southeast was Jean Pelletier, heir to a fourth of an arpent. After these sales, a quarter in the southwest remained, adjoining the Côté homestead. On July 12, 1696, the heirs of Jean Côté sold their father's homestead, as well as the small piece of land which Nöel Langlois had given Jean Côté, to their brother-in-law, Andre Parent. "Parent encroached on the land of Jean Baugy and opened quarries. Then, he sued Baugy, who had protested this encroachment. The Provost rendered a decision, on February 26, 1697, permitting Parent to continue his work. However, this decision was not enforced.
"Nöel Vachon dit Pamerlaux acquired the four parts of Nöel Langlois' land which constituted the remaining arpent in addition to the three quarters of an arpent bought by Baugy which contained the old cabin of Côté. Then, he bought the remainder of the old Côté land from Andre Parent. The widow Pamerlaux kept this contract a secret and began to work the quarry on Baugy's land. This contract was finally located in the property inventory of the said widow Pamerlaux.
Cambray concludes by noting: "This favor granted by Nöel Langlois to his neighbor, Jean Côté, was done out of gratitude and good intentions but what confusion resulted."
A BRIEF SOJOURN IN OLD QUEBEC
Jean Côté was the owner of a house situated near the present corner of the Rue Tresor and the Rue Baude. Today, this is the alley where artists display their creations for the tourists. The house was on a plot of land with 150 feet of frontage by 60 in depth. On November 15, 1649, Côté offered it as dowry for his daughter Simone when she married Pierre Soumande. On November 7, 1655, Soumande sold this house to Jacques Boessel for 350 livres. Côté also owned a piece of land between la Grande-Allee and the river in what was then the outskirts of Québec. Governor Montmagny had given it to him on August 27, 1636; this act was ratified on April 5, 1639. Our Ancestor Jean Côté passed away on March 27, 1661. The burial act, entered in the records of the parish of Québec, states as follows: "Year 1661, the 28th March, was interred in the church, Jean Côté, early habitant of this country, died the day preceding, in his house."
As for Anne Martin, she survived him by more than twenty years. The census of 1681 does not mention her but it is likely that she was living with one of her sons. Anne too, was buried at Québec, on December 4, 1684, at about the age of 70 years old. A week earlier, son Jean lost his wife, Anne Couture, the mother of his first eight children.
A WELL KNOWN AND RESPECTED FAMILY
During the second half of the XVII century, the family of Our Ancestor was very well known and respected. They were one of the first families to settle on the Île d'Orléans, within the present boundaries of the parish of Saint-Pierre.
SEVEN OF THE EIGHT CHILDREN HAD OFFSPRING
1) Louis was baptized on October 25, 1635. He married Élisabeth Langlois, the daughter of Nöel and Françoise Garnier, on November 6, 1662, at Québec. They had three children, a girl and two boys. Louis died before December 15, 1669. Élisabeth married for a second time to Guillaume Lemieux, the son of Pierre and Marie Benard, on December 15, 1669 at Québec. They had ten children, six boys and four girls.
2) Simone was baptized on December 9, 1637, at Quebec. She married Pierre Soumande, the son of Louis and Guillemette Savoureau, on November 16, 1649 at Québec. They had thirteen children, five girls and eight boys.
3) Martin was baptized July 12, 1639, at Québec. He married Suzanne Page, the daughter of Raymond and Madeleine Bergeron, on July 25, 1667 at Château-Richer. They had nine children, five boys and four girls.
4) Mathieu was baptized on July 6, 1642, at Québec. He married Élisabeth Gravel, the daughter of Massé and Marguerite Tavernier, on September 11, 1667 at Beaupré or Île d'Orléans. They had nine children, four girls and five boys.
5) Jean was baptized on February 25, 1644, at Québec. He married Anne Couture, the daughter of Guillaume and Anne Émard, on November 11, 1669, at Québec. They had seven children, four boys and three girls. Anne died, on November 26, 1684 and was buried the next day, at Québec. Jean then married Geneviève Verdon, the daughter of Vincent and Geneviève Pelletier, on February 25, 1686 at Québec. They had eleven children, eight boys and three girls.
6) Jean-Nöel was baptized on May 4, 1646, at Québec. He married Helene Graton, the daughter of Claude and Marguerite Moncion, on February 13, 1673 at Beauport. They had ten children, six boys and four girls.
7) Marie was born on January 12th and died on the 25th, 1648, at Québec.
8) Louise was born on April 10, 1650 and baptized the 18th, at Québec. She married Jean Grignon, the son of Antoine and Suzanne Supet, on November 4, 1663 at Québec. They had sixteen children, five girls, eight boys and three that died at birth.
The name Côté was also Coste in Our Ancestors time. Additional variations over the years have been recorded as; Caudy, Cauta, Caute, Cete, Cole, Costey, Costez, Cota, Cotta, Cotte, Cottez, Coty, Gaudy, Lefrise, Side and Sides.
This biography was taken from Our French-Canadian Ancestors by Thomas J. Laforest; Volume 6-Chapter 6- Page 74 [3-23-98 by James Gagne, www.jamesgagne.net]
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