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Posted by: Janet Manseau (ID *****2030) Date: February 01, 2010 at 20:31:01
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Hi, I am posting the data and notes that I have for some of my pioneer ancestors, in hopes that they may be of interest to some of you that are doing research on your ancestors.

Descendants of Michel Godbout
Compiled by Janet Manseau Donaldson

Generation No. 1

       1. Michel1 Godbout was born about 1600 in Normandie, France. He married Colette Caron. She was born about 1600 in Normandie, France.

Notes for Michel Godbout:
He was a laborer, and probably descended from an old rural family in Berneval. We believe he was the son of Michel Godbout and Suzanne, a couple that appears in the parish registry at the end of the 16th century. Another Michel Godbout, spouse of Jeanne, had a daughter baptized on March 15, 1559, but the civil records of this distant period, preserved at a repository in Dieppe, are in such poor condition that they defy all research.
The Godebout or Gaudebout family, according to the spelling of the time, was represented in Berneval between 1600 and 1605 by the local parish priest, Jacques Godebout and by the two family heads, Michel and Thomas.
The records in Dieppe mention no less than five families of that name during the first quarter of the 17th century. There were Godebouts in Rouen, Ingouville, Le Havre, as well as the current administrative region of the lower Seine. Today, the family, so widespread in Normandie for over three hundred years, is nearly extinct there, while the descendants of Michel's son Nicolas Godbout have increased greatly.

       
Children of Michel Godbout and Colette Caron are:
       2       i.       Jean2 Godbout, born 15 Oct 1625 in Berneval Le Grand, Dieppe, Normandie, France.
       3       ii.       Marie Godbout, born 22 Apr 1628 in Berneval Le Grand, Dieppe, Normandie, France.
       4       iii.       Michelle Godbout, born 14 Oct 1630 in Berneval Le Grand, Dieppe, Normandie, France.
       5       iv.       Jeanne Godbout, born 18 May 1633 in Berneval Le Grand, Dieppe, Normandie, France.
+       6       v.       Nicolas Godbout, born 18 May 1635 in Notre Dame de Berneval le Grand, Dieppe, Normandie, France; died 05 Sep 1674 in Hôtel Dieu de Québec City, QC.
       7       vi.       Anne Godbout, born 09 Mar 1638 in Berneval Le Grand, Dieppe, Normandie, France.
       8       vii.       Pierre Godbout, born 09 Jul 1640 in Berneval Le Grand, Dieppe, Normandie, France.
       9       viii.       Simon Godbout, born 09 Apr 1643 in Berneval Le Grand, Dieppe, Normandie, France.

Generation No. 2

       6. Nicolas2 Godbout (Michel1) was born 18 May 1635 in Notre Dame de Berneval le Grand, Dieppe, Normandie, France, and died 05 Sep 1674 in Hôtel Dieu de Québec City, QC. He married Marie-Marthe Bourgouin 09 Jan 1662 in Notre Dame de Québec City, QC (ct 26 Dec 1661, Audouart), daughter of Jean Bourgouin and Marie Lefebvre. She was born about 1636 in St. Louis, Île de France, Paris, France, and died 19 Dec 1682 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC.

Notes for Nicolas Godbout:
A ship's navigator, Nicolas was baptized 18 May 1635 in the parish of Notre-Dame in Berneval-le-Grand (near Dieppe), Normandie, the son of Michel Godbout and Colette Caron. His godparents were Nicolas Godbout and Barbe Caron. At 19 years of age, in 1654, he decided to cross the Atlantic Ocean and settle in Québec. Nicolas Godbout was engaged by Jean Bourdon, lord of Dombourg, for one three years period. After his three year contract ended, he was then engaged by Jean Bourdon once again. This time as sailor for a few years. He was recorded as a river "pilotte" (a ship's navigator) in the 1666 Isle d'Orléans census.
He must have been educated because he signed several contracts as a witness like one in Québec on April 15, 1655. He also appears in the minutes of the Peuvret notary on April 23, 1658, where it signed a "declaration of Charles Sevestre" in favor of his wife Marie Pichon. Three years later, December 26, 1661, the Audouard notary received the marriage contract signed by both Nicolas Godbout and Marie-Marthe Bourgouin. January 9, 1662, they married each other in the church Our-Lady of Québec. Nicolas was already established at Island of Orléan, located today at the 421 St-Pierre. In 1667 they were established in the parish St-Paul, today St-Laurent, on a ground obtained by exchanging land with Jean Leclerc and located close to the mill of the Dry Tree. Today it is located at 144 Royal at St-Laurent, the owner of the farm is Doctor Guy Patoine.
Nicolas Godbout died 05 September 1674 (at the age of 39 years and 4 months) at the Hôtel Dieu (hospital) de Québec. He was buried in the Hôtel Dieu cemetery of the poor of the institution. He left his widow with several debts. The inventory of his goods mentions "a marine cartre on parchment with books and papers" concerning the voyages which he made on sea. The northern coast of the low St-Laurent has the memory of this navigator to the long course by the town of Godbout and the Godbout river which the relations of Jesuits in 1670 mention. "eighteenth I left with twelve Oumamiois and returned to the Godbout river..." Albanel father with the Superior of the missions. Relations of Jésuites, 1670.
The poor widow had to put her business in order. Noël Fortier, "inhabitant, combined the late one and near neighbor" surrogate guardian, ask Paul Vachon, notary, to come to chair the inventory, in front of Claude Auber, judge provost of the bailliage and Denis Avisse, royal usher, Isaac Pasquier and Adrien Isabel as Witnesses. The inventoried material is summarized with ordinary objects; a lamp, a strainer and a candlestick of copper, three trunks closing with key. In one of the latter, there were a book entitled "the flame of the people and sainctes affections of a noble soul", another volume: Meditations on greatest and significant truths of the foy; finally, a sea chart on parchment with book and paper "concerning the voyage which he had made at sea". These memories edifying and invaluable did not bring in funds to feed his children. In the attic, beside the pair of rackets, there is a barrel with two minots of corn. Outside, in the meadow, there is a milking cow, a bull and four pigs in an enclosure. In the hangar, sheaves of corn, value of 40 minots, waiting to be beaten: 15 white pea minots, 4 green pea minots and 8 of Indian corn are ready for consumption. The ground of 4 arpents face on the river has 10 cleared patches. In the end this family was left with many debts. He died owing in particular 450 pounds to the Grignon merchant; with Jacques Lamothe, 50 books; with Charles Royer, 100 pounds; with David Asselin, 40 books; with Clément Ruel, 15 pounds, etc... In short, the sum of the debts of Godbout exceeds by far what they have. Nicolas Godbout had been a good pilot and a courageous farmer, but perhaps a poor financier. His widow and children were left to pay the bills.

Notes for Marie-Marthe Bourgouin:
"Filles à Marier", page 75, Marie-Marthe Bourgouin was born about 1636 on the lie Saint-Louis in the parish of Notre-Dame de Paris, the daughter of bourgeois Jean Bourgouin and Marie Lefebvre. Her father was secretary of the King's chamber in 1628 and commis a l 'extraordinaire des guerras in 1642. Marie-Marthe arrived in Canada in 1661 as a single girl.
On 09 January 1662, Marie-Marthe married Nicolas Godbout or Godebout in Québec City. Both spouses signed the marriage contract, drawn up 26 December 1661 by notary Audouart.
Nicolas Godbout died 05 September 1674 at the Hôtel Dieu de Québec. On 11 July 1675, Marie-Marthe married Antoine Marceau at Sainte Famille, Île d'Orléans (marriage contract 02 July, notary Becquet).
Marie-Marthe Bourgouin died 19 December 1682 and was buried the next day at Saint-Laurent, Île d'Orléans.
       
Children of Nicolas Godbout and Marie-Marthe Bourgouin are:
       10       i.       Anne-Madeleine-Marie3 Godbout, born 09 Jun 1663 in Québec City, QC; died 21 Jun 1668 in Québec City, QC.
+       11       ii.       Marie-Jeanne-Anne Godbout, born 11 Aug 1665 in Québec City, QC; died 07 Jul 1732 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC.
+       12       iii.       Nicolas Godbout, born 14 Oct 1667 in Québec City, QC; died 22 Nov 1717 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC.
       13       iv.       Antoine Godbout, born 16 Nov 1669 in Québec City, QC; died 23 Apr 1742 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC. He married Marguerite Labrecque, (Jean &Jeanne Baillargeon) 26 Feb 1691 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born about 1670 in Unknown, QC; died 21 Oct 1748 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC.
       14       v.       Joseph Godbout, born 29 Jun 1672 in Ste. Famille de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 16 Jun 1745 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC. He married Marguerite Manseau 08 Feb 1700 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; born 03 Feb 1683 in Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 01 Feb 1760 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC.

Notes for Marguerite Manseau:
Her parents were Jacques Manseau and Marguerite Latouche (one of the King's Daughters). These Manseaus are not related to my ancestor Jacques Robidas dit Manseau. Marguerite Manseau was married to Joseph Godbout, my 8th great-grand uncle.

Generation No. 3

       11. Marie-Jeanne-Anne3 Godbout (Nicolas2, Michel1) was born 11 Aug 1665 in Québec City, QC, and died 07 Jul 1732 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC. She married (1) Jean Baillargeon, (Jean & Marg. Guillebourdeau) 02 Mar 1683 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC. He was born 05 Sep 1659 in Notre Dame de Québec City, QC, and died 01 Apr 1694 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC. She married (2) Rene Pelletier 23 Jul 1703 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC, son of Jean Pelletier and Anne Langlois. He was born 02 Mar 1659 in Québec City, QC, and died 13 Jan 1713 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC.
       
Children of Marie-Jeanne-Anne Godbout and Jean Baillargeon are:
       15       i.       Marie-Madeleine4 Baillargeon, born 27 Sep 1688 in St. Laurent, Montmorency, QC; died 22 Mar 1743 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Oleans, QC. She married Pierre-Martin Cote 31 Jan 1707 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 07 Mar 1684 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Oleans, QC; died 28 Jan 1760 in St. Pierre, Île d'Orléans, Quebéc, Canada.
       16       ii.       Marie-Madeleine Baillargeon, born 05 Jul 1693 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 05 Feb 1748 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC. She married Augutsin Cote 29 Jan 1720 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 01 Sep 1695 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 11 Mar 1737 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC.


       12. Nicolas3 Godbout (Nicolas2, Michel1) was born 14 Oct 1667 in Québec City, QC, and died 22 Nov 1717 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC. He married Angelique-Marguerite-Marie Lemelin 16 Oct 1685 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC (ct 2, Genaple), daughter of Jean-Francois Lemelin and Marguerite-Marie Brassard. She was born 23 May 1668 in Québec City, QC, and died 09 Apr 1742 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC.
       
Children of Nicolas Godbout and Angelique-Marguerite-Marie Lemelin are:
       17       i.       Marguerite-Angelique4 Godbout, born 27 Dec 1686 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 22 Nov 1690 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC.
       18       ii.       Nicolas Godbout, born 26 Sep 1688 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 19 Oct 1719 in Hôtel Dieu de Québec City, QC.
       19       iii.       Marie-Francoise Godbout, born 11 Mar 1690 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 24 Feb 1773 in St. Jean de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC. She married Joseph Gosselin, (Ignace & Marie Anne Rate) 25 Nov 1710 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; born 29 Mar 1685 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 04 Nov 1771 in St. Jean de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC.
       20       iv.       Marie-Louise Godbout, born about 1691 in Unknown, QC. She married Jean-Baptiste Audet-dit-Lapointe 16 Apr 1708 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 17 Nov 1675 in Ste. Famille de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 12 Nov 1728 in St. Jean de l'Île d'Orléans, QC.
       21       v.       Joseph Godbout, born 31 May 1693 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 28 Dec 1748 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC. He married (1) Marie-Madeleine Bouchard-dit-Dorval 27 May 1720 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 24 Jun 1687 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 14 Mar 1740 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC. He married (2) Marie-Claire Chantal 11 Feb 1743 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 21 Sep 1701 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 08 Sep 1777 in Québec City, QC.
       22       vi.       Marie-Madeleine Godbout, born 19 Dec 1694 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 01 Sep 1783 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC. She married Pierre Langlois 22 Nov 1717 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 18 Dec 1677 in Ste. Famille de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 26 Mar 1759 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC.

Notes for Pierre Langlois:
His first wife Marie Angelique Baillargeon died just 9 days after giving birth to their 9th child in 14 years.

       23       vii.       Marguerite-Marie Godbout, born 25 Feb 1696 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 24 Oct 1771 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC. She married Louis Pichet, (Jean & Madeleine Leblanc) 20 Jul 1730 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 09 Feb 1685 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 13 May 1760 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC.
       24       viii.       Jean Godbout, born 06 Feb 1698 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 01 Jul 1777 in Québec City, QC. He married Marie-Louise Gauthier-dit-Frappedabord 09 Jul 1725 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 23 Mar 1708 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 04 Dec 1757 in Québec City, QC.
       25       ix.       Marie-Louise Godbout, born 10 Dec 1699 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC.
       26       x.       Pierre Godbout, born 29 Apr 1701 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 21 Apr 1749 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC. He married Catherine Labrecque-dit-Labrie 27 Sep 1723 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; born 27 Jan 1698 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 17 Dec 1749 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC.
       27       xi.       Marie-Angelique Godbout, born 11 Feb 1703 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 24 Jan 1775 in St. Jean de l'Île d'Orléans, QC. She married Antoine Fontaine 19 Aug 1728 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; born about 1708 in Unknown, QC; died 14 Mar 1790 in St. Jean de l'Île d'Orléans, QC.
       28       xii.       Marie-Madeleine Godbout, born 12 Aug 1704 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 10 May 1737 in Ste. Famille de l'Île d'Orléans, QC. She married Simon Turcot, (Francois & Marguerite Ouimet) 02 Feb 1722 in Notre Dame de Québec City, QC; born 19 Jul 1696 in Ste. Famille de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 18 Jan 1767 in Ste. Famille de l'Île d'Orléans, QC.
       29       xiii.       Marie-Anne Godbout, born 01 Nov 1705 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 08 Apr 1737 in Québec City, QC. She married Georges Dumas 15 Jan 1725 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 03 Aug 1696 in St. Jean de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 01 Apr 1751 in Québec City, QC.
       30       xiv.       Francois Godbout, born 21 Apr 1707 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 11 Oct 1773 in Hôpital Général de Québec City, QC. He married Marie-Louise Joly, (Vital & M.Louise Jinchereau) 04 Nov 1733 in Québec City, QC; born 06 Nov 1703 in Québec City, QC; died 24 Dec 1785 in Hôtel Dieu de Québec City, QC.
       31       xv.       Genevieve-Marie Godbout, born 30 Dec 1708 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 30 Apr 1748 in Québec City, QC. She married Jean-Alexis Chevalier, (Guillaume & J.M. Larose) 26 Aug 1729 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 15 Jul 1702 in Beauport, QC; died 03 Apr 1781 in Pointe de Lévy, Lauzon, QC.
       32       xvi.       Louis Godbout, born 16 Feb 1710 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC. He married Marie-Agathe Laine-dit-Laliberte 11 Feb 1760 in Notre Dame de Québec City, QC; born 27 Jan 1706 in St. Jean de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; died 30 Jan 1782 in Québec City, QC.
       33       xvii.       Marie-Therese Godbout, born 26 Mar 1712 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 18 Feb 1791 in Pointe de Lévy, Lauzon, QC. She married (1) Louis Pichet 18 Nov 1737 in St. Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans, QC; born 14 Sep 1714 in L'Ange Gardien, QC; died 15 Jun 1750 in Pointe de Lévy, Lauzon, QC. She married (2) Jacques Maurepas-dit-St.Hilaire 09 Nov 1750 in St. Joseph de la Pointe, Levis, QC; born 15 Feb 1721 in Beaumont, QC; died 06 Jul 1794 in St. Vincent de Paul, QC.
       34       xviii.       Andre Godbout, born 11 Apr 1713 in St. Laurent de l'Île d'Orléans, Montmorency, QC; died 07 Sep 1751 in Québec City, QC. He married Marie-Madeleine Choret, (Ignace & M. Mad. Ferre) 22 Sep 1743 in Québec City, QC; born 24 Jan 1725 in Québec City, QC; died 11 Nov 1811 in Charlesbourg, QC.




My resources are limited because I live in Oregon. I hope that you use this information only as a guide. I welcome corrections and additions from anyone that has access to the original files.

Originally I paid a genealogy society to trace the direct lines for 6 of my 8 great grandparents. They used the books that were compiled by volunteers for each parish. Because so many individuals had the same name, I eventually found some errors in these books. Then I used Tanguay and found out that he may be about 75% right and Jette (that goes to 1730) is about 90% right. Then just as I thought that I was finished, I found PRDH (University of Montreal) and I believe that they may be 98% right and still make corrections to their records. They go up to 1799 for marriage contracts and 1850 for some deaths. Some people have the luxury of having the original records at their disposal. I do not have that and with 17,000 individuals in my data base, I can not afford to pay for copies of all the originals. At that point I confirmed every that I had with the records at PRDH. Whenever I say “about” for a birth date it means that PRDH did not find it or if it is in the 1800s, I did not look it up because of my lack of resources.

PRDH uses the most common spelling variation for the names. This makes it easier to trace the families. They do not always use the original name that appears on the contracts or birth records. That is ok with me, because many individuals before the 1900s could not sign their names and did not even care how others spelt it. As a result the same person’s name took on a variety of spellings. I also kept the “dit” (aka) names because eventually brothers from the same family, picked a different aka name.

As for the pioneers, I also used Peter Gagné’s English books on the single girls that arrived in New France between 1634 & 1662 and his book on the single girls that are referred to as the King’s Daughters that arrived between 1663 & 1673. These girls were recruited and paid by the King to go to New France (Québec) to get married and colonize the area.

Most of my information for the 1800-1900s comes from people on the web. The program that I use does not allow for baptismal dates, so if I don’t have a birth date, I use the baptismal date. The same goes for death vs. burial dates and actual wedding vs. contract dates. The newer programs have these features, but I will not be going through 17,000 records to make the changes.

It is like I said in the beginning; use this information as a guide only. I view genealogy as a hobby and not as pure science.

As for the stories, I got them all in French on the web and I translated them for my grandchildren. I had not read or spoken French in over 40 years, so it was difficult and may not be the best translation.

Enjoy, Janet


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