Were it not for the plague our family history would be quite different. The plague which raged throughout Lower Normandy in 1635 - 1636 counted as its victims Jacques Touchet (husband of Marie Poitevin and father of Thomas Touchet) and Marguerite Basly (wife of Jacques de la Berge). Jacques de la Berge and Marie Poitevin (of the neighboring village of Thaon) married on May 8, 1636. Robert de la Berge was born two years later on May 24, 1638. In 1649, Robert’s step brother Thomas Touchet (who was then 27 years old and 16 years his senior) went to New France. In 1653 Thomas (at the age of 31) returned home at which point Robert was then 15. Five years later in 1658, they both left together for New France.
Were it not for the plague, Robert would not have had an older step brother who would have brought him to New France. And it was a good time to go. In 1665 – 1666 more than 100,000 people perished in London in an outbreak and it was soon followed by the Great London Fire in 1666.
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