Hi Elizabeth, The notes at Root Web are a bit confusing. It almost sounds like the article refers to the father as Guillaume Longpré and the son Guillaume II. It was the son Guillaume married to Catherine Bleau that was taken by the Indians. The notes at Root Web make it sound like his father was captured. He was not on the list of prisoners on 22 Aug 1703 and could have been omitted from the list or may have been taken during a different raid. No one participated in the fur trade “until he was an adolescent”. They generally received permission to work in the fur trade business as adult men, not before adolescents as that article indicated.
Here are my notes:
Guillaume/William Longpre and Jeanne Allare/Allart, their birth information is unknown. They were born about 1670. There is a possibility that Lydie Madeleine Longley, born on 12 April 1674 in Groton, New England, USA, was the sister of Guillaume/William Longpre. The mother of Lydie was Delivrance Crisp. Lydie was taken by the Abénaquis Indian on 27 July 1694. In 1696 she had been living with the Nuns at Congregation of Notre Dame for about a month, when she was baptized as a Catholic on 24 April 1696. We know that her parents were Protestant from Grotien near Boston, New England. Lydie became a professional nun known as Sister Sainte Madeleine, on Sept. 16, 1699.
Their son Guilliaume birth unknown about 1697, married on 15 Jan 1720 in Montreal to Marie-Catherine Bleau/Blot born on 27 Mar 1699 in Montreal. Catherine Blot was a midwife (sage-femme), as noted in several baptismal records from St. Francois d'Asisse, where it was noted she had regulary performed emergency baptisms (ondoyer).
Jette on Page 741, claims that he may have arrived from the area of Quefille, Nouvelle Angleterre (this translates to New England which later became the USA), perhaps from Deerfield, Franklin, Mass. Guilliaume aka William claims to be 23 in 1720 and was contracted to work Ouest (west) on 28 Apr 1721.
Guillaume Longpre took on the "dit' name Allard. This was his mother's surname. His descendants took on either name.
According to "Les histoires captifs Anglo Americain au Canada entre 1675-1760 de la Nouvelle-Angleterre à la Nouvelle France - auteur Marcel Fournier - this is a translation of document.
William Longpré was born 1695 or 1697 in Deerfield, Franklin county Mass son of William (Longpré) and Jane Alart. The identification of this individual causes many problems. We presume that the name of this family could be Longley or William but without any proof. William Longpré (the son) was made prisoner during an attack in Deerfield on august 22, 1703. He was a captive of the Abénaquis and was probable baptized by a missionary priest (proof lost) under the name of William. His name of Longpré was given by his Indian captives. He lived among the Abénaquis for many years doing the fur trade with the white men. He was among them until he moved to Montréal in his late teens. On January 15 1720 he married Catherine Bleau born 1699 d.o. François Bleau and Catherine Campeau. The couple lived in Montréal then moved to Pointe-aux-Trembles where they raised 10 children between 1720-1738. William Longpre did travel out West. He died in Pointe-aux-Trembles February 6, 176l. His wife died in Longue-Pointe on October 31, 1780.
Variation of name were - De Lompreé, Allard dit Lonpré, Longley and William.
Parchemin - banque de donneés notariales (1626-1784) BMSE -
28-4-1721 (1719-1726) (David, J) (Mlt)
The above are only theories and up for debate. His name was not on the list of individuals captured in Deerfield on August 22, 1703. Others were captured during this period at other times. I found no connection between Longpre and Longley, yet I realize that names were often misspelled during that era and changed during translation from English to Indian to French..
Thanks for contacting me, Janet
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