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Direct Descendants of ROCH MANITOUABEOICH
1 ROCH MANITOUABEOICH b: 1596 in Montreal, Algonquin Tribe, Quebec d: in Quebec, Canada
. +OUTCHIBAHA-BANOUKOUEOU b: Abt. 1600 in Huron Tribe, north of Quebec d: in Quebec, Canada
2 MARIE-OLIVIER SYLVESTRE MANITOUABEOICH b: 1632 in Montreal d: Sep 10, 1665 in Hotel-Dieu, Quebec
... +MARTIN PREVOST b: 1611 in Bobigny, Archev. Paris (Sein-St-Denis), France m: Nov 3, 1644 in Quebec d: Jan 26, 1690/91 in Beauport or Batiscan, Quebec
.. 3 JEAN-BAPTIST PREVOST b: Jun 24, 1662
..... +MARIE GIROUX m: Aug 18, 1683 in Beauport, Quebec
.... 4 MARIE-LOUISE CATHERINE PREVOST b: Jul 25, 1698
....... +IGNACE ETIENNE SALOIS b: Apr 10, 1683 in St-Laurent, Isle d'Orleans,Montmorency, Quebec m: Nov 25, 1715 in Quebec, Quebec d: May 28, 1737
...... 5 IGNACE SALOIS-DIT-PREVOST b: Jul 11, 1720 in Ste-Foye, Quebec
Descendants of ROCH MANITOUABEOICH
Generation No. 1
1. ROCH1 MANITOUABEOICH was born 1596 in Montreal, Algonquin Tribe, Quebec, and died in Quebec, Canada. He married OUTCHIBAHA-BANOUKOUEOU. She was born Abt. 1600 in Huron Tribe, north of Quebec, and died in Quebec, Canada.
Notes for ROCH MANITOUABEOICH:
Roch Manitouabeoich is often noted as a Huron Indian, but because of his name and also research by a contemporary named Prevost who is a descendant, I am sure he was Algonquian. "Manitou" is an Algonquian word meaning, essentially, 'spirit or power of nature.' Anything of special or supernatural merit was called "Manitou." God was Kchi Manitou, or Great Spirit. Roch Manitouabeoich was someone important to have Manitou in his name, and probably noted for "powers" of some sort. His first name "Roch" is a saint's name, indicating he was a Christian convert. If so, he must have been one of the earliest ones. There is no way to tell the story about his daughter Marie, who became the female half of the first Indian-French marriage in New France, without also talking about Olivier LeTardiff, who adopted her and found her husband, Martin Prevost.
Olivier sailed from Honfleur on May 24, 1618 when he was between 13 and 15 years old. The same ship also brought Samuel de Champlain, the "Father of New France," who had engaged young Olivier to become an interpreter. The system Champlain used was to bring young, intelligent and personable boys to live for several years with the various tribes, so that they would learn the customs and languages of their Indian allies.These boys were very carefully chosen for their winning personalities, brains, and potential for the delicate and demanding role of interpreter, which it was hoped they would assume one day. Later, when these boys were seasoned and grown, they became invaluable in dealings with the tribes, treaty-making, the fur trade and in war time, where France always had Indian allies in the ranks.
Olivier lived up to Champlain's high hopes for him, and became an interpreter of the Huron, Algonquin and Montaignais Indian languages. The latter two languages were related, but Huron was as different as Russian is from English. Olivier Le Tardiff, our very own ancestor, became the official interpreter for Samuel Champlain himself, and accompanied Champlain on a number of his journeys into Huron Country and other places. Picture it: our ancestor sat in the same birch bark canoe with one of the major figures of early Canada, Samuel de Champlain (and one of my personal heroes). We have another ancestor, Pierre Boucher, with the same story.
The ship "Honfleur" that Olivier sailed on was owned by "Le Compaignie," which was comprised of a group of traders and merchants who had invested in the trading undertakings of New France. I think it was established by Champlain. It became the very powerful company which operated the French fur trade over the vast area from the Great Lakes to Hudson's Bay to the Maritime Provinces.
Olivier, working later on for "Le Compaignie," traveled by canoe into the great Canadian interior and Great Lakes with his Indian friend (also our ancestor) Roch Manitouabeoich for eight years. Manitouabeoich was not a Huron, as is usually claimed, because his name's first part, Manitou, is an Algonquin word meaning "Spirit or power of nature." It is apparent he was an early Christian convert because his first name, Roch, is that of a saint. Later events showed the two young men had become close friends; perhaps they even met as boys when Olivier was living with the tribes around Quebec.
Together Olivier and Manitouabeoich opened up the French fur trade with the Indian tribes in the Canadian interior, and established a network of fur-trading posts over a period of eight years, trekking through the forests of the Great Lakes region, traveling by canoe, and certainly dodging the Iroquois. The trading posts linked the Indian trappers to Le Compaignie, whose headquarters near Quebec was called "l'Habitation au Basseville." The two young men also did business as they traveled with nomadic tribes, encouraging them to come to the trading posts to buy their wares, sell their furs, and trade with the French.
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