|Pedigree for Joseph Pinsonneau (1733-1779) 5th great-grandfather|
Anne Godefroy (1615-1678) (my 9th great grandmother) daughter of Pierre Godefroy de Linctot (1585-1666) and Perrette Cavalier (1590-1636). Married 1630 to Jean Testard dit Lafontaine (1612-1705). Arrived in New France about 1652.
Jean Godefroy de Linctot, Sieur (1607-1678) (brother of Anne Godefroy and my 10th great grand uncle), also a son of Pierre Godefroy de Linctot (1585-1666) and Perrette Cavalier (1590-1636). In 1626, he arrived in New France with Samuel de Champlain, and served in the capacity of interpreter. After 1629, and the capture of Quebec by the Kirkes (England), he stayed on in the colony, living in the woods with the Indians. Married 1636 Marie Le Neuf (1612 - 1688)
Jeanne Testard (1642-1723) (my 8th great grandmother) daughter of Jean Testard dit Lafontaine (1612-1705) and Anne Godefroy (1615-1678). Jeanne was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France before 1662. Married 1662 to Francois Leber (Lebert) (1626-1694)
Francois Leber (Lebert) (1626-1694) (my 8th great-grandfather) son of Robert LeBer (1601-1625) and Colette Cavelier (1605-1694). In 1688, voyageur to the 8ta8ats (Ottawa Country). Married (1) to BEF 1656 to Marguerite Leseur (1628-1662) (2) 1662 to Jeanne Testard (1642-1723) (8th great-grandmother).
Francois Leber (Lebert) (1626-1694) was the brother of Jacques Leber (Lebert) dit Larose (1633-1706) (my 9th great-uncle) also the son of Robert LeBer (1601-1625) and Colette Cavelier (1605-1694). Between 1669-1687, he was a partner in Lachine's first Fur Trading Post (1669-1687). Married 1658 to Jeanne Le Moyne (1635-1682) (sister of Charles Le Moyne Sieur de Longueuil (1626-1685).
Francois Pinsonnault dit LaFleur (1646-1731) (my 7th great-grandfather). In 1666 he served with the Carignan-Salieres Regiment and fought against the Iroquois. Married 1673 to Anne Leper (1647-1732) (my 7th great-grandmother) who was a (Filles du Roi, or King's Daughter).
Francois Bourassa (1659-1708) (my 7th great-grandfather) son of Francois Bourassa (1630-1684) and Marguerite Dugas (1635-1698).
Francois Bourassa (1659-1708) and his sons: Rene Bourassa dit LaRonde (1688-1778), Francois Joachim Bourassa (1698-1775), and Antoine Bourassa (1705-1780), were coureurs de bois and became known as "the fathers of the fur trade."
In 1686, François Bourassa made a voyage to Hudson Bay for the Compagnie du Nord. In 1688, René Legardeur, sieur de Beauvais, hired François Bourassa and Joachim Jacques Leber to make a voyage des 8ta8ats (Ottawa Indians). In 1690 René Legardeur hired Pierre Bourdeau, André Babeu, François Bourassa, and Joachim Leber for a voyage to Michilimackinac. Also in 1690, Pierre Bourdeau consented to a debt for merchandise from André Babeau, Joachim Leber, and François Bourassa, voyageurs, for their voyage to the Ottawa. Married 1668 to Marie Le Ber (1666-1756) (my 7th great-grandmother) daughter of Francois Leber (Lebert) (1626-1694) and Jeanne Testard (1642-1723), her father Francois Leber was active in the fur trade.
Samuel de Champlain (1567-1635), French explorer and colonial statesman. He established a settlement at Quebec in Canada in 1608 and developed alliances with the native peoples. He was appointed lieutenant governor in 1612.
Sir David Kirke (c. 1597–1654) was an adventurer, colonizer and governor for the king of England. He and his brothers are best known for their successful capture of New France in 1629 during the Thirty Years' War.
filles à marier, (1634 and 1663) 262 “marriageable girls” emigrated to New France representing one quarter of all the single girls arriving in New France through 1673.
Lachine's first fur trading post, Le Ber-Le Moyne House is the oldest complete building in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located in the borough of Lachine, bordering the Saint Lawrence River, ... Ville Marie's richest merchants, Jacques Le Ber and Charles Le Moyne bought the land from Cavelier de La Salle to construct Lachine's first fur trading post (1669-1687).
Carignan-Salieres Regiment, In 1665 King Louis XVI ordered the Carignan-Salieres Regiment to Canada to help save the Royal Colony from destruction at the hands of the Iroquois. Between June and September 1665, some twenty-four companies of 1200 soldiers and their officers of the Carignan-Salières Regiment arrived in Quebec, under the leadership of Lt. General Alexander de Prouville, Sieur de Tracy. Launched almost immediately upon arrival to attack the Indians in the dead of winter, the regiment was almost destroyed. Within months though it had stabilized the French situation and ensured the survival of the colony. Following their service, many members of the Regiment stayed on in Canada. The Carignan-Salieres Regiment was the first regular military unit to serve in Canada.
Filles du Roi, Also called the King's Daughters, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Most were single French women and many were orphans.
Coureurs Des Bois, (French pronunciation: [kuʁœʁ de bwa]) or coureur de bois (French pronunciation: [kuʁœʁ də bwa], runner of the woods; plural: coureurs de bois) was an independent entrepreneurial French-Canadian woodsman who traveled in New France and the interior of North America. Usually unlicensed and after 1691, were considered outlaws.
Voyageur, (especially in Canada) a boatman employed by the fur companies in transporting goods and passengers to and from trading posts (usually by canoe). Voyageurs are generally licensed and legal.
8ta8ats (Ottawa Indians), is "Land of the Witawiats" which finally became "Outaouais" in French. They are an Algonquian tribe living in the vicinity of Calumet Island above Ottawa. Ottawa is the English pronunciation of Outaouais.
Michilimackinac, a place where fur traders and Indians rendezvoused, is derived from an Odawa name for present-day Mackinac Island and the region around the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.