Saturday, May 28, 2016

Great Granddad was a member of the Traite de Tadoussac

Denis Duquet - my 8th great-grandfather - was born 1605, in La Rochelle, Aunis, France; he died November 26, 1675 in Lévis, Québec, Canada.

Denys (Denis) was born in Normandie France about 1605. He was the son of Joseph Duquette and Jeanne Barbie. His surname was written as Duquay on his marriage certificate in 1638.

He had immigrated from France to Canada around the year 1633. 

He married Catherine Gauthier (Gautier) 13 May 1638 in Notre Dame, Quebec (Nobelman Pierre Legardeur and M. Noel Jucherau were witnesses). Catherine was just 13 at the time of her marriage, but they had been married for 37 years, at the time of his death in 1675. Catherine Gautier was born Abt. 1627 in Paris, France; she died 03 August 1702 in Canada. She was the daughter of Phillipe Gautier (Gauthier) and Marie Pichon (Plichon).

1659: As a young man Denis Duquet became a wealthy fur trader. He became a member of the "Traite de Tadoussac" (1) the first fur-trading post in European North America (established in 1600, eight years before the founding of Québec City).  The Traite de Tadoussac was the embarkation warehouse and trading post from which the furs were sent to France.

Denis was noted in the records to be the brother in law or beau-frere, of two presidents of the Societe des Habitants.

1660: Denis was named an Honorable Gentleman.

1667 census for Cote de Lauzon: Denis 55, Catherine 42, Pierre la Chesnais, notary, 25, Francoise 23, Agnes 19, Jean Desrochers 16, Rosalie 14, Louis 10, Philippe 8, Antoine 6, Catherine 5, Joseph 3. Domestic Servants: Simon Duval (no age given) and Claude 17. Property: 8 beasts and 30 arpents cultivated land.
27 November 1675: From the Parish of Notre-Dame Quebec: 27 November 1675, Denis Duquet, a resident of the coast of Lauzon, died at the age of seventy years. He was living in the hospital of Quebec, and died after having received the Holy Sacraments of Last Communion and Extreme Unction.

Denis Duquet and Catherine Gauthier had 11 children: i. Pierre Duquet 1643-1687, ii. Francoise Duquet  1645-1719, iii. Agnes Duquet 1648-1702, iv. +Jean Duquet dit Derochers 1651-1710/18, married Catherine-Ursule Amiot, v. Rosalie Duquet 1654-1715, vi. Louis Duquet 1657-1691, vii. Philippe Duquet 1659-1683, viii. Antoine Duquet 1660-1733, ix. Catherine Duquet 1662-1681, x. Joseph Duquet 1664-1731, xi. Marie Therese Duquet 1667-1699

‪Tadoussac, lying at the confluence of the Saguenay and Saint Lawrence rivers‬

(1) Tadoussac was founded in 1600 by François Gravé Du Pont, a merchant, and Pierre de Chauvin de Tonnetuit, a captain of the French Royal Navy, when they acquired a fur trade monopoly from King Henry IV. Gravé and Chauvin built the settlement on the shore at the mouth of the Saguenay River, at its confluence with the St. Lawrence, to profit from its location. But the frontier was harsh and only five of the 16 men with them survived the first winter. In 1603, the tabagie or "feast" of Tadoussac reunited Gravé with Samuel de Champlain and with the Montagnais, the Algonquins, and the Etchimins."

Tadoussac (French pronunciation [tadusak]) is a village in Quebec, Canada, at the confluence of the Saguenay and Saint Lawrence rivers. Established at an Innu settlement, it was France's first trading post on the mainland of New France. By the 17th century it became an important trading post and was the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in Canada, and the oldest surviving French settlement in the Americas.
The indigenous Innu called the place Totouskak (plural for totouswk or totochak) meaning "bosom", probably in reference to the two round and sandy hills located on the west side of the village. According to other interpretations, it could also mean "place of lobsters", or "place where the ice is broken" (from the Innu shashuko).
Although located in Innu territory, the post was also frequented by the Mi'kmaq people in the second half of the 16th century, who called it Gtatosag ("among the rocks"). Alternate spellings of Tadoussac over the centuries included Tadousac (17th and 18th centuries), Tadoussak, and Thadoyzeau (1550)

My Lineage from Denis Duquet:

Denis Duquet (1622 - 1675) - my 8th great-grandfather

Jean Duquet dit Desrochers (1651 - 1710) - son of Denis Duquet

Etienne Duquet dit Desrochers (1694 - 1754) - son of Jean Duquet dit Desrochers

Marie Madeleine Duquet (1734 - 1791) - daughter of Etienne Duquet dit Desrochers

Gabriel Pinsonneau (Pinsono) (1770 - 1813) - son of Marie Madeleine Duquet

Gabriel (Gilbert) Passino (Passinault) (Pinsonneau) (1803 - 1877) - son of Gabriel Pinsonneau (Pinsono)

Lucy Passino (1836 - 1917) - daughter of Gabriel (Gilbert) Passino (Passinault) (Pinsonneau)

Abraham Lincoln Brown (1864 - 1948) - son of Lucy Passino

Lydia Corinna Brown (1891 - 1971) - daughter of Abraham Lincoln Brown - my grandmother


  1. This is awesome. Thanks for posting this.

    Glenn Duquette

  2. This was really interesting. I came across this blog today because I found a short story on about Denys. He is my 10th great grandfather. I'm really interested in how you are able to find all this info.

    Anthony Beals

    1. Hundreds of research hours and a little luck. The voyageur index in the Quebec archives is a good starting point. Good luck.

  3. denis is my 10th great grandfather do you know if he travelled from france to the new world with samual champlain in 1633?

  4. Howdy cousin. The best information I have states that Denis arrived in New France in 1637. Samuel Champlain died in December of 1635.

  5. Another source for his arrival says about 1633,

  6. Thanks for this wonderful post. Denis and Catherine are my 9 x G-GPs through their daughter Francoise who married into the Morel/Deladurantaye/Boisbriand line. My Great Grandmother, Victoria Brillant, was their descendant. She brought their DNA from Kamouraska, PQ to Lewiston, Maine.

  7. My great x8 grandparents as well. Went to Quebec in 2007 and saw the location of the original chapel where they were married. Also went across the river and saw where the farm was.

  8. quite the read. Thank you for this information. Denis is my 8th grandfather as well. Denis>jean>charles>louis>joseph>toussaint>joseph>michel>wayne. Something I have been trying to find is who denis's grandfather was. I can find information on his father but gets fuzzy beyond that. Would love to know if you know! -Dakota

  9. I have Joseph Duquet
    BIRTH 1580 • Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France
    DEATH 1631 • Luçon, Eure-et-Loir, Centre, France
    and his spouse
    Jeanne Barbie
    BIRTH ABT 1590 • Jaux, Oise, Picardie, France
    DEATH 27 MAY 1657 • St Etienne du Mont, Paris, Ile-de-France, France

    1. Found his parents! Ancetre Duquet & Marie Duquet

  10. Joseph would have been my 10x great Grandfather! Didn't know they change the name down the line to Duquette! Now to find his parents....

  11. Joseph would have been my 10x great Grandfather! Didn't know they change the name down the line to Duquette! Now to find his parents....

  12. I'm a Duquette from Denis's branch too... I live in Québec Canada... I have a lot of question with no answer on my genealogy... Hope somebody can help... subject of question: Sacatichiouaco, Saint-Sauveur from Mi'kmaq line, Algonquin and Abenakis blood, Dokis First Nation at French River Ontario, Duquette Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Mississauga, etc... ???

  13. I hope you get an answer. Good luck and happy hunting.