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Our Original Ancestor - Antoine Pépin dit Lachance
ANTOINE PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE (the son of ANDRE and JEANNE CHEVALIER) was baptised April 10, 1636 in Notre-Dame Le Havre in Normandy, Seine-Maritime, France.
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Map Of France showing Le Havre, Normandy According to Father Archange Godbout, our ancestor Antoine Pépin dit Lachance was baptized at Notre-Dame Le Havre in Normandy, Seine-Maritime, France, on 10 April 1636. The registry tells us that he was the son of André Pépin and Jeanne Chevalier. Le Havre is a town on the coast of Normandy in France. See map at left.

Antoine died and was buried January 23, 1703 at Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans, Québec, Canada.

NOTE: Jeanne Chevalier has been recorded as Jeanne de Rouville or de Bourville.

 
According to "Our French Canadian Ancestors by Thomas LaForest" a marriage contract was consummated in November of 1659.
[ Contrat de mariage: Notaire Guillaume Audouart, District de Québec, November 11, 1659.]
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Among the relatives and friends gathered for the reading of the marriage contract were François Pépin, brother of the groom; Jacques Sevestre, Sieur des Roches; Pierre Duqet, Sieur de la Chesnaye; the merchant Antoine Grignon and his son Jean; Jean Guyon, father and son; Elisabeth Couillard; Bertrand Chesnay, Sieur de la Garenne; master gunsmith Denis Guyon and his wife Isabelle Boucher; Michel and François Guyon; Charles Belanger, Louis Coste, Jacques Mainville. Notary Guillaume Audouart de Saint-Germain stipulated that the groom would endow the bride with a dowry of 300 livres.

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The actual marriage took place nearly two weeks later on November 24, 1659, in Notre-Dame church of Québec, (It was officially classified as a parish church in 1664 and dedicated as Notre-Dame-de-l'Immaculée-Conception.) Antoine marries Marie Teste, a young (twenty year old girl) from La Rochelle (France). Marie was born about 1632 in Salles-de-Villefagnan. Angoulême, Angoumois, France, the daughter of JEAN TESTE and JEANNE TALONNEAU. She died and was buried September 11, 1701 at Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans, Québec, Canada. Ste-Famille, is the cradle of our Lachance family.

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No one knew and described the islanders of Orléans in his time better than Msgr David Gosselin (1846-1926). He devoted three large volumes, more than a thousand pages in all, to praise their worthiness and commend the virtues of the ancestors who cleared this island three centuries ago.

David Gosselin wrote about the family Pépin dit Lachance. He said: They were not slow to cross over to Saint-Jean, which we can aptly call the breeding ground of the Lachances. If I had to show the numerous offspring for eight or nine generations who have succeeded there, to chat a little about them, this historical account would be material for a volume."

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The Pépin dit Lachance family is mentioned in the censuses as follows:

In 1666, Antoine and Marie were living at Ste-Famille, they had a 24 year old servant, Antoine Drapeau.
In 1667, they owned five head of cattle and had 14 arpents under cultivation.
In 1681, a 50 year old carpenter, Louis Bidet, lived with them.
By 1681, they had nine children, eight heads of cattle, 30 arpents under cultivation and owned a gun.

DEPARTURE FROM THE ANCESTRAL ISLAND

The Pépins dit Lachance, some of whom left behind the name Pépin in favor of Lachance or vice-versa, left their island in large numbers in order to make their homes at Québec and the surrounding areas. Here they may be counted by the thousands. Some others continued farther away, some as far as what is now the US.

SERVANT OF GOVERNOR LOUIS D'AILLEBOUST

Louis d'Aillebout de Coulonge was appointed administrator of New France on September 13, 1657. He remained Governor from September 13 to July 10, 1658.

Documents indicate that Antoine left for New France at about the age of fifteen, and arrived in Québec between 1651 and 1652. On January 4, 1653 the Seigneur de Lauzon granted him, along with another servant of the Governor, Francois Gaulin, and area of five arpents in frontage by forty deep in his seigneurie. He granted them both a new deed on the following 4th of June.

After working as the servant of the Governor Louis d'Aillebout, on 24 June 1659, with an associate, Jacques Asselin, Antoine purchases, from Denys Guyon, a piece of land in Ste-Famille de l'Île D'Orléans which had been rented in part to his brother François Pepin the year before.

LIFE GOES ON

After his marriage in 1659 and now well established on their property in Ste-Famille, they raise 12 children, three girls and nine boys, who will assure numerous descent bearing the names Pepin dit Lachance and Lachance. This family is rightfully considered a pioneer family of Ste-Famille.

Antoine dies at the age of 67 on January 23, 1703 at Ste-Famille, two years after the death of Marie Teste who was then 62 years old. Both of them rest in peace in the Ste-Famille cemetery.

While our ancestor Antoine and his wife raised a dozen children, this pales by comparison with their son Jean, who was the father of no less than twenty-two offspring from his two successive marriages, Renee Guyon and Madeleine Fontaine. It is Jean and Madeleine Fontaine from whom Larry Lachance (your host) is descended.

The Children - First Generation (see Surname Databse for more)
(Source: Association des Familles Pépin, Deuxieme Generation, Volume 1, Page 7. by Louis Lachance)
 

ANTOINE PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE and MARIE TESTE had 12 chidren. They are:

i. IGNACE PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE
b. September 01, 1660, Notre Dame Québec.
d. February 13, 1716, St-François, Île d'Orléans, Québec.

Married: (1st) MARIE-MADELEINE GAULIN, January 27, 1687, Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans, Québec.
Married: (2nd) MARIE LEFORT, August 03, 1689, St. Pierre et Paul, Île d'Orléans, Québec.

ii. ELISABETH ISABELLE PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE
b. February 16, 1662, Château-Richer, Québec.
d. July 06, 1738, Saint François, Île d'Orléans, Québec.

iii. JEAN PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE - Direct Line Ancestor of Larry Lachance (your host)
b. March 29, 1664, Château Richer, Québec.
d. St-Jean, Île d'Orléans, Québec.
Married (1st) MARIE-RENÉE October 25, 1688, Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans, Québec.
Married (2nd) MARIE-MADELEINE FONTAINE, October 30, 1703, (Saint-Jean-Baptiste) St-Jean, Île d'Orléans, Québec.

iv. ANTOINE PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE
b. February 07, 1666, Chateau Richer, Québec.
d. 1666, Chateau Richer, Québec.

v. JACQUES PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE
b. September 03, 1667, Ste-Famille de Île d'Orléans, Quebéc.
d. February 09, 1691, Quebéc.

vi. MARIE PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE
b. March 25, 1670, Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans, Québec.
d. July 11, 1754, St-François, Île d'Orléans, Québec.
Married: JEAN GUYON, October 25, 1688, Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans, Québec

vii. GABRIEL PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE
b. March 15, 1672, Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans, Québec..

viii. ANTOINE-CHARLES PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE
b. November 01, 1674, Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans.
d. Abt. 1681.

ix. GERVAIS PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE
b. April 29, 1676, Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans, Québec.
Married: MARIE-MADELEINE FORTIER, January 14, 1698, St-Laurent, Île d'Orléans, Québec.

x. JOSEPH PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE
b. July 07, 1679, (Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola) Cap-Saint-Ignace, Québec.
d. January 24, 1721, St-Jean, Île d'Orléans, Québec.
Married: MARGUERITE FONTAINE, October 24, 1708, St-Jean, Île d'Orléans, Québec.

(Joseph and Paul were twins)

xi. PAUL PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE
b. July 07, 1679, Cap-Saint-Ignace, Québec.
d. April 20, 1749, St-Thomas, Montmagny, Québec.
Married: AGNÈS MIGNERON, October 29, 1702, St-Joachim, Québec.

xii. MARIE-GENEVIEVE PÉPIN DIT LACHANCE
b. September 11, 1682, Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans, Québec.
d. June 09, 1754, Terrebonne, Québec.
Married: AMBROISE MIGNERON, August 08, 1703, Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans, Québec.

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