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Subject: Re: [Q-R] Young child as Parrain?
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2004 00:19:28 EDT


In a message dated 7/17/2004 4:34:20 PM Eastern Standard Time,
writes:
Does anyone know if there was an age limit when choosing children as
Godparents? The Godfather of my 6th great-grandmother Marie-Anne
Lebrun-Carrier (born 12 December 1697) was Jean Tanguay, son of Jean
Tanguay. Jean Tanguay the father is probably the husband of Marie-Marguerite
Brochu, sister to Anne Brochu who is the mother of Marie-Anne Lebrun. Jean
Tanguay and Marguerite Brochu had a son named Jean-Baptiste born in May of
1694. But he would have been only about 3-1/2 years old at the time of
Marie-Anne's baptism. That seems a little young to be a Godfather.

I'm including the certificate from PRDH.

Thank you,
Sue

Certificate 1023

La Durantaye 1697-12-13
Birth :1697-12-12
Rank Name Age M.S. Pr. Sex
01 MARIE LEBRUN
--- c p f
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02 NOEL LEBRUN
FATHER OF 01 SPOUSE OF 03
--- m p m
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03 ANNE BROCHET
MOTHER OF 01 SPOUSE OF 02
--- m p f
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04 JEAN TANGUET
SON OF 05
Residence : LA DURANTAYE
--- c p m
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05 JEAN TANGUET
FATHER OF 04
Residence : LA DURANTAYE
--- --- --- m
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06 FRANCOISE BAUDOUIN
DAUGHTER OF 07
Residence : LA DURANTAYE
--- c p f
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07 JACQUES BAUDOUIN
FATHER OF 06
Residence : LA DURANTAYE
--- --- --- m
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08 PIERRE LEPOIVRE
Occupation : RECOLLET, MISSIONNAIRE
Residence : LA DURANTAYE
--- c p m
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There is, indeed, a requirement of church law that a baptismal sponsor should
be of an age to understand and accept the responsibilities attendant upon
sponsorship, that is, to assist the parents of the child in fulfilling their role
in educating the child in the knowledge and practice of the faith. That
being the case, it is probable that the godparents of Marie Lebrun are Jean
Tanguay dit LaNavette, who was 33 years of age, and Françoise Beaudoin, who was 21
years of age. Why 3½ year old Jean Tanguay fils is included in the record is
unusual on two counts: He is certainly not of age to be the sponsor, and it is
unusual for the record to include the names of minor children of any age.

Fr Owen Taggart


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