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Subject: Re: [Q-R] De-La-Prairie-De-La-Madeleine, Quebec
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 09:49:57 EST
In a message dated 3/29/2005 9:05:48 AM Eastern Standard Time,
Today it is called La Prairie situates 17 km south of Longueuil on the
In former times the Jesuits occupies a meadow (prairie in french) called
Prairie de la Magdelaine and before it was called
The Jesuits in 1647 received that land from Jacques de La Ferté,abbot de La
Madelaine,canon of Sainte-Chapelle de Paris.
In 1692 the parish was Notre-Dame de Laprairie de la Magdelaine
In 1835 the parish was La Nativité de la Sainte-Vierge de Laprairie de la
In 1909 the parish was called La Nativité de la Sainte-Vierge
The first railroad in Canada was between La Prairie and
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in 1836
Hope it help
Excuse my english
The county of La Prairie also includes the towns of St-Constant, St-Isidore,
St-Jean-François-Regis (St-Philippe), and more recently, Brossard.
La Prairie is the ancestral home of the Payant dit Saintonge dit Montcalm,
Longtin dit Jérome, Baret dit Courville, Lériger dit Laplante, Caillé dit
Biscornet, and Déniger families, among others. A good number of listers,
including myself, have ancestry there.
Vital records are, I am sure, available at the parish offices.
Fr Owen Taggart