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From: Mona Rainville <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Where is this place
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 11:01:07 -0400
Hello Libby, Sue, and all,
Here are a few more details.
In the marriage contract of her son François PAQUET to Marie Geneviève
GIROUX, on 28 September 1741, Katherine STEPHENS is referred to as
deffunte Marie ESTIVE. (SOURCE: Greffe du notaire PINQUET)
In the marriage contract of her other son Pierre PAQUET to Marie Agnès
CHALIFOUR, on 14 July 1748, she is referred to as deffunte Marie
STIESVE. (SOURCE: Greffe du notaire PINQUET)
However, while she was still alive, she was referred to as STIVENS or
STIVENT. In French the sound "e" is written as "i".
In the donation she make with her husband Jacques PAQUET, then both
"habitants" of La Canardière, on 4 April 1741, to their dauther Marie
Louise PAQUET and her husband Jean-Baptiste JOANIS, she is referred to
as Marie Françoise STIVENS. This contract shows that "habitants" does
not necessarily mean inhabitant, as, in this case, the contract was
drafted by notary RAGEOT in their house, which he carefully notes as
being situated "rue de la Montagne", "audit Québec". (SOURCE: Registre
des insinuations de la Prévôté de Québec)
Earlier, on 18 April 1704, Jacques PAQUET and his wife, written in the
contract as Marie Françoise STIVENT, had purchased a piece of land near
Charlesbourg. (SOURCE: Greffe du notaire LACITIERE).
I think that NESTYUS is a bad reading of "née STIVENS" and has nothing
to do with a supposed native adoptive father.
After her death, her name began to be transformed, as she was no longer
there to correct it's pronunciation.
Moreover, in 1695, Katherine Stephens (her real name) and a little boy
named John Stephens arrived here along with the 64 captives taken at
Oyster River, Dover, Pemaquid, York, Cochieca, Kittery, and Cascow, the
year before. They were not among the 22 captives redeemed by Mathew
CARY sent to Quebec in October 1695 to pay the ransoms for the release
of the captives. Both Katherine and John STEPHENS are shown as being
from Pemaquid. (SOURCE: New England Historical and Genealogical
Registers, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Samuel G.
Drake, Publisher, ©1847 Vol - 1 - 50 - (publication Jan 1852, page 87)
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One of the rivers flowing through Pemaquid is called
Abagadasset.....which maybe the Absquodois Libby was looking for, after
> Some further comments on "ABSGADOIS, NOUVELLE ANGLETERRE" and Katherine
> Stevens / Marie Francoise Nestyus. The Rev. Morisseau believed Katherine had been
> taken prisoner by Abenaki Indians in 1689, as mentioned in my earlier post.
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