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From: Pam Tessier <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] PERREAULT - marriage entry
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2011 08:52:18 -0400
Thank you Renee, Suzanne, Jim and Norm. Your input is appreciated.
It was the daughter of Marie Harris, Marie Anne, who interested me as
much as Marie.
Jean Baptiste Perrault was a well known fur trader for the North West
Company who sent his Indian wife and 3 children to live in
Riviere-du-Loup in 1803. He eventually retired to Sault Ste. Marie,
presumably in Upper Canada, with his wife and children. He died there in
1844. How many children the couple had and who they were is not known as
he kept his personal life private.
My interest in the Perrault family resulted from research into the
origins of the Boyer family. In our local (Penetanguishene) records
there is an Antoine Godefroy Boyer who raised 5 children in this area
with his partner Esther Perrault. Nothing is known about Esther. She has
children baptised and she is buried and those are all the records we
have. Supposedly there is an 1826 marriage for them somewhere but I have
not yet seen anything to confirm that.
We have an abundance of Perraults in this area, most of them from the
Batiscan, Champlain County area but there are a few here, during the
early years, that may have arrived from Drummond Island. Now it appears
we have more Perrault settlers from Batiscan but with First Nations
ancestry. Somewhere in time they are probably all related.
And then there is one fellow who was baptised Blette dit Sorel but later
decided he preferred the surname Perrault.
All very confusing.
While trying to make some sense of all this, I ran across a burial entry
in the St. Ann's register stating that Marieanne Perrault, daughter of
Jean Baptiste Perrault and Marie Bel was buried at the age of 57 years
in 1851. Witnesses were James and Joseph Boyer.
It is possible this is the Marie Anne mentioned in the 1805 marriage
document of J.B. and Marie Harris. I have seen Marie's surname on the
Internet as also being Bel. Jim, if you've read this far you may be
aware of this and be able to confirm the name. Presumably, since there
is no mention of a spouse, she came here as an unmarried woman and she
just might be related to some of the other stray male Perraults we have
in the records.
Another Penetang mystery!