Lachance / McCuaig Family of Ottawa, Canada - History and Genealogy of Descendants of Julien Pepin-Lachance - compiled by Bob Ranger - - - this website is maintained at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA. Updated: February 1, 2019.
Our Lachance heritage holds the distinction of having our family's earliest recorded ancestors supported by documentation.
Origin of word: chancel - ME - chauncel < OFr - chancel < LL cancellus < cancelli; cancel ME - cancellen < AngloFr - canceler < L cancellare (LL - strike out - cancel) - crossed bars, chancellor - ME & OFr - chanceler < LL cancellarius - keeper of the barrier.
Lachance ancestry is as follows:
André Pépin (b about 1605) was a merchant. He and his wife, Jeanne Chevalier, lived in Bourville, Le Havre in the diocese of Rouen, Normandy, France.
Antoine Pépin dit Lachance, b1636, progenitor - arrived in Québec in 1655, married Marie Teste (daughter of Jean Testu and Jeanne Talonneau) in 1659 and lived in Isle d'Orleans. He died in 1703. He got himself involved in one of the first lawsuits in Canada.
. . . on 9 February 1664, a judgment from the Sovereign Council of New France mentions a lawsuit by Louis Couillard de L'Espinay against Jacques Billaudeau and his neighbor Antoine Pepin dit Lachance. The plaintiff asked that the defendants be ordered to return to him a moose which they had "taken" and that Claude Guyon, his partner, had actually killed. According to Couillard, Billaudeau and Pepin had taken and removed the carcass. Jacques admitted that he had indeed "taken" a moose in the woods; he drove it down to the bank where Guyon got a shot at it. As for himself, he was content with the head, but he did not understand what the plaintiff meant when he stated that he only made his accusation the next day. In the end, the Council decided to send the parties out of court and to settle the suit without costs. -- From The Story Of Jacques Billaudeau by Fred Warren, 1997.Their son:
Madeline Pare is descended from Abraham Martin dit L'Ecossais. The Plains of Abraham, where the battle which led to France surrendering Canada to Britain was fought, was named for our ancestor, Abraham Martin-L'Ecossais (the Scotsman), the first man of European origin to own that property.Their son:
Agnes Bolduc is descended from Zacharie Cloutier, from whom, it is said, over one-third of the population of Québec is descended. Other Cloutier descendants include singers Celine Dion and Madonna, as well as British duchess, Camilla Parker-Bowles. For more information, see our Celebrity Cousins page.Their son:
Larry Coderre - Lachance family historian
Larry Coderre has supplied much of the material and insight for these pages. His expertise in Québec history, his first-hand knowledge of the church/parish system, and his understanding of French naming practices place him among the top authorities on French Canadian genealogy. Research techniques include careful cross-checking of every detail to ensure material is as historically accurate as it can be. We owe many thanks to Larry and to Lucille Ranger Coderre, his wife.
For more information about Larry Coderre and his help with this project, see: http://rcranger.mysite.syr.edu/famhist/preface.htm
If you would like more information about Lachance, here is a link well worth visiting. --
Larry Lachance has put together an extensive website with a complete "internet viewable" family tree. Click on the logo at left to visit Larry's site.
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