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The Larocque / Ranger Family of Brockville, Ontario and the St. Lawrence Valley - compiled by Bob Ranger - - - this website is maintained at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA. Updated: February 1, 2019.


Monument at Contrecoeur

At left is an inscription from the monument dedicated to the memory of the pioneers of Contrecoeur, Québec. The third name on the plaque is that of Philibert Couillaut dit Rocquebrune. A little further down is the name of Antoine Emery dit Coderre, ancestor of family historian Larry Coderre. Both Philibert and Antoine served in the Regiment Carignan in the same company, and later became neighbors in Contrecoeur. The plaque, if you find the last part hard to read says, "Ces quatorze foyers comptaient 69 personnes au Recensement de 1681 -- Commission du Troisième Centenaire."

For those interested, a more extensive and detailed version of this page appears at The following is an account of our Larocque ancestry starting with:
Jean Baptiste Roquebrune (John Larocque) b Jan 9, 1843, Rigaud, and his wife, Margaret Picotte (c1847), Siblings: Marie b Jan.13,1833 at Rigaud, Mathilde, b Oct 11, 1835, Rigaud, Josephine Catherine, b April 12,1855, St.Andrews East, Henrelie, b Aug 13, 1857, St. Eugene, Ontario, others. Half-siblings: André, Joseph Oscar, Henri, Marie.
Their son:
George Larocque (about 1868-1948), Brockville, Ont., Canada, axemaker; m Matilda "Delia" Dufresne (about 1890); Siblings: Thomas Henri b1865, John Albert Larocque b1866, Francis Alexander Larocque b1870, Lovinia La Roque b1871, Joseph Larocque b1878, Peter Larocque b1881, Josephine Larocque 1883.
Their daughter:
Florence Rita Larocque (1894-1983) in both pictures at left, Brockville, Ont., Canada, Syracuse, NY, m Charles Antoine Ranger, Sr. (about 1915); Siblings: Charles Henry Larocque (1893-c1973), Archibald "Archie" Larocque (1897-c1948), Mary Margaret "Marguerite" Larocque (1904-c1990), Ann Myrtle Larocque (1906-unknown), Vincent "Shinny" Larocque (1909-c1978).
Their son:
Charles Antoine Ranger, Jr. (1917-1982) Syracuse, NY, RCAF, signs, sales, music; m Olive Eleanor Brennan in 1942, Sibling: James Edmund Ranger (1923-2006).
Their son:
Robert Charles Ranger (1945-) Ottawa, Canada, Syracuse, NY, musician, computer specialist; m Betty Ann Lewis, 1964. Siblings: Carol Ann Ranger (Carole Spencer) (1947-), Charles Michael "Mike" Ranger (1952-), Patrick Edmund Ranger (1954-).
Our daughter:
Jeanette Michelle Ranger (Born in the Syracuse "Blizzard of 1966") m Eric Andrew Zoeckler of Cazenovia, NY in 1984. Siblings: none.
Their daughters and sons include:
Michele Renée Zoeckler (1987) m Nathan Odhner at Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania in July 2010, Reuben Lee Zoeckler (1989), Vernon Taylor Zoeckler (1991), Charlene Grace Zoeckler (1993), Ethan Lemuel Zoeckler (1996), Simeon James Zoeckler (1998), and Olivia Rose Zoeckler (2002).

Many thanks to Larry Coderre, Suzanne O'Neill, Louis Larocque*, Robert Black**, and Duncan MacDonald*** for their help in finding and identifying our Larocque forebears.

Links of interest:

*If you are interested in further information about the history of this colorful family, visit the Larocque family home page by Louis Larocque at It consists of many interesting and informative pages and is an excellent family history study. The coat of arms on the right was blatantly snarffed from Louis' site.

**Robert Black is trying to accumulate all material he can on the subject of the Métis. The Métis of western Canada are trying to further their land claims & formal recognition of their status in the history of Canada. More information may be found at Scroll down to "The Larocque Métis File."

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