A Canadian Historical First
Here is information about another interesting ancestor, an 8th Great Grandmother to Vernon Parent and his brothers/sisters.
As soon as the family settled down in
Anne was born in
It was there that Robert met Anne Cloutier, his first wife. Anne was ten years old at the time. Her time of childhood with its attendant freedoms and happiness was short lived. A marriage contract was first drawn up on July 27th with the intention that the sacrament would not be consummated until a year later. The religious ceremony took place when Anne was eleven but Robert had to content himself with non -conjugal visits for two more years. Robert was thirty years old.
himself was a young man of good character. He had recently arrived from
in his book The Story of the Cloutiers noted that young eligible women were so
The years were difficult for Anne. She had her first child when she was but 15 years old herself. She had six children over all - three of whom died at birth. Of the remaining children only two names are known, Genevieve and Jeanne (from whom the modern Parent generation are descended). Genevieve was also married at the age of 13, and her descendants are numerous
Anne Cloutier Drouin died
husband of Anne found himself a widower at the age of 41, but not for long. He
married the widow Marie Chapelier on
Much of the information on Anne Cloutier was provided by Dave Clutchey who has a web page on the Cloutier at http://gator.naples.net/~clutchey/anne.htm.
The historian Laforest writing about Robert Drouin (OFCA Volume #2 Robert Drouin pgs 64-73) tells about the unique and somewhat tragic life of Anne Cloutier. While doubtless Laforest's chronicle is true and documents support his facts, nevertheless not all of the descendants of Anne were noted and indeed the book 'Families in Transition' is in error by suggesting (page 13) that one of Anne's daughters, Geneviève, had as short a life as that of her mother. Further examination will prove the inaccuracy of our earlier statement.
!BIRTH-PARENTS-CHRISTENING-SPOUSE-DEATH: L'Abbe Cyprien Tanguay, DICTIONNAIRE GENEALOGIQUE DES FAMILLES CANADIENNE, 1608-1800; Vol 1, p 210, Vol 3, p 453. Books in possession of Vernon F. Parent.
Name: Anne Cloutier
Note: 11 years of age at marriage. Gave birth to 6 children, 3 died. First gave birth at the age of 15.
Father: Zacharie Cloutier
b: ABT. 1590 in St. Jean, Mortagne, Perché, France
Mother: Sainte Dupont b: 1596 in France
Marriage 1 Robert Drouin b: 6 AUG 1607 in Pin La Garenne, Sees, Perché, France
Married: 12 JUL 1637 in Ville de Québec, Québec
Jeanne Drouin b: FEB 1646/47 in Ville de Québec,
2. Geneviève Drouin b: