Thursday, 19 April 2018

A - Z Challenge 2018 - Q

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is...
My Family Tree Places.


Although Jacques Cartier came to Quebec in 1535, it wasn't until 1608 when Samuel de Champlain arrived that the land would begin to be settled in what would become New France.  

My young grandson had to do a family tree for school a few years ago, so of course he called me. I gave him the names and particulars of his great and great-great grandparents and answered all his questions.  When I was talking about his great-great grandmother, Marie Zoé Amarilda Couillard, I told him that her ancestor, his 10x great grandfather, Guuillaume Couillard, came to Canada about 1613. Raiden said "What??? That's... 400 years ago!!!??!!" He was even more impressed when I told him that there was a statue of him in Quebec City. In May of 2016 Raiden traveled to Montreal and Quebec City with his class and, having told his teacher about his ancestor, they found the statue in Parc Montmorency, down the street from City Hall. Guillaume Couillard is the ancestor of many generations of Quebecers. 

Guillaume Couillard, Parc Montmorency, May 2016

The statue is actually part of the Monument of Louis Hébert that holds three statues... that of Louis Hébert on the very top, Louis' wife Marie Rollet and three children on one side, and on the other side Guillaume, who married Louis' daughter Guillemette and took over Louis' farm when he died. Louis Hébert and his wife Marie are Raiden's 11x great grandparents. So you might say this is the "family monument"!

Standing at City Hall, looking down the Rue de Buade, you can just see the top of the monument in the distance. 

Many of my ancestors who came to Canada in the early 1800s arrived in Quebec City  and were married and/or had children baptized at the St Andrew's Presbyterian Church (this photo is taken on the Cook Street side).


The funeral of John McTeer, locomotive engineer and husband of my grandmother's aunt, Sarah King, took place at St Andrew's on the 16 August 1914.  John died because of a horrible train accident that occurred while crossing a burning bridge on his run on the way back to Quebec City from Chicoutimi.

John was buried at Mount Hermon Protestant Cemetery in Quebec City. This cemetery was inaugurated in 1848, as the cemetery at St Matthew's was full. Beside the building at the entrance to the cemetery is a 1851 wooden panel with a list of regulations that owners and visitors must follow. An example of the rules is:
"No person admitted on horseback. No horse to be left on the grounds unfastened, posts being provided."

I am still searching for some children that were baptized at St Andrew's but disappeared after one census, and I can't find their death record or where they are buried. 


  1. Any filles du roi in your family then?

    1. Not in mine, but there is in my husband's family.


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