Troisieme Generation – 2nd Branch – PIERRE PARENTEAU

Updated 2016, September 16th.








Third Generation - Second Branch - PIERRE PARENTEAU
Krieghoff, Cornelius, Flirting While Braiding Straw Hats, Québec 1862, Private Collection.

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   Pierre Parenteau, the eldest son of Pierre-Louis Parenteau and Marguerite Saint-Laurent, was born on July 31, 1717 in the Petit-Chenal of Yamaska and baptized, August 22. His godparents were Pierre Couturier and Angélique Saint-Laurent.

At the age of 25 Pierre attended the wedding of his brother, Augustin, in Louiseville. His turn came on April 27, 1745, when he married Madeleine Rondeau, daughter of Joseph Rondeau and Marie Passerieu, of Saint-Ours. Among the guests were Pierre Petit, the seigneur of Yamaska, and Louis Giguère, a friend of the family. The evening before the young couple had signed the marriage contract in the presence of the militia captain from Saint-Ours. Five weeks later Pierre’s father died accidently and was buried the next day. January 17, 1746 Pierre officially registered some land his late father had left him. This land was next to the paternal land in Petit-Chenal (lot # 518 in the land registry of Yamaska). Madeleine, their first child, was born January 26, 1746. The paternal land was granted to Pierre’s brother, Joseph, July 11, 1747, with the agreement of the other brothers and brothers-in-law. Three days later a detailed inventory was made of all the paternal goods which would be divided equally among the brothers and sisters. All of them, come of age, gave their shares to Joseph who had to look after their mother for the rest of her days

On December 30, 1751, Pierre Parenteau was chosen to verify the quality of the construction of a house built for the widow of Jean Petit by Joseph Deguire. A month later, in Louiseville, he attended the marriage contract ceremony of his brother, Joseph, and Marie-Jeanne Georgeteau also known as Jolicoeur. He returned the seventh of February for their marriage celebration. Winter travel to Louiseville was made easier because Lake Saint-Pierre was frozen over.

In 1753 or 1754, his wife, Madeleine Rondeau, died. One or two years later, January 13, 1755, Pierre remarried. His second wife was Marie Georgeteau also known as Jolicoeur, twenty-one, half-sister of Marie-Jeanne Georgeteau, Joseph’s wife. She had been living in Yamaska for three years. The following December their first baby was born. It was a stillbirth and the infant was buried the next day. In all, they raised six children including two surviving children from the first marriage.

On the third of May, 1763, Pierre and his wife legally received the property titles of their land in the Petit-Chenal from the new seigneur of Yamaska, Godefroy de Tonnancour. Pierre owned a small house and a small stable. He sold this farm the day after receiving the titles. They lived there until September 1763. His name does not appear on the Yamaska census nor on that of Sorel.

On March 2, 1769, his first son, also called Pierre (born June 29, 1748), renounced his part of the inheritance from his father’s first marriage. This son had just signed up in Montréal to spend a winter working in Michillimackinac on Lake Huron. Upon his return he settled in the suburb of Saint-Laurent in Montréal and married a young widow, Marie-Louise Lefebvre, April 27, 1772. His sister, Madeleine, married Jean-Baptiste Querry, originally from Martinique, August10, 1772. They made their home in the seignory of Sorel.

Pierre Parenteau, son of Pierre-Louis, was buried May 1, 1782 in Yamaska. He was   sixty-four and eight months. His wife, Marie Georgeteau-Jolicoeur, died March 27, 1799 in Yamaska at the age of sixty three. He is the ancestor of a branch of Parenteau who settled in the suburb of Saint-Laurent in Montréal, near the intersection of Saint-Laurent and de Maisonneuve Streets. These Parenteau were carpenters and masons. They made many trips to the Great Lakes and West Canada for fur trading. In 1832, Joseph Papineau (father of the leader of the Patriots of 1837-38), gave alms to a young lady from this Parenteau family to help her sick father during a cholera epidemic. This Parenteau family from Montréal had Metis descendants in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and in Alberta, of whom Pierriche Parenteau, who fought alongside Louis Riel in 1870 and 1885 and who is the grandson of Pierre Parenteau and his first wife, Madeleine Rondeau.

Pierre Parenteau is also the ancestor of a branch of the family who lived in Sorel, and travelled to the Great lakes and West Canada. His son, Chrysostome, even owned a master canoe.

Pierre Parenteau has many descendants through his son, Joseph who married Elizabeth Lavallée, January 29, 1787 in Sorel. Joseph’s descendants settled on farm lands at Saint-Aimé, Saint-Robert, Saint-David, Saint-Guillaume d’Upton, Saint-Bonaventure and Sawyerville.


By Gilles Parenteau. Translated by  Susan Berry –  Ottawa, Ontario