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Zacharie Cloutier

Male Abt 1590 - 1677  (~ 87 years)


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  • Name Zacharie Cloutier  [1
    Born Abt 1590  Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Sep 1677  Château-Richer, Montmorency, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried 18 Sep 1677  Château-Richer, Montmorency, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I5152  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of WPF
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2021 

    Father Denis Cloutier,   d. Bef 11 Dec 1634 
    Mother Renée Brière,   d. Bef 1 May 1608 
    Married Bef 1590  Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F3299  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Xainte Dupont,   b. Abt 1596, Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1680  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married 18 Jul 1616  Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
    +1. Pierre Zacharie Cloutier de Laclousterie,   b. Bef 16 Aug 1617,   d. 3 Feb 1708  (Age > 90 years)
    +2. Jean Cloutier,   b. Bef 13 May 1620,   d. 16 Oct 1690  (Age > 70 years)
    +3. Anne Cloutier,   b. Bef 19 Jan 1626,   d. 4 Feb 1648  (Age > 22 years)
    +4. Charles Cloutier,   b. Bef 3 May 1629,   d. 5 Jun 1709  (Age > 80 years)
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F3316  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was a master carpenter and a builder, but what he is best known for is the oceanic immensity of his descent, in Quebec and around the world. According to Wikipedia, "By 1800, Cloutier had 10,850 French-Canadian descendants, the most of any Quebec colonist, according to marriage records studied by the Historical Demography Research Program of the Université de Montréal." Denis Beauregard's Genealogy of the French in North America estimates the modern Quebec descendants of Zacharie and Xainte Cloutier to number between 5,670,000 and 6,090,000. The entire population of Quebec in 2019 is just under 8,500,000.

      Cloutier descendants are said to include Madonna, Celine Dion, the Dionne quintuplets, Robert Goulet, Angelina Jolie, Jack Kerouac, Avril Levigne, Alanis Morisette, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, and Prime Ministers Louis St-Laurent and Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Specific descents for some of these people are given here (in French, but the trees are easy to follow). Other descents, such as the Trudeau family's, can be teased out of this site by using its relationship search function.

      According to Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, descendants of Zacharie Cloutier carry a higher-than-average risk of developing Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5177] Joy Reisinger, "Who Were the Parents of Joseph Cloutier (1695-1776) of St-Pierre-du-Sud, Quebec?" The American Genealogist 69, January 1994.

    2. [S38] Genealogy of the French in North America, by Denis Beauregard. Complete version, 2020.

    3. [S2180] Dictionary of Canadian Biography.