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François Bélanger

Male Abt 1612 - 1687  (~ 73 years)

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  • Name François Bélanger 
    Birth Abt 1612  [1
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Abt 1621  [1
    Death Between 25 Oct 1685 and 26 Apr 1687  [1
    Person ID I6797  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of WPF
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2019 

    Family Marie Guyon,   b. Bef 18 Mar 1624   d. 29 Aug 1696 (Age > 72 years) 
    Marriage 12 Jul 1637  Québec City, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    +1. Charles Bélanger,   b. Bef 19 Aug 1640   d. 14 Dec 1692 (Age > 52 years)
    +2. Jean François Bélanger,   b. Bef 15 Feb 1648   d. 5 Feb 1682 (Age > 33 years)
    Family ID F4415  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2021 

  • Notes 
    • Mason. Seigneur en partie de la côte de Beaupré (1662-1664), seigneur de Bonsecours (1677-1683). Captain of militia (capitaine de milice).

      According to a Jesuit record, he was brought over by Robert Giffard in 1636.

      According to various French-Canadian sources including Tanguay, he was from Touques in Normandy. But nothing has been found to prove that the Francois Belanger baptised in St. Pierre de Seez in Orne on 7 Oct 1612 is the same individual as the settler.

      From Our French-Canadian Ancestors by Thomas J. LaForest (volume 6, chapter 2):

      Archange Godbout has compiled notes on several hundred Canadian pioneers, principally those who landed on our shores during the XVII century. Here is what he had to say about François Bélanger, the earliest colonist bearing this name and having offspring in Canada: "He was active and resourceful and the notaries of the time in their contracts, sometimes show us the businessman; informed, upright and honest, sometimes as a man much sought after as an expert appraiser...In order to be fair, it is necessary to add that François Bélanger was authoritative, violent, and tenacious in his demands. He wanted above all, that his ideas be those of others...which made him a few enemies...because he was not infallible, even when he appealed to the Bishop and to the Governor of New-France."

  • Sources 
    1. [S38] Genealogy of the French in North America, by Denis Beauregard. Complete version, 2024.