Descendants of Louis Sedilot


3. Jacqueline Catherine Sedilot dit Montreuil

December 21: Kebec, birth (II)-Jacqueline Sedilot daughter (I)-Louis Sedilot (1600-1672) and Marie Grimoultt, b-1606: married October 23, 1651, Kebec, Jean Chenier.

6. Marguerite Sedilot dit Montreuil

April 12. Ville-Marie (Montreal), marriage (I)-Jean Aubuchon dit L'Esperance under contract of marriage September 19, 1654 Trois Riviers, married (II)-Marguerite Sedilot, Metis? daughter (I)-Louis Sedilot (1660-1672) and Marie Charter, likely a sauagesse 2,nd marriage Marie Grimoult

8. Jean Louis Baptiste Sedilot dit Montreuil

JEAN BAPTISTE MONTREUIL, born 27 January 1647, last child of six children born to Louis SEDILOT and Marie GRIMOULT was our forefather. Jean was our voyageur with early travel from New France to our Illinois Territory. When the Indians of the territory showed our voyageurs a better and warmer way to get to the Mississippi River, a number of Frenchmen went south for furs, riches and land to claim. This was the now Chicago Canal (Start of the Illinois River) avoiding the harsh climate of the overland route around the great lake. The first voyageurs experienced many hardships and failures from the years 1673 to 1691. A friendly tribe of Kaskaskia Indians endured migration with the French and ever present Jesuit priest. The SAGA started with Starve Rock, Lake Peoria (Creve Coeur and Fort St. Louis) then the River Des Peres in our now St. Louis. Going south they settled near the mouth of the now Kaskaskia River because of the great number of Frenchmen arriving at the trading post.

These pioneers in the western world were surrounded by a wilderness inhabited only by Indians and wild beasts. With no communication with civilized man, except through tedious voyages of the traders to New Orleans and occasional visits to and from the village of Cahokia and Vincennes - yet no people probably enjoyed life better than they did. They were frank, open-hearted, brotherly, contented and joyous. Bringing with them the gayeties and vivacity of Paris life. The variety of social amusement and enjoyment of life’s pleasures gave the Jesuits fits. However, the city of Kaskaskia grew to a population of 7000 plus and was the little Paris of the Prairie. An earthquake and a flood created the island of Kaskaskia. The poor treatment by the Virginia roughnecks and the Civil War forced many French families to move to Missouri. French towns thrive on the Mississippi maintaining the old French structures and street of the original settlements.

Jean Baptiste, son of Louis Sedilot, was named JEAN, however, with the crew that brought Father Allouez to Kaskaskia there were two Jeans: Jean Baptiste St. Gemme Beauvais and our Jean. For control of the crew in voice commands our Jean became Baptiste. The given name under Father Allouez made a family name, Jean Baptiste, for all our ancestors that followed.

Jean Baptiste Sedilot dit Montreuil, born 4 Dec 1689, died 11 April 1766. Jean Baptiste Montreuil, at the age of 21, married Marie RAPIN, age 19 at the Notre Dame’s Church in Montreal on 23 December 1711.

Marie Claire de La Hogue King's Daughter

The filles du roi, or King's Daughters, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Most were single French women and many were orphans. Their transportation to Canada and settlement in the colony were paid for by the King. Some were given a royal gift of a dowry of 50 livres for their marriage to one of the many unmarried male colonists in Canada. These gifts are reflected in some of the marriage contracts entered into by the filles du roi at the time of their first marriages.
The filles du roi were part of King Louis XIV's program to promote the settlement of his colony in Canada. Some 737 of these women married and the resultant population explosion gave rise to the success of the colony. Most of the millions of people of French Canadian descent today, both in Quebec and the rest of Canada and the USA (and beyond!), are descendants of one or more of these courageous women of the 17th century.

The first voyageurs probably returned to New France each winter. The families could survive during the warm weather, but the man of the house was needed to get through the winter. Our Jean was married to Marie-Claire LAHOGUE and had five children prior to his first trip to Kaskaskia. That trip with Father Allouez was down the Mississippi from Green Bay. The Illinois River route was having trying times with the hostile Indians (Iroquois Nation). Robert De La Salle and his lieutenant Tonti in their effort to establish a line of posts from Canada down the Illinois River to the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. The failure of Starve Rock, Peoria Lake’s Fort St. Louis and Creve Coeur slowed the completion of such a route. To prove the need for a man of the house during the winter, Jean Baptiste and Marie-Claire had five more children from 1677 to 1687. Marie-Claire died 26 August 1687 when her last child was only six days old. A girl name Claudine-Maratine dite Marguerite was born 20 August 1687. She was the last of ten children by Marie-Claire LaHogue.

Hi Thanks for continuing our conversation on our family tree. You seem to be right. I have once more browsed my data and now believe that Marie Claire was indeed a "de la Hogue". As a matter of fact, my own notes on the wife of Jean MONTREUIL describes his wife as "Jean Montreuil épousa à Québec le 27 novembre 1669, Marie-Charlotte de la Hogue, fille de Marie Lebrun et Gilles de la Hogue de Saint Germain de Paris. elle décéda le 26 août 1687. Sont nés de cette union neuf enfants :" Then, in the notes associated with Jean MONTREUIL himself, I have <Copied from the internet data generated by Simone MONTREUIL>: " Jean Montreuil épousa à Québec le 27 novembre 1669, Marie-Charlotte de la Hogue, fille de Marie Lebrun et Gilles de la Hogue de Saint Germain de Paris. elle décéda le 26 août 1687. Sont nés de cette union neuf enfants :" Both of these sources call Jean Montreuil's wife "Marie-Charlotte" and not Marie-Claire. Thank you for the "heads up" and be assured I will review all the information I have and make public my "best possible guess" at a consistent picture of those long past times. Hope to continue hearing from you. Robert. (Denis) (Montreuil descendent)

Marie Charlotte Francoise Poitras

The second wife, Charlotte-Francoise POITRAS gave birth to a son named JEAN BAPTISTE in 1689 son of ‘JEAN BAPTISTE’ 1647. Father and son continued the traffic from New France to Kaskaskia. The fur industry was a money maker with little effort by the French. The Indians would trap and skin, and all they had to do was barter and transport back to the market place in now Canada. Jean Baptiste, 1689, became an expert oarsman with four and six man crews. To add to his skills, he was a wheelwright. The wheel maker was in great demand. Jean Baptiste and Charlotte-Francoise had nine children with their first-born being Jean Baptiste, 1689.