Marie-Olivier Sylvestre

Female 1615 - 1665  (50 years)

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  • Name Marie-Olivier Sylvestre 
    Born 10 Sep 1615  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 10 Sep 1665  Québec, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 12 Sep 1665  Québec, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I42551  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2009 

    Father Roch Manitouabéouich,   b. Abt 1590, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F19564  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martin Prévost,   b. Janv. 1611, Montreuil-sous-Bois, près de Vincennes, Ile-de-France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1691 (80 ans), Beauport, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married 3 Nov 1644  Québec, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Jean-Baptiste Prévost,   b. 16 Mai 1662, Québec, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 mai 1737, St-Augustin de Portneuf. Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F19562  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Marriage: November 3rd, 1644 in Québec City.

      This is the first recorded marriage between a White man and an Indian maiden.

      Martin is the son of Pierre Prévost and Charlotte Vié. He was from Montreuil- sous-Bois, arrondissement of Bobigny, Bishopry of Paris (Seine-St-Denis), a northeastern suburb of Paris, France.

      He was baptized on January 4th, 1611 in the magnificient church St.Peter and St.Paul of Montreuil-sous-Bois and he died in Beauport, Québec on January 27th, 1691 at the respectful age of 90 years old.

      Marie Manitouabewich was an Indian of the Algonquin tribe (according to Father Hierosme Lalemant in a document dated May 10, 1661). Daughter of Roch Manitouabewich and Outchibabanoukoueou, she was the god-daughter of Olivier LeTardif who did took her under his protection to have her be instructed in the French manner by the Ursuline Nuns. Unfortunately we have not been able to find her baptism act.

      She died on September 10th, 1665 in Québec City and was buried in the Côte de la Montagne cemetery, in downtown Québec

      The Marriage Act of Martin Prévost and Marie Olivier Manitouabewich was written this way. Here is the translation of this Act :

      Year 1644. The 3rd day of the month of November, the bans having been published on the 3 following days - the first of which was the 23rd day of October, the second being the 28th day, and the third on the 30th day of the same month of October, and having uncovered no legitimate encombrances, The Rev. R.P. Barthelemy Vimont, Superior of the Mission of the Company of Jesus (Jesuit) in this country of La Nouvelle France and holding the office of Pastor of this Church of the Conception of Virgin Mary at Quebec, and having interrogate Martin Prevost, son of Pierre Prevost and of Charlotte Vien, his deceased wife, of the Parish of Montreuil, Sur-le-Bois-de- Vincennes, France, and Marie Olivier, daughter of Roch Manithabehich (Indian) and having their mutual verbal consent presently given, did solemnly marry and gave them the Nuptial Benediction in this Church of the Conception at Quebec in the presence of known witnesses, Olivier LeTardif and Guillaume Couillard of this parish.
      (No signature)

      Eight children were born to this couple :

      1.- Marie-Madeleine : born on December 21st, she was baptized in Québec on December 28th, 1647. She died and was buried also in Québec on February 5th, 1648 at the age of 46 days.

      2.- Ursule : born on December 13th, 1649, she was baptized in Quebec the day after. She died on New Year's day, 1661 and buried January 2nd at 11 years old.

      3.- Louis : born about 1651. He married Françoise Gagnon, daughter of Mathurin and Françoise Godeau, on February 21st, 1672 in Château-Richer.
      Then Marguerite Carreau dit Lafraîcheur, daughter of Louis and Jeanne LeRouge on February 17th, 1681 in Chaâteau-Richer.

      9 children were born out of these two marriages: 5 from the first and 4 of the second one.

      Louis drowned on May 12th 1686 near Beauport where the St.Lawrence River becomes a wide basin between Beauport and Quebec. His body was found a few days later and was buried on May 27th in Quebec. He was only 35.

      4.- Marie-Madeleine : born in Québec on January 7th, 1655, she was baptized on January 13th and died in March or April of 1662 at the age of 7.

      5.- Antoine : born in Québec on October 15 and baptized on October 23rd, 1657. He was buried at the same place on March 16th, 1662. He was 4 years old.

      6.- Jean : born in Québec on January 31st, 1660 he was baptized on February 14th. He married Françoise Cadieux, daughter of Charles and Madeleine Michelle Macard in Québec on May 4th, 1690.
      He died in Québec in 1694 at the age of 33.
      This couple had one daughter, Marie-Madeleine. She married Mathieu MORIN, in Beauport, on February 8, 1717.

      7.- Jean-Baptiste : born in Québec on May 16th, 1662, he was baptized on June 24th.

      He married Marie-Anne Giroux, daughter of Toussaint and Marie Godard on August 18th, 1683: They had 14 children.

      Widowed, Jean-Baptiste married Geneviève Sédillot, daughter of Jean and Marie-Claire DelaHogue, on February 3rd, 1712 in Ste-Foy: 11 children were born out of this second marriage.

      He died in St.Augustin on May 12th, 1737 at 75.

      8.- Thérèse: born and baptized in Québec on June 3rd, 1665.
      She married Michel Giroux, son of Toussaint and Marie Godard, on August 18th, 1683 in Beauport. They had 12 children.

      Once widowed, Martin Prévost married Marie d'Abancourt, widow of Geoffroy Guillot and of Jean Jolliet, on November 8th, 1665 in Québec. She was the mother of the famous discoverer of the Mississippi River, Louis Jolliet.
      Martin Prévost had a very interresting life and we strongly suggest to read the biography that Robert Prévost wrote about him: it is in French and is titled Témoin de nos commencements. Robert makes us aware of the way our first ancestors lived through one of our ancestors who was already here in New France, in 1639. See boutique

      We estimate the arrival of Martin in Québec in 1639 at the same time as Marie de l'Incarnation, founder of the Ursuline Nuns in Canada.

      Martin Prévost worked for the Company of the One Hundred Associates (Compagnie des cent associés) as storekeeper clerk which at that time was the equivalent of a warehouse manager today. So, we can figure out that maybe he was the one who was in charge of preparing all the merchandises needed for the Maisonneuve expedition in the founding of the City of Montréal, in 1642.

      In 1994, to commemorate the 350th wedding anniversary of Martin and Marie Manitouabe8ich, the Association des Prévost-Provost d'Amérique erected a monument in the parc Martin-Prévost located in the Beauport borough of Québec City. This park is situated at the corner of Tunis Street and Du Parc Street, on the exact site of the land owned by Martin from 1645 until his death in 1691 (See Le Prévostal, Vol. 3 No. 4)

  • Sources 
    1. [S1536] Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles du Quebec, Page 944.