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A bit of history on Nicolas and Magdeleine

Click to zoom the imageNicolas Audet was baptized 12 July 1637 in the parish church of St-Pierre in Maulais, France. Today, this parish is part of the commune of Taizé, in the district of Thouars in the department of Deux-Sèvres. The son of Innocent Audet and Vincende Roy, he arrived in Canada around 1663 at the age of 26. Monsignor Laval performed his confirmation 23 March 1664. In the 1666 census, he is found working on Monsignor Laval's farm in St-Joachim, Cap Tourmente. He is already using the surname Lapointe.
On 22 June 1667, Monsignor Laval, as Lord of Beaupré and île d'Orléans, grants him a concession of land, consisting of three acres (arpents) of frontage along the Saint Lawrence River on the south side of the Island. Notwithstanding his obligation to get established on his land during the year, we find that on 13 October 1668, he is working as a porter at Monsignor Laval's Episcopal residence in Québec.
Magdeleine Després was born around 1655. Her parents, François and Magdeleine Le Grand, are from the parish of Saint-Sauveur de Paris. She is part of the so-called, Daughters of the King, recruited in France by Anne Gasnier in 1668-1669, as per Intendant Talon's wishes. It is therefore, during the afternoon of 30 August 1670, in the presence of Anne Gasnier and Élisabeth Estienne, who sign as witnesses, that Magdeleine who is 14 years old, accepts and promises to marry Nicolas by signing a marriage contract before notary, Romain Becquet. It is father Thomas Morel that celebrated their marriage 15 September 1670 in the parish church of Ste-Famille, île d'Orléans.
From the 1681 census, they owned about 15 acres of land ready for cultivation, six horned animals and a gun. An inventory performed 27 September 1706 by notary, Étienne Jacob, describes their total worth as being that of; seventy five acres of land, a house of 24 feet long by 18 feet wide finished in rough beams, including two full length rooms, two chimneys, a cellar and loft, and a barn and stable finished in planks.
Nicolas was buried 10 December 1700 in the cemetery of St-Jean, île d'Orléans. Magdeleine survives him by 12 years. Their farm carries the lot numbers 192 and 193 in the cadastral map of the parish of St-Jean, île d’Orléans.

« Their Children »

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Here are the children of our ancestors as published by Guy Saint-Hilaire in his 1986 publication called "Les Lapointe des Bergeronnes". Nicolas' farm was part of the parish of St-Famille, île d'Orléans until 1680, date at which the parish of St-Jean was created.
  • Nicolas, born in 1671, died very young.
  • Nicolas, born in 1672, married Marie-Louise Chabot, already a widow at 16 years old, in 1697, in St-Laurent, île d'Orléans. They have nine children. They are the ancestors of well known persons such as, Renaude Lapointe and Ernest Lapointe. Nicolas died in 1751 in St-François-du-Sud (Montmagny). Marie-Louise died in 1756.
  • Pierre, born in 1674, married Marie Dumas in 1698 in St-Jean, île d'Orléans.
  • Jean-Baptiste, born in 1675, married Marie-Louise Godbout in 1708 in St-Laurent, île d'Orléans. In 1698, his father donates him land located in St-Laurent, île d'Orléans. The family estate is then perpetuated from father to son. In 1979, while celebrating four parish tricentennials and family reunions on the island, some of their descendants got together to install a commemorative plaque in the local church.
  • Madeleine, born in 1677, married Jean Pouliot in 1697 in St-Laurent, île d'Orléans.
  • Joseph, here is the son who was baptized 27 October 1680 and who's name has now disappeared from the registers. Certain genealogists have deducted that he was a third Nicolas, others say he was Joachim. By them, the second Nicolas died very young and Joseph would have been born in 1679, or in 1681. The Joseph born in 1680 was the one retained by Guy Saint-Hilaire, who himself is a descendant on his mother's side. Joseph inherited the family estate and married Jeanne Pouliot in 1703 in St-Laurent, île d'Orléans. They are the ancestors of a long line of Lapointes located mainly in the Saguenay and Lac St-Jean area.
  • Marie, brn in 1682, married Maurice Crépeau in 1702 in St-Jean, île d'Orléans.
  • François, born in 1684, married Marguerite Bernard in 1709 in St-Laurent, île d'Orléans. A large part of their lineage is located in the Eastern Townships. The name is shared between Audet and Lapointe.
  • Marguerite, born in 1686, married Louis Émery (Coderre) in 1722 in Boucherville, where she rejoined her brother Joachim. She lived the rest of her life in L'Assomption.
  • Innocent, born in 1689, married Geneviève Lemelin in 1710 in St-Laurent, île d'Orléans.
  • Joachin, born about 1691, married Louise-Hyacinthe Roberge in 1716 in St-Laurent, île d'Orléans. They left to go live in Boucherville.

Monument to the memory of Nicolas - St-Jean, Île d'Orléans

Click to zoom the imageIts with a lot of pride and emotion that the permanent commemorative plaque of our ancestor Nicolas  was inaugurated on October 3rd, 2008.

  • Jean-Denis Lapointe : Project Manager           
  • Robert Audet : Project Collaborator
  • Gaston Audet-Lapointe and Guy Saint-Hilaire : Text
  • Jean-Denis and Lyette Lapointe : Plaque puchase and engraving
  • Jean-Denis Lapointe : Site planning and Installation
  • Daniel Blais : Collaboration for Property Transfer

Nicolas and Magdeleine have returned to a part of the land where they lived with their family until their death.  According to many residents on Île-d'Orléans, this the most beautiful commemorative monument on the island.  We have all reasons to be proud of this!


An excerpt from the ADNAL 2007-2008 annual report 

Commemorative plaque to pay hommage to our ancestors - Parc des Ancêtre Ste-Famille, île d'Orléans

Click to zoom the imageOn the sunny sunday of September 23rd 2007 the first commemorative plaque  to pay hommage to our ancestors Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe and his wife Magdeleine Després was unveiled. 

The "Parc des Ancêtres" is located near the Ste-Famille Parish Church and is under the responsibility of the "Fondation François-Lamy". The park pays hommage to ancestors of of families which originaly established themselves on the île d'Orléans island. 

Mr. Alex Blouin, president of the Fondation François-Lamy gave ADNAL a warm welcome and we have proceeded to the unveiling of the palque. 

Were present :  Gaston Audet-Lapointe, ADNAL founding president, Gilles LeBel, ADNAL honorary member who has actively participated at the Association foundation, , Louise Lapointe, ADNAL President, Robert Audet, one member of monument commitee and his wife Ann Costigan-Audet who is the official ADNAL translator.

During your next visit to île d'Orléans island, we invite you to pay a visit to the Parc des Ancêtres park.  You will be proud of the hommage given to our ancestors Nicolas and Magdeleine 

Louise Lapointe, President

ADNAL Founders


Gaston Audet-Lapointe
Raymond Audette
Alicia Dufour
André Lapointe
Paul J. Audette
Gilles LeBel
André Audette
Feu Darcy Audet
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ADNAL Letters Patent

Canadian Heraldic Authority

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ADNAL Coat of Arms

AUDET ET VINCIT

"Il risque et réussit"
"He dares and he succeeds"
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