The Birth and Baptism of Marguerite Fortin – 1677

On 28 May 1677, Marguerite Fortin, daughter of Julien Fortin-Bellefontaine and Geneviève Gamache, was born. On 05 Jun 1677, she was baptized in the chapel at Cap Tourmente, Canada, New France.

The Birth and Baptismal Record of Marguerite Fortin - 1677

The Birth and Baptismal Record of Marguerite Fortin – 1677

SOURCE: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montréal, Québec, Canada : Institut Généalogique Drouin. Ste. Anne de Beaupré, Canada, New France, 1677. Birth and Baptismal Record of Marguerite Fortin, page 35.

Click on the image above to enlarge it. Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth and Baptismal Record of Marguerite Fortin. The record reads:

Baptism of Marguerite Fortin

In the year of O[ur] Lord, [one thousand six hundred]
seventy seven on the fifth of June, I baptized in the chapel
of Cap Tourmente, Marguerite Fortin, born on the twenty-
eighth of last May, daughter of Julian Fortin
and Geneviève Gamache, his wife. The Godfather
was M. Pierre Gagnon, father, and the Godmother
was Marguerite Martin, wife of Étienne Racin.
Signed F[rançois]Fillon, missionary priest.
                                     [signed] Morin, priest

This record can be found as image 25/877 in the Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 on in the records for Ste. Anne du Beaupré 1668-1808. The record appears on page 35.

This image is apparently from a transcript of the original record book since it states that the record was signed by François Fillon, but was actually signed by Morin.

The first part of the year (one thousand six hundred) is apparently abbreviated in a manner I don’t understand (it appears to be something like “gbj C”).

The Godfather is M. Pierre Gagnon père. I am uncertain what the “M” stands for or why the word père appears after his name. Pierre Gagnon is not the father of Marguerite Fortin, nor is he one of her grandfathers.

UPDATE: Gilles Cayouette of The Nomadic Researcher wrote to tell me that he thinks there may have been two Pierre Gagnon’s in this locality: a father and son with the same name. To differentiate between the two, clerks may have simply referred to the father as “Pierre Gagnon père” and the son as “Pierre Gagnon fils”. Thanks again for your help, Gilles!

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One Response to The Birth and Baptism of Marguerite Fortin – 1677

  1. David J. Vanness says:

    Steve —

    Came across your website. I am a descendant of Nicolas. My maternal grandmother was Aurora Gamache, daughter of Alphonse Gamache and Apoline Boulet of L’Anse, MI. My cousin Larry King has an extensive genealogy site linking back to Nicolas:

    My line goes:


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