November 22, 2013

Hélène Desportes

Hélène  Desportes is our first double grandmother.  Her first marriage was to Guillaume (William) Hebert son of Louis Hebert and Marie Rollett.  Guillaume was born in Paris in 1604 and emigrated in 1617 at the age of 13 with his parents and siblings.  He was the grandson of Nicholas Hebert apothocary to Catherine DeMedici.   His father Louis was an apothocary and friend to Samuel Champlain.  The circumstances of their arrival was deceitful.  Having been offered the position of physician receiving 200 pounds for 3 years he was met with a new contract that he would receive only one hundred crowns a year for three years and when the contract expired, he must serve the Company and Exclusively for nothing. He Was forbidden to engage in the fur trade and if he farmed, he must sell to the company at prices they would fix.  Having sold his apothocary business in Paris he was forced to accept.

Back to Hélène Desportes our double grandmother.  Hélène was born in about 20 July 1620 in Quebec who may or may not have been the first white child born in Quebec.  There is some dispute whether she was born in Quebec or France. Hélène was daughter of Pierre Desportes and Francois Langlais.  Her godmother was Madame Hélène Boullé, the wife of Samuel de Champlain. In his will, Champlain left her 300 livres (about $15,000 in 1997).  After the fall of Québec City in 1629, Hélène and her parents, along with Champlain were transported to London, and then back to France. Shortly after peace was restored in 1632, Hélène returned to Québec, possibly with Champlain who arrived back in Québec on May 16, 1633.

On the first of October 1634, Hélène married Joseph Guillaume Hébert, son of Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet. Joseph's family had remained in Québec during the occupation and had the first farm there. His father Louis Hébert had been involved in early expeditions to Port Royal with Champlain and others.  Helene and Guillaume had 3 children:  Joseph, Angelique and Marie Francois.   Marie Francois married Guilaume Fornier who were our 9th great grandparents down to our Great Grandfather Magloire Thibault.  Marie Desportes was our 10th great grandmother on this side of the tree.

After Joseph Hebert died in 1639, Hélène was left with three living children. She then married Noël Morin, a native of the parish of St-Étienne in Brie-Comte-Robert, a village near Paris, on January 9, 1640, in Quebec City. They had 12 children one of who was Agnes Morin who married Ignace Bonhomme dit Beaupre.  They were our 8th great grandparents down to our Great Grandmother Delia Beaulieu.  Marie Desportes was our 9th great grandmother on this side of the tree.

This makes Marie Deportes our 10th Great Grandmother on the Thibault side of the tree and our 9th great grandmother on the Beaulieu side of the tree making Delia and Magloire distant cousins.