On Monday, October 2, 2017, our plan was to drive up the northern shore of the Saint Lawrence River to the town of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, where the Saguenay River enters from the north into the Saint Lawrence. Along the way, we would stop at several points that were reportedly linked to my ancestors. Then, from Baie-Sainte-Catherine we would take a ferry across the Saguenay, and get a hotel in the town of Tadoussac, from where the next morning we would take a boat ride to go whale watching.
Our first stop on the way north was at Montmorency Falls, a cliff where the Montmorency River falls 272 feet to the level of the Saint Lawrence.
Genealogy Center of Chateau-Richer
Yet another set of my 8th great grandparents were Robert Pare (1626-1684) and Francois Le Houx (1623-1685). On January 30, 1655, Robert was granted four acres of frontage in the town of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre.
The inscription on this plaque reads: “Married in 1653, they settled on this land, which was inhabited by his descendants until 1929. In tribute to these brave pioneers, this plaque was unveiled on 20 September 1953, during the tricentennial of the family Pare and Le Houx.”
My lineage to Robert Pare and Francois Le Houx is as follows:
- Robert Pare (1626-1684) & Francois Le Houx (1623-1685)
- Joseph Guimont (1654-1731) & Anne Marie Pare (1665-1733)
- Noel Guignard (TBD) & Marguerite Guimont (TBD)
- Gilles Hebert II (1725-1802) & Marie Marthe Guignard (1730-1774)
- Joseph Hebert (1771-1860) & Marguerite Gamache (1785-1861)
- Jean Baptiste Hebert (1815-1908) & Sophia Carmelle Richard (1818-1881)
- Julien Leblanc (1836-1904) & Marie Josephine Hebert (1845-1909)
- Salyme “Sam” Bonneau Sr. (1863-1946) & Elizabeth Cordelia “Lizzie” Leblanc/White (1870-1939)
- Charles Adolph “Carlos” Fink (1898-1973) & Mary Nellie “Nellie” Bonneau (1904-1986)
- Charles Augustin John Fink (1929-2008) & Ann Theresa Heslen (1928-1981)
- Richard Gerard Fink (1959-TBD)
The Pare family running this museum showed us the following book. English translation is shown below.
From the Front Cover: “The Pare Arrives, by Luc Joannette and Cathye Lachance” (Both names appear in my lineage.).
From the Back Cover: “We focused our research on the biography of our first ancestor in America. You will discover a unique history interspersed with historical facts in which we have gathered the maximum of information about your ancestor. This story will help you better comprehend the context of the time, and the road he traveled from his homeland to New France. Our books are full of images and easy to understand texts, no matter your last name.”
Shrine of Sainte Anne De Beaupre
When we reached the town of Sainte-Anne-De-Beaupre, we found an amazing shrine to the town’s namesake.
Nearby the shrine, there still stood the third Catholic church at Sainte-Anne, which was built in 1676.
The plaque below, which is mounted to the outside wall of the third church, lists the land owners in the parish of Sainte-Anne on March 13, 1658. This plaque shows who owned each lot, listed from north to south. Lots 93 and above are north of the church, and lots 92 and below are south of the church.
Of those listed on this plaque, the following are my ancestors:
Ancestors in Sainte-Anne, March 3, 1658
|Pierre Gagne||9th GGF||1655||97||5|
|Louis Guimont||8th GGF||1657||99||5|
|Robert Caron||9th GGF||1654||98||5|
|Louis Gagne||9th GGF||1650||96||5|
|Robert Pare||8th GGF||1655||85||4|
Ferry Ride to Tadoussac
From Sainte-Anne-De-Beaupre, we headed north up the Saint Lawrence River, to where the Saguenay River flows in from the north. There is no bridge to continue up the Saint Lawrence, but there is a ferry, which we took to cross over the Saguenay to the town of Tadoussac on the other side. Here are some photos from that trip.
Accommodations in Tadoussac
In Tadoussac, we stayed at a little motel called Le Beluga, and we had a very nice dinner at a restaurant called A L’Emportee Coop.
The meal was lovely, and it got us ready for whale watching the next morning.