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Hi, We're Jack & Fran LaChance and we welcome you to our family history. We have been married since June 25, 1955 and have five children, 13 Grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.   Not bad for someone as young as we are. ;o))

Link to Jack's webpage at Poems-Pieces

Jack's poems & pieces have been published in many venues and are humorous and inspiring.  You can ask to see more than are on his site.

Link to Wendy Our daughter Wendy is suffering from MS, be sure to visit her inspiring site.

Pedigree Our children's French & British Ancestry. They're not only brother and sister but cousins in several ways.  All lines of my father's and Jack's mom's Canadian ancestry of French origin; some over 10 generations.  If you are interested in Canadian genealogy, have a look.

My French Canadian lines includes Deschamps, Rivet, Dupuis, Tremblay, Bonneville, Chatel, Asselin,  and lots more.
My British heritage: Whitehead, Davies, Howarth, Mackey, Humphries, Turk and the wonderfully easy one to trace: Jones.

Jack's French Canadian line include Reaume, Renaud, Perrin, Duchesne, Trudel, Pelletier & Others. There is also the LaChance line, which is Jack's half-siblings' ancestry.

Jack's British bio lines include: Croucher, Alderton, Beale, Coleman, Chapell, Flint, Grigsby, Rose, Vine, Wakefield, Wilson.
There could be a name you need. 99-44/100% French-Canadian on my father's and Jack's mother's.

This crest was created by The Association des descendants de Toussaint Hunault dit Deschamps before 1996.  DESCRIPTION: The arms are the Tawny Owl (for Hunault) on two keys representing Saint-Pierre-es-Champs the origins of Toussaint Hunault dit Deschamps.  The motto is "Crie te Joie" "Cry your Joy" . The oak leaves represent the 10 children of Toussaint & Marie.

Toussaint Hunault dit Deschamps & Marie Lorgueil descendants -
(My paternal 7th grandparents).  I am attempting to compile a complete descendancy from this couple, including female lines. At present, there are over 35,000 descendants' names online, including spouses and spouses' parents, and I have over 81,000 names in my database and everything up to 1930 is online. What you don't find after that please contact me to see if I have more information. Hunault/Henault with its many variations, Deschamps, Dishaw, Deshaw, Quevillon, Charpentier, Courval, Leclerc, Chartrand, and numerous other surnames.

Pictures of St-Pierre-es-Champs

Any additions or correction are always welcome.  I'm sure there are more than a few errors and typos amongst the many names, dates & serial numbers, and it is always fun to meet new "cousins."

The gedcoms are updated fairly frequently as new descendants are found and information is corrected.  Most data between 1600 - 1799 had been sourced through the online PRDH and the Drouin images at, Ancesty and .  Where possible the Fiche Origines has been used to confirm information about the original settlers to New France who are our ancestors.  In some cases baptism dates have been used in birth dates in order to help searchers verify the data for themselves. 

In the event Marie being the first part of the name, I have used the second part of the name first: i.e. Marie-Therese becomes Therese Marie. It makes searching easier since there are a gazillion Marie-whatever [exception is where Marie is used in the later documents]. This also holds true for Joseph. Unless Joseph is used in all documents as the 'common' name, I have switched for sorting/searching purposes. i.e: Joseph Alphonse becomes Alphonse Joseph .

I do not claim to have found or verified all the information myself but have been generously aided in this project by many descendants of many surnames.  It was particularly interesting to meet cousins with the surnames Deshaw and Dishaw: a revelation to them and me when we discovered they connected to Toussaint and Quebec.

If you want a gedcom file of your line please contact me at:     I am always willing to share.

<>NOTE:  If you do not find a link to Hunault dit Deschamps ancestry here, you might be a member of the Enaud dit Canada line. Pierre Enaud is the founder of this line. Some of these families later took the names, Henault, Lefreniere, Canada-Cadieux and Delorme as well as a few Deschamps.  The best source for this research is Stephen Charles Eno.  Check out his website.

The Story of Toussaint and Marie. (English)


"Le Grande Recrue" History of the Recruitment of 1653. Toussaint and Marie and several other ancestors were a part of this recruitment.    -  2003 marked the 350th anniversary of these events.

Notary files:

Full Transcriptions & some translations of Notary Documents


Toussaint's engag´┐Ż contact dated 18 Apr 1653 at La Fleche (& translation)

Toussaint & Marie's Marriage Contract (& Translation)

Toussaint's first land deal (1654) and sale of land to Pierre Chauvin 1666 (& Translation)

Inheritors cession to Charles Couagne 1690 (& translation)

Robert Reaume's Engag´┐Ż Document (French & English)

Marie-Therese Hunault marriage contract with Guillaume Leclerc (French & English)

Thecle Hunault & Thomas Chartrand marriage contract transcipt (French & English)

Maurice Rivet & Marriage Contract (French & English)

Links to SOME COMMON ancestors

If you'd like to add your site, please contact me.

Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home - Lucie Leblanc Consentino -Best on the web for Acadian research.

Cloutier/ClutcheyA wonderful site full of interesting stories and information (English)

Landry:A wonderful site of Landry history.

Rodrigue:Interesting site about our Portuguese ancestor

wonderful Acadian site relating to the Terriault tree -  be sure to browse the complete site

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