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FRANCOIS DE CHAVIGNY, SEIGNEUR DE BERCHEREAU AND ELENORE DE GRANDMAISON

Francois de Chavigny was born in 1617 in Creancy, Champagne, France. Elonore Grandmaison was born in 1619 in Clamency, Ninevrois, France to Jean De Grandge and marie Ricada. They came to Canada in 1641. Their marriage is unclear, I have reports of 1640 in France, and 1642 in Quebec. When he first arrived he lived at Sillery, then resided at the Seigneurie de Chavigny or Deschabault. In 1648 they settled on L'Ile d'Orleans with the fief de Beaulieu.

He was a prominent man in the colony, he was a member of the soverain council and had charge of the administration of affairs while his close friend Governor de Montmagny was absent. In 1651 he sailed to France hoping to improve his ailing health, he died during the voyage.

His wife remarried. E White's book states she married Jacques Gourdeau de Beaulieu, this was on the 13th of August 1652. Other doccuments seem contrary. Roger LeMoine's text states Jacques Gourdeau was Jean LeMoine's brother in law. Furthermore there are three notarized doccuments pertaining to Elenore de Grandmaison referring her to the wife of Latesserie, the King's counciller of the soverign counsel, and in one doccument relating to her will Jacques Gourdeau is mentioned as the spouse of Marie Bissot (perhaps her daughter). She then later married Jacque Cailhaut on th 15thof October 1663. She died in Quebec City on the 22nd of Febuary 1692.

The book "L'Ile d'Orleans" by Pierre-Georges Roy devotes a chapter to E. Grandmaison, and describes her as heroic and remarkable. Their daughter Marie Madeliene de Chavingy married Jean LeMoine, the original immigrant of the LeMoine des Pins family to Canada.

There are anumber of doccuments in The Canada Archives pertaining to him, here are the references :

Marché entre Paul Chalifour, François de Chavigny et Jacques Coquerel. (No 13). Claude Lecoustre, notaire. (A deal between three gentleman. - reference at Canada Archives)

Convention Cheffault pour M. de Chavigny, et Louis Menard (Mesnard, Maynard), laboureur et charpentier. (Hiring a carpenter. - reference at Canada Archives)

Convention de Chavigny et Ferré et Girardeau (Giraudau), ((Personnellement estably François de Chavigny escuyer seigneur du dit lieu, d'une part et Jean Ferré laboureur natif de l'île de Ré et Noël Girardeau (Giraudau) aussi laboureur natif du lieu des Essarts en Poitou...entre lesquelles parties il a esté faict et promis...lesdits Ferré et Giraudeau...s'obligent de s'embarquer à la première requisition qui leur sera faite par led. sieur de Chavigny dans un navire pr. passer au pais de Canada...et à le servir bien et fidèlement tant à labourer la terre que à aut. chose. D.S. Chavigny. Teuleron. (Hiring some labourers, called engage - reference at Canada Archives)

Convention M. Prevost et Bodin. ((Personnellement estably...le sieur Pierre Prevost commis de MM. de la Compagnie de la Nouvelle-France faisant pr. le sieur de Chavigny escuyer estant au dit pays d'une part et Jacques Bodin laboureur...le dit Bodin promet...labourer, couper le bois...)). Debediant. (Hiring more engage - reference at Canada Archives)

Concession de deux arpents de terre le long du chemin de Québec à Cap-Rouge, à François de Chavigny par Charles Huault de Montmagny. Collationné par Lamy, secrétaire de la Compagnie de la Nouvelle (a concession of land - reference at Canada Archives)

Bail d'une vache par François de Chavigny à Julien Perrault. (No 5). Claude Lecoustre, notaire. (leasing out a cow - reference at Canada Archives)

Concession par François de Chavigny à Pierre Masse. (No 29). Guillaume Tronquet, notaire (a concession - reference at Canada Archives)