Cristophe CREVIER DIT LAMESLEE
- Born: 17 Feb 1611, St Cande Le Jeune, Rouen, Normandy, France
- Marriage: Jeanne ENARD on 6 Nov 1633 in St Cande Le Jeune, Rouen, France
When the Bellerives came to Canada their name was Crevier. Christophe Crevier came from Rouen in 1639. His son, ancestor Nicolas3, became the seigneur of Bellerive (on the south shore of the St. Lawrence river across from Trois Rivières), after which the family name gradually changed to Bellerive. His wife Louise Lecoutre was a fille du Roy.
He is described varously as a banker, a baker, and a merchant in 1652 in Trois Rivers. I don't know how he could have been a banker. He was also a fur trader.
He arrived in Canada before 7 Dec 1639, listed as gofather of a little Algonquin child. His son Jean was kidnapped by Iroquois in 1639 and died in Albany. His son Antoine was also kidnapped and died from knife wounds. He origininated from St. Jean, diocese of La Rochelle.
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Christophe Crevier dit Lameslee
``First it was called Ile du Milieu because it was in the middle of the river of Trois Rivieres, where it flowed into the Saint-Lawrence. Then it was known as Ile a Pepin bcause in 1647 it was given to Guillaume Pepin and his partners Pierre Lefebvre, Guillaume Isabel and Sebastien clodier. Finally in 1655, the Jesuits divided it into seven parts, wo of which were assigned to Christopher Crevier dit Lameslee. From that time it was simply called Saint-Cristophe, and so it is known today.
According to Father Godbout, Christophe Crevier was one of the earliest and best known inhabitants of Trois Rivieres. In 1639, he became godfather to a young Indian boy. In 1640, Jean __, wife of the baker Crevier, was godmother to a small Indian girl. On 14 May 1640, Crhistophe and Jean had their son baptized.
Father Godbout wrote of the Crevier antecedents in the area of Rouen, France.
Robert Crevier married Jeanne Dauphin. He was a baker who died about 1583. They had two sons.
Vincent was a baker like his father and lived at Saint-Cande-le-Vieil.
Hughes married about 1560 Helene Levasseur. They lived in a house known as ``la Teste noire`` (the Black Head), in the parish of Sainte-Croix-Saint-Ouen. Like his father and grandfather before him, Hughes was a baker. They had atleast one daughter and five sons, of whom:
Nicolas was baptized at Sainte-Croix-Saint-Ouen on 19 Apr 1581. He was also a baker and married Anne Bazinet about 1607. They lived at Saint-Cande-le-Bieil-Jeune and had atleast four children, one of whom:
Christophe was baptized at Sainte-Cande-le-Jeune, Rouen, France, on 17 Feb 1611. He grew up in Rouen, where he met and married Jeanne Lenard or Enard. He was 22 and his bride was 14. They spent a few years at La Rochelle before embarking by 1639 at the latest, for New France. They arrived with a family of three, daughter Jeanne having been born in France about 1636, and settled at Trois-Rivieres, where Christophe worked as a baker, but probably earned more as a fur trader.
Sometime between 1642 and 1645 the family returned to France. We do not know why, but probably he made this decision when his work contract ended. They must have stayed in Canada for atleast four hears because four sons were born there; Antoine, Francois, Nicolas and Jean. They lived at La Rochelle where Christophe wroked as a merchant. They had five more children at yearly intervals. Christophe attended the marriage of Barthelemy Gaudin at La Rochelle in 20 Jan 1647.
However, on 1 Nov 1650, he was back in Canada, and bought a lot in the town of quebec, with 80 feet of frontage on the north-west side of Rue Saint-Louis. It was a good lcoatoin, with the Palace of the Senechausee on one side and the house of Charles Phelippeaux on the other. Nevertheless it was resuld to Antone Leboheme dit Lalime for 600 livres, on 13 Jul 1657.
On 1 Nov 1650, Christophe sailed for France on the ship Le Chasseur. Back in La Rochelle, on 8 Jul 1651, the merchant Christophe Crevier paid a debt of 42 livres 14 sols to Marie Capin, wdow of Martin Poirier. The family returned to Quebec on one of the three ships that arrived there in Oct 1651.
The family settled in the seigneurie noted above, near Beauport. On 19 Nov 1651, Christophe bought a piece of frontage, 4 by 24 arpents, from Mathurin Francetot, for 430 livres. In 1653, he ceded one arpent to Pierre Loignon, then in 1654 two more arpents to Pierre Paradis. In 1652, he obtained seven arpents of fronatge in the same seigneurie, near the river known as Cabne-aux-Taupiers, from the Jesuits. This land was also resold in 1654 to Nicolas Le Vieux de Hauteville for 2500 livres because it had a house, barn and stable.
His daughter Jeanne married Pierre Boucher in 1652.
Cristophe had three sons killed by the Iroquois; the first on 25 May 1653, another in 1664, and Jean in 1663. Something about Antoine being killed with knife blows as they hunted him down after he had become their servant.
On 9 Mar 1655, Christophe received two parcels of land, each of two by five arpents, on the Ile Saint-Cirstophe, from the Jesuits, alont with Jacques Bertrand, Jacques Brisset, Pierre Dandonneau and Michel Lemay, all inhabitants of Trois-Rivieres. During the ensuing years Crevier bought out the shares of his neighbors, and the land became known as the ``Fief St-Cristophe``. I
On 20 Aug 1656, his son in law, Pierre Boucher, accepted these lots in trade for aa much larger piece which was washed by the waters of the Faverel River at Cap-de-la-Madeleine. Christophe Creiver acquired other lands, chiefly in the neighborhood of Trois-Rivieres and in the commune of Lac Saint-Pierre, in addition to woning his homestead in Trois-Rivieres, on the present day ocrner of rues Notre-Dame and des Casernes. At the end of his life he was ceded a seigneurie on the Gaspe peninsula, but he was too old to work it.
``In June 1655, Benjamin Sulte reported that the first hearings of the newly established court of Trois-Rivieres opened with the Crevier-Laframboise case: Jeanne Enard, plaintiff, versus Marie Sedillot, defendant wife of Bertrand Fafard dit Laframboise, involving the care ofa calf by Enard on behalf of Sedillot. In payment, Jeanne Enard wanted half the calf when it was slaughtered. Judge Pierre Bouchard, faced by his complaining mother in law, rendered a judgment worthy of Solomon himself: The amount of the claim would be paid in kind to the plaintiff when the calf was kiled, specifically, some of the veal would be given to her. This resulted in an awared considerably less than desired by the plaintiff, thus reinforcing the reputation of Pierre Bouchard for bravery in the line of duty!``
On 3 Nov 1657, Christophe was cited in the Journal des Jesuites as haivng led Iroqouis prisoners form Trois-Rivieres to Quebec. This resulted form an incident in which Christophe brought five Mohawk prisoners to the governor for questioning concerning the murder of three colonists at Montreal.
Jean Christophe died between 1 Dec 1662, when he made his will, and Nov 1663, when documents attest that he had died.
Jeanne Enard lived several more years - active in business atleast until 1675, and dealt in the fur trade and ``in conjuntion with her sons and sons-in-law, in the less honorable business of eau-de-vie (booze).`` This was one of the rasons for the exasperation and departure of Pierre Boucher from Trois-Rivieres to his Edeon on the Iles Percees (Boucherville).
On 17 Apr 1675, Jeanne Enard gave Louis Gaulthier de la Venrendrye a homestead upriver from Trois-Rivieres, the same property in the commune of Lac Saint-Pierre ceded to Christopher Crevier in 1658. In the 1681 census, Jeanne Enard, age 62, lived in the region of Montreal, probably at the home of her daugher, Marguerite, widow of surgeon Michel Gamelin dit Lafontaine. Mentioned with her are her grandhilcren Marguerite and Jean Gamelin.
Cristophe married Jeanne ENARD on 6 Nov 1633 in St Cande Le Jeune, Rouen, France. (Jeanne ENARD was born in 1619 in St Cande Le Jeune, Rouen, Normandie, France.)