- Born: 1639, Saint-Amant-de-Boixe, Angoumois, France
- Marriage: Catherine Mathurine BELANGER on 2 Oct 1674 in La Visitation Notre Dame, Chateau Richer, Canada
- Died: 11 Nov 1687, St. Francis de Sales, Neuville (Portneuf), Quebec at age 48
http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3060666&id=I31 (must have been written in French and autotranslated.
In bottom on the left it is mentioned on August 18 L.C. Chartier September 30, Antoine Serre wire seigniory (Dombourg) of late François and (Antoinette Ruby) native of the borough of (St-Lover-of-Boixe), parish of the known as évêché place of Angoulème. François Bélanger of the seigniory of Bowsprit, father and tutor of Mathurine, widow of Jean Maheu middle-class of the town of Quebec.
The witnesses for Antoine Serre are Louis Rouer rider sior of Villeray, Jean-François Bourdon rider sior of (Dombourg) and Pierre (Nolan) middle-class of Quebec. The witness of Mathurine be its father, Charles and Jean-François its brother, Bertrand Chesnay sieur of Garenne and of Lothainville and Louis Levasseur its brother-in-law, of Claude Denis and Michel Guyon its uncle, of Etienne (Blanchon) Master-tailor of dress of Quebec and Anne (AV.) its woman.The engaged couples will be married under the mode of the community of goods according to the habit of Paris, of the day of their nuptials, even of the acquisitions makes before. Mathurine will be entitled to 400 pounds of douaire préfix to its choice. The préciput will be 400 pounds which will be taken before the sharing. In the event of dissolution of marriage the wife will be able accpeter or not the community but it will keep what it will have brought, as well succession as donnation, its clothes, linen, rings and jewels being used for its use, its douaires and préciput. If dissolution occurs without child, the survivor will have the pleasure of all the goods of the couple.This contract had signed to Quebec to the house of Denis Guyon in the presence of the notary Pierre Duquet. Delivered by collation of the undersigned notary on September first 1688, Genaple.Antoine was an indentured servant to Jean Gervais in 1657 at LaRochelle, Charente Maritime, Aunis, France. He had a 18 year contract to come to Canada and to work. He stayed. Antoine Deserre had four rifles, eleven animals with horns and twenty-five arpents of ground in valeur.Future settlers of New France leave villages of Northern and Western France. They leave alone, with their family or in small groups. They are mostly natives of the Poitou, of Charente, Normandie, the Perche, the Aunis or l?Île de France.The Harbour of Saint-Malo watched Jacques Cartier and the fishermen of the 16th century leaving, Honfleur hailed the departure of Samuel de Champlain, but in the 17th century, it is La Rochelle and Dieppe which see the future settlers embarking for New France. Most of them are soldiers, workmen or servants who have signed contracts with recruiters, ship owners or merchants, and have agreed to experience life in the new colony. They are the hired hands (engagés).Year after year, big companies bring only a few dozen settlers. Between 1663 and 1673, Louis XIV personally contributes to the recruitment of several hundred "filles du roy". They are destined to marry settlers in the colony where there are very few women of marriageable age. The population grows when in 1665 soldiers from the régiment de Carignan-Salières are sent in because of Iroquois Indian attacks. Of the thousand soldiers who disembarked at that time, nearly four hundred accept the land or the allowances issued to encourage them to establish themselves in the colony and start families.Aside from these two groups of emigrants given these unusual bonuses, and the first Montrealers who were partial to the Ville-Marie project, the ordinary settler chooses to come to New France because he sees other personal advantages. He may have been recruited by agents, seigneurs, or other settlers who guaranteed him a decent salary. Once the social substructure had been laid and the population had grown, the family influencedthe migration process. More than half of the new settlers are accompanied by a relation and many join relatives already settled in Canada.
Antoine married Catherine Mathurine BELANGER, daughter of Francois BELANGER and Marie Madeleine Du Buisson GUYON, on 2 Oct 1674 in La Visitation Notre Dame, Chateau Richer, Canada. (Catherine Mathurine BELANGER was born on 11 Jun 1652 in Quebec, Quebec and died on 18 Jan 1698 in Neuville, Portneuf, Quebec.)