Here is an Email I got from my dad...
Mandy; This is a response to your "Quesnel" inquiry. Olivier was the first quesnel in the family to come to Canada. He was born in St. Malo(Bayeux) France in 1654. He came here in 1678 and married Catherine Prud'homme in the Church of Notre Dame in Montreal on 15 Jan 1680 and they had 12, possibly 13 children. Olivier is your great,great,great,great,great,great,great,great Grandfather!That's plus your father and Grand father.(11 generations?)
There was another very prominent Quesnel family (Joseph) who arrived in Montreal in the mid 1700's and had many famous children (doctors, lawyers, members of parliament and a guide/fur trader who took either Simon Fraser or Mckenzie through the Rockies to the Pacific. The city of Quesnel, BC is named after him. (Jules Maurice).These folks are a separate family from us and they did a CBC Radio program on Joseph. They mentioned that the 2 families get confused in some ways because they lived in the same general area.
During my short employment in Montreal, I did a lot of looking for Quesnel stuff and in Old Montreal I found a cenotaph marking where Jeanne Mance first landed with the first montrel settlers in 1642. One boatload came in May and one in August. There was a Pierre Quesnel on the august boat. His name is on the plaque there.(I don't believe he was a close relative).
Our family were fur traders/farmers and slowly spread out from Montreal to Lachine,Beaconsfield,Vaudrieul,Oka,Rigaud,Hull and eventually The Denver area of Colorado. We were able to visit my grandfther's nephew in California and got a lot of family history from him.Your greatgrandfather was raised in the USA andlived and worked all over the west.I was around him enough to get a lot of the old stories during our chats.
WE have nailed down all the relatives between Olivier and you! It is a long,winding trail but it's full of interesting people.My cousin in Regina did most of it and I go over it often just to keep it straight. Does that answer your question?