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Quesnel History...in detail!

Amanda Quesnel (View posts)
Posted: 15 Dec 2000 10:32AM GMT
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?
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Amanda Quesnel 26 Nov 2000 9:47AM GMT 
JeanClaudeLal... 7 Dec 2000 6:31AM GMT 
amanda Quesnel 10 Dec 2000 12:00PM GMT 
Amanda Quesnel 15 Dec 2000 5:32PM GMT 
janet1642 24 Jan 2001 11:05PM GMT 
Lee (nee: Quesnelle) Durst 10 Jun 2001 10:26AM GMT 
JanetOlsen27 29 Jul 2001 3:42PM GMT 
JoAnneBrietzk... 9 Jun 2002 7:46PM GMT 
VShortland 6 Feb 2013 7:31AM GMT 
VShortland 6 Feb 2013 7:32AM GMT 
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