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I have two (2) branches of Quesnel in my family tree, one spanding six (6) generations. The first and only (I believe) Quesnel to come to America is Olivier Quesnel married to Catherine Prudhomme, married in Montreal, the 14th of January 1680. He left Bayeux, in France at the age of 24 and settled in Montreal as a gunsmith. His descendants are found mostly west of Montreal, but obviously all over North America. The town of Quesnel, British Columbia is named after a Quesnel that migrated on the west coast.