784. Paul VACHON was born before 1630 in Poitou en Anjou, France. He established himself in Canada in 1650. He married Marguerite LANGLOIS on 22 October 1653 in Québec. Paul owned property in the village Bourg de Fargy in 1665. He died on 24 June 1703 in Beauport, Canada. (1)(2)(5)
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785. Marguerite LANGLOIS was born on 3 September 1639 in Beauport. She died on 25 September 1697. (4)
Twelve Children were:392 iii. Vincent VACHON was born on 15 February 1660 in Québec. He married Louise CADIEU-COURVILLE on 25 June 1685 in Beauport, Canada. He died on 3 December 1716 in Beauport, Québec. (3)
v. Marie Madeleine VACHON was born on 13 August 1664 in Beauport. She married Raphael GIROUX on 26 November 1681 in Beauport. She died on 25 September 1715 in Beauport.(1)
Notes:Paul made the crossing to Canada in 1650 at about the age of 23. On October 22, 1653, he married fourteen year old Marguerite Langlois at Québec. Marguerite was from the dignified family of Québec, that of Noël Langlois and of Françoise Garnier, who had lived in the region of Québec since the spring of 1634.
Although Paul had an extraordinary education, his handwriting, even after three centuries, always gives his readers cause for suffering!
Paul had many trades, one of which was masonry. In 1654, in company with Mathurin Roy, he built the chapel and some sick wards of the Hôtel-Dieu of Québec, whose first stone was laid by Governor-General Jean-de-Lauzon.
On June 14, 1665, Seigneur Giffard gave Paul a concession in the town of Fargy in the Seigneurie of Beauport. This area was doubled nine years later, on December 29, 1664.
Paul always gave special attention to his farm. In 1666, Michel Aubin, twenty-two years old, was his indentured servant. At the following year's census, Paul owned seven head of cattle and twenty arpents of cleared land. Fourteen years later, another census reveals he owned thirty-five arpents in use, thirteen cattle, one pistol, two guns and a sixty-one year old domestic named Pierre in his service.
If Paul needed the help of hired hands on his farms, it was because his other work required it. The principal profession of Vachon was that of Seigneurial Notary.
Paul and Marguerite would have twelve children. The eldest of the family, Paul, Jr., was one of the first priests born on Canadian soil. This Paul was raised to the dignity of a priest by Msgr. de Laval on December 21, 1680. Father Vachon served the South Coast as far as Cap-Saint-Ignace in 1683 and the North Coast from the Grondines to Batiscan. He was named Canon of the Québec Chapter in 1684. In 1692, he served as Curé of Cap-de-la-Madeleine. The church of this Three-Rivers parish, today a center for pilgrimages, was constructed under his direction in 1717. Canon Vachon died on March 7, 1729 and was buried in the sanctuary of the Church of the Cape.
If the "Spanish grippe" left a sad souvenir among ancestors, one could say that the medicine of 1700 was even more useless in the face of those epidemics, the worst of all sorts.
Between 1699 and 1703, the Vachon family was hit full force with the mortality of man with six family members dying during this period. What were these "sicknesses" which claimed so many family members? According to the chronicles of the Ursulines: "In the winter of 1700-1701, there was an illness among the people of Québec which had some strange symptoms. The sickness came on with a bad cold, soon augmented by a high fever, followed by pains in the sides, after which it carried the people away in a few days... By the end of November (1702-03), the sickness began in the city. It had been brought here by a savage from the frontier. It was a kind of measles, accompanied by facial marks, and in less than two months, more than 1500 were ill and between 300 and 400 had died." It seems that this epidemic struck down a fourth of the population of Québec. (6)
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(1) PRDH, Certificat de famille No. 793.
(2) Ibid., Certificat de mariage No. 66437.
(3) Ibid., Certificat de famille No. 5537.
(4) Ibid., Certificat de famille No. 219.
(5) Ibid., Certificat de famille No. 794.
(6) Source: Our French-Canadian Ancestors, by Thomas J. LaForest, Volume I, pages 251-257.