similar depth, bounded on the west side by land belonging to the Seminary of Montreal. This grant would become the current municipality of Saint-Sulpice and the nearby manor of Lavaltrie. It should not beassumed that the lords were rolling in wealth. When Margane Lavaltrie died, he left a poor widow whoretired to Montreal and the manor remained abandoned for several years. Such a situation was reflected inthe lives of his tenants. Francois Coutu, who came from his native Picardy, lived some years in the manor,then returned there after a stay in Montreal.Francois came from Corbie, which is today the chief town of the Canton of Amiens. A town of 6,000 only adozen miles east of Amiens, including the famous Gothic cathedral which has one of highest halls of France. We do not know when Francois Coutu went to New France, but in 1681 he is found in the manor of Lavaltrie, installed on a grant of four arpents which was under cultivation. Francois then joined his fate tothat of Joan Verdon, daughter of Vincent and Genevieve Pelletier. The notary Pierre Duquet, in front of whom the couple signed their marriage contract, forgot to date the document, but it is placed between aconcession and sale dated respectively October 29th and November 3rd . Francis said he lived in "LaValtrie" and his surname is spelled Cottu. Their daughter, Louise, baptised in 1704, was the first act writtenin the registers of Dupas Island (Archipelago of Lake Saint-Pierre) and it bears the signature of thecelebrant, Father Léonard Chaigneau, a Sulpician who worked as a missionary in Rivière-des-PrairiesSorel, Repentigny and St. Sulpice before becoming pastor of L'Assumption. Louise Coutu and her husbandJean-Baptiste Riel are the ancestors of Louis, the "Father of Manitoba", the indomitable leader of the Metiswho mounted the scaffold in 1885 in Regina. We do not know what happened to the second child, a son,Charles-Francois.Widower, François Coutu contracted a second marriage with Louise Lesiège, daughter of Pierre Lesiègeand Marguerite Laplace. Sixteen children were born of this second marriage, most of whom would notsurvive. Three daughters and three sons passed away in the cradle, another son at the age of four and twowere killed in their beds by bears at the age of seven years, as evidenced by the first two acts of burialscontained the records of Saint-Sulpice. The children were buried in the presence of their father, Jean-Baptiste Riel and Father Chaigneau.If the first lord of Lavaltrie knew no glory, he did found a military family. His son, Pierre, had a career inthe Navy and reached the rank of captain and was made a Knight of St. Louis. His grand-son, Pierre-Paul, participated in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham as a lieutenant in the regiment of Languedoc. Heir of themanor, he devoted himself to its development and built himself a mansion there.
I. Louise- bpt. 23 May 1684 Contrecoeur, m. 21 Apr. 1704 L'Ile Dupas, Jean Baptiste Riel dit L'Irlande
(b.c.1670 Limerick, Ireland), bur. 26 Oct. 1735 LanoraieII. Marie Genevieve- bpt. 20 Apr. 1692 Notre Dame de Montreal, m. 4 Feb. 1715 St. Sulpice, Denis
Charpentier (bpt. 21 May 1689 Varennes)III. Catherine- bpt. 21 Mar. 1694 Notre Dame de Montreal, m. 5 Nov. 1715 St. Sulpice, Pierre Robillard
IV. Daniel Louis- bpt. 21 Jan. 1696 Notre Dame de Montreal, m.1. 1717 St. Sulpice, Catherine
Charpentier, 2. Marie Francoise Dulignon dite LamirandeV. Marie Joseph- bpt 17 Jan., bur. 29 Jan. 1698 Notre Dame de Montreal
VI. Ignace- bpt. 6 Apr. 1699 Notre Dame de Montreal
VII. Etienne- bpt. 19 Sept., bur. 14 Dec. 1700 Notre Dame de Montreal
VIII. Jean Baptiste- bpt. 5 May 1702 Contrecoeur
IX. Francois- bpt. 15 Feb. 1704 L'Ile Dupas, bur. 10 Aug. 1708 Contrecoeur
6X. MARIE JOSEPHTE
- bpt. 31 Dec. 1706 St. Sulpice, m. 29 Apr. 1726 St. Sulpice,
ANTOINEBEAUGRAND dit CHAMPAGNE
(bpt. 6 June 1700 Sorel, m.2. 31 Jan. 1746 Contrecoeur, MarieMarguerite Plouf, bur. 3 Feb. 1781 Lanoraie), bur. 23 May 1744 LanoraieXI. Francoise- bpt. 1 May 1710 Repentigny, m.1. 8 Mar. 1734 Lanoraie, Pierre Lambert dit Aubin, 2.
12 jan. 1761 Jean Boulanger, bur. 13 Sept. 1792 Berthier XII. Etienne- bpt. 6 Jan. 1712 , m. 7 Jan. 1733 Lanoraie, Marie Marguerite Coulon dite Mabrian
XIII. Marie Therese- bpt. 14 Jan., bur. 17 Jan. 1714 Repentigny