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Our ancestor Jean Poitras was born in Cugand, about 3 kilometers from
the town of Clisson, Nantes diocese in Brittany. His father's name was
Laurent and his mother was Renée Bertin. It is assumed that he came to
Canada to work in 1664.
Jean Poitras, 25 years old, decided to start a family. He set his
sights on a young girl aged 15, Marie-Xainte Vié who he married August
27 1664, in the church in Québec.
He was now a qualified master carpenter. Later he acquired a property
of 30 acres in St. Charles where he decided to settle with his family.
His wife was expecting their second child.
In 1672 notary Romain Becquet declared in a contract dated November 19
1672 that Jean Poitras is a "bourgeois de Québec." Our ancestor hires
Jean Patenostre as an apprentice. He worked without pay and only for
room and board.
In 1679 Marie-Xainte has already given birth to 9 children. The couple
had its 5 boys work the land and they bought land in Lorette and two
months later another property nearby.
In the fall of 1680 we find them in Côte Ste-Geneviève. His wife gave
birth to their tenth child. He will live there for at least 16 years.
In 1690 the English attacked Québec headed by General Phipps. Jean
Poitras and his eldest sons helped to defend the city. It is believed
that he owned a carpentry shop in the lower town around about the
great fire of 1682.
In 1687 their 15th child was born. At the birth of their seventeenth
on May 15 1691 Marie-Xainte was in poor health and was hospitalized.
She remained there until her death July 28 1691.
From 1691 to 1694 after the death of his wife Jean Poitras supported
by his 6 boys continues to operate its large farms.
In 1695 he remarried with Marie-Anne de la Voye who is 22 years old.
In 1696 he decided to return to live on his land in Lorette. In the
census of 1699 she had given birth to three more children.
In April 1711 Jean Poitras and family lost everything they owned in a
house fire. That same year a fever epidemic struck the city. Jean
Poitras died at the age of 71 at the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec after 8 days
of hospitalization. In a tragic coincidence Marie-Anne de la Voye died
the same day in the same year at the age of 38 years old.
"Our ancestor had exactly 27 children from two marriages and it was he
who holds the record of the largest number of births, among the
descendants of the founding families of Québec. During his first
marriage to Marie-Xainte Vié, they had 17 children, 6 girls and 11
boys, 3 of which will perpetuate the family name until today:
François, Jean-Louis and Joseph-Lucien. And during his second marriage
with Marie-Anne de la Voye, they had 10 children, 6 girls and 4 boys,
only one will carry forward the Poitras name, his first name is
Source: Le Centre de généalogie francophone d'Amérique