Saturday, October 24, 2009

Christophe Crevier,Sieur de la Meslee Seigneurie 9th Grt Grandfather

Genealogy of my ancestor and 9th great grandfather Christope Crevier, Sieur de la Meslee, Sieur de Bellerive, Christophe Crevier-Grenier, during his lifetime had many titles, he was born 1611 baptized in Saint Cande le Jeune, Rouen, France 17 Feb 1611 the son of Nicolas Crevier, merchant, baker and bourgeois, baptized on April 19,1581, in Sainte Croix Saint Ouen. He married Anne Baziret around 1607, and they made their home in Saint Cande le Vieil Jeune. On November 27,1617, Nicolas bought a parcel of land from Claude Periet in Saint Pierre duPetit Quevilly. This parcel, with house and garden, was later sold by his widow on March 6, 1630 to Abraham Frement, Royal Scribe in Rouen. NicolasCrevier died at the age of 45 and was buried on October 15, 1625. His widow died five years later and was buried on March 12, 1631.
Christophe, spent his youth in Rouen, and twas here he met Jeanne Evard (Enard), his future wife. They were married in St Jean Perrot, LaRochelle, Aunis, France. on 6 Nov 1633, he was Twenty two years old and his bride was fourteen. Since his family had been bakers he no doubt followed this trade in Rouen, were he was swept up with the tales of adventure and fortunes to be made in the new colonies. By 1639 he has traveled with Jeanne and there daughter Marie to Trois-Rivieres, where Christophe earned his living as a baker. Life in the new world was not what they expected and for some reason he and Jeanne with three children returned to La Rochelle, France in 1642, were he became engaged as a trader and merchant, at the same time his family was beginning to grow, another daughter Marguerite was born 1645, our ancestor Nicolas 1646. Christophe and Jeanne witness the signing of a marriage contract 1647 in La Rochelle. the city, was a boiling pot of tales from the colonies with ships arriving from New France regularly, the lure of fast money in the trading business was to great for Christpohe, by
1649 he is back in Quebec Today he would be called a "frequent flyer" for we find 8th July 1651 he and his wife are back in La Rochelle, France paying a debt of 42 "Livres" 13 "Sols" to Marie Capin, widow of Martin Poirter. In the fall of 1651 the Jesuits gave them land at Notre-Dame-Des-Anges, New France. The family returned to Trois-Riveres. where on 28 March 1653 the Iroquois Indian attacked his home and killed their oldest son Francois Crevier dit Lameslee.
Christophe had built a block house on the corner of his property as a refugee when the Iroquois would attack, in June 1658 he was working the fields within a rifle shot of the block house when an attack came before he could reach the block house he and a soldier were captured. They were carried of to the Mohawk valley but set free in September.
He returned home only to witness another brutal attack by the Iroquois who this time captured their son Antoine, most likely in 1661. Francois Hertel, who had been taken prisoner that year and later released wrote of the sufferings and tortures endured by captives. An excerpt reads:
'As for the little Antoine de la Maslee (the name often used by the family), this poor child filled me with compassion, because he had become the servant of these barbarians, and they killed him with knife blows as they hunted him down.'"

In the year 1662 Christophe received a "Seigneurie" unfortunately he could not enjoy this for long as he passed away shortly before 16 May 1663

The more research I do the more amazed I am learning how much our ancestors traveled to go from La Rochelle to new France in the 1660's on a good fast ship was 6 to 8 weeks and could be much longer, we find Christophe and his family commuting many times twice in one year man I get sea sick that must have been quite an experience.

The lives of his sons John and our ancestor Nicolas who married a Marie Louise (fille du Roi) /Leloutre/ are told in the publication Ancestors James Cummings alias Anthony Moses Genereaux, and will appear in future blogs