|Sirois History Section 3||
Francois Sirois dit Duplessis and Marie Roy dit Desjardins: 1721-1737
Francois Sirois dit Duplessis and Marie Francoise Roy dit Desjardins: 1721-1737
On the June 3 1721, two and half months after the passing of his wife Marie Anne Thiboutot, a gathering took place to decide the guardianship of Francois' minor children. The notary Etienne Janneau recorded the proceedings which occurred at Francois' residence.
Francois called the following witnesses:
|Augustin Ouellette: Francois' brother-in-law by marriage to Marie Anne's half sister Anne Marie Autin|
|Jean Dionne, habitant of Kamouraska|
In a secret vote held after Francois left the room he was elected guardian with Francois Autin as substitute guardian.
Francois' brother-in-law Pierre Roy dit Desjardins, above, was originally from Île d'Orléans, where his first marriage to Marie Anne Martin took place. In 1696 he received a concession in Kamouraska and moved there with his young family including a one year old named Marie Francoise. Widowed in February of 1709, he had remarried, to Angèlique Autin twenty one months later in November of 1710.
Perhaps Francois and he discussed the new widower's situation on that third of June. Did Pierre share his own experience of a decade earlier, including his 21 months as a widower? Did Pierre perhaps offer a suggestion involving his daughter Marie Francoise, now 25 yrs old. Whatever conversations took place on the third of June, we know the two men met just two days later, this time at Pierre's home in Kamouraska, to discuss a new mother for Francois young children. On June 5, 1721, Francois Sirois dit Duplessis and Pierre Roy sat with Etienne Janneau again, this time as the notary wrote a marriage contract between the widower and Marie Francoise Roy dit Desjardins.
contract between FRANCOIS SIROIS dit DUPLESY and MARIE FRANCOISE
Original : French
devant Etienne Janneau, notaire royal des Seigneurie De La Boutteillerie,
Port Jolly, grande ance et Les Kamouraska et rivierre du Loup, et
temoins ci bas nommé, furent present; Francois Sirois dis Duplesy
habitant demeurent dans la seigneurie de la Bouteillerie, né natif de
St Germain En les, Eveché de paris, fils de feu Jean Sirois et
de Marie Engelique dumon, ses perre et Merre, pour luy et
en son nom, et Pierre Roy, habitant, demeurent au Grand
Kamouraska, stipullent pour Marie Francoise Roy, sa fille, aussi
present et de son consentment d'autre part, lesquelle ditte partie de
lavis et conseil de leurs dis parent et amis pour ce assemblé.
Et le future epoux prendera la ditte future epouze
avec tous les drois a elle appartenant pour etre mis dans la ditte
communauté prouvenant par son menaqement a la resvue de la somme de
vingt sixte qui lui ???? passer la part de la succession des
meuble de feu Marie Martin, sa mere, temoins le sous a la somme
de trois cent vingt-deux livres, parru dans la ditre communauté par la
ditte future epouze.
Jeanneau, Royal Notary of La Boutteillerie, Port Jolly, Grande Anse,
Kamouraska and Rivière du Loup and the witnesses named below
appeared Francois Sirois dis Duplesy, inhabitant of the Seigneurie
of La Bouteillerie, a native of St Germaine En Laye, Diocese of
Paris, son of the late Jean Sirois and of Marie Engelique
father and mother, him representing, and Pierre Roy,
inhabitant of Grand Kamouraska, standing for Marie Francoise Roy, his
daughter, also present and consenting for the other party. Which said
parties from the advice and counsel of their said relatives and friends
the side of the said Roy, Pierre Roy her father and Angellique
her step-mother, Jean Baptiste Martin her maternal uncle, Sir Gabriel
Paradis, Genevieve Roy her sister, all relatives and friends of the said
While Marie Francoise could not, Francois did something on this occasion that some of his children and grandchildren would be unable to do, that is, sign his name - which he spelled Cirroi. The actual marriage record for this couple has not been located but most likely took place at Kamouraska sometime in June of 1721.
Francois added to his land holdings that summer, purchasing one acre(frontage) from Jean Francois Gagnon on July 28, 1721 Certo-Ahearnep23. The family at this point consisted of:
At least eight more children would be added to this family over the next fifteen years. Six baptisms have been located in the registers at Rivière Ouelle. It is possible that other baptisms were performed at Kamouraska, where Marie Francoise's father resided. Around 1730, some of the local Indian population stormed and set fire to the rectory there, destroying the parish registers, and possibly with them the baptismal records of some of Francois and Marie Francoise's children. The children we know of are:
|Maurice -- baptized Mar 2|
|Joseph -- born abt 1730|
|Pierre -- baptized Nov 6, 1732|
|Marie Angèlique -- baptized Sep 25, 1734|
|Charles -- baptized Jun 22, 1736|
The year 1737 was a difficult one. Famine and pestilence struck the area. Francois Sirois dit Duplessis, the ancestor to the Sirois-Duplessis families of North America, died, leaving his wife a widow and twelve children without a father. His burial record is below:
|Record Type: Burial||Date: November 15, 1737|
Original : French
L'an mil sept cent trente sept, le quinze de novembre a été inhumé dans le cimetière de cette paroisse le corps de francois Sirois dit Duplessy de St Germain en France agé d'environs soixante et dix ans, après avoir recu tous les sacrements, et ce en présence du d. jaque Rois, du d. jaque gagnon et du d. Pierre Boucher temoins qui on signé avec nous.
"Jacque Roy" "J_q. Gagnon" "P. Boucher"
| In the year
one thousand seven hundred thirty seven, the
fifteenth of November was buried in the cemetery of this parish, the body of
francois Sirois dit
Duplessy of St Germain in France, about 70 years of
age, after having
received the sacraments and this in the presence of d. jaque Rois,
of d. jaque gagnon and of d. Pierre Boucher witnesses who
have signed with us
"Jacque Roy" "J_q. Gagnon" "P. Boucher"
The age given for Francois (about 70) does not agree with the age he gave at his 1st marriage which indicated a birth date of about 1680 and therefore an age at death of about 57(which I feel is accurate). I believe this record has led to some incorrect conclusions and this is explored in a later section.
The following is taken from the SIROIS DUPLESSIS Family BookCerto-Ahearnep20-23.
It was practice at this time to conduct an inventory following a death such as this. Each article of property was priced and awarded to the widow, children or guardians of children. [Note that] the notary would go from room to room listing all the items separately and this explains the repetition on our list.
A partial list of Francois Sirois dit Duplessis and Marie Francoise Roy's assets from an inventory conducted on Feb 16, 1740 can be found at:
Francois was born in France and left we presume to pursue opportunity for himself and his descendants in a sparsely settled location known as New France. He worked hard to provide for his family, and did well. Although he never knew any of his grandchildren there would be many. I have recorded the following regarding his descendants to date:
|641 great grandchildren (I expect I am missing a significant number of this and subsequent generations)|
|1561 great great grandchildren|
All together I currently have over 17800 descendants of Francois on record. This is a tiny fraction of his total progeny. Making conservative assumptions concerning fertility rates I estimate there have been and are in excess of a million individuals who could/can claim Francois as their ancestor!
|Francois Sirois dit Duplessis: The second generation on their own|
Francois Sirois dit Duplessis: Prospering in Rivière Ouelle 1714-1721
Francois Sirois dit Duplessis and Marie Anne Thiboutot 1714-1721
I hope to continue to assemble and
improve upon the accuracy of the information in this site.