IMPORTANT STEPS OF HIS LIFE
· A STOP AT AUX ECUREUILS (1677-1687)
Imaginary picture - François NAU
IN FRANCE ( 1646-1666 )
Traces of NAUs in
It is in this region, in the small village of TURQUANT, which is located in the ancient French province of Anjou, that our ancestor François Nau, son of Jean Nau, wine maker, was born in 1646.
Turquant still exists today. It is located
on the south shore of the
Jean, François' father, died on January 11, 1656 of an "oppression of the chest". His mother, Urbanne Marie Pillet, died on October 21, 1657. What happened then to François, and to his sister Madeleine who was baptized on 25 October 1648? They were orphans aged 11 and 10 respectively. Were they adopted by relatives or friends? In what conditions did they live? We do not know anything of this period , but we do know that, at the age of 20, François decided to leave his birthplace to settle in New-France.
In 1666, he boarded the
sail boat Le Saint Jean-Baptiste with 34 other passengers
and 35 crew members. The ship, piloted by Captain Pierre Fillye,
sailed for the new world from the
On 11 August 1666, the
sailing ship Le Saint-Jean-Baptiste anchored opposite
François Nau disembarked
and left immediately by canoe for the Manor of Lotinville
with his master Bertrand Chesnay de
It is here, at the Manor,
that Francois became a servant or hired hand with eight other colleagues. They
contributed to making the domain one of the most beautiful of the Beaupré region. The domain measured 6 arpents
The second farm to the east belonged to the Jobidon Family. Marguerite, who was only 5 years old when François arrived, would become his wife. She was fifteen when they married at Château-Richer on 20 July 1676.
On 17 March 1678, the Seigneur Jean Toupin, Sieur Du Sault, cedes, before Notary Gilles Rageot, a farm of 3 arpents (
François's concession is
adjacent and west of the seigniorial domain. The domain measured 7.8 arpents from the river by 40 arpents.
It was located across the
François erected a first
house with narrow windows and logs squared by ax.
Then, in 1679, he settled his wife, Marguerite Jobidon,
and his son François, in their new home. The oldest son, Jean, had died soon
after birth in 1677. All his children, up to 1687, the year his wife Marguerite
died of typhus, were born in this house. His last child, Michel, had died
shortly before her own death. Marguerite was 26 when she died. The children
that survived their mother include François (8 years), Geneviève
(5 years), Marguerite-Ursule (3 years) and
Jean-François (22 months). Marguerite, the mother, was buried on 27 November
It is here in Neuville, 8 months later on 1 July 1688,
that François, then 42 years, married his second wife Marie-Thérèse Chaillé, 21 years and a
After the death of his first wife, Marguerite Jobidon, François Nau moved to Deschambault. Even before his second marriage at Neuville, he is listed in the Census as living in the Seigneurie de Deschambault. He is said to be a widower with 4 young children. He is the owner of a building and has Pierre Groleau and Antoine Bussière as neighbors.
On the 3rd of May 1696, Seigneur Jacques-Alexis de Fleury Deschambault cedes officially to François Nau a farm of 3 arpents by 30 and another to his son, François, who will be 17 at the end of the month. .
A few years later, François
Nau, father, moved a little further to the west on a new farm granted on 8
August 1704 by François Chavigny, Sieur de