The Mercier Family


According to Robert Hollier, Tourouvre, capital of the canton in the District of Mortagne, was the point of departure for Canada of the 80 families who came from Perche. From this single spot came the families, Crète, Gagnon, Giguère, Gulmont, Tremblay and my ancestor Julien Mercier.  Of the dozen french families named Mercier who came to Canada, Julien was the only originally from Tourouvre.

Madame Pierre Montagne, in her book "Tourouvre et les Juchereau", has charted the paternal predecessors of the parents of Julien. Jehan Mercier, husband of Thiènete Leblond, begot Marin Mercier, future husband of Jeanne Brisson. Their marriage took place at Grand Prè de Tourouvre, in December 1571. From plowman Marin, François was born. The latter, a laborer, became the husband or Roberte Cornilleau about 1605 and the father of my ancestor Julien Mercier, the youngest of the family. Julien had several brothers and sisters: Jean, Renèe, Roberte, Alexandre, Marie, Jeanne and Mathurine. Julien, born on 27, February 1621, was orphaned at the age of 6, since his parents disappeared in January of 1627. A bill of sale passed between Jean Giguère and Jean Mercier, on 15 September 1630, tells us with certainty that François was dead.

Jean Mercier, the eldest, a laborer and resident of la Grandinière, parish of Tourouvre, tried as best he could to support the family. Between 1632 and 1644, we found records of him appearing before a notary six times. In 1641 he decided to divide up the family land into 4 lots in the name of the 4 living children. Julien was assigned the third part which contained "a barn and the fourth part of a yard and garden, located in Grandinière."

As for Cornilleau on the maternal side, records indicate a bit of nobility: The 23rd of July 1576, a statement about the fief Cornilleau, of la Tessonnière, assigns it to Sire Alexandre de la Voye, seigneur of Tourouvre and the fief of Autheuil. Roberte Cornilleau had one known brother, a tailor named Marin.

Julien signed a contract on 25 February 1647 to go to Canada. For three years he would be in service to Noèl Juchereau, Sieur Des Chatelets, of Quèbec through the intermediation of his brother Pierre Juchereau, Sieur de Molineaux, presently of Tourouvre.

Laborer Julien would receive 75 livres per year in salary, of which 24 were payable in advance to be deducted within the first year, plus a pair of shoes. His passage to Canada, and from Canada if need be, was assured. Room and board would be provided.

When did Julien leave port? On which ship? It is difficult to find a definite answer. Between 12 February and 10 April 1647, under the same conditions, a dozen men were signed up, like Julien, in the service of Noèl Juchereau. We may cite: Jacques Le Roy, Jacques Poupar, Pierre Aloignon, Jacques Loiseau, Martin Huan and Pierre Tremblay. It seems that these men endured the crossing together. On 21 June, the Journal of the Jesuits tells us that Captain Feure is at Perce and that 5 ships came from France that year. In the month of August, the same religious chronicler spoke of the ship of Monsieur Godefroy and of one other named the AngeGardien. After a little research in the archives at LaRochelle, it was determined to be la Marquerite, a 70 tons caravelle, which left this port in Aunis after 6 June 1647, with Julien Mercier and his companions aboard. The owners of this ship were Pierre LaGardeur and Noèl Juchereau.

Juchereau, Commissioner-General of the Communaute de habitants. founded in 1644, returned to France the same autumn that saw the arrival of his workers. The following year, before 31 July 1648, Noèl died in France. His successor was not sent to Canada before 1649, the same year that Julien contracted to work for the account of Michel Huppè dit Lagroix. As of October Julien and Michel parted company and Michel Huppè gave Julien a letter of credit which enabled him to buy 60 livres worth of stores.

In 1651, on the Beauprè coast Etienne Lessard, Robert Giguère, and Julien Mercier took their lots in the order named, from west to east, from the edge of the location of the future church. On 15 October Julien obtained a concession from Olivier Letardif, located to the east of the "reduit" and of Robert Giguère. The size of this property was 5 arpents in frontage by a league and half in depth.

On 7 October 1652, Julien Mercier signed a marriage agreement with Marie Poulin, daughter of Claude Poulin. His future father-in-law promised to build him a barn 40 by 20 feet with an 8 foot hen house. Marie would bring into the marriage linens and pots of her choice, Their nuptials did not take place until 1654. The banns were published three times and they were joined in marriage by Father Paul Rageuneau, who wrote the record at Notre-Dame de Quèbec. The were married in the house of Robert Giguier.

Julien died 18 October 1676. Father François Fillion presided at the funeral ceremony. Six years after Julien's death Marie Poulin married Charles De Monmainier dit Jouvent. They lived for several years at Sainte-Anne and then they removed to Quèbec where Charles owned a house and lot. Charles died 3 July 1716 and Marie Poulin Mercier Monmainier died 16 July 1716.

Julien Mercier and his descendants:

1. Julien1 MERCIER, son of Francois MERCIER and Roberte CORNILLEAU, was born in St. Aubin de Tourouvre, Montagne, France February 27, 1621. Julien died October 18, 1676 in Beauprè, Québec, Canada, at 55 years of age. His body was interred October, 19, 1676 in Beauprè, Québec, Canada.

He married Marie POULIN in Québec City, Canada, January 18, 1654. Marie was born about 1640. Marie was the daughter of Claude POULIN and Jeanne Mercier. Claude Poulin was the son of Pascal Poulin and Marie LEVERT. Marie died July 16, 1716 in Canada. Her body was interred July 17, 1716 in Canada. 

Julien MERCIER and Marie POULIN had the following children:

child 2 i. Marie2 MERCIER  was born in Québec, Canada about 1654. She married Julien ALLARD in Canada, about 1675. 

She was baptized in Québec, Canada, about 1654. 

child + 3 ii. Pascal MERCIER was born about March 12, 1656.

child 4 iii. Louis MERCIER  was born in Chateau-Richer, Canada about 1661.Louis died February 20, 1728 in Québec, Canada, at 66 years of age. He married three times. He married first Marguerite RABOUIN in Québec, Canada, October 1, 1685. He married 2nd Anne JACQUEREAU in Québec, Canada, June 6, 1689. He married 3rd Louise SIMON in Québec, Canada, April 20, 1703. 

child 5 iv. Charles MERCIER was born in Québec, Canada about September 15, 1661. Charles died December 3, 1731 in Ste-Anne-de-Beauprè, Canada, at 70 years of age. He married Anne BERTHELOT in Ste-Anne-Chateau-Richer, Canada, February 25, 1691. 

He was baptized in Québec, Canada, September 16, 1661. 

child 6 v. Julien MERCIER  was born in Château-Richer, Québec, Canada February 19, 1664. Julien died December 28, 1684 in Beauprè, Québec, Canada, at 20 years of age. He was baptized in Château-Richer, Québec, Canada, March 1, 1664. 

child 7 vi. Jeanne MERCIER  was born in Château-Richer, Québec, Canada December 1, 1666. Jeanne died about 1667 in Canada. She was baptized in Château-Richer, Québec, Canada, December 2, 1666. 

child 8 vii. Jean' MERCIER  was born in Beauprè, Québec, Canada November 1667.Jean' died before 1701. He married Barbe MONMAGNIER in Beauprè. Quèbec, Canada, February 25, 1691.

He was baptized in Beauprè, Québec, Canada, November 1667. 

child 9 viii. Pierre MERCIER  was born in Beauprè, Québec, Canada January 1671. Pierre died December 16, 1719 in Beauprè, Québec, Canada, at 48 years of age. His body was interred December 17, 1729 in Beauprè, Quèbec, Canada. He married Marie-Catherine CHAMBERLAND in Ste-Famille, IQ, Québec, Canada, April 5, 1717. 

He was baptized in Beauprè, Quèbec, Canada, January 11, 1671. 

child 10 ix. Marie-Madeleine MERCIER was born in Beauprè, Québec, Canada March 3, 1674. Marie-Madeleine died April 26, 1751 in Ste-Anne-de-Beauprè, Québec, Canada, at 77 years of age. Her body was interred April 27, 1751. She married Andre' BERTHELOT in Ste-Anne, Québec, Canada, February 18, 1692. 

She was baptized in Beauprè, Québec, Canada, March 11, 1674. 

child 11 x. Marguerite MERCIER  was born in Beauprè, Québec, Canada February 1, 1677.  Marguerite died June 9, 1713 in Ste-Famille-De-L'lile-D'Orlean, Québec, Canada, at 36 years of age. She married Marin PATENOSTRE in Ste-Anne-de-Beauprè, Québec, Canada, November 11, 1698. 

She was baptized in Beauprè, Québec, Canada, February 7, 1677. 

child 12 xi. Angelique MERCIER was born in Beauprè, Québec Canada February 1, 1677. Angelique died April 18, 1739 in Ste.-Anne-de-Beauprè, Québec, Canada, at 62 years of age. She married Joseph GIGUÈRE in Ste-Anne-de-Beauprè, Québec, Canada, November 11, 1698. 

She was baptized in Beauprè, Québec, Canada, February 7, 1677. 

3. Pascal2 MERCIER (Julien1)  was born in Québec, Canada about March 12, 1656. Pascal died October 29, 1695 in Quèbec de St. Joachim, Canada, at 39 years of age.

He married Anne CLOTHIER in Château-Richer, Canada, November 11, 1681.  Anne was born in Château Richer, Quèbec, Canada June 29, 1659. Anne was the daughter of Jean CLOTHIER and Marie Anne MARTIN

Pascal was baptized in Québec, Canada, March 13, 1656. 

Pascal MERCIER and Anne CLOTHIER had the following children:

child 13 i. Claude3 MERCIER was born in Québec, Canada about 1681. Claude died December 29, 1684 in Beauprè, Québec, Canada, at 3 years of age.

child + 14 ii. Pascal MERCIER was born November 29, 1684.

child 15 iii. Jean MERCIER  was born in Canada about 1686. He died July 13, 1764 in Berthier, Québec, Canada, at 78 years of age. His body was interred July 14, 1764 in Berthier, Québec, Canada. He married twice. He first married Genevieve ASSELIN and then he married  2nd Catherine CARON in Quèbec, Canada, January 16, 1714. 

child 16 iv. Pierre MERCIER  was born in St. Joachim, Québec, Canada February 9, 1687. Pierre died April 17, 1746 in Berthier, Québec, Canada, at 59 years of age. He married twice. He first  married Madeleine GAGRE' in Canada, January 19, 1715.  He married 2nd Madeleine ASSELIN in St. Francois I.Q. Québec, Canada, August 16, 1718. 

14. Pascal3 MERCIER (Pascal2, Julien1)  was born in Beauprè, Québec, Canada November 29, 1684. Pascal died May 1, 1727 in Berthier, Québec, Canada, at 42 years of age. His body was interred May 3, 1727 in Berthier, Québec, Canada.

He married Marie-Madeleine BOUCHER in St. Joachim, Québec, Canada, August 16, 1705. Marie-Madeleine is the daughter of Jean BOUCHER and Marie Madeleine PARE

Pascal MERCIER and Marie-Madeleine BOUCHER had the following children:

child 17 i. Marie4 MERCIER was born in Québec, Canada about 1706. Marie died May 17, 1721 in Berthier, Québec, Canada, at 14 years of age. Her body was interred May 19, 1721 in Berthier, Québec, Canada.

child + 18 ii. Jean Joseph MERCIER was born About 1709.

child 19 iii. Genevieve MERCIER  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada May 18, 1712. She married Jacques TANQUAY in Berthier, Québec, Canada, February, 28, 1729. 

child 20 iv. Marie Anne MERCIER was born in Québec, Canada about 1714. Marie died January 17, 1772 in Berthier, Québec, Canada, at 57 years of age. She married Louis BLAY in Berthier, Québec, Canada, August 17, 1733. 

child 21 v. Pascal MERCIER  was born in Québec, Canada about 1716. He married M. Louise FORTIER in Berthier, Québec, Canada, November 12, 1736. 

child 22 vi. Marie-Helene MERCIER  was born in St. Vallier, Québec, Canada March 13, 1718.

child 23 vii. Guillaume MERCIER  was born in St. Vallier, Québec, Canada October 16, 1718.

child 24 viii. Francois DeSales MERCIER was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada May 20, 1721. He married M. Madeleine FORTIER in St. Jean, Québec, Canada, July 3, 1747. 

child 25 ix. Jacques MERCIER  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada March 27, 1723. Jacques died about 1725 in Berthier, Québec, Canada.

child 26 x. Marie Angelique MERCIER  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada April 22, 1725. Marie died January 21, 1778 in Québec, Canada, at 52 years of age.

child + 27 xi. Jean Baptiste MERCIER was born May 18, 1727.

18. Jean Joseph4 MERCIER (Pascal3, Pascal2, Julien1 ) was born in Québec, Canada About 1709. Jean died July 20, 1769 in Berthier, Québec, Canada, at 60 years of age.

He married Elizabeth Carrier LEBRUN in St. Vallier, Québec, Canada, January 31, 1729. Elizabeth was born about 1710. Elizabeth was the daughter of Noel Carrier LEBRUN and Anne LEBROCHU.  

Jean Joseph MERCIER and Elizabeth Carrier LEBRUN had the following children:

child 28 i. Marie-Josephe5 MERCIER  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada November 21, 1729. She married Jean Valier BILODEAU in Berthier, Québec, Canada, February 11, 1754. 

child 29 ii. Joseph MERCIER  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada September 27, 1731. He married M. Genevieve ASSELIN in St. Francois du Sud, Québec, Canada, July 19, 1751. 

child 30 iii. Angelique MERCIER was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada February 26, 1733. She married Louis BOULDUC in Berthier, Québec, Canada, February 14, 1751. 

child 31 iv. Elizabeth MERCIER was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada about 1735. She married Louis Joseph DUBOUTIN in Berthier, Québec, Canada, November 7, 1757. 

child 32 v. Jean Baptiste Joseph MERCIER  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada September 14, 1735.  He married M. Elizabeth BLAIS in Berthier, Québec, Canada, November 7, 1757. 

child 33 vi. Marie Bridgette MERCIER  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada January 15, 1736.

child 34 vii. Marie Isabelle MERCIER was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada October 20, 1737.

child 35 viii. Louise Francoise MERCIER was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada April 12, 1739. She married Francois MERCIER in Berthier, Québec Canada, November 7, 1757.

child 36 ix. Therese MERCIER  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada January 24, 1742.

child 37 x. Augustin MERCIER  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada January 24, 1742.

child 38 xi. Pascal MERCIER  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada March 31, 1743.

child + 39 xii. Jean Francois MERCIER was born February 23, 1745.

child 40 xiii. Germain ALEXANDRE was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada December 4, 1746. Germain died December 12, 1746 in Berthier, Québec, Canada, at less than one year of age. His body was interred December 13, 1746 in Berthier, Québec, Canada.

child 41 xiv. Francois Noel MERCIER  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada December 10, 1748.  Francois died September 6, 1749 in Berthier, Québec, Canada, at less than one year of age.

27. Jean Baptiste4 MERCIER (Pascal3, Pascal2, Julien1 )was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada May 18, 1727.

He married M. Anne ROY in St. Michel, Québec, Canada, November 25, 1755. 

Jean Baptiste MERCIER and M. Anne ROY had the following child:

child + 42 i. Jean Baptiste5 MERCIER was born January 10, 1757.

39. Jean Francois5 MERCIER (Jean Joseph4, Pascal3, Pascal2, Julien1)  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada February 23, 1745.

He married Geneieve DANIAU in St. Francois du sud, Quebec, Canada, August 5, 1771.  Geneieve is the daughter of Jean Baptiste DANIAU and Madeline PLANTE.

Jean Francois MERCIER and Geneieve DANIAU had the following child:

child + 43 i. Etienne6 MERCIER.

42. Jean Baptiste5 MERCIER (Jean Baptiste4, Pascal3, Pascal2, Julien1 )was born in St. Michel, Québec, Canada January 10, 1757.

He married Marie Marguerite BOURDEAU in Laprairie, Québec, Canada, August 4, 1783.  Marie was born in Québec, Canada about 1760. She was the daughter of Laurent BOURDEAU and Marie Joseph MONBLEAU

Jean Baptiste MERCIER and Marie Marguerite BOURDEAU had the following children:

child 44 i. Josephine6 MERCIER  was born in Québec, Canada about 1780.

child 45 ii. Marie Josette MERCIER  was born in Québec, Canada about 1785. She married Pierre POUTRE in L'Acadia, Québec, Canada, April 27, 1807.  Pierre was born in Quebec, Canada about 1785.

43. Etienne6 MERCIER (Jean Francois5, Jean Joseph4, Pascal3, Pascal2, Julien1)  birth date unknown.

He married Euphraise LANGLOIS in Berthier, Québec, Canada, October 10, 1816. Euphraise is the daughter of Joseph LANGLOIS and Louise CHIASSON.

Etienne MERCIER and Euphraise LANGLOIS had the following child:

child + 46 i. Etienne7 MERCIER.

46. Etienne7 MERCIER (Etienne6, Jean Francois5, Jean Joseph4, Pascal3, Pascal2, Julien1)  birth date unknown.

He married Marie LEMIEUX in Berthier, Québec, Canada, August 6, 1844. Marie is the daughter of Amable LEMIEUX and Angele GUILLEMET

Etienne MERCIER and Marie LEMIEUX had the following children:

child 47 i. Napoleon8 MERCIER

child 48 ii. Joseph MERCIER

child 49 iii. Marie MERCIER

child 50 iv. Agnes MERCIER

child + 51 v. Pascal Baylon MERCIER was born March 30, 1850.

51. Pascal Baylon8 MERCIER (Etienne7, Etienne6, Jean Francois5, Jean Joseph4, Pascal3, Pascal2, Julien1)  was born in Berthier, Québec, Canada March 30, 1850. Pascal died November 30, 1933 in Lowell, Middlesex, Co., MA, at 83 years of age. His body was interred Chelmsford, Middlesex, Co., MA.

He married Elisa BROCHU in Berthier, Québec, Canada, July 13, 1875. Photo

Pascal Baylon MERCIER and Elisa BROCHU had the following children:

child 52 i. Louis9 MERCIER was born in Québec, Canada. Photo

child 53 ii. Belon MERCIER

child 54 iii. Jules MERCIER

child 55 iv. Ovila MERCIER

child 56 v. Lea MERCIER

child 57 vi. Joseph MERCIER

child 58 vii. Guier MERCIER  was born in Québec, Canada about 1877.

child 59 viii. Grazielda MERCIER was born in Québec, Canada about 1884. She married Romus DUNN.

child 60 ix. Marie Emma MERCIER was born in Victoriaville, Québec, Canada December 23, 1886. She married Harvey DUNN. Photo

child 61 x. Marie Foeda Georgianne MERCIER was born in St. Victoriaville, Québec, Canada November 13, 1889.

child 62 xi. Marie Anna Alice MERCIER  was born in St. Victoriaville, Québec, Canada July 26, 1891. Marie died June 20, 1961 Lowell, Middlesex Co., MA, at 69 years of age.

child 63 xii. Lucia MERCIER was born in St. Victoriaville, Québec, Canada January 22, 1893. Lucia died February 9, 1893 in St. Victoriaville, Québec, Canada, at less than one year of age.

child 64 xiii. Lucien MERCIER was born in St. Victoriaville, Québec, Canada January 22, 1893. Lucien died February 7, 1893 in St. Victoriaville, Québec, Canada, at less than one year of age.

child + 65 xiv. Francois Romero Mercier a.k.a. William Frances MERCIER was born June 12, 1894. Used the name William Frances when he reached adulthood. He did not like his birth name Francois Romero. Photo

65. Francois Romero Mercier a.k.a. William Frances9 MERCIER (Pascal Baylon8 MERCIER, Etienne7, Etienne6, Jean Francois5, Jean Joseph4, Pascal3, Pascal2, Julien1)  was born in St. Victoriaville, Québec, Canada June 12, 1894. Francois died November 14, 1967 in Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA, at 73 years of age. His body was interred St. Joseph Cemetery, Lowell. Photo

He married Margaret GREEN in Lowell, Middlesex Co., Canada, November 23, 1920. 

Francois Romero Mercier a.k.a. William Frances MERCIER and Margaret GREEN had the following children:

child 66 i. Arnold Henry10 MERCIER  was born Montreal, Québec, Canada September 26, 1918. He married Ruth Elizabeth TAYLOR in Solvay, New York, NY, September 30, 1942. Photo

child 67 ii. Fern Joan MERCIER  was born Boston, Suffolk Co., MA November 5, 1924. She married Frank Bertram CHAPLIN in New Hampshire July 29, 1946.

child 68 iii. William Louis MERCIER was born in MA February 23, 1926. He married Eugenia OLEN in Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA, May 22, 1949.

child 69 iv. Kenneth Francis MERCIER  was born in Arlington, MA November 30, 1927. He married Joan Marie YOUNG Boston, Suffolk Co., MA, August 24, 1957.

child 70 v. Beverly Gloria MERCIER  was born in Arlington, MA January 13, 1929. She married Neil J. DUFFLEY Boston, Suffolk Co., MA, November 30, 1963.

child 71 vi. Ralph Joseph MERCIER  was born in MA. September 23, 1930. Ralph died May 10, 1992 in MA, at 61 years of age. His body was interred Worchester Co. Memorial Park. He married Jean A. BUOTTE.

child 72 vii. Richard Alan MERCIER  was born in Charlestown, MA July 25, 1932. He married Marcia L. KUNDERT in Dorchester, MA, October 5, 1957.

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