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Jean Nicolet

Jean Nicolet

Male Abt 1598 - 1642  (~ 44 years)

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  • Name Jean Nicolet 
    Born Abt 1598  Cherbourg, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Oct 1642  Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • He arrived in Quebec in 1618 and was employed as a clerk and trained as an interpreter by the Company of Merchants, the fur-trading monopoly owned by French noblemen. He was assigned to live and work with the natives first on Allumette Island and then near Lake Nipissing; his task was to learn their language, maintain friendly relations and expand the fur trade. His relationship with a Nipissing woman resulted in the birth in 1628 of a daughter, Madeleine or Euphrosine Nicolet, the first known French Canadian Metis child.
      Nicolet was one of Canada's earliest explorers - the first white man to cross Lake Michigan and the first to explore the Mississippi River watershed, which became Wisconsin. There is a monument commemorating his explorations at Red Banks, Wisconsin.
      Nicolet returned to to Quebec in 1633 with Madeleine. He married Marguerite Couillard, daughter of settled in Trois Rivières in 1637 as a clerk for the Company of 100 Associates.
      He drowned in 1642 near Sillery on his way from Quebec to Trois Rivieres.
      Jean Nicolet, as an early and successful coureur de bois, paved the way for the many explorers later in the 17th century.

      Madeleine married Jean Leblanc in 1643 and Elie Dussault dit Lafleur in 1663. Both marriages resulted in generations of descendants in Canada and the United States.
    Person ID I5907  Cullen family tree

    Father Thomas Nicolet 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Marie de Lamer 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F1676  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Unknown Nipissing Native,   b. Abt 1610 
    Children 
     1. Euphrosine Madeleine Nicolet,   b. Abt 1627, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1689, Quebec, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F1161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Marguerite Couillard,   b. 10 Aug 1626, Quebec, New France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1705, Quebec, New France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 07 Oct 1637  Quebec, New France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1538  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    New France - Forging a Nation
    New France - Forging a Nation
    An introduction to the founding and development of New France, the role of early explorers and the life of the first colonists. Also presents some of our early French Canadian ancestors and a list of Lapointe and Joanis ancestors who were the first of their generation to immigrate to New France, mostly in the 17th century.
    A Melding of Cultures, Ancestors of George Turner and Bernadette Joanis, Volume 2: Our Lapointe and Joanis Ancestors, Four Hundred Years of French Canadian Heritage, Mark Cullen, 2018, Chapter 1 plus pp 125-129 and 255