I've been on a bit of a hiatus for the last six months or so, taking a break from "debating" politics as much as possible and only visiting ATS
occasionally. Over these months, I've knocked out some projects around the house that I'd been putting off, gone to Mexico a couple times (those
caravans are gonna lead themselves — joking, I've been working on becoming an professional alcoholic) and devoted some time to other hobbies that
I'd been neglecting.
As some of you may already know, one of my hobbies is genealogy. It's something I picked up, along with my love of researching Fortean phenomena, from
my grandmother. I'm fortunate in that my grandmother authored a few books on her own ancestry, so a lot of that research has been done. However this
also led me to largely ignore those branches in my own research over the years. One of those branches is French via Canada.
Another thing I did was binge watch 14 seasons of the TV series, Supernatural — catching up just in time for the announcement that the next season
will be their last. Supernatural is filmed in Canada and there are a number of French Canadians in the crew. One of those folks has a not all that
common surname that I recognized from my own tree and so I decided to see if I could find a connection.
If you're a person who has spent any significant amount of time working on your own family tree, you're probably quite familiar with spending
countless hours tracking down ancestors and distant relations who aren't particularly notable. So I wasn't really expecting much going in... but then
I hit the mother lode.
Two of the very earliest European settlers of Quebec are among my 9th great-grandparents. As it turns out, they were really good at the whole having
Zacharie Cloutier (c. 1590 – September 17, 1677) was a French carpenter who immigrated to New France in 1634 in the first wave of the Percheron
Immigration from the former province of Perche, to an area that is today part of Quebec, Canada. He settled in Beauport and founded one of the
foremost families of Quebec.
Jean Guyon du Buisson (September 18, 1592 – May 30, 1663) was the patriarch of one of the earliest families to settle on the North shore of New
France's St. Lawrence River.
Guyon made his living as a master mason and, according to Perche-born genealogist Madame Montagne, was regarded as having an excellent reputation as a
mason. In 1615, he helped construct the Saint-Aubin de Tourouvre church steeple's interior stone staircase and in 1625 he was charged with the
re-building of Mortagne's fortifications.
Fun fact, the two friends built the oldest house in Canada, Giffard's manor house.
According to researchers, by 1800, Cloutier had 10,850 descendants, making he and his wife the couple with the most French Canadian descendants and in
second place behind them are Jean Guyon and his wife, who had 9,674 married descendants by 1900. Today their descendants number in the hundreds of
thousands and many people are likely descended from both families.
If you're Québécois or have French Canadian ancestry, there's a fairly decent chance that you're also a descendant of one or both, making us
cousins. And not just us but a slew of notable folks... including one Hillary Rodham Clinton.
I've done the research to establish the relation to a number of individuals but the list is pretty long. Here's some of the more famous, there's a
number of lists you can find for both families, but I'm going the lazy route and taking from the Cloutier list on Wikipedia.
David Archambault (leader of the Standing Rock Lakota Reservation)
Joseph-Armand Bombardier (founder of Bombardier)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Julie Payette (Governor General of Canada)
Louis St. Laurent (12th PM of Canada)
If you think we might be related and you don't want to post any surnames here, hit me up U2U.
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