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ROGER FAMILY - HISTORICAL SUMMARY

 

First Generation of the Roger Family in Canada

 

GABRIEL ROGER AND MARIE DE LACOUR

 

Our first Canadian ancestor, Gabriel Roger, originated from Poitou, an ancient province of France, located on the Atlantic Ocean, at the south of Bretagne and at the north of Saintonge and Aunis. He was born in a small village called Ste-Verge, Bressuire, Poitiers cathedral town. Gabriel was born in 1639 from the marriage of René Roger and Jeanne Augéarde.

 

It is worth noting that at least three Canadian ancestors came from Ste-Verge, village counting only 210 families in 1750: Jean Julien, born about 1639, Jean Boucher, referred to as Belleville and born about 1659 and Gabriel Roger. What prompted those courageous people to leave their home town to face new challenges in the New World? 

 

Louis XIV assumed full power of France in 1661 and gave to his Minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert the responsibility to reorganize the Nouvelle-France. In 1663, the population of the Nouvelle-France amounted to 2,500 persons while the population of New-England totaled 80,000 persons.  Jean Talon, Colbert’s right arm, became the first intendant of the colony. They took many measures to provide security and posterity to the colony:

 

  • Carignan Regiment. The settlers were constantly harassed by the Iroquois (Mohawks). In 1651, they conducted violent and frequent attacks against the dwellers of Montréal and Trois-Rivières. Adam Dollard des Ormeaux and 16 of his friends acted very heroically at Long-Sault in 1660 by stopping around 300 Iroquois going in the Montreal direction on the Ottawa River. All Canadians died but the Iroquois turned back. In 1669, the Iroquois terrorized the population and killed 100 citizens. On June 19, 1665, Colbert dispatched one thousand soldiers of the Carignan-Salière Regiment to repress the Iroquois. The Regiment defeated the Iroquois in 1666. Once peace was settled, the Regiment was disbanded and the King made the point to the officers that he would like the soldiers to settle in Nouvelle-France.

 

  • The “King Daughters”. Nine hundred King Daughters came to the colony from 1665 to 1673. Most of them settled in Québec before their marriage; about half of them got married and, after the birth of their first child, settled somewhere else in the colony.

 

It is in this context that Gabriel Roger sailed for America. We do not have the precise date of Gabriel’s arrival in Canada.

 

On July 16, 1665, our ancestor appears for the first time in the registers of the Nouvelle France at Château Richer, a municipality located slightly at the east of Quebec City. He is cited in the baptism act of Gabriel Rouleaux, the son of Gabriel Rouleaux and Mathurine Leroux from the Île d’Orléans. It is quite possible that Gabriel arrived in Canada a few years earlier if he was in the Carignan Regiment. The dates seem to coincide and the fact that Gabriel was an orphan also supports this hypothesis. Furthermore, we noted the presence of a Carignan Regiment officer at Gabriel’s marriage, according to the marriage contract. We are continuing our investigations in that respect.

 

 In his Histoire de l’Île d’Orléans, Louis-Philippe Turcotte mentions that Gabriel Royer (Roger, this is obviously a mistake) settled in the Île d’Orléans in 1667.

 

In 1667, Gabriel obtained a “concession” from Mgr de Laval. A copy of this concession

appears in Annex 2. The Archives of Quebec City provide the following information concerning land No. 21, cadastre # 41 and 42, and land No 23, cadastre #46, 49 and 50 :

 

  • On 2 June 1667, concession from Mgr de Laval to Gabriel Roger (1639-99), 3 arpents.

 

Gabriel does not appear on the census listings for 1666 and 1667. However, we noted his marriage in October 1669; he was then an inhabitant of Île d’Orléans.

 

We find the first annotations of our first ancestor in the archives of this country in the minutes of the notary Becquet in October 1669 and in the registers of the Notre-Dame Church in Québec in October of the same year. They are his marriage contract and his marriage Act. These two documents are included in Annex 1. They are very precious for the Roger family. This notarized contract is the solemner Act by which Gabriel Roger broke the links with his family and the Ste-Verge village and settled down definitely in his new country. He created a new family of Roger in America of which he would be the chief and the founder.   

 

On October 30, 1669, Gabriel married Marie de Lacour, referred to as “la comète”, daughter of Guillaume de Lacour and de Marguerite Birra de Saint-Germain d’Auxerre. Marie’s family was living in Paris and Guillaume was a master carpenter in the parish of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. At the time of her arrival in Nouvelle-France, Marie was an orphan and was under the protection of Mme Anne Gasnier, widow of Master Jean Bourdon who has been squire, Lord of St-Jean and St-François and General Procurer at the Sovereign Council.

 

The marriage contract was written by the notary Becquet on October 14, 1669 “according to the advice and agreement of their common friends for that assembly being: Monsieur Maistre Jacques de Cailhault de la Tesserie, counselor of the King at the Counsel Suzerain of this country, with his future wife Éléonore de Grandmaison, Dame Anne Gasnier, widow of the late Maistre Jean Bourdon, Lord of St-Jean and Saint fran., Procurer general at the Sovereign Council, and Valentin Frappier, sieur de Beauregard, lieutenant of an         infantry company at the Carignan Regiment.” (translation)

 

The Society of the « Filles du roi et des soldats du Carignan, Inc. (SFRSC) » disclose on its Web Site that Marie was one of the King’s Daughters. The alphabetical list of the King’s Daughters provides the following information:

“De Lacour, Marie, m. Roger, Gabriel, 12 oct., 1669, (450 livres de dot) (Références: Landry, Yves: Les Filles du roi au xvii'ème siècle (Leméac, 1992); Jetté, René: Dictionnaire généologique des Familles du Québec (Les Presses de l'Univ. de Montréal, 1983).”

 

Shortly after their marriage, Gabriel and his young wife settled down on Gabriel’s farm located at Ste-Famille de l’Île d’Orléans, the only parish serving the island. We can find in the registers of that parish the baptism acts of all the children, except for Jean-Baptiste, born on 7 September 1670, who was baptized in Notre-Dame de Québec church. It is worh noting that Jean Talon, the Intendant of Nouvelle-France, was the Godfather of this first child, which demonstrates that Gabriel family was maintaining close relationship with the best families of the new country.

 

Marie gave also birth to the following four boys:

 

  • Gabriel II, born on 8 April 1672 and baptized on the 23rd of the same month. Nicole Saulnier, Jean Brochu spouse, Roger’s family neighbor, was the Godmother of Gabriel second child. On January 16, 1702, Gabriel II married Élisabeth Gautron, daughter of André Gautron and Jeanne de la Noue. Gabriel II and Élisabeth died at St-Pierre du Nord, Île St-Jean, in Acadie.

 

  • Nicolas, born on 17 November, 1674, and baptized on 27 September of the same year; Nicolas Delage and Jeanne Bardet were the Godfather and Godmother of the child.

 

  • Joseph, born on 29 April 1676, was baptized on 1 May of the same year; Émery Belouyn and Élizabeth Drujon were the godfather and godmother of the child. Joseph married Marie Reine Marceau on 12 August 1694; he was married a second time to Marie Cauchon on 23 October 1724. Joseph died on 28 April 1738.

 

  • Louis, born on 5 October 1677 and baptized on 9 October of the same year. The godmother and godfather of the child were Gabriel Tybierge and Marie Anne Langlois.

 

It is interesting to note that the Nouvelle-France had 6,700 inhabitants in 1672 while the New-England population amounted to 120,000. In the same year, Louis Buade de Frontenac became the new General Governor of the Nouvelle-France.

 

Gabriel had a strong personality and could defend himself. He was brought before the Sovereign  Council on 17 April 1673 for a dispute with his neighbor, Jacques Bidet. They both had to settle this matter with the parish priest, Father Duplein. History does not relate how the contention was resolved…

 

On 3 October 1674, Gabriel bought a land from Gervais Rocheron at St-Jean, Île d’Orléans, with the proviso than the latter cut down two arpents of wood on his land at Ste-Famille. The Archives de Québec give the following information:

 

« Land No 23, from Gervais Rocheron, 3 arpents

 

§  1674, 3 October, sale from Gervais Rocheron to :

 

§  Roger, Gabriel (1641-1699), 3 arpents » (translation)

 

The web site Purfest Genealogy mentions that Marie de Lacour was the Godmother of Marie Brochu, who was born in St-Jean, Île d’Orléans, on 13 July 1675. Marie Brochu married Jean Tanguay on 24 January 1692. The Brochu family was the Roger’s neighbor on the west side.

 

Gabriel acted as godfather of Jeanne Bidet, daughter of Jacques Bidet and Françoise Desfosses. The baptism took place on 24 January 1676.

 

Nicolas and Joseph Roger appear on a Confirmation List as at 4 April 1684

 

Gabriel weeps over his spouse Marie on 19 October 1677. Marie had given birth to her last son, Louis, on 9 October 1677, ten days before her death. It is quite likely that she died from childbirth complications.  Her burial act could not be traced.

 

The 1681 general census provides the following information:

 

·         « Gabriel Roger, 40 years old, children : Jean (Jean-Baptiste), 11 years old, Gabriel, 8 years old, Nicolas, 6 years old, Joseph, 4 years old, Louis 3 years old. » So, shortly after the death of his first spouse, Gabriel lived with his five children on his land in Ste-Famille.

 

  • The report also mentions that Gabriel had already cleared 20 arpents of land. 

 

 

In the Brochu genealogy, it is mentioned that, on 17 October 1684, Jean Brochu and Jacques Bidet farmed Gabriel Roger’s land for five years. Each of both neighbors cultivated their new half.

 

Gabriel was very generous. Following a few weeks of hospitalization, he gratefully makes the promise to give to poor patients of the hospital Hotel Dieu de Québec the amount of 10 pounds for five consecutive years. However, on the following May 24th, while being hospitalized, he owed 52 pounds to Claude Dubreuil.

 

An inventory of Gabriel’s belongings was taken on 15 November 1687 by the notary Étienne Jacob. His furniture is evaluated at 653 pounds. He owned two lands, one of six arpents (Land No 23?) and the other eighteen arpents (Land No 21). He also owned a house measuring 22 feet by 18 feet. The notary prepared also an Act of tutelage for the following Gabriel’s minor children: (Étienne Jacob, #72 et 721/2) : Jean-Baptiste, 17 year old, Gabriel, 16 year old, Nicolas, 13 year old, Joseph, 12 year old, and Louis, 10 year old.

 

On 17 November 1687, Gabriel married Marie-Louise Beaupère (Bolper), at St-François, Île d’Orléans. Marie-Louise was born in 1651 and her parents were Gilles Beaupère and Nicole Richer. She was born in Pont-Tranchefêtu, France, where her father Gilles was living. Gabriel and Marie-Louise did not have children.

 

Marie-Louise was also a “King’s Daughter”. She had received a 350 pounds dowry at the time of her first marriage with François Marceau. At that time, she was a 20 years old orphan.

 

Gabriel became the tutor of the five children from Marie-Louise’s first marriage: Jacques-François, born on 7 September 1672, Reine or Marie-Reine, born on 5 March 1676, Louis, born in April 1678 and Suzanne, born on 28 December 1680. Gabriel and Marie-Louise children lived under the same roof.

 

Gabriel often did business with François Marceau and the two men were close. At the time of François death, the latter owed 65 pounds to Gabriel for the purchase of various furniture. Both men came from the Poitou Province, both “Poitevins”, and this could be at the base of their friendship, friendship which resulted in two marriages between the two families: Gabriel married François’ widow and… Gabriel’s son, Joseph, married Marie-Reine Marceau, daughter issued from Marie-Louise first marriage with Françoise. So, Gabriel was the father-in-law of Joseph spouse on two accounts!

 

The Marceau Web Site (http://pages.infinit.net/fidele/hmarceau2.htm) mentions that Marie-Louise Bolper was a very fascinating person and that Gabriel, her second husband, was a knowledgeable and tactful man.. and that he was a good friend of the family (Marceau).

 

The Dictionnaire biographique des ancêtres Québeçois (1608-1700) written by Michel Langlois provide the following information :

 

  • “On 8 August 1688, he (Gabriel) commissioned his eighteen years old son Jean-Baptiste as apprentice at Jean Dubois shop, at the cost of his lodging, food and 90 pounds at the term of his commitment.  

 

  • On 5 June 1690, he (Gabriel) commissioned his son Nicolas (sixteen years old), domestic of Major Prévost at Québec, as apprentice for four years at André Jorian shop at the cost of his lodging, food, maintenance, one new suit, six shirts, and 30 pounds plus one “tille taillefer” as companion tool at the term of his commitment.”

 

Gabriel’s property (Land No 21) appears on the Villeneuve Map issued in 1689, in St-Jean parish, under number 15. However, the property that Gabriel acquired from M. Rocheron does not appear on that map. The Archives de Québec contain the following registration:

 

« Land No 23, from Gervais Rocheron, 3 arpents

 

§  1689, Villeneuve Map, p. 170, this Gabriel Roger land has been omitted. » (translation)

 

In 1689, the population of the Nouvelle-France amounted to 15,000 inhabitants while the New-England population was over 2000,000.

 

On 16 October 1690, the English army attempted to seize hold of Quebec City. The assault was conducted by Sir William Phipps. An emissary came to Quebec to summon Gervernor Frontenac to capitulate. The Governor had this famous answer: “I will answer you by the mouth of my cannons!” The English army bombards Quebec during two days in vain. The English army weighs anchor.

 

The crops are particularly poor in 1690 and there is great misery in the colony the following year. The loss of two French boats in 1692 made things worst. Eel becomes the “basket of the inhabitant”.

 

On 12 August 1694, Joseph Roger marries Marie Reine Marceau.

 

Gabriel passed away on July 24, 1699 and was inhumed the following day in St-Jean, Île d’Orléans. He was 60 year old.

 

On 3 February 1701, Marie-Louise married Antoine-Olivier Quinniart, surnamed Duplessis, and navy sergeant. 

 

Out of Gabriel’s five sons, only two survived him, as supported by the following information provided by the Archives de Québec:

 

« Land No 21, from Gabriel Roger (1641-99) 3 arpents (original concession from Mgr de Laval)

 

§  Roger, Gabriel (father), deceased 3 months ago, and partition the following day.

 

§  1702, August 1702, partition between Gabriel Roger (son), surgeon, from La Rochelle, passing at Québec, and Joseph Roger (1676-1738), his brother, son of late Gabriel Roger (1639-99) and late Marie de Lacour ( - 1677), each heir of a free half, by the death of Louis, Jean (Jean-Baptiste) and Nicolas Roger, their brothers, deceased after their mother, but before their father.

 

§  This land  reverts to :

 

Roger, Gabriel, son (1672-p 1710), surgeon (from La Rochelle), 3 arpents

 

§  1707, 10 February, sale from Gabriel Roger, surgeon, from La Rochelle, passing at Québec, to :

 

§  Fortier, Jean-Baptiste (1681-1739), from St-Laurent, 3 arpents. »

 

This sale of 3 arpents of land from Gabriel Roger (II) to Jean-Baptiste Fortier was totally unexpected and quite surprising to us. Gabriel (II) is the brother of our second ancestor in Nouvelle-France (Gabriel (I) son) while Jean-Baptiste Fortier is the brother of our maternal ancestor Pierre-Noël Fortier. Effectively, my mother’s name is Jeanne Fortier and her first ancestor Fortier to arrive in Nouvelle-France is Antoine Fortier, the father of Jean-Baptiste Fortier.

 

« Land No 23, from Gervais Rocheron, 3 arpents

 

§  1699, 5 November, fire inventory

 

§  Roger, Gabriel, deceased 3 months ago (widow of Marie de la Cour, remarried to Marie-Louise Bolper, widow of François Marceau); and partition the following day

 

§  1702, 2 August, partition between Gabriel Roger (son), surgeon, from La Rochelle, passing at Québec, and Joseph Roger (1676-1738), his brother, son of late Gabriel Roger (1639-99) and late Marie de Lacour ( - 1677), each heir of a free half, by the death of Louis, Jean (Jean-Baptiste) and Nicolas Roger, their brothers, deceased after their mother, but before their father. 

 

This land reverts to :

 

§  Roger, Joseph (1676-1738), 3 arpents

1709, carte de Catalogne »

 

We could not get any information concerning the fire inventory of Land No 23. This inventory took place in November 1699 while Gabriel (I) died in July of the same year. We could not either find the dates or causes of death of Gabriel three children (Jean-Baptiste, Nicolas and Louis). The potential relationship between the death of Gabriel (I), the death of his three sons and the fire remains to be explored and explained. 

 

Two of Gabriel I sons outlived their father: Gabriel II and Joseph. Gabriel II settled down in Acadie and died at St-Pierre du Nord, Île St-Jean (today Prince Edward Island), Acadie. Gabriel (II) did not have any male descendant. Joseph settled at St-Jean, Île d’Orléans, and moved later to St-Nicolas. Joseph is the ancestor of the Roger family in Canada. 

 

Second Generation

 

GABRIEL ROGER AND ÉLISABETH GAUTRON

 

Gabriel Roger (Gabriel II) was born on 8 April 1672 and baptized on 23 April of the same year at Ste-Famille, Île d’Orléans. He is the son of Gabriel I and Marie de Lacour. Nicole Saulnier, Jean Brochu spouse, and Nicolas Durand, the two neighbors of the Rogers, were the godmother and godfather of this second son of Gabriel I.

 

Gabriel II appears on two patients lists of the Hotel-Dieu hospital in Québec City on 24 June and July first in 1690. The lists mention that he was then 17 years old and that he was living in St-Jean, Île d’Orléans.

 

On 16 January 1702, he married Élisabeth Gautron, daughter of André Gautron and Jeanne de la Noue  (Lanque).

 

The Archives de Québec describing the sharing of Gabriel I property mention that Gabriel II returned to France where he practiced as a surgeon in La Rochelle.

 

The couple gave birth to one daughter, Marie Élisabeth, who married Jean-François Douville around 1722 in Acadie.

 

On November 10, 1702, Gabriel II is cited in the registers of St-Jean parish as godfather of Marguerite Cochon, daughter of Louis Cochon and Catherine Dumast. 

 

Gabriel and Élisabeth gave birth to the two following children at La Rochelle, in France :

 

Gabriel Honoré, born on 8 August 1704, and

 

Marie Élisabeth, born on 25 September 1709. Marie Élisabeth married Jean François sieur Douville in 1722. The couple gave birth to the ten following children :

 

Marie Françoise Douville, born about 1723 (18 January 1734?) at Île St-Jean, married to Louis Charles Talbot on 26 November 1739 at Île St-Jean, deported to St-Malo (France) et died on 5 March 1759;

Anne-Marie Douville, born on 18 January 1726 and married to Jean Bageaud;

Jacques Douville, born on 18 April 1728 and married to Judith Quinine;

Jean-François Douville, born on 10 October 1731 and deceased in 1752;

Julien François Douville, born on 6 April 1736 and deceased about 1751;

Louise Gabriel Douville, born on 14 January 1738, married to François Michel Bonnnière, deported and deceased at St-Malo (France) about 1760;

Louis Gabriel Douville, born about 1736 and deceased about 1752;

Philippe Auguste Douville, born on 12 August 1742 and married to Marie Julienne Letourneur;

Pierre Douville, born on 7 August 1745, married to Cynthia Aborn and deceased about 1794;

Marguerite Douville, deceased in 1759 during her deportation.

 

In July 1755, the Executive Council of Nova Scotia took the unanimous decision to deport 15, 000 Acadians during the summer because (according to the Council) they refuse to sign the allegiance oath to the England sovereign, they did not assimilate fast enough and they were not considered good British subjects. 

 

Marie Élisabeth was deported to St-Malo (France) in 1758. She came back to the islands St-Pierre and Miquelon with her children Françoise, Philippe and Pierre. Later, she went back to St-Malo on 10 November 1778 with Françoise and Philippe. She died at St-Pierre et Miquelon in 1785. She was then 76 year old.

 

On 2 October 1707, Gabriel II assisted in the baptism of Élisabeth Brochu, daughter of Jean Brochu and Marie Delaune at La Durantaye. Nicole Saulnier, the godmother of the child, was also Gabriel II godmother.

 

On 18 February 1715, Gabriel II, merchant from La Rochelle, creditor and sole legatee of late Joseph Blay, sold land to Joseph Allaire for the amount of 460 livres (Notaire Chambalon).

 

On May first 1712, Gabriel II appears in the registers of Québec City as godfather of Anne Catherine Lacoudray, daughter of Jean Baptiste Lacoudray and Catherine Agnès Gautier. 

 

On 19 December 1715, Gabriel II is mentioned in the registers of Québec City as godfather of Gabrielle Geneviève Cain, daughter of Henri Cain Lataille and Marie Jeanne Gacien.

 

The Site “Le serment de l’Île royale” (http://daniel_burgot.club.fr/html/capbreton/porttoulouse3.htm) mentions that “… in 1714, Port-Toulouse (on Île Royale, in Acadie) harbors fishermen families, merchants, navy carpenters. In addition to Acadian families making a living from fisheries in Port-Toulouse, there are also French merchants, (Gabriel Roger, merchant from La Rochelle, and Jean-Baptiste Alleon, coming from Saint Etienne en Forez, establish a Fishing Society in 1715), who hired Acadians. (translation)”

 

The Guide brochure of the Ste-Anne de Beaupré Sanctuary contains on page 169 the following annotation regarding a gratefulness gift received in 1716: “Received from M. Roger the amount of 124 pounds for a solemnly mass and a painting” (translation). The painting measures seven feet and 9 inches by six feet and represents a war ship stock in the ice and deflecting towards the reefs. The Sailors push the ice away from the boat with their boat-hooks. On the bridge, the passengers are praying while Ste-Anne, at the top of the painting, is protecting the boat. This painting could be seen at the basilica museum and appears as No 70 on the artifacts list.

 

J. P. Asselin, redactor of Les Annales de Ste-Anne provides the following interpretation : “It is likely that M. Roger was the merchant who contributed to the sanctuary. It is Gabriel Roger, husband of Marie-Louise Bolper, widow of François Marceau. (Annales de Sainte Anne, 1958, page 325)”. Indeed, the dates do not coincide since Gabriel I died in 1699.  It is very likely that the donation was made by Gabriel Roger II. The latter was in Québec City in 1715 and at the Île Royale in 1715-1716 while the painting was offered in 1716.

 

In 1720, Gabriel II and Élisabeth settled down at St-Pierre du Nord, Île St-Jean, in Acadie; this municipality is now St-Peter’s Harbor, on Prince Edouard Island.

 

On November 26, 1739, Gabriel II is mentioned on the marriage certificate of his grand-daughter, Marie- Françoise Douville, at Île St-Jean.

 

Gabriel II and Élisabeth died at St-Pierre du Nord, Île St-Jean, Acadie.

 

JOSEPH ROGER AND MARIE-REINE MARCEAU

 

Joseph Roger was born on 29 April 1676. He was the son of Gabriel Roger and Marie de Lacour. He was baptized on 1 May 1676 at St-Famille, Île d’Orléans. The godfather and godmother were  Émery Belouyn and Élizabeth Drujon.

 

On 20 April 1694, at St-François, Joseph married Marie-Reine Marceau, born on 5 March 1767 at Ste-Famille and daughter of François Marceau and Marie-Louise Beaupère (Bolper).

 

We mentioned previously that Gabriel I, Joseph’s father, had married Marie-Louise Beaupère in a second marriage. Marie-Reine Marceau was the daughter of Marie-Louise Beaupère in the first marriage of the latter with François Marceau. Marie-Louise had given birth to many children in her first marriage. The two families lived in the same house; the marriage of Joseph and Marie-Reine illustrates the good relation between the two families.      

 

The «  Bob’s Genealogy Site » mentions tragically events concerning Suzanne Marceau, born on 28 December 1680, daughter of Marie-Louise, and therefore sister of Marie-Reine. She was promised to Joseph Roger and a marriage contract to that effect had already been completed. The marriage contract was broken to the advantage of her sister Marie-Reine. Suzanne then espoused the soldier Jean Cojean on 7 September 1699. Tragically, Suzanne passed away one week after the birth of her first child on 3 May 1700.

 

Joseph and his new wife joined his father Gabriel on his lands of Île d’Orléans. Gabriel passed away five years later. Joseph’s property (Land # 23) appears on the Catalogne map drawn in 1709, in the St-Jean parish, Île d’Orléans, under number 187.

 

During the XVIIIth century, the Nouvelle France along the St-Lawrence River is more and more often referred to as Canada. In 1715, the “Canada” population amounted to

18 500 people while New-England had 434 000 inhabitants. Still in 1715, Louis XIV deceased and his grand-grand son, Louis XV who was five year old succeeded him. Duc Philippe d’Orléans was interim. 

 

Joseph and Marie-Reine were the happy parents of the following children:

 

  • Anonymous, baptized and deceased on 16 October 1697 at Québec.

 

  • Marie-Jeanne, baptized at St-Jean, Île d'Orléans, on 27 December 1698, married at St-Nicolas on 2 May 1724 to Joseph Huot, son of Laurent Étienne Huot and Françoise Faveron. Marie-Jeanne died at St-Nicolas on 5 April 1758. She was 63 year old.  

 

  • Claire, born on 8 October 1700, baptized at St-Jean, Île d'Orléans, in the same month, and deceased in her early years.

 

  • Marguerite, baptized on 6 January 1702, and deceased on 15 January 1702 at St-Jean.

 

  • Joseph II, born on 22 October 1704,  baptized the following day at St-Jean, Île d'Orléans, married to Suzanne Leblanc on 22 October 1736, and deceased on 12 May 1747.

 

  • Marie-Louise, baptized and deceased at St-François, Île d'Orléans, on 10 September 1708. 

 

  • Angélique, born at St-Jean on 2 August 1706, baptized the 5th of the same month and deceased on 21 April 1712 at St-Jean, Île d'Orléans. She died of whooping cough.

           

  • Madeleine, born and baptized on 8 March 1711; deceased on 21 April 1712 at St-Jean, Île d'Orléans. She died of whooping cough at the same time as Angélique.

 

  • Marie Josephe (Josette), born and baptized on 8 June 1714 and deceased on 1 September 1714 at St-Jean, Île d'Orléans. 

 

  • Jean François, born at St-Jean on 22 February 1717.

 

  • Marie-Anne, baptized in 1718, married on 4 February 1737 at St-Antoine de Tilly to Charles-François Daigle, son of André Daigle and Marie-Thérèse Proulx, deceased on 18 April 1758 at the same place.  The couple had one child : André Daigle.

 

  • Gabriel III, born and baptized on 30 April 1719 at Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans, married to Marie-Charlotte Boucher on 18 April 1746, and deceased on 29 September 1800. Gabriel is our direct ancestor.  

 

Marie-Reine Beaupère (Bolper) died on 2 January 1724; she was 47 years old. The Act of inhumation appears on the registry of St-Nicolas parish.

 

In between 1696 and 1721, Joseph is mentioned in numerous marriage acts (Joseph Dallaire and Madeleine Bidet, Jacques Grefar and Jeanne Terrien, Thomas Daniel and Suzanne Lefebvre, Pierre Dubreuil and Marie Françoise Gilbert and others), baptism acts (Geneviève Laisne, Joseph Marceau, three twins (François, Georges et Catherine Houimet) and others), and specially burial acts (18 burials of which the three twins just mentioned, Émery Bloing, Geneviève Gobille, Jasmin, Marie Cochon Laverdière, Marie Fera, Madeleine St-Jean, Marie Madeleine Plante, Jean Brochu, Étienne Terrien, Robert Rivière, Vincent Xaintonge and others). The name of Joseph is the only one that appears on the registers at times besides the deceased and the priest. The unusual frequency of Joseph mentions on the burial registers is enigmatic. It is possible that he was occupying some official functions related to burials .

 

Joseph took Marie Cauchon as his second wife on 23 October 1724. Marie was born in 1685 and she was the daughter of Jacques Cauchon and Marie Barbe Delphine le Tardif. Marie gave birth to Marie-Josephte, baptized at St-Antoine de Tilly on 10 November 1725 and married at St-Nicolas on July first 1743 to Charles Claude Paré, son of François Paré and Claire Lacroix.

 

A census took place in 1724 while the Land No 23 still belonged to Joseph. The Archives de Québec mentions the following informations:

 

« Land No 23, de Gervais Rocheron, 3 arpents

 

§  Roche (Roger), J (Joseph)

1725, 25 August, acknowledgment and counting

 

§  Roger, Joseph, 3 arpents, with house, barn and 40 arpents of land cleared » (translation)

 

There is no precise date when Joseph moved to St-Nicolas. It should have taken place between 1719 and 1724 since his son Gabriel was baptized at Ste-Famille in 1719 and Marie-Reine was buried at St-Nicolas on 2 January 1724. 

 

In 1735, “from Québec to Montréal, on the north shore of the St-Lawrence River, the Chemin du Roy is inaugurated. We can now go from one city to the other with one horse in four days” (Provencher, p. 71;  translation) It is noteworthy that the Chemin du Roy goes across St-Nicolas.

 

Marie Cauchon died on 7 January 1736 and was buried at St-Nicolas.

 

Joseph passed away in St-Nicolas on April 28, 1738. He was then 62 year old.

 

Seven of Marie and Joseph twelve children died very young. Three daughters (Marie-Jeanne, Marie-Anne and Marie-Josephe) and two sons (Joseph II and Gabriel III) survived their parents. One of the daughters settled down in St-Nicolas while the two other moved to St-Antoine de Tilly. The two sons created two branches of the Roger family. Joseph II (Group A), the elder son, settled down at Sault-aux-Récollets while Gabriel II (Group B) remained in the Québec region (Lotbinière County).

 

 

Third Generation

 

GROUP A

 

JOSEPH ROGER AND SUZANNE LEBLANC

 

 

Joseph Roger (Joseph II) was born on 22 October 1704 and was baptized the following day at St-Jean, Île d’Orléans. He was the elder son of Joseph Roger (Joseph I) and Marie-Reine Marceau.

 

Joseph II settled down at Sault-aux-Récollets, near Montréal. On 22 October 1736, at Sault-aux-Récollets, Joseph II espoused Suzanne Leblanc, born in 1716 and daughter of Charles Leblanc and Suzanne Bon Lacombe. Joseph I, mentioned as farmer on the marriage act, was not present at the marriage. The following persons attended the marriage : mother and father of the bride, Julien Leblanc, uncle of the bride, Pierre Laflotte, Pierre Montigni and priest Chambon.  

 

The happy couple had the following four boys, all born at Sault-aux-Récollets:

 

  • Joseph III, born and baptized on 6 November 1737.

 

  • Charles, born and baptized on 8 November 1741.

 

  • Louis-François, born and baptized on 23 March 1744. He married Marie Louise Leblanc on 30 January 1769 in Montréal, at Notre-Dame church. Marie Louise was the daughter of Jacques Leblanc and Marie Josephe Rouleau. Louis François settled down in Louisianne, likely following the route to Mississippi, first at Opelousas, where he died. We find his lineage around Lafayette, at Grand Coteau and Carencro in particular.

 

  • Jean-Baptiste, baptized on 30 November 1746 and deceased on 13 May 1748.  Jean-Baptiste Jubinville and Marie Anne Leblanc were the godfather and godmother of the child.

 

Joseph died on 12 May 1747, after 10 years of marriage. He was buried at Sault-aux-Récollets.

 

Suzanne Leblanc remarried to Louis Brisebois on 15 July 1748 at Sault-aux-Récollets. Joseph III was then 11-year-old and Louis-François was 4 year-old. Jean-Baptiste was a year and a half year-old; he died on 13 May 1748, two months before the second marriage of his mother. 

 


GROUP B

 

JOSEPH GABRIEL ROGER  AND MARIE CHARLOTTE BERGERON

 

Gabriel III was born on 30 April 1719 at Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans. He is the eleventh child of Joseph I and Marie-Reine Marceau. Gabriel III followed his parents at St-Nicolas in 1720. He first settled in this parish and later on moved to St-Antoine de Tilly.

 

On 18 April 1746, in St-Nicolas, Gabriel III married Marie-Charlotte Boucher, born in 1726 and daughter of Jean-François Boucher and Marie-Geneviève Fréchette. The couple had seven children in St-Antoine de Tilly:

 

  • Marie-Charlotte, baptized on 12 February 1747. Jean-François Boucher and Marie-Jeanne Roger were the godfather and godmother of the child. Marie-Charlotte married Charles Gingras on 12 November 1764 at St-Antoine de Tilly. The latter is the son of Pierre Charles Gingras and Marie-Charlotte Bergeron who will become the second wife of Gabriel III in 1763.

 

  • Marie Geneviève, born on 20 April 1749, baptized the following day and deceased on 28 September of the same year.

 

  • Judith, born and baptized on 29 August 1750 and deceased on 14 October 1755.

 

  • Marie-Catherine, born and baptized on 23 September 1752 and deceased on 25 April 1756.

 

  • Étienne, baptized on 9 August 1754 and deceased in 1768. The burial act mentions that he had not received any sacraments, due to his sudden death.

 

  • Gabriel, born and baptized on 8 October 1756, and deceased on 26 January 1758.

 

The population of La Nouvelle France grew to 85 000 inhabitants in 1754 while the New England totaled 1,485,634.

 

In July 1759, the doors of Québec City were closed because the British troops had disembarked on the Île d’Orléans and were occupying Saint-Laurent parish. The City was bombarded days and nights for two months. On 13 September 1759, 4,000 English soldiers, headed by General J. Wolfe, set ashore at l’Anse au Foulon, west of Québec, near the Plaines d’Abraham. A French sentinel who heard some noise asked; “Qui vive?” An English officer answered “France”. The guard, thinking it was one of the French troops soldier, let them go without intervening. About 3,500 French soldiers went into the combat. Within half an hour, the French army was defeated. Wolfe died on the battle field and Montcalm has seriously wounded. He died the following day.  

 

In September 1760, the English troops encircled Montréal. Since the French were siege by an army far superior in number , Governor Vaudreuil had no alternative but to surrender. This was the end of « La Nouvelle France » in America.

 

Marie-Charlotte Boucher died on 19 August 1760 and was buried at St-Antoine de Tilly. Her death took place one month after the capture of Québec and one month before the capitulation of Montréal.

 

On 5 September 1763, Gabriel III remarried to Marie-Charlotte Bergeron at St-Antoine de Tilly. Marie-Charlotte was born in May 1717; she was the daughter of Jean Bergeron and Madeleine Ferland and the widow of Pierre Charles Gingras. The families Boucher, Frichet, Huot et Daigle attended the marriage.

 

Gabriel III and Marie-Charlotte had only one child, Pierre, born on 15 October 1763.

 

It is quite possible, and even plausible, that Pierre could be the son posthumous, natural and legitimate of Pierre Charles Gingras, the first husband of Marie-Charlotte; the following circumstances support this thesis :

 

  • Pierre Charles Gingras was the first husband of Marie Charlotte Bergeron; the latter espoused Gabriel III in a second marriage.

 

  • Pierre Charles Gingras died on 2 May 1763, 5 months and a half before the birth of Pierre AND 4 months before the marriage of Gabriel III and Marie Charlotte Bergeron.

    

  • Pierre Roger was born on 15 October 1763, 40 days after the marriage of Gabriel Roger and Marie Charlotte Bergeron, which marriage took place on 5 September 1763.

 

  • Their son was given the same first name as the first husband of Marie Charlotte: Pierre. It is noteworthy that this name of Pierre appears for the first time in the Roger family.

 

In France, Louis XV passed away in 1774 and Louis XVI was sacred king at the same date. Due to chocking inequalities in the repartition of public responsibilities and a complete lack of control over the government, the revolution erupted in 1789. The citizens laid hold of the Bastille on 14 July, now considered the national holiday of the French people. Louis XVI died under the guillotine in 1793.   

 

Marie-Charlotte deceased on 18 April 1797; she was 80-year-old. She was buried at St-Antoine de Tilly. Gabriel appears on the sepulture act as laborer.

 

Gabriel passed away on 29 September 1800 and was buried at St-Antoine de Tilly. He was 81 year old.


Fourth Generation

 

GROUP A

 

JOSEPH ROGER (Joseph III) AND MARIE AMABLE CHARRON

 

Joseph III was born on 6 November 1737 at Sault-aux-Récollets. He was the elder son of Joseph II and Suzanne Leblanc. Charles Leblanc and Marie Barbeau were the godparents of the child. 

 

Joseph III took Marie Amable Charron as  wife on 2 March 1767 at Sault-aux-Récollets. Marie was the daughter of Antoine Charron and Marie Catherine Joly, widow of Joseph Cyr.

 

The couple was blessed with the following twelve children:

 

  • Antoine, born on 4 May 1767 at Ste-Geneviève (Pierrefonds)

 

  • Joseph (Joseph IV), born at Sault-aux-Récollets in 1774,

 

  • François Jacques, born at Sault-aux-Récollets on 10 January 1771.

 

  • Marie Amable, born at Ste-Rose (Laval) at the beginning of January 1768 and deceased on 7 May of the same year.

 

  • Marie Amable, born at Ste-Rose on 27 August 1768 and baptized the following day.   

 

  • Anonymous, born and baptized on 13 September 1769.

 

  • Marie Amable,  born in Montréal on 2 September 1772.

 

  • André, born at St-Vincent-de-Paul on 25 October 1776 and buried at St-Martin on 1 February 1784.

 

  • Pierre, born at St-Vincent-de-Paul on 9 October 1778 and deceased at St-Martin on 5 August 1779, She was 10 month-old.

 

  • Pierre, born at Sault-aux-Récollets on 28 June 1780.

 

  • Archange; she married Joseph Pilon at Montréal in 1801.

 

  • Marie-Catherine; married to François Simard on 26 January 1778 at Sault-aux-Récollets. She passed away on 3 March 1796 at St-Martin.

 

Marie Amable died at St-Martin on 15 October 1787 at St-Martin.

 

Joseph III remarried Marie Josephe Chatillon-Gaudier on 18 November 1788 at St-Martin. Marie Josephe was the daughter of Jacques Chatillon-Gaudier and Marie Anne Verdon, widow of Jean Baptiste Neveu Lacroix. 

 

 

GROUP B

 

JEAN BAPTISTE PIERRE ROGER AND GENEVIÈVE MARCHAND

 

Jean Baptiste Pierre Roger was born at St-Antoine de Tilly on 15 October 1763. He was the son of Gabriel III and Marie-Charlotte Bergeron. He is our direct ancestor.

 

Pierre settled down as a farmer at St-Antoine de Tilly. On 5 August 1782, he took for wife Geneviève Marchand, born at St-Antoine de Tilly on 15 September 1764 and daughter of Joseph Marchand and Marie Madeleine Côté. The Marriage Act cites the presence of Gabriel III, the bride’s father, and Charles and Jean Gingras.  Marie-Charlotte Bergeron, the bride’s mother, when she married Gabriel III, was the widow of Pierre Charles Gingras, born on 16 April 1710 and deceased in 1763. The couple had many children. Charles and Jean are two of those children. Charles Gingras, the elder, had married Marie-Charlotte Roger, issued from the first marriage of Gabriel III and Marie-Charlotte Boucher.

 

Pierre and Geneviève were granted with the following children born at St-Antoine de Tilly :

 

  • Anonymous, born and deceased circa 1782.

 

  • Marie-Geneviève, born on 17 April 1783 and baptized on 10 September of the same year, married at St-Antoine de Tilly on 9 February 1802 to Jean Baptiste Demers, son of Jérome Demers and Marie Anne Douville. Marie-Geneviève was buried at St-Nicolas on 20 November 1861.

 

  • Anonymous, deceased on 19 July 1784.

 

  • Anonymous, deceased on 8 June 1785.

 

  • Jean Baptiste Pierre (Pierre II), baptized on 10 June 1786, married to Marie Coulombe on 19 May 1812 and deceased on 8 July 1870. Jean Baptiste Pierre is our great-great-grandfather.

 

  • Anonymous, deceased on 26 May 1789.

 

Geneviève died and was buried at St-Antoine de Tilly on 6 June 1789. She was 25 year-old. The burial Act indicates “death during the sickness”. It is quite possible that she died following her last childbirth.

 

On 16 August 1791, Pierre married Charlotte Bergeron at St-Antoine de Tilly. Charlotte is the daughter of Joseph Claude Bergeron and Marie Charlotte Croteau.

 

The couple gave birth to the following children:

 

  • Charlotte, baptized on 18  August 1792, married at St-Antoine de Tilly on 10 February 1809 to Jean-Baptiste Genest Labarre, son of Alexis Genest Labarre and Marie-Joséphine Baron. Charlotte and Jean-Baptiste had two sons : Jean-Baptiste et Benoni. Charlotte died on 2 February 1866.

 

  • Édouard, born in 1793, married at St-Nicolas on 4 February 1823 to Marguerite Demers, daughter of François Demers and Marguerite Demers. He passed away on 25 November 1870.

 

  • Pierre, baptized on 9 June 1794 and deceased on 14 November 1810.

 

  • Joseph, baptized on 4 June 1795, married on 5 February 1821 to Geneviève Martineau, daughter of Jean Baptiste Martineau and Geneviève Aubin. Joseph died on 26 May 1831.

 

Charlotte Bergeron passed away at St-Antoine de Tilly on 25 October 1799. She was 32 year old.

 

On January 1802, Pierre married Thérèse Noël at St-Antoine de Tilly. Thérèse was the daughter of Benoît Noël and Agathe Garant. Pierre and Thérèse had eight children:

 

  • Marie Louise, baptized at St-Nicolas on 21 August 1802, married at St-Apollinaire on 24 August 1857 to Olivier Croteau. Marie Louise deceased at St-Apollinaire on 1st March 1879.

             

  • Thérèse, born on 12 April 1803 at St-Antoine de Tilly, married at the same location on 20 January 1824 to Augustin  Garneau, son of de Prisque Garneau and Marie Martineau. Thérèse died on 24 March 1886 at St-Apollinaire.

 

  • François Régis, born on 19 April 1804, baptized at St-Antoine de Tilly, married at St-Nicolas on 10 February 1824 to Marie Louise Lambert, daughter of Étienne Lambert and Marie Louise Dubois.

 

  • Germain, born on 7 September 1805, married at the same location on 2 September 1834 to Adélaïde Lambert, daughter of Étienne Lambert and Marie Louise Dubé.

 

  • Benjamin, born on 4 August 1806, married at the same location on 2 September 1834 to Marie Bergeron, daughter of Joseph  Bergeron and Marguerite Rousseau. Benjamin died on 24 March 1870 at St-Apollinaire.

 

  • Séraphine, born on 19 November 1811 at St-Antoine de Tilly, married at the same location on 10 February 1846 to Jean Baptiste Hamel.

 

  • Martinien, born at St-Antoine de Tilly on 22 June 1813, married at St-Nicolas on 30 January 1838 to Émilie Fréchette, daughter of Pierre Fréchette  and Monique Huot.

 

  • Jean-Narcisse, born on 9 March 1817 at St-Antoine de Tilly. His Godfather was Jean Baptiste Genest dit Lavarre and his Godmother was Marie Coulombe Roger. He married at the same location on 2 February 1841 to Martine Demers, daughter of André Demers and Marguerite Martineau.

 

In France, the Senate conferred the imperial dignity to Napoléon on 18 May 1804. Following the war losses against the allied European countries, he was dethroned by the Senate and exiled to Sainte-Hélène Island where he died in 1821.

 

Jean Baptiste Pierre was buried at St-Antoine de Tilly on 6 December 1833.           .


Fifth Generation

 

GROUP A

 

FRANÇOIS ROGER AND MARIE ANGÉLIQUE DAGENAIS

 

François Roger is the second son of Joseph III and Marie Claire Prévost. He was born in 1801.

 

François married Marie Angélique Dagenais on 24 February 1824 in St-Vincent de Paul church in Montréal.

 

The happy couple had the following children:

 

  • François 

 

  • Émélie

 

  • Louise

 

  • Magloire

 

  • Martine

 

 

JOSEPH ROGER (Joseph IV) AND MARIE CLAIRE PRÉVOST

 

Joseph IV was the elder son of Joseph III and Marie Amable Charron. He was born in 1800 at Sault-au-Récollet. 

 

Joseph IV married Marie Claire Prévost on 4 November 1823 at St-Vincent de Paul church in Montréal.

 

Joseph IV and Marie Claire gave birth to the following children :

 

  • Joseph, born in 1800.

 

  • Marie Claire, born on 25 November 1800.

 

  • François, born in 1801.

 

  • Judith, born and died in August 1802.

 

  • Marie-Louise, born and died in June 1805

 

  • Benjamin, born and died in 1806.

 

  • Jean Baptiste, born and died in 1808, Joseph‘s twin

 

  • Joseph, born and deceased in 1808, Jean Baptiste’s twin.

 

Marie Claire passed away in July 1808, most likely from the birth delivery of the twins. 

 

Joseph IV married Marie Lacombe as his second wife on 18 January 1809 at St-Martin church in Laval.

 

Joseph IV and Marie had the following children :

 

  • Benjamin, born on 11 December 1809.

 

  • Émélie, born in 1810 and died on 13 July 1811.

 

  • Antoine, born and died in August 1812.

 

Marie died in 1812.

 

Joseph IV married Marie Marguerite Monsiau as his third wife on 11 January 1813 at  St-Vincent de Paul church, in Montréal.

 

The couple had the following children : 

 

  • Marie Marquerite, born in 1813.

 

  • Marie Louise.

 

  • Narcisse, born and died in September 1826.

 

  • Marie, born in July 1829 and died in September of the same year.

 

  • Anicet, born in April 1822 and died in July of the same year.

 

  • Théophile, born on 10 September 1825.

 

  • Antoine, born on 25 September 1823.

 

Joseph IV passed away at Montréal and Marie Marguerite died at the same location.

 

Most of Joseph IV descendents remained in the region of Sault-au-Récollet, but mostly on the other side of the Rivière des Prairies, on Jesus Island, at St-Vincent-de-Paul, Pont-Viau, St-Martin and Ste-Dorothée, independent villages in the old days, but now being part of the expanded Ville de Laval. A number of the Roger families settled down in the Montréal area starting with the sixth generation. At the same period, one of the descendent settled down at Roxton Falls, on the south shore. At the next generation, certain families went further south namely in the State of Massachusetts.

 

Taking into account the limits of this site, the remainder of our Family history will cover the lineage of the Roger family dwelling in the Quebec area, more specially our direct ascendants.

 

 

GROUP B

 

JEAN BAPTISTE PIERRE (PIERRE II)  ROGER AND MARIE CÉCILE COULOMBE

 

Jean Baptiste Pierre was born and baptized at St-Antoine de Tilly on 10 June 1786. He was the elder son of Jean Baptiste Pierre Roger and Geneviève Marchand.

 

On 19 May 1812, he married Marie-Cécile Coulombe, daughter of Louis Coulombe and Charlotte Genest dite Labarre, baptized at St-Antoine de Tilly on 8 July 1783.

 

The couple had the following eleven children, all born at St-Antoine de Tilly.

 

  • Anastasia, born and baptized on 14 April 1813 and married at the same location on 21 January 1834 to Michel Méthot, widow of Marie T. Aubin. She remarried on  29 September 1835 to Pierre Laroche, son of Jacques and Thérèse Garneau. She died at St-Antoine on 26 October 1894 at the age of 82 year old.

 

  • Esther, born on 3 March 1815, married on 26 July 1836 to Abraham Ferland, son of Alexis and Geneviève Turcotte. She died on 27  December 1892 at the age of 77 year old.

 

  • Jean Baptiste, born on 7 May 1815 and married on 9 April 1839 to Euphrasie Lambert, daughter of Charles and Reine Coté. Jean-Baptiste is the grand-father of the abbey Herménégilde Roger who is the son of  Cléophas Roger, mechanist, and Olive Morissette. Herménégilde was born is Lévis on 14 April 1871 and was ordained priest on 30 August 1896. He died on 5 September 1934.

 

  • Sophie, born on 18 June 1818, married on 28 January 1840 to Isaïe Dion, son of Thomas and Rose Fréchette

 

  • Anathalie, born on 4 January 1820, married on 4 December 1856 to Rémi Marchand, son of Jules and Monique Martineau. She died on 3 March 1879 at the age of 60 year old.

 

  • Anselme, born on 4 June 1821 and married on 21 November 1843 to Desanges Méthot, daughter Michel and Thérèse Aubin.

 

  • Elmire, born on 1 March 1823 and married on 3 February 1852 to Ambroise Gingras, son of Joseph and Marie Desrochers.

 

  • Godefroy,  born on 21 June 1825 and married on 23 July 1861 to Philomène Fréchette, daughter of Joseph and Mathilde Méthot.

 

  • Louis, born on 19 May 1827, married at St-Nicolas on 7 August 1849 to Domechilde  Fréchette, daughter of Michel Fréchette and Geneviève Plante. Louis is our grand-grand-father.

 

  • Adée, born on 24 January 1829 and died on 23 July 1830.

 

·         Célina, born on 18 February 1834 and married on 19 January 1858 to Isaïe Houde, son of François and Joséphine Gingras. Elle died on 27 November 1908; she was 74 year old.

 

Jean Baptiste Pierre deceased and was buried at St-Antoine de Tilly on 8 July 1870.

 


Sixth Generation

 

LOUIS OLIVIER ROGER AND DOMETHILDE FRÉCHETTE

 

Louis Olivier Roger was born at St-Antoine de Tilly on 19 May 1827. He was the son of Jean Baptiste Pierre Roger and Marie Cécile Coulombe. It is likely that he was named after his maternal grand-father Louis Coulombe.

 

On 7 August 1849, Louis married Domethilde Fréchette in St-Nicolas. Domethilde (Mathilde) was born in 1827; she was the daughter of Michel and Geneviève Plante.

 

Shortly after their marriage, Louis operated a farm in the Bois Clair rural road, at St-Antoine de Tilly. He subsequently moved to the village and opened up a general store in front of the church. Later on, he moved to St-Agapit where he also opened a general store. The exact date of the move to St-Agapit could not be determined precisely.

 

Twelve nice children made the joy of the happy parents :

 

  • Marie Sara, born on 6 July 1850 and died on 5 January 1866.

 

  • Louis Léocade, born on 2 October 1852.

 

·         Exilda, born on 2 October 1854 and married at St-Antoine de Tilly on 16 July 1879 to Arcade Demers, son of Flavien Demers and Julie Moffet.

 

  • Arcade,  born in October 1855 at St-Apollinaire and married at St-Agapit on 28 January 1884 to Emma Croteau, daughter of Grégoire Croteau and Célina Vermette. The couple had the following children : Flora, who married Émilio Normand at St-Agapit on 3 February 1919; Marie, who married George Edward Colin on 15 September 1908 at St-Agapit; Philias who married Azilda Forand on 7 September 1908 at Katevale.

 

  • Honoré Napoléon, born on 6 October 1856.

 

  • Télesphore, born in 1859, married at St-Antoine de Tilly on 16 July 1883 to Céléda Genest, daughter of Bénoni Genest and Domethilde Bélanger. The couple had one child, Joseph Oliva Roger. Oliva married Zénaide Roy on 11 September 1916 at St-Agapit. Télesphore remarried at St-Nicolas on 15 August 1894 to Céléda Grégoire, daughter of Julien and Ester Demers. He remarried again to Marie Terrien.

 

  • Aurélie, born circa 1860 at St-Agapit and married in the same village on 13 July 1896 to Thomas Dubois, widow of Aurélie Marquis.

 

 

  • Léonidas, born on 9 April 1861 at St-Apollinaire, married on 20 October 1886 at St-Antoine de Tilly to Olivine Rousseau, daughter of Isaïe Rousseau and Félicité Gingras and inhumed at St-Agapit on 17 August 1928. Léonidas is our grand-father.

 

  • Arthémise, born on 6 August 1863 and married to Gaudias Bergeron on 24 October 1984 at St-Agapit. She died at St-Agapit on 1 August 1941 at the age of 78 year old.

 

  • Alexina, born in 1865. She was playing the organ, replacing the organist when needed. She died at St-Agapit on 5 September 1958 at the age of 92 year old.

 

  • Marie Zoé, born at St-Antoine on 6 April 1867.

 

·         Belzémire,  born at St-Nicolas on 3 October 1870. On 13 August 1901, at St-Agapit, she married Georges Gagnon, son of Charles Gagnon and Virginie Bergeron. The couple was living in the house next to the general store of Louis Roger. Belzémire was responsible for the Post Office. Alexina Roger, Belzémire’s sister, was living with the couple. Belzémire died at St-Agapit on 7 July 1955; she was 83 year old. 

 

In 1867, the England voted the British North America Act which was creating the Canadian Confederation and granted the country its actual Constitution. Canada became an independent country with a constitutional monarchy.

 

Domethilde passed away on 17 March 1900 at the age of  72 year old.

 

Louis died at St-Agapit on 29 September 1906 at the age of  78 year old.

 

Upon Louis’s death, Alexina inherited from the general store that she managed during many years. The store was later on sold to Mr. Lefèvre and then to Mr. Alphonse Lemay.

 
Seventh Generation

 

JOSEPH LÉONIDAS ROGER AND OLIVINE ROUSSEAU

 

Joseph Léonidas Roger was born on 8 April 1861 and was baptized the following day at St-Apollinaire. Léonidas was the son of Louis Roger and Domechilde Fréchette. Rémi Marchand and Désanges Méthot were the Godparents of the child. 

 

On 20 October 1886, Léonidas married Olivine Rousseau at St-Antoine de Tilly. Olivine was born in April 1861; she was the daughter of Isaïe Rousseau and Félicité Gingras. The couple settled down at St-Antoine de Tilly where the happy parents were blessed with the following thirteen nice children.

 

  • Félix, born on 8 November 1887, married to Diana Rousseau on 9 January 1911 and died on 21 December 1929.

 

  • Oliva, born on 2 February 1889.

 

  • Evéla, born on 27 October 1890.

 

  • Ernest, born on 11 April 1892. He married Bernadette Sergerie and the couple did not have children. Ernest died in Montréal on 28 January 1963.        

 

  • Héliodore, born on 4 March 1894. He married Amanda Meunier and the couple did not have children. For may years, Héliodore managed a restaurant in Montréal. Héliodore died on 9 January 1967 at the age of  72 year old.

 

  • Alméria, born on 14 June 1895.

 

  • Yvonne, born on 18 June 1896.

 

  • Médéric, born on 30 April 1898.

 

  • Antoine, born on 17 August 1899. Antoine is our father.

 

  • Zoël, born on 22 February 1901. He married Anna-Marie Lebel, remarried Jeanne Dion in a second marriage and Laura Bergeron in a third marriage. Anne-Marie and Zoël had two daughters : Thérèse and Rita. Zoël worked first as a ducker in Montreal. He came back to St-Agapit shortly after the birth of Thérèse. He then opened a general store at St-Agapit and later on, he opened one at St-Apollinaire. Laura and Zoël gave birth to the five following boys: Jean, Marcel, Gilles, Paul and Michel. Zoël passed away in St-Apollinaire on 11 December 1980.

 

  • Joseph,  born on 22 September 1902 and died at St-Agapit on 6 April 1927.

 

  • Isaïe, born on 20 September 1903. He married Carmen Bergeron on 10 June 1929. After the death of his father Léonidas, he inherited the general store in front of the church. Isaïe was the first to provide the villagers with taxi services, using a hippo mobile. Isaïe and Carmen had five children : Jean-Marie (1930-2003), Ghislaine (1933-   ), Rhéal, died of stomach cancer (1934-2006), Louiselle (1936-    ), Chanel, died of vocal cords cancer, (1939-2006), and Réjean (1940-    ).

 

  • Marie-Anne, born on 17 August 1905 and died on 17 July 1970.

           

On 26 October 1918, Olivine died of the Spanish flu. She was buried at St-Antoine de Tilly at the age of 57 year old. 

           

Léonidas remarried to Georgina Pilon. The latter deceased at St-Agapit on 24 March 1941.

 

Léonidas operated a general store at St-Antoine de Tilly, in front of the church, during 31 years. On 7 February 1922, he purchased a general store in St-Agapit from Dame Arcade Demers; the store was located in front of the church… The registration was done in Ste-Croix under the number 49408.

 

Léonidas was a serious and autocratic person. He was not very talkative and rarely made jokes. He was devoted to his business. However, he loved to play cards and his favorite game was ”Rough”. People still play this game of cards in St-Agapit.

 

Léonidas had this particularity to sit on his legs when he was traveling in a car.

 

Léonidas passed away and was buried at St-Agapit on 17 August 1928. He was hit by a car as he was having his cow crossing the street near the church.        

                       


Eighth Generation

 

 JOSEPH ADELBERT ANTOINE ROGER AND JEANNE FORTIER

 

Antoine was born on 16 August 1899 at St-Antoine de Tilly. He was the ninth child of Léonidas Roger and Olivine Rousseau. Antoine had beautiful blue eyes; he had cataracts when he was born but these cataracts did not develop further during his life.

 

The First World War broke out in November 1914 and ended in November 1918. History had never recorded such a deadly and devastating war. It was opposing the allied countries (France, Russia, England, Japan, United States Canada and other countries) against Germany, Austria and Turkey. The latter countries started up the war with the hope that it would be soon over by crushing victories, ensuring unlimited  economic and intellectual, with no regards to the legitimate rights to other people, aiming therefore for universal hegemony. Antoine was not drafted by the Canadian conscription.   

 

Antoine spent his childhood and adolescence in St-Antoine de Tilly, at the general store that his father operated in front of the church.  The family moved to St-Agapit in 1922; Antoine was 22 year old then.

 

On 7 January 1924, Antoine chose Marie Jeanne Fortier as his beloved wife. Jeanne was born on 6 December 1904; she was the daughter of Honoré Fortier and Dina Méthot. The marriage took place at St-Agapit and the couple settled down in the same parish.

 

Six nice children enlighten the life of Antoine and Jeanne :

 

  • Jacqueline, born in January 1925. She died on 30 December 1935 from meningitis.

 

  • Guy, born on 24 March 1931 and baptized the following day. Antoinette Fortier and Antoine Lapointe, uncle and aunt of the child were the Godparents. Guy married Donalda Dugal on 2 January 1954. Donalda was born on 19 August 1935. Six beautiful children with blond, curly hair made the happiness of their parents: Christian, born on 17 November 1954, Danny, born on 18 December 1955, Nancy, born on 28 December 1956, Marlaine, born on 23 January 1958, Line, born on 13 June 1959 and Luce, born on 28 September 1960.

 

  • Denise, born on 29 January 1933. The Godparents of the child were Zoël Roger and Laura Bergeron. Denise married Gérard Normand on 15 October 1955 at St-Agapit. Gérard is the son of Émilio Normand and Flora Roger. The latter is the daughter of Arcade Roger, brother of Léonidas Roger. Denise and  Gérard were therefore cousins at the second degree. The couple had two children, Chantal and Daniel. Denise pasted away on 4 April 2014 and was buried at St-Apollinaire.

 

  • Marielle, born on 3 May 1935 and died accidentally on 16 April 1938. Isaïe Roger and Carmen Bergeron, uncle and aunt of the child, were the Godparents of Marielle.

 

  • Yolande, born on 18 March 1937, and married to Georges Dupras. The couple adopted a child named Stéphane Dupras.

 

  • Yvan, born on 6 October 1942. On June 1966, Yvan married Marie Andrée Arsenault, daughter of Roland Arsenault and Françoise Voyer.

 

Antoine lived at first in a house located between the houses of his grand-father Louis Roger and his wife’s father, Honoré Fortier. Antoine was very resourceful and worked in various areas. He opened up a barbershop around 1924. He operated a restaurant from 1930 to 1934. He was producing his own ice cream and was going to St-Antoine de Tilly to cut large blocks of ice that he as taking home to preserve his ice cream. He worked in a saw mill owned by Philias Normand from 1935 to 1937; he was heating the boiler of the saw mill. Antoine moved and lived in Ste-Marie de Beauce from 1938 to 1939; he was selling then centrifugals. He came back afterwards to St-Agapit where he worked as day-laborer. He even worked on the maintenance of the local skating ring during many years before the Second World War. The skaters and hockey players would put on their skates and come in to warm up in a shed owned by Gérard Fortier, Jeanne brother’s.

 

The Second World War (1939-1945) started in Europe and involved the entire world thereafter. It was opposing the allied forces (France, England, United States, U.R.S.S., Canada and other countries) to the “tripartite pact” made up of GermanyJapan and Italy. Antoine has not been subject to the conscription.

 

Antoine loved politic and was discussing it with much passion. He was personally involved during the campaigns and was helping in providing transport to the voters. Possibly as a result of his dedication, he obtained and operated the license bureau all along the political reign of Maurice Duplessis as Prime Minister of the Quebec Province (1944 à 1960). The license bureau provided the family with a certain financial ease. Antoine purchased a new house from Benoît and Rolande Levesque, Jeanne’s nephew and niece; the family lived in that house from 1943 to 1966. The house is now inhabited by Christian Roger, the son of Guy Roger.

 

Antoine also sold life insurance (Sovereign Life) and general insurance for many years. He was often accepting wood, vegetables and other products as payment. Since Antoine was heating the house with wood, this was providing the opportunity to saw and split the wood, and he really enjoyed these tasks. Furthermore, Antoine was very thrifty and the barter was serving him well.

 

Antoine loved to be under the spotlights... and he loved to make people laugh… He was always delighted to sing a song or to play harmonica. He was very found of dancing and he was excellent in square dances; he was also a good “caller”.

 

Antoine was very passionate about playing cards. As soon as visitors would show up, he would bring the playing cards and sit down at the table. His favorite game was the «Rough»; he also loved to play the « Nine ». He enjoyed as well playing money games… but he was not lucky too often…

 

Antoine loved fried food: fried potatoes, sausages, blood pudding and many others. He was also very found of pork beans, cabbage soup and green tea. He used to roast his toasts over the stove fire but the bread slices would often fall on the live charcoal, to his dam!!!

 

We often hear that opposites attract each other… Jeanne was shy, timid and a very good person. She was very sensitive; the slightest reproach would bring pearl drops to her eyes.  She was very generous and could not refuse anything to anybody.

 

Jeanne would never speak wrongly about people; she was always defending the absents. She was a very religious person and she was finding her strength in her faith. Quite rightly, she was considering that the most important priority is to perform one’s daily duty. Her piety was edifying. One was deeply touched by the happiness, the ecstasy, she was demonstrating when she was walking back to her pew after having received Holy Communion. To the extent that her health was permitting, Jeanne was present attending mass every morning. Towards the end of her life, she was often cited as an example of holiness.  

 

The sensitive nature of Jeanne put her at risk for health issues. In her early fifties, she developed various cardiac related symptoms including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and angina pectoris. She suffered from a first myocardial infarct us around that time and she a second more important one in her late fifties. A few years later, she had a third one that took her life away. 

 

Jeanne went back to her beloved Creator on 18 March 1967; she was 62 year old. She was buried in St-Agapit.

 

Antoine suffered from cardiac problems as well. Both carotids, the arteries that bring the blood to the brain, were partially blocked. His health rapidly deteriorated and he suffered from senility. He suffered as well from gangrene and had one leg amputated.

 

Antoine passed away on 24 April 1974 and was buried at St-Agapit.

 

It is noteworthy that Antoine witnessed many important inventions : car (end of XIX century), plane (1903 - Wright), electricity (1904 – Edison), radio (1909), air conditioned (1911 – Carrier), television (1926 - Bair), atomic bomb (1945), microprocessors (1971 - Hoff) and spatial exploration with the landing on the moon on 21 July 1969. 

 


Ninthly Generation

 

JOSEPH GÉRARD YVAN ROGER AND MARIE ANDRÉE ARSENAULT

 

Jeanne gave birth to Joseph Gérard Yvan, her younger son, on 6 October 1942; he was baptized at St-Agapit the following day. The Godparents were Gérard Fortier and Clothilde Desrochers, uncle and aunt of the child, Gérard being Jeanne’s brother.

 

Yvan spent his childhood and his adolescence in the new house that his parents bought from Benoît Levesque and Rolande Lapointe. Rolande was the daughter of Antoinette Fortier, Jeanne’ sister. Yvan served as altar boy for many years.

 

Yvan went to the elementary school at St-Agapit. After grade 6, he went to the Collège de Lévis to undertake a “cours classique” which was then combining the secondary and the Bach in arts (BA). His mother was hoping that he would become a priest. Although Yvan was not overly pleased to be a boarder in a classical college, he saw that as a necessary experience. He left the College in 1959 and completed a “commercial course” at the Institut Denys Institute in Québec City.

 

Then followed the foolish teen ages where girls, dancing and drinking were fully occupying Yvan’s life. He moved in a furnished flat in St-Rock (Québec City) as he accepted his first position as service clerk for National Cash Register. The following year, he joined S. S. Kresge Co. as a « Management Trainee ». Yvan invested six years on this program. Every promotion (stock boy, floor man, assistant manager, etc.) meant a transfer to a different store. One of the advantage of that approach was that Yvan was posted to various cities in Québec and Ontario (Rouyn, Sault St.Marie, Montréal, Toronto and Ottawa) where he acquired significant retail experience as well as becoming fluent in English.

 

Shortly before being transferred to Rouyn in October 1963, Yvan met Marie-Andrée Arsenault at a sugar bush party and… it was love at first sight, love which took them to the Altar. Yvan took Marie-Andrée for wife on June 25th, 1966 at St-Ursule church in Ste-Foy. The couple settled down in Rexdale (Toronto) where Yvan was opened a Kmart store with other management trainees.

 

What comes to mind when we think of Marie-Andrée is passion, fire, total dedication and determination. Her favorite color is red… She hates mediocrity and leaves nobody indifferent. She is very sensitive to people needs, health and wellbeing. She is forceful in her approach to help people and strongly support causes such as giving up tobacco, not to use microwave oven, and eating raw food to fight cancer, hearth condition and immuno diseases. 

 

Yvan was transferred to Ottawa in January 1967 to open another K-Mart store on Merivale Road (Ottawa West). The St-Laurent shopping Centre opened up the following year in the east end. Many stores were then looking for managers, including Montréal Draperies. Yvan had an interview with the direction of that company and obtained the position of manager of that new store. 

 

All those transfers in different locations and the new position of store manager amounted to many changes in a short period of time. Our traveler benefited from these changes since it was giving him a new opportunity to learn and to start from scratch incognito.

 

Quite enthusiastic and determined, Yvan undertook the management of the store and took his responsibilities very seriously. He looked after the hiring and training of the personnel which included the salesladies, the cashier and the stock boy. He then proceeded to the pricing and layout of the merchandise. The store opening was a big success and the business volume increased steadily thereafter. In retrospect, Yvan was very happy during the two years he devoted to the management of the store. It may be the period of time he felt the most happy, the most appreciated in all his life. The store was running very well, the personnel was quite courteous, the customers were very satisfied and Yvan felt very appreciated by senior management.

 

One year after store opening, Yvan hired a new stock boy by the name of Christian Peuch, a Frenchman from the Périgord region. Yvan had a good relationship with him. Marie-Andrée, Yvan’s wife, got acquainted with Christian’ wife, Annie, at a Christmas party. The two couples subsequently developed a strong friendship. The following spring, Yvan purchased a tent-trailer at the K-Mart store where he was working previously. The first week end of camping took place at Lac Philippe (Gatineau Park)… and it rained all week end! The sun showed up on Monday while the two men were preparing to leave. Regardless, the two couples loved camping and went to many provincial and federal parks; they even went to Lake Georges in USA.

 

Yvan managed the Montréal Draperies store during two years and everything was going quite well. However, he could not foresee that this is what he would be doing for years to come. Yvan was then 26 year old and he was looking outside. Was he already bored of his responsibilities of store manager? Was he even bored with the retail business industry? Was he looking for a new challenge? Regardless of the why, he decided to undertake full time collegial commerce studies. 

 

And this is how Yvan made his grand entrance to the Algonquin College in September 1970. Well dressed in his dark suit, white shirt and colorful tie, and proudly carrying his briefcase, he walks to the front row. All the students stood up… they though it was the teacher! Most of them were wearing jeans and a sport shirt or sweater. Yvan quickly readjusted his clothing the next day and integrated the students group.

 

Our student took his studies and assignments very seriously and the grades met his expectations. During the second semester, he participated in a provincial French contest by preparing an essay on the situation of unemployment in Canada. Yvan won the contest and was awarded a three week trip to France in the following summer. The purpose of the trip was to study the situation of unemployment in France. Yvan obtained the grade A in all the subjects in that second semester.

 

Those decisive successes convinced Yvan to consider pursuing his studies at the university level. Since his collegial studies were not completed, Yvan applied at the University of Ottawa (Faculty of Commerce) as a mature candidate and was accepted. Needless to say that he was quite pleased. The tuition fees however were much higher and Yvan cancelled off his trip to France. He accepted a clerical position at the Department of Indian Affairs and he could not take three week leave right at the beginning.

 

So Yvan undertook the four year specialized Bachelor in Commerce in September 1971. He was planning to complete the Bach in three years by taking courses in the summer, taking more credits in each semester and having a couple of collegial courses credited (Economy 101 and data processing). Given his academic background, the calculus courses were not easy for Yvan; he did succeed to pass them, but with minimal passing mark. However, he did quite better in philosophy where he obtained 100% for both mid-term and final exam, giving him a perfect mark of 100%. The teacher mentioned to the class that this was the first time he was giving a perfect mark to a student.

 

In the middle of that first year, Marie-Andrée and Yvan had the surprise of their life… a very pleasant surprise: against all odds, Marie-Andrée was pregnant. After a few years of marriage, the couple had consulted a Doctor and was informed that their chances of having children were very slim. They went on with their live and it is in that context that Yvan had decided to go back to college and university thereafter. The unexpected presence of this little angel brought up the determination of our student to do very well in his studies. He was becoming the head of a family and was taking this new role very seriously.  

 

During the summer vacations, Yvan worked on the night shift of a motel on Rideau Street (Ottawa). In addition to providing nest to night birds, he was completing the daily bookkeeping and preparing the cash deposit. He had decided to do his specialization in accounting and to register with one of the accounting professional order (CA, CGA, CMA). The Institute of Chartered Accountants was the most demanding Order, but it was Yvan’s first choice. The Manager of the Motel asked him one day what kind of work he was considering. Yvan mentioned his desire to become a CA; the Manager told him then that there were many people being called, but few were chosen. Far from discouraging Yvan, this biblical citation increased his determination. He was a chosen one!

 

The year 1972-73 saw our former store manager show up at the University in his jeans, with the famous leather Commerce jacket, his hair nearly floating on his shoulders, an Indian leather bandage around his forehead... and with a nice and innocent assurance. The second year included specialization courses such as Introduction to Accounting, Marketing and Statistics. A studying group was formed by Yvan and a few other students going for the Commerce Bach as well. The group was working together on homework’s and preparation for the exams. The participants would ask each other questions and work on the answers, all benefiting from the interaction. The working group gave excellent results as the marks were demonstrating,  

 

While Yvan was devoting his time to his studies, Marie-Andrée was working as a Supervisor in a typing pool at the House of Commons. She was trying to work as late as possible during her pregnancy so as to spend the longest period possible with the baby after the delivery. And on October 7, 1972, shortly after supper, Marie-Andrée had her first contractions. While the couple was preparing to go to the hospital, the door bell rang… and guess who it was… the parents of Marie-Andrée… totally unexpected! What a coincidence!!!   

 

The first son of Marie-Andrée and Yvan was born on October 8, 1972, at sunrise. They gave him the name of Paul Éric Roger. The delivery took place naturally, without epidural. Since the gynecologist had to look after another parturient, he put the newborn in the arms of this mother. This first contact of the mother with her baby was very intimate and very intense. Marie-Andrée then gave the newborn to Yvan whose emotion and happiness brought pearls of tears in his eyes. Outside, the aurora was coming up, drawing pink glow on the horizon. The presence of this child was going to make a profound change in the parent’s life.   

 

Yvan took one course in cost accounting in the following summer. When he walked in the class for the first session with his leather bondage, the teacher made the typical sound of the Indians (Amerindians) by clapping his hand over his mouth. All the students busted in laughs, including our “Indian”!  Yvan got a 100% mark in the first mid-session exam and pass the course with success.

 

The last year of the Bach included all the advanced courses such as Income Tax, auditing, Advance Accounting and others. Yvan experienced difficulties with Auditing. One of Clarkson & Gordon associates, Denis Désautels, was teaching the course. It was known to some students that he was usually choosing his questions for the final exam from the CA national uniform examination; the suggested answers to these questions were published a few months later. However, Yvan was not aware of this and he prepared for the final exam in the usual way, reviewing his personal notes and the content of the text book. Other students knowing this “trick” were memorizing the published suggested answers. The latter all had very good marks… and Yvan had lousy marks, a D, which was not qualifying for the CA final comprehensive examination that Yvan would have to write during his articling later on. Yvan had to retake the course… But life sometimes give rise to funny coincidences: Denis Désautels was nominated federal Auditor General, the Office where Yvan was working upon completion of his Bach. 

 

The selection of students in accounts from outside accounting firms represent one of the most significant event for the BCom students in their last year. It was indeed hard to recognize our fellow students in those gentlemen well groomed and correctly dressed in their dark business suit. Yvan received employment offers from one CA national accounting firm (Peat Marwick) and from the Office of the Auditor General (OAG). Yvan declined the offer from Peat Marwick since the Office making the offer was located in Montréal, but he accepted the offer from the OAG. The latter was then implementing a new audit approach where the auditors were relying on the system of internal control, after due audit review (compliance audit procedures), so as to limit the more time consuming substantive audit procedures. Yvan was indeed very interested by this new approach and he was very pleased to join the OAG in October 1974.

 

Yvan was registered on the CA program which involved the Summer School (5 weeks) in Toronto the following summer and the final CA examination the following Fall. Yvan succeeded to pass the CA final examination on his first trial. The national passing rate was then around 50%. The CA program at the OAG was requiring that the candidate would be posted to the audit of Crown corporations to have an experience equivalent to the private CA sector. 

 

For the first in the OAG history, and the last one to my knowledge, all the candidates who were writing the final examination for the first time succeeded. To underline this success, the OAG offered to all successful candidates a posting with a CA firm of their choice for two years. Yvan accepted the offer and joined Normandin Séguin, a French CA firm in Hull. The Office was very busy and Yvan got involved with all the services that the firm was providing: accounting, income tax, audit and other related services.

 

Yvan came back to the OAG in 1978 and was assigned to an Anglophone audit team. He participated to the audit of many Crown corporations (National Capital Commission, St-Lawrence Seaway Authority and others) and the department of Veterans Affairs. He subsequently accepted the position of Executive Assistant to the Senior Deputy Auditor General for a one year period. Although interesting, the experience did not meet Yvan’s expectations since it was mostly administrative work. He then went back to the audit operations and was assigned to the francophone audit team responsible for the audit of the Royal Canadian Mint and other departments while continuing his implication with the Anglophone team on the audit of Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL).

 

The Government of Canada sold a CANDU reactor to Argentina a few years ago. During the year end audit of AECL, Yvan went to Buenos Aires (Argentina) for the audit of the supporting documentation of some expenditures. Although the audit was taking place in the spring, Argentina was then benefiting from the beautiful colors of the fall. The scenery was beautiful, much like ours at this time of the year. Yvan did a stopover at Rio De Janeiro (Brazil) for two days on the way to Argentina. His hotel was on the ocean shore, at Copacabana Beach, quite renowned internationally.     

 

While Marie-Andrée was still working as a Supervisor at the House of Commons, the couple was gratified with the most beautiful gift: Marie-Andrée was pregnant a second time. Marie-Andrée and Yvan went to Hôpital Sacré-Coeur during the evening of November 24, 1978, ready and confident. They enjoyed the experience of the birth of their first son… and knew what to do. Yvan had even brought his camera. But Mother Nature had some surprises ready for them!...  The following morning, as the “work” was not progressing very well, the medical personnel installed on the head of the baby a device to measure his cardiac pulse, but the indicator was not functioning properly. It was oscillating in all directions without becoming stable. The Doctor thought that the mechanism was defective and call technical support. They came rapidly and said that the mechanics was not defective…and the baby was at risk…A caesarian was necessary. From that point on, everything went very fast. The medical personnel ran with the parturient bed to the surgery room and a petrified Yvan was asked to go and wait in the waiting room… the Doctor would call him... Oh my god! Why does it take so long!!! Finally, the Doctor joined Yvan to give the good news: he was the happy father of a baby boy of 10 pounds. Yvan went to see Marie-Andrée to hold her and the baby in his arms. The happy parents called the baby Alexandre. Celebrations were in order! 

 

Other good news were following: Yvan got promoted to the position of Supervisor in the francophone group with the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) as the main customer. He continued to participate to the audit projects of other Anglophone groups, including National Defence.

 

Yvan participated to the translation of some courses and seminars in the framework of continued training at the OAG. He was working as instructor for some of those courses. Yvan also worked at part time lecturer in accounting and auditing at the Carleton University from 1985 to 1988. The financial side of it was not the purpose of his involvement; he was rather trying to improve his ability to speak in front of a large audience, especially in English.       

 

Marie-Andrée heard of a top notch homeopath, Dr Serge Thériault, from one of her colleague at the House of Commons. The latter had a doctorate in philosophy, theology and homeopathy; he also had a Master degree in Pastoral that was allowing him to work in counseling. Following one of Marie-Andrée’s consultation, Yvan mentioned to her that Dr Thériault would change all of their lives. Yvan was in fact very surprised that he made that remark; it came totally out of the blue. Future events would demonstrate that Yvan’s intuition was well founded…

 

Yvan undertook a number of comprehensive audit projects at National Defence: ¾ t. trucks, light armored vehicles and Leopard tanks, all distinct projects that he was heading on his own. He went to the assembly line of Bombardier at Valcourt to carry out the necessary audit procedures. He spent as well two weeks in Lahr (Germany) for the audit on the spot of the immediate availability of the light armored vehicles and the Leopold tanks in a war scenario. Our auditor spend a week end in Paris where he visited a few of the main attractions: Versailles, Le Louvre, les Champs Élysées, Notre-Dame and others. His only regret was that he could not share his wonderment with others.

 

Yvan managed the coordination and the supervision of the financial audit of the Mint for a number of years. During the year end audit of 1986-87, the Vice President of Finance, Mr. John Uberig, mentioned that he was in the process of filling the position of Director, Internal Audit, at the Mint. He invited Yvan to compete for the position if he was interested. Yvan went through the competition process. He was interviewed by the President and the Vice President, Finance, and won the competition. It goes without saying that the position of Director had many immediate benefits: seat on Board of Directors, autonomous budget, preparation of Work Plans in concert with and to be approved by the President and the Audit Committee, salary at the Executive level and annual premium of $6000 related to legal fees.

 

Our former external auditor started in his new position in June 1987. He prepared a five year Internal Audit Plan which was approved by the Audit Committee early in the Fall. The Plan was covering the main activities of the Mint: Finance, Security and Human Resources. Marketing and Manufacturing activities would be subject to the OAG Comprehensive Audit at the end of the first mandate of the Internal Audit Office. The internal audit activities were carefully coordinated with the audit procedures of the OAG. The latter was relying on the internal audit work in the framework of his statutory audit.    

 

The Director of Internal Audit was regularly visiting the Winnipeg Plant to carry out on the premises the audit procedures related to Finance and Security.  

 

A long and harsh strike of the Mint unionized employees overshadowed the good working conditions and relationships that prevailed at the Mint until then. The employees revendications were related to salaries. The non unionized employees had to cross the picket lines twice daily which was provoking busting, hardship and the calling of names from both sides. This was a very difficult and tough experience and everybody was quite relieved when it was resolved.  

 

The second Five Year Plan was regrouping the same audit activities, with the addition of the Environment. The latter was a new internal audit area and the experience was very interesting and fruitful. The Director of Internal Audit put together an audit team dedicated to the audit of the Environment. The audit group was headed by the Director of Internal Audit and included the Legal Council and an engineer from Manufacturing. The  task at hand is to define the laws and rules applicable to the environment for Crown Corporations such as the Mint and determine if the Corporation is meeting these requirements. The areas to be reviewed include gas emissions, effluents, transportation of dangerous products and presence of asbestos. The results were conclusive and very useful for the Board of Directors.

 

The mandate of the Mint’s President expired shortly before the completion of the second Five Year Internal Audit Plan and was not renewed. He suggested to the Internal Audit Director to go on an assignment outside of the Mint to gain experience in financial management and human resources. He assured him that his position would not be amended in his absence. In 1994, Yvan negotiated an agreement with the Department of  Public Works and Government Services Canada  (PWGSC) for his deployment to the Government Telecommunications and Informatics Services (GTIS) as Chief of Finance.

 

The PWGSC Finance Division had recently integrated all financial services. The decentralized financial services previously accountable to each PWGSC divisions were now under the responsibility of the new centralized Financial Services Division. GTIS was a PWGSC Division, but the financial integration had not been occurred yet. The GTIS Chief of Finance was opposing this integration and GTIS executives were supporting him. Yvan’s mandate was to take over the responsibilities of GTIS Chief Finance under the umbrella of the centralized Finance Division; from now on, the former Chief of Finance would report to him. This was indeed a difficult and delicate situation with the former Chief and with GTIS Senior Management. Furthermore, Yvan had little experience with accounting operations and human resources. Yvan stood up to the challenge, but it was not always easy and his efforts were not always appreciated… However, the initial agreement provided for a two year term while he remained in the position for four years.

 

In the meantime, the Mint was going through difficult times. The Mint had been making deficits of some millions of dollars for a couple of years. The new President of the Mint directed the operations for a short period of time and the position became vacant again and remained so for a while. A new President then took office with the mandate to reinstate the Mint’s profitability. Many employees were laid off, all the positions of directors were abolished and the Division of Internal audit was dissolved. So… Yvan was left with no position at the Mint, despite the assurance from the former President that his position would not be altered. When the new President broke the news to Yvan, she assured him that he would remain on the Mint’s payroll, with all related benefits, as long as he was on detachment outside of the Mint.

 

Yvan consulted Dr Thériault concerning certain health problems. After a while, the latter told him that he was presiding a community catholic church as a bishop. Yvan and Marie-Andrée went back to the Roman Catholic Church. For a couple of years, they were volunteers at the Ottawa basilica. Yvan realized that this was not what he was looking for. He joined Mgr Thériault Community Catholic Church. He undertook a three year license in theology and completed the two first years.

 

Yvan became a Freemason in 1998 in the Gatineau Loge Lorraine. He was raised to the Master degree in 1999. He joined as well the Royal Arch in 1999. He became a Knight Templar in the Ottawa Preceptory in November 2000. Yvan took some distance from the Freemasonry a few years later. It still was not what he was looking for… But what was the purpose of his Quest?

 

In June 1998, Mgr Thériault reestablished the Order of the Crown of Thorns which has been dormant since the death of the previous bishop. Yvan was sacred Knight of the Order during the reestablishment ceremony and he accepted the positions of Great Treasurer and Great Intend ant of the Supreme Council and the Commanderie de l’Outaouais. Taking into account his charges at the Supreme Council, Mgr Thériault granted Yvan with an honoraria Doctorate in Christiannissimus (D. Chr.) in June 2000. Yvan was also admitted in the Order of the Lion and the Black Cross, instituted in 1883 by Mgr Henri de San Luigi.

 

In 1998, Yvan negotiated a new detachment with the Housing Agency of Canadian forces. The responsibilities were about the same ones as the previous detachment. However, Yvan now had a good knowledge and experience of accounting operations and human resources. Furthermore, he developed a very good relationship with senior management. 

 

And then  the sky fell on Yvan’s head… His spouse left the house in January 2000. This was indeed a very difficult time for him. We sometimes say that negatives events attract other negative events. A few weeks later, Yvan fell down as he was entering the
Rideau Canal on his skates and injured his left arm. Back to work, wearing an arm sling, he tripped in the entrance stairway and hit the bone over his eyes on the metal step, getting a beautiful black eye… A few weeks later, thieves visited his house and went away with his stereo system and a few small items.

 

Marie-Andrée came back home in late spring 2000.

 

In 2001, Yvan negotiated a new detachment with the Office of Cannabis Medical Access (Health Department). His responsibilities included the management of Finance, Human Resources and Administration. Furthermore, he was acting Director General in her absence. 

 

During a routine medical check up in August 2001, the physician told Yvan that his Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) had increased significantly since his last visit; it went from 1.1 to 4.7. His medical file was referred to an oncologist for a biopsy. In March 2002, the latter was sorry to inform Yvan that he had prostate cancer which, fortunately, was limited to the prostate. Yvan was then 59 year old. He decided to go on sick leave for 6 months. He retired subsequently.

 

The most common treatments for prostate cancer are the complete ablation of the organ, followed by chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy where necessary, and long term surveillance without drastic immediate measures such as surgery. Given the fact that the prostate cancer usually develops over the next 10 to 15 years and Yvan’s PSA was rather low (if he PSA is below 10, there is only .5%  risk that the metastases would leave organ), he opted for long term surveillance and took the following initiatives:  retirement to avoid work stress, energy flux reestablishment, meditation, homeopathic treatments, vitamin C injections, Yoga and natural products (Lycopene, Essiac, Pau D’Arco, Saw Palmetto, etc.).

Early in 2004, Marie-Andrée spotted a lump in her left breast. The oncologist consulted had a biopsy conducted which revealed that it was cancerous. She had surgery in April 2004 to remove the tumor. Since some of the lymph nodes were also cancerous, she had chemotherapy treatments followed by radiation treatments. Some coincidences lead to the discovery of the Essiac product which helped her greatly to control the side effects of the chemo and radiation treatments. The treatments were successful and five years later, she was in remission.     

During the same year, Marie-Andrée and Yvan discovered the benefits of a vegetarian dietary. It is common knowledge that the sugar and the acidity of the metabolism increase the development of cancer. The consumption of animal products (meat, fish, milk, etc.) is one of the main factors causing that acidity. T. Colin Campbell in his book « The China Study » mentions that “dietary proteins proved to be so powerful in its effects that we could turn on and off cancer growth simply by changing the level consumed…We found that not all proteins had cancerous effect… Casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein, promoted all stages of the cancer process… What type of protein did not promote cancer?… The safe proteins were from plants, including wheat and soy.”

Yvan met with the oncologist in January 2007 who then told him that he was surprised that the PSA had not changed for quite a while… it should have gone up. He mentioned as well that after one year or two, the PSA of all patients was going up very rapidly and surgery was taking place shortly after... But Yvan was under surveillance since January 2002, i.e. 5 years, and the PSA had remained fairly stable (6.96 on 11 January 2007 and 6.73 on 19 May 2006). So the oncologist thought that Yvan was very lucky… But the oncologist did not know that Yvan was receiving vitamin C injections since two months because the PSA had increased to 8.86 according to PSA requested by the homeopath. So the PSA had not remained stable... It had decreased from 8.86 to 6.96 while it was supposed to go up… This anecdote is very important because it allows drawing the following conclusions about the alternative methods that our patient had decided to follow:

·         the alternative methods were a key factor in maintaining the PSA at a stable rate during five years while other patients in similar situations had a rapid increase of their PSA one year or two after the discovery of the cancer, forcing surgery;

·         the weekly injections of vitamin C and enzymes were a key factor in reducing the PSA rate by two points within two months.

In Fall 2007, Marie-Andrée and Yvan took a workshop on the benefits of raw food. In his book “Living in the Raw”, Gabriel Cousens mentions “…processed (i.e., cooked) food have zero vital healing energies in them. It’s instant death for the food when it’s cooked… Nutritionally speaking, living foods are the richest sources of enzymes, oxygen, chlorophyll, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and fiber, and contain the proper ratio of alkaline to acid minerals. Given that Yvan was fighting prostate cancer and MarieAndrée was close to remission, the couple decided to go raw to the largest extent possible. People suffering from cancer started consulting with Marie-Andrée who was sharing her experience with them and offering  natural products such as Essiac and others. Soon the couple started to hold raw “potlucks” in their house. They called the latter “Le Grand Crû d’Orléans”!

Late in 2009, Yvan’s PSA jumped a little over 10; he decided to play it “safe” and went for radiation treatments which were completed in January 2010. The PSA went down to 0.00 and remained stable in the following years.       

 

 

 

Tenth Generation

 

The tenth generation is divided in two groups, the two sons of Yvan Roger and Marie-Andrée Arsenault: Éric (Group A) and Alexandre (Group B)

 

Group A

 

PAUL ÉRIC ROGER

 

First spouse:      Jennifer Duplantie - Divorce  April 2011

 

Second spouse : Joulet Garganrossa - Marriage July 2012

 

 

Éric was born on 8 October 1972 at the hospital of Sacré-Cœur, in Hull. He is the elder son of Yvan Roger and Marie-Andrée Arsenault. The baby was baptized in December 1972 in Hull. His Godparents were Claire Arsenault, Marie-Andrée sister, and Paul Major.  

 

Éric made a very early entrance to the university! As soon as Marie-Andrée maternity leave was over, the parents took the baby to the coop day care center at the University of Ottawa. Once Yvan had completed his university studies, Éric went to a number of day care centers, including Newin Day Care Centre, where he learned to speak English, the Centre des petits and others.

 

From his childhood and on, Éric always loved sports. He started swimming lessons very early and did very well. He took as well some diving lessons later on. He also took the “Hockey school”, but he was not very found of that sport. On the other hand, this was a good opportunity to learn to skate. He much referred Karate which he practiced for many years; he got a black belt in that discipline. When he was a teenager, he took courses and training to become lifeguard on beaches and swimming pools.  

 

Éric completed his elementary school at the Lycée Claudel in Ottawa. The discipline was quite strong at the Lycée and the students were often reprimanded. Éric loved sports but the Lycée did not have the necessary space and equipment for that purpose. Our lycéen was not pleased with the school and the foreseen successes were not materializing.

 

Our student did his high school at the Collège Bourget in Rigaud (1984 – 1991). He excelled in many sport, especially in soccer. He created an intercollegial league and made arrangements to buy a cup for the winners of the competition. The Collège Bourget has been the first to win the cup and the name of each player was engraved on the cup, including the name of Éric. He managed to transfer the self-confidence he gained in sports to his studies and he did very well in his marks though out the five years. In the last two years, he was assisting the students who had some difficulties in some areas, especially math.

 

Éric completed his secondary studies at the CEGEP Bois-de-Boulogne in Montréal (1991 - 1993). He was very devoted then to first aid and invested all his efforts in that venue. He missed many academic courses thinking he could go through CEGEP without attending courses. He had to work very hard at the end of the last semesters to catch up and get adequate marks to enter university level. 

 

Since his childhood, Éric always had this desire to become a medical doctor. His dream was somewhat shaken with the CEGEP academic results. Nevertheless, he did make it to the university and started at Ottawa University the next fall. But he had a game plan that would open the doors of the Faculty of Medicine for him : complete a 3 year science Bach in a field that he likes where he could get excellent marks (prerequirement), kinesthesia in his case; complete the difficult science courses in 1st year of the Bach (in the ponderation of marks to determine the final marks to be submitted to the Medicine Faculty, the most recent courses have a bigger ponderation than the previous ones); keep the easy courses that he likes very much for the 3rd year and work hard to get top marks.

 

Éric’s game plan worked! He completed the science Bach (1993 – 1997) and undertook his PH D in Medicine at the University of Ottawa the following fall (1997 – 2002) . He was enjoying very much all the courses but what he liked the most was to learn the anatomy through meticulous dissection.

 

Éric met Jennifer Duplantie in 1993 when he was working as lifeguard in a condominium project swimming pool. He was very fond of her and she soon became his girl friend and companion. She assisted him in all his projects: lifeguard and coordination of the life guards at Lake Philippe in Gatineau Park; first aid patroller and coordination of patrollers on the Rideau Canal, the longest exterior skating ring in the world; research project during his specialization and many others. They started to live together during the doctorate and got engaged shortly after in Venice (Italia). 

 

Éric completed the requirements and exams of the Medicine doctorate with success and graduated in spring 1977. The new Doctor presented an official request for a specialization in neurosurgery at the McGill University (Montréal). He was keenly interested in the medical issues related to the spinal cord. Éric had an interview and was accepted. 

 

Éric completed a Fellowship at the University Hospital Case Medical Center, Cleveland. His Fellowship was specializing in the spinal cord (2003 –2005). 

 

Shortly after arriving in Cleveland, Éric married Jennifer Duplantie on 05 July 2003 in Aylmer (Québec). Jennifer is the daughter of Gilles Duplantie and Leslie Shultz.

 

On 2 February 2005, Jennifer and Éric were blessed with the arrival of two little angels, brother and sister twins, by the names of Gabriel and Angélie Roger. They were born in Cleveland and baptized in Ottawa in July 2005.

 

 

In 2005, the Gates Hospital in Buffalo welcomed Éric as Neurosurgeon and Adjunct Professor for the State University at Buffalo. He was board certified in neurosurgery and completed a two-year fellowship in spinal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute. He had special expertise in minimally invasive technology and advance spinal instrumentation. As assistant professor at the UB Medical School, Éric was devoted to training and educating neurosurgery residents and medical students. A frequent presenter, he was the recipient of numerous awards, and had also authorized numerous publications and journal articles. He was especially proud to have earned the Patient’s Choices Award and Compasionnate Doctor Recognition. His clinical practice is focused on spinal diseases of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions.  Éric’s research interest includes tracking patient outcome for both surgical and non-surgical modalities. He is highly vested in the training and education of neurosurgery residents and medical students.

During the common life of Jennifer and Éric in Cleveland and Buffalo, their relationship became tensed. A divorce decree was enacted in Buffalo on April 9, 2011. Both parents were granted joint custody of their two children.     

While developing his clinical practice, Éric became acquainted with a very special friend… Just like a fairy tale, the storybook romance came true…  Relatives and friends were cordially invited to share in the wedding between Joulet M. Gangarossa and Éric P. Roger on July 13, 2012.  Joulet is the daughter of Calogero Mario Gangarossa and Deborah Lee King. Éric’s father, Yvan R., acted as Best Man to the groom. The wedding and reception took place at the Chateau des Charmes Winery, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

Éric opened his own neurosurgery practice in late 2013 with his wife Joulet, an RN, who is also his practice manager. He follows the advice he gives to his patients:  To live a life that provides relief from pain, and to avoid disease, requires changes in lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity, emotional issues and spiritual life. However, where persistent back pain is a very serious and common issue, it needs to be addressed.  Éric makes the point that patients should see a doctor they can trust. This may include non-narcotic medication, seeing a physiatrist, physical therapist and/or chiropractor. If these treatments don’t work, surgery may become the next option. His office is located at 700 Michigan Ave, Suite 210, Buffalo.

Group B

 

MICHEL ALEXANDRE ROGER AND JESSICA ROCHETTE

 

Alexandre was born on 25 November 1978 at the Sacré-Cœur Hospital in Hull. He is the younger son of Yvan Roger and Marie-Andrée Arsenault. The baptism took place at the Saint-Gabriel church (Gloucester, Ottawa). Helen Arsenault, sister of Alexandre’s mother, was the Godmother, and Michel Grieber, Helen’s companion, was the Godfather.

 

The night before the delivery, the labor work was hardly progressing. The gynecologist diagnosed some cardiac arrhythmia early in the following morning and he proceeded rapidly with a cesarean surgery. The new born remained in an incubator during one week as a precautionary measure. The arrhythmia issue never posed any issue from then on.

 

Since the two parents were working, Alexandre went to a number of day care centers after the parental leave. He was quite happy at the Centre des petits on Preston Street. He then went to Lycée Claudel for kindergarten. He was travelling on the bus under the surveillance of his brother Éric.

 

Alexandre completed his primary school at École des Voyageurs in Orléans. Our student was very attracted by the cute girls in his class. On a nice spring day in his second year, his teacher informed his parents that he was giving one dollar to each girl who was willing to let him kiss her. The storey went around the school very fast. ..

 

A lady living near by was providing baby sitting services to our Don Juan at lunch time and after the school. However, he was not comfortable with this lady and he had mentioned it to his parents who thought that their son was getting a little capricious. He took on his own to find a baby sitter on the street he was living on. The lady had many children, mostly boys, and Alexandre was delighted. The family members were Anglophone, providing an opportunity for Alexandre to learn English quickly… which he did!

 

Alexandre loved dancing, even when he was very young. He had a good sense of rhythm. He was often dancing in front of his uncle Michel and when the latter was not paying attention to him, he would take and hold his uncle’s head in between his two hands and say “look, Uncle Michel, look at Alexandre dancing”. He took ballet-jazz dancing lessons for a number of years and loved to appear in dancing show. 

 

Alexandre completed his high school at the Collège Bourget in Rigaud (1991-92 to 1996-97). He was not very found of boarding in a college for five years but he was conscious of the opportunities that this represented and he did not want to miss on them. The future was going to prove him right. 

 

Our student loved swimming and completed all the swimming levels over his childhood. He completed as well all the courses related to first aid and lifeguard for swimming pools and beaches. He worked as lifeguard at Lake Philippe for a few years and then assumed the responsibilities of overall Coordinator for the beach which included hiring, training and coordination of all the lifeguards. This was an excellent experience in handling responsibilities and managing people which benefited Alexandre in his future projects.         

 

Our beach coordinator worked as well as skate patroller on the Rideau Canal. The responsibilities were mostly to provide first aid assistance to people who injured themselves while skating on the Canal.

 

Alexandre did his first year of CEGEP at the St-Jean-De-Bréboeuf College in Montréal. He completed the second year of CEGEP in Hull (Gatineau) (1996-1997 to 1998-1999).

 

Our scholar completed a baccalaureate with honors in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. (1999-2000 to 2003-2004). He undertook a master degree in sociology at the University of Ottawa in 2004 which he completed while working at the House of Commons. 

 

Our future Master joined the House of Commons on a part time basis to start with as a messenger and he joined later on a permanent basis as trouble shooter in Informatics.    

 

Alexandre started to date Jessica Rochette (Bedford) at a familial party at his brother Éric’s place to celebrate the 2002 New Year Day. It was love at first sight and the lovers made their nest in an apartment on Greber Street in Gatineau.

 

Our love birds were gratified with a beautiful gift in February 2004: Jessica was expecting…   She gave birth to their first child, Kamilia, at the Gatineau Hospital on 4 November 2004. The Godparents of the new born were Éric Roger, Alexandre’s brother, and Jennifer Duplantie.

 

The happy father applied for a position of Clerk of the House, a most prestigious position at the House of Commons, and obtained an interview. He did very well on the Board and qualified for the position with all the congratulations of his parents and friends. The Clerk of the House provides advice and information on procedures, practices, privileges and parliamentary antecedents, in addition to provide administrative, logistic and technical support on parliamentary activities. The Clerk to the Procedures is responsible to provide advice on Parliament us and on matters of procedures to prestigious clients, including the Parliamentary Members and the Presidents of the committees.

 

Alexandre married Jessica Rochette (Bedford) in Cuba on   July 2007. A legal marriage had already taken place in Gatineau on 19 May 2007 for practical purposes. The Best Man of the groom was Éric Roger, his brother, and the witness of the bride was Marcel Arsenault, her father. The parents of the bride and the groom were in attendance.

 

Jessica’s primary father was Bonromé Conrade Rochette but she was adopted by Marcel Arsenault when her mother, Barbara Ann Bedford, remarried Marcel Arsenault. The latter is the brother of Alexandre’s mother, Marie-Andrée Arsenault. So… Marcel became the stepfather of Alexandre as well as being his uncle…. and Alexandre’s new wife is also his cousin and vice versa.

 

The newly wed had one more pleasant surprise early in August 2007… Jessica was expecting her second child. She gave birth to a beautiful girl, Océanne, on 6 May 2008 at the Gatineau Hospital. The Godfather and Godmother of the new born were Steve Arsenault and Catherine Ann Arsenault, brother and sister of Jessica.

 

 

 

 

Eleventh Generation

 

Group A

 

GABRIEL JULIEN ROGER AND ANGÉLIE JADE ROGER

 

Gabriel and Angélie are twin brother/sister who were born on 2 February 2005 in Cleveland (USA). They are the children of Éric Roger and Jennifer Duplantie. Gabriel was born at 22h49, weighted 7 pounds and 14 ounces and measured 19.75 inches while his sister Angélie was born at 22h51, weighted 5 pounds and 14 ounces and measured 19 ¼ inches. The Godfather and Godmother of Gabriel were Alexandre Roger and Jessica Rochette. The Godparents of Angélie were Alycia Duplantie and Roy Piekenbrock.

At a very young age, Gabriel demonstrated quite exceptional aptitudes for soccer when he was in the minor leagues. His father followed up with the Empire United Soccer Academy of Buffalo to review his potential and see if he could join the Academy. The sole intention of the Academy is to provide the highest quality coaching and training possible to Western New York’s most talented and dedicated soccer athletes. Empire United is the logical progression for the soccer player with a passion for the game who is interested in competing at the highest level possible. Empire United is an inclusive organization supporting boys and girls between nine and nineteen years of age. The curriculum from ages 9 to 19 is designed to be developmentally appropriate, taking into consideration appropriate levels of competition, training, and rest per age groups. However, Gabriel was only six years old at the time. He was admitted after a convincing practice on his part. However, he only played during the practices during the first year.

Angélie and Gabriel joined the Nardin Elementary School (Montessori) at four age old. That School is for boys and girls in kindergarten through grade eight. It is consistently ranked as one of the top in the area because of their rigorous and enriching academic program and opportunities for students to explore their talents in the visual and performing arts. They are proud to offer boys and girls fine academic, athletic and enrichment programs. Their goal is the success – at every level - of every student.

 

Group B

 

KAMILIA ROGER AND OCÉANNE ROGER

 

Kamilia Roger was born on 4 November 2004 at the Gatineau Hospital. She is the elder daughter of Alexandre Roger and Jessica Rochette (Bedford). The parents of the child were Éric Roger and Jennifer Roger (Duplantie).

Since Kamilia was a baby, her parents noted that she appeared sometimes to be absent. Her speech, for example, seemed to take longer to develop. She would come back to reality shortly after, without any noticeable changes. The frequency of these moments increased in her fifth year, to the point where the caretakers at the day care centre noticed it and advised the parents. They met with the neurologist who diagnosed her in May 2010 with the “petit mal”, most commonly called an "absence seizures". This type of epilepsy occurs only during youth, usually from 5 to 10 years of age. The seizures can last anywhere from several seconds to several minutes. The cChild looses contact with reality while these seizures can easily be unnoticed or be confused with inattention. They are a It is a brief disturbance of brain function due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain. There are 5060% chances that the child will outgrow absence seizures in their teen years but 40% chances that the seizures become generalized.

Following the May 2010 diagnostic, Kamilia started taking 2 ml of Ethosuximide (Zarontin) morning and evening. The dosage increased to 3 ml morning and night on January 2011. The medication is successful in controlling the seizures by diminishing there length and frequency. Kamilia’s learning capacities greatly improve; her language skills increase and she quickly recovers lost time.

Océanne Roger was born on 6 May 2008 at the Gatineau Hospital. She is the daughter of Alexandre Roger and Jessica Rochette (Bedford). The Godparents of the baby were Anne Catherine Arsenault and Steve Arsenault. 

 

 

 

 

 

Yvan Roger