ROGER FAMILY - HISTORICAL SUMMARY
First Generation of the Roger Family in
GABRIEL ROGER AND MARIE DE LACOUR
Our first Canadian ancestor, Gabriel Roger,
originated from Poitou, an ancient
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
Louis XIV assumed full power of
It is in this context that Gabriel Roger sailed for
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
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 :
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
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
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:
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:
§ 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.
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
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
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 :
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
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:
§ 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
§ 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.
§ 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
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
Gabriel II appears on two patients lists of the Hotel-Dieu hospital in
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
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
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
Marie Élisabeth was deported to St-Malo (
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
On May first 1712, Gabriel II appears in the registers of
On 19 December 1715, Gabriel II is mentioned in the registers of
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
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)”.
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
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
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:
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
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 (
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 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.
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:
The population of La Nouvelle
In July 1759, the doors of
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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 and Geneviève were granted with the following children born at St-Antoine de Tilly :
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,
The couple gave birth to the following children:
Charlotte Bergeron passed away at St-Antoine de Tilly on 25 October 1799. She was 32 year old.
On January 1802,
Jean Baptiste Pierre was buried at St-Antoine de Tilly on 6 December 1833. .
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:
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 :
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
Joseph IV and Marie had the following children :
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 :
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
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
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.
· 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.
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 :
· 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.
· 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
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.
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.
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.
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 (
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 :
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
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
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 –
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
Then followed the foolish teen ages where girls, dancing and drinking
were fully occupying Yvan’s life. He moved in a furnished
Shortly before being transferred to
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
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 (
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
registered on the CA program which involved the Summer School (5 weeks) in
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
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,
The Government of
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.
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
heard of a top notch homeopath, Dr
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 (
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
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.
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.
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.
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
became a Freemason in 1998 in the Gatineau Loge
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.
then… the sky
fell on Yvan’s head… His spouse left the house in January 2000. This was
Marie-Andrée came back home in late spring 2000.
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.
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
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.
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)
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
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
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
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
Éric’s game plan worked! He completed the science Bach (1993 – 1997) and
undertook his PH D in Medicine at the
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
Éric completed a Fellowship at the
Shortly after arriving in
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
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.
MICHEL ALEXANDRE ROGER AND JESSICA ROCHETTE
Alexandre was born on 25 November 1978 at the
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
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
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
Our beach coordinator worked as well as skate patroller on the
Alexandre did his first year of
Our scholar completed a baccalaureate with honors in Psychology at the
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 (
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
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 (
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
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.
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.