Jacques Leprou & Françoise Banse, a first family probably disappointedJanuary 27th, 2016 0 By Jean-Pierre Proulx
Jacques Leprou, a native of Rouen, is the first of our family name to come to New France. In any case, he is the first to appear in the database of the PRDH: he abjures Protestantism in Quebec City on November 28th, 1665. The Huguenots were, as we know, banned from New France. (A certain Pierre Prou had registered in St-Nazaire in 1653, but he finally did not embark).
Jacques Prou marries François Banse on October 4th, 1667, in Quebec City. The act states that he was from St-Maclou, city and diocese of Rouen. His wife was from St-Sauveur, a town in the diocese of Rouen. They had a boy born October 6th, 1669, baptized on the 8th under the name of Jacques.
On March 19th, 1668, Jacques signs at Rageot (notary) a contract of “transport of work” with another man named Louis Lamoureux. This contract tells us that Jacques owns or operates a land located in Bourg Royal, but that he is an upholsterer in Quebec City.
Jacques hires another man, Joseph Morage, a Portuguese, in April 1669. He concludes a sowing deal in October 1671 for his land of Bourg Royal with a man named Joseph Chorest. Two days before, he bought food at Antoine Caddet’s.
But on October 26th, 1672, his wife Françoise Banse sells the land to the intendant, Jean Talon, through a contract with Becquet (Notary).
After this date, we lose track of the Prou-Banse family. No doubt, must have returned to France? The thing is common. An estimated 15,000 immigrants got here compared to 10,000 who returned.
An examination of these notarial acts could reveal other details about this family. The invitation is made to our readers.
Programme de recherches en démographie historique, Univetsité de Montréal (on line).
Parchemin, banque de données notariales du Québec ancien (1626-1799), directed by Hélène Lafortune and Normand Robert, Société de recherche historique Archiv-Histo, (on line) www.Archiv-Histo.com