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Anne Geneviève Lemire (1664 - 1750)

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Anne Geneviève Lemire aka Tessier
Born in Québec, Canadamap
Wife of — married in Montreal, Canadamap
Wife of — married (to about ) in Montreal, Quebecmap
Wife of — married (to ) in Montreal, Quebecmap
Died in Montréal, Quebec, Canadamap
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Marriage or Union

Anne-Geneviève at 17 & Laurent Tessier at 26

October 20, 1681

Montreal, Canada (CT 19-11 Duquet) avec Anne-Geneviève Lemire



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CT 19-11 Duquet) avec Laurent Tessier

Fille de Jean et Louise Marsolet

ENFANT NATUREL: (père: Antoine d'Aux): Marie-Madeleine baptisée le 15-12-1690 Montréal et décédée le 28 janvier 1691 à Pointe-aux-Trembles, remariée en 1694 avec Marc-Antoine Desjardins

Anne Lemire was born into a historically significant family. Her grandfather Nicolas Marsolet, was specifically documented as one of 30 men with Samuel de Champlain in 1608 when Quebec was founded. In 1610, Marsolet became Canada's first interpreter in the fur trade with the Montagnais natives whom he lived among until Champlain died in late 1632. Marsolet, and other interpreters who came after him traveled to Paris to advise civil and religious leaders In France on native policy. [1] Anne's father, Jean Lemire was a syndic and master carpenter in Quebec who helped construct the Quebec Cathedral of Notre Dame. [2]

Anne married Laurent Tessier in 1681. They had two children, Marie Anne and Jean Baptiste. Laurent died in 1687. In 1689, Anne married Pierre Jolliet. He was an ambassador to the Iroquois natives, dangerous work at that time. The couple had a child, Madelleine, who died in infancy in 1691. Pierre Jolliet died in 1694. Anne married for a third time in late 1694 to Marc Antoine de Rupally, sieur Desjardins in late 1694. They had three sons, Paul born in 1696, Charles born in 1698 and Louis Antoine Desjardins, born in 1700. The first two sons used the name Desjardins but added the surname Gonneville after a paternal grandmother. By 1701, Anne was a widow again, now with five children to raise. There is no record of her marrying again. In 1701, Anne's brother Jean Baptiste Lemire, a carpenter, was with Antoine de Lamothe Cadillac building a fort in Detroit and founding that city. When he was done, he returned to Montreal. In 1715, another fort was being built in Michigan, Fort Michilimackinac. We do not know if he also built this fort due to lack of records, but we do know that he was working here as a fur trader after the Fort was built. At this time he sponsors Anne for an engagee license. Records show that she is licensed and works for the commandant of this fort hiring voyageurs in the fur trade. Women, especially widows of officers, were permitted to be licensed in the fur trade in order to support their children. There is no indication of where she is at this time. She could have been working from Montreal or she could have been living at this fort. What is known is that her son Charles did live in the fort and owned House E, next door to Rene Bourassa, who lived in House F. These two men were married to two sisters. Charles was married to Marie Charlotte Leriger LaPlante. Rene Bourassa was married to Marie Catherine Leriger LaPlante. Charles lived in this fort from 1727 to 1754. It is likely that Anne would have lived at the fort with her son and his wife until her death in 1750. Fort Michilimackinac in Michigan has had a continuous archaeological dig going on since the 1950's. In the summer of 2015, Fort Michilimackinac Curator and Archaeologist Dr. Lynn Evans released news reports that an intact ivory rosary had been found and dug out of Charles Desjarins Gonneville's house. This was one of the biggest finds ever discovered here. Besides the rosary, nearly 3,000 craft beads were found under the house, more beads than found under all the other houses combined. It seems that a beadwork craft shop operated from this home. Was this perhaps the workplace of a craft store owned by Anne or her daughter in law? Perhaps! Did Anne Lemire own the rosary as well? Perhaps. Anne Lemire and her daughter Marie Ann Tessier can be found as great grandmothers on Louis Riel's family tree. Granville-73 12:11, 14 October 2015 (EDT)


  1. N.E. Eutrope, MAKERS OF CANADA: CHAMPLAIN, Toronto Press, 1912, a public domain book available free at, pages 27, 37, 41, 143, 144
  2. www.Wikipedia: Jean Lemire


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Urbain Tessier Lavigne and Marie Archambault
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On September 15, 2015 at 14:29GMT Cheryl Johns wrote:

It seems that Anne was married three times. Her second marriage was to Pierre Jean Antoine Au-Jolliet in 1689. He was an ambassador to the Iroquois. He died in 1694. A daughter Madelleine was born in late 1690 and died In early 1691. Her third marriage was to Marc Antoine de Rupalley sieur DesJardins, born about Feb. 23, 1669, Mestry, Calvados, Normandie, France. They married Nov. 9, 1694, in Quebec. Marc died in April, 1701 in Longueill, Quebec. Anne had two sons from this union. The first was Paul DesJardins DeRupally de Gonneville, born Oct. 29, 1696. The second was named Henri Charles Desjardins de Gonneville , born Jan. 25, 1698. The Gonneville name was taken to honor their paternal grandmother. They were fur traders at Fort Michilimackinac. Charles lived in House E. He was married to Charlotte Marie Leriger de LaPlante. Her sister Marie Catherine was married to Rene Bourassa and lived next door in House F. Charles and Rene were sometimes business partners. Charles and Paul worked together in the fur trade. This fort was built in 1715. Anne's brother Jean Baptiste Lemire dit Marsolet sponsored HER to acquire a fur license and she may have lived in house E and been a fur trader before her son was. She may also have done her work as hirer of voyageurs from Montreal. It is not known who lived at the fort in its earliest years since there are no records of this, but there are records showing Anne's participation with a license to hire voyageurs for the fort commandant in 1723. Her sons were involved from 1722. Anne's brother Jean Baptiste Lemire was a carpenter who built the first fort at Detroit with Cadillac in 1701 and he may have been involved in the Fort Michilimackinaw construction as well in 1715. Big news was made this summer, 2015, when archaeologists at Fort Michilimackinac found an intact rosary at Charles Gonneville's house.

On September 12, 2015 at 00:34GMT Cheryl Johns wrote:

Charles Desjardins de Rupalley de Gonneville married Charlotte Marie Leriger LaPlante on May 13, 1731, Laprairie, Quebec. No death date found for Henri Charles. He did have two sons, Charles, born in 1733. No date of death known. And Antoine Piere, born in 1740, died as an infant two months old.

From Cheryl Granville Johns

On July 15, 2014 at 19:49GMT Linda Gauvin wrote:

Lemire-60 and Lemire-14 appear to represent the same person because: aside from Lemire-60 having a child, they are mirror images

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