Jacques Bernier known as Jean de Paris was counted as one of the most courageous pioneers of New France. He and his wife settled on Ile d'Orléans, Quebec. In 1683 he bought the lordship of La Pointe-aux-Foins from Guillaume Fournier on 11-15-1683. There's a notarial record dated 11-1-1677 describing his sale of a piece of land near Ouelle river to Jacques-Miville Deschenes. Also on 3-6-1673 he sold a home located on the north side of Isle d'Orléans to Jean Leclerc.
Note: The first Bernier to marry in New France, Jacques and his bride Antoinette were married in governor Jean de Lauzon's lodgings. Father Jerome Lalemant officiated at the ceremony. The couple settled on Ile d'Orléans; courage and bravery were required in those days as Iroquois Indians were constantly raiding settlements.
On March 19, 1659, Jacques became a land tenant on the seigneurie of Jacques Gourdeau and acquired more land two years later. In 1667 through hard work he cultivated 25 acres of land, had eight heads of livestock and had three workers at his service. At this time five children were already born.
In 1673 the constant threat of Iroquois raids prompted him to move; he sold his land on Ile d'Orléans and purchased a piece of land 9 acres wide and 40 acres deep from the Chavigy widow in Cap-St-Ignace, becoming the first settler in that region. His home served as the first chapel there. In 1684, the prosperous settler becomes a Seigneur through the purchase of land at Pointe-aux-Foins.
In 1960 a monument was unveiled in Cap St-Ignace in honor of Jacques Bernier with some 2,000 Bernier descendants in attendance.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Jacques by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Jacques: