"BLANCHET, FRANÇOIS, author, physician, teacher, militia officer, businessman, seigneur, politician, office holder, and JP; b. 3 April 1776 in Saint-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Que., son of Jean-Baptiste Blanchet, a farmer, and Marie-Geneviève Destroismaisons; m. 9 Sept. 1802 Catherine-Henriette Juchereau Duchesnay, and they had three daughters and a son; d. 24 June 1830 at Quebec."
"Blanchet played an important role in the development of public health measures in the Quebec region. In 1817 he was on a special committee to promote “inoculation with vaccine.” The need to keep a vigilant eye on European immigrants and increase assistance to them also engaged his attention. He was in favour of strengthening the quarantine laws and of founding an isolation hospital. He fought in the house to promote the latter project, which took shape in 1816 with the establishment of the first immigrants’ hospital on Île aux Ruaux. In 1823 he was a member of the first municipal sanitation committee of Quebec; it was responsible for finding the means to fight epidemics and to provide medical assistance to immigrants."
"François Blanchet is the author of Recherches sur la médecine ou l’application de la chimie à la médecine (New York, 1800); Appel au Parlement impérial et aux habitans des colonies angloises, dans l’Amérique du Nord, sur les prétentions exorbitantes du gouvernement exécutif et du Conseil législatif de la province du Bas-Canada (Québec, 1824); and Reports from the special committee on roads and other internal communications (Quebec, 1829)."
He married Catherine Henri Henriette Juchereau Duchesnay on September 9, 1802 in St-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud.
Children of Francois and Catherine:
Catherine Henri Henriette Juchereau Duchesnay died on March 13, 1841 and was buried on March 26, 1841. Francois Blanchet died on June 24, 1830 and was buried in June 27, 1830. Both were buried in St-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud.
A database is being built of all gathered data from the parish registers of old Quebec. By systematic attribution of baptism, marriage, and burial certificates to the respective individuals – a "family reconstitution" made on the basis of names and family ties – people are identified and their biographies established. PRDH’s data base, covering the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, thus contains the personal history of the Quebec ancestors of all French- Canadians. The PRDH is housed at the Demography Department of the Université de Montréal.
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