Élisabeth Doucinet

Élisabeth Doucinet (1647 - 1710)

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Élisabeth "Isabelle" Doucinet aka Bédard
Born in Temple de la Villeneuve, La Rochelle, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Paroisse Notre Dame, Canada, Nouvelle-Francemap
Descendants descendants
Died in Charlesbourg, Canada, Nouvelle-Francemap
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Élisabeth and Isabelle were pretty much interchangeable names in this time period, one being nickname to the other indiscriminately.

Listed as one of the "Filles du Roi," the King's Daughters, a group of over 800 young women who were sent to New France with the idea of complementing the overwhelmingly male population and propagating the population:

For more on the "Filles du Roi," see "The Girls of LaRochelle" in A Complete History of Our Ancestors in New France [1] The bitter facts of their abduction where they were taken by force and brought to a convent (because they were Huguenots) and "converted," and then shipped to New France are told here. There are profiles of individual women, including Marie Faucon. It says the following:


"Élisabeth or Isabelle Doucinet was baptized 19 May 1647 at the Calvinist Temple of La Rochelle. She was the daughter of Peter Doucinet and Florence Cantau and sister of Marguerite Doucinet.

"Isabelle Doucinet arrived in Quebec as a "Daughter of King," August 11, 1666, at the age of 19 with 200 pounds for a dowry. She was preceded to the country by her sister, Marguerite, who arrived in 1662. She married at the Calvinist Temple of La Rochelle to a carpenter named Jacques BÉDARD (1644-1711), son of Isaac and Marie Girard BÉDARD. This couple had 17 children.

"In 1671, Elizabeth Doucinet testified to Provost Court of Quebec about a history of witchcraft. She stated that she "heard tell" by Jacques Cassian, son Perette Ozilionne, that both parents of Perrine Moreau were sorcerers and sometimes put fire in clogs and the clogs behaved as if there were explosive powder [in them]and blew up into many pieces." She added that Coirier Perrine told her she was asked by a woman to bring a new pot and some needles, for the love of god. This woman believed that Perrine Moreau killed her husband. " [--from Langlois, Michel, Biographical Dictionary of Quebec ancestors]

For more on the subject of witchcraft in New France, see Witchcraft in New France in the 17th Century [1]. This book explains that, even though France ended their persecution of witches in 1640 and imposed the cessation on the entire kingdom in 1682, the vast majority of Frenchmen still believed in magic and witchcraft.

In The Montreal Gazette, Bill Bantey tells us, however, that no one in New France was ever put to death, and this record was unique in Christiandom. [2] Les habitants were probably too busy worrying about their own survival. In addition, when the Jesuits spoke of such things, they spoke of them, not with awe but derision, never giving much credibility to their "pranks" as, say, the prelates in Salem did. [3]

"Isabelle Doucinet died November 19, 1710, at the age of 63 years, Charlesbourg."

--Marie Vaillancourt

DOUCINET, Elisabeth Poitou Charentes

Arrivée à Québec/arrived in Quebec city Le/on 11 Aug 1666 sur le vaisseau/on the ship Le St Jean-Baptiste de/from Dieppe

DOUCINET Elizabeth

200 livre de dot
Fille de Pierre (maître cordonnier) et de Florence Canteau.
Baptisée le 19/05/1647 au temple protestant de la ville de La Rochelle, 17000; Charente Maritime; Poitou-Charentes. ( Aunis ).
Décédée le 19/11/1710.

( Précédée au pays par sa sœur Marguerite, arrivée en 1662. Elle signe un contrat de mariage en date du 04/12/1662 avec Philippe Mathou dit Labrie, mariage le 28/12/1662 alors âgée de 21ans et demi.)

1 mariage:

BÉDART Jacques; habitant et maître charpentier.

Fils d’Isaac et Marie Girard; né le 15/12/1644, décédé le 10/07/1711.

Contrat de mariage du 24/08/1666 (Becquet); Mariage le14/10/1666 à Notre-Dame de Québec
Ménage établi à Charlesbourg; 17 enfants.


Date: 17 MAY 1647
Place: Notre-Dame de la Cogne, La Rochelle, Charente Maritime, France


Date: 19 NOV 1710
Place: Charlesbourg, Canada


Note: Birth place from Lesperence smart match
Note: Elizabeth was one of the filles du Roi (one of the women that was sent to Canada to marry, with dowry from the king included)


The Society of King's Daughters on [2]

"The Girls of LaRochelle" in A Complete History of Our Ancestors in New France [3], which itself has source notes.

Bantey, Bill. The Montreal Gazette, "New France's Unique Record on Witchcraft." (25 Jan. 1969).

Witchcraft in Early North America by Alison Games [4]

  • Marriage Source: Mariage.Québec, Notre-Dame (mariages 1621-1679), 1621-1671, 64 de 67 et PRDH
  • Baptism Source: PRDH
  • Burial Source: PRDH
  • Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1997

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Élisabeth-Isabelle Doucinet Image 1
Élisabeth-Isabelle Doucinet Image 1

Elizabeth Doucinet Birth
Elizabeth Doucinet Birth

Jacques Bedard et Isabelle Doucinet
Jacques Bedard et Isabelle Doucinet

Isaac Bédard-Tanguay Collection Vol 1 page 36
Isaac Bédard-Tanguay Collection Vol 1 page 36

Jacques Bedard-Tanguay Collection Vol 1 Page 36
Jacques Bedard-Tanguay Collection Vol 1 Page 36

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On 29 Oct 2014 at 16:21 GMT Bob Scrivens wrote:

Doucinet-17 and Doucinet-6 appear to represent the same person because: The original proposed merge sounds convincing. I was just worried about the different first names. Unless the man married sisters, this is a match. But the marriage dates are the same for both profiles, so unless there was a mistaken assumption for one of those marriage records, this looks good to go.

On 29 Oct 2014 at 01:14 GMT Bob Scrivens wrote:

Doucinet-17 and Doucinet-6 are not ready to be merged because: Linda, you don't seem to be worried about the fact that the first names are different. Does your comment "I have Isabelle for her name as well as the parents listed" mean that you have an independent verification of "Isabelle" that matches the Elisabeth profile? I was worried that they may be sisters whose ages are close. Can we eliminate that? If yes, then I'm on board.

On 29 Jul 2014 at 01:00 GMT Ann (Thompson) Johnson wrote:

Doucinet-6 and Doucinet-13 appear to represent the same person because: Same info

On 28 Jul 2014 at 23:59 GMT Bob Scrivens wrote:

I was putting in new information for Doucinet-13 and it looks like it is a duplicate of yours. Merge? Interesting story I found by the way; she was a witness in a witchcraft trial.

On 25 Jun 2014 at 16:03 GMT Helmut Jungschaffer wrote:

Doucinet-8 and Doucinet-6 appear to represent the same person because: Same husband, both children have same parents per PRDH.

Élisabeth is 14 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 24 degrees from Katy Jurado and 19 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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