Jacques Marquette

Jacques Marquette (1637 - 1675)

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Père Jacques Marquette
Born in Laon, Île-de-France, Francemap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Died in Pays des Illinois, Nouvelle-Francemap
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Jacques Marquette lived in Canada, New France, now Québec, Canada.
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Jacques Marquette was born on 10 June 1637 in Laon, Picardie, (now Aisne dept.) France.[1] He was the son of Nicolas Marquette, seigneur de Tombelles and councilor of Laon, and of Rose de La Salle.[2][3]

Jacques joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) when he was 17. [4] In October 1654 he is with the Jesuits in Nancy. He was ordained as a priest on 7 March 1666.[5]

He studied and taught in Jesuit universities in France for twelve years.

In 1666 he was sent to Canada as a missionary to the Indians, [6] arriving in Québec city on 20 September of that year.[5]

He became fluent in many Native languages and was sent up the Saint-Lawrence River where he established several missions in what is now Michigan.

In 1673 he joined Louis Joliet, a French Canadian fur trader in an expedition to explore and map the Mississippi River.[7]

Père Jacques documented his explorations in his journals. [8]

After their expedition, Jacques set out in 1674 to establish a mission among Illinois natives.

He died on May 18, 1675, en route to St-Ignace at the mouth of a river later named Père Marquette in his honor (now Luddington, Michigan[5]). [9]


  1. Quebec, Quebec Federation of Genealogical Societies, Family Origins, 1621-1865," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKDB-HQBN : 10 February 2018), Jacques Marquette, 10 Jun 1637; citing Laon, Aisne, France, Birth, La Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie (The Quebec Federation of Genealogical Societies), Canada.
  2. Fichier Origine: Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie/Québec Federation of Genealogical Societies: Jacques Marquette
  3. Marquette, Jacques THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF IOWA, University of Iowa Press Digital Editions
  4. Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)/Jacques Marquette
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec - René Jetté pg 774
  6. Ancestry Record 7486 #338082 Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012. Place: Quebec, Canada; Year: 1666; Page Number: 14
    Name: Jacques Marquette
    Arrival year: 1666
    Arrival Place: Quebec, Canada
    Primary Immigrant: Marquette, Jacques
    Source Publication Code: 91.40
    Annotation: Date and port of arrival, or date and place of first mention in the New World. Place of origin, place of settlement, occupation, and date and place of birth, baptism, or burial may be provided for some immigrants. Extensive historical information is also provided.
    Source Bibliography: ALDERSON, JO BARTELS, AND KATE ALDERSON. Wisconsin's Early French. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1998. 208p.
  7. Biographi.ca: Louis Joliet
  8. The Mississippi Journeys of Joliet and Marquette, 1673
  9. Ancestry Record 7920 #338082Genealogical Research Library, Ontario, Canada. Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
    Name: Jacques Marquette
    Event: Died
    Year: 1675
    Place: Michigan, USA
    Province: Ontario
    Source: George W. Brown, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. 1, 1000-1700 A.D., University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1966.
    Volume/Page: 490, 491, 492, 493

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On 12 Apr 2019 at 19:05 GMT Danielle Liard wrote:

hi, you can put the Quebecois project as manager for him, use:

WikiQuebecois@googlegroups.com to do so.