Joseph was "journalist" of the Parish of St Julienne
Note from a Tom Brown to Karen Tousignant
I have found a brief biography of Andre Achim dit Saint Andre who is the ancestor of most (but not all) the Saint Andre family in Quebec. Andre was a soldier and got the nickname (dit name) Saint-Andre from his fellow soldiers. Note that his first name was Andre. The men in his troop called him Saint-Andre either because he was particularly religious or, perhaps, because he was not. Just like they called some fat men skinny (i.e., maigre) or some cheap men le genereux (the generous one).
######### Andre Achim dit Saint Andre was born the son of Antoine and Anne Achim in 1646 in the village of Rebec, Diocese of Agen, in Guyenne (a province in western France stretching from Bordeaux south to the Spanish border. Guyenne is also called Acquitaine. Today the area where Andre was born is called the Department of Lot-et-Garonne.
Andre left France in the summer of 1665 and came to New France (Quebec City) with the Carignan regiment where he held the rank of Sargent. The soldiers had been sent to New France by the French King Louis XIV, who had taken control of the Colony of New France from the 100 Associates, a group of French businessmen who had mismanaged the colony so badly that they went bankrupt. The settlers in New France had been so badly treated by the 100 Associates that they were all threatening to return to France. King Louis sent the Carignan regiment to show the colonists that he meant to protect them and that he was going to invest new money in the colony.
On October 24, 1667, Andre Achim dit Saint Andre married Francoise Pieton in the City of Trois Rivieres (Three Rivers) between Montreal and Quebec City. Francoise was born in 1651 in France and was the daughter of Martin Pieton and his wife Catherine Bourg. The Pietons originally came from the village of Pont-Avon, Diocese of Cornwall, in the Province of Brittany.
Andre eventually left the army and worked as a stone mason. In 1681 he bought 60 acres of land on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River across from the city of Montreal. He built a farm there and began farming the land, like most of the settlers in New France. Today that same land is occupied by the Marsil Museum in Saint Lambert (a small village to the west of Longueuil).
Andre was accidentally drowned in the Saint Lawrence River in April 1699 and was buried on April 27 in Laprairie, a small town on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River about seven miles west of Longueuil. His wife Francoise died September 18, 1700, and was buried the following day in Montreal. ######## Again, I cannot guarantee that you are descended from this man, but in all probability you are.
Remember that Quebec records were meticulously kept from the very beginning of New France and that a competent researcher should be able to find your family and connect it with the original family which came to Quebec from France.
Additional notes found on the internet by Marvin L French:
Andre had children named Marie-Jeanne, Francoise, Pierre, Barbe, Etienne, a child still-born, Jean, Francois, and Catherine. The fact that ll these children had the last name of Achin, not St Andre, makes me wonder if our line is indeed descended from Andre.
Children of Joseph Botquin St. Andre, Sr and Eloise Rochelot are: