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Updated February 21, 2003

Ernie E Leclair
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JEAN LECLERC says Bouteleux The Norman one, from Dieppe, Jean Leclerc, passes to News-France with his wife, Marie Blanquet, known as the Fern, and very young son, Pierre Leclerc, towards 1662. Marie Blanquet is the girl of Andrien Blanquet, known as the fern, himself son of Andre Blanquet and Pérette Caperon, of the parish of Auqueville close to Dieppe. Andrien arrived widowed, perhaps at the country at the same time as his daughter and her son-in-law, but November 7 1663, he marries in Quebec, Anne LeMaître, widow of Louis LeRoy, Dieppe and mother of the ancestor Nicolas Roy, married to Jeanne Lelièvre. According to the file origin compiled by Marcel Baker and diffused by Denis Beauregard, Jean Leclerc, Bouteleux, is baptized on June 20 1646, with the church Our-Lady of Ternay, in the current department of Vienne:86269, son of Antoine Leclerc and Michelle Rubel. The couple is established in the Island of Orleans, in Sainte-Famille, and it is in this parish that are born eight different children, including four sons.
New Leclerc, five have a relationship with this genealogy. Pierre Leclerc, the elder son, born in 1658, made with his parents, marries on February 7 1690, Élisabeth Rondeau, born into 1670, girl of the ancestor Thomas Rondeau and Andrée Remondière. Of the fourteen children, their son Jean Leclerc marries in 1720, Madeleine Gosselin, born into 1698, girl of Ignace Gosselin and Marie-Anne Raté.
The other Leclerc son which ensures the descent of the name with ten children, Jean-Charles Leclerc, born into 1668, wife on March 5 1696, Marguerite Bauché, born in 1678, girl of the ancestor Guillaume Bauché, known as Morency and Marie Paradis.
Then three girls of Jean Leclerc and Marie Blanquet, the elder one, Marguerite Leclerc was born on December 26 1660 and becomes the wife on November 22 1677, of the ancestor Clément Ruel, originating in St-Paul, in Paris. The second, Anne Leclerc, born on September 17 1664, wife in 1680, the ancestor Jacques Bouffard, of Rouen, in Normandy. Then, the third girl Leclerc, Marie-madeleine was born on July 9 1672 and marries into 1691, Rene Pelletier, born in Quebec, March 2 1659, son of Jean Pelletier, called LeGobloteur and of Anne Langlois.
The first census made in News-France into 1666, informs us about the trade of the ancestor: Jean Leclerc, then 29 years old is Tisserand in fabric. This same census teaches us in addition, that fifteen other colonists are also tisserands. The total population of News-France at that time, hardly exceeds more than two thousand people, and the corporation of the tisserands thus is largely represented. In fact, the inhabitants realized of very good hour that the ground of their country is favourable with the culture of hemp and the flax. In 1663 Pierre Boucher, then Gouverneur of the Three-Rivers, is of opinion that it is time to put itself at another culture that that of the corn, which starts to be in abundance in the colony. He recommends the culture of the vine and the flax. The pioneers and their descendants must more and more think of living by themselves, by providing for all their needs essential, food, vestimentary and different. The Intendant Heel, devotes body and heart to the cause of News-France. Inter alia achievements, it did everything to popularize the culture of hemp and the flax. To this end, it even made low hand on all the imported sons of France, thus obliging the inhabitants to manufacture themselves of them. Heel also encourages the development of the science of weaving, and for this purpose, it makes distribute weaving looms in many particular houses.
This policy had to succeed, because as of 1671, Talon can announce that within three years the inhabitants of News-France, could provide for their vestimentary needs.

A mystery planes on the place of death of the ancestor. Indeed, in 1680, at the time of the marriage of one of his daughters, Jean Leclerc, main bootmaker, is declared " missing now in France.

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