The origins of the Plante Family
historians the name Plante came from the work performed by this
ancestor, he was a farmer and planted vegetables, in other words he was
Records indicate that
Jean Plante was the first to arrive in Québec form the La
Rochelle area of France. The date of his arrival is not
determined. It was easy to determine that he married Françoise
Boucher in Québec's cathedral on September 1, 1650.
original dwelling is located in the Québec suburb of Chateau Richer, at
8294 avenue Royale. This "Québecois style" house was built of wood
in 1869 and an addition made in 1871 is clearly identified with a plaque
as a historical site and that it was one of the first concessions of the
origins of the Bibeau family
At the origin bibauds
were French foot soldiers that had a cross-bow or spear as weapon, or
François Bibeau (Bibaud)
was born in La Rochelle, France, and baptized in Notre-Dame de Cogne
church in 1642. He arrived in Canada in the spring of 1660.
He established himself Trois-Rivières in 1672, moved on to
St-François-du-Lac and Batiscan in 1700 and died in Trois-Rivières in
was a "courreur des bois"* from 1661 to 1671. He traded, with the
American Indians; glass beads, mirrors and other trinkets for pelts
which he then sold to the Hudson Bay Company.
short history lesson on the Meloche family
The first Meloche
to come to Canadian soil was François Meloche. He left La
Rochelle, France, his place of origin sometime in 1793 to establish
himself in the town of Lachine (a Montréal suburb). Prior to
immigrating to Canada, he had married Marguerite Mouflet, also
from La Rochelle, France. He and his immediate descendants
remained in the Lachine area and were known to be merchants that had a
general store. They also specialized in imports and exports.
(1895-1961), his brothers and sisters became orphans at a very early
age. Their father Benjamin Meloche and their mother
Valérie Éthier deceased at a very early age. The family was
taken in charge by an uncle, Wilfrid, who had been given, by
testament the tutorship of the family. All the children were
raised in the strictest rules of the Roman Catholic Church and for the
period given the best of education. All of them received a
was one of the first Québec electrical engineers and a pioneer in his
domain. He became the province's chief electrical inspector,
engineered and supervised the installation of the first high tension
electrical lines across the St-Laurent, writing the first Canadian
electrical code, his services were leased to the Ontario government to
establish national standards. He remained in his job until the
arrival in power of the anti-union Duplessis government. Within 24
hours after the elections, he was fired by the prime minister elect.
Napoléon's brother became a teacher then a school principal for the
Montréal Catholic School Board. He was the founder of the Montréal
Teacher's Alliance, the first teacher's union in the province and a
promoter of the JEC, a student association.
Sister Sainte-Marie-Benjamin of the Congregation of Notre-Dame
and Napoléon's sister was the founder of the JEC in miscellaneous
schools. With Simone Monnet-Chartrand and Senator
Thérèse Casgrain, she fought for women's rights and for the worker
to unionize. During the last few years of her life, she was the
chief accountant at the mother house of the Congregation.
One of Rose-Alma's
nieces, Jeanne Meloche, Sister Sainte Monique, joined the
same religious order as her aunt. The daugher of Wilfrid
Meloche was also very active in establishing the JEC. She was
very active in her community and collaborated with the same persons as
her aunt in order to establish certain rights now taken for granted.
The surname 0f
Bellmare is an alias. The original name of this family was
Jullineau, which become Gélinas, which became Gélineau
prior to becoming Bellemare.
The first ancestor of
this branch was Jean-Baptiste Gélinas dit Bellmare. He was
the son Jean Gélinas and Françoise de Charminil. The
first of this branch to arrive in Canada was Étienne Gelineau,
son of Joseph Jullineau. He arrived in Québec in 1645.
Jean-Baptiste was the
first to take the name of Bellemare and all his descendants will keep
his name. Therefore, the surname of Bellemare is purely Québecois.
All those that carry this surname are his descendants.
The information on
the ascendants of Narcisse Bellemare is based on family legend.
There is little documented information on this branch.
(1846-1949). My great-grandfather was a kind old man, as a boy I
sat on his lap and he would tell me all kinds of children's stories.
Among all the stories he told me was one which never changed, all others
had several variants.
The story goes
somewhat like this:
"A few months after
the death of your great grandma, God Bless her soul, I decided to
re-make my life. ...In those days we did not have much choice,
furthermore I could barely read or write, although I did not have much
schooling I knew my maths. ...I decided to go to the states to
make my fortune. I left with only a backpack, a water jug, a wool
blanket, my razor, my Winchester, ammunition, a few bucks and two
For days, weeks, not
to say months, I travelled in a south-west direction, I wanted to go to
the north of California. ...Occasionally I would stop in a village or on
a farm ...Just for a few days to make myself some money to continue my
trip. ...Everything was going fine until the day I started to cross the
desert. I had to guide myself on the sun. During the day the
temperature exceeded 100 degrees. And at night I froze. ...While
crossing the desert one of my horses fell sick and I had to put him
away, the next day my other horse broke a leg and I had to put him away
as well. ...I wandered for a while before passing out. How long I
When I came to, I was
in an Indian hut. The Navajo, had picked me up and treated me and
brought me back to health. While I was with the Navajo, I took
part in typical male activities like hunting. I was treated like
one of theirs.
While living with the
Indians, I met your great-grandmother that I loved and married.
She gave me beautiful children. ...After meeting her I quit
searching the white man's treasure.
Several times I had
to fight with the Indians, against the white man. ... One spring
day I had to fight Buffalo Bill Cody and his gang who had set fire to
our house, barn and stable. Most of my adopted brothers and
sisters were killed. All we were able to save was a wagon and a
We rebuilt the house,
barn and stable, waited for the fall to put food stuff in storage.
And with the consent of the chief and that of your great-grandmother we
left to return to Québec, a place where we could bring up our family and
live in peace. You live in a beautiful country, take good care of
by Robert Jacques
Where are the Laurendeau?
The first Laurendeau to arrive in Québec was really called
Rolandeau. He established himself in Montréal in 1750.
Laurendeau is another name that is purely Québecois. Little else
is known of this branch.