Antoine Trottier

M, b. circa 21 January 1640, d. 5 December 1706
FatherJules Trottier b. 1591, d. c 10 May 1655
MotherCatherine Loiseau b. 1596, d. c 28 Jan 1656
     Antoine was born in the village of Ige, Belleme, Orne, Normandy, France. He was christened there on 21 January 1640 in St-Martin Church.1 He immigrated with his parents arriving in September of 1646. In 1660, Antoine went on an expedition into what is now Wisconsin with several others and did not return to Quebec until 1663. His role on this trip was to trade for furs with the native Americans.2 A contract for the marriage of Antoine and Catherine Lefebvre was signed on 2 September 1663. It was drawn up by their notary, Severin Ameau. It notes Antoine is a resident of Cap-de-la-Madeline, originally from St-Martin, Perche & his parents being the late Julien Trottier & the late Catherine Loyseau. It also notes Catherine resides at Trois-Rivieres & her parents being Pierre Lefebvre & Jeanne Aunos.3 Antoine & Catherine had children: Joseph [1668-12/20/1713][m. 2/18/1700 Francoise Cuillerier], Michel [1670][m. 5/03/1700 Agnes Godefroy dit Delinctot & 2nd 10/27/1715 Theresee Mouet], Pierre [1672-4/12/1736][m. 10/12/1699 Catherine Charest], Noel 1674-4/14/1720][m. 1/10/1702 Marguerite-Therese Fafard], Francois Marie [1676-4/20/1744][m. 2/06/1703 Marie-Anne Gouin & 2nd 4/12/1714 Francoise Mercereau], Marie Catherine [1678-2/26/1731][m. 4/03/1696 Jean Cuillerier & 2nd 5/27/1714 Francois-Marie Picote], Antoine [1/12/1681-11/18/1733][m. 1/20/1708 Marie Charlotte Mercereau & 2nd 8/16/1717 Marie-Anne Sicard], Marie-Anne [4/22/1682-7/08/1738][m. 6/08/1697 Raymond Martel & 2nd 2/14/1712 Louis-Odet Depiercot], Jean-Baptiste [4/22/1685-3/081696], Julien [6/19/1687-7/15/1737][m. 1/09/1718 Marie Louise Catherine Raimbault], Alexis [10/21/1688-6/05/1769][m. 1/06/1735 Marie-Louise Roy & 2nd 12/30/1739 Catherine Godfroy] & Paul [9/30/1692].4 Antoine formed fur trading associations, becoming very rich in the process and becoming one of the most important merchants in the colony. He used his wealth to have private tutors for his sons, several of whom, as their father had done, became fur trading merchants.5,6 1681, Antoine and Catherine were listed on the Canadian Census in Batiscan, Les Chenaux County, Quebec, Canada. Enumerated in this household were Antoine Trottier [42 years], Catherine Lefebvre [33 years], Joseph [13 years], Michel [10 years], Pierre [8 years], Noel [7 years], Francois [5 years], Marie [3 years], Antoine [1 year] & servant: Elisabeth [14 years].7 Antoine's wife, Catherine, died on 29 November 1705 in Batiscan leaving him a widower. Antoine departed this life on Sunday, 5 December 1706 in Batiscan. He was buried there in the churchyard of St-Francois Xavier on Monday, 6 December 1706.8


Catherine Lefebvre b. c 4 Dec 1648, d. 29 Nov 1705


  1. [S1952] Quebec, Quebec Federation of Genealogical Societies, Family Origins, 1621-1865: Julien Trottier - Number 243986: Researched by Archange Godbout. - : 25.
  2. [S1611] Louise Phelps Kellogg, The French Regime in Wisconsin and the Norhwest, the leader among the traders, who later settled at Batiscan, where he lived until 1706. Courtesy of Jackie Hogue Corrigan.
  3. [S1598] Research Program In Historical Demography: Marriage Contract Number 94223.
  4. [S1598] Research Program In Historical Demography: Family Certificate Number 1612.
  5. [S1612] Thomas Laforest, Our French-Canadian Ancestors, Volume VII: page 211 - Antoine dit Desruisseaux was one of the most important merchants of his time in the colony” and that he “formed fur trading associations and became very rich. [Courtesy of Jackie Hogue Corrigan]
  6. [S1613] Schooling in Transition: Readings in Canadian History of Education, In a contract of 1681, Pierre Bertrand, who reportedly had attended the University of Paris, agreed to serve as tutor to the family of the military figure Joseph-Francois Hertel of Trois-Rivieres, for a period of a year. Bertrand promised to join the Hertel household upon completion of his teaching duties with the family of Antoine Trottier Des Ruisseaux of the same town. [Courtesy of Jackie Hogue Corrigan]
  7. [S1598] Research Program In Historical Demography: Census Certificate Number 97335.
  8. [S1596] Drouin Institute: Burial: 6 December 1706 - Antoine Trottier, died yesterday at around the age of 68 years; present: Augustin Trottier & Nicolas Rivard; at Batiscan. -