Jean Guyon1

M, b. circa 18 September 1592, d. 30 May 1663
     Jean was born in Tourouvre, Orne, Normandy, France. He was the son of Jacques Guyon and Marie Huet. He was christened there on 18 September 1592 in St-Aubin Church.2 By the year 1615, Jean had become an accomplished mason and was given the task of constructing a 30 step stone staircase to the bell tower of St Aubin Church. Soon after, he moved to Mortagne because of the restorative work needed there after the devastation caused during the Religious Wars [1562-1598]. It was here that he built his reputation as a stone mason.3 Jean married Mathurine Robin on 2 June 1615 in Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, Normandy, France, at the church of Notre Dame.4 By 1634, Jean had become a master mason of high repute and was also a surveyor. Because of his skills he was recruited by Robert Giffard to be a part of an undertaking to help to build the infrastructure of New France [Quebec]. He agreed to the arrangement offered him, which included a three year contract to work in Quebec. He, along with his oldest son, Jean, and over thirty other contract skilled craftman and workers left the port of Dieppe on 4 March 1634, arriving in Quebec 3 months later on 4 June. Two year later in 1636, his wife and the rest of his children, except for Barbe, joined him in New France.5 Jean's wife, Mathurine, died on 16 April 1662 in ville de Quebec, Quebec, Canada, leaving him a widower. Jean departed this life on Wednesday, 30 May 1663 in ville de Quebec. He was buried there in the cemetery of Notre Dame on Thursday, 31 May 1663.6


Mathurine Robin d. 16 Apr 1662


  1. [S1953] Percheron Immigration -
  2. [S1954] Honorius Provost, Jean Guyon, GUYON DU BUISSON, JEAN (senior), master mason, pioneer at Beauport; baptized 18 Sept. 1592 at Tourouvre (Orne, France), son of Jacques Guyon and Marie Huet -
  3. [S1953] Percheron Immigration: In 1615, he constructed a thirty-step, stone staircase leading to the bell tower of the church where he had been christened. Remarkably, that staircase is still intact to this day.

    After his marriage in June of 1615, Jean Guyon settled in Mortagne where there was a lot of restoration work required after the devastation of the Religious Wars (1562-1598). Soon he became a well-respected mason. In July of 1625, he was given the job of working on the fortification of the town of Mortagne. It was there that Jean's skills as a stone-cutter brought him to the attention of Robert Giffard who was then in the process of establishing a seigneury at Beauport, Quebec. -
  4. [S1954] Honorius Provost, Jean Guyon, married 2 June 1615 Mathurine Robin at Mortagne-au-Perche (Orne) -
  5. [S1953] Percheron Immigration: JEAN GUYON-DION (or Dion-Guyon)... was a master mason and a surveyor. He was recruited in Mortagne, Normandy, March 4, 1634 by Robert Giffard and set sail soon after from Dieppe with his 16-year old son, Jean. It was May 1634 and they were destined for Canada where they arrived in Québec on June 4, 1634. On that same voyage were Zacharie Cloutier and the Boucher brothers, Gaspard and Marin and over thirty other contract workers. This would be Robert Giffard's first successful group of settlers from the Perche region of Normandy.

    In 1636, Jean Guyon's wife Mathurine Robin and their children, Simon, Marie, Claude, Denis and Michel (who was born days before his father signed the three-year contract to work for Giffard in New France) departed Mortagne for Canada. Their oldest daughter Barbe emigrated from Mortagne in 1652 with her husband Pierre Paradis and their 5 children. -
  6. [S1596] Drouin Institute: Burial: 31 May 1663 - Jean Guyon, died yesterday, at Notre Dame de Quebec. -