Pierre Maheu

M, b. circa 23 December 1630, d. 12 May 1717
Feings, Normandy, France [freepages.genealogy.ancestry.com/~mainegenie/DROUIN.htm]
     Pierre was born in Feings, Orne, Normandy, France. He was the son of Jean Maheu & Michelle Chauvin. He was christened there on 23 December 1630 in the parish of St-Jean.1,2 On 22 May 1651, Pierre and two other men, Nicolas Hublin and Jacques Nourry signed a contract to go "to the country of New France to begin on the day of embarkment which will be made in this year...to terminate with the embarkment which will be made at the end of the said five years in the said place". Pierre was to receive 45 livres, a pair of shoes, food and free passage, both to New France and to return.3 He immigrated from his home town, Feings, Normandy to Quebec some time after the signing of the contract in 1651. His occupation was listed as a weaver. Pierre worked under various contracts from the time of his arrival in Quebec until 1657 when he purchased land of his own in Charlesville.4 On 8 September 1659, Pierre and Jeanne signed a marriage contract at the home of Jeanne's grandfather Zacharie Cloutier. Her dowery consisted of "300 livres, one milk cow, and some clothes".5 Pierre married Jeanne Drouin, daughter of Robert Drouin and Anne Cloutier, on 10 November 1659 in Riviere-Ouelle, Kamouraska County, Quebec, Canada, at the church of Notre-Dame-de-Liesse.6 1666, Pierre and Jeanne were listed on the Canadian Census in Comte de Montmorency, Quebec, Canada. Enumerated in this household were Pierre Maheut, a weaver [32 years], Jeanne Drouin [19 years] & Marie [3 years].7 1667, Pierre and Jeanne were listed on the Canadian Census. Enumerated in this household were Pierre Maheust [34 years], Jeanne Drouin [20 years], Marie [5 years] & Charles [14 months]. They had property consisting of: 4 cows, and 10 arpents of land under cultivation.8 1681, Pierre and Jeanne were listed on the Canadian Census. Enumerated in this household were Pierre Maheu [57 years], Jeanne Drouin [34 years], Charles [15 years], Pierre [12 years], Angelique [10 years] & Jeanne [6 years]. They had property consisting of: one gun, five cows and had 25 arpents of land under cultivation.9 By the early months of 1717, Pierre and Jeanne had retired to the home of their daughter Jeanne and her husband Paul Balanger at Beauport.10 Pierre departed this life on Wednesday, 12 May 1717 in Beauport, ville de Quebec. He was buried there in the churchyard of La-Nativitie-de-Notre-Dame on Thursday, 13 May 1717.11


Jeanne Drouin b. Nov 1646, d. 24 Jun 1732


  1. [S1557] Genealogy of Canada: Baptism: 23 December 1630 - Pierre Maheu, son of Jean Maheu &Michelle Chauvin at the parish of St-Jean, Mortagne-au-Perche. - www.nosorigines.qc.ca/GenealogieQuebec.aspx?genealogy.
  2. [S1606] Maheu Family - freepages.genealogy.ancestry.com/~mainegenie/MAHEU.htm.
  3. [S1606] Maheu Family: On 22 May 1651 Nicolas Hublin, Jacques Nourry and Pierre Maheu signed on as servants to Jean Juchereau, Sieur de Maure before notary Choiseau. The three of them agreed to go: to the country of New France to begin on the day of embarkment which will be made in this year...to terminate with the embarkment which will be made at the end of the said five years in the said place
    Pierre was to be paid 45 livres per year and given a pair of shoes as well as a free round trip and food. Pierre was listed as being a weaver from Feings, a village bordering Mortange-au-Perche. - freepages.genealogy.ancestry.com/~mainegenie/MAHEU.htm.
  4. [S1606] Maheu Family: Pierre then appears 8 Sept. 1655 at the office of Notary Guillaume Audouart in Quebec with his friend Jean Trudel. The two of them agreed to work for three years as farmers for Nicolas Juchereau, Sieur de Saint-Denis, husband of Marie Therese Giffard, owner of Le Chenay, 52 arpents of land in the Seigneurie of Beauport on the Montmorency River. The farm had a stable, barn, house, 2 oxen, 4 cows, 3 sheep, and farming implements. The tenant farmers would have for their use, turnips, half the harvest of cabbage, 50 minots of wheat and 25 of peas. They each would recieve 60 livres for each new arpent of land they put into cultivation. The following year, on 12 Sept., they were again in notary Audouart's office signing another agreement with Sieur Juchereau, and this time they would pay 40 minots of wheat, 25 of peas and 20 of corn yearly. The contract was in effect until Oct. 1658. Also during this time they signed an agreement with Germain Le Barbier on 3 Dec. 1655 to log 5 arpents of land and to cut them into 8' lengths for the large trees and 10' for the smaller ones. Germain promised to pay them 25 livres per arpent.
    Pierre purchased his own place on 29 Sept. 1657 from Jean Baptiste Le Gardeur, Sieur de Repentigny, 2 2/3rd arpents of land in the fief of Charlesville, near his friend Jean Trudel and Jacques Vauclin. This farm is now in the town of Boischatel about 31 arpents east of Montmorency Falls. - freepages.genealogy.ancestry.com/~mainegenie/MAHEU.htm.
  5. [S1606] Maheu Family: On 8 Sept. 1659 at the home of Zacharie Cloutier at Chateau Richer he signed the marriage contract with Jeanne Drouin who came with a dowry of 300 livres, one milk cow, and some clothes. They were married on 10 Nov. at the church of Notre Dame de Quebec by Father Ragueneau. - freepages.genealogy.ancestry.com/~mainegenie/MAHEU.htm.
  6. [S1596] Drouin Institute: Marriage: 10 November 1659 - Jeanne Drouin, and Pierre Mahieu; witnesses: Guillaume Le Lieure & Jacques Marette; the parish of Notre-Dame, Quebec. - www.genealogiequebec.com.
  7. [S1598] Research Program In Historical Demography: Census Certificate Number 95532.
  8. [S1598] Research Program In Historical Demography: Census Certificate Number 96344.
  9. [S1598] Research Program In Historical Demography: Census Certificate Number 97751.
  10. [S1606] Maheu Family: On 20 June 1700 Pierre gave his livestock to his sons Charles and Pierre who were still living with them on the farm. On 6 Sept. they purchased the neighboring land of Rene Brisson for 4,000 livres. Pierre Jr. and his brother in law Joseph Garnier died in the small pox epidemic of 1703 and brother Charles then died in 1704. Charles' widow, Marie Charlotte Garnier, inherited the land at Beauport and the land at L'Ange Gardien went to Pierre's widow Louise Garnier. On 3 Feb. 1717 Pierre and Jeanne, who had retired to Beauport to their daughter Jeanne's home, gave her and her husband Paul Belanger, the 1 1/2 arpents of land which they had obtained from the estate of Robert Drouin at Chateau Richer. Pierre then died on 2 May 1717 and had lived to see 33 grandchildren and 38 great-grand children. Jeanne took the inventory of the estate on 7 July 1717, she had 400 livres of liquid assets, half of which she spent to have prayers said for her dead husband. On 23 Oct. the children left her in possession of the land in L'Ange Gardien and an annual pension of 14 minots of wheat, 4 of peas, 2 of oats, 50 bales of straw, 50 of hay, and 16 pounds of oakum (to chink holes in the cabin I suspect?). After her death they would have 24 low masses celebrated for her. Jeanne lived until Saint-Jean's day, 24 June 1732, she was 85 years old. - freepages.genealogy.ancestry.com/~mainegenie/MAHEU.htm.
  11. [S1596] Drouin Institute: Burial: 13 May 1717 - Pierre Maheu; died yesterday at around the age of 80 years; present: Charles Garnier; at the parish of Notre-Dame de Beauport. - www.genealogiequebec.com.