I’ve been able to track our 11th Great Grandmother back to Tourouvre, de l'Orne, Basse-Normandie, France. Her name was Heniette Durand and my current research indicates she was born in 1555.
Her granddaughter, Madeleine Giguères who was born in 1605 married a man named Jean Isaac Roussin, born in 1597. They married on June 12, 1622 in Tourouvre, France. Madeleine and Jean had 7 children. Unfortunately Madeleine died at the age of 45 years old in 1650. That same year, Jean and two of their children made the decision to leave Tourouvre and move to New France (Quebec) in Canada. When they arrived Quebec was not much more than an outpost. The city contained only about thirty homes in 1650. Eventually, his son, Nicholas moved from Tourouvre to Quebec and they farmed adjoing properties for many years.
Jean remarried in 1655 to Marie Letard (sometimes spelled Letart, Letard, or Lessard) and they had one daughter, Marie. Jean Isaac Roussin died in at L'Ange-Gardien, Montmorency, Quebec in 1688 at the age of 91.
He is recognized as a pioneer of Quebec and his name and the name of his son, Nicholas (our 9X Great Grand Uncle) are on several monuments around the L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec, area, which is abour 10 miles northest of Quebec on the northside of the St Lawrence Seaway. (See photos below)