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Francoise (Gauss/Gasse) la Berge

b. about 1634 St-Martin-du-Tertre, ile-de-France, France
m. May 28, 1663 Chateau-Richter, Quebec (New France)
d. March 08, 1714 Beauport, Quebec (New France)


Nicolas Durand & Robert de la Berge


1. Genevieve (la Berge) Groleau (b. April 22, 1664 Chateau-Richter, Quebec; m. Pierre Groleau on January 10, 1679 L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec; d. May 10, 1737 Deschambault, Quebec)
2. Francoise la Berge (b. January 27, 1666 Chateau-Richter, Quebec; d. February 06, 1666 Chateau-Richter, Quebec)
3. Catherine (la Berge) Marois (b. September 14, 1667 Chateau-Richter, Quebec; m. Guillaume Marois on April 14, 1687 L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec; d. March 27, 1742 Quebec, Quebec)
4. Francoise Boucher (b. June 12, 1669 Chateau-Richter, Quebec; m. Marguerite Boucher on April 14, 1692 Chateau-Richter, Quebec; d. June 26, 1728 Chateau-Richter, Quebec)
5. Nicolas la Berge (b. June 12, 1672 L'Ange Gardien, Quebec; m. Marie Madeleine Cantin on January 29, 1692 L'Ange Gardien, Quebec; d. about 1712)
6. Guillaume la Berge (b. April 30, 1674 L'Ange Gardien, Quebec; m. Marie Jeanne Quentin on February 14, 1695 L'Ange Gardien, Quebec)


Francoise was born in France, but it is unknown when she immigrated. In 1663 she married and her husband built a house on ile-d'Orleans, but soon after sold this. In 1663 they turned to L'Ange-Gardien and set up a lime kiln, which was used to make mortar for construction.

Francoise's husband, Robert de la Berge built a house called "Maison Laberge" just outside of Quebec City, which is still standing today as it is a Canadian National Landmark. He built this house in 1674 just north of the St. Lawrence River and the island of Orleans.

Francois' son, Nicolas moved to southern Illinois in 1702 to build a commercial site on the Ohio River on lands explored and reported by Marquette & Joliet. This site later became known as Fort Massaic.

Two of Francoise's sons married sisters; Nicolas and Guillaume married the Quentin sisters, Marie Madeleine and Marie Jeanne.

Supposedly Francoise's great, great, great grandson, Jean Laberge (it is unknown who he is descended from of the children above, but it does not appear to be Guillaume) was an active member of the Quebec Rebellions of 1837-1838 against the British and was sentenced to death for his roll in these rebellions. Instead of being put to death though, Jean Laberge was later exiled to Australia.






-Le Programme de Recherche en Demographie Historique (PRDH). Universite de Montreal.