Jeanne-Françoise Gervais and Antoine Surprenant were married in Longueuil on 7 February 1735. They were both 23 years old. Our ancestor was their first child. Named after his father, little Antoine was born in Longueuil on 16 November 1735.
In 1754 France and England were once again at war. There is no doubt the men were a part of the force that sought to defend the French colony. The family endured the aftermath of the Guerre de la Conquête (War of the Conquest) or French and Indian War, and the subsequent defeat of the French régime with the capitulation of Montréal in 1760.
Two years later Antoine (the son) married Marie-Anne Robert in Saint-Philippe.
There is a death record for a 74-year-old Antoine Surprenant (the father) who died the 6th or 7th of January 1784 in Saint-Jean-François-Régis (Saint-Philippe), and was buried on the 8th. His son Antoine died just a few weeks later.
Jeanne-Françoise Gervaise passed away 4 August 1802 in Saint-Philippe at the age of 90.
- Jetté, René, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Quebec des origines à 1730 (Montréal: Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 1983)
- PRDH: 1784 8 Jan s; d 6 or 7 St-Jean-François-Régis (St-Philippe) Subject SURPRENANT ANTOINE; age 74