The Great Choisser Disclosure

The Ancestors of John Choisser

John Choisser

Note: The dates shown along the left column give a general reference to the approximate time. More precise dates are given in the discussion. French records, primarily church records, reflect baptism and burial dates more often than the dates of birth and death, so some dates shown may differ from the actual dates by a short time. The sources for much of the early material seen here are indicated on this page. In addition, far more detailed research of the Brazeau family can be found on the late Renť Brazeau's site. Details on the ancestors of Charlotte Brazeau can be found by tracing back from this page of Linda Goodrich's site.


A Family with Its Roots in France


1625   Pierre         Jeanne          Pierre          Jeanne
       Quenneville    Saye            Marie           Loret
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1650                              Jean                Denise
                                  Quenneville         Marie

Our story begins in France in 1625, just five years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, with the baptism of Pierre Quenneville in the Church of St. Nicolas, in Rouen, Normandie, France. He wed Jeanne Saye in that same church about twenty years later, on 6/18/1646. Among at least ten children of this couple was Jean Quenneville (6/14/1651-8/23/1701). Meanwhile in Paris, another couple, Pierre Marie and Jeanne Loret had a daughter, Denise Marie (1654-8/31/1720).


In a Little Village Named Montreal


1625   Pierre         Jeanne          Pierre          Jeanne
       Quenneville    Saye            Marie           Loret
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1650   Nicholas       Perette     Jean                Denise
       Brazeau        Billard     Quenneville         Marie
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1675                              Charles         Genevieve
                                  Brazeau         Quenneville

Our story now moves to Montreal at a time when it had a population of only a few hundred people, with the marriage in 1662 of Nicholas Brazeau, a wheelwright by trade, to Perette Billard (1635-8/20/1705). Nicholas and Perette had three children - Charles (1662-4/25/1750), Nicholas (1663-), and Marie (1683-).

Twelve years later, Jean Quenneville and Denise Marie, now in Montreal, were married in the Church of Notre Dame on 2/12/1674, and they had ten children - one being Genevieve Quenneville (6/8/1676-7/16/1726).


In Old Montreal - A Second Generation


1625   Pierre         Jeanne          Pierre          Jeanne
       Quenneville    Saye            Marie           Loret
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1650   Nicholas       Perette     Jean                Denise
       Brazeau        Billard     Quenneville         Marie
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1675   Edme           Marie       Charles         Genevieve
       Beurnonville   Vistar      Brazeau         Quenneville
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1700                              Antoine        Charlotte
                                  Buernonville   Brazeau

Charles Brazeau and Genevieve Quenneville were married in Montreal on 10/5/1693, and the couple had at least ten children - Gabriel (9/7/1694-), Marie-Catherine (1/14/1695-), Paul (10/22/1697-), Pierre (10/19/1699-), Francois (1701-), Joseph (1/28/1706-), Agnes (baptized 1/16/1712), Charlotte (4/7/1712-11/18/1735), Marie Gabrielle (1716-), and Pierre-Antoine (1717-).

Edme Buernoville and Marie Vistar were a couple from St.Pierre, Auxerre, France, and they had a son named Antoine Beurnonville in 1703.


The Choissers of France Come to the New World


1625   Pierre         Jeanne          Pierre          Jeanne
       Quenneville    Saye            Marie           Loret
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1650   Nicholas       Perette     Jean                Denise
       Brazeau        Billard     Quenneville         Marie
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1675   Edme           Marie       Charles         Genevieve
       Beurnonville   Vistar      Brazeau         Quenneville
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1700   Mathurin       Nicole      Antoine        Charlotte
       ChoissÍre      Hťbert      Buernonville   Brazeau
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1725   Jean        FranÁoise Amable
       ChoissÍre   Buernonville

Antoine Beurnoville and Charlotte Brazeau were married in Montreal on 6/30/1732, but their marriage would be a short one due to Charlotte's untimely death just three years later. During this time they did have three children - Marie-Louise (1733-), Catherine (1734-), and FranÁoise Amable (1/16/1735-).

In 1721, Mathurin ChoissÍre and Nicole Hťbert of Forges, Verdun, France, had a son, Jean. The couple and their son emigrated to Montreal in 1750.


From Montreal to the Illinois


1625   Pierre         Jeanne          Pierre          Jeanne
       Quenneville    Saye            Marie           Loret
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1650   Nicholas       Perette     Jean                Denise
       Brazeau        Billard     Quenneville         Marie
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1675   Edme           Marie       Charles         Genevieve
       Beurnonville   Vistar      Brazeau         Quenneville
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1700   Mathurin       Nicole      Antoine        Charlotte
       ChoissÍre      Hťbert      Buernonville   Brazeau
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1725   Jean        FranÁoise Amable   Charles Joseph   Catherine Anne
       ChoissÍre   Buernonville       La Buxiere       Vivarenne
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1750         Jean Baptiste                   Marianne
             ChoissÍre                       La Buxiere
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1784                           John
                               Choisser

Jean ChoissÍre and FranÁoise Amable Buernonville were married in the Church of Notre Dame in Montreal on 4/22/1754. The couple would have five children - Jean Baptiste (2/7/1755-), Marie Louise (7/4/1756-), Jacques (7/23/1757-), Jean (2/7/1760-), and Genevieve Amable (3/19/1761-).

Their youngest son Jean moved to Kaskaskia, Illinois, a French town on the Mississippi River south of Saint Louis, and became a prominent citizen of the small town. His older brother Jean Baptiste became a merchant and frequently traveled between Kaskaskia and Montreal.

We turn now for a moment to another family. Charles Joseph LaBuxiere (2/11/1726?-4/28/1791), a native of France, and who was the man granted the first town lot in Saint Louis (in the area where the arch is now located), married Catherine Anne Vivarenne (1742?-12/19/1792) on 6/30/1757. (See this page for more about this couple.) (See this page for her ancestry; Charles's parents were Charles Leonard LaBuxiere and Renee Claret.) The ceremony took place at Fort Chartres, Illinois, in what is now the chapel at a state park there. This couple had numerous children. Among them have been reported the following, some names of which may be duplicates: Joseph Antoine (1758-), Antoine (4/9/1773-), Joseph Andre, Louis, Louis Joseph, FranÁois (3/12/1780-), Angelique, Constance, Celeste Marie Josephe (5/1/1778-) and Marianne (4/28/1765-).

Marianne La Buxiere and Jean Baptiste ChoissÍre were married on 7/9/1781 at the Church of St. Louis of France (now the Old Cathedral) in St. Louis. The couple would have two children - Jean ChoissÍre, born on 6/20/1784 in Kaskaskia, and Marie Louise ChoissÍre, born in 1790 in Montreal. (Reference has also been found to a third child, Charles Joseph, born on 5/16/1786, however family accounts do not mention this child, and it is presumed he died in infancy.) The couple and their two children traveled between Kaskaskia and Montreal a few times, finally settling down in Montreal. As a young man, Jean returned to the Illinois, and in the early 1800's settled in Shawneetown. There he anglicized his name to the form we now know him by - John Choisser.


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