Prevost, Martin

Male 1611 - 1691  (~ 80 years)


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  • Name Prevost, Martin 
    Born Janv. 1611  Montreuil-sous-Bois, près de Vincennes, Ile-de-France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 4 Jan 1611  Montreuil-sous-Bois, près de Vincennes, Ile-de-France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Jan 1691 (80 ans)  Beauport, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 28 Jan 1691  Beauport, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I100348  32 Generations
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2016 

    Father Prévost, Pierre,   b. Abt 1580, Montreuil-sous-Bois, près de Vincennes, Ile-de-France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Viens, Charlotte,   b. Abt 1580, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F47712  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sylvestre, Marie-Olivier,   b. 10 Sep 1615, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1665, Québec, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 3 Nov 1644  Québec, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Prévost, Jean-Baptiste,   b. 16 Mai 1662, Québec, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 mai 1737, St-Augustin de Portneuf. Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     2. Prevost, Louis,   b. Abt 1651, Quebec, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Avril 1686, Beauport, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
    Family ID F47711  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • We estimate the arrival of Martin in Québec in 1639 at the same time as Marie de l'Incarnation, founder of the Ursuline Nuns in Canada.

      This is the first recorded marriage between a White man and an Indian maiden.  

      Martin is the son of Pierre Prévost and Charlotte Viéns. He was from Montreuil- sous-Bois, arrondissement of Bobigny, Bishopry of Paris (Seine-St-Denis), a northeastern suburb of Paris, France.  

      He was baptized on January 4th, 1611 in the magnificient church St.Peter and St.Paul of Montreuil-sous-Bois and he died in Beauport, Québec on January 27th, 1691 at the respectful age of 90 years old.

      Martin Prévost worked for the Company of the One Hundred Associates (Compagnie des cent associés) as storekeeper clerk which at that time was the equivalent of a warehouse manager today. So, we can figure out that maybe he was the one who was in charge of preparing all the merchandises needed for the Maisonneuve expedition in the founding of the City of Montréal, in 1642.

      Once widowed, Martin Prévost married Marie d'Abancourt, widow of Geoffroy Guillot and of Jean Jolliet, on November 8th, 1665 in Québec. She was the mother of the famous discoverer of the Mississippi River, Louis Jolliet. Martin Prévost had a very interresting life and we strongly suggest to read the biography that Robert Prévost wrote about him: it is in French and is titled Témoin de nos commencements. Robert makes us aware of the way our first ancestors lived through one of our ancestors who was already here in New France, in 1639.

      In 1994, to commemorate the 350th wedding anniversary of Martin and Marie Manitouabe8ich, the Association des Prévost-Provost d'Amérique erected a monument in the parc Martin-Prévost located in the Beauport borough of Québec City. This park is situated at the corner of Tunis Street and Du Parc Street, on the exact site of the land owned by Martin from 1645 until his death in 1691 (See Le Prévostal, Vol. 3 No. 4)