History of Lepage in North America
Before designating whole families, the name of Le page would have been attributed first to children placed with the nobles, but this name would also mean child, town or village. Some Frenchmen bearing this surname came to settle in New France in the 17th and 18th centuriese century. Barthelemy was Normand, Blaise was too. François-Joseph came from Picardy, François-Pierre du Limousin and Jacques de l'Angoumois. The first to come here are Constance, Louis and Germain. The two men come to New France as scouts. Born in the region of Courson-les-Carrières, in the town of Ouanne, they are the sons of Étienne and Nicole Berthelot. Louis and Germain are roughly the same age, with 1666, 1667, and 1681 censuses giving birth to 1640.
No contract of engagement allows us to fix with certainty the date of their arrival in the colony. They are generally thought to land at 1661 in Quebec City as hired for a period of thirty-six months. The only element that leads us to believe it is a document of Thursday 24 January 1664 where it is said that following a complaint by Charles LeGardeur was to seek and imprison "the name Louis le Page his servant servant (who ) to the detriment of the orders (...) had without any leave left his service having retired in the Coast and Lordship of Beaupré ". Here is a man who has spent enough time here dreaming of being the servant of no one! This escape has consequences that unfortunately we do not know, but it is certain that in July of the same year, the commitment of the two brothers is finished. The 9, Marie-Barbe de Boullogne, wife of Louis d'Ailleboust, grants them a few acres to take in the seigniory of Argentenay, in the parish of Sainte-Famille.
In 1666, this land is already divided between the two men who appear separately in the census. The following year, they share the same house and, already, fifteen arpents were put "in value". This common land will be the subject of an official division, the 24 October 1672. One can wonder about the reasons for this transaction occurring between the two closely related men who will prove, throughout the years, that harmony existed between them. But this gesture is imposed on them by the arrival of parents. The 24 August 1667, in front of the notary Pierre Duquet, Sebastienne Loignon or Aloignon, daughter of Pierre and Marie Roussin, of the Sainte-Famille parish, had promised Louis Lepage to marry him. She had kept her word and two children, Étienne and Marie-Madeleine had come to populate their little house. We now know, thanks to the compilations of the Directory of the acts of baptism, marriage, burial (...) published by the University of Montreal, that in the month of October 1672, other Lepage had arrived from France. Indeed, the 27 February 1673, René, Constance and Etienne Lepage are present at the baptism of Constance Duchesne, born 12, daughter of Pierre and Catherine Rivet. Who are these newcomers so quickly integrated into the small parish community? Constance is the sister of Louis and Germain. Étienne, whose name appears for the only time in the records of this parish, may be the father of these three pioneers. As for Rene, he is the son of Germain. There was much doubt about the presence in the country of Germain Lepage's wife. It is now verified that she arrived at the same time as the other members of the Lepage family, the records referring to her as Reine, Irene or Renee Lori, Lory, Lauri and Laury. She acts as godmother at several baptisms, giving her names to her nieces Renee Lepage and Reine Guérinet or Garnier, Reine Meneux, Renée Loignon, Reine Mesnil and Reine Deblois. Constance Lepage married François Garnier at Sainte-Famille, the 5 February 1674. She will have six children, five daughters and one son. She died at the age of 40 years, in mid-August 1688, in Saint-François Island of Orleans.
In 1673, once the family reunited on the land conceded in 1664, land on which one finds only a "body of house", the Lepage sell it for 415 books, the Hospitallers. However, it is not before 1677 that the clan moves to Saint-François. Germain, his wife, and their son Rene; Constance, her husband and their two daughters; Louis, his wife and four children move. The 1681 census shows these three families each developing their heritage. François Garnier and Constance Lepage are neighbors of Louis' family. They own four horned animals and seven acres of land were cleared. Louis Lepage, more prosperous, has eleven horned animals and twelve arpents of land were highlighted. As for Germain Lepage and Reine Lory, twelve horned beasts and fifty acres of cleared land make their wealth and that of their only heir, René.
Louis Lepage and Sébastienne Loignon will give life to at least fourteen children who will make an alliance with Théberge, Marquis, Béchard, Racine, Fournier, Turcot, Charest, Fontaine, Beaudoin, Pepin, Gagnon, Bilodeau, Damien and LaGrapht.
Sébastienne Loignon was buried at St Francois de Sales on the Island of Orleans, the XNUMX December XNUMX; Louis followed her on November XNUMX XNUMX. Their descendants, numerous, took root on the Island of Orleans. Reine Lory disappears from the records between XNUMX and XNUMX and it is presumed that Germain was widowed when he followed his son René to Rimouski. René belongs to the little history of this city of which he was the first lord. By the many children born of his marriage with Marie-Madeleine Gagnon, he is the ancestor of an important branch of the family tree Lepage. Germain died "in sweetness", the XNUMX February XNUMX. It was then given a hundred years, which contradicts the censuses which concede to him, at most, only eighty-three.