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Urbain BAUDREAU, dit Graveline

Male 1623 - 1695  (71 years)


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  • Name Urbain BAUDREAU, dit Graveline 
    Suffix dit Graveline 
    Born 3 May 1623  Clermont, Bourges, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1653  Clermont, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 22 Sep 1653  Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Service Defended Montreal in French & Indian Wars, serving at Quebec 1653-1658. In 1663, he was made a corporal in the Holy Family Militia. 
    Died 28 Jan 1695  Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 29 Jan 1695  Church of Notre-Dame cemetery, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Recruited in 1653 to go to Quebec from France and serve colony for 5 years. After his time was up, he returned to France in 1658 and then went back to Montreal in 1659 to settle permanently.

      1663-1667: elected Trustee and Procurator for Colony of Montreal, a post similar to that of mayor.
    • Here we have information concerning Urbain Baudreau dit Graveline. This is taken from the Urbain Baudreau dit Graveline Genealogical Society website: http://www.ubgga.com/genealogy.php . Urbain’s father was Jean Baudreau dit Graveline born 25 June 1581 in Gravelines in Flanders. He married Marie Cheveau, born circa 1600, of France. The family name is Baudreau, the “dit Graveline” was a geographical “nickname” that the French would often use. Urbain was born 3 May 1623 in Clermont, Bourges, France, which is where he was living when he was recruited to go to Montreal.

The history of the Beaudreau and Graveline families began in 1653 with the arrival from France of a young man pioneer named Urbain Baudreau dit Graveline. Sailing form the small port of LaRochelle in France aboard a small vessel, a determined group of soldiers and adventurers began its perilous journey.

Urbain had signed a contract for five years to serve the colony of Montreal as a militiaman to protect it from the attacks of the dreaded Iroquois Indians. Following his discharge from his original contract in 1658, Urbain returned to France brieftly, but returned again in July of 1659 aboard the St-André.
Upon his return, he received from the owners of the colony, a land grant as compensation for his service. He decided to settle down and raise a family, so in 1664 he married Mathurine Juillet, the daughter of another colonial hero, Blaise Juillet, who had given his life in defense of the colony. Together they had eight children : four sons and four daughters.

During his early years in Ville-Marie, as Montreal was then known, Urbain worked as a landclearer for others in addition to working his own land. But, beginning in 1660, he began to acquire parcels of land on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. In 1663, he was elected syndic (trustee) of the colony, a position of some importance, though unpaid. He represented the other colonists in their dealings with the owners of the colony. His term lasted three years.

He lived a long and full life. Urbain passed away in 1695 in Montreal at about 70 years of age. He was buried in the cemetery adjoining the Church of Notre-Dame the next day. His children inherited their father`s sense of determination and adventure. The second son, Jean-Baptiste, was a soldier, businessman and adventurer who later became a pioneer settler along the Gulf Coast in the Mobile, Alabama area. Gabriel was a carpenter and businessman who, along with his wife, lost his life on a trip exploring the Mississipi River while they were searching for minerals. Paul, the third oldest son, stayed in the area of Montreal for most of his life. He married and had eight children who lived to adulthood. The youngest son, Jean (John), was a butcher, soldier, and farmer. He also married, had five children and lived in the Richelieu Valley region.
    Person ID I1822  MyFamilyInfo
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2010 

    Father Jean BAUDREAU, dit Graveline,   b. 25 Jun 1581, Gravelines, Flanders Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Marie CHAUVEAU,   b. Abt 1600, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1606  Group Sheet

    Family Mathurine Marguerite JUILLET,   b. Abt 1651, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1723, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 20 Oct 1664 
    Children 
     1. Gabriel BAUDREAU,   b. Abt 1666, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Marie BAUDREAU,   b. Abt 1668, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Sieur Jean Baptiste BAUDREAU, dit Graveline,   b. Abt 1671, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1762, La Belle Fontaine, Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)
     4. Marie Anne BAUDREAU,   b. Abt 1675, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Paul BAUDREAU,   b. 18 May 1682, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Elizabeth BAUDREAU,   b. Bef 1683, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Marie Madeleine BAUDREAU,   b. 1686, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Jean BAUDREAU,   b. Abt 1690, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F1258  Group Sheet

  • Histories
    Life of Urbain Baudreau Graveline by Robert Graveline
    Life of Urbain Baudreau Graveline by Robert Graveline
    Published in vol. 1, no. 2 of DESCENDANTS, the official publication of the Urbain Baudreau Graveline Society.