Louis LaCroix b 27 November 1672

Louis LaCroix was the son of François LaCroix and Anne Gagne.  He was born at Beaupré, Québec, which means “beautiful meadow.”  Louis married Marguerite Caron, a widow with several children.  They had more children together.  Louis died 17 December 1759 at nearby Saint-Joachim.   I was not able to find out much about this ancestor, but the area where he lived is a religiously important location.

The area of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré is about 30 miles east of Québec city, on the north side of the St. Lawrence River. St Anne was the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus.  Saint-Joachim is Mary’s father.  The first houses of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré date back to 1650. Settlers began to farm the fertile soil of the Beaupré hillside. The first church was built by sailors who were shipwrecked off  Île aux Œufs on their way to Québec City.  The sailors and settlers dedicated the chapel to Sainte-Anne, patron saint of sailors, and later named patron saint of Québec.  The very day the Saint showed how favorably she viewed the undertaking by healing Louis Guimont, an inhabitant of Beaupré, who suffered terribly from rheumatism of the loins. Full of confidence in St. Anne, he came forward and placed three stones in the foundations of the new building, whereupon he found himself suddenly and completely cured of his ailment. The chapel has been replaced many times over, and is now the site of the Basilica of Sainte-Anne, a place of miracles. On either side of the doorway are pyramids of crutches and bandages left behind by pilgrims who prayed to Sainte-Anne at her shrine and have gone home healed.

The area of Saint-Joachim was one of the first places in Québec to be colonized.  It was an agricultural center and farms were established to feed Séminaire de Québec, a society established to prepare young men for the priesthood for service in North America.  Joachim is the patron saint of fathers, grandfathers, grandparents, married couples, and cabinet makers and linen traders.

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1 Comment

  1. Roger Laber said,

    November 27, 2010 at 17:34

    Louis LaCroix married Marguerite Caron, a widow who had seven children with her first husband Noel Pare.
    Her second child with Louis Croix was named Agathe.


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