Marie MITE8AMEG8K8E m Pierre Couc 16 April 1657

Pierre Couc was born abut 1627, son of Nicholas Couc and Elizabeth Templair, in Cognac, France.  The following information is from http://www.apointinhistory.net/couc.php

The first record of Pierre COUC at Trois Rivières appears to be in August 1651 when he is the godfather of an infant Amerindian girl named Périnne.  Pierre Couc had probably newly arrived in Canada as a young bachelor, perhaps as a contract worker or perhaps as a soldier.  At any rate, he was born around 1624 in Cognac, Saintes, Saintonge.  He used the dit name LaFleur or LaFleur-de-Cognac.  In January 1657, he is the godfather of another native, this time a man christened Nicolas Onnenhase.

Pierre Couc’s life in Canada can be traced through civil and religious documents…

The next mention of Pierre Couc is shortly before his marriage to an Algonquin, Marie Miteouamigoukoué, when one of the witnesses to their marriage, Barthelemy Anarahoui, has a son Claude baptized.  The son Claude had been born on 30 March 1657 and was baptized on 2 April 1657 at Trois Rivières.  The child’s godmother is Anne, wife of Jean Sauvaget; no godfather is given.   This is just two weeks before Pierre marriage to Marie.   

Clearly Couc was close to the Algonquin community in and around Trois Rivières.  

Marie Miteouamigoukoué had a daughter born in 1647 of a previous relationship with an Algonquin named Assababich.  The child, named Catherine, was baptized in Trois Rivières 1 November 1652.  The parents are given as Assababich and Marie Mite ous me gou kou.   

In an Iroquois raid, Marie Metiwameghwahkwe’s (or Miteouamigoukoué) partner Assababich was killed and their two children were abducted and carried off with a larger group of French and Weskarini Algonquin captives.

Pierre Couc dit LaFleur married Marie on 16 April, 1657 at Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

At the marriage of Pierre and Marie, there were two Algonquin men present; one was Barthelemy Anarahoui, and the other was Charles Pachirini.  The other witnesses to the marriage are given on as Péré and Ameau dit St.Severn, longtime friends of Pierre.

In January 1658, Pierre Couc was hurt while working for Barthélemy Bertaut.  (Source: “Visages du vieux Trois-Rivières”, tome 1.)

There is a notarized contract dated March 4, 1662 which states that a 5-year lease is given by Pierre Couc of Cap-de-la-Madeleine for land located at the last channel of Trois-Rivières comprising of 2 arpents frontage by 40 arpents deep to Étienne LaFond of the same place. 

On the 26th of November, 1664 an agreement is recorded between R. P. Jacques Fremin, a Jésuit and Pierre Couc dit LaFleur, to have their differences arbitrated by Pierre Boucher, Pierre Lefebvre and Jean Cusson. 

The amended 1666 census indicates Pierre Couc and his family were living in the Trois-Rivières area with 4 children ranging in age from 9 to 2.  This family was not on the actual 1666 list.

In the census of 1667, the family is found in Champlain County with five children, ranging in age from 10 to 3 months.

On May 29th, 1669 there is a document indicating the verbal process of Pierre Couc dit LaFleur, on the subject of spoiled peas which were in a fortification owned by the seigneur.

In the census of 1681, the family is found at St. François-du-Lac with 8 children.  The eldest child, Jeanne Couc, who would now be about 24 years old, is no longer part of the household.  The listing of children starts with Louis Couc, age 20 and unmarried, and ends with Jean Couc aged 8.  Ancestor, Madeleine Couc, would have been 12 years old at this time.

Pierre Couc was buried April of 1690 at St. François du Lac, PQ.

Marie Miteouamigoukoué died in January of 1699 in Trois-Rivières, PQ.

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4 Comments

  1. Charla Langevin said,

    October 1, 2013 at 20:52

    I am searching information on Pierre Couc dit Lafleur and his wife Marie Mite8ameg8k8e and their daughter Madeline Couc married to Maurice Menard. Do you have documentation regarding whether they would have considered their children to be Metis? Thank you .. Charla

    • sooze471 said,

      October 2, 2013 at 07:52

      Madeline is also my ancestor. I’m sorry I can’t answer your question. Metis means half-breed or cross-breed so technically I suppose that would be the correct label. I don’t have vital records from that era, so don’t know if the word savauge or savaugess (?native woman) shows up in any of the records of her children. See also http://www.leveillee.net/ancestry/latindocs.htm#baptism

  2. Kim Lavigne said,

    December 30, 2016 at 16:14

    I am also a descendant of Pierre Couc dit Lafleur and Marie Mite8ameg8k8e, thank you for writing this!

    • sooze471 said,

      December 30, 2016 at 16:18

      Thanks for reading and taking time to comment.


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