Jacques Joseph Genest dit Labarre b 17 April 1640

Jacques Genest dit LaBarre was born 17 April 1640 in Juigne sur Loire, in France.  He was the son of Rene Genest dit Labarre and Renee Richard.  The “dit” names were names that were taken to help identify a person, and might have related to a location, an occupation, or just a new name to start a new life.  Genest is pronounced “zhen aye”.  Jacques was born in a small house along a wall that was part of the fortification of Le Plessis manor.  Close by is a road that links the village of Plessis to the hill of Chateau-Rousett, the highest point in Juigne-sur-Loire.  The road is called the “way of la barre” or the barrier, hiding the horizon.  Thus, this family was also known as Genest by the barrier, or Genest dit LaBarre. 

Jacques is the immigrant ancestor for our Laber family.  He came on the shift “Aigle d’Or” (Eagle of Gold).  It was described as old and decrepit royal ship with a worm-eaten hull.  It sailed May 13, 1665 from La Rochelle with a military force. It landed at Quebec during the third week of August, after about 95 days at sea.  It traveled with another ship, The Paix.

Jacques was a member of the Carignan-Salieres regiment.  The following information from the Internet explains this group: 

The Carignan-Salières Regiment

The pleas of the colonists of New France for assistance in their struggle with the Iroquois were answered in 1665 with the arrival of the first French regular troops in Canada, the Carignan-Salières Regiment. Between June and September 1665, some 1200 soldiers and their officers arrived in Quebec, under the leadership of Lt. General Alexander de Prouville, Sieur de Tracy.

The series of forts established by the Regiment along the Richelieu River, along with the success of its second campaign into the land of the Mohawk Indians, led to a long period of peace for the colony, which permitted it to prosper. However, King Louis XIV’s plan included the permanent settlement of many of the soldiers and officers in Canada. Over 450 of these troops remained in the colony, many of whom married the newly arrived filles du roi.

Most persons of French Canadian descent can claim one or more of these brave soldiers as ancestors. In addition to the list of soldiers and officers on the official “roll” of the Regiment, there were many others who participated in the successful campaign against the Iroquois, including many militiamen who resided in the colony but whose names were not recorded for posterity. We honor all these 17th century men who paved the way for growth and prosperity of New France.

With peace with the Iroquois in 1668 the Carigan-Saliere returned to France but left behind 400 members, among them was Jacques Genest-dit-LaBarre who chose to stay in Quebec and became a colonist.

Jacques’ first known child was born out of wedlock with the widow Claire-Francoise Pare’ dit Paris named Antoine on 15 February 1670 but died on 16 February 1670. He did not marry her. He then met and married Catherine Doribeau or Doribelle who may have been a Daughter of the King. No record of the marriage contract has been discovered. They had eight children, the first Marie born 3 November 1670 and the last Anne born 21 April 1685.  

On 14 March 1666, Jacques-dit-LaBarre, purchased a farm on the Saint Lawrence River in the parish of Saint-Famille on the Ile d’Orleans. The farm consisted of a house, yard, garden, a bread oven, a small barn and about five acres of cultivated land. This land today is Lot 195 and 197 near the church. Since Jacques could not read or write the purchase contract was signed by the tinsmith and a notary. Jacques worked at his trade as master edged tool maker. In 1667 he increased his land under cultivation but still did not have any domesticated stock. In 1669 he lost his farm due to debts. The farm was given back to him out of generosity on 22 February 1671. The census of 1681 indicates that Jacques-dit-LaBarre owned 1 gun, 8 head of cattle, and 15 arpents (about 15 acres) of cultivated land. The 1681 census also indicates there were six children living in the house and that he was 45 and his wife was 36 years old. Jacques-dit-LaBarre sold his land and homestead on 18 August 1688. He was allowed to stay in his house until his planned departure to France. He was paid on 6 November 1688, but it is not known if he went to France. Where he lived after he sold his homestead is not known, but on 8 September 1695 records show he became godfather to his grand-daughter Marie Ouimet at Sainte-Famille. He also was at his son Charles’ wedding on 25 November 1699 at Sainte-Jean. The registry at the wedding stated that Jacques was from the Sainte-Famille parish. He died at the home of his son Charles on 9 December 1706. It should be noted that this house is still standing and restored at Saint-Jean by a Genest descendant.


  1. Robert La Croix said,

    November 17, 2011 at 08:39

    I enjoyed this story about Jacques Labarre, my ancestor. You mention the ancestral home still exists and is maintained by the Labarre familly. Is there a way I can get a phot of that home.


    Robert La Croix
    My grandmother was Exaverine Labarre daughter Edouard Labarre and Marie Cournoyer.

    thank you

  2. sooze471 said,

    November 17, 2011 at 11:12

    Here is a link to the Mauvide-Genest manor. http://www.manoirmauvidegenest.com/en/

    Thanks for reading!

  3. Rita (Genest) Anger said,

    February 26, 2012 at 18:28

    I too am a direct descendent of Jacques Genest….thank you for the story. The house, Maison Mauvide-Genest was actually handed down from Charles Genest to his daughter Marie Ange when she married. I have visited the home before it was turned into a restaurant…..

    • Rob Genest said,

      December 11, 2014 at 07:35

      I have some doubts about accuracy of some of the information in the article and in a comment above. First, the name Labarre translating to the The Barrier, this is not what I have found. I have found that in Old French barre would be ‘pole’ or a ‘bar at a toll house’. This is only from wikipedia so I am not sure who is correct. Second, the Manior Mauvide-Genest was built by Mauvide. Charles gave Mauvide some land. This is what it says on the plaques outside the house before you go into it for a tour. I read that when General Wolfe came his men burned nearly everything to the ground with the exceptions the Mauvide House and the Maison Drouin. Third Charles daughter, Marie-Anne married Mauvide. So, I am not sure how she would have the name Marie Ange.

  4. bernard genest said,

    January 14, 2015 at 15:20

    Je suis francophone et ne maîtrise pas suffisamment l’anglais pour faire mon commentaire dans cette langue. Je suis un descendant direct de Jacques Genest (Genet) dit LaBarre et connaît bien l’histoire de ma famille. L’origine de Jacques, notre ancêtre, demeure incertaine. Les renseignements contenus dans le texte ci-haut proviennent de l’ouvrage de madame Carmen Labarre Hébert, Jacques Genest dit Labarre et Catherine Doribeau, 1999. L’hypothèse est vraisemblable mais demeure à prouver. L’histoire de Jacques est complexe. Il arrive en Nouvelle-France en 1665, s’établit à l’Île d’Orléans, fait un enfant à une voisine, repart pour la France, revient en 1670 avec Catherine Doribeau dont il a huit enfants. L’acte de mariage n’a jamais été trouvé, ni en France, ni au Québec.
    Jacques était taillandier (forgeron). Il meurt à Saint-Jean de l’Île d’Orléans en 1706 chez son fils Charles mais entre 1688 – alors qu’il retourne en France – et 1706, on ne sait pas où il a élu domicile.

    Charles, son fils, est le beau-père de Jean Mauvide, chirurgien. C’est Charles qui cède à son gendre et à sa fille Marie-Anne le terrain sur lequel sera construit le manoir (les travaux débutent en 1734). alors que le couple devient propriétaires d’une seigneurie qui couvre la moitié de l’île d’Orléans. La propriété demeure par les épouses (toutes des Marie-Anne) dans la lignée de la famille Genest jusqu’en 1999. D’où le nom de manoir Mauvide-Genest. C’est l’un des plus beaux et des rares manoirs dont l’origine remonte au Régime français.

    Bernard Genest

    • sooze471 said,

      January 14, 2015 at 16:30

      Merci d’avoir pris le temps de commenter – Je ai essayé d’utiliser la traduction de Google pour convertir vos commentaires en anglais. Je sais que les traductions ne sont pas précis, mais je pense que ce sera assez bon pour les autres lecteurs qui lisent pas du tout le français. .

      Thank you for taking the time to comment – I tried using Google translation to convert your comments to English. I know that the translations are not precise but I think this will be good enough for other readers who read no French at all.

      I am not master French and English well enough to make my comments in that language. I am a direct descendant of Jacques Genest (Genet) said LaBarre and knows the history of my family. The origin of Jacques, our ancestor remains uncertain. The information in the text above come from the work of Madame Carmen Labarre Hébert, Jacques Genest dit Labarre and Catherine Doribeau, 1999. The hypothesis is plausible but remains unproven. The Jacques history is complex. He arrived in New France in 1665, came to the Island of Orleans, is a child to a neighbor, returned to France, returns in 1670 with Catherine Doribeau he has eight children. The marriage certificate was never found, either in France or Quebec.
      Jacques was taillandier (blacksmith). He died in Saint-Jean d’Orléans Island in 1706 with his son Charles, but between 1688 – when he returns to France – and in 1706, it does not know where he lives.

      Charles, his son, was the stepfather of John Mauvide surgeon. It was Charles who gives to his son and his daughter Marie-Anne the land on which is built the mansion (work began in 1734). while the couple became owners of a lordship which covers half of the island of Orleans. The property remains by wives (all of Marie-Anne) in line with the Genest family until 1999. Hence the name Mauvide manor-Genest. This is one of the most beautiful and rare manors whose origin dates back to the French regime.

      • Rita Anger said,

        January 14, 2015 at 16:54


        I too am a descendant of Jacques Genest……he actually was a twin!

        Rita >

      • Rob Genest said,

        January 15, 2015 at 05:56

        Hi Bernard,
        Can you tell us how you know Jacques Genest dit Labarre travelled back to France in 1688. Are there ships records?

        Rob Genest

        Ps. (Jacques Genest dit LaBarre is my 8th great grandfather. Our family line ended up in California via Chicago via Nicolet among other places they lived.

  5. Rob Genest said,

    January 15, 2015 at 05:55

    Hi Bernard,
    Can you tell us how you know Jacques Genest dit Labarre travelled back to France in 1688. Are there ships records?

    Rob Genest

    Ps. (Jacques Genest dit LaBarre is my 8th great grandfather. Our family line ended up in California via Chicago via Nicolet among other places they lived.

    • sooze471 said,

      January 15, 2015 at 08:23

      Another Google translation: Salut Bernard, Pouvez-vous nous dire comment vous savez Jacques Genest dit Labarre voyagé en France en 1688. Y at-il des navires dossiers? Cordialement, Rob Genest Ps. (Jacques Genest dit Labarre est mon 8ème grand-père. Notre gamme de la famille a fini par en Californie via Chicago via Nicolet entre autres endroits où ils vivaient

      • Rob Genest said,

        January 15, 2015 at 08:33

        Thanks for that assistance Susan!

      • sooze471 said,

        January 15, 2015 at 09:03

        If I had known then what I know about my roots, I would have studied French in high school, instead of Spanish. I know just about enough French to read baptism/marriage/burial records, and after that, I have to depend on Google, or my dictionary, or the kindness of distant cousin Diane who is in Montreal. The Genest descendants are certainly scattered, and it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that there was one in every state. My cousins can account for NH, VT, CA, WA, MT, CO, AK, OR, FL, SC, PA, and that’s just first cousins.

  6. Rob Genest said,

    January 15, 2015 at 09:54

    I just realized something about the translation of Bernard’s words above. The phrase in this sentence:

    He arrived in New France in 1665, came to the Island of Orleans, is a child to a neighbor, returned to France, returns in 1670 with Catherine Doribeau he has eight children. The marriage certificate was never found, either in France or Quebec.

    ‘is a child to a neighbor’

    should be: had a child with a neighbor. That child—-

    Born out of wedlock. (Mother: Claire-Françoise Paré, widow of Nicolas Buteau): Antoine born 15-02-1670, baptised 16-02-1670 at Ste-Famille île d’Orléans, death before census 81.

    I went to Quebec last August and visited the to La Maison de Nos AÏeux, The House of Our Ancestors. I purchased 5 pages of Family History and the above quote comes from these records.

  7. Rob Genest said,

    January 15, 2015 at 10:03

    Oh sorry I just reminded myself that you had written all of the above in your submission. I guess Bernard had not read that. I too would love to click my fingers and be fluent in French.

  8. kenlemieux said,

    November 6, 2015 at 12:38


    When you say you “purchased 5 pages of Family History” what does that mean? I’m an 11th generation descendant from Jacques and live in Michigan.


    • Robby Genest said,

      November 6, 2015 at 14:20

      On the Island of Orleans at the La Maison de Nos AÏeux, The House of Our Ancestors you can pay for copies of their records related to your ancestors. I paid for 5 pages and that is where the info came from I wrote about above.

  9. Clayton Bowes ( Genest ) said,

    November 19, 2015 at 23:27

    My family moved from Quebec to Harris Sask when the railway was built. They were farmers. I visited Harris last spring. Nere Genest was my great Grandfather. At the Harris museum I saw a display case containing a uniform and pictures of Charlie Hainstock .He and I served on the HMCS Qu Appelle together in the 60s. We had no idea we had relatives that lived in Harris. Small World!

  10. Robby Genest said,

    November 24, 2015 at 08:24

    Hi Clayton, When was Nere Genest born and how related to Jacque?

  11. Carmen Labarre said,

    February 1, 2016 at 12:50

    J’aimerais ajouter quelques informations en français vu que ma langue maternelle est le français. Je me nomme Carmen Labarre et vit au Québec. Le volume que vous parlez est bien celui que j’ai fait à quelques reprises. J’ai déjà communiqué avec vous, Robert Genest de Californie. Pour la personne Genest qui réside au Michigan, je ne sais pas de quelles descendances vous êtes pour le moment mais si vous me donnez plus d’informations au sujet de votre famille, je pourrais répondre à vos questions. Donnez moi le nom de vos parents avec le nom de fille de votre mère. Nérée est né au Québec en 1856 et en 1901, il se trouve au Manitoba avec sa famille. et en 1911, il est en Saskatchewan. En 1669, je croyais que Jacques Genest dit Labarre serait retourné en France mais après mure réflexion, il ne s’y est pas rendu en France car des jumelles sont nées en 1670 à Catherine Doribeau. Je possède le registre du baptême de Jacques Genest dit Labarre en 1640 à Juigné-sur-Loire, Maine et Loire, France. Les familles Laber ont la même source que les familles Genest dit Labarre. Maintenant, nous possédons le registre du baptêmes de Catherine Doribeau en 1650. Je suis en train de réunir tous les descendants de Jacques pour en faire trois volumes que je vais mettre sur CD pour la vente. Ils vont être disponible au printemps 2016.

    Au plaisir de vous lire pour ceux qui veulent plus d’informations.
    Carmen Labarre

    • sooze471 said,

      February 1, 2016 at 14:25

      Carmen, thank you for commenting here. I have used Google translator to have an English version of your comment. I know that electronic translations may not be exact, but I think this will get your message across.

      Carmen, merci de commenter ici. Je l’ai utilisé le traducteur de Google d’avoir une version anglaise de votre commentaire. Je sais que les traductions électroniques peuvent ne pas être exacte, mais je pense que cela va faire passer votre message.

      Carmen’s translated comment:
      I would like to add some information in French because my mother tongue is French. My name is Carmen Labarre and lives in Quebec. The volume that you speak is the one I did a few times. I’ve already contacted you, Robert Genest of California. For Genest resident of Michigan, I do not know of what you are progenies for now but if you give me more information about your family, I could answer your questions.
      Give me the name of your parents with your mother’s maiden name. Nereus was born in Quebec in 1856 and in 1901, it is in Manitoba with his family. and in 1911, it is in Saskatchewan. In 1669, I thought that Jacques Genest dit Labarre would be returned to France but after careful consideration, it does not go to France because twins were born in 1670 to Catherine Doribeau. I have the register of the baptism of Jacques Genest dit Labarre in 1640 in Juigné-sur-Loire, Maine et Loire, France. The Laber families have the same source as families Genest dit Labarre. Now we own the register of baptisms of Catherine Doribeau in 1650. I am putting together all the descendants of Jacques to make three volumes I’ll put on a CD for sale. They will be available in Spring 2016.

      Hope to read for those who want more information.
      Carmen Labarre

      • Robby Genest said,

        February 2, 2016 at 03:19

        Hello Carmen Labarre,
        My compliments on your work on the volumes. I presume the ‘volumes’ are the ones in La Maison de Nos AÏeux. Is that correct?

        Google translation:
        Bonjour Carmen Labarre ,
        Mes compliments sur votre travail sur les volumes . Je présume que les «volumes » sont ceux de La Maison de nos Aïeux . Est-ce correct?

        Robby Genest – from California (Live in Ireland since 1995)
        birth name Robin Alan Genest (1950)

      • Carmen Labarre said,

        February 5, 2016 at 05:45

        Hello Robby, My English is not always good but I will try to explain in English about my volumes. My volumes are not in the house of Maison de mes Aieux (May be in Maison Mauvide-Genest you tell of Ile d’Orléans). I search in my volumes, , I don’t found on your name but if you told to me the name of your parents with the maiden name of your mother, I have. My voumes was found in 3 volumes with 3600 families of Genest, Labarre, Labore, Laber. I will sold on a CD with EXCEL program. I tough, it’s the good manner to search. Do you know, René Labarre found the register of death of the parents of Jacques Genest dit Labarre. I’m working on the genealogy since 1982.

        It’a a pleasure for me to contact you, Carmen Labarre from Drummondville, QC

      • Robby Genest said,

        February 6, 2016 at 05:39

        Hello Carmen,
        Thank you for that information. I passed your comments on to my brother Gary B. Genest who may be in touch regarding the volumes. My mothers maiden name was Edith La Rue Conley.
        My fathers name was Walter C. Genest Jr.,
        his fathers name was Walter C. Genest Sr.,
        his fathers name was Edgar J. Genest
        his fathers name was Joseph L. Genest
        his fathers name was Alexis Genest
        his fathers name was Alexis Genest Labar
        his fathers name was Alexis Genest Dit Labarre
        his fathers name was Joseph Genest
        his fathers name was Jacques Genest
        his fathers name was Jacques Genest Dit Labarre:

        Birth 1636: Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France
        L’acte de baptême actuel n’est pas une preuve irréfutable qu’il s’agit de notre ancêtre. Son acte de mariage, qui est hélas perdu, nous donnerait cette preuve. J’ai pris cet acte sur le site migrations.fr/regimentcarignancomplet.htm. Jacques est né jumeau.
        Death 9 Dec 1706 Montmorency, 1654534, Quebec, Canada,

    • kenlemieux said,

      January 16, 2017 at 11:50


      Greetings! Is it possible to purchase a copy of your book “The origins of Jacques Genest dit Labarre and his first years in New-France?”

      Thank you,

      Ken Lemieux

      • Carmen Labarre said,

        January 17, 2017 at 06:10

        Yes, you can obtain a copie of the book of the history of Jacques Genest dit Labarre. If you give to me your e-mail, I send to you my communique. In that book, you have 70 photos on a CD of Juigne-sur-Loire, France where Jacques was born and a photo of the house where Jacques was born and his family. Carmen

    • Stephen Genest said,

      May 14, 2017 at 00:14

      Hi Carmen,
      Jacques dit Labarre (1640) was my 9th great-grandfather. I too would be interested in your book (in english)!

      • Carmen Labarre said,

        May 14, 2017 at 07:55

        If you want to have more informations abt my volumes, I can to send my communique directly.

      • Stephen Genest said,

        May 21, 2017 at 17:28

        Carmen, my e-mail address is stephengenest@yahoo.com

  12. Robby Genest said,

    February 6, 2016 at 05:40

    Google translation of my english reply
    Bonjour Carmen ,
    Merci pour cette information. Je passai vos commentaires à mon frère Gary B. Genest qui peuvent être en contact en ce qui concerne les volumes . Mon nom de jeune fille était mères Edith La Rue Conley .
    Mon nom de pères était Walter C. Genest Jr. ,
    son nom de pères était Walter C. Genest Sr. ,
    de son père appelait Edgar J. Genest
    de son père se nommait Joseph L. Genest
    son nom de pères était Alexis Genest
    son nom de pères était Alexis Genest Labar
    son nom de pères était Alexis Genest dit Labarre
    de son père se nommait Joseph Genest
    de son père se nommait Jacques Genest
    de son père se nommait Jacques Genest dit Labarre :

    Naissance 1636 : Charente -Maritime , Poitou- Charentes , France
    L’acte de baptême actuel Ne EST PAS Une preuve irréfutable Qu’il s’agit de notre ancêtre . Son acte de mariage , Qui est hélas perdu , Nous donnerait this preuve . CET acte sur le site de migrations.fr/regimentcarignancomplet.htm J’ai . Jacques est ne jumeau .
    Mort le 9 décembre 1706 Montmorency , 1654534 , Québec, Canada ,

    • Carmen Labarre said,

      February 6, 2016 at 09:42

      Thanks for your answer. I have searched in my new volumes and I have all your families. May be, it’s missing some informations like birth or death of some but I have all your lineage. I have your brothers, Michael and Gary but their births is missing, I have the place but I don’t know if I have the good place ,in California no date. Is it the good Michael married California 1969 to Susan Bankowski and Gary married California1969 to Ingrid Galistan.
      René Labarre was going last August or September In juigné-sur-Loire, France and the owner of the Manor know Jacques Genest was living with his father in the Manor Du Plessis.
      If you want to tell to me the place and date of birth of Michael, Gary and you., I appreciate and I add to your families. I put my 3 volumes on a CD or key USB if you prefere, I let you know how you can have , I will send to you my communique next spring when I return to my house, because, now, I’m in vacation until the first week of April.

      I forget to tell to you, I don’t have the birth and place of your mother and death. If you want to add those informations before I finish my volumes,

      With my salutations,
      Carmen Labarre

  13. kenlemieux said,

    July 15, 2016 at 10:47

    I plan on visiting Quebec City in August and hopefully the Mauvide-Genest Manoir. Anybody have any advice for a descendant of Jacques as far as grave sites and other Genest related things to see?

    • sooze471 said,

      July 15, 2016 at 11:14

      I have not had much luck finding specific grave sites – found the cemeteries but not the names on headstones. But we enjoyed our visit to Île d’Orléans, and you’ve probably seen their official tourism site at Île d’Orléans at http://www.iledorleans.com.

    • ritz20102015 said,

      July 16, 2016 at 12:33

      Hello Ken….I was unable to find any gravesites from any parish cemetery but please make sure you visit the Manoir. They have completely refurbished it and it much changed since I visited it the first time in 1988;….Enjoy your visit to Quebec City….

    • Carmen Labarre said,

      July 18, 2016 at 17:47

      Je vais vous parler en français car je présume que vous parlez français. N’oubliez pas de visiter la maison que Charles Genest fils de Jacques Genest dit Labarre a habité, voisin du Manoir Mauvide-Genest mais pas loin en arrière plan. Nous ne la voyons pas du chemin seulement le nom au chemin connue aujourd’hui sous le nom de Maison Gourdeau. Voyez cette belle maison ancienne, si vous croisez la personne qui fait la maintenance, faites-vous la visiter. Je possède l’histoire de la vie de Jacques Genest dit Labarre en français et en anglais que vous pouvez vous procurer chez moi seulement avec plusieurs photos. Vous pouvez visiter l’endroit (c’est à dire la terre exacte) où Jacques Genest a habité, c’est le lot 194. Il y a beaucoup de pommier sur cette terre. N’oubliez pas d’aller au sous-sol de l’église Ste-Famille, ils possèdent l’histoire de plusieurs pionniers de cette région. Au plaisir de vous avoir aidé un peu. Carmen Labarre

      • sooze471 said,

        July 18, 2016 at 21:30

        Google translation of Carmen’s response: I will speak in French because I presume you speak French . Do not forget to visit the house that Charles Genest son of Jacques Genest dit Labarre lived , neighbor Mauvide-Genest Manor but not far in the background. We do not see it the way only the name to the path known today as the House Gourdeau . See this beautiful old house , if you see the person doing the maintenance, do you visit . I have the life story of Jacques Genest dit Labarre in French and English that you can get home only with multiple photos . You can visit the place ( ie the exact land ) where Jacques Genest lived , the lot 194. Lots of apple tree on this earth. Remember to go to the basement of the Holy Family church , they have the story of several pioneers in this area. Hope to have helped you a little

      • kenlemieux said,

        July 19, 2016 at 09:07

        I unfortunately don’t speak much French (my ancestors would be mortified). Can you tell me more about lot 194? How do I find it, a map or web site link please?
        Thanks to all of you!

      • sooze471 said,

        July 19, 2016 at 09:35

        http://www.happyones.com/genealogy/lheureux/simon/land.html This link should take you to a website about Simon Lereau – there are two links to maps of Ile d’Orleans that seem to show ownership by name – give that a try.

      • Carmen Labarre said,

        July 20, 2016 at 02:13

        Hello, I would like to mention some thing for Jacques Genest dit Labarre Sr was settling in Orleans. Text from my volume of Jacques Genest dit Labarre’s history, what I made in 2007. The first mention of Jacques Genest dit Labarre in New France was in the1666 census. He then said he lived on the Isle of Orléans, and we now know this is there he will spend the rest of his life. He was a tool-maker and had a few belongings.
        Some time later, on March 14, 1666, he started his peasant’s life by buying a farm from Barthélémy Tesson in the Sainte-Famille parish. The contract was passed by Paul Vachon, royal notary for Beauport and the Isle of Orléans. The location of this land can be seen on the next page. The land is no. 18 on the map (nos. 195 to 197 in present day cadastral survey) west of today’s Sainte-Famille church, towards Saint-Pierre.
        It has to be mentioned that three different houses were successively built on this piece of land. The first one, which is referred to in Jacques Genest’s contract in 1666, was built exactly on the same site as that of the present occupant, Jean-Baptiste Lapointe, at no. 3427 Royal Road.

        It’s a pleasure to help you for your trip.

        Carmen Labarre

      • kenlemieux said,

        July 20, 2016 at 10:54

        Hi Carmen,
        Using Google Maps, would the address therefore be:
        3427 CH Royal, Sainte-Famile QC, Canada
        Thank you so much!
        Ken Lemieux

  14. genestr1950 said,

    July 17, 2016 at 04:37


    Is this the Le Plessis manor?

    Jacques was born in a small house along a wall that was part of the fortification of Le Plessis manor. Close by is a road that links the village of Plessis to the hill of Chateau-Rousett, the highest point in Juigne-sur-Loire.

  15. kenlemieux said,

    August 16, 2016 at 09:09

    I visited Île d’Orléans last week. Drove the loop. Very beautiful. Although I wasn’t 100% sure which piece of land was Jacques, in the end I came to the conclusion that it didn’t really matter; the island looks much different now than 350 years ago. I snapped some photos of Manoir Mauvide-Genest and enjoyed my visit to the island. It is certainly a long drive from Michigan!

    • genestr1950 said,

      August 17, 2016 at 03:07

      Hi kenlemieux,

      Did you got to La Maison de Nos AÏeux, The House of Our Ancestors located next to a church and very close to the original property of Jacques Genest Dit LaBarre? In it is a 3D map of the island showing property lines, locations and family names.

      • kenlemieux said,

        August 17, 2016 at 14:19

        No I did not. How is this map accessed?

      • ritz20102015 said,

        August 17, 2016 at 18:18

        I have a great pic having just visited today…..send me your email and when I get back to the states I will send it to you…
        Rita Genest Anger

  16. kenlemieux said,

    August 17, 2016 at 19:21

    Hi Rita: klemieux66@comcast.net

  17. Claire Genest said,

    November 4, 2016 at 19:56

    Hi Carmen, I have your previous tomes and would like to get the new 2016 tomes. I too am descended from Nere Genest who moved from Que to Manitoba then Saskatchewan. Nere was my gr-grandpa; his son Alphonse was my Grandpa. My email is clareg@shaw.ca

  18. kenlemieux said,

    January 25, 2017 at 11:18

    Does anyone know if Jacques was part of either of the two campaigns his regiment participated in in what is now New York? The first one, where 400 out of 500 troops died, must have been harrowing. Looking forward to getting Carmen’s book in April!


    Ken Lemieux

  19. kenlemieux said,

    January 25, 2017 at 14:42


    Regarding your statement that Jacques purchased his farm in March of 1666, where did you get these dates? At that point he was still a soldier and would have only been in New France less than 7 months, plus it was still winter. Just looking at the dates, that doesn’t make sense to me. It seems more likely he would have made the purchase in 1668 after his enlistment was done and he decided to remain in North America.

    This is fun to learn about our ancestor!


    Ken Lemieux

    • sooze471 said,

      January 25, 2017 at 14:59

      Hi, Ken

      I think that information came from a book or set of books about early Quebec settlers. My uncle had the books, he has passed, and I don’t have access to the books now. Sorry.


      • genestr1950 said,

        May 15, 2017 at 05:48

        L’iLE D’ORLEANS


        SOURCE: Historic Monuments Commission of the Province of Quebec, L’ÎLE D’ORLÉANS (1928, 2011),
        image reprint CD (Milton, Ontario: Global Heritage Press, 2011)

        I bought this book on line as a pdf. It has a small section on Jacques and some descendants

  20. Ken Lemieux said,

    May 10, 2017 at 07:07

    A story about Jacques wife Catherine and the women of the Filles du Roi:

  21. Ken Lemieux said,

    May 14, 2017 at 15:03

    Looking at this list it certainly appears Jacques’ wife was one of the filles du roi:

  22. Stephen Genest said,

    May 21, 2017 at 17:45

    Jacques was my 9th great-grandfather. I currently live in Saskatchewan. Anybody with information on the Genest’s history in SK or BC, i’d be interested in also.

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