I’m leaving on a jet plane shortly, headed to the Northeast. I pulled this one out of my backside. Not my usual post but hopefully you’ll enjoy it. TTFN
Oliver Charbonneau was born in Aunis, France circa 1613. Nothing is written about his childhood however, he started working as a sewer cleaner. He immigrated to Canada settling in Laval, Quebec. There are only two surviving records of the family name of Charbonneau circa 1659.
When he arrived in Quebec he was hired as a “manual laborer” interpretation of this means he did spade work on farms as he did not have his own plough. To pay for his passage and living accommodations he signed a two-year contract.
Estimates suggest 97% of the Charbonneau families in North American are descendants of Oliver and his wife. He is the ancestor of around 35,000 people. A side note is that the entire population of Labelle can be traced back to him.
Some notable people are Antoine Labelle, Hubert Charbonneau, Toussaint Charbonneau, Joseph Charbonneau and Yvon Charbonneau. He died in Montreal in 1687 he was 74. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.