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Robert de la Berge

bapt. May 24, 1638 Colomby-sur-Thaon, Normandy France
m. May 28, 1663 Chateau-Richter, Quebec (New France)
d. April 02, 1712 Chateau-Richter, Quebec (New France)

Spouse:

Francoise (Gauss) la Berge

Children:

1. Genevieve (la Berge) Groleau (b. April 22, 1664 Chateau-Richter, Quebec; m. Pierre Groleau on January 10, 1679 L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec; d. May 10, 1737 Deschambault, Quebec)
2. Francoise la Berge (b. January 27, 1666 Chateau-Richter, Quebec; d. February 06, 1666 Chateau-Richter, Quebec)
3. Catherine (la Berge) (Marois) LaFleur (b. September 14, 1667 Chateau-Richter, Quebec; m. Guillaume Marois on April 14, 1687 L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec & Rene Poupart LaFleur; d. March 27, 1742 Quebec, Quebec)
4. Francoise Boucher (b. June 12, 1669 Chateau-Richter, Quebec; m. Marguerite Boucher on April 14, 1692 Chateau-Richter, Quebec & Marguerite Gravel; d. June 26, 1728 Chateau-Richter, Quebec)
5. Nicolas la Berge (b. June 12, 1672 L'Ange Gardien, Quebec; m. Marie Madeleine Quentin on January 29, 1692 L'Ange Gardien, Quebec; d. about 1712)
6. Guillaume la Berge (b. April 30, 1674 L'Ange Gardien, Quebec; m. Marie Jeanne Quentin on February 14, 1695 L'Ange Gardien, Quebec)

Biography:

Robert was born in France and immigrated to Quebec (New France) in either 1658 or 1661. Most sources point to the immigration date being 1658 and also state that he immigrated to the region on the ship Le Toreau and was contracted to farm on Chateau-Richter for three years. In 1661 he was given a tract of land in the area, but sold it and in 1663 he built a house on ile-d'Orleans, but soon after sold this as well. In 1663 he turned to L'Ange-Gardien and set up a lime kiln, which was used to make mortar for construction.

Robert de la Berge built a house called "Maison Laberge" just outside of Quebec City, which is still standing today as it is a Canadian National Landmark. He built this house in 1674 just north of the St. Lawrence River and north of the island of Orleans.

Robert's son, Nicolas moved to southern Illinois in 1702 to build a commercial site on the Ohio River on lands explored and reported by Marquette & Joliet. This site later became known as Fort Massaic.

Two of Robert's sons married sisters; Nicolas and Guillaume married the Quentin sisters, Marie Madeleine and Marie Jeanne.

Supposedly Robert's great, great, great grandson, Jean Laberge (it is unknown who he is descended from of the children above, but it does not appear to be Guillaume) was an active member of the Quebec Rebellions of 1837-1838 against the British and was sentenced to death for his roll in these rebellions. Instead of being put to death though, Jean Laberge was later exiled to Australia.

France

Quebec

Ethnicity:

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References:

-http://gbl.indiana.edu/ethnohistory/archives/miamis4/M17-03_24b.html
-Le Programme de Recherche en Demographie Historique (PRDH). Universite de Montreal. www.genealogy.umontreal.ca.