Pierre Couc dit LaFleur


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.  The godmother of the child was Jeanne Aunois (Aunos), considered by some to be an Amerindian.  She was the wife of ancestor, Pierre Lefebvre.

During a major Iroquois offensive in 1652, Pierre Couc participated as a soldier in defense of a band of Weskarini who were ultimately massacred.  

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 and member of the Christian branch of Weskarini, 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's marriage to Marie.   

Clearly Couc was close to the Algonquin community and the Weskarini in particular in and around Trois Rivières.  Pierre Couc's marriage to Marie brings the second native American into my family line.  The first two being Jean Nicolet's daughter, Euphrasie of Nippissing origin.  Jeanne Aunois, wife of Pierre Lefebvre, may or may not have been Amerindien.      

Marie Miteouamigoukoué had a daughter born in 1947 of a previous relationship with an Algonquin named Assababich, thought to be her husband.  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.  The godmother was Anne Du Hérisson, an ancestor.  The godfather is not given.

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. Also among the captives was a young native and a young Pierre-Esprit Radisson. 

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, is no longer part of the household.  She had actually been accosted and killed in a scuffle in October of 1679. 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.

The genealogy of it ...

Pierre COUC and Marie MITEOUAMIGOUKOUÉ, m. 4-16-1657 in Trois-Rivières, PQ

  Madeleine COUC and Maurice MÉNARD, m. 1692 at Fort Michillimackinac, MI 

    Marguerite MÉNARD and Pierre BOILEAU, m. 7-5-1706 at Boucherville, PQ

      Marguerite-Françoise BOILEAU and Jean GABOURIAULT, m. 1-7-1732 at Chambly, PQ

        Pierre GABOURIAULT and Angélique BESSET, m. 2-13-1763 at Chambly, PQ

          Laurent GABOURIAULT and Marie-Louise Ursule ROBERT, m. 1-12-1784 at St. Mathias, PQ

            Josephte GABOURIAULT and François FOURNIER, m. 9-13-1819 at Rouville, PQ

              Louis FOURNIER and Marie DORÉ, m. 1-18-1853 at Rouville, PQ

                Mathilde FOURNIER and Ernest CAMIRAND, m. 11-24-1885 in Attleboro, MA

                  Wilfred CAMERON and Delia DARGIE, m. 10-11-1910 in Attleboro, MA

                    Rhea CAMERON and Edward LIZOTTE, m. 6-20-1936 in Attleboro, MA

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