The Cloutier Sisters - Anne and Louise
The Cloutier Sisters
Anne and Louise
The Cloutier girls arrived in New France on June 24, 1634, with their parents Zacherie Cloutier and Xaintes Du Pont; and three brothers Zacherie Jr., Jean and Charles.  Their father had signed a contract with Robert Giffard and was promised land in the siegneury of Beauport. All of the Cloutier children remained in the French colony, married and had children of their own.
Anne Cloutier
Anne was born on January 19, 1626, in St. Jean De Mortagne, Perche France.  She was just eight years old when they arrived in Quebec and her father was always stirred up about something; constantly feuding with Robert Giffard.  Despite that, the family did quite well.
When she was just ten, her father promised her in marriage to Robert Drouin, an employee of Robert Giffard, and the contract, signed on July 27, 1636; in the home of family friend Jean Guyon; went down on record as the first contract of it's kind in Quebec.  Drouin was 28, a brick layer from the the town of Pin-la-Garenne in Normandy, who had arrived that year. 

Because of her age, the actual wedding did not take place for another year, on July 12, 1637; in the Church of Notre-Dame de Quebec; and even then, there was a stipulation in the marriage contract which stated that there were to be no conjugal visits between the bride and groom for two years.  They later moved into the Cloutier home until three years later, when Robert's indenture was up and he was granted land of his own.

Robert and Anne would have five children before her death on February 4, 1648.  The following year, Robert married Jean Chapalier and the couple had eight children.  Because Anne's family did not approve of the match, her children were raised by them.  Robert Drouin died on June 1, 1685; at Chateau Richer.  Anne's children were:

Agnes Drouin - Was born on January 24, 1640 and died a week later on January 31. 

Infant Drouin - Was born on November 8, 1641 and died the same day.

Infant Drouin
- Was born on November 22, 1642 and died the same day.

Genevieve Drouin - Was born on October 19, 1642 and died on December 4, 1710.  She married Romaine Trepanier and had twelve children.

Jeanne Drouin
- Was born on November 10, 1646 and died on June 24, 1732.  She married Pierre Maheu and had five children.
Marie-Louise Cloutier
Marie-Louise Cloutier was born on March 18, 1632; in Perche, and was just four when she arrived with her family in Quebec.  On October 26, 1645; she married Francois Marguerie, Sieur de La Haye; who was then 34, and Louise just fourteen.  Marguerie was a guide and interpretor who had already survived capture and imprisonment by the Iroquois.  However, he drowned on May 23, 1648 at Trois-Rivieres. The couple had no children.

Then on November 10,  1648, Louise  married the tailor Jean Mignault dit Chatillon with whom she had fourteen children.  Jean died in 1681 and Louise was married for a third time to the saddlemaker Jean-Pierre Mataux .  They had no children.  Louise died on January 22, 1699 at age 68.

Her Children:

Jean-Aubin Mignault - Was born on April 18, 1650 and died on September 5, 1712 at Hotel Dieu in Quebec.  He married Acadian Anne Dugas and the couple had four children.

Therese Mignault - Was born on September 9, 1651 and died on December 5, 1728.  She married Nicolas Lebel and had four children.  She then married Rene Ouelette, with whom she had seven more.

Marie-Xaintes Mignault - Was born on January 6, 1653 and died on March 4, 1736.  She married Jean Grondin and the couple had one child.

Marie-Madeleine Mignault
- Was born on June 13, 1654 and died on March 16, 1704.  She married Noel Pelletier and the couple had eight children. 

Francoise Mignault - Was born on October 8, 1656 and died as a child.

Jeanne Mignault - Was born on December 18, 1658 and died on November 22, 1713.  She married Antoine Gaboury.

Charles Mignault - Was born on September 19, 1660 and died in 1681.  He never married.

Louis Mignault - Was born in 1663 and died as a child.

Nicolas Mignault - Was born on February 8, 1666 and died the following month on March 13.

Jean-Baptiste Mignault - Was born on September 1, 1669 and died in 1680 at the age of 11.

Marie-Charlotte Mignault - Was born on February 2, 1671 and died on October 8, 1747.  She married Jean Dionne and had six children.

Marie Mignault - Was born on March 9, 1674 and died as a child.
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