3040. Jean NORMAND was born about April 1637 in Igé, (Orne) (Normandie Region), France.2405 He was baptized on 17 April 1637 in Igé, (Orne) (Normandie Region), France. His godfather was his paternal uncle, Jean Le Normand.1,2405,2406 He signed a will on 2 July 1702 and it is likely he did so after the family suffered the loss of twelve family members in 2 years due to a catastrophic epidemic. Jean died on 24 July 1706 at the age of 69 in Canardière (Québec Province), Canada. He had been found dead in his field under suspicious circumstances. Immediately upon his death, his son, Charles, contacted authorities and requested that they come to his father's farm and attempt to determine the cause of death. There were, at least, three unusual and significant wounds and it was suggested that he might have fallen from a tree or had been gorged by a bull. Charles did not accept either suggestion as his suspicions ran high. At the funeral the following day, he approached the king's representative and asked for a formal royal investigation and his request was granted. Jean's body was exhumed and re-examined. Neighbors were questioned but the investigation provided no conclusion. His son, Charles, was forced to live with the fact that his father's death would always remain a mystery.2407 He was buried on 25 July 1706 in Québec (Nôtre Dame) (Québec Province), Canada.1,2408 Anne LELABOUREUR and Jean NORMAND1385 signed a marriage contract on 8 July 1656 in Québec (Québec Province), Canada.2409 They2409 were married on 18 July 1656 in Québec (Nôtre Dame) (Québec Province), Canada - slightly more than one month after Anne arrived in New France.1,2410 They1,2410 appeared in the census in 1666 in Canada.1 Anne and Jean1 lived in Nôtre-Dame-des-Anges (Québec Province), Canada - one mile north of the old Québec township - in an area that became known as Canardière.
[Note: Jean's 2nd marriage was to Marie Magdelaine Brassard on 2 May 1703 at Nôtre Dame in Québec. The couple had signed a marriage contract on 1 May 1703.]
3041. Anne LELABOUREUR was born about 1630 in Caen (Calvados) (Normandie Region), France.1770 She came to the New World via/on "Le Taureau".2411 She was a "filles à marier" (marriageable girl) who emigrated to New France representing one quarter of all the single girls arriving in New France through 1673. The "filles à marier" women arrived between 1634 and 1662 and only numbered 262. These young women, often poor, were recruited and chaperoned by religious groups or individuals who had to assure and account for their good conduct. To be considered a "filles à marier", the women must have been between the ages of 12-45, not accompanied by BOTH parents or a husband and must have signed an enlistment contract, one marriage contract or gotten married in the colony. Due to their arrival in the very early stages of the formation of New France, these 262 women played a significant role in populating the colony. In July 1695, Anne went before the Provost in Québec and requested that she be given "the right of separation of person and possessions" from her husband, Jean, for "poor treatment that she received from her husband". Apparently, however, the couple had separated earlier because on 13 February 1690, a document was filed with the Officers of Justice in Québec indicating that "Jean Normand an inhabitant of La Canardière makes promise to his wife Anne Le Laboureur ... to pay her alimony and food expense..."2412 She was buried on 11 December 1700 at Notre Dame in Québec (Québec Province), Canada. It is possible that she died in a virulent epidemic that plagued Québec in the winter of 1700/1701. According to Mark J. Normand's book on the Normand family, the concensus by most historians is that the epidemic was a sickness known as Borholm disease ("The Devil's Grip").1,2413