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Etienne Truteau's Early Years in New France

In June 1659 Etienne Trudeau signed a contract to do five years military service in New France. He left La Rochelle on July 2, 1659, aboard the Saint Andre en route to support the struggling little French settlement up river from Quebec. During the crossing a plague was declared to have been present and those who died aboard were immediately thrown into the sea with all that was used or touched by them.

The Saint Andre finally arrived at Quebec on September 7, 1659, and those aboard were encouraged to settle rather than go to the danger of the wilderness beyond.  But the new settlers could not be dissuaded.  They arrived at what is now Montreal on September 29.

After his arrival Etienne registered in the sixth squadron of the militia of Sainte-Famille, under the command of Corporal Gilbert Barbier.  In May 1662 he and two other workers were caught in the open by fifty Iroquois who lay in ambush. Fleeing to the redoubt, Etienne led the small party in defence until reinforcements could arrive.  Although the Indians had fired over 300 shots, the only damage was a gun broken when struck by a bullet.  A marble plaque now commemorates his act of bravery.

Marriageable females were scarce in New France.  Although nearly twice her age,  Etienne Trudeau married Adienne Barbier, the fourteen year old daughter of his former commander Gilbert Barbier, in 1667

Early Trudeau Marriages in Montreal

Etienne Truteau
Adrienne Barbier
Pierre Truteau
Marie-Charlotte Menard
Etienne Truteau
Marie Bleau
Toussaint Truteau  
Barbe Garvou
Charles Truteau
Marie-Madeleine Loisel

Jean Baptiste Trudeau's School in St. Louis

St. Louis had been founded initially as a fur trading station and this brought Jean Baptiste Trudeau there. 

In 1774 he started a French school at the trading post of Laclede, the first such school in St. Louis, Missouri.  Among his early pupils were the children of Zenon Trudeau, the Louisiana Governor and a distant cousin.

The first school house lacked any degree of prestige, being just but a one room log cabin.  Later Jean Baptiste had a stone structure which dignified his place of learning.  All the leading families of the settlement went to Trudeau's school where the French language was used. 

Trudeau was noted as a stern disciplinarian not adverse to administering frequent raps across the knuckles of wayward pupils.  He must have been successful at this profession for he remained at it in St. Louis for fifty years. 

He also probably had a flare for poetry.  In 1770, when a force of British soldiers and Indians attacked St. Louis, Trudeau wrote a song entitled Chanson de L'annee du Coup.   Enemy raids were part of life in those times.

The Trudeau Louisiana Line

Jean Trudeau (1705-1770), Indian agent in Louisiana, m. Marie Anne Carriere

- Jean Trudeau (b. around 1740), planter at Butler Kenner, m. Felicite de Breuil de Villars
- Carlos Levaux Trudeau (1743-1816), surveyor general of Spanish Louisiana, m. Charlotte Peyraud

- Zenon Trudeau (1748-1813), Commandant Governor of Upper Louisiana, m. Eulalie de Lassize
-- Rene Trudeau (b. 1784), a planter in Jefferson parish, Louisiana, m. Adele Sauve
--- Dr. James de Berty Trudeau (1817-1887), distinguished Louisiana physician, m. Cephise Berger
---- Dr. Edward Trudeau (1848-1915), distinguished TB physician in upstate New York, m. Lottie Beare

The Death of Special Deputy Edmond Trudeau

On February 14, 1904 Special Deputy Trudeau of Missoula county, Montana was shot and killed after ejecting and intoxicated man from a dance hall.  The man had gone home, obtained a rifle, then returned to the scene and opened fire.  Edmond Trudeau was fatally wounded in the exchange of gunfire.  The suspect was later sentenced to 99 years in prison for the murder.

At the time of Edmond’s death, his father Louis – at the age of 85 – was still living at his home in Iowa.  Edmond had moved from there, first to Colorado and then to Missoula county, Missouri around 1890

Pierre Trudeau and His Two Sons

Pierre Trudeau was described as a "swinging young bachelor" when he became prime minister in 1968.  Three years later he quietly married Margaret Sinclaiir in Vancouver.  Their two eldest sons, Justin and Alexandre, were both born on Christmas Day.

In July 1971 the Prime Minister's office announced that Trudeau's wife was expecting their first child and that it was due in December.  Informal betting pools began on for the delivery date.  On Christmas Day Justin Trudeau was born at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. 

Alexandre is the younger of the two Christmas babies.  The family was attending the 1973 Christmas midnight mass at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church when Margaret Trudeau went into labor and was rushed to Ottawa Civic Hospital.


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