End of the Line: Madeline De Brie and Nicholas Mignault

During the sixteenth century, the Renassaince arrived throughout the nations of Europe, and France celebrated in all of its glorious splendor. The French monarchs returned to the city, and Paris began to flourish. Henry IV ended the religious wars and his people enjoyed their new spiritual freedoms. New monarchies supported the arts and sciences, which influenced all the nations of Europe. Architectural wonders, monuments, and city parks abounded, and Parisians took pride in their lovely homeland.

Just four miles from the center of Paris in the town of Châtillon, the story of my eleventh great grandparents found its way into the village archives. Both grandparents were born in “the heart of Paris,” Châtillon, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France. Nicholas Mignault was born about 1592, and his bride, Madeleine de Brie was born about 1597. The couple married in 1617. Nicolas was listed as a vigneron et marchand cabaretier in Châtillon, Île-de-France. This innkeeper and winemaker and his wife started a family. It was believed the couple had five sons and four daughters. The children were Marie, 1618; Nicole, 1619; Simone, 1621; Jean, 1622; Claire, 1624; Nicholas, 1625; Claude, 1627; Pierre, 1630; and Nicholas, 1633.

Their son Jean sailed for New France and arrived in Quebec in 1645. He married Marie Louise Cloutier on 26 Oct 1645 in Quebec. Claude married Denise Cochelin on 25 January 1655, in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France. The couple had at least one son, Mathieu. Other than church baptismal records, no information on the rest of the children could be located.

On 29 April 1635, Nicholas died at the age of 43; He was buried in his hometown, Châtillon, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France. Madeleine died sometime in February 1656, in Sceaux, Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France, at the age of 59.

Paris au Moyen Age en 3D – 14th century perspective

Family Tree

Nicolas Mignault Mignot about 1592-1648
11th great-grandfather

Madeline De Brie  about 1597-1656
11th great-grandmother

Jean-François Mignault-dit-Châtillon 1622-1681
Son of Madeline De Brie

 Jeanne Mignault dite Chatillon 1658-1713
Daughter of Jean-François Mignault-dit-Châtillon

 Marguerite Gaboury 1680-1749
Daughter of Jeanne Mignault dite Chatillon

Augustin Vallière 1721-1753
Son of Marguerite Gaboury

 Elizabeth Valiere 1753-1782
Daughter of Augustin Vallière

 Marie Anastasie Borbeau 1781-1816
Daughter of Elizabeth Valiere

 Marie Eulalie Chicoine 1808-1839
Daughter of Marie Anastasie Borbeau

 Joseph LaDuke 1827-1907
Son of Marie Eulalie Chicoine

 Elsie LaDuke 1862-1898
Daughter of Joseph LaDuke

 Anna Strassburg 1892-1913
Daughter of Elsie LaDuke

 Elva Marie Allen 1908-1983
Daughter of Anna Strassburg



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4 thoughts on “End of the Line: Madeline De Brie and Nicholas Mignault

  1. So nice to see you writing! I like your inclusion of photos to expand your research and text. I haven’t blogged since Covid raised its ugly head. I’m thinking about blogging again; however, I haven’t given up on writing poetry with Shavao Poets in Salida, and I write prose with a couple of friends. We three Zoom to the table weekly, each with a prompt, with ten minutes of writing devoted to each prompt. Nice triggers for prose or poetry. Best wishes. Keep it up! Doris


    1. Hey Doris! So nice to hear from you! I think of you often. It makes me happy to hear that you are still writing poetry. I have missed blogging, and I feel rusty! I just need to make more time for me!


      1. Yes! As wonderful as family is, making “time for me” is hard. When I think of priorities, I always laugh remembering my mother-in-law saying, “Thank God you are a good cook; you are not much of a housekeeper.” Laughter: our salvation.

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