This is the translation of part of a text written by Jonathan Lemire.
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Like many others, Jean-Baptiste Marineau was not implicated directly in the rebellion in St-Eustache. He was more a victim of the British army marching thru St-Eustache in December 1837.
Jean-Baptiste Marineau was born in the early 1800s. No trace of his exact birthplace nor his birthdate can be found in the parish registers. He was the son of Jean-Baptiste Marineau and Josette (Josephte) Quenneville. Martin Marineau was his brother, who was also implicated indirectly in the 1837 rebellion in Saint-Eustache.
On January 12, 1829, Jean-Baptiste Marineau married in Saint-Eustache Marie-Jeanne Lauzé, daughter of Paul Lauzé and Marie Poirier. The couple had at least five children : Marie-Charles-Julie (1816)*, Louis (1818)*, Philomène (1840), Marie-Charlotte (1843) et Jean-Baptiste (1844).
The 1825 census shows that Marineau was a farmer on le chemin de la Rivière-Nord in Saint-Eustache. In the 1840s, he was the owner of a ferry in Saint-Eustache. In 1851, a few years before his death, the census lists him as a carpenter.
Jean-Baptiste Marineau was the victim of reprisals from soldiers and volunteers when they marched thru Saint-Eustache on December 14th and 15th, 1837.
On February 10th, 1846, he made a claim for £5, 15 sols and 6 deniers to la Commission des Pertes de 1837-1838. Here is the official letter :
À messieurs les Commissaires,
Jean-Baptiste Marineau, traversier, demeurant paroisse de Saint-Eustache.
A l’honneur de soumettre à votre examen un compte détaillé des pertes par lui éprouvées principal et accessoire, pendant l’insurrection de la paroisse de Saint-Eustache par suite du pillage à main armée.
Pour (mot illisible) votre religion, messieurs, l’exposant vous soumettre en temps et lieu, les témoins ou autres pièces justificatives que vous jugerez convenables.
Il a l’honneur d’être avec un profond respect, messieurs, votre très humble serviteur.
Montréal, 12 février 1846
His claim was for all these items: a rifle, a sideboard, a bed, a carpenter’s workbench, a coat, a large kettle, a salting tub, twelve terrines, two one-gallon jugs, two barge oars. Two witnesses were present: Paul Rochon and Pierre Vanier.
After the unrest, he signed a petition to rebuild the church destroyed in 1837; this document was dated November 27, 1844.
Jean-Baptiste Marineau died in Saint-Eustache on March 9, 1852. He was 48. He was buried in St-Eustache on March 11, J. Meilleur and Charles Biroleau were acting as witnesses.
BAC, Feddocs, Lower Canada Rebellion looses claims 1837-1855, Project no 19-2, RG 19, series E-5-B (R200-113-0-F), volume 5482, no 190 ; volume 3786, no 1866.
BAC, recensement de 1825, County of the Lake of Two-Mountains, St.Eustache Parish, bobine C-718.
BAC, recensement de 1851, County of the Lake of Two-Mountains, St.Eustache Parish.
Répertoire des Actes de baptêmes, mariages et sépultures (R.A.B.), P.R.D.H.
* these children were most probably a sister and a brother since Jean-Baptiste Marineau married Marie-Jeanne Lauzé in 1829.
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