I did not intend to write more than one article a week on this blog.
I had postponed talking about my Quesnel roots after my articles on Eddy Dubois.
This is the article I posted sometime ago…
Rosina Quesnel is my maternal grandmother, and as many people looking for their roots, I found much valid information on the Internet.
Rosina is a direct descendant of Olivier Quesnel who was a gunsmith in the 1600s.
In this picture Rosina Quesnel is seen with her first husband Venance Paiement.
Venance was baptized “Valence” by the priest who was thinking his given name was Valence… like Valencia a town in Italy.
Sometimes such errors are found in the parish registers.
On the Internet Georges de Quesnel is often linked to be the father of Pierre de Quesnel who married Marie Poulard, these two being Olivier Quesnel’s parents.
Olivier Quesnel is known to be the ancestor of the Quesnel descendants in North America.
As I searched for Rosina Quesnel’s roots, I stumbled on this information posted on Ancestry…
This information is supposedly taken from this book: Les Quesnel 1488 – 1983 Du Château de France à l’Amérique, Volume 1, aux Éditions Quesnel de Fomblanche, éditeur Albert Aimé Quesnel.
Olivier Quesnel is linked to French nobility…
IV PIERRE NICOLAS DE QUESNEL seigneur des seigneuries Du Fresne et des Brosses, chevalier de l’Ordre du Roi, capitaine de 50 chevaux légers, épousa Barbe Le Blanc, veuve d’Estienne Le Prévost, qui était fille d’honneur de Catherine de Médicis, qui épousa d’Henri II, 3 enfants:
I searched for more information and found that Georges de Quesnel was married to Charlotte Malvoue who was a widow…
I found this information in a book dated 1879: Georges de Quesnel did not have any descendants.
This is the link.
People have often linked Olivier Quesnel to Georges de Quesnel who was part of the French nobility.
I have found no official record on a link between Olivier and Georges.
Pierre Nicolas Quesnel, who supposedly married Barbe Leblanc, can’t be Olivier Quesnel’s grandfather as seen in many family trees which took that info from Mr. Quesnel’s book.
I don’t know where Mr. Albert Quesnel took this information about Georges de Quesnel’s descendants because I don’t have a copy of his book and I can’t verify his source.
I also found that Hélène Beaumaistre, not Barbe Leblanc, was Catherine de Médicis’ lady in waiting as found in the excerpt. I don’t know where the name Barbe Leblanc came from except in Mr. Quesnel’s book.
If you can shed some light on all this, I would appreciate it very much…