Our ancestors

Three Tanguys came from Brittany, France, to settle in New France (Nouvelle-France). They are named Jean, Guillaume and Nicolas.

Jean Tanguy, a native of Ploudiry, in Finistère department, near the city of Brest in Brittany, was baptized on May 13, 1662. Son of Yves, his mother was Margarite Abgrall. His nickname was La Navette (The Shuttle). He probably was a soldier when he came to La Nouvelle-France. Documents show that Jean and Marie Brochu, his future wife, signed their marriage contract on January 24th 1692, at Saint-Jean de l’Île d’Orléans. The notary was Étienne Jacob. Father Erbery, a missionary, celebrated their marriage, on the following February the 6th in the same parish. They lived with Marie’s family for a while, at the same place. Their first son, Jacques, died at an early age. Their second one was born in May of 1694, in the Seigniory de la Durantaye, to be known later on as Saint-Vallier-de-Bellechasse. They lived on a farm given to them by Marie’s parents. Eleven other children will come to life: Jean-Baptiste, Marie-Anne, Jacques, Isabelle, Élisabeth, René, Jean-François, André, twins Marie and Anne-Françoise, and Marie-Françoise. The older one, Jean-Baptiste, had 11 children in two marriages. Jacques had 13 children in three marriages. René had 14 ones in two marriages, Jean-François and his wife had 11 children. Jean Tanguy died on the 24th of August, 1744, at Saint-Vallier-de-Bellechasse, and his wife Marie, on February the 5th, 1753. They are buried in the local cemetery. The vast majority of Tanguays are descendants of this couple.

Guillaume Tanguy, nicknamed Sansoucy, was born and baptized in Plouëc-du-Trieux, on June 3rd , 1713. He is the son of Pierre and Marie Quinart, from Plouëc, in the bishopric of Tréguier, Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany. He married Catherine Berthiaume, daughter of Pierre and Catherine Fauteux, on September 23rd, 1748. in L’Ancienne-Lorette, Québec. They had only one son, Michel. From his second marriage, with Agathe Bossu, daughter of Joseph Bossu dit Lionnais et de Marie-Louise Aide dite Créguy, they had two sons and a stillborn infant. Apparently, Guillaume does not have any descendant.

Nicolas Tanguay was baptized in Yvignac, on July 17, 1730, in the bishopric of Saint-Malo, Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany. He is the son of Pierre and Thomasse Du Four. He married Anne Woel, Louis Messer’s widow, in Acadia. Later, Nicolas settled in the Bellechasse area, probably during the Acadian deportation. This family branch lived mainly in the Lower St.Laurent region, on North Shore and the Eastern Townships of Québec. However, other family members can also be found elsewhere in the province. Nicolas and his wife, Anne, had seven children: Marie-Anne, Pierre, Marie-Marthe, André-Nicolas, François-Marie, Nicolas, and Marie-Élisabeth. Their first child was baptized on August 15, 1756, in Notre-Dame-de-Québec. Four children were married: Nicolas, with Geneviève Lapierre, on May 21, 1787, in Saint-Vallier; André, with Marie-Anne Marcoux, on January 11, 1791, in Berthier-sur-Mer, Élisabeth with Pierre Carbonneau, on October 16, 1792, in Berthier-sur-Mer and finally, Ursule, with Jacques Beaudoin, on August the 4th, 1804, also in Berthier-sur-Mer,